I had yet to eat my breakfast this morning when someone regaled me with a story about a guy staying up in Sochi's mountaintop media hotel cluster who turned on his faucet and watched as sewage spilled out. Last night, a colleague returned to her room after a long day of work to find the door swung open, a set of keys still dangling from the lock. Nothing was stolen, but a TV had finally been installed. It could have been worse: The door to one guy's room was supposedly kicked down by workers trying to put in a cable box.
I can't help but imagine if a young Hunter S. Thompson was alive today.
Tall and lean, Busquets jogged languidly from the circle into the space between Madrid's central midfield and defense. Messi's return pass was sharp and direct. Busquets received the ball, pivoted and tapped it lightly. What seemed unthreatening a few seconds earlier now became a menacing give-and-go.
"I saw some options," Messi said. "I always try to create danger."
During the careers of the greats to whom Messi is most often compared -- Pelé of Brazil and Diego Maradona, a fellow Argentine -- the pace of the game was slower, with more space to operate and more chance for flamboyant playfulness in the flowing dribbles known as gambeta.
Today, soccer increasingly relies on size and muscle and speed. The best players must be able to operate in claustrophobic spaces. That is the mesmerizing skill of Messi, slithering through these airless openings in top gear, changing direction, providing as well as scoring, his left foot tapping the ball on each stride with blurred and evasive touches. At such moments, the ball becomes an extension of his foot.
A big congratulations to my team at Roundarch and the team at Bloomberg Sports on the new Trade Analyzer 2011 app for iPad - especially my design colleague Silvia Brown for the beautiful work she did on the interface design.
With that said, what makes this application great isn't just the great interface design but all the technology and databases and algorithms working behind the scenes. It's the transitions between screens, the reaction of buttons to your touch. It's about all the data getting pulled from MLB for the player cards.
Details, details, details.
As Steve Jobs has said, design isn't just about how it looks, it's about how it works.