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Ben Greenman's Layer 1 Commentary

No Glove, No Love

Every time I have done one of these competitions, I remind myself not to put too much emphasis on the opening serve.

It's tempting to do it, because there's been so much buildup that's released in that initial surge of creativity. But that's like judging a movie based on the first scene. Speaking of which, how about Lone Star, that John Sayles movie from about fifteen years ago. Have you seen it recently? It was on earlier in the week, and I watched the beginning again, for the first time in a while. It was fantastic--two soldiers at a shooting range stumble upon a partially buried human skull--but I had to turn it off after a few minutes, which was a shame, because I missed out on the rest of the film, which explores everything from lost love to Mexican-American relations. Wait. I got off track. The point is that Armin has served, and he has served a mix of political commentary and personal reflection. He's using the current controversy over the TSA pat-downs, combining it with the recent controversy over racial profiling of Mexicans in the American Southwest, and throwing in what I can only assume is personal information about both himself and his opponent. Wait: maybe I didn't get off point at all.

Because Armin's serve is text-heavy, there's lots to say about its quasi-official tone and its half-admiring, half-menacing treatment of Mig (who kicks things off by ceding the title of "King" to his rival?). But because this is a design competition, I'd like instead to focus on the fake Layer Tennis Security Administration logo, which looks like a cross between a government seal and a community tennis icon (which, perhaps, it should). And I'd like to make special mention of the Next Step column at right, the hand going into the glove. Latex-Mex, anyone?

Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Ben Greenman.

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