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Reinventing the Hyper Local Site, Again.

on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 01:22

I came across this article on the Nieman Journalism Lab regarding past Patch editor's moving on and 'reinventing' local news.

I've written bunches on this topic, because I lived it long before Patch ever launched. 

Patch failed for several reasons. The main reason was the concept that small businesses in communities would advertise on the hyper local site. When this revenue didn't come, Patch turned to national advertisers to get them into the local markets. 

From 2005 until the end of 2011, I tried to find ways to monetize my hyper-local site, nothing worked.

This Morning I Googled Myself

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 15:19

I do actually try to Google myself periodically, simply to see what may show up. I don't expect anything too surprising.

Considering I've been applying for jobs and interviewing recently, I thought it was a good time to do so, again. Since top 10 lists are so popular, here are the top ten things I found while Googling myself:

  1. I mostly own my page 1 results, but am not so sure of the images affiliated with me.
  2. I was pleasantly surprised to see I was quoted (see slide 20) in a slideshare on Drupal by Exove.
  3. Learned I was a potential speaker at an event coming up in 2016 (we discussed this a

There is a Reason for the Lack of Posts

on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 14:08

In February of 2015 I started a new website about my father.

He was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor in August of 2014. At first I used Facebook to keep people updated on his condition. To say he was well-known and highly regarded would be an understatement. We live in a reasonably small-town with a population of 6,000. The school district has a population of roughly 25,000.

He taught for 39 years and coached wrestling for 34 seasons. He never had a losing season and brought national recognition to the program.

How to Replace a Shattered Chromebook Screen

on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:22

I have an Acer Chromebook and recently by accident the screen was shattered.

I ordered a new screen and bought some tools I thought would cover me for the replacement.

I used a couple of sources, but basically you need a #1 Phillips and possibly an exacto knife.

The first step is to remove the battery.

Then you open the Chromebook and with your fingers pull the plastic border (bezel) from the glass screen. You'll hear little clicks as you do so, the bezel simply snaps on, no screws holding it.

Work your way around the screen until the bezel simply comes off.

Then there are four

NYC Camp 2015 Commerce Summit

on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:40

I offered to help run the Commerce Summit at the 2015 NYC Camp.

It doesn't take place until July, but I've begun to map out the types of sessions I'd like to include.

Open with a few sessions on "Being Digital":

  • What is digital transformation? How can it be implemented?
  • How to create a healthy digital culture in your organization


  • Selling Drupal in the Enterprise (likely challenges and sellable benefits)
  • How to build your digital platform on Drupal
  • What decision makers need to know about cloud hosting

And finally:

  • Drupal and personalization
  • Managing content before and after launch

I'm open

The Fall of Arthur by JRR Tolkien

on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:49

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fall of Arthur is a reasonably brief book at 220 pages.

This book could be approached in one of two ways.

The first is to read the unfinished, but original poem by Tolkien depicting "The Fall of Arthur", along with the "Notes on the Text..." and "The Poem in Arthurian Tradition," and end it right there roughly halfway through.

I should preface that most of what I know about Arthur is from Monty Python and Mark Twain. As such, I really enjoyed the information provided in Notes and the Arthurian Tradition.

On Teamwork and Teammates

on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 17:24

This past week my Project Management course addressed teamwork. Last weekend we also had the PIAA Wrestling State Team Championship.

I grew up wrestling. My father was our HS coach. At that time he was in the process of building one of the best HS programs in the country.

In my senior year we were 16-2, losing dual meets to the number one team in the country (also in PA) and had a controversial loss to the number one team in New Jersey. We won our league for the ninth straight year. There were no team tournaments then, only individual tournaments with team scores.

Ultimately, wrestling is

Add-ons and Extensions I've Recently Tried

on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:58

Between managing projects and reporting on metrics I spend more time than I'd like in PowerPoint and Excel.

Many of the vendors I work with use Google and personally I'm a huge Google fan boy, so I use Drive quite a bit as well.

My browser of choice is Chrome (I typically run two simultaneously, one with a work account and one personal).

In the past two weeks I've come across a few plug-ins and add-ons that show a lot of promise once I have some more time to work with them.

PowerPoint: Office Timeline Free (yes there is a paid version with additional templates and features).

You download

Back to School

on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:49

Last week I went back to school.

Honestly, it has been some time, actually 16 years. I had completed half of a masters degree in education when I got hired by a school district for an administration position, and didn't have the time to attend classes any longer (ironic huh).

Now I've attended training, conferences, and even a week long Executive Education at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, but haven't taken ongoing classes since then.

I enrolled in UC Berkeley's Extension Certificate Program in Project Management, which is conducted through its Haas School of Business.

Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 03:15

Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold by Mark Schultz
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

For background, I grew up wrestling in eastern PA, my father is a Hall of Fame high school coach, and my brother coaches today. I was in HS in the 1980s and remember the Schultzs' winning gold in 1984. My father received an autographed copy of DuPont's Off the Mat book (which I threw out after the murder). I even saw the Bulgarian team mentioned in the book at an exhibition at Lehigh University.