Friday, March 31, 2006

No More Riverdance Celebration?

The NFL voted to change their rules recently that limit the endzone celebrations that have been ramping up in the past few years.Some folks think it's a great idea to curb this behavior because kids are starting to emulate these guys and have begun dancing and other things:
Kids imitated Johnson after scoring touchdowns in sandlot football games. Years later, those kids' kids imitated the "Ickey Shuffle," created by Cincinnati Bengals fullback Ickey Woods, who shuffled all the way to the Super Bowl. And there was the California Quake by the Dallas Cowboys' Butch Johnson, before coach Tom Landry banned his players from celebrating scores.

Oh...the horrors! Kids are celebrating? 

This is a stupid change and I think they've made a mistake. These guys are entertainers and they should entertain us. (as a side note, I always enjoy the guys who just toss the ball to the referee and trot off to the sideline...) 

As a result of this new rule change, we won't see what my brother-in-law Equation BoyMan thinks might have been the most brillant 'in your face' touchdown celebration dance ever: Chad Johnson's 'Riverdance'.

For those of you who aren't as quick on the uptake as Equation Boy/Man, like me, here's your explanation.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Blawgers Getting Their Due

In today's Denver Post, Greg Griffin covers the topic of 'blawgs' and their growth among laywers. 
For many lawyers, blogs are a natural way to stay abreast of an ever-changing legal landscape - and to set themselves apart as experts in their domain. Increasingly, law firms see blogs as a key marketing tool that's far more dynamic than the traditional website and newsletter.

Attorneys are grabbing ahold of the medium and pusing their profession forward with their use of blogging. (as a side note, I pitched Cross' lawfirmon the notion of publishing a blog called "Trust me I'm a Lawyer", but George and Dave didn't bite...)

At FeedBurner, we have a good share of some of the best 'blawgs' on the web coursing through our service. Check out Dennis Kennedy's blog,Denise Howell, Stephen Nipper, Between Lawyers, Ernie the Attorney,ABA's webmaster Fred Faulkner and FeedBurner's very own Rick Klau for some over the very best 'blawgs' out there. (in fact, Rick was an early 'blawger' - although he doesn't write about law much these days.

About a year ago, Rick Klau invited me to an event at the Cataylst Ranchwhere we ate great potstickers and discussed 'blawgers' and other cool things. It was a great event and as the ABA Tech Show is less than a month away, it got some of us at FeedBurner thinking about what we can do to help the publishers of 'blawgs'. 

Brad Feld got all of us thinking about 'blawg'-focused Feed Flare. 

Brad's idea was to add a Flare that would 'add a disclaimer' on each post that would be a small 'bio' link that would list the firm where the blawger is an attorney. That's a great start, but I'm sure there's bound to be more ideas. What about adding a Flare that would link back to the lawyer's latest publication? 

I'm sure that Rick has more ideas for 'blawg'-focused Flare.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

RSS, a lot of discussion about that

Don just posted this, but it's worth mentioning here. 

Bill Gates gave the keynote at MIX06 and dedicated a great deal of his time to RSS. 
RSS, a lot of discussion about that. We’ve seen it do a number of things that we’ve put out as industry standards for people to adopt around RSS. We think it’s very, very important. We’ve got the simple list extensions that make feeds better particularly for structured data. We think the amount of RSS going on is going to skyrocket. It’s already very significant. It will move up to new levels. And making it easy for you to manage those feeds so that they show up in the appropriate place, and some of the same mechanisms that we’ve thought about with things like e-mail rules can be applied here so that even when your information comes in it’s coming to exactly the place that you’re interested in seeing it. We’re going beyond just a textual-type notification where people will have photos and the podcasts themselves.

I've been attuned to RSS for a while now, but being at FeedBurner has brought that awareness to whole new levels. Oh...on that note...if we're expanding our offices, I'm ok with either SF or Valencia.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hey Hey Hey Hey

Ah, Kansas City
coming to get my baby back home
yeah, yeah
I'm gonna Kansas city
coming to get my baby back home
yeah, yeah
Well, it's a long, long, time
since my baby's been gone

Ah, Kansas City
coming to get my baby on time
yeah, yeah
I'm gonna Kansas City
coming to get my baby on time
yeah, yeah
It's just a one, two, three, four
five, six, seven, eight, nine, wah


Back at it Monday with all sortsa details about this, this, and this.

Ok....maybe we won't talk about the pool lounger....

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ingemunson Endorsed by Beacon

My friend Boyd Ingemunson was endorsed today by the Aurora Beacon News. 
Ingemunson correctly envisions the role of the state's attorney as the leader responsible for setting policy and overseeing the administrative functions of an office that not only prosecutes crime, but also must act as the legal representative to the County Board, a position Ingemunson is well-suited for.

During the campaign, Ingemunson has offered common-sense solutions to the challenges growth will produce. He suggested the office can do a better job in bringing in grant money to pay for additional staff as the population grows, proposed programs aimed at curbing the influence of gangs in Kendall County and suggested the office should begin assigning attorneys to specialized tasks, such as prosecuting crimes against the elderly.

These are all signs that he is prepared to lead an office poised for growth. Ingemunson earns our endorsement.

It's going to be a tight race, so this endorsement will certainly boost the spirits in the Ingemunson camp.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Kicking Television

In the most recent edition of Paste Magazine, Wilco Frontman Jeff Tweedy talks about 'listening':
I would love for more people to listen to music as a sole activity. I think it’s a really transformative way that that art form can touch you. Aside from live music, which I think is really important to being human-to be a part of a crowd experiencing music-recorded music is like literature when you allow yourself to sit and listen. I mean, you know. That’s all you did when you were growing up; that’s all you needed to do. You found friends that could sit and be quiet and not f-in’ ruin it; those were your friends, you know? If somebody couldn’t do that, you couldn’t hang out with them. I don’t care how cool they were; they were not cool.

And...for all you lefties (like Nat), read his last quote. Snob that he is, he doesn't watch much tv, except for the Daily Show.

Friday, March 03, 2006

History of Lovers

I heard the song 'History of Lovers' by Calexico and Iron and Wine on either Left of Center or Disorder and immediately dug it. I'm really into Iron and Wine and I have some Calexico, so I figured I'd give it a listen. (on Sirius, you see the name of the artist(s) and the song title when the song is playing).

About half way through it, I 'tagged' it in my radio. On Sirius, you get a selected number of 'tags' whereby when ever that song pops up anywhere on the Sirius network, the radio alerts you and you can go have a listen. It's a terrific feature that I've chocked full of Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, The Staples Singers, and a few others. This allows you to not miss any of your 'favorite' songs.

After a few times of hearing it in the car, I grabbed 'History of Lovers' in the itunes music store. I've been listening to the entire collaboration ever since. "History" really sticks out for me, so I dug a bit more. I found this video of the 2 acts performing for Craig Fergusen on the Late Late Show. The performance is arranged a bit quicker than the record version. 

Have a listen. I think you'll like it.
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