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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Maipulated vs. Reality




"If a man traveled through Paradise in a dream,
and received a flower as proof of his passage,
then woke to find this flower in his hands...what then?"

-Jorge Luis Borges


I have been having an internal crisis with the online world--to the extent that I dont even know if I have written about it 13 times before or if it all circles in my head and manifests itself into growing internal conflict...what can I say, Im a Virgo and keep things inside until they explode in some way or another...for me its usually via writing. That is why I created this blog, International Vagabond. I love to travel the world, see different places, learn languages, practice slang, invent new words, pay a cheaper price for a beer, drink past 2:00 am, bounce to somewhere new where no one knows me and then be completely myself. It is a tough balance between getting to know a place with a defined group of friends who you can trust, count on and get to know the real individuals. It is another thing to go somewhere and become someone new, change your name, not talk to anyone, talk to everyone, be a writer, be a dancer, an artist, a tourist, a local that everyone loves or the village drunk...For me, I thrive on a combination of the two. I need to travel, but I have an amazing support network of friends I have made all around the world from various facets of life. From childhood friends, to college roommates, to random encounters while traveling, I try hard to stay in touch, and sometimes lose track of people. However, with all the social networking websites out there like Myspace, Facebook, Orkut and blogs where people can write and post whatever they want, it is easier to keep tabs on people. Thus, my dilemma. I have all the profiles for various Internet social networking sites...each profile is a little different as each site is a little different. Some people use these sites religiously as they are bored out of their mind at work sitting in front of a computer all day...I however, hardly have time to even check my email anymore as my jobs are much more "out in the field." (Dont even let me get started about using the word "field" to refer to the world.) In any case, after this large winding rant that might not make any sense, I just want to make my disclaimer...

Disclaimer:

I realize that whatever I post online the world can see, but I do not post everything online...I wish I could. My social networking profiles have a sarcastic and ironic twist to them that demonstrate a certain aspect of my personality, but in no way does it completely represent who I am...I dont event know who I am...every day I live my life to the fullest in order to take one step further at figuring all that out. And thus I dont make any decisions about people based on their online profiles as well, no matter how religiously one uses it. Long story short, I have a blog where I can try to defend myself for putting certain things on the Internet that I do, but I also have a brain and a strong will to really get to know people in person, wherever, whenever or however that may occur. Thats the fun part of all of this, you never know who is going to come across your page, or show up at your bar, or bump into at a very awkward moment in one or both people's lives.

The truth can be manipulated, reality can be hidden or perceived as something different that what it really is.

Do people even read anymore?

"People think we're stupid but were not." M.I.A.

Im just trying to make some change around here, my goals are lofty and my desire to change the world will always exist. Does it matter who I am or where I came from? All I know is that growing up where I did has given me the opportunity and desire to go the places I have been, lived the places I have lived, meet the people I have met, do the things that I do and have the experience that live brings to me...I can only hope that I can keep walking down this road, whether its a freeway, dirt road, back alley, switch back up a mountain, closed road, repaved road, pot holed road or a fork in the road...Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucketyou can place your Vegas bets that I will choose the one less traveled, because that is me, the International Vagabond, curious to see what the alternative routes are because you can ask the majority what the frequently traveled road holds, that is not a mystery. Greatness comes from chance, bravery, exploration, creativity, desire, passion, adventure, curiosity, learning, experiencing, participating, teaching, communicating, thinking, writing and evolving. The road less traveled lets me evolve, create new ideas and new experiences which all build to a greater, loftier reality...which one may or may not ever be able to grasp...



"The lost word must be unearthed,
and we must dream inward and outward...
and there, toward the living center of origin,
beyond end and beginning."

-Octavio Paz


11/28/2007


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Trent Simpson
www.internationalvagabond.blogspot.com
International Vagabond

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

This is my mother's favorite poem, and now it seems oh so relevant to my life...Sub consciencely I always try to take the road less traveled by...and I can only hope that has made all the difference...



Robert Frost
"The Road Not Taken"

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

Friday, November 23, 2007

World Town: Blank Slate pt. 1

Our household obsession with MIA has grown to really investigate her life in order to completely comprehend and her art, music and life that has manifested in some of the most innovative and creative music in the world.


So, my brother and I, well educated white boys from a flourishing bubble in middle America, Boulder CO, have been analyzing our situation. Me, if you dont know already, have extremely left politics, marxist in a sense...call me up, take me to coffee or buy me a drink and we can talk about a utopian society. So, granted my background doesnt come from a broken household fighting a resistance against a governmental oppressor...but it does have roots within a very socially active family, from my grandfather who has spent a lifetime typing his thoughts to be published, from Life Magazine to his novel on the Civil War the only liberal columnist in Orange County. My father, and his brothers and sisters, the only democrats to come out of Wyoming, moved to Boulder Colorado during the 60's and organized anti-Vietnam protests and coordinated draft dodging. I bounced to Paraguay when I was 17, right at the time where it was the only nation that openly harbored terrorists outside of the Middle East and Africa...my neighbor always tried to raz me saying that he was Osama, I would always encourage it and tell him that I felt the real reasons for terrorist movements and western societies exploitation of the rest of the world was wrong and needed to be changed...granted I dont feel that crashing a plane into the world trade centers may be the best idea...but if you look at the scope in comparison to the genocides and resistance movements or dictator oppression, that was an extremely effective way to be heard.

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In Paraguay I learned the qualities of life, in a country where the government plays little to no roll, and the so called leaders that are in place are the most corrupt people in the business. We would swindle our way into a crate of beer, cheap bottle s of whiskey and 3-4 cups for the whole crew to pass around...learning spanish in conjunction with Guaraní. The indigenous language has almost died out in common use as Spanish is the official language, and very few communities still exist that speak only Guarani. However, it is interesting to see how the dialect has adapted itself within the culture. A lot of slang is actually said in Guarani, for the langauge innovators, as I like to call them, Guarani is full of fun words that mean things more easily expressed in another language.

I often swear in other languages, sometimes my brother looks at me like I am crazy, but for me having lived in certain circumstances and becoming accustomed to using those terms, my instinct to curse may be in a variety of impulsive words from different languages in a strange order...

I love to communicate with people who speak the same langauge and find nuances in their different dialects...on a basic level, a girl from Argentina talking to a Brazilian saying the phrase "hey you" and using 4 differnt forms of the word "you": vos, tu, voce and you.

So I guess to sum this one up, its nice living in the United States as just another White Boy, becuase I can be a language innovator. I remember testing out of grammar hour in 8th grade, with only other girl, the smartest girl in the school. We would get to go to the library for free time...she would study for her next class and I would sit there writing rhymes in my poetry book...two different minds that have a knack for language manifested in different ways. Now I hang out with my brother late at night and at our house with our friends from around the world, differnt backgrounds, and curious to learn about each other's roots. Whether Muslim, Brazilian, Mexican or just pure White Bread from Colorado...we all have a little we can offer as the true members of this World Town... We be piumin all over dis World Town...Poowoop....Quuuuuuuuueue!

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Myth Busted! Wizard of Oz vs. Pink Floyd

Ok...so we are having Thanksgiving dinner with my family and some friends I have met since I have moved to the Bay Area. We had a tremendous 7 dish dinner and we in search of some evening entertainent. My friend Nadine brought over her HD projector and the Wizard of Oz DVD...We all had heard the legend that if you play Pink Floyd, "The Wall" in conjuction with the Wizard of OZ, it lined up to make a completely new interpretation of the movie. Thus with the two elements in place, downloaded the Wall and queued up the movie to the 3rd Lions roar in the MGM intro...

That shit works!!!

It may not always be in sync with the movie, and with CDs, DVDs, MP3s the timing gets a little off, so you have to spend the whole time analyzing with your family and friends when to pause and play real quick to get it right back on track...But let me just say that when Dorothy has her conversation with the Crystal Ball Guy, and when "We dont Need No Satifaction" comes on and the muchkins dance along with the beat, there is inevitable proof that the Myth/Legends?realizty of the Wizard of Oz secretly being linked to The Wall is for sure worth your time, in at least a few cheers wihen things do line up!!! Trust me, if you doubt the myth at all like I did, give it a chance, just be sure to cue up your movie in sync with your music...the start of the album starts right at the 3 roar of the lion...HAVE FUN!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

An article written by a very good friend of mine, Leighna Harrison, who I was fortunate enough to get to know as a neighbor and close friend experiencing life living, studying and traveling together in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil. Thanks Leighna for your insight and dedication to a cause in need of a voice and descriptions of a place that has changed our lives! I have and will continue to dedicate my life to digest the meaning of all that we as students, anthropologists, friends and outsiders experienced...

http://www.commonties.com/blog/2007/07/11/here-inside/






February through June, 2005, Brazil

By Leighna Harrison

It was March of 1998, the month I turned 14. My sister and I got a postcard in the mail from Brazil. It was from our cousin, telling us that she was at Carnaval, that everyone was singing and dancing in the streets, and that we just had to come someday.

Not only her words enchanted me, but the black-and-white postcard image made me want to be there: a beautiful girl, dressed all in white, mouth slightly open, eyes lighting up in anticipation at something outside the frame of the photograph. I wondered what she was about to say. I imagined what her smile would look like.

I looked at that picture often over the years. When I finally left to study abroad in Brazil, despite my parents’ hesitation after having just seen the movie City of God, I wanted to find her, find out what she saw, what could make her expression so enticing.

While looking for that girl in the photograph, I found a different girl. I didn’t wonder about what could make her smile; I wondered how she could smile at all.

In February of 2005, a girl who looked to be about my age greeted me at the entrance to the building that would be my home for the next 5 months. She carried my rather large suitcase into the elevator for me. Her name was Rosie. Not quite sure who she was, I followed her, and when my host mother invited me to sit down for lunch, I realized as she served me that she was the home’s domestic worker.

I encountered a home unlike anything I had ever imagined. Everything remained under lock and key: telephone, food, toilet paper. Apparently, after working for the family for 11 years, Rosie was still not to be trusted. The harsh tone my host mother directed at her was a familiar sound.

After a while, I asked Rosie if I could document her story. I wanted to share it with others to give voice to a young woman who said that I was the only one who had ever really listened to her. I borrowed a video camera from a fellow student in the study abroad program, and we conducted the interview over the course of two days: the first on a Sunday, also one of her two free days a month, and the second at the end of a regular workday.

We waited until my host mom was away and filmed in the kitchen. Rosie’s friend, Cristina, a domestic worker for a neighboring apartment, stood watch at the front window. If anyone were to come home, Cristina would notify us and then quickly run out the backdoor and up the stairs, as Rosie was not allowed to have guests in the house.

Rosie’s story was one of poverty, ignorance, and a country still holding on to the remnants of its colonial past. As we began filming, I asked at what age she began living with and working for the family. Fourteen. At the same age that I began to exoticize Brazil, Rosie began to be commodified by its flaws.

During my time in Brazil, Rosie talked to me. She took an interest in what I was doing when my host family did not. She helped me with my Portuguese, always so patient. She never laughed at me and never gave me that awful blank stare I got from my host mom when she didn’t understand what I was trying to say.

We talked about our families, our boyfriends, about everything that was wrong in that household, and about other Brazilian women in similar situations. She taught me how to make Bahian dishes like moqueca and feijoada, and sweets like Romeu e Julietas. She taught me how to fry bananas and made them for me on my birthday.

We discussed the possibility of her leaving her job. We lamented the fact that it was nearly impossible for her to go to the domestic worker’s union to plead her case about past wages due. They were closed on Sunday – her only day off.

On the rare occasions she finished work early, we went on evening walks to escape the heat of the house. Down Avenida Centenario to Oceanica, glancing behind us to the ministatue of Christ on the hill, with the ocean to our left, we continued on until we got to the famous lighthouse of Barra. We sat on the grass surrounded by capoeiristas, the homeless, and vendors selling their souvenirs. There we were, an American and a Brasileira – two morenas, two brown-skinned girls.

She could have been me. I could have been her. Luck and misfortune: one person born into privilege, the other into poverty.

I left Rosie with a promise to return someday and a secret copy of the phone key. I call her occasionally, now that I am home. Once, when she answered, she was there at the lighthouse with Cristina. Two Brasileiras escaping the heat of the house.

In the words of my good friend and kindred spirit, “Deveria ser diferente.” It should be different.

In her lifetime, Leighna plans to travel, to teach, to study law, to listen, to help, and to love. She still talks to Rosie on the phone and occasionally dreams of Brazil.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Event Vibe Interview with my Brother, Trevor Simpson, New CD Release Ultra.2008

Don't Hate. Congratulate. Ultra 2008
by SoBo
SoBo@EventVibe.com



Trevor Simpson is the Music Director at Energy 92.7 fm in San Francisco. His radio mixshows include �The Mix at Six � and �Clubber�s Commute� on Energy 92.7 and DUI on XM Thursday at 7pm. He is also an accomplished club DJ and regularly tours the globe performing at the hotbeds of the night club scene soaking up the local flavors and bringing some of those treats back to SF. Trevor has recently released his third CD with International music powerhouse, Ultra Records, www.UltraRecords.com, and is set to blaze the dance music charts and clubs all over the world. Eventvibe got a chance to catch up with Trevor Simpson to talk about preparing for what can only be described as an ULTRA 2008.

Sobo: Ultra 2008. Quite a big deal since we are still in 2007. How do you feel about this album?
Trevor: It�s big for me and I think it�s big for Ultra too because this annual Ultra compilation is taking over for their Ministry of Sound staple that they have had for years. So it shows that Ultra has matured, and it has a coming of age as a label.

Sobo: Ultra 2008 is a double disc packed with lots of radio hits remixed by some of the hottest producers. How did you and Cato K choose songs for your respective mixes without killing each other over song selections like David Guetta/Chris Willis� �Love is Gone� & Roger Sanchez�s �Not Enough� remix by Dirty South?
Trevor: It�s a disc that is going to going to appeal to both sides�Pop lovers and underground heads alike. I chose to take the underground cuts since it best reflects the style of music you can find me mixing in the clubs. This formula has proven to be a hit with dance music lovers. The last album I did, Ultra Dance 8, was the top dance compilation last year at 80,000 units so it shows that the market is there for something like Ultra 2008.
Click here to preview album


Sobo: What kind of tour & retail support are you getting from the label on Ultra 2008?
Trevor: Huge retail support. Ultra did a campaign with the retail chain In Motion Entertain who has kiosks in airports where you can rent DVDs and CDs and drop them off at the next airport. In terms of touring I just signed with At Large management and I have a tour that kicks off right after my date at Ruby Skye. I�m going to Salt Lake City, Phoenix, & San Diego and Lima (Peru), Brazil, as well as others.

Sobo: I talked to Kaskade about the support he is getting from Ultra and he has super-happy about Ultra getting his song on �The Devil Wears Prada� and the additional push at Virgin Megastore and iTunes. What is your feeling about Ultra Records?
Trevor: Ultra is a great label. The CEO Patrick Moxey is a real smart business man and really gets it. David Waxman is the A&R and also a DJ so you know he gets it. The vibe there is really artist-friendly so I couldn�t ask for a better situation.

Sobo: The last time we checked in with you Ultra Weekend 2 just came out to huge SoundScan numbers and we were all getting ready for Winter Music Conference in Miami. What can you remember about the last six months?
Trevor: The main thing is that my remixing has gone to a completely new level. I�m working with an engineer that I mesh with and I did a remix for Strictly Rhythm. I have another remix for Nervous Records artist, Celeda for a song called �Amazing� that includes remixes by Hoxton Whores & Porno Cult. I�m working with Chris Willis who is the main singer for David Guetta. And to top it off I am doing a remix of a Paul Van Dyke track called �Let Go� that features a mix by Gabrielle & Dresden.

Trevor and close friend, Dimitris Mykonos

Sobo: So far what have been your best memories of 2007?
Trevor: Energy 92.7 has really emerged into a staple in SF and has matured. All the time and effort in the beginning to build a station that people can trust is going to be here for the long haul is starting to pay off. Our morning show �Fernando and Greg� is the only openly gay morning show in the country and is the top rated morning show in San Francisco. Our afternoon show with Joey V is also the top rated show in SF, and includes my Mix at Six. We have done several major events like our Pride event that sold 4500 tickets so that says a lot about how far we have come. We are getting ready for our big Anniversary blast at The Grand too.

Sobo: Tell everyone what you have planned for 2008 with Ultra Records?
Trevor: You can count on another compilation from me in 2008 but we haven�t started to begin to talk about the next one yet.

Sobo: How has it been going with your work remixing and producing original tracks?
Trevor: My first original track is called �Hater� and it is basically an autobiography and a state of the union of the SF club scene. SF is very political and I am very outspoken. I feel that you can have whatever opinion you want as long as you stand by it. Everyone who is involved in house music, from the commercial to the underground, at the end of the day we need to be fighting the same battle to push house music forward but some here in SF are doing more harm than good and it�s time to be vocal about who those people are and call them out. Calling them out is meant to settle the beef and not to start trouble; we should be able to talk about our differences and join together as a united from to push our music and energy to the masses.

Sobo: How long have you been Music Director at Energy?
Trevor: I�ve been MD at the station at the beginning but I have been especially involved with music decisions for the last year, giving detailed feedback about what I hear in clubs and what I see on the charts all around the world. People think that it an easy process but we take a lot of feedback from the people and from other PDs in other markets who wish they worked at a dance music station.

Trevor and M.I.A.


Sobo: Your MySpace page says that you put people on maps that ain�t ever seen maps. What kind of influence to help break new music & artists does the MD position give you at Energy and what are the next music trends you see for 2008?
Trevor: That is actually a quote from M.I.A.�s �Paper Planes�. But I feel like these songs I play at the station are only commercial because they are played on a commercial station. If we played a minimal techno track 20 times a day then that minimal track would be deemed commercial. I have been doing a mix show with Jay-J for years. I�m in talks with David Harness, Richard �Humpty� Vission, and a few other people about new mix shows that are really going to expand our range of music.

Sobo: What else?
Trevor: I�m working real close with my boy Enrique from Surreal SF who is opening a new mega-club with Rick Haynes from Crash; George Karpaty & Ross at Ruby Skye has been so supportive of me and my show on Energy; Armann the Brainchild and I are working on a new event; and I am always doing stuff with my closest friend, Dimitris Mykonos.
Web:
www.trevorsf.com
www.myspace.com/trevorsimpson

Trevor Simpson will be performing at the Ultra.2008 CD Release Party with Dave Waxman and Dimitris Mykonos at Ruby Skye in San Francisco Friday November 17th, 2007.

RSVP for Free Guestlist before 12am!



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Profile of the Jackalope: Wyoming State Animal

The Jackalope, a cross between a Jack Rabbit and an Antelope, is native to the Western State of Wyoming. Jackalope's faced near extinction in 1919 when prohibition went into effect, as there native habitat of seedy dive bars disappeared. This forced the jackalope into the shadows of speakeasies and bathroom moonshine distilleries. Jackalope's are a nearing extinction again due to the shake up in their socializing and breeding habits. Their legendary nature has thus been scrutinized by claims of being "folkloric." The perception of this claim was an initial defense mechanism of the early jackalope chiefs, but has backfired as of late. There are an estimated 67 Jackalopes left in the world, and thus they are a very coveted by Wyoming C'boys. Unique characteristics of the Jackalope include its shapeshifting ability, venomous molar fangs, and enhanced night vision. According to Medicine Bow legendary pioneersman "Butch Cassidy" the Jackalope's pelt posses invisible or "cloaking" properties which enable safe passage through the mountain ranges and protection against predators. As the state animal of Wyoming the Jackalope is protected by State Legislation since 1933 as part of a Wyoming Rejuvenation National Parks and Wildlife program created to enhance tourism to Wyoming during the Great Depression. The extremely protectionist laws in the State of Wyoming do not allow for any kind of interaction with the Jackalope including socializing outside of speakeasies, cross mating, or hunting of the Jackalope. These outdated laws have especially harsh stipulations against Coloradans or "Greenies" who are subject to punishment of western tortures if caught in the presence of a jackalope. However, as the Jackalope is sacred to Wyomingites, even the mention of hunting a Jackalopes is considered a "faux paw." (Note that traditionally a rabbits foot is considered good luck, but a Jackalope's Paw is the origin of this superstition.) It is rumored that there are a few Jackalope hangouts around underground speakeasies at outposts along the North Fork of the Little Laramie River.
(http://legisweb.state.wy.us/titles/statutes.htm).








Sunday, November 04, 2007

Brasil 2014!

Brasil to host 2014 World Cup!!!




Está confirmado. Nesta terça-feira, a Fifa anunciou o Brasil como sede da Copa do Mundo de 2014. A decisão foi tomada por unanimidade pelo Comitê Executivo da entidade, após a apresentação da candidatura brasileira. Agora, o Brasil tem até o dia 31 de outubro de 2008 para anunciar quais são as cidades que receberão os jogos.

Ao todo, são 18 capitais de todo o país concorrendo para receber os jogos. A Fifa recomenda ao Brasil que escolha apenas dez sedes. No entanto, devem ser indicadas 12 localidades, como nas Copas de 2006, na Alemanha, e de 2002, no Japão e na Coréia do Sul.

Os concorrentes são: Belém (PA), Belo Horizonte (MG), Brasília (DF), Campo Grande (MS), Cuiabá (MT), Curitiba (PR), Florianópolis (SC), Fortaleza (CE), Goiânia (GO), Maceió (AL), Manaus (AM), Natal (RN), Porto Alegre (RS), Recife (PE), Rio Branco (AC), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Salvador (BA) e São Paulo (SP).


Nestas cidades, 14 estádios serão reformados para receberem o Mundial. Em outras quatro, as arenas ainda serão construídas, todas no Nordeste. Em Maceió, será a Arena Zagallo, Em Natal, o Estádio Estrela dos Reis Magos. A Arena Recife-Olinda, em Pernambuco, e a Arena Bahia, em Salvador.

Durante a apresentação da candidatura brasileira, o presidente da CBF, Ricardo Teixeira, e o ministro dos Esportes, Orlando Silva, ressaltaram os investimentos que serão feitos para receber a Copa do Mundo e o legado que ficará no país depois da realização do evento. Já o governador do Amazonas, Eduardo Braga, comentou sobre a preocupação do Brasil com a ecologia. Por último, o escritor Paulo Coelho falou sobre a importância do futebol na vida nacional.


Paulo Coehlo



ZURICH, Switzerland - Brazil was chosen host of the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, returning the showcase event to the soccer-mad country that held the tournament in 1950 and has captured the title a record five times.
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Brazil was the only candidate and won in a unanimous vote by the executive committee of the sport's governing body.

"Soccer is not only a sport for us," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said. "It's more than that: Soccer for us is a passion, a national passion."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Brazil now has "not only the right, but the responsibility" to organize the 2014 tournament. Blatter then handed the World Cup trophy to Lula.

Lula, who flew in for the announcement, promised that Brazil "will now with great pride do its homework." And, he added, "if everything works out well, we will win once again a World Cup."

The vote came on the same day the 2011 Women's World Cup was awarded to Germany. Germany, the host of the 2006 men's World Cup, beat out Canada.

After the withdrawal of Colombia in April, Brazil was the sole candidate, the choice of the South American continent enjoying the right to host the event. Brazil had been told by FIFA it wasn't guaranteed the tournament simply because there were no opponents, saying it had to provide a solid bid package.

In Brazil, 50 mountain climbers hung an enormous national team jersey bearing the slogan "The 2014 World Cup is Ours" from majestic Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro. At the famed Maracana Stadium, workers spread flags across the field reading, "Maracana is ours and so is the 2014 World Cup."

Blatter said the lack of competition from other South American nations was one reason behind FIFA's decision Monday to do away with the rotation system that gave each continent a turn at hosting the World Cup. The decision takes effect with the 2018 tournament.

"We are a civilized nation, a nation that is going through an excellent phase, and we have got everything prepared to receive adequately the honor to organize an excellent World Cup," Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira said.

Brazilian Sports Minister Orlando Silva, national team coach Dunga, veteran striker Romario and renowned author Paulo Coelho were among those making the trip to Zurich.

"Of course, dreams demand hard work and we Brazilians are ready to face this task," Coelho said. "All the countries in the world have two teams — the national squad and the Brazilian squad."

Brazil hosted the World Cup once before, 57 years ago. Since launching its bid for 2014, Brazil has emphasized why the country needs the World Cup, much more than what it has to offer the tournament.

"Over the next few years we will have a consistent influx of investments. The 2014 World Cup will enable Brazil to have a modern infrastructure," Teixeira said. "In social terms will be very beneficial."

"Our objective is to make Brazil become more visible in global arenas," he added. "The World Cup goes far beyond a mere sporting event. It's going to be an interesting tool to promote social transformation."

Tuesday's presentation was smoother than the one in July, which underlined Brazil's status as a developing nation with repeated images of its car factories and dry statistics.

Blatter had recently questioned Brazil's infrastructure and bid plans, but FIFA said last week that a stadium-inspection trip in August showed the country could put on "an exceptional" tournament. Brazil has 10 of the world's largest soccer stadiums.

However, there have been delays in hosting some major events, problems with violence in the streets and the public transportation system in the country is often overloaded.

The Brazilian soccer confederation estimates that the construction and remodeling of stadiums will require an investment of $1.1 billion, though that could vary significantly depending on the cities chosen to host games.