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Photo of the day #39: The Spear

This portrait of South African president Jacob Zuma by Brett Murray has triggered a scandal and even marches. It’s based on this portrait of Lenin but it also shows his penis. I think it’s cool and if anyone ever decides to paint me in this style with my package exposed, I’m all for it. Especially if they make my package that big.

More info on CNN, where – heaven forbid they show an abstract three color painting of a dick and offend a puritan reader – the painting is censored.

SXSW – Hip Hop Pantsula

Hip Hop Pantsula at SXSW

Another South African rapper we saw is Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), and he was a grownup. He was pretty good, but the best part by far was his bassist. She was awesome. You need to see the video, but I don’t know if it does her justice.

Hip Hop Pantsula's bassist at SXSW

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SXSW – Gamebuoy

This little kid from Johannesburg (oh… the memories) calls himself Gamebuoy and he can rap pretty good. Who knows, maybe he’ll get really famous and I’ll be able to say that I saw him in a concert when he was a kid and I was standing by the stage and totally blocked him from everyone’s view.


Completing my album

I received a mysterious envelope with a return address in Germany. I wasn’t expecting it so quickly: My own myPanini World Cup sticker for my album. It’s finally (almost) complete:

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Compared to the 2006 version, I look a lot happier and hairier. Most readers will quickly point out that I’m wearing an outdated 1994 Umbro jersey instead of the current one. You are right – but I guarantee that this photo was taken in 2010 next to none other than former national team legend Luis Roberto Alves “Zague”! (see original).

There’s already quite a long waiting list, but I do have a few extras. So if you want your limited edition Marcos Kirsch sticker, just ask nicely in a comment.

And if you know what happened to the mystery sticker shipment from Panama (you know who you are), please let me know.

South Africa thoughts (part 2)

This is part 2 of my two-part collection of random thoughts from South Africa. Part 1 is here. Click on Read more for part 2.

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South Africa thoughts (part 1)

I wrote a bunch of random and mostly disorganized thoughts about my trip to the World Cup. I will break them up in a two posts in order to avoid boring my readers too much. Hopefully someone finds them interesting. Click on read more to check it out.

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World Cup photos!

It took a lot longer than I had hoped for due to unforseen technical difficulties, but I am finally done going through the ~1500 photos we took in the last couple of weeks, selecting and post-processing, and have posted them to The MKX® Photo Central.

I am really happy with how the photos came out. We used an Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera on the trip instead of the usual crummy pocket camera, which we occasionally paired with a Panasonic 45-200mm telephoto lens, which allowed for some cool closeups at the stadiums and in the safari. The main album is broken up by day:

  1. To the World Cup!
    Carrying a sombrero across the world is not fun.
  2. Egypt
    A 12 hour layover in Cairo. Let’s make the best of it.
  3. South Africa VS Mexico
    Opening match in Soccer City, Johannesburg.
  4. Argentina VS Nigeria
    Messi and Maradona, in front of me.
  5. Lory Park
    Awesome VIP tour in this beautiful animal sanctuary, courtesy of Sharon Salomon. Also, an encounter with former world champion Oscar Ruggeri.
  6. Holland VS Denmark
    At Ellis Park. Not the best match, but look at that crowd!
  7. Brazil VS N. Korea
    The jogo bonito. Also, Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer.
  8. Pilansberg Safari
    Extreme closeups of wild animals, and also of my flat tire.
  9. Mexico VS France
    If we are going to beat France, we should do it in style, flying private and hanging out with Figo and Zidane.
  10. England VS Argelia
    In Cape Town. Zague said hello.
  11. Cape Town
    Enjoying the waterfront.
  12. Simon’s Town
    Table Mountain, then drive to Simon’s town to see the penguins.
  13. Portugal VS N. Korea
    Jewish Museum, then see Ronaldo and friends kill the Koreans.
  14. Uruguay VS Mexico
    Not much luck in Rustenburg.
  15. Return to reality
    Another loooong trip through Egypt, where Mexico is famous for the wrong reasons.

I will run naked if Mexico wins the World Cup

If Maradona, Luciana Salazar, and Claudia Conserva can do it, so can I. So hear it goes: If Mexico wins the 2010 FIFA World Cup, I will run naked. Unless most of you don’t want me to (see poll). Yes, a bold bet, I know. But I am a bold guy, after all.



Should Marcos to run naked if Mexico wins the World Cup?
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Update June 28th: Never mind.

USA vs Algeria

If Americans cared about soccer as much as the rest of the world does, they’d be carving Landon Donovan’s face on Mount Rushmore right now.