"...We're down to the final two games now, and an unexpected matchup it is, at least for me. Croatia, ranked 18th in the world, and a 35-1 underdog at the beginning of the tournament, came from behind to shock England, 2-1 in overtime in Wednesday's semifinal, a day after France completely stifled Belgium's prolific attack in a 1-0 first semifinal..."
"...There are a lot of lonely, ostracized people in the world who are walking the walk and doing what's best for the environment. Your boyfriend is absolutely right about the deleterious environmental effects of our national obsession with personal hygiene..."
"...The techniques on a card table are 1,000 times more difficult than the techniques that magicians use to do magic. There are only half a dozen world-class card mechanics," says Turner, who at age 62 has been performing for more than four decades...."
"...The Irish are renowned worldwide for their sly humor, love of a good brew, and kindhearted congeniality. On St..."
"...GM: Jacques Cousteau made a map of the bottom of Lake Titicaca on the border between Peru and Bolivia. It's the world's highest navigable lake and really deep..."
"...With the 76th Legislature just getting going -- the '99 session officially convened this Tuesday -- and the state agencies still in disarray, most state officeholders are still busy sorting through the wreckage and training top-level staff. Although some staffers in the Class of '99 are longtime state agency veterans -- most notably Billy Hamilton, who returns as deputy comptroller under Rylander after a brief foray into the private world -- many are newcomers fresh from the private sector, coaxed by promises of exciting work, networking opportunities, and a chance at public service..."
"..."It's ridiculous to argue that there's no market for this," Gilvar says. "There are plenty of real-world examples of developments like this..."
"...Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner ply an electro-folk that falls closer to a total sonic collage. Over the past nine years, Tune-Yards’ output has oscillated wildly from dance floor and world beats to avant-garde punk, Garbus’ voice either soulful or immersed in alien distortion..."
"...Listen, when there’s a world premiere of some blood-spattered thriller that Owen Egerton and those relentlessly creative magisters at Rooster Teeth have teamed up to produce, that alone speaks to how robust the SouthBy scene is...."
"...A melting pot of people, ideas, beliefs, customs, and cultures where the drive toward social, economic, racial, and sexual identity justice is an admirable goal deeply rooted in the Founding Fathers' formative vision. As Americans we have a moral, philosophical, and ideological obligation to strive for a better, more equitable world..."
"...Oh, that wild, strange, and relentlessly delightful novel of lunacy and logic! It was first published in 1865, the brainchild of one Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a multitalented man of letters and photography better known to the living world as Lewis Carroll. Over the past 150 years, the book's narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been – as Wikipedia rightfully asserts – enormously influential in both popular culture and literature...."
"...The idea for the story of The Sculptor goes way back to when I was very young and still had one foot in the superhero world. And I had sort of this basic sketch of the idea, and it went into this big three-ring binder with all these other ideas I had for comics that I’d like to do someday..."
"...We've featured plenty of small-scale film projects over the years, but not this small-scale or paradoxically so big-budget. Some scientists have made the world's smallest movie by pushing atoms around, creating a movie about a kid and his pet atom..."
"..."Everyone knows the state is building transmission lines out to West Texas," Sloan says. "So why in the world do you charge more for a 10-year product than a five-year?"..."
"...The collection of short stories isn't a primer to border-town living, nor is it a Winesburg, Ohio-esque statement on the perils of small-town life. Casares wanted it to feel familiar to Brownsville residents, and, for the rest of the world, the author describes his goals this way: "I'm going to bring you home with me, drop you in there, and let you listen to what's going on."..."
"...Systems also act as gatekeepers and without fresh input become lethargic machines. Such could be said about the art world system, long ago clogged with the pursuit of status and commerce..."
"..."A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes." -- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World2178: An Obstron Odyssey A bead of sweat trickled down Max's forehead. His trixoral levels rose in anticipation as he felt the Obstron homing in on his thoughts..."
"...The carnival is one of the few corners of American leisure to escape corporate pillage. While the rest of the world may succumb to manufactured excitement, so many of Thomas Carnival's contemporaries like Strates Shows and Degeller Attractions in Florida, and the Bates Brothers and Gambill Amusements in Ohio, still operate as small businesses run by multi-generational families who live, work, and travel this authentic, American life on the road..."
"...He has risen from rural poverty in Ethiopia and broken world records at every track distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. And not just broken them, but completely smashed them, lowering them not by fractions of a second but down to times considered unthinkable even a decade ago...."
"...Bush to Bill Bradley, crows their passion for "a free market economy." That's a code phrase meaning: Our biggest corporations can do whatever they want, anywhere they want, with minimal interference from government or citizens. Now the $100 billion "defense" buildup becomes more clear: The United States wants an economically strong Europe to play "free market" footsies with, but does not want serious competition for world resources, and is willing to back up what it wants militarily..."
"...the first that these young can give real thought to ... you have to face the young and know that your generation hasn't stopped it, and that this is the world, or part of the world, you're handing on to them ....."
"...Although city hall insiders say that clubs bumped from one location could simply pick up and move, Henry shares the concerns of Liberty Lunch's owners that the cost of moving their businesses to another location downtown makes relocation a "dicey proposition." He points out that when the Electric Lounge began five years ago, it was an abandoned warehouse in a forgotten part of downtown. "To go and do that someplace else just doesn't exist," Henry says, adding, "For years I felt safe, I felt like the city government really believed that this was the live music capital of the world..."
"...The compact-city debate has special meaning in Cherrywood, probably modern Austin's first example of an infill neighborhood. The surrounding residential areas - Hyde Park, Hancock, and Ridgetop to the west, and Blackland, Swede Hill, and Chestnut Hill to the south - were all developed, at least in part, before World War II, when most of Cherrywood was still raw land outside the city limits...."
"...Austin Chronicle: When Kick Out the Jams was recorded in 1968, young people believed they could change the world. Do you think young people feel that way today?..."
"...Human Rights Council. His findings, about the self-defined wealthiest country in the world, were stark: "About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty." A Time for Solidarity..."
"..."Haloid" runs nine minutes and features impressive computer animation – the pair battle dozens of enemies at a time – and a surprisingly deft hand for storytelling. While the thrill of seeing the two worlds collide will be lost on viewers without an emotional attachment to the franchises, it's a well-structured piece of narrative animation with dramatically satisfying reveals and fun character moments, despite the lack of dialogue..."
"...One of the best-known gastronomes in town is of course Whole Foods Market founder and now co-CEO John Mackey, who’s among the most prominent vegans in these parts, a diet to which he in large part attributes his good health, slim figure, and mostly sunny disposition. In his latest book, Conscious Capitalism, he credits a stern talking to from an animal activist for turning him finally away from meat and all its byproducts; and like many of his kind – retail entrepreneurs as well as food enthusiasts – he’s a proselytizer, not content to rest on his own considerable accomplishments as a supermarketer, but determined to bring his spiritual enlightenment to the world...."
"...He is the face of modern professional wrestling, but in this tech-heavy crowd, he freely admitted: "We're in a weird business. We're in the world of entertainment, and the world of sport."..."
"...They said, 'We love this, it's great, we're going to get it into theaters, we're going to get you $500,000 to do the final music and final visual effects.' Wow, this is going to be beautiful and amazing. Cassian Elwes, the biggest film sales agent in the world was repping it, and all of a sudden the bottom fell out of the economy, and William Morris was gobbled up by Endeavor, and suddenly the biggest film sales agent in the world was out of a job...."
"...Ponzi schemes are illegal – unless they're being run by Wall Street bankers and delivering fat profits to some of the world's richest speculators. Then, such scams are legal, unregulated, and have respectable banker monikers like "subprime mortgage pools."..."
"...Police say it appears that Benesh was attempting to start a Texas chapter of the Bandidos' California-based rivals; more importantly, sources say, Benesh was proceeding with the plan without the permission of the Bandidos' leadership. In the exclusive and secretive world of the nation's most notorious motorcycle clubs the Bandidos, Hells Angels, Outlaws, and Pagans are the four largest Benesh's actions would indeed cause a stir..."
"...By and large, trying to launch a career from the world's most isolated continent has its pros and cons. The Australian dollar is worth about 77 American cents, which makes stateside tours prohibitive for anyone who's not Rupert Murdoch..."
"...Much of the world's true beauty escapes us. We simply don't look hard enough to see it..."
"..."Whether Ruchama [the main character of his story "The Wig"] is wrestling with wearing a wig or not affects a reader that's completely separate from that [Orthodox] world in one way, whereas it might really be an issue to someone else about their own [life]," he says. "It can be in general, say, an issue about a woman's freedom or freedom in general or individual choices of modesty or vanity or beauty, but if you go into a specific community, it can be like, "Someone's wearing a wig, and should I wear it? Or is this guy saying that I shouldn't?' On that level I'm not prescribing anything, but when I show up in certain places, that seems to be on the table."..."
"...I was so saturated in my fantasy world by the time school started, I began eighth grade speaking with a fake English accent, complete with details gleaned from magazines. I had decided I would be more interesting if I were mysterious..."
"..."All told, I feel like all of this is part reality and part media event and part personal speculation about the end of the world."..."
"...Those few people and even nonhumans struck by the light acquire an indescribable enlightenment. They become (pardon the hippie sophistry) one with the universe and drop out of mainstream society to commune with other "blues" or simply because they could no longer cope with the world at large..."
"...Nevertheless, we gamely muddle along in a media landscape that nobody – from The New York Times on down to the surviving neighborhood listservs – knows fully how to accommodate with "content," nor quite how to effectively "monetize." Plenty of our current readers are default "information wants to be free" folks – understandable enough when you've got the whole world in your smartphone pocket – but from this end of the telescope we're regularly reminded that reporters and writers and artists and production staff and ad salespeople need to eat, clothe themselves, and raise families, too...."
"...His albums with the Tijuana Brass sold millions, but he also became a major force in the music industry itself. Now 80, he performs at the One World Theatre on Monday and Tuesday with his wife, original Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 vocalist Lani Hall..."
"...Moreover, conventional narrative storytelling demands a hierarchy of roles: leads, supporting roles, minor roles, bit parts, featured extras, extras. The problem is how this hierarchy of roles maps onto a hierarchy of bodies in the world – sometimes in ways that are visible to viewers, like amount of screen time, and sometimes in ways only those in the industry will ever see, in unnamed roles and character descriptions..."
"...The founder of landmark Seventies concert hall Armadillo World Headquarters and current owner of Threadgill’s was moved to sell his personal collections, in part, because he needed to move them out of a storm-damaged storage space. He also hopes to finance a new Threadgill’s – possibly in New Zealand...."
"...The Don that I know is a joyful, funny, witty man. Because of our mutual connection to the world of wine, we've known each other for 10 years, and I have seldom seen him without a smile on his face and a word-twisting joke on his mind..."
"...Remember: Just because you're wee doesn't mean your wee has to be. Bottom line, Girl, is that it's a scary world out there, john-wise..."
"...You hear sounds from above. Comforting sounds of the outside world..."
"...This week in Padma’s Inappropriate Outfits: While introducing Cat Cora, an Iron Chef and host of Bravo’s new competition show, Around the World in 80 Plates, Padma looks quite comfortable in what is essentially a slightly oversized man’s plaid shirt. She appears to be using a shoelace as a belt, and her feet are shod in black cowboy boots..."
"...At this point, I don’t think they would even want to pass by and acknowledge us because we are so primitive. The reason why I look at things on a galactic level is that I want to emote those feelings out there so that whoever is out there listening will know that someone down here is making music and being creative and treating people the way they should be treated in order to progress to that next level to eventually interact with people that are not of this world..."
"...You also may have noticed that another Shiner has disappeared – that's because Leicht has replaced Shiner Kölsch as its seasonal summer brew. I'm sure the folks at Spoetzl Brewery had financially sound reasons for this move – there is apparently no shortage of people in this world who will drink flavorless, fizzy, yellow water under the mistaken impression that it is beer – but speaking on behalf of those who like some flavor and body, the discontinuation of Kölsch is tragic..."
"..."Austin City Limits was absolutely huge for us," says Turner as the pair prepares for their second coming at the festival this year. "That was the first opportunity for us to play for thousands of people from all over the world..."
"...Sure, the hype about Web sites like Living.com and lots of others was overdone. So what? The bottom line is, the World Wide Web is changing our lives in dramatic ways -- and it's not just about buying CDs from Amazon..."
"...The first half of the Nineties is growth, but the second half is explosion. The town grows into a city and then into a big city, known to people worldwide..."