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Maybe next time?

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

The US men’s soccer team lost 2-1 Ghana the other day.

That’s it, the end of this World Cup for the US. This sucks. Though most commentators outside the States gave us little chance of advancing out of our group, I and many others here had hope. We had a very strong run four years ago in Korea and Japan. There was no reason to think that we couldn’t build on that momentum. But, alas, this has been a down year for us.

It seems there’s a pattern emerging here.

In 1994, when we were hosting the Cup, we advanced out of our group with a very good showing. Sure, it helps to play at home, but advancing for the first time in 50 years is still significant. In the second round, we played Brazil, the eventual champions to a 1-0 result (on July 4, nonetheless). I was more than happy with the progress.

In 1998, we qualified for the Cup in France, but didn’t show so well. We lost all three matches to Germany, Iran and Yugoslavia. We went in with some risky strategies and players and it ended in disaster.

In 2002, we once again qualified, this time to go to Korea and Japan. There’s little bad to say about our showing there- we advanced out of our group with a stunning win over Portugal (one of the favorites), a tie with host South Korea and a loss to Poland. We went on to the second round to face Mexico, one of our biggest (only?) rivals. We won this match decisively, only to lose to Germany in the quarter-finals. Overall, a good showing for the US.

So, what’s the pattern? We can’t play in Europe. We’ve played well at home and in Asia, but we can’t go up against European teams in Europe.

Luckily the next Cup is not in Europe, its in Africa (for the first time). Hopefully that fact will help us out next time, but we need more than that to make it into the top flight of soccer playing nations- we need time, and we might need a new national team coach.

Snakes on a Trailer

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

There’s a new trailer for Snakes on a Plane out.

Found via the wonderful Snakes on a Blog blog.

Microformats dot org 1-year anniversary

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Tomorrow, June 21st is the one year anniversary of Microformats dot org. Its really tough to believe that I’ve been working on this for more than a year. And, after a year, things seem to be going stronger than ever. Here’s some random thoughts:

  1. When we started the site, we thought the project would have a limited shelf-life. We really thought we’d spend six to nine months working on new formats, then that’d be it. We’d then go on publishing and building tools. We have many ongoing efforts and there’s no end in sight.
  2. Its taken longer for us to get microformats search going than I expected. There’s been a lot of good things going on at Technorati.
  3. Microformats have gotten more positive reception from members of the UpperCase Semantic Web Crowd than I expected. I’ve also learned a lot more about those technologies and that crowd.

Of course, since its Web 2.0, and Web 2.0 is about the partying, there’ll be a Microformats Dot Org anniversary party tomorrow night at 111 Minna. See upcoming for details.

Javascript Templates

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I’m working on some pure-javascript applications (namely, the hCard creator, hCalendar creator and hReview creator (and soon another, super-secret project)) and need to do some enhancement to the markup they produce. Up until this point, I(we)’ve been building all the markup by concatenating strings together. However, this will only go so far.

When talking about the need for templating languages with some people (Simon? someone else?) at XTech, the phrase that kept coming up was “you can only get so far by glueing strings together.” At some point you need a stronger, more flexible approach, especially when dealing with markup.

So, I’ve started using TrimPath’s template library. It seems pretty nice so far. I know there have been other javascript templating efforts, but none seem to have much traction. Is there anything else worth trying?

Sam Jackson’s my bro

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006