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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
FFL Week 8: Magnums 99, Profilactics 60
Well, it was a nice run winning 2 games in a row. However, The Profilactics brought back to reality this week thanks to the league-leading, now 8-0 Magnums (and 3 players with bye weeks and 1 injury) who have some guy named Tom Brady at QB. Apparently, that guy is pretty good :)

I was so desperate for a QB after I lost Byron Leftwich (which shows I was already desperate for a QB before that) that I picked up and started Vinny Testaverde. Wow, that was a bad move. Vinny got me 1 point and left the game with an injury.

This loss drops my record to 3-5 which is the worst I've ever done at this point in the season in 7 years of playing fantasy football. This week, I play the 1-7 Trojan Horses. The week after that, I play the 3-4-1 Pizza Delivery Boys. Hopefully I can be at 5-5 after those two games.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Cornhole and Startups
Yesterday, we held our annual Oktoberfest celebration at the office. In addition to the usual food and beer, we threw in a Cornhole Tournament and the first-ever King and Queen of Corn awards. All money raised from the event goes to Adopt-a-Family.

My team, the Gloryholers (it's a Cornhole term, you perv!), made it to the Final Four before being eliminated by Cinco de Holo.

After work, I headed down to the Louisville Tech Entrepreneurs Meetup at Jenicca's Wine Bar on Market. This was the second one of these that I've attended. The turnout was at least double of the last event with 15-20 people showing up.

I got to talk with Rob May and Todd Earwood of Daily Idea and Louisville Video Pages, Aaron Marshall of DBS, Scott Drake, Ben Thomas, Joe and Amy Wheeler, Lenny Grover of local VC Chrysalis Ventures, Brian Heil and Melanie and Josh Rosenthal from a newly Google-funded healthcare startup.

I also met Matt Winn and Daily Idea host Nikki Key for the first time, but didn't get much of a chance to talk to them. Nikki had a much better offer apparently. I also spotted Landon Swan of MyTrade.com, but didn't end up making it over to talk to him.

Topics ranged from funding issues to viral marketing to Facebook to Apple's new Leopard OS to mustaches and mullets.

The event was still going when I left around 9PM. I'm hoping Todd Earwood remembers to send me that photo of him with a mustache. I think that could single-handedly bring :{) Viva Mustachio! back to life.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
FFL Week 7: Profilactics 95, FMFU! 86
I got my 3rd fantasy football win this week. I took down the previously 4-2 FMFU! thanks to my last minute pickup of Kenny Watson who put up 33 points. Thats coaching, people!

This win puts me in 2nd place in my division at 3-4. Next week, I face the undefeated Magnums who are averaging 128 points per game (The Profilactics are averaging 75 points per game). Maybe Magnums' QB Tom Brady will finally have a bad game...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
FFL Week 6: Profilactics 63, Llamas 61
I got lucky this week and squeaked out a victory against the Lyndon Llamas. I only had one starting running back due to Laurence Maroney's last-minute decision not to play. So I basically went 9 on 8 with the Llamas... and still won. Not sure if that says more about my team or the lowly Llamas.

I am now 2-4. Next week, I face the 4-2 FMFU! with a revitalized, non-crying LT who put up 44 points this past week.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Radiohead decides to "be about it"
I am known to drop the quote "Don't talk about it, be about it" from time-to-time. Usually, I do it to annoy someone who says they are thinking about trying/doing something (when you suspect that they really won't do it).

Recently, there have been a lot of major recording artists who have talked about leaving their record label and releasing their music directly to fans. Most recently, NIN and Madonna announced that they would be releasing new music sans record company. And, to be fair, Prince, Pearl Jam and others have used a direct-to-fans model for the past few years.

However, Radiohead just blew the lid off the whole idea by actually doing it *and* by allowing fans to name their price for the new album.

Earlier this month, the band sent out this straightforward e-mail to fans (who weren't expecting a new Radiohead album until 2008):

"Hello everyone.
Well, the new album is finished, and it's coming out in 10 days;
We've called it In Rainbows.

Love from us all.
Jonny"


As promised, "In Rainbows" was made available yesterday (10/10) in download-only form for any price fans are willing to pay for it. I paid $7.50 for my copy. It felt really good to be able to put a price that I thought was fair and get DRM-free files that I can use in any way I want. And the fact that the album is fantastic makes it even better.

I love that Radiohead realizes that adding your music to iTunes, locking it down with DRM and still charging $10 for it isn't enough to satisfy their fans. They have kickstarted a new (better) model for music distribution and it will be interesting to see what other artists are brave enough to follow them. And as a bonus, they gave fans the album months before anyone was expecting it.

You can buy your copy of "In Rainbows" here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
FFL Week 4: Dukester 109, Profilactics 40
This week was an all-time low in my 7 year Fantasy Football career. I started 9 players and scored 40 points. If you add in the 5 players on my bench, I scored a total of 44 points for 14 players. This puts my record at 1-4. Guess we'll call this a "rebuilding year."
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
FFL Week 4: Profilactics 90, Woodchucks 41
I finally got my first win in Week 4 with a 90-41 victory over the Woodlawn Woodchucks. I got good numbers from Dwayne Bowe, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Edgerrin James and the Bears Defense. Unfortunately, I lost Cadillac Williams for the season with a knee injury and Trent Green turned out to be kind of a dud at QB.

I was the only team in my division to win, so I was able to make up a little ground after 3 losses to open the season.

Going into next week, I am in a bit of a bind. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is on a bye and Jake Delhomme is injured. I'll have to do a lot of work on the waiver wire to field a decent team against Daddy Dukester.
Sorry if I sent you 70 duplicate mails today
A glitch between Outlook 2007 and my Gmail POP account resulted in me sending a ton of duplicate mails this morning. If you were one of the unlucky recipients, I apologize profusely.

I didn't realize there was a problem until I got an e-mail from Matt Marshall at Venture Beat. He had only received 5 mails at the time he wrote me. Upon checking my Gmail account on the web, I saw that he was about to receive another 70 (Sorry again, Matt!).

Outlook 2007 was reporting that there was an outgoing mail server error and (I assume) was attempting to resend the mail at 1 minute intervals. Unfortunately, every mail was actually going out. Ugh! I powered down my laptop and the duplicate mails seemed to have stopped.

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Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.