Archive for the ‘News Articles’ Category

I knew it was coming, but I hate that it had to happen. Studs Terkel died.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

STUDS TERKEL: Studs Terkel dead — chicagotribune.com:

The author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol has died. “My epitaph? My epitaph will be ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat,’” he once said.

I stood in line behind Studs Terkel at Treasure Island once when I was in college. I was looking at him pretty intently, I guess, trying to determine if it was him, and he noticed me and smiled and said “It’s me.” I don’t know how often he had college students recognizing him, but he seemed perfectly at ease with it all.

I always had great fondness and respect for him, and for his love of storytelling. He’s a hero to me, and he will be missed.

RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Danny Dill has passed away.

Mr. Dill wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, a that song has been recorded by Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and a slew of others. His “Detroit City,” written with Mel Tillis, became a standard when recorded by Bobby Bare. Largely on the strength of those songs, Mr. Dill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.

He was one of the first established songwriters Karsten and I had a chance to meet and hear perform in an intimate setting when we first moved to town five and a half years ago. It was a pretty powerful Nashville experience to hear him play “Long Black Veil” while we were sitting not 20 feet away in a living room with maybe two dozen other songwriters.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

Wow, George Carlin is dead.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Celebrity deaths don’t often prompt a reaction in me, but this one made me gasp. Not because it was so very unexpected, really, but because no matter how old he got or how sickly he was looking, I guess it’s hard to believe someone so smartassed could really die.

He’ll be missed.

Priorities

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

2D27F9E2-61D5-4290-95E9-6105CA79A6ED.jpgKarsten and I have often talked about disaster preparedness, and a lot of our concern has to do with our six cats. In an emergency, we want to be able to get everyone to safety, of course. That seems marginally feasible with six, but having now seen this picture, I’m so glad I haven’t had to try. My heart goes out to both of the men shown in this picture, as of course it does to all the Iowans trying to make life right again, but I feel a special kinship with this man who appears to put saving his cats above saving anything else in his home. I suspect I’d be that person, too.

(I also can’t help but think that those terrified cats are probably scratching the hell out of him, poor guy!)

The death of a child is always “tragic,” I guess

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I started to use the term “tragic” in the subject of this post, but then realized it seemed redundant to describe a child’s death that way.

Found on Shaun Groves’ blog, but he’s quoting the Tennessean:

One of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman’s six children was killed this afternoon when she was struck by a car said to be driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

This is just an awful story. I truly feel for the Chapman family.

My family was having dinner one night when I was a kid when we heard some loud and strange noises outside. Yelling, maybe? And then sirens nearby. We all left the table to go out and see what might be happening. Two doors down, the neighbor dad had been working on a car in the driveway and it was up on a jack. The youngest girl, maybe 4 years old, was playing near the car, and the youngest boy, maybe 6 or 7 — close to my age at the time — had climbed in through the open driver’s door and shifted the car into gear, nearly injuring his father, and crushing his sister to death. My mom held me back from viewing the scene once she took in what was going on, so I was spared having to see her body being taken away, but it all remains vivid and gruesome in my memory.

I recall also that the family moved away shortly thereafter. I’m sure there were myriad reasons, but it has always struck me that it would be impossible to imagine what changes in a family when a young child dies.

All of that to say: while I don’t pray, I will definitely be thinking of the Chapman family, and I will be hoping they come through this intact.

We’re in the money!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

CNN Money, that is.

Omniture put out a press release about some of the success Magazines.com has had using their Test & Target (formerly Offermatica) tool, and it got picked up on CNN Money’s Marketwire.

And look!

“When specifying our testing and optimization goals, we wanted to deliver more personalized content to different types of people who visit our site. We just needed an easy way to do it,” said Kate O’Neill, director of customer experience at Magazines.com. “With Omniture we have one platform used by marketers for both testing and targeted content.”

And:

“Everything you think you know and every intuition you have as an online marketer can immediately be tested so you can determine if your marketing is working or not,” said O’Neill. “Omniture Test&Target has brought reliability to our marketing campaigns.”

Woot!

Update:

Also picked up in techrockies:
Omniture Signs Magazines.com

AND in the Huffington Post, complete with a really cheeky video “explaining” what Omniture does.:
Omniture Works Its Mojo For Magazine.com (Luckily, Magazine.com redirects to Magazines.com. Whew!)

I’ve never been the “play it cool” type anyway

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I’m not even going to pretend for a second that I don’t think this is super-cool:

We found that the page with highest rate of entering and then exiting quickly was our homepage,” says Kate O’Neill, director of customer experience and product development, Magazines.com. “And it was happening at such an alarming rate. We needed to find a way to engage people, so we started experimenting.
[...]
Magazines.com will continue to test to see how they can personalize and cater to these segments in the future. “In the coming months, we will take yet a closer look at segmentation. We want to be able to give our customers different channels to explore and offer them what they might be looking for in real time. It’s all about customizing the user experience,” says O’Neill.

And I’ve been asked to speak at the Circulation Management conference in Chicago in June.

No lie, this is fun stuff.

Creative reuse

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Good to see that Hall & Oates have a healthy attitude about allowing their music to be repurposed, even if that repurposing is done with more than a hint of irony.

Speaking from his home outside of Aspen, Oates credits Yacht Rock for rekindling interest in his band — and lowering the overall age of Hall & Oates’ fan demographic.
[...]
And musically, it means that the time is ripe for a Hall & Oates mashup album — the first of which is in the works from Gym Class Heroes.
[...]
Oates calls the final product “the most unique steps I’ve heard coming out of hip hop in quite a while,” and says he’ll give permission to anyone to use his music, so long as the intentions are good. “Once you make a record, it’s out to the world. Who cares?” Oates says.

I’m a bigger fan of Daryl Hall creatively than I am of John Oates, but from what I know of the two, Oates deserves most of the credit for this laissez-faire attitude toward reuse. Color me impressed, oh mustached one.

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Monday, June 4th, 2007

What an oddball bit of news this is. On one hand, what with the bizarre Foleo release last week, I was thinking Palm was basically an old dog with no new tricks and so new ownership is as good a way as any to teach it a few. On the other hand… Bono? Huh. Well, I’ll definitely reserve judgment and see what comes of it. If they can pull together a strong iPhone contender, they may just keep me around. But they better hurry, because I’m getting more and more attracted to that iPhone.

In case you didn’t believe that Al Gore loves trees…

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

This is right by my boss’ boss house, where Karsten and I house-sit and dog-sit and occasionally kid-sit (we’ll be doing that again next week).

We’d noticed the tree in the road and wondered what was up with it, but believe it or not, we didn’t realize Gore and Frist both live on that street. Interesting.

I picked the right year to leave Chicago, apparently

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Chicago regains the title of America’s murder capital, despite a sharp drop in homicides, police say.

klwalton! A propos of our recent discussion…

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Metro Madden mad
By Craig Boerner, cboerner@nashvillecitypaper.com
October 31, 2003

More than 500 football video game junkies, ages 13 and up, are loosening up their fingers and thumbs to take the Madden Challenge 9 a.m. Saturday at Opry Mills Shopping Center.

More here

I love this.

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

From the AP - Long before his days as billionaire premier, Silvio Berlusconi used to croon on a cruise ship. Now, Italy’s leader is coming out with an album of love songs.

My favorite part is the lyrical excerpt:

“One verse penned by the premier goes: ‘With my heart in my mouth/Because your love is everything to me/I know you may make me suffer/But I’ll never let you go/Even if I have to fight/I will love you until the end.’ ”

Gee, he should write boy band songs.