Hilarious (Hawkeye) Blog – Even if you’re not an Iowa fan

6 09 2009

Cynical and sarcastic, Black Heart Gold Pants is hilarious not only to an Iowa fan like myself but to others who appreciate how ridiculous sports can be and those who take them seriously.  You have to check out his latest post, Iowa Crushes Northern Iowa – it helps wipe some of the tears of pain from the dismal performance on Saturday.

To make things even better, BHGP posted this image after it was announced that Jewel Hampton, starting running back and the second stringer (Brinson) out left the immensely talented Paki O’Meara taking hand-offs on Saturday.  He had a phenomenal 16 yards on 9 carries.  This image is nearly prophetic.

As in Paki O'Meara and bomb like what he is doing to our chances of a Big Ten title.

As in Paki O'Meara and bomb like what he is doing to our chances of a Big Ten title.





Seth Godin

6 09 2009

This is a great blog for business.  Sometimes it’s just a few lines of ranting about customer service centers, or media trends, at other times it’s something really insightful you can take and apply to your workday.  A great example is his post on the “Modern Talking Pad” which is really just a better use of a powerpoint presentation, or his complaints about being distracted by “Apostrophes and quotations”.  It was the guys at AI Digital and the Internet Marketing podcast that recommended him as do I.

Click Seth's head to see his empire.

Click Seth's head to see his empire.





User Generated Sports Reports

6 09 2009

My wife and I have kicked around the idea of a blog we would call, “Good Choice/Bad Choice” where we highlight the decisions that make or break someone’s day.  The idea came after we faced a choice of two side-by-side Chinese restaurants away from China Town, in Manchester, England.  The “Blue” choice always seemed to be full but looked expensive and had a mix of both caucasian and oriental (or asian – whichever is least offensive according to your region) which as you will find in Stuff White People Like this is a less appealing choice.  We chose the basement Chinese buffet instead, which prompted the blog following our dismal experience.

That to one side, a website of fan/user-written sports stories should be a catastrophe, and in many places it is, but oddly, these fanatics tend to also have the inside scoop on their teams.  As an Iowa fan, I can speak from experience as Bleacher Report delivered the news that Jewel Hampton, our first string running back would be out for the year.  ESPN picked up the story several hours later.  the biggest drawback, oddly is not the fanboys discussing the miniscule details of the field conditions for next week’s away game, but rather the inefficiency of the RSS feed for just NCAA football alone.  Or perhaps this is just my inability to tag the right feed.





“Mashable”…Potatoes?

6 09 2009

I am speculating as to the origination of the term, I believe it is related to delivery of the content and the variety of content being delivered – but have absolutely nothing to base that on.

Just generally interesting articles, sometimes tech, lots of social media stuff, but the occasional general news item is here as well.  It has a different feel than Digg.com but similar type article base and range.  I find that I always go to Mashable and read their blog when I am at home in front of my laptop because I tend to followup what I find more so than I would do if I was using RSS reader on my iPhone.

Check it out straight away…

Go Here

Go Here

Mashable





An Old Fave – Stuff White People Like

6 09 2009

The title is a bit over-descriptive but this is a fantastic blog.  It’s updated a little less regularly since it took off.  It’s author, Mr. Lander has published the blog as a book which was given to me by both my brother and my wife for Christmas, it is a fantastic read and fits perfectly behind our toilet.  Updates since the book, and subsequent book tour have slowed, and nearly halted altogether now that he has a web-show as well.  Regardless, the back catalog is available and worth the catch-up read.

Stuff White People Like

Post 71

Post 71





My Favorite New Blog

6 09 2009

If you have ever been to Wal-Mart specifically in rural America or late at night (anywhere), this blog should look all-too familiar.  I can personally relate to images I have seen, and wish I was in the US so I could contribute.  Perfect for your reader, add this blog to lighten your day, and contribute if you are able as this blog should be huge!

People of Wal-Mart

WALMART IS GRRRRRREAT!

WALMART IS GRRRRRREAT!





Some Business Posts

6 09 2009

This is from an Indian technorati that I follow (Ideadsmarkit.blogspot.com).  It tends to be data heavy and always focused on India, but this article on recent open and click-through trends on the sub-continent could help us all (in North America and Europe).

E-Mail Marketing Open and Click Through

Same blog, this one showcases some interesting stats regarding the effectiveness of print campaigns as opposed to digital and SMS campaigns, yet the irony of where the spend goes.

Digital vs. Print

This one taken from Forbes shows the effectiveness of the marketing budget segments.

Forbes