I had the chance to attend a screening of a newly released documentary called Pelada at the Highland Park Theatre in beautiful Highland Park, IL.

The film documents the journey of ex-soccer stars Luke Boughen (who played at Notre Dame) and Gwendolyn Oxenham as they travel the world in search of pickup soccer games. As described on the movie’s website, the Brazilian word Pelada literally means “naked” — the game stripped down to the basics: two teams, two goals, a ball, and a place to play.

Pelada did not disappoint. I was in awe as the pair described how the game of soccer is so integral to the lives of millions around the world. I highly recommend seeing it if you have the chance, or buy the DVD!

Edit: Looks like the DVD will be available on Netflix soon.

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Browser Update

In my second ever blog post I sang the praises of Google Chrome. I’m sad to report that the honeymoon is now over.

Although I gave it very fair chance (over 6 months of use!), Chrome still has problems opening certain multimedia content such as Flash and PDF documents. Firefox and even *cough* Internet Explorer *cough* do not struggle with these 3rd party applications.

Another annoyance, albeit not directly related to Chrome, is the difficulty I’ve had synchronizing my bookmarks. The XMarks extension for Chrome has performed poorly. In fact, I’ve spent the last two hours deleting thousands of duplicate bookmarks in Chrome.

I’ve decided to switch back to Firefox. The browser’s loading time seems to have been greatly improved since I abandoned it in favor of Chrome — that’s the reason why I switched in the first place. Chrome is definitely blazing fast but, for now, I’m going back to a tried and true browser.