Archive for September, 2009

Sadie and Lucy are ready for football

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

They had “wear Patriots colors” day at Sadie and Lucy’s school yesterday. Luckily, we were able to make that happen. The teachers at school even gave Sadie a little war paint.

Sadie is ready for opening day

Lucy was excited too, but she was more concerned about bottle security. No way Meriweather is stripping that.

Sadie and Lucy are ready for opening day

Water pollution in Holliston

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The New York Times has written an ambitious application where you can enter in a zip code and get all the water polluters for the town. Holliston looks clean, which is reassuring.

The rest of Massachusetts is a little more troubling.

Linky Goodness – 9/14/2009

Monday, September 14th, 2009

38.5 billions dollars each year from the poor to the rich
How the banks systematically swindle the poor.

Preparing for a stressful flu season
I’m paying a lot of attention to this as I’m building out the h1n1 news topic on Serendeputy. I hope that we don’t have massive outbreaks this fall. I’ve already estimated that I’m going to be home with at least one of the girls for a week this fall. I hope it doesn’t get too bad nationwide.

Customers get mad, and get even online
Hooray for YouTube. You can’t quietly screw people over anymore.

Why I love my Gen-Y assistant
Interesting review of a Gen-Y assistant from a Generation X boss.

Reviewing Lost episode 1 from after season 5
A really engaging (warning: long, and assumes you know the story so far) review of what the Lost pilot exposed and foreshadowed. We just finished season two of our Lost re-watch. I can’t wait for January to come around again so that we can see how it all ends.

Afterhours DJ
This is what I’ve been listening to while working for the past couple of weeks. I was a little Mozart’ed and Beethoven’ed out, and I can’t really handle background music with words anymore. I found this on the iTunes radio applciation, and it’s generally been on ever since. It’s a good mix of Trance, House and DnB. Give it a listen.

Neil Patrick Harris feature
A really interesting long feature on NPH. I’m really looking forward to the premiere of How I Met Your Mother in a couple of weeks.

Life with RedZone Channel

Monday, September 14th, 2009

We had our first game day with the RedZone Channel on Fios yesterday. It is well worth the three bucks a week it costs.

There are no commercials. You go from game to game as they’re getting interesting. I was worried that it was going to be continual jumpcuts, but they actually generally left you in each game long enough to get a feel for it.

It’s pretty seamless, despite a couple of first-day hiccups.

What I like most is the ability to at least see a little bit of all the other games. We saw none of the Lions or the 49ers last year. Now, we can at least get a glimpse of the other teams in the league.

When the Patriots are on, we’re watching the Patriots. When they’re not on, then we’re going to have the RedZone channel on.

Separately, Rodney Harrison was a riot in the Sunday Night show on NBC. I thought he was going to kill Dan Patrick when asked if he had ever been victim of any of the crazy plays like in yesterday’s Bengals game. Rodney has a fabulous look of death.

Football sites I’m reading

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

It’s football season. Hooray. Here’s what I’m reading to keep up with the Pats and the rest of the NFL.

Cold Hard Football Facts is written by a local guy — Kerry Byrne — and is generally vastly entertaining.

National Football Post has Mike Lombardi and a couple of other NFL insiders. They are really strong on the business of football, including the intricacies of working within the salary cap.

Pro Football Talk is another news site. Mike Florio is the resident expert. Insane numbers of Patriot Haters hang out there. Every comments section will include at least one reference to “Belicheat.”

Boston.com/Patriots is the Globe’s hub for Patriots coverage. It’s sad they’ve lost Mike Reiss to ESPN, but it’s still worth checking out.

Christopher Price at WEEI has been doing a great job keeping up with all the Patriots news. You also need to make sure you subscribe to their Patriots podcast (iTunes link) so that you can get their weekly interviews with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Sports Illustrated is pretty reliable. Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and Joe Posnanski’s columns are the most regularly interesting.

ESPN has all you’d expect. I haven’t seen the ESPN Boston site yet, so I can’t comment on how useful that will be.

NFL TV Distribution Maps are fabulous. Here, you can see which parts of the country are getting which games. It’s interesting to see how the networks carve up the country.

I, of course, get all my reading material from the Patriots news page on Serendeputy. But, that’s just me. And you! (Please). I’ve added in a ton of football sites, so there’s undoubtedly lots of good stuff about your favorite team. Just go to the site and do a search.

Ok, so what incredible sites am I missing?

Linky Goodness – 9/1/2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Translating Bill Belichick’s post-game interview
WEEI writer Dan Guttenplan translates Bill Belichick’s post-game comments, illuminating what the coach had to say about Tom Brady and his horrific hit.

Protecting your child’s privacy
At what point do the stories stop being yours and start being theirs? The New York Times’s Lisa Belkin discusses. I’ve been very careful with what I write here, so I hope that I’ll never have an angry conversation with Sadie or Lucy. I hope that Lucy will not be horrified by how much she enjoyed splashing in the mud…

It’s time to get it over with and declare American royalty
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald is not impressed with NBC’s newest hire.

Bush daughter Jenna Hager becomes ‘Today’ reporter …

They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it’s really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment. They can interview Lisa Murkowski, Evan Bayh, Jeb Bush, Bob Casey, Mark Pryor, Jay Rockefeller, Dan Lipinksi, and Harold Ford, Jr. about personal responsibility and the virtues of self-sufficiency. Bill Kristol, Tucker Carlson and John Podhoretz can provide moving commentary on how America is so special because all that matters is merit, not who you know or where you come from. …

Just to underscore a very important, related point: all of the above-listed people are examples of America’s Great Meritocracy, having achieved what they have solely on the basis of their talent, skill and hard work — The American Way. By contrast, Sonia Sotomayor — who grew up in a Puerto Rican family in Bronx housing projects; whose father had a third-grade education, did not speak English and died when she was 9; whose mother worked as a telephone operator and a nurse; and who then became valedictorian of her high school, summa cum laude at Princeton, a graduate of Yale Law School, and ultimately a Supreme Court Justice — is someone who had a whole litany of unfair advantages handed to her and is the poster child for un-American, merit-less advancement.

7 Iconic characters they saved from the cutting-room floor
Cracked reminds me I’m glad we didn’t lose Jack Shepherd and the Joker.

Flying vs. Driving
Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has a (predictably) fascinating analysis about why Americans prefer driving to flying, despite its financial disadvantages. Well worth a read.

Especially interesting for me as I’m pondering doing sales trips down to New York. Should I fly from Logan, take the Acela from Providence, take one of the bus lines, or just drive. I think the winner right now for New York trips is the train, but for Washington trips it’ll definitely be the airplane. I try not to let my fear of flying interface with logic.

Things to do after you break up
This is another site I found in the midst of my librarian work. There’s some salty language, but it’s a really interesting read. Building a catalog of 5,000+ sites I personally like is doing a number on my productivity, though.