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Month: September 2007

The Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot. Why the hell am I so worried about them?

It’s an odd feeling to be a Red Sox fan this morning. My beloved team has clinched its playoff spot so there’s at least another week of baseball to look forward. Problem is they’re hanging onto their division lead by a thread over the dreaded Yankees. Why do I care so much? The division isn’t really what matters so much. A good friend pointed out to me recently that what really matters is winning the World Series.

And while there is some truth to all that, I’m totally freaked out to read any baseball headlines or look at the slim lead the Sox have. I can’t let go of the fact that we were once 14 games up on New York, but here we are clinging to a one game lead. The old demons are stirring and I’m fearing the worst. Nightmare reminders of 1978 keep popping into my head. I was 7 years old that year and I still remember it well. I find myself saying to myself, “Thank god for 2004. We’ll always have 2004.”

Does the division mean more to me this year than the World Series? It’s probably misguided of me to say so, but I think it does. I’ve had enough of finishing second for 10 years. Of looking up to the Yankees every year. Of worrying about collapsing when the finish line is in sight. Somebody let me know when this is all over. I can’t stomach it.

Getting Up and Out

Comrade and co-conspirator heathervescent recent posted an insightful commentary about attending a recent VC panel held by the Los Angeles Venture Association. What Heather got me thinking about is the importance of getting outside your comfort area, extending your reach, and communicating upward and outward.  Heather isn’t one to run with the VC types, but there she was…soaking it all in, documenting the happening, and throwing herself into a fresh circle of folks.

Too often, it’s easy to get complacent, turn on auto-pilot, and stay within your safety zone. We get stuck in our projects and working directly with our project teammates.  But what happens when the project is over?  Do we wait until the next project falls in our laps?  Are we laying our own path or we following someone else’s path.

We have to get up and out.  It’s a key to personal growth.  In the past few months, I’ve found myself getting stuck in my comfort zone at the day job.  This is no good.  It’s unacceptable behavior on my part.  It’s not me at all.

And I’m doing something about it. Stay tuned.

Presentations Added to Google Docs

Just saw the announcement on Google presentations feature on the Official Google Blog gave it VERY quick test drive and I can already tell that the online presentations feature is going to be super useful.  It would appear that you can share the presentation URL with other people on the web and then drive the presentation from your own computer.  Web workers are going to love this. 

Can you hear WebEx groaning?

The New York Times Tears Down Its Walls

Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site – New York Times

Great, great news. The best newspaper in the world setting its information free.

3 Key Features Added to Google Reader

Total happiness.

That pretty much sums up I feel about the new features in Google Reader. Simple yet critical to making it a kick-ass RSS consumer.

  • Search box
  • Remembering state so you can use forward and back buttons on your browser to navigate within your feeds you’ve navigated to just like they were web pages
  • Ability to hide the lefthand side navigation.

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