Friday, October 30, 2009
Between the Kindergarten Halloween Parade and the 4th grade parade, I continued the neighborhood improvement project by cutting down the eyesore in the side yard.
It was so old that the satellites it used to link up to have long since splashed down. One person has already stopped to thank me for ridding passersby of the sight of it.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well we are about 5.5 hours from the first pitch of the 2009 World Series where my beloved Phils will be taking on baseball's most bloated payroll in the Bronx tonight.
To get things started on the right foot this morning, my son John's teacher Carrie Siwiec, organized a pep rally at Fleetwood Elementary School around the corner from our house. Bill Henley from "The 10 Show" was there and broadcast a few minutes of the fun live.
Check the clip below starting at about the 1 minute mark for a very happy kid on the right named John who has his dream World Series matchup.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Chew Man Chu is set to open this week at Broad and Pine at Symphony House. The space has been vacant only a month since the closing of DuJour. Chew Man Chu appears to fix the prior outlet's error of not having a bar.Things look a little harried and hurried today, but I will have a review when they open!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
It's a project i have had on my list since we moved into the new house.
We've all got projects on our list and not all of them are house related. So that's this week's question!
What Four Projects Do You Really Want to Get Done?
1. I'd like to finish the flooring and woodwork project at the new house
2. My Flickr account is a mess and I would like to get titles and locations on all the photos.
3. I need to go through my clothes and get rid of the stuff that I don't wear or that has magically shrunk.
4. I need to renovate my personal physical condition!
Have a great weekend and GO PHILS!!!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I recently said in this space that I thought that "There has been a subtle chilling effect on personal conduct that I attribute largely to the prevalence of cell phone cameras and social media sites."
Given last night's celebrations of the Phillies winning the National League Championship Series and the subsequent displays of public stupidity, i am forced to reflect that people are basically capable of anything when you add enough alcohol to the mix.
Hat tip to meech.one at The Fightins for the clip.
There is quite a collage of images up at MyFoxPhilly.com.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
John and I just got home from his game, where the Kelly Green team came from behind to beat the Red Team 10-7. John was 1-1 with an RBI, 2 walks and was hit by a pitch.
Just before the game got underway, I got a message from Enrico of The700Level.com offering me an extra ticket. I had to decline. There aren't any other places I would rather be than a Phillies potential clincher. But I made the tough choice and stayed with my boy.
Let's go Phils!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
As you know from last week's meandering post thoughtful commentary, I have been thinking about the role of the internet on a personal as well as a larger level. I meant the post to be more general in nature, but it was seen by some as a personal cry for help.
What I was really trying to get across is that the instant nature and omnipresence of connectivity has fundamentally changed damn near everything in today's world. Everyone uses Facebook at work. Your boss can email you on your iPhone or Blackberry at 11pm. A news cycle might only last an hour or two. Malls are empty. Newspapers get thinner and thinner. Magazine are disappearing.
Restaurants don't have to worry about 2 food critics from the newspapers anymore. Every customer is a potential food critic, either with their own blog, or via sites like Yelp. Every hotel customer has to be treated like they have a website that gets 10,000 hits a day because they can go online and blog about the rude guy working the desk or the dirty shower in their room. There is increasingly little difference between a sports or political columnist for major daily news papers and the well-read and traveled guy updating his blog from the airport lounge.
I think there have also been some basic changes to how we interact with each other. Today a FB friend (whom I have never physically met) noted that she was going to have some work done by a contractor, but decided not to when she saw his FB page filled with pictures of scantily clad ladies. I was out with friends the other night and it was noted that we couldn't get too crazy, or "Someone will have that up on the web and we will all be in trouble at home!"
There has been a subtle chilling effect on personal conduct that I attribute largely to the prevalence of cell phone cameras and social media sites. Some might argue that is a good thing. I won't tell you that I necessarily disagree, but I want people to realize that this evolution of social mores is happening.
Sure there is always gonna be some super classy lounge lizard who uses the cell phone to tape his drunken encounter with his girlfriend of the night. He's a reprobate and nothing is changing that. But I think that among the more respectable of us, the notion that what you do is being monitored and perhaps recorded is of concern. Think of the Twitter post about the Minnesota cheerleaders getting a little Captain in them at PSU this weekend. What might have been a small local story is now national news.
I will be the first to tell you that I check Webshots and Flickr and Facebook on job applicants. I am one of the ones doing the monitoring. And I am still amazed at what I see out there. But more and more people know that their online presences aren't their own to control and are making their FB updates private and pulling down the photos of drunken revelry.
So what does it all mean?
I think it means that as human beings, our existence must evolve in the face of technology. The pervasive nature of instant mass communication has and will continue to change the world. It is this generations version of Gutenberg's press, mandatory basic literacy education, or the telephone. It's a game changer and we need to figure out where we end and the world begins to be a part of the next step of human evolution. The line is finer and finer all the time and it will define who comes along to Earth 2.0 and who stays behind.
Friday, October 16, 2009
It's a Phillies Phriday in the cold and rain of October, but we've got bigger things in mind here at Another Delco Guy.
Thirty years ago, my dear brother came into this world. One might say it's never been quite the same as it was before his birth.
That's right, Matt is 30!
I won't go into all the gory details about how he used to keep me up all night rocking in his sleep, or how I taught him to throw that nasty Wiffle Ball curve he still breaks out now and then, but I will say this. There are few people in the world whose advice and counsel means more to me that my brother's.
But he's growing old now. He has left his youth behind and bought the family's ancestral home. He's begun to worry about things like his grass and new siding and the darn fool kids who blare their music until all hours. I'm sure he's got a bucket list somewhere that he's looking at and wondering how he will ever get to all these things in his waning years.
Thus we're going to do a Friday Fantastic Four that is focused on growing old and what you have left to do. you might have done them before and need another taste, or they may be things that you just feel like you must do to fulfill your destiny (or density).
What four things do you most want to do before you can't do them anymore?
- Visit Ireland and Poland. They are pretty different laces, but they are part of me and I want to get there. Sooner rather than later if possible.
- Write that book. I still feel like it's in there somewhere, but has lost its way.
- Own a vacation home. Been there once, but it seems to be the quintessential mark of having 'made it' as an American. I'd like to get back there.
- See John and Emma become successes on their own. It's a very fatherly thing, but nothing would please me more. I'd give up the other three easily to see this one.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Obviously I write a blog. And I have a Facebook page too. And a Twitter feed. I have a disused Tumblr site, an abandoned MySpace page (remember MySpace?), a LinkedIn Profile, about 8,000 images on Flickr and an entire website I manage at work. I've got a pile of places on the web I try to get to every day and there are more than a few places where I used to post regularly and rarely get to anymore.
My instant messaging platform aggregates my AOL, Yahoo, Google, and MSN instant messaging identities along with keeping me updated on FB status changes, Tweets and new email. This was suppose to make my life easier. Sometimes I just turn it off so the world doesn't seem so overwhelming.
I can post to my blog, Twitter or Flickr from my Blackberry as well as sent IMs, emails from all 4 of my accounts and also send photo and text messages. I also occasionally use it to make phone calls.
I've got 2 kids, a new house, a significant other (not my laptop), a job, and a pile of other things to do that are not i- or e- or tech- or anything like that. It's not like time is infinitely available to me.
Recently though, I have been having that thought and then another right on its heels of "Or what if I don't?" What would happen if I didn't? Would I become suddenly less relevant to the rest of the world? Will my already meager posse of followers and readers dwindle to nothingness?
Would it matter? Do they feel, as I sometimes do, that they "must" visit my site or comment on my latest status change lest they somehow be found guilty of not being an appropriately interested 21st Century Friend?
I am going to spend the next week or so thinking about my online media presence and usage as well as how it has changed in just the 3 years I have been blogging. If you've your own thoughts on the topic, feel free to chime in!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Another Delco Guy is hanging out on the couch, the smell of sizzling Italian sausage in the air, kids working on homework and the Phils on TBS. Shane Vic just ripped a 99 mph fastball over the right field fence and we're on our way to the NLCS! Not a bad way to start the evening!
The grass John and I started 2 weeks ago has come in full and lush and the new seed has begun to sprout. We've got the Halloween decorations up, the yard under basic control and things are starting to shape up around here!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We are at Kehler's Gymnasium in Broomall, PA for Andrew's birthday party. The kids all had fun getting tired out and sweaty. This place is a beehive of efficiency, with about 5 parties going on at once. It's a great place for a kids's party in Delaware County.
Friday, October 09, 2009
What four things don't you get?
- Why the October magazines come in September. Similarly, why are Christmas decorations up and all the fall decorations gone in the stores while leaves are still green on the trees?
- Why President Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize when seemingly nothing has been done to secure worldwide peace.
- Why the F$@+ the Phils used 3 starters in yesterday's game. I mean why are the bullpen guys on the roster if Charlie doesn't trust them???
- Why I can't get Java on my Blackberry. The Tour is a nice peice of technology, but this is pure silliness!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, October 05, 2009
Word out of the big Apple today is that Conde Nast, faced with cliff-like drops in ad revenues for its magazines, has decided to shutter 4 more of its monthly publications, including Gourmet, a behemoth in the publishing industry. Also on the cut list today are Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie.
I am sure the internet will be blamed for the closures and the job losses. But really. If you are any kind of Modern Bride, aren't you more likely to be on the web on your employer's nickle looking for the latest in wedding trends? As for Elegant Bride, hasn't this niche headed in the direction of the wedding planner? You really think brides with 10-figure portfolios are flipping though the pages of a magazine?
Gourmet is a bit of a shocker though. while you might argue that it competes for space with Bon Appetit, another Conde Nast pub, I'm going to argue that it's simply another publication that had a better web presence than print version and eventually Bon Appetit will be gone too. Part of this may also be the Food Network's emergence as the place foodies go for their daily hit of food porn. Who needs a magazine when you can have Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis chopping and flambeeing right in your bedroom each night?
The real question is whether Conde Nast has cut far enough. This round of cuts, added to the elimination of Domino earlier this year may look like a lot, but Conde Nast still has a ton of overlap in its titles. Golf Digest, Golf World and Golf Travel? How many magazines do old white guys need?
Vogue, Glamour, Allure, Self, W, and Lucky all vie for different points in the woman's fashion market, but there HAS to be some more room for cuts there. If you can't find some overlap just on the covers, you aren't looking real hard. While some competition from with your own corporation is good because it can help expand a marketplace and create some ability to differentiate publications, there comes a point in a tight market where it's simply fratricide.
We've been seeing this problem all across the print industry. Newspapers were hit first, now magazines, but really all media are being squeezed. Websites are under increasing pressure to figure out what their market is and sell to it or go dark. The major movie studios are doing well this year, up 13% in attendance, but they are spending fortunes advertising and promoting.
While many will say that the Conde Nast closings are about the internet, I will say simply that they are about an old media company that has simply not kept up. Martha Stewart's empire has rolled with some significant punches, yet remains a major player in the business because it has ample TV, radio, web and print presences. Conde Nast never made the jump and more of its pubs will go down unless they figure out how to do so.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
My old friend baseball that is.
First I got the photos from last night's trip to the Phillies game uploaded.
Then I spent much of the day with John at his MLAA Fall ball game and the impromptu practice afterward. Photos of the festivities are here.
Now I am sitting back watching the Phils on Fox and hoping they look better than this next week.
Have a great rest of the weekend.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thanks to the gentleman in front of us, John has his first Major League foul ball. Jason Werth grounded a foul to Jorge Cantu, who tossed the ball in John's direction. The nice guy one row in front of us secured the ball and handed it to a very happy John!
Well we all have moments that throw us for a loop. I’ve had a few in my life, and each time they make me realize just what an unpredictable species we are. Sometimes that makes life just a bit harder. At the same time, it’s also one of the things that make the world a funny place.
What four things have surprised you most in your life?
- That I would see the federalization of the American economy – and that a Republican would have gotten the ball rolling on the project.
- That it’s so easy to get married and so hard to get divorced.
- That concrete floats.
- That we had a parade on Broad Street that did not involve cross-dressing union members and banjos.
Have a great weekend and GO PHILS!