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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I just got around to reading a story by an old friend of mine about the director of European scouting for the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, Hakan Andersson. This has to be his best story:

One time Andersson was flying to Russia to see a prospect for the third time, and his flight was delayed. After five hours on the runway in the snow, Andersson heard "this unbelievable roar.

"And I look at the window and there's this big ring of fire -- flames in the middle, and in the back of it there's a fan. It was a fan blowing wind through this ring of fire so the hot air would de-ice the plane. It was old-style Russian de-icing.

"So I was scared looking out. And at about 4:30 in the afternoon they said, 'OK, no flight. Get off the plane. Try again tomorrow if you want.' But then the game was going to be over, of course."

Thankfully, Andersson had already seen the prospect. Another scout on the plane, from St. Louis, had not.

And that's how the Wings got Pavel Datsyuk.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I started trying things out a few days ago, experimenting with "lifestreaming" and other web services out there in the great cloud of the interwebs. And I had a profound thought: "It used to be we built web pages to share what we found with people. Now, there are whole services to share what we do. Gosh."

The next day Jeffrey Zeldman had a similar thought: "We are witnessing the disappearance of the all-in-one, carefully designed personal site containing professional information, links, and brief bursts of frequently updated content to which others respond via comments. Did I say we are witnessing the traditional personal site’s disappearance? That is inaccurate. We are the ones making our own sites disappear."

Anyway, if you're interested in watching the experiment, you can now find snippets of me on twitter, tumblr and soup.

Can't decide which of those last two I like better. If you've got an opinion, feel free to drop a note, comment, tweet, y'know whatever. Where ever.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

We can all agree that "new" doesn't always mean "better." And yet, I keep trying all kinds of new ways to gather and sort information. Perhaps you've noticed the new cincy blogs piece at the bottom of the right-hand column, powered by Google's Reader. And now, despite an office conversation questioning its existance, I've signed up for del.icio.us.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I've been kicking this idea around for a while, so it's about time I actually blog it. Oh, and the signs of spring are showing up. While this photo was taken a while ago, I'd also like to mention that I was sitting on the patio last night, listening to the radio, almost like baseball season.

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

I kinda told somebody about this the other day. So now I'm slightly more motivated to do some sprucing up around here. I mean, it's gotten to be kind of a mess. All these blogs testing different things. Versions, upon versions of this concept. This whole web thing has been going on quite a while (there's a blog-like thing from 1998 hanging around). But fear not, dear reader, this space is about to get simpler and easier to follow.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

I've been participating in a beta test of a new news site for the last week or so and now I'm trying to figure out what it means for the future of periodical publications and news (both gathering and dissemination). Newsvine has quite the idea: allow trusted readers to help decide which stories are most important and contribute their own material, in addition to chatting and commenting on everything.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

I'm sitting in one of my new favorite places. I don't think it's because of the brick or the brightly colored walls. I don't think it's the choice of music they play or the variety of espresso drinks they make. Though I'm sure that all helps.

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