Read an ABC News interview with Farrah Gray. Farrah made his first million when he was only 14. He is now 21 and owns a food company and other businesses with offices in Las Vegas and New York. What’s commendable is that he has set up a foundation to teach business skills to young people. He’s currently helping her sister look for a compatible bone marrow as she has leukemia through the Greek Gray Leukemia Foundation and encouraging African-Americans to sign up for the bone marrow registry.
Watched the FA Community Shield between Liverpool and Chelsea last evening and it was a evenly contested match, particularly in the second half when Chelsea settled down and was last nervous. The first half belonged mainly to Liverpool who were doing most of the attacking. Riise scored a wonderful solo goal on the ninth minute. He ran close to the entire length of the pitch to score a thunderbolt goal from outside the box though I was expecting Cudicini, the Chelsea goalkeeper, to save it. But I guess he was bitten by the swerve and sudden dip of the ball. There was another chance for Liverpool to score after some good play by Gonzalez. But Garcia and Crouch got into each other’s way and allowed Cudicini to scoop the ball from under the cross bar. And Shevchenko proved why Chelsea paid so much (£30 million) for him by showing how simple scoring can be. He slipped through Liverpool’s lame offside trap to chest a Lampard cross and placed his shot clinically in the bottom corner of Reina’s net a minute before half-time. The TV cameras then cut to the VIP box of Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea, smiling broadly and pumping his fists in the air. He MUST be really pleased with his huge investment.
In the second half, Chelsea came into the game more and had a couple of chances to take the lead. Drogba had a try from an acute angle and Reina had to tip over the bar. From the resulting corner, Shevchenko stooped low to head it goalwards and again Reina had to be alert to tip it round the post. And that’s when Benitez, Liverpool’s manager sent in the big boys of Gerrard and Alonso to stop Chelsea from overrunning them. But it was another substitute and new boy, Bellamy, that supplied the killer cross for Crouch to head into goal from the six yard box.
Some thoughts on the match:
Chelsea didn’t seem at all comfortable playing in the match. Their boss, Mourinho, attributed it to lack of pre-season preparation and that they were only playing at the 50 percent level. To me, I feel that they are still getting used to a new system that Mourinho introduced to accomodate Ballack and Shevchenko. There was a lack of steel in the middle of the pack without Makele playing and both Zenden and Sissoko were able to dominate both Lampard and Ballack for most of the first half. The other big signing for Chelsea, Ballack, seemed really uncomfortable with the robustness and speed of English soccer. He suffered a minor hip injury on the 20th minute and was substituted. On the other hand, Shevchenko impressed me and I believe the other Premiership clubs need to take note of him. He was industrious, dropping deep to collect the ball when there was no crosses coming in from midfield or the wings.
As for Liverpool, Agger and Carragher seems like a good pairing as they managed to keep both Drogba and Shevcenko quiet for most of the match. Given the amount of praise Benitez has heaped on Gonzalez, he wasn’t that impressive as compared to Aurello who came on in place of him in the second half. Zenden didn’t impress me as well. Felt that he makes a better winger than a central midfielder. Didn’t know when to pass the ball and doesn’t have the range of passes of Gerrard and Alonso. Had a couple of chances to score, but dragged the ball really wide both times.
Overall, a good win for Liverpool to boost their confidence a little for the 10-month long Premiership challenge plus the UEFA Champions League. But it does show that Chelsea can be beaten if the right tactics are employed by the other team. So, next Saturday begins the real Premiership season and we’ll see where either team ends up next May.
Oh … forgot to tell everyone that the final score was 2-1 to Liverpool (if you didn’t know from reading the post).
[Disclaimer: If the report seems Liverpool biased, I apologise. But that’s because I’m a Liverpool fan. 🙂 ]
Finally got my Daring Fireball t-shirt on Saturday afternoon! Wore it to go out the moment I got it from the postman. The t-shirt feels really comfortable. If you are interested, you too can own this t-shirt or t-shirts of other designs from the membership page. When you buy a t-shirt, you are also subscribing to a full content feed plus a special Linked List.
Steve Jobs is not making the whole keynote on his own. He has invited Phil Schiller, SVP of WW Product Marketing, Bertrand Serlet, SVP of Software Engineering and Scott Forstall, VP of platform experience, to do the introductions of the different products and software.
Finally, all Mac products are now Intel-based. The Mac Pro, the successor of PowerMac, has been announced. The Mac Pro will be powered by 2 Woodcrest processors, the updated Intel Xeon processors and part of the Core 2 Duo lineup, up to 3GHz in the same case design. The new Mac Pro will allow up to 2TB of internal storage with 4 500GB hard drives and 15GB of memory. There are up to a possible five million Build-to-Order configurations. They are available as of today in the US. The base configuration starts from US$2,499. Will have to wait a while for availability in Singapore if going by past product launches.
The other one that has yet to transition to Intel processors is the Xserves. They are also going to be using Woodcrest processors. They will have similar specs as the Mac Pro and allow up to 5TB of internal storage. It will still be in the same 1U case design. The new Xserves will be available from October.
Well, that’s all the product launches that have been made so far for product launches. The keynote is now talking about Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X.
Go to the two site above to get updated information as it happens. For me, I’ll be interested in getting a Mac Pro now and pair it with a 30-inch Cinema Display.
Update: You can watching a streaming QuickTime video of the keynote here. Tried to watch, but the streaming was a little flaky. Guess it might be the bandwidth limits in office. Will try to watch it at home in the evening.
Update II: Found out that there are updated Apple Cinema HD Displays as well, but without the in-built iSights as many rumor sites have predicted. The screens now have brighter screens with higher contrasts.
Am trying Zooomr out. It’s a photo sharing site with social networking tools built into the site. They are currently giving away free Pro accounts just by you signing up and blogging about a photo that you have placed on their site.
Update – 11 July 2006: Got an email from Zooomr that informed me that my account has been updated to Pro, which gives me a 2GiB transfer limit monthly.
Here’s a case of a 20 year old guy being charged with “Theft of Services”. Apparently, he has been making use of free wireless services provided by a Vancouver, Washington coffee shop without ever stepping into the cafe to buy anything for a period of three months. He allegedly parks his truck in the parking lot to use Brewed Awakenings’ wireless access. He was warned by police after the cafe staff called 911. But he didn’t leave and when police came around a second time, they arrested him.
Am not sure such a thing will happen in Singapore because most places do not have free wireless access anyway. I guess it would only happen to unsecured home wireless networks, particularly in our built-up HDB blocks. I find that the majority of wireless networks in my block are unsecured and anyone with a wireless card would be able to make use of the network. I’ve accidentally used a few of the networks.
Yet another brilliant fightback by the Aussies to ensure their progress into the last 16 for the first time in history. They’ll be facing Italy in the second round.
Australia seem down and out as early as the 3rd minute when Croatia scored from a wonderfully taken freekick. It sparked a major attacking display from Australia and they were unlucky not to have equalised till just before half-time through a penalty by Craig Moore after a Croatian player, Stjepan Tomas, had fisted the ball away following a corner.
But a elementary error by the Australian keeper allowed Croatia to once again take the lead. And this started the offensive onslaught on the Croatian goal again. The goal Australia needed came courtesy of Harry Kewell in the 79th minute. And they defended with the lives to ensure they got the point they needed to move on to the next round.
Unfortunately, Brett Emerton would not be available for the Socceroos for the next match after receiving two yellow cards and thus a red. Dario Stimic was also sent off just before Emerton. And to show that referees are human too, Graham Poll, the English referee, showed three yellow cards to Croat Josip Simunic before brandishing the mandatory red card after the final whistle.
The most exciting game of World Cup 2006 thus far. Hopefully, things will heat up in the knockout stages after a rather tame first round.