Month: February 2019

New on SocTakes: Soc Takes Pod Ep. 60: 2019 MLS Fantasy preview

“MLS Fantasy Boss” Reid Connelly and 2018 MLS Fantasy spring champion Tod Modisette join co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard to preview the 2019 season from a fantasy perspective.

The fellas go over some of the basic MLS Fantasy tenets along with what’s new for 2019, then turn their focus to specific teams and players they’re bullish on for Week 1.

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New on SocTakes: Front Porch Discourse: Exciting new year for American soccer

Co-hosts John Lenard and Ian Foster run down the exciting proofs of concept happening between American and Canadian soccer. But first, they quickly hit on a couple of frustrating developments from USL Chicago and D.C. United.

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New on SocTakes: Front Porch Discourse: Short- and long-term implications of #SavedTheCrew

John Lenard, R.P. Kirtland and Ian Foster discuss what the success of the #SavedTheCrew movement means for MLS, U.S. Soccer, sports in America, sports everywhere else, life, the universe and everything in the latest edition of Front Porch Discourse.

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New on SocTakes: Front Porch Discourse partners with Soc Takes, BGN

Front Porch Discourse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Feb. 8, 2018) — Front Porch Discourse has formed a new partnership with Soc Takes, and has joined the Beautiful Game Network (BGN) as well.

Run by co-hosts Ian Foster, John Lenard and R.P. Kirtland, Front Porch Discourse — formerly known as Front Porch Soccer — is a soccer podcast dedicated to stepping away from the bigger picture and focusing instead on the details.

“Front Porch Discourse was somewhat born out of a reaction to the hyperbolic hot-take culture that grips American soccer media,” Foster said. “We hope to be a counterbalance by devoting entire podcasts to singular topics, such as, ‘Why do some lower-league soccer teams fail?’ Soc Takes will provide us an environment and audience where a kind of research- and data-driven approach is highly appreciated.”

Soc Takes will provide a home for Front Porch Discourse along with promotional and financial support. The podcast will retain its current presence at iTunes, SoundCloud and elsewhere.

Front Porch Discourse becomes the fourth show under the Soc Takes umbrella, next to the Soc Takes Pod, Soc Takes TV and Lower League America. The show will also be a part of the aforementioned BGN collective, which the Soc Takes Pod is already a member of. Both podcasts can be found at BGN.fm alongside a deep cast of fellow soccer-focused shows.

Lenard is a Soc Takes staff writer in addition to co-hosting the Soc Takes Pod. He’s been with the website since its inception in 2017.

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New on SocTakes: Soc Takes Pod Ep. 59: Nick Seuberling

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Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s Nick Seuberling joins co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard to analyze FC Cincinnati’s roster construction ahead of the club’s first season in MLS. Seuberling also discusses his background in soccer and digital media.

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On Linux: Giving Zorin OS a go

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I’m gonna ramble a bit about Linux today. For years, like, since high school, I’ve sworn by Linux Mint as my go-to, first-choice, no-brainer Linux distro of choice. But maybe that’s gonna change?

See, yesterday, I assisted a friend in dual-booting his laptop, and found that Zorin OS had a much better out of the box experience than Mint typically does. I’m no stranger to a bit of configuration and troubleshooting in the wild world of Linux, and I was shocked at how little needed to be done. Even high-DPI scaling, something Linux is notoriously not great at, worked flawlessly.

So, I’m gonna give Zorin a go on my primary Linux laptop, a Dell Latitude E5450. This is the first time I’ve switched my primary Linux device’s distro since my initial switch from some flavor of Ubuntu to Linux Mint circa 2009.

In fact, for quite a few years in high school, I was Linux-exclusive. My only main computer, a Toshiba Satellite laptop, was running Linux as its only OS, and everything I did was done on that laptop. That’s when I got heavily interested specifically in Mint.

But now, maybe it’s time for a change. I’m installing Zorin today, and I’ll be using this laptop for much of my lighter work stuff for a few weeks.