IBM, being IBM, is putting on what they call the THINK forum, where a bunch of prominent CS people are going to get together and discuss the implications of big data in all aspects of life (and shill Watson, because Watson’s thing is big data). Still, this video gets me kinda hyped for it. Wish I could go.

Just a side note from my time away from the internet: it would appear that Fulham is on their way to the Football League 1. Sad, especially since they just got relegated from the Premier League. But on the bright side, my favored club, Norwich City F.C., seems to be on their way back to the Premier League, so long as they keep scoring and somehow make their way through the playoffs.

MLS Next, the direction this indicates for the league, and some personal thoughts

I end my internet hiatus to discuss the announcement today of MLS Next, the league’s formal re-branding process. Let’s kick things off with the new shield.

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Yeah, this ugly thing. It’s not horrendous, per say, but that slash outside the shield isn’t doing itself any favors. I will say that I like the idea that each club has their own version of the shield, but it may not work for both primary and secondary kits. For example, my supported RBNY has a slightly tone swapped version of the base MLS shield. However, that might not work on the blue change kit.

Next, the fact that EA has changed the kits in FIFA 15. Mixed bag, that. Unless EA plans to add NYCFC and Orlando in later, it makes no sense. Yes, it’s FIFA for the 2015 season, but you’re missing two teams that will be part of the 2015 season. (I’m just speculating here; for all I know, NYCFC and Orlando are already in the game.)

So, what does this mean for the league heading forward? Not much, actually. A lot of footballing leagues don’t necessarily have logos that have anything to do with the sport, but MLS is unique in that it has no corporate branding causing that shift. Again, not bad, but definitely strange.

My personal opinion though: I’m not a fan. It looks OK, but it lacks any sort of connection to the game itself. MLS is Tier 1 on the pyramid for two out of three countries in North America, and neither of those countries are big on the sport. Sure, World Cup fever comes around once a year, but we need to promote the sport. Right now, my local paper, the Times Union, has EPL scores in the back, above the MLS scores. How long will that last? How long will the game be in the consciousness of the general US public? We need something that sticks and reminds people of the game, and while this’ll stick, it will be more “What’s that supposed to mean?” Just my two cents though.

This is the one time I’ll agree with the Huffington Post. (Shudders)

I fancy myself a bit of a music buff, and M83’s been one of my favorites since being introduced to Anthony Gonzalez and Co. when I was in middle school when Saturdays = Youth was released. But recently, M83 is in everything. And I’m not talking about when Anthony soundtracked Oblivion or You and the Night. It’s in everything, to evoke, as HuffPo’s Christopher Rosen summarizes “heartbreak, nostalgia, anticipation, jubilation and triumph.”

Not that I’m complaining that people are appreciating M83’s more pensive qualities, but it’s overkill. This past year, I’ve gone from going “Ooh! M83!” to “Ugh. M83.” (And I know, that’s rather hipster of me.)

But this is the case everywhere. Anthony Carboni, formerly of Discovery, posted this nugget on his twitter.

It’s inevitable. There’s something to the downtempo, shoegazing music that makes it perfect for retrospection and discussion. (It’s also good to code to, but that’s a discussion for a different day.)

Tycho, aka Scott Hansen, had a new album that charted at 3 in electronic, 2 in indy with M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Waiting charting at 1 and 3 respectively. It’s clear that these albums and songs aren’t going away. Let’s just hope they don’t over saturate.

Not sure how I feel about meninblazers moving over to NBC. They do cover Soccah quite a bit more, and their focus is very much on the EPL, but it seems that MiB was having a good time of it at Grantland, what with Tiricoism, Bob Ley’s panic room, and Paul Carr blowing minds. I feel that NBC’s soccer coverage is more sterile, and that Toilet and Positive won’t do as well with their humor there.

My understanding is that Petke went all hulk on the team at the break. Good for him too, since he’s seemed like a more subdued facsimile of himself thus far. Secondary props to Henry who, according to Dan Dickinson of Gothamist, broke up the media swarm surrounding Miazga after the game.

Hopefully Hulk Petke and Co. can keep it up for the rest of the season, and it won’t involve being perpetually a man down.