This Bud’s for my in-laws

This Bud’s for my in-laws: My children’s grandparents have car tags (in two states) that express their University of Florida pride. My mother-in-law (Getum) has one of the most impressive wardrobes of orange and blue outfits ever worn in Gainesville. My father-in-law is a Florida graduate, class of ’52 (or so), who has little patience with any technology unless watching gator football is involved. For that reason, he knows more about satellite TV than any person I know. My brother-in-law, also a Florida graduate, class of ’79 (or so), is right this very moment jumping up-and-down in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. For all you you folks, congratulations on a most incredible NCAA national championship — in basketball!

Gabe steps up to the plate with Ballbug

Gabe steps up to the plate with Ballbug: Gabe Rivera uses his memeorandum blog-conversation-tracking engine to power up Ballbug. (His blog post announcing it.) This comes a few weeks after the launch of Gabe’s “dirt-digging” celebrity gossip grabber, WeSmirch.com. Congratulations, Gabe. I hope you knock this one out of the park.

This (and the start of baseball season) remind me that a few months ago, I met Doug Drinen, the St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) math and computer science professor who runs Baseball-Reference.com, including one of the most incredible wiki projects I’ve seen that doesn’t have the -opedia suffix: The BR Bullpen.

Sites like Ballbug, Baseball-Reference.com and the BR Bullpen make for an impressive array of sports media from the bleacher seats.

(Sidenote: Yes, I know it’s ironic that I’m sitting here watching the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament while blogging about baseball.)

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The NYTimes.com stays old-school when it comes to RSS icons

The NYTimes.com stays old-school when it comes to RSS feed orange thingee: This afternoon, I finally got around to looking at the NYTimes.com redesign all the way to the bottom of the page. Interesting to observe they didn’t “evolve” their orange syndication button to the “new standard” one — they didn’t even “evolve” it to “RSS,” but stuck with the XML icon. Is this some kind of not-tipping point?

Dumenco dancing on Cargo’s grave

Dumenco dancing on Cargo’s grave: Simon Dumenco is rejoicing that CondeNast’s Cargo (which he calls, “the insipid men’s shopping magazine”) has failed.

Here’s a snippet:

“Advertisers figured out the limitations of a magazine that existed mostly to suck up to them. In the end, it’s embarrassing to be seen hanging out with a suck-up.”

Don’t hold back, Simon. Tell us what you really think.

(via: Jason Calacanis)

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