Blogging from the inner chainring

My friend and colleague, Steve Klein, is, like me, a middle-age cycling nut. He and a couple friends who rode together on a Trek Tour de France tour in 2003 (Leonard Basobas and Aaron Mimran) have teamed up again to write a blog about cycling, Triple Crankset. It’s a combination of commentary on professional cycling…

Dream job?

I’m happy toiling away at my (still under the radar for a little longer) start-up company, the Enthusiast Group. But if that weren’t the case, I’d be thinking seriously about applying for this job at the New York Times Co.: futurist for its new Research & Development group. Job requirements: “The ideal candidate will be…

Plugged back in

I’m back from a week of being unplugged. My wife and I had scheduled a spring-break vacation long ago to Death Valley, with a little time on both ends in Las Vegas. (How’s that for a bizarre mix. Spending Saturday in Vegas after four days in the desert made me feel like my head was…

See you next week

This blog will likely be inactive during the next week while I’m on vacation — unless there’s an Internet connection where we’re staying and my blogging addiction can’t be resisted. Back in April.

Dinosaur retailing

I worry about local retailers. Already, physical music stores are disappearing. What’s next? Yesterday I went into my local Best Buy, looking for a digital camcorder after doing considerable research online; I knew exactly what I wanted. The store had the model, priced at $599. I thought that was odd, since the Best Buy website…

User registration: About half comply

A short while back I mentioned a Pew study about online news, on which I’d gotten a partial preview that included information about website user-registration habits. The full report came out last week, so I plucked out what little additional data there was about registration. Overall, 45% of Internet users say they have filled out…

Just add the links, already!

Old-media thinking drives me nuts. Case in point: I just read an article that’ll run in Sunday’s New York Times, “Cubicle Dwellers’ Funniest Home Video.” (Here’s the link to the story, but you’ll need a TimesSelect paid account to read it before Sunday.) The piece talks about all the fun viral videos floating around the…

Thanks for the logo, doc!

I think this is a cool story, and I’ve been meaning to tell it. So here goes. Below is the corporate logo for my new company (which serves people who are passionate about their sports). It was designed by a medical doctor in Turkey. The Enthusiast Group (EG) is building a bunch of websites, and…

New West, new financing

New West has announced a new round of financing, and leading it is a name familiar in the world of television but less so in the Internet world: Maury Povich. TV celebrity Povich is a landowner in Montana, and New West, an online media operation with presences in towns throughout the Rocky Mountain West, is…

Enjoy the inanity

Is this lonely kitty skit the next big viral video? Jon Fine thinks maybe. Could be; it’s bizarre and had me laughing out loud. In recent days I’ve been seeing some pushback on the whole amateur-video/YouTube phenomenon. It’s mostly a bunch of crap, the argument goes; we’ll get tired of this eventually and go back…

Gawker’s blogroom

Nick Denton’s Gawker blogging empire has some new office space in Manhattan. As reported by New York Magazine, Denton rented a storefront on Crosby Street. Gawker HQ is set to open next week. The space, according to NYM: “A plate-glass window will let passersby view the bloggers a-blogging, there won’t be cubicles, there will be…

Contextual ads: Place them carefully

Here’s an interesting observation (admittedly anecdotal). I use Gmail, and you’ll find Google contextual text ads in individual-message view; they’re in the right column. Also on the main-inbox view as well as individual-message view are “Web Clips,” which are links to related stories, with the occasional contextual ad thrown into the rotation. It’s common to…

Monitor envy

All of a sudden, the single monitor on my desk seems so inadequate! (And if that’s not enough, check out Brad Feld’s treadputer.)