By MATHIAS EICHLER   Issue #34: August/September 2014   'Exploring in the sunshine'


Coach Sigi Schmid is rooting for the US

Schmid is rooting for the US:

“No. I’m rooting for the U.S. I’m never torn on that. I’ve grown up here, I’m a U.S. citizen, and this is where I’ve earned my living as a soccer coach. … When Germany plays anybody else, I’m very German and I’m definitely behind them all the way. But I sometimes lose patience for people who have lived here a long time and are still rooting for their home country first. I understand that, and I was born in Germany and have all my relatives there. They’re going to be rooting for Germany first and they’re going to give me a hard time. But I just think this is the country that my family committed to and that I’ve committed to, so I’m going to support this country.”

This one is still hard for me. The German National Team has always been my favorite team to watch. I want them to win another trophy and continue their legacy. They need to win it this time.

But when the US is not playing Germany I am 100% rooting for them. They’ve shown great soccer on the pitch this year. The Sounders players help bring the team closer to me and I love watching them succeed.

Just not on Thursday. I will be rooting for Germany again.

PS: On second thought, if we end in second place in Group G we could avoid Brazil until the Finals. Hmmmm.

The Not So Big Superbowl

Tobias Kemper:

In case you were wondering what the World Cup means to everyone else.

Talking Soccer on Tumblr

Moved all that noisy soccer talk to a dedicated Tumblr blog. For the next 4 weeks at least.

Oh, there is so much to talk about, so many amazing games, beautiful goals and so many cool statistical possibilities.

Come and join me, and talk soccer with me.

‘German stadium turned into freakishly clean living room for World Cup’


Complete World Cup Schedule for iCal

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Let the madness begin!

Good guys with guns

Excellent Gawker article:

I’d like to support you in your supreme confidence. I’d like to stand up for your right and trust that you take care in the responsibilities that come with it. But I can’t be certain of that, any more than I can be certain that my aim is true, or that in the heat of the moment, another Amanda Miller isn’t waiting for you or me.

Visiting Yellowstone

From my good friend Doug:

Road trips are a part of American’s identity. Being able to drive from Washington State to Montana and Wyoming, across the mighty Rocky Mountains and over the Continental Divide is an in- credible experience that everyone should have, at least once. The drive to Yellowstone takes you from the edge of a temperate rainforest, through the desolation of Eastern Washington, through the pine forests of Northern Idaho and into the land we all know as Big Sky Country. 

Need plans for the Summer? This book is for you.

Mobile Browser for your Desktop

Monochrome looks kinda cool.

But sadly some of my mobile pages render differently than in my iPhone browser? Anyone has any suggestions on why that is?

#AchtungOne: ‘Itchy Feet’

First issue of Achtung Leitmotif is out: “Itchy Feet”.

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Sign up here, you’ll love it, I promise.

Healthkit could open door to Universal EMR

On Quora, by a medical professional:

I feel that Healthkit might well be the first step in creating something akin to a universal EMR. If Apple pulls this off with the right partners, they could potentially solve one of the single worst problems in healthcare today: the inability to easily transfer patient records from one care location to another.

This is where the opportunity lies. Not just is this incredibly exciting in itself, but by Apple creating partnerships with other industries that can benefit from Apple’s software and hardware Apple has the ability to leverage their pocketbooks. Just like Apple did with the cell carriers. It could become another subsidized market that can be made accessible to the consumers without ‘ads’ or other shitty workarounds.

High Hopes for Soccer Fans

Here in the US, by Brian Foley on Medium:

I know I will be here watching on the TV every single game of the World Cup in High Definition and getting expert analysis on ESPN as this is the time that Soccer breaks through in this country with perfect gametimes for USA fans with 6pm and noon kickoffs.

Never Forget, Always with You

70 years ago today was D-Day. And this is what that means to me:

There are two side of ‘we never forget’.

The Allied Countries ‘celebrating’ D-Day are remembering the fallen and are reminding today’s world  that sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for the greater good, the common goal.
You have to do what’s ‘right’. Even if that means sacrificing so much. And this is noble and true.

Soccer Love

From the Archive:

This is what soccer fans look like in Germany. We’re getting close US, we’re getting closer!

World Cup Preview

Fantastic feature on SB Nation.

There will be a lot, a lot, a lot of talk about soccer here over the next few weeks. Bear with me. The most exciting days are ahead. I love the World Cup. Love the German National Team. Love the Cup. Every 4 years the madness disrupts my life and it’s the most beautiful agony and ecstasy all rolled into one.

Deutschland, Deutschland, Wir sind die Mannschaft!!

Too Late, Sadly

Reeder relaunched.

My once favorite RSS reader had to be completely rebuild after the closure of Google Reader. Back then I love the app on Mac and iOS. It is still gorgeous designed, feels great to use and is a pleasure to read articles from multiple blogs on.

When Google killed their RSS service I moved all my blogs to DIGG and used their app and website for awhile. It worked alright at first but it certainly was no Reeder.

Since then time has moved on and RSS has increasingly become irrelevant for me. I recently revived the still very clunky-to-use Lists on Twitter and added every blog-only feed to that list I care about. It actually works surprisingly well. My ‘RSS’ List allows me to browse those links straight from the platform I use most often to discover and read articles. It certainly is not as comprehensive as my old RSS list, but starting fresh actually feels pretty good as I get a change to rebuild my feed from the ground up.

And for those blog feeds that don’t offer dedicated Twitter streams? Well, they should get on it right away, right? But, in the meantime, I will let those links come bubbling up to me on my daily tweet stream.

Happy reader, but without Reeder.

MLS Jersey Sales

That Dempsey tops the league in jersey sales is not surprising and great for the Sounders. But what’s even greater is that Yedlin is in the top 10. Local kid from the Seattle area. So great.

‘An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy’

Yes, you can find idiots on both sides of the aisle and especially at Whole Foods.

Horrible how science and historical facts are being thrown out the window in favor of personal expression and selfish ideology.

Apple’s WWDC

They changed the game. A full tour the force that introduced Apple’s roadmap for the future. Wow.

Great roundup by Ben Brooks (who’s back on Twitter!):

… the biggest thing to remember is that unlike other keynotes and product announcements: all this stuff is real. You may not get it today, but developers are already hard at work on it so that when you get it, everything works. Amazing.

A new style of Sponsored Post

Kottke launches Kickstarter Boost sponsorships. Smart idea. And a bold move:

If your Boost runs on the site and your project does not reach its goal, I will refund your deposit and you will not be charged the full amount.

MuleRadio is shutting down

Podcasting’s blogger moment hasn’t arrived yet.

And will it ever?