Archive for November, 2010

Brazil v. Argentina: The 90-Minute Snoozefest

Brazil v. Argentina: The 90-Minute Snoozefest

This was the reason I came to Doha. I came to witness the Gods of Football play the beautiful game in its purest form. I came to witness the spectacle of best friends and worst enemies met in battle for bragging rights. What I got was anything but. This was not one of those hard-fought [...]


McEnroe v. Borg

McEnroe v. Borg

Certainly a highlight of my trip to Doha was getting to watch an exhibition tennis match between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. While both of these guys have slowed down a bit as they’ve gotten older, you could tell they are still elite tennis players. Before the match begin Peter and I spent our time [...]


Qatar’s World Cup Stadiums

Qatar's World Cup Stadiums

I originally booked my trip to Doha, Qatar to watch Brazil play Argentina in a friendly football match. I was supposed to go with two students from NYUAD, but they weren’t able to get visas in time and had to stay behind. Luckily for me, my friend Pete Dicce, NYUAD’s athletics director, was also going [...]


Special Guest Lecturer: The College Dropout

Special Guest Lecturer: The College Dropout

A lot of people don’t like Kanye West. I’ve never met the man, nor has he ever interrupted me during an award acceptance speech or condemned me during a disaster relief telethon, so I’ll reserve judgement just for his music. Simply put, I like his music. His rhymes, while distasteful to some, are actually quite [...]


Masdar: (Yet Unbuilt) City of the Future

Masdar: (Yet Unbuilt) City of the Future

Along with all of the other big development projects going on in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the UAE has also launched the auspicious goal of creating the world’s first zero carbon footprint city. More information available on their webpage: http://www.masdarcity.ae/ For now, however, only the Masdar Institute—a new school offering graduate level degrees in engineering, [...]


Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

For my birthday this year, Beth got me a really awesome present. I got to go scuba diving in the Dubai Aquarium with a bunch of sharks. You’ll remember that I saw three gray reef sharks while diving in the Maldives back in July. This time, however, I came face-to-face with a tank full of [...]