Must-Follow World Cup Pundits: Men in Blazers

If you’re not following them already — and if, as I’m assuming, you love everything about the World Cup and the U.S. team — be sure to follow Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, a.k.a. Men in Blazers. The two pundits, Brits who are long-time U.S. residents, combine in depth knowledge of the sport with an […]

My Story on Messaging Apps in Southeast Asia

The reason I have this special folder on my iPhone: I’ve been researching a story on messaging app makers battling for users here in Southeast Asia. It ran in the WSJ Asia in print and online Friday. The lede: When Listri Samudra, an equity sales representative in the Indonesian city of Bandung, opens her smartphone […]

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Goat Parkour Is the Best Evidence Yet That Goats Are the New Cats — Slate The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong — Jill Lepore at The New Yorker Clayton Christensen Responds to New Yorker Takedown of ‘Disruptive Innovation’ — BloombergBusinessweek An Island-Hopping Southern Seafood Crawl — WSJ The Case for Reparations […]

On England and the World Cup

Snips from “A Soccer Empire, Deeply Confused,” David Winner‘s contribution to the New York Times‘s feature on the World Cup and national playing styles: Soccer has long been a bastion of a peculiarly 19th-century conception of Englishness the nation seems reluctant to relinquish. The game was born during the era of empire when the country’s […]

‘Hunger Games’ Salute, Facebook outage and more: a Belated Roundup of Thai Coup Stories

As I mentioned in my previous post, I traveled to Bangkok to help out with our coverage following the May 22 military coup. Here are links to a few of the stories I worked on: Turmoil Costing Thailand Conference Business Thailand Sees Widespread Facebook Outage Social-Media Companies Skip Meeting With Thai Junta Thai Junta Says […]