The New Yorker has an interesting piece on England’s World Cup manager Gareth Southgate and how his super power is one that most of us would not particularly want to be known for. Well, I wouldn’t. I mean, it’s good to have, but not as your main thing.
The case for being ‘sensible’. Let’s see how England goes in Russia, under this brave, if unlikely, regime, starting tonight.
Take that, Zuckerberg!
Speaking of being sensible, have you dug under the hood of your Facebook settings, in the wake of all the shenanigans that have gone on in Zuckerbergeville lately? The Washington Post had a good guide to privacy and adverting settings you might want to at least review before posting your next awesome pic of your dog eating kale on a Bali beach. #futureasaninfluencer
The most classic of the classics
Here at GiantsAmongMen, we try not to get all high-brow on your arse, but this BBC story caught our eye. The Odyssey, by Homer, has been voted the greatest story ever told and frankly we agree.
It’s got everything: Cyclops, total babes, even if they’re mermaids, dangerous Goddesses or whatever, the weariness of post-war, the struggle of one man to just get home to his ever-loving wife, satisfying revenge against rebound wannabes, and strong themes about how the Gods will fuck you over, given the slightest chance. Well, some Gods. And to be fair, only if you piss them off. Plus, our hero, Ulysses, has a magnificently loyal dog.
I haven’t read it in a long time, but I always remember Ulysses as being a middle-aged man. He might have failed Gareth Southgate’s sensible test on a few occasions, sure, but he was cunning, and dogged, and determined, and a great leader of men – ok, now I think about it, a lot of his sailors came to horrible, sticky ends – and he was a bit cruel at times, but PTSD will do that to you after the Trojan War.
I should read it again; at least the digestible version I had when I was a teenager and I read it about five times because it rocked.
And finally, the case for not being sensible
Before we go, let’s just salute a few cases of people not being sensible, to counter-balance the Gareth Southgate of the world.
Shaking it all about
Firstly, there are the excitable Mexican fans who watched their team beat Germany in the World Cup overnight and proceeded to tear up, eat and shit out the idea of sensibility, in fact jumping up and down so much that local scientific monitors recorded an artificial earthquake.
We’re all for passion here so bravo, Mexicans.
The Dementors are among us
Less so to Warner Bros, which reportedly is cracking down on unofficial Harry Potter festivals because such wild displays of fandom also constitute a breach of authorised trademarks.
“Warner Bros. is always pleased to learn of the enthusiasm of Harry Potter fans, but we are concerned, and do object, when fan gatherings become a vehicle for unauthorized commercial activity,” the company said in a statement to USA Today.
I mean, seriously…
It probably even constitutes sensible corporate behaviour in terms of legalities and trademarks but dudes, there’s ’emotional intelligence’ as well in this world.
I wonder what JK Rowling would say about it?
Election Night Special
It goes without saying, as we leave, that Monty Python weren’t big fans of ‘sensible’: