Basketball, Blogging, Cheesesteaks, and Pizza
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Life was not all well in the universe this weekend, especially with my brackets, and especially if you were a UNC or UCLA fan.
So my Facebook bracket score halts at a stunted 93 -- it was fun while it lasted (and when the CBS brackets Facebook app actually worked).
I'm not even going to try and call tonight's game, but will be glued to the telly to see how it turns out
It was also a rough weekend for bloggers. The New York Times wrote that many bloggers are blogging 'til they drop and that home isn't where the heart is, it's a digital-era sweatshop!
Quote: "A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment."
Demands?? By whom?? An algorithm on some server somewhere?
My advice to bloggers obsessed with their trackbacks and page rank: Get a life. Get a hobby. Go outside, smell the flowers, hit a few golf balls, maybe even get some exercise.
Whatever you do, every once in a while, step away from the computer.
Maybe Mike Arrington's Comcast Internet connection going out for 36 hours this weekend was his own message from the blogging gods that it may be time to delegate (and sleep) more.
Not without some irony, however, it was a sharp Comcast exec in Philly who was monitoring the Twitter stream who keyed in on Arrington's umbilical Internet outage and who had a Comcast operations team on the case pronto to once again enable Arrington's blogging habit.
One presumes the Comcast service team was local, but if from Philly, I hope they brought along a cheesesteak from Pat's.
And speaking of Internet outages, another letter was sent by the Yahoo! Board of Directors to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this weekend.
Larry Dignan's "Between the Lines" post headline says it this way: "Thanks for the letter Steve; Now give us more money or get lost."
How long will this game of chicken endure? Only time, and a few hundred delivered pizzas to the respective Yahoo! and Microsoft boardrooms, will tell.
Which is nothing but good news for Chris Clark, who sold the "pizza.com" domain name at auction recently for a whopping $2.6M U.S.
And how much did Clark buy the domain name for some 14 years ago? $20
Them's a whole lot of anchovies.