NBA free agency wrap up: LeBron, Starmelo, Bosh and the Gimp

Much respect to King James. Wade is done and he’s taking Miami down with him. Bosh lashes himself to the mast of a sinking ship. And Melo is who we thought he was. Discuss.

The major elements of this year’s NBA free agency season – LeBron, Carmelo, Bosh and Wade – are now settled, or soon will be. A few reactions:

1: LeBron made a good decision, and it may have even been for the right reasons. He articulates his thinking in that wonderful letter that you may have read by now, and while you couldn’t get me to Cleveland at gunpoint, I fully respect his desire to go home and to do what he can to boost the fortunes of the place where he grew up. And I believe that he’s sincere in his justification of the … well, I started to say “the decision,” but that would have been in bad taste, huh?

Thing is, this was also a really smart hoops move. He went to Miami because he wanted to win, and he’s smart enough now to realize that he had to leave Miami to win. The problem on South Beach is simple…

2: Dwyane Wade is finished. D-Wade is a legit first ballot Hall of Famer and his career has been spectacular. But that’s all past tense now. Some years back an ESPN columnist, I think, penned an article on why Wade wouldn’t have a long career. Continue reading “NBA free agency wrap up: LeBron, Starmelo, Bosh and the Gimp”

Olympic baseball gold medal to be decided with penalty kicks

Well, sorta. Check out this stroke of genius.

IBAF changes rules for extra innings

DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—Extra innings will have a new look in what could be baseball’s last Olympic appearance.

Each team’s at-bat in the 11th inning and beyond will begin with runners on first and second bases. Teams may start the 11th at any point in their batting order under format changes announced Friday by the International Baseball Federation and adopted in time for next month’s Beijing Games.

You read that right. In the hotly contested championship game, after a game where both starting pitchers have gone 10 perfect innings, the top of the 11th will begin with Cuba’s leadoff and #2 hitters on base and their #3, 4 and 5 guys coming to the plate. Continue reading “Olympic baseball gold medal to be decided with penalty kicks”

Because I didn’t feel bad enough about my golf game already

Legally blind golfer scores hole-in-one at Florida’s Cove Cay CC CLEARWATER, Fla. — A hole-in-one is rare on the golf course, but what are the odds of a blind golfer sinking one? Leo Fiyalko couldn’t see it, but his golf buddies did — a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at the Cove Cay Country Club. Leo Fiyalko brushed off the feat, and had to be prodded to tell his wife about it at the end of the round. Fiyalko is 92 and has macular degeneration. He’s been golfing for 60 years, but his 110-yard shot with a 5-iron on Jan. … Continue reading Because I didn’t feel bad enough about my golf game already

And then there were two: Edwards bows out

It was only a matter of time. John Edwards Drops Out of Presidential Race — Former Senator’s Campaign Adviser: ‘It Just Became Clear It Wasn’t Going to Happen’ Former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., will drop out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday. “It just became clear it wasn’t going to happen,” a senior Edwards adviser tells ABC News’ Rick Klein. Edwards, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2004 before joining Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., as his vice presidential candidate, had placed poorly in several early contests, lagging behind rivals Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, … Continue reading And then there were two: Edwards bows out

The Voice of Tennyson

According to the BBC, “Thomas Edison sent his agents round to the Poet Laureate’s home to record his voice on wax cylinders in 1890.” That poet laureate turns out to be none other than Alfred, Lord Tennyson. No, the voice quality isn’t great (as you’d expect), but what a marvelous revelation – to be able to hear one of the greatest poets in English history, a man from the pre-electronic age, actually speaking. Want to listen? Click here and enjoy as Tennyson offers up one of his classics, “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” Continue reading The Voice of Tennyson

World War III under way; America hasn’t noticed?

“Corporate America ought to be darned worried. If you are a major corporation with very sensitive technology, you have been targeted. Somebody is spying on you right now.” Todd Davis, FBI supervisor in Sacramento There’s been a great deal of debate lately about spying – FISA and domestic spying issues, for example – and now the news that Blackwater is augmenting its army, navy and air force with its own CIA. While I’m routinely bemused by the conclusions we seem to reach (we’re about to approve a new Attorney General who doesn’t think waterboarding is torture, remember), I do welcome … Continue reading World War III under way; America hasn’t noticed?

Scholars & Rogues has a new home

I wanted to take a moment to announce this morning’s launch of Scholars and Rogues.com. Since we started the site back in April we’ve been hosted at WordPress, but it was our intent to move to our own domain when we could. The “technical glitch” that shut us down for a few hours a couple weeks back convinced us that now was the time. In addition to subtracting the .wordpress from the URL, this move enables some neat new features, including a design that better reflects the S&R brand and some new social networking/bookmarking tools. If you like a post, … Continue reading Scholars & Rogues has a new home

S&R hits significant milestone…

On April 16 some colleagues and I launched Scholars & Rogues. If you don’t know Technorati, they’re one of the top Internet ranking engines, and they currently track over 101 million blogs. So they’re a pretty significant measuring stick in the blog world. Today, just four months and 14 days after that initial launch, S&R cracked the Technorati Top 10,000, putting us in the top 100th of 1% of all blogs in the world. (More…) Continue reading S&R hits significant milestone…

University of Colorado response to campus stabbing: a textbook case of the “We Have to Do SOMETHING”

On Monday, an incoming freshman at the University of Colorado was injured in a knife attack by a mentally ill former university employee. The student is fine, fortunately, and the assailant is in custody. As the Denver Post story notes, there are some disturbing issues where the attacker is concerned. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kenton Drew Astin, worked at CU last year as a cashier at the Alferd Packer Grill at the student center. He was arrested and hospitalized Monday with serious stab wounds, the school said. Astin was sent to a state mental hospital in 2001 after being … Continue reading University of Colorado response to campus stabbing: a textbook case of the “We Have to Do SOMETHING”

The futility of unconventional poetry

I’m a poet. Whether I’m a good one or a bad one is, I suppose, open to debate. But the fundamental fact of my life and career is that the business activities that define my professional existence these days are Plan C, at best. If the world worked the way I wish it did, I’d make my living writing, publishing and teaching poetry. (And ideally, I’d be earning a living wage.) I thought I was on this track back in the late 1980s, when I entered the Masters program in English at Iowa State University (that’s Iowa State , not … Continue reading The futility of unconventional poetry

Migrating into Facebook

I finally set up my Facebook site. Yay. It looks at the moment like Facebook is enjoying a lot of migration from different directions. For starters, it was only recently opened up to non-college students, so there’s a general influx of new users. A lot of business types appear to be abandoning LinkedIn for Facebook. I’m not unplugging my LinkedIn account yet, but the truth is that it’s never done me a scrap of good. We’ll see if I can make more hay with Facebook. Finally, there may be a social network-climbing dynamic at work, although it’s hard to quantify. … Continue reading Migrating into Facebook

VoIP arrives in Second Life

As I noted a few weeks back, my old colleagues at Gronstedt Group are hosting a weekly “fika” at their “Train for Success” site in Second Life. These get-togethers are a good chance for corporate training people to compare notes, explore, ask questions, and generally socialize themselves to the booming 2L multiverse, which is evolving into a pretty serious business environment. One of the issues holding 2L back, I felt, was the lack of voice integration. As much as I like the concept, I simply don’t want to try to conduct a Webinar or virtual meeting using chat and IM. … Continue reading VoIP arrives in Second Life

Sprint fires 1,000 customers: let the games begin…

If you’ve ever been involved in a business of any kind, you’ve probably had occasion to wonder if some customers are more trouble than they’re worth. Whether too high-maintenance, too low-value, or a bit of both, there have probably been times where you thought you’d probably be better off without them. In my case, there have been a couple occasions where I did some informal cost-benefit analysis and walked away from a customer. You hate turning down money, but sometimes it makes sense. Of course, I’m not a big-time consumer retail and services company, either. If I were, I’d think … Continue reading Sprint fires 1,000 customers: let the games begin…

The One True Church®

Pope Palpatine is at it again: Pope: Other Christians Not True Churches By NICOLE WINFIELD (Associated Press Writer) From Associated Press July 10, 2007 11:35 AM EDT LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches. (Story.) Maybe later today he’ll issue a clarification on the proper method for burning witches and converting the Jews. Continue reading The One True Church®

Where does mobile fit in the social media discussion?

If you’ve snooped around the site, you probably know that mobility is coming along a lot more slowly than I feel like it should. For every business out there doing a good job ramping up mobile marketing there’s probably a few thousand doing nothing. Why is a little hard for me to fathom – mobile is a preferred medium for Millennial-aged consumers, who control more disposable income than any generation in history. Why you’d refuse to communicate with these customers on their own terms is beyond me. Well, maybe not. Mobile is comparatively new for most corporate decision-makers, most of … Continue reading Where does mobile fit in the social media discussion?