A weekend offline…

So, maybe I’ll appreciate this during the summer. This weekend I went up to Maine as I do occasionally with my wife. It was already a weekend that wasn’t going to be all that fun. We were picking up furniture in Connecticut and bringing it north. But it got worse when we finally arrived in Portland Saturday evening.

The cable modem was down. Tried a reset. Nope. Unplugged it. Nope. Stared at it intently. Nope. The problem of course, is twofold. First, I count on my Internet. I don’t have cable in Maine, I have internet. It is my connection to work and the world, and occasionally I need both. But second, I realized something. Man, is it going to be hard to actually get the cable looked at, because I am generally only there on the weekend! Not that the fine folks at Time Warner Cable won’t come out on Saturday or Sunday, but well, it is more challenging.

So I’ve taken a spiritual route – maybe, if I hope and pray enough, it will heal itself. If anyone has an appropriate prayer for a sickly modem, or a cable psalm, I’m all ears.

In short – sorry I haven’t posted recently. Call it technical difficulties.

My Top 10 signs you’re now a Twitter addict

Having tried to pull my wife’s attention from her Twitter account and failed, I am forced to amuse myself with a Top 10 signs you are a Twitter addict list.

10. You decide you can’t watch any film or play that has more than 140 characters.

9. You’re starting to think “TinyURL” is a cute baby name.

8. You want to paint a bedroom VeryGreen.

7. You know what Ze Frank is doing, but can’t remember how old your kids are.

6. …Or your spouse.

5. You think Clinton or Obama could score big points with a plan to move U.S. forces out of Iraq and into the Color Wars.

4. There are 27.7 million Google hits for “Twitter”. You know it. You counted.

3. You begin your in-person conversations by looking at someone and air drawing “@”

2. You do a Top 10 signs you’re a Twitter addict list.

1. And the number 1 sign you are addicted to Twitter: you know exactly how many more characters I have to complete this statement before it get…

Cheeky accused scammer, Part 2

So, my pals at NECN did follow up on their “I Sold My Grandma’s Stuff” scam story that was done first last week. Interestingly, there has been no defense of Joe Perkins (that I know of) there, but I did get one commenter defending him here. It is an interesting case, and I feel badly for those who accuse Perkins of taking advantage of them. The BBB says Perkins’ braggadocio in noting being “featured” on NECN is par for the course for accused scammers. In any case, here is the second story.

When accused ripoff artists attack…

Today’s wow of the day.

This week, NECN did an investigative story on a Cape Cod businessman who runs the site “I Sold Grandma’s Stuff.com”. Bottom line, a lot of people seem to think Joe Perkins, the owner of the company, has preyed on them, helping them sell their estates and then keeping the cash. As the story shows, he has a long history of ripoff accusations, and investigators would love to catch him.

It’s a great story – but it gets better with this added twist. What did Joe Perkins do on his website after the story aired?

He added this line to his website:

For seventeen years we have provided hundreds of clients with our
service which was featured on New England Cable News.

Cohones, no? Share this post and the link to the NECN story with as many people as possible. Awareness in these kinds of situations is a good thing, no?

I’m good enough, I’m smart enough… I am not my pool

and doggone it, I’m better than my NCAA pool.

Not that I am doing that badly.  I had San Diego over UConn, after all. But it’s happening again. That March Madness feeling that requires me to glance over at the TV all too regularly to see if Siena actually won. (Didn’t call that one.)

So I must remember…

I’m better than my pool.

My pool does not define me.

It will not make me smarter, or more handsome, stop the aging process, fix my back, help me lose weight or make me a better chef.

It cannot do my taxes, pay my bills, make my lunch or feed my cats.

It will not do anything for the war in Iraq, it cannot feed the starving, clothe the needy,  or give anyone shelter.

It shall not take me over… but, excuse me, I do have to watch the end of this Xavier-Purdue game.

He can’t pitch yet, but he’s a good pitch man for ALS

So, a lot of people have sort of a love-hate relationship with Curt Schilling… usually leaning towards the love part. But no matter what you think of him in general, you have to give him credit for his efforts fighting ALS. Curt’s Pitch 4 ALS has raised a of awareness about the disease, and a good chunck of change. Let’s face it, writing “K ALS” on his cleat when he knew the world was watching his bloody sock in the 2004 World Series was a pretty brilliant raising awareness move.

Anyway, Curt has decided this year that since he can’t pitch for much of the season, he’ll be following 4 other pitchers any donate money to local Curt’s pitch chapters based on their performance. And – he picked four guys who will strike out a lot more guys these days than a healthy Curt would. Brandon Webb in Arizona, Josh Beckett in Boston, Cole Hamels in Philly, and Daisuke Matsuzaka for Curt’s Pitch Japan.

If my in my head math is correct, at $100 per K and $1000 per win – if the quartet match last season, Curt will be writing checks for $145,000 to the charities this year – plus all the other stuff he does for the organizations.

Read about it here:
Curts Pitch 4 ALS GOES GLOBAL! « 38 Pitches

And that’s an All-Star performance.

Sign of trouble for Democrats?

A new poll in Pennsylvania suggests just what some Democrats have seen as the nightmare end to a drawn-out Obama vs Clinton battle. The Franklin and Marshall University poll finds about 20% of Clinton and Obama supporters in Pennsylvania say they would vote for John McCain if their candidate doesn’t win the Democratic nomination.

See a CNSNews.com story on the poll here — 03/21/2008

In some ways, it’s not surprising — as Obama and Clinton go after each other, they draw the ire of their opponents’ partisans. The question will be, can they repair the breach, or will the GOP be able to use McCain to attract and hold moderates, and find a V.P. candidate who appeals to conservatives without scaring the middle-of-the-road away.  A lot is still up in the air.

The poll has Clinton up 16 in the Penn. primary, by the way.

Is there a “Blush Red” Twitter team?

So, I am someone who admits that no matter how much I know, that I have a lot to learn about the web, especially in what grabs people’s attention. That’s true in the broadcast world, as well. I mean, if I knew exactly what would bring people to television, I could have stayed an Executive Producer, made a mint and retired.

So, here I am – and last night, I made a rash statement. I said Twitter had jumped the shark with the development of color wars. (Actually, I looked downward, and said, ‘Is that a shark I see?’ which is a slightly wittier way to put it.) My wife, seeing an opportunity, then tweeted that out to a decently sized list of Twitter users.

The silence was deafening.

Today, of course, I am enlightened by Steve Garfield, who points out that it is actually an intriguing little social experiment from Ze Frank, who is a master of social experiments on the web. Here’s his blog about it.

ze’s page :: zefrank.com: colorwar 2008

So, while I might not take part, I am now intrigued, and yes, still using Twitter.

Shake it like a Polaroid… while you can

Between the 60th anniversary of Polaroid, its bare-bones emergence from bankruptcy, and the announcement that the company is getting out of the instant film business, there are a lot of reasons to look back and think about all those birthday parties, barbecues and whatnot where someone was waving an instant photo in the air waiting for the image to develop. Mmmmm… birthday cake, burgers, and whatnot. Those were the days. NECN’s Greg Wayland did a nice look back at the history of Polaroid and the end of an era, back when something “instant” took a whole minute to develop.

A look back at 60 years of Polaroid | NECN