Just Watch

September 30, 2011

Impatient folks should skip to about 1:15 in. But seriously, just watch. In full screen.

Mo and Faith

September 30, 2011

You all know Mariano Rivera is my favorite Yankee. For many reasons. Interestingly the media rarely discusses his faith, probably because it’s both a subject that the media isn’t particularly comfortable with and it’s a subject where athletes are often less than sincere (like God cares who wins a baseball game).

So I thought this was a very good article.

The best quote in the article came from Tino Martinez:

Look, we’re all replaceable. Baseball can replace a first baseman, a shortstop, a third baseman. But you can’t replace him. When he’s not there, it will all change. He’s the single individual in the game where everything will be completely different without him. The way you approach the Yankees will be different. Everyone is wondering what that will be like.

I’m not looking forward to that…

Red Sox will win it all–or not

September 29, 2011

So often sports commentators make predictions at the beginning of the year and so seldom does anyone go back and see how they did.

100% of the “experts” picked the Red Sox to have a collapse of historic proportions win the American League East. A majority of them picked the Red Sox to win the World Series.

As a Yankee fan, I can only laugh maniacally…

Social Network Overload

September 21, 2011

OK, I’m on Google+ now. So I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Facebook I almost never use. Not sure why, just never got hooked on it. If I want to post pictures I usually do it here.

I used to be primarily a Twitter guy. Twitter worked well for me for quite a while as a mechanism to just have a general sense of what a small group of friends are doing. But over time, most of those people fell off Twitter. So now on Twitter I’m primarily following bloggers that I like. But if none of my friends are actively on Twitter, posting something to Twitter is pointless. And I follow the bloggers via RSS so Twitter is somewhat redundant. It’s primary purpose seems to be to circumvent the NY Times pay wall, but there’s NYTClean for that. So Twitter is slowly dying for me.

LinkedIn is just a work tool. I don’t really do anything social with it.

So that leaves me with Google+. Some of my friends seem to have migrated from Twitter to Google+. So I’ll give it a shot.

Maybe I’m just not that social…


September 19, 2011

I’ve spent enough time pointing out that Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer ever. I’ll let someone else do it for me this time.

Congrats Mo. Greatest. Closer. Ever.

Person of Interest

September 19, 2011

Update: The filming out front is for Person of Interest. As I walked out to lunch I heard a crew member shout “Fire in the hole!” followed by many people walking quickly away.

Very reassuring…

If This Then That

September 19, 2011

An interesting site that I stumbled upon is iftt.com. The URL stands for “if this then that”. The site is designed to monitor various social sites for you and if one thing happens, trigger another.

In it’s simplest form, it can monitor the Weather Channel for your location and send you a text if it’s going to rain tomorrow.

But with “channels” including most of the major players (Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Gmail, LinkedIn, WordPress, YouTube, Instapaper, and a bunch more), the combination of things you can trigger becomes more interesting.

And you can post a “recipe”, which is a template for how to monitor something, that other people can then use. Makes the site easier and also gives good ideas.

For example, there’s a recipe where you can automatically tweet a “welcome” tweet as a direct message to anyone who starts following you. Kind of cool. If you are tagged in a Facebook phote, it could be automatically saved to your DropBox. I could automatically tweet every new blog post (would that be annoying or cool?).

You can even tell it to give you a wake up call every morning.

Truthfully, I’m not sure how much I’ll use it. But it seems pretty cool…