Poland vs Senegal

Another unexpected result: Senegal beat Poland 2-1. There were by far more Polish fans than Senegalese but that didn’t help…

Mexico vs Germany

In the most important match of my trip, México faced off against tournament favorite and defending world champion Germany.

As usual, Mexican fans outnumbered rival fans 3 to 1. But nobody predicted the World Cup history we were about to witness.

Excellent game played by the Tri. I’m so glad I was there.

Argentina vs Iceland

We arrived late last night to our hotel in Moscow after a lot of traveling. Had to get some rest before tomorrow’s warm up game (for me).

Today we got to see Iceland earn their first ever World Cup point and Leo Messi miss a penalty kick at the Spartak Stadium. Good match.

Masacotes 2018

We won the championship, once again. Unfortunately I missed the final this time due to travel commitments.

Well done, team.

Voting

Here we go again, voting for a President, although this time it’s Mexico’s. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the whole thing was. Let’s hope I’m pleasantly surprised at the results too.

Childhood dream moments

I grew up in the eighties. Like every other healthy kid who grew up in the eighties, I like Star Wars and Back to the Future. Last month there were two moments that made my inner kid happy. I share below.

Captured by the Evil Galactic Empire. At Alamo Drafthouse Village after watching Solo.
Sitting in the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Even got to put on the orange vest. This is at NIWeek 2018.

Ruskipolla 2018

To the excitement of millions of soccer-loving The MKX® readers out there, I want to formally announce:

Ruskipolla 2018

Ruskipolla 2018

The best World Cup pool / game ever anywhere!

This follows a long tradition of awesome “quinielas” started all the way back in 2006.

The system is 100% custom and written from scratch by me, with a bit of help from a few others. It’s all for fun and for my friends and friends of friends. I really think it makes the tournament more fun for everyone involved.

It all started as a bunch of furious all-nighters writing code twelve years ago. On every subsequent polla there have been many improvements. This year, I’ve added the ability to play for free through referrals. We’ll see how it works out.

To be honest, since the last Polla a couple of little kids have taken all of my free time and I wasn’t thinking of launching it. But enough people asked about it… so what the heck.

Join now and spread the word. There’s only two weeks until kickoff!

Book of Mormon

We went to see this last Saturday at the Bass Concert Hall. It’s extremely funny and pretty insuling, although a lot of those insults apply universally to all religions.

I honestly wonder what my mormon colleagues think about it. I’ll ask around.

2018 Panini World Cup Sticker Album

Once again, the World Cup is coming. Russia welcomes the world in a message of peace, love, and sportsmanship <ahem>.

Nevertheless, the game must go on. The sticker collecting game, that is.

I’ve dusted off my trusty little PHP script and, just like in 2006, 2010, and 2014, set up the…

2018 My Panini World Cup Sticker Album Progress TrackingIt’s been a lot of work involving a lot of people in several countries. I still need your help completing my album. Contact me if you’re ready to trade.

Sticker sorting sweatshop.
Sticker peeling operation.
Sticker trading operation.

Cap10k 2018 Results


Another year, another Cap10k. I trained hard, and I kicked ass. Well, I kicked my own 2013, 2016, and 2017 ass. But I couldn’t kick my 2014 and 2015 ass:

I trained really hard using the RunKeeper app’s subscription only training programs which asked me to run an insane amount of miles. I ran more miles in the last few months than I had ever run in a similar time period before. And yet… it wasn’t enough to beat my own record which I thought I could and was a little disappointing.

The weather was perfect. I slept well the night before. What could have possibly slowed me down? Possible factors:

  1. I’m old
  2. I skipped my traditional pre-race porta-potty visit
  3. A week of Passover food binging and run skipping the week before the event

Alas, it was not to be.

But here are the positives:

  • A great result
  • 140th place in my category
  • Had the race been a month later, I would have been 108th in my category!


  • I won the famous Cap10K Kirsch Challenge. Take that, Fin!

Will I run again? My legs, at the moment, say no. Ask me again in a few days.

Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, Maaaaaambo!