^^ This is Papua New Guinea, where I grew up. I am often asked where and what it is, so I have created a geographical primer to dispel all future confusion.
Big news, everyone: I've decided to start a podcast. Yes, you will be able to hear my weirdly low voice and manly laugh on the reg. While I listen to podcasts literally every day (see my post on the subject), I've yet to delve into the foray of broadcasting myself. But if there's one thing I know, it's that I love to travel. And I know a lot of people who have lived overseas and love airplanes as much as I do. So it would be a waste not to milk those friendships for all they're worth, right?
That's why I created "Pop Cartography" — it's an opportunity to pick my friends' brains and meet them at that crossover between their cultural experiences and mine. I learned so much from the people I grew up with, and I want to share their wisdom. My goal is for the show to be really laid-back, conversational and (most importantly) funny, so don't immediately knock it if you think "podcast" is a dirty word.
My pilot episode is with best friend/all-around cool gal/Swedish goddess/professional jam maker Elin Engkvist Wyller. I've known Elin since we were tikes, when she regularly wore culottes and her favourite purple "Lion King" t-shirt, which featured Nala and Simba in a heart on the front. I usually wore my pink Barbie shorts or Osh Kosh B'Gosh short overalls — shorteralls?Read More
Unless you live under a rock, you've heard about the recent FIFA scandals, not the least of which being President Sepp Blatter's resignation. Seemingly in tandem with these events, the Women's 2015 World Cup started last week, June 7, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
You may also know about the artificial turf controversy, but in case you don't, here's a quick recap: FIFA decided it was cheaper to use artificial turf in the six stadiums for the women's tournament, and not surprisingly, the athletes were less-than-thrilled. A group of players — headed up by U.S. forward Abby Wambach — sued FIFA and the Canada Soccer Association, citing gender discrimination. But after they were stonewalled, the players withdrew the lawsuit, and the World Cup is going forward as planned. It's important to note that, not only have the men's World Cups never been played on artificial turf, but FIFA wouldn't dare try.
If you're still fuzzy on the FIFA disputes, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver does a great job of describing it with his usual candor and wit (Note: This was filmed before Blatter's resignation):Read More