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…and finally we turned the British!!!

It was songwriter Billy Bragg who opined, “This isn’t a court of justice, son, this is a court of law.” And so it goes that in penalty-kick shootouts, justice doesn’t always prevail with the better team on the day winning. But in the aftermath of Italy’s 4-2 shootout victory over England after extra time finished scoreless, there can be no disputing the fact the better footballing side emerged triumphant.
The more adaptive team won, as well. After a frenetic opening 15 minutes during which both sides created good chances, the defensive responsibilities in the center of Italy’s midfield looked to be a bit too much for creative hub Andrea Pirlo. So Italy manager Cesare Prandelli made the simplest of adjustments, sliding Daniele De Rossi more alongside Pirlo, and allowing Claudio Marchisio and Riccardo Montolivo to take on more advanced roles. This had the effect of providing another outlet to link defense to attack and rendered useless the efforts of England forward Danny Welbeck to shadow Pirlo.
The result was almost complete and utter domination thereafter. Sure, England threatened occasionally on set pieces, and looked a bit livelier after the second-half introduction of forward Andy Carroll, but it was Italy that owned the ball and created the better scoring opportunities. In fact, once the Azzurri began setting up shop in England’s half, De Rossi even found some opportunities to get forward and had a glorious chance to put Italy on top in the 48th minute, somehow contriving to shoot wide from all of six yards out. Earlier De Rossi had come agonizingly close to scoring as well, but his audacious effort in the third minute from 30 yards hit the post.

Nessun dorma……hoping for italy vs england….

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Nessun dorma” (English: None shall sleep)[1] is an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini‘s opera Turandot,[2] and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. It is sung by Calaf, il principe ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded.

When i feel better…..

Águas de Março – Stereo – Elis Regina and Tom Jobim – Aguas de Marco – Waters of March from Mark on Vimeo.

When i listen this song i feel better!!!!!!!!

10 years later, looking back at how ‘Minority Report’ predicted the future

In the late 90s, when faced with the task of turning Philip K. Dick’s The Minority Report into a feature film, director Steven Spielberg assembled a crack team of forward-thinking minds to envision the technology-saturated world to come. The resulting film was an action movie, through and through. But much of what its various collaborators came up with quickly became hauntingly prophetic. From gesture-based computing to police drones to the overwhelming proliferation of personalized advertising, Spielberg’s film, in many ways, describes a future that seems to be rapidly closing in on us.

On the occasion of the film’s 10th anniversary, Wired recently spoke to a dozen of Spielberg’s former soothsayers about how these and other concepts discussed during the film’s “idea summit” transitioned from speculation to reality. Among them: Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer and a key figure in the development of Microsoft’s Kinect, Whole Earth Catalog creator Stewart Brand, and noted futurist Peter Schwartz, who also consulted on notable science fiction films like WarGames.

“We would ask questions: What about advertising? What about transportation? What about newspapers? What about food?” Schwartz recalls. “I don’t think many of us knew what the fuck we were getting ourselves into,” says Joel Garreau, at the time a reporter for theWashington Post. Follow the source link below for more on the discussions that gave birth to the film’s lasting legacy.

 

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