Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Friday, December 2, 2005
I wrote "my girls are completely amazing, i could not be more in love with anything than i am with them. i'm gone, gone gone."
Of course I love my kids you say. But in the midst of a completely insane day, without really thinking about my answer that's what my fingers typed.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Sometimes I complain about how busy I am, working, being a father, husband, citizen etc... but then get jolted back by quotes like these:
"The secret of life is to have a task, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is: It must be something you cannot possibly do."
~ Henry Moore
My business isn't busy work - it's my life! The choices I make daily affect the direction I'm going in - and I get to make the choices that set me on my way.
The quote of course begs the question - what is my task? What's yours?
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Maybe it makes me a Marcissist!
nar·cis·sism (när's?-s?z'?m) pronunciation also nar·cism (-s?z'?m)
1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See synonyms at conceit.
2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
3. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
4. The attribute of the human psyche charactized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
BTW, her new CD is really terrific and she sounded amazing live at the store.
While I was there I picked up the Family Guy DVD (my real reason for even going in...)
Friday, September 9, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
I meandered over to Best Buy during a trip to Atlanta and picked up "Demon Days" - the Gorillaz new album. I cannot remember the last time I bought an album just for the hell of it in a long, long while. I'm beyond fascinated in the entire mash up thing and can't wait to hear the Kelly Clarkson song "Since U Been Gone" remix. Someone turned me on to "The Grey Album" but rap just isn't my fo-shizzle.
In any case, the interesting thing about this post to me is that I actually bought CDs. I cannot stand buying songs online, becuase many sites have restrictions on what I can do with my musical property - let alone mash it up.
The 2nd interesting thing about this post is Gorillaz... virtual band and all - are really good!
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Friday, July 8, 2005
You know the saying that "the fastest path between two points is a straight line" right? For some reason, probably because of how busy I am, I keep thinking about this saying - or is it just a saying? Maybe it is a philosophy of life!
I was talking to a co-worker this morning who has a long commute - she takes a round about route to get to work because there is less traffic. Personally, I've resisted trying this route because I subscribe to the above mentioned "straight line philosophy." I go less miles, but in the same amount of time (approximately) and go in a much more direct route.
This of course, got me to thinking. Do I really believe that the right way to live is in a straight line? How far can I push this thinking?
As I was killing brain cells (and time) thinking about this, I thought of an example and a litmus test. Do you think that walking the bases loaded with 2 out to get to the next batter is a good strategy or not?
Personally, while I admit that sometimes that sort of thinking works, I'd almost always rather pitch to the guy at the plate rather than walk him.
My tendencies are to walk the straight path - but to fantasize about the winding road. I didn't take the opportunity to study abroad, or live like a hobo for a year out of college - I got a job. I don't wear crazy clothes and have never bleached my hair for no reason. I don't sing karaoke (in public anyway) and people often are surprised at how goofy I really am.
I don't think living the straight line life is bad, but am starting to think that it may be a bit narrow.
Random straight line above.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
The first (and best), was John Rocker coming in to pitch and getting no one out before being yanked. He was pissed - threw his glove, but none of it helped him get anyone out. The side note is that the guy can still bring major heat.
Secondly, the son of Pete Rose played 1B in the game - you can click Rocker's pic to get to the Rose pic - nice bonus.
Third, the Bluefish had a promotion where kids under 12 got to run the bases after the game and get some ice cream. It was fun to see my girls rounding third, heading for home!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
While I didn't come up with anything earth-shattering, I did like this chart which clearly shows what is going to happen demographically as we move into the future.
The idea of "digital natives" is very compelling - my daughter for example is 7, has a Gameboy, understands that "binary" is a language and is familiar enough with email that she has one already. She's already owned 1 digital camera (and broken it), and can articulate what Google is better than her grandmother, who FINALLY got a working computer with an Internet connection.
The kicker however to the article can be found in a comment way down at the bottom of the page left by Rich Seidner who quotes Douglas Adams. "Technology is our word for stuff that doesn't work yet." In the context of the article (read it already!) this quote is genius. In the context of my mother - it is reality. And at work.. don't get me started!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
My 7 year old daugther actually KEPT SCORE on her own, asking amazing questions, having a great time and becoming a baseball lover right in front of my eyes.
I took this photo with my 400mm lens from way up in section 619.
What a day, what a day!
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
I've missed you a lot. You see, when I was a kid, I was a baseball freak-a-zoid. Baseball cards, Strat-o-matic, more Baseball cards, Little League, Micr-league Baseball, Yankees Opening Day, Don Mattingly, Ron Guidry, hating the Red Sox, Mets and Pete Rose and loving Reggie Jackson.
I played a lot of baseball, against the back wall of any and all houses I could find, in leagues, in high school and even adult baseball when I was 25. I even worked for the Atlanta Braves in 1993 (and cried just a bit on my last day).
But then I lost interest. Totally not interested in Bill James, WHIPs, Fantasy Baseball or Jose Canseco. I was lost.
But things are different baseball, between you and me. You see, I have 2 kids who need to be properly introduced to you. They need to live off you for a while, breathe you in and let you light up their imagination with possibilities.
I'm breeding some Yankees fans - and my house is again filled with the sounds of baseball - Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Grand Slams and explanations of infield fly rules rule the day. None of us could contain ourselves the other night.. A-Rod went yard THREE times in one night!
I haven't been so excited about baseball in years (no thanks to you Bud, you jerk).
I'm coaching both my kids teams and loving it - loving being on a field, picking up ground balls, and soft tossing to kids who can do nothing but imagine life in the bigs.
Baseball, I'm back... and glad to be home.
P.S. - Why'd you have to go and ruin things by letting the BoSox win one? Sheesh.
Friday, April 29, 2005
Bice reported on the Idol Web site that his "most embarrassing moment" was when he once "fell off stage during a show." You mean his most embarrassing moment wasn't when pleaded guilty for a misdemeanor?
In unrelated news, Bo's first name is Harold. Which is either funny to you, or happens to be the name of your own father (that's me).
Monday, April 25, 2005
Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
5% Upper Midwestern
Friday, April 22, 2005
I told him that no matter what happens this season, even if the Mets win the series and the Yanks are in last place, that in the end, he's still a Mets fan.
I was telling this story to someone on the phone the other day who was a Red Sox fan, and I realized I could have used it on him as well.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
I tried to copy it over to my Creative Zen Xtra Jukebox MP3 player and had no luck - the files from the site were bad/invalid or something. I tried to convert the files with no luck using several different converters with no luck. Oddly, Scott posted his IM address on the site and I had a nice chat with him and found out that he may have encoded the files at an odd bitrate (or some such tech nonsense).
I finally tried an MP3 plug in in Winamp and voila... it worked...
I listened to the Prologue last night and was pretty impressed and am looking forward to listening to more. Tech issues aside... Scott put up a slick site with lots of feeds and is accessible to chat with directly. Great stuff.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Sunday, April 3, 2005
The title story is so amazing, I was even telling my 7 year old about it (I had to talk to someone!).
In any case, I feel like this guy is a secret to the world but not for long.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
I flew to New Orleans this week and on the way up, I noticed how many baseball fields there are in the NY area from above. For example, I counted 28 baseball diamonds in Central park alone!
The next time I interview someone, I'm going to ask them "How many baseball diamonds are there in the United States?"
I've heard variations of this like "How many gas stations are there in the U.S." as well, but I like mine better.
I did a google search for this but didn't come up with anything.
Friday, March 25, 2005
As I was leaving for work this morning, she showed me a "gold coin" she got from school and said that it was from a pot of gold. She told me you could wish on the coin and handed it to me. My mind immediately thought.. "Well, I'd wish for the servers to be back up." But what I said out loud to her was "Honey, I won't use one of your wishes."
But it was too late. I did it. In a microsecond... I selfishly stole one of my daughters wishes to get a stupid server back online.
By the time I got to work... the servers were back and my web sites up and running. So you know it was the coin that did it (well, that and 4 full days of consultants and geeks running around).
I'm a horrible person!
Sunday at 3 am we crashed. Not an unusal occurance for our site but still a problem none-the-less. Monday comes and I find out we lost a (some?) hard drives in an array on a cluster. Blah blah blah.
Monday night is here and I've managed to survive by sending emails to my entire company, thereby sealing my fate as the tech, web guy. Did I mention I'm a marketing guy yet? Never coded an original program, never loaded a database, never even saw an Oracle table. She was good in the Matrix though.
Tuesday, still down. No relief in sight. An array controller is broken. Get a new one! Not good enough.
Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, Wednesday night - still down. Can't sleep, can't breath. What's so hard? I hate technology. I'm in marketing for god sakes... I'm not even supposed to be here today!
Thursday comes - not up, still down. Still down. Still down. I'm babbling.
We get something called an array controller for our array, which is different than our cluster, which OF COURSE is NOT our database server. It's not db1 or db2 and it's nothing that is making any difference at all. We're still not live.
I'm building pages by hand, planting redirects because YES - we have radio ads hitting this week. URLs galore, web traffic like mad... angry emails, consternation from the corner offices. Just get the site up already goddamn it. Why is it taking so long?
Friday Morning..., 12:14AM... after midnight... almost up... supposedly so. 30 minutes - just hang on...
The geeks are handling it or so they say.
Still down. Still down. Still f**cking down G**d**n it! Why the F**k can't we get our site back up and running? Why? Why? Why?
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Originally uploaded by msirkin.
This is a photo of the turkey vulture that sits outside my window, perched at the top of my office building. I've named him Gus, mostly because that's a cool name for a turkey vulture.
His lovely friend Constance is around too.. but I didn't get a pic of her. She was busy chasing down some dead meat for a snack.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Here's the interesting thing - when I was using Napster/Grokster/Morpheus/Hotwire, IRC & etc...) I never downloaded an entire album. I'd grab the one song I wanted, then most likely go buy the album. In fact, this is exactly how I ended up buying Wallflowers & Green Day albums in particular.
Over the past few months, I've gotten more than 20 CD's from the library and have totally stopped using any online music services. Is this smart? Dumb? Am I a thief? Not sure... but in my mind... I bought more music when I was using Napster than I'll ever buy now.
Add the fact that most/all online services restrict how you can use your music and the scene continues to be frustrating for consumers. Why can't I listen to music I bought from buy.com through my Tivo or freely copy them to my other machines?
I can't wait to see what happens with DVD's once we have enough bandwidth.
While Podcasting really is just downloading MP3s, when it's attached to a TV show and done with this sort of immediacy - it feels like the beginnings of something very new and very cool.
SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Originally uploaded by msirkin.
You know you remember iXL... yea you do... we bought every company with a pulse, went public and went bust.
I've worked in a bunch of places including a Burger King (the manager told me I can take this job ANYWHERE I wanted - I quit after 2 weeks on Fry duty). I also delivered Domino's Pizza, did 2 ad agency internships and worked at a college bookstore.
See more of my bizcards...
Then she said...
"Coffee... would anyone like a Coffee?"
It was odd was how she alternated between "Starbucks" and "Coffee" - like she was conducting some bizzare Pavlovian experiment.
She litererally rotated back and forth between "Starbucks" and "Coffee" the entire way down the plane (or at least as far as I could hear). It made me wonder if she was actually scripted. Could Starbucks be trying to subliminally condition us or has it already happened?
On the other hand.. here's Tivo's take.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
01. What is your favorite word?
02. What is your least favorite word?
03. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
04. What turns you off?
05. What is your favorite curse word?
06. What sound or noise do you love?
My kids giggles
07. What sound or noise do you hate?
My own voice yelling at me (again) for being an idiot
08. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
09. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Yes, I do exist
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
While it drove my wife crazy (they were supposed to be eating breakfast), it's the single moment of the day that makes me truly happy. Lately, the waving has started to wane. But I always look back as I drive off - and wave, even if no one is there. I went out early this past weekend, both kids were asleep - and I paused the car, looked toward the windows and waved... I started to think about the future - when my kids might not even talk to me, let alone wave with horses, yelling for their dad. I don't want that day to come.
Small things always turn out to be the important things for some reason.
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
In a related story, Ryan Seacrest said that Simon is pompous. That Ryan - he's sharp as a tack.
Sunday, February 6, 2005
I spent years with a vision of how the Web would/should/could tranform businesses productivity, profitability and image but because of where I worked, or my role, never really found my footing. I helped to build a web site building tool for one company, and we sold it to a few businesses who were close, but not quite there in thinking about the web as a business process tool, and not just a web site.
Fast forward to my new gig at a very large non-profit and I'm faced with a dream situation. Not only am I in a senior role, the entire organization is primed and ready to be completely "made-over" (this is a real extreme makeover!) by utilizing the web in ways that I've only been able to dream about.
Some examples - we have 10+ folks doing travel arrangements with a non-web based application. None of it is self-service, it's hard for us to keep track of who is where, and what their travel preferences might be... none of it integrates into our main CRM database. It's a mess. A new self-service web interface, connected directly into our CRM could save 5-6 jobs, improve the service we provide and dramatically cut our costs. Whoo!
Another example, we have a very outdated content management system, that was homegrown and has gotten completely unstabilized over the years. Our Web site doesn't use our central CRM, nor does it effectively connect to 3rd party apps, and it goes without saying that very little of our content is reusable. Imagine being able to cross pollinate brand assets, train our affiliates on one centralized content interface, connect it to an e-mail service etc... and on and on. The implications are game-changing.
Amazing. I love it. What an opportunity, what a challenge!
Fast forward to the day that tickets went on "pre-sale" exclusively for u2.com members. Wouldn't you know it - we went online only to find out that there were no tix available. It appeared as if Madison Square Garden was sold out within 2 hours.
I was pretty dismayed, but ended up getting tickets via ticketmaster online when they went onsale to the general public. That said, my wife stood outside a local Coconuts and I matched her online, clicking and refreshing as fast as I could to be able to snatch some tix. We ended up with behind the stage tix (hey, we're in!), but I had a pretty bad taste in my mouth.
Lo and behold.. I get an open letter email from Larry Mullen, apologizing for treating their fans so badly, and basically taking the heat.
"The idea that our long-time U2 fans and scalpers competed for U2
tickets through our own website is appalling to me. I want to apologise
to you who have suffered that."
That's a class act in my book. I'm left with a greater respect for these guys in the end. Thanks Larry, for not letting me get U2 Vertigo.
Friday, February 4, 2005
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
We were pretty good friends back then - we ran in very similar circles. It's funny though, how people seem to change so much, yet stay the same. My friend runs his own company, hangs out with famous faces and is doing his thing like no one I know. It's not just fantastic, it's astounding. The funny thing is, underneath it all, he's pretty much the same guy. Well, he's not "that guy" - not the jerky high school idiot like we all were back then - but it's still him underneath the hood.
I do think that people can change. But after tonight, I'm feeling that no matter what happens in your life - some of core seems to remain intact, buried deep down. I know that for myself, I've changed dramatically since then (thank god), but deep down - way down deep, there is a bit of the high school me still kicking around, feeling insecure, stupid and completely retarded.
The thing is - as I look at my life and start to understand where I've been and the choices I've made, I start to realize that those old friends and those foundational moments (stealing shit, high school sports, 3rd grade crushes, summer camp) all help create the dough that you eventually bake into your life.
It was a total trip catching up on old high school people - names that come screaming out of the past and collide with your current mindset - it's such a blast going back in time, The best part of course, is being able to jump out, back to today - back to my family and my almost middle age life. Happy Birthday to me.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
NYC in the winter is pretty damn amazing!
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Other neat features include enhanced editing, color options, cropping and other stuff. It's so easy my wife can use it (god I hope she doesn't see this).
Picasa: Free download from Google
Lookout email search for Microsoft Outlook - Lookout Software
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Common Craft: Interview with Marc Sirkin
Thursday, January 13, 2005
The first is Sage
This is an RSS/Atom aggregator which is pretty slick. Once installed, you can bookmark RSS feeds and bring them up in a sidebar toolbar.
The other is FireFTP - a built in FTP client. Duhhhhh... M$FT are you watching? This is so simple and integrated it's amazing. I'm lovin it!
Creating Passionate Users: Keeping users engaged...
The first thing I noticed about switching is that amazingly, the import process from Express to Thunderbird worked perfectly! I had 4 different accounts in Express pulling mail from 3 different email servers and with the exception of passwords, all my messages were properly sorted and each account was transferred perfectly! Wow!
So far so good - spam blocking is next!
mozilla.org: Site Map
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Several business blogs have been blocked to me via browser, but are easily added and viewed via Bloglines, Doppler and other RSS aggregators.
Monday, January 10, 2005
If you use bloglines - there are some very cool extensions available for Firefox as well... install it and check it out for yourself!
You can also add some neat search engines like IMDB and A9 directly to the Firefox toolbar which is pretty slick.
Saturday, January 8, 2005
I went home that day feeling like I did a good thing, but without Wil's books. I quickly bought them online and have since read them.
Today, I'm in the library again looking at new releases and lo and behold - there's "Just a Geek" on display! Unreal. Who would have thought the local librarian could move so fast - or perhaps it's just a coincidence?
Here's a screen shot from the library web site if you care:
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Meanwhile, I found this article from PVRBlog...
The PVRBlog Interview: Ten Questions with TiVo's Director of User Experience, Margret Schmidt
The PVRBlog Interview: Ten Questions with TiVo's Director of User Experience, Margret Schmidt | PVRblog
Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Doppler : Podcasting redefined
Monday, January 3, 2005
- it monitors whatever folders you want it to for new images
- it's free
- it has the absolute coolest timeline feature thingy ma-bob I've ever seen!
Picasa: Automated Digital Photo Organizer software, instant photo albums, sharing & printing: Download
Saturday, January 1, 2005
I have it set up and am testing it - and although I'm getting a plug-in load error in Azureus, it seems to be working.
I'm also messing around with another plug-in called RSSFeed which seems to do the same exact thing. Perhaps having them both loaded is why I'm having an error ;)