Sunday, July 27, 2008

What The F**K is Social Media?

My friend Geoff sent me this excellent presentation by Marta Kagan on "Social Media" (Think Web 2.0, social networking, You Tube, Twitter, etc...).

It is a must view for anyone interested in technology / marketing.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Job seekers take note: The spell check feature of MS Word is configured to "Ignore words in UPPERCASE" by default.

I can't be too critical though. I'm a terrible speller and when I was applying for my first job out of school I learned the hard way that many email clients don't spell check the Subject line.

Monday, July 21, 2008

VP Selections Coming Soon

Yesterday on Meet The Press Chuck Todd suggested Obama may announce his VP selection within the next two weeks.

MR. TODD: Well, but there, there's a, there's a, there's a real reason why. Look, the timing. I've got it on pretty good authority, this is not going to be done right before the convention, and it's not going to be done during the Olympics. Well, you start backtracking when Obama's going to pick his running mate...

MR. GREGORY: Two weeks.

MR. TODD: Exactly.


Today Bob Novak is writing that McCain may announce as early as this week.
Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.
So what fun would it be without taking some guesses. So here are mine:
  • Jim Webb for Obama
  • Mitt Romney for McCain

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scoring Against Yourself

My friend Elad recently shared an amazing soccer story with me from Snopes.

It describes the true story of how in 1994 the Barbados soccer team advanced in a cup match by intentionally scoring a goal against itself. Sounds impossible right?

Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals in order to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a daft rule in the competition which stated that in the event of a game going to penalty kicks, the winner of the penalty kicks would be awarded a 2-0 victory.

With 5 minutes to go, Barbados were leading 2-1, and going out of the tournament (because they needed to win by 2 clear goals). Then, when they realized they were probably not going to score against Grenada's massed defence, they turned round, and deliberately scored on their own goal to level the scores and take the game into penalties. Grenada, themselves not being stupid, realized what was going on, and then attempted to score an own goal themselves. However, the Barbados players started defending their opponents goal to prevent this.

In the last five minutes, spectators were treated to the incredible sight of both team's defending their opponents goal against attackers desperately trying to score an own goal and goalkeepers trying to throw the ball into their own net. The game went to penalties, which Barbados won and so were awarded a 2-0 victory and progressed to the next round.

More Joel on Software

My friend Steve let me know that Joel Spolsky (Joel on Software) has a new book out. It has the short name of More Joel on Software: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and ... Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity (Pro)

Don't think he has mentioned it on his site yet (or I just missed it).

Zeemote JS1 Availability Gets Closer

Stuart Dredge from is reporting that the Zeemote JS1 will be available for sale this month.

Zeemote's innovative JS1 Bluetooth controller for mobile games is due on sale in at least one European country this month, according to VP of sales and business development Jim Adams.
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Two Sherlock Holmes Movies Starring Who?

A recent article in variety says that two Sherlock Holmes movies are in the works.

One is a drama, called Sherlock Holmes, and will star Robert Downey Jr. as the lead detective.

The other will be a comedy with Sacha Baron Cohen (A.K.A Borat) as Holmes and Will Ferrell as Watson. Nothing in IMDB on this one though so who knows.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

7 Deadly Sins of Startups

A blog post by Roger Ehrenberg has been making the rounds on various technology / entrepreneurial / investment sites.

It is a "post mortem" on his failed technology start up and he discusses 7 "deadly sins" he believes led to the company's failure. Well worth a read. Here is his sin list:

While we certainly made more than seven mistakes during the nearly four-year life of Monitor110, I think these top the list.

1. The lack of a single, "the buck stops here" leader until too late in the game
2. No separation between the technology organization and the product organization
3. Too much PR, too early
4. Too much money
5. Not close enough to the customer
6. Slow to adapt to market reality
7. Disagreement on strategy both within the Company and with the Board

Batman Projects That Never Were

Looks like the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, could be headed for the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.

Canada's The Globe and Mail had an article yesterday discussing the history of the Batman movies and identified a number of projects that were started but never completed.

It is not clear how far along these projects ever got or if the directors / actors named below were ever actually signed to a deal.

Here are four interesting ones that never made it:

  • A 3rd to be directed by Tim Burton with Michael Keaton returning as Batman and Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent
  • One called "Batman Triumphant" with Bret Hart as Batman and either Howard Stern or Crispin Glover (McFly from Back to the Future) as Scarecrow
  • One called "Batman vs Superman" with Christian Bale as Batman and Josh Hartnett as Superman
  • One called "The Dark Knight Returns" with Clint Eastwood as Batman

MacFarlane Interview, Another Family Guy Movie

Check out this short interview with Seth MacFarlane. He says he hopes to get started on another Family Guy movie this year.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

We Are Marshall

I finally watched the movie We Are Marshall this weekend on HBO.

a 2006 motion picture directed by McG about the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed all of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team; the rebuilding of the program; and the healing that the community undergoes.

It is the best football movie I've seen in a long time. Check it out if you haven't.

I found an interview with Rick Nolte, the author of the book, in which he describes the parts that were accurate versus those that were dramatic license.