Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hilliard to gain Crew Facility

According to the Dispatch, and Shawn Mitchell, Hilliard is getting the Crew Training ground.

This is undoubtedly good news for the school district and the city. But I still sit and stratch my head trying to figure out how the infrastructure will support the facility. Can you imaging the travelling hordes of teams heading the Hilliard for a large soccer tourney dealing with the Roundabout of Doom planned for the triangle at Scioto-Darby, Main and Cemetary Roads? I dread dealing with roundabouts and I'd hate to put unsuspecting teams from Pennsyltucky through that.

Either way, as a current HCSD resident, overall I think this is a good thing.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Where'd WCSN go?

Columbus Sports Network disappeared from the Clear QAM channel 85-7 on Time Warner Columbus last week. I was hoping it would reappear but I haven't found it so far.

This thread is helpful in finding the QAM listings on TWC, but it's not up to date...since WCSN is gone. I'm guessing they decided to encrypt it, which really makes no sense since you can pick the channel up OTA. I thought that by law, they have to make this signal available through the "lifeline service", which means it should be unscrambled.

QAM has tended to work better than my downstairs TV with the cable box, so I was hoping that it would reappear in time for the Crew game tonight. I'm no longer holding my breath.

Trophy Manager Firefox Plugin

This is old news to those who browse the US/Canada board on TrophyManager.com, but I figured I'd stick something out here just in case someone's searching the net for information about the old Greasemonkey scripts.

trexma-for-firefox is a new project hosted at Google Code. At version 0.5, it currently implements all functionality available in the GM scripts with the exception of the training graph literals. Since Trophymanager implemented the cool flash graph, that scrape is no longer needed.

If you want to use trexma for firefox, go to the aforementioned project, and download trexma_0.5.xpi. Open this file with Firefox, and it should install the extension into your browser.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

The thing about perception

Doug MacLean had an interesting quote on 590 in TO regarding the late John McConnell's perception of him courtesy of Puckrakers:

I went back and I coached in Columbus for a year. I was the president, I was the general manager, I was running the rink, I was trying to get the Rolling Stones to play in our building … I mean, I just had too many hats. Mr. McConnell, God bless him, but he thought I was running a high school basketball team, if the truth was known. He had no idea of the size of the operation, that it really was running an NHL team and a building and everything.
If true, then Doug is responsible. In business, you are responsible for marketing yourself and making sure that your boss understands what you do and how good you are at it. If your boss doesn't "get it" then it is up to you to change the message and educate until they do.

It can be a tough lesson to learn, but ultimately, you have to take some responsibility over marketing yourself and make adjustments when needed.