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January 17, 2008

Autographed CD – a nice bonus for the fans

Filed under: music, Uncategorized — Tags: — doughaslam @ 11:29 am

As readers of my blog saw recently, I am a fan of a semi-obscure rock group called The Shazam. When I wrote that earlier post, I realized I did not have one of their CDs, called “Rev9” for their more-interesting-than-I-thought-it-would-be cover of the Beatles’ “Revolution #9.”

I was happily surprised to see that, when the CD arrived, it was autographed by Hans Rotenberry, lead singer and songwriter of the group. Very cool– unexpected. Did the Web site say they were autographed? I had no recollection, but looking back, it did say that. Why wouldn’t any independent musician– or heck, even a famous one — do that, going the extra mile for the fans for just a small amount of effort?

Anyway, this CD is going right next to my autographed copy of The Move‘s “Shazam” CD (obviously, the Move was an inspiration for the band “the Shazam). For that story– it was autographed by the singer, the late Carl Wayne. I bought it on eBay, but got a great story from the seller about working backstage at a show by the hollies, for whom Carl Wayne was singing at the time. Nice to have the story behind something like that.

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January 15, 2008

Evening commute rant-ish

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 6:40 pm

Pic is kinda random- from this morning. sorry if you get this twuce via Twitter, I messed up.
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January 14, 2008

Social Media Top 5: Zuckiavelli, and be nice to SEOs edition

Filed under: social media — Tags: — doughaslam @ 9:19 am

1. I’ve got your data portability right here…all I need is a thumb drive and the corporate network. Actually, will data portability arguments move to renewed question over ownership of intellectual property created by employees? Who owns my rolodex? What I write on my employer’s blog? We may see disagreements over the answers to such questions.

2. Social Media hippies meet the PRSA squares in Boston. Thank goodness the Merry Pranksters 2.0 didn’t spike the Kool-Aid. Actually, members of the “traditional” public relations community understand more about social media than some folks think.

3. Social Media Club/PRSA Boston Take 2: C.C. Chapman referring to Amanda Chapel of Strumpette as the “heart of evil” and meaning it as a compliment (I think) may have been the highlight of the evening, followed by the near-lynching of Laura “Pistachio” Fitton after she compared “black hat SEO” to porn. Lessons learned: SEOs need to develop their sense of humor, and Pistachio should let someone else start her car for the next couple of weeks, if you know what I mean.

4. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on 60 minutes. What we learned I:

  • Mark Zuckerberg did not take Human Growth Hormone or steroids, but has received several vitamin B12 shots, and it turns out that the coders for Facebook Beacon were merely using flaxseed oil.

5. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on 60 minutes. What we learned II:

  • Facebook will compete with Google as a search destination, according to Charlene Li of Forrester Research. If you ask me, after he has laid waste to Google, Zuckerberg will then proceed to level, in no particular order:
    • Amazon.com
    • Microsoft
    • Sony (but only the cool parts)
    • Matt Drudge
    • Balco
    • The Federal Reserve
    • Domino’s Pizza
    • Hasbro
    • Hormel, and maybe Kraft Foods
    • The State of Idaho
    • Harvard (just for fun)
    • Teva

    Do you have any ideas for who Facebook will go after next?

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January 11, 2008

What the World Needs Now.. is More Crispin Glover

Filed under: Movies — Tags: — doughaslam @ 12:04 pm

Random Friday fun… one of my favorite members of the Legion of Creepy Actors is Crispin Glover. He had long secured his spot when he made this video of the old Michael Jackson hit “Ben” to go along with his remake of “Willard” a few years back

I thought of it randomly today and had to share.

And by request, Glover’s infamous appearance on Letterman– brilliant:

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January 10, 2008

PRSA/Social Media Club Boston ‘Beyond Blogging’

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 9:53 pm

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January 7, 2008

Social Media Top 5: Don’t Scrape Me, Bro! Edition

Filed under: social media — Tags: — doughaslam @ 7:41 am

plaxo1. In the Robert Scoble/Facebook brouhaha, the social media community has spoken: “Facebook, you don’t own our data. Our info belongs to…Plaxo?” It’s unfortunate that Scoble’s run-in with Facebook involved his use of new Plaxo software to scrape profile information. The ability to carry our data– including the people in our network– is interesting. The presence of a company (Plaxo) that had only begun to rehabilitate its image as an unwelcome intruder in our email inboxes constantly asking us for contact information skews the perceptions in the debate.

2. Other side of the coin: those of us who join social networks gleefully enter lots of contact information, such as emails, cell numbers, and sometimes things even more sensitive and personal. We also agitate for easier ways to take our data from one network to another, but frequently scream if we think another company might want to do something with the data. Our data is gold. We should demand reasonable terms of service, but we should also expect that just because we don’t pay money for something does not mean it is free.

3. In other Scoble news, he was kicked out of a local Safeway last week after using a scanner to try to capture the nutritional information from the entire breakfast cereal aisle.

4. Now that actual voting has begun, we are seeing that the political candidates really don’t care about using social media. If this means we are spared a new Hillary Clinton song contest, I’m willing to wait until 2012 for a Social Media President.

5. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is this week. Can we top last year’s unquestioned highlight, which was undoubtedly either the tasering of Amanda Congdon on ABCNews.com, or the introduction of the iPhone (wait, that wasn’t at CES?)?

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January 5, 2008

Meme-Tagged: “Eight things you (probably) didn’t know about me”

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 9:26 pm

Todd Defren tagged me with the current blog-meme going around, “Eight things you (probably) didn’t know about me.” Despite what Todd says, I think people actually do like these, and aside from the obvious ego exercise we each go through in writing these, I also enjoy reading those of others.

This meme is apparently distinct from the “8 random things about me” meme I was tagged with last summer. Have a look at that one, I don’t think I should repeat any of that stuff here. I will make this eight as different as possible, which means it will probably be a bit random. Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.

2. List EIGHT random facts about yourself.

3. Tag EIGHT people at the end of your post and list their names.

4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Here my (new) eight random things, concentrating on the random over last time around:

  1. I failed swimming merit badge at Boy Scout camp because my shirt was too big. One of the requirements is to inflate your shirt while floating. Another factor is that I wasn’t such a great swimmer.
  2. I am one of five boys– just like the Marx Brothers. I am 3rd, which makes me Groucho (look it up).
  3. My first rock concert was The Kinks at Boston Garden in 1984.
  4. My first car was a 1973 Oldsmobile Omega. Orange with black interior (a lot like the one in the picture, we called the “Halloween-mobile.”I paid $700 cash for it. Olds Omega
  5. I got heavily involved in multimedia while in the Boy Scouts, going so far as to produce shows for national conferences. Back then, “computers” that synced multiple slide projectors was state of the art, and signals were often stored on cassette tape. At one of the show I produce, the computer died and I signaled 10 projectors by hand, going by the script.
  6. I grew up with a classic suburban Boston accent, dropping the “r”s and everything. Voice classes in college rid me of the accent, and I have spent much of my adult life trying to remember it.
  7. My longest bicycle ride to date is about 38 miles. Do i really think I can do the Pan Mass Challenge?
  8. In my job producing NPR’s “Only A Game,” I got to talk to a lot of sports legends, and met several in person. Highlights:
    1. Calling Yogi Berra at home to schedule an interview. When he eventually came in, he repeatedly called host Bill Littlefield “Bob.”
    2. Had a great chat with former Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard, who gaveup Roger Maris’ record 61st home run on 1961. Nicest man I ever spoke with. He said he rarely has to buy a drink and gets a lot of meals paid for him due to his dubious honor.
    3. Former Red Sox pitcher and legendary goofball Bill Lee’s answering machine: “If you’re calling about the wood chips, they’re back of the barn to the right. Help yourself.” Yes, he called me back.
    4. Senator McCain calling me back from his limo to talk about some boxing legislation he sponsored. Yes, he;s that accessible. That part of his reputation has endured.
    5. Favorite sports news headline I wrote: “Cardinals outranked the Padres.”

I tag: Sandy Kalik, Chuck Tanowitz, Dave Austin, Cathryn Hrudicka, Mark Goren, Ike Pigott, “Ontario Emperor” and Aaron Brazell.

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Bunker Hill Monument Boston

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 7:24 pm

Take some time out and see a historical site you don’t usually see. It’s worth it.

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Cool band I have liked for years- “The Shazam”

Filed under: music — Tags: — doughaslam @ 4:06 pm

I am probably more of a jazz music fan than anything else, but certain types of rock music aways get to me. I came across Nashville, Tennessee-based The Shazam several years ago when I was getting into music by The Move (the band that became Electric Light Orchestra) and saw that The Shazam were heavily influenced by The Move, ELO and Roy Wood, founder of both bands.

They have spent several years under the radar, but have a few very enjoyable albums out there, and are reportedly planning a new one shortly. Their few spotlight moments include a song on a Coors commercial (I forgive them; the song works) and inclusion on “Little” Steven Van Zandt’s “Coolest Songs in the World” CD.

Anyway– I really like this band and thought I would share this trippy video of “On the Airwaves,” a song that appears on the Little Steven CD. One of the animated characters who is supposed to be part of The Shazam actually looks a lot like Little Steven:

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January 3, 2008

Patterns: What causes them/How do you change them?

Filed under: Uncategorized — doughaslam @ 9:08 am
People have many years and much money trying tofigure out how traffic patterns work, without really figuring it out.
As I encountered unusual traffic at the Mass. Turnpike tolls today, I wondered what caused it. Was it the fact that tolls are $1.25 today Instead of $1.00, So people needed change? Was there an avoidable accident? Was there just some random slow driver causing a ripple effect?If I can figure out one of the patterns affecting a part of my life, and influence it, I can probably make a big change. What do you think?

ETA: This article from Engadget Mobile gives another possible cause affecting traffic patterns.

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