Top Flight Tenure 2014-15

On the eve of the Pool v Gooners clash, I think it’s time I put up the old Top-Flight Tenure list — updated for the 14-15 Premier League season.

Original version is from the old Arsenal Mailing List.  Anorak time!

  Side                 Since
 Arsenal FC           1913-14
 Everton FC           1953-54
 Liverpool FC         1961-62
 Manchester Utd       1974-75
 Tottenham Hotspur    1977-78
 Aston Villa          1987-88
 Chelsea FC           1988-89
 Manchester City      2001-02
 Sunderland AFC       2006-07
 Stoke City           2007-08
 Newcastle Utd        2009-10
 West Bromwich Albion 2009-10
 Swansea City         2010-11
 Southampton FC       2012-13
 West Ham Utd         2012-13
 Hull City AFC        2013-14
 Crystal Palace FC    2013-14
 Leicester City       2014-15
 Burnley FC           2014-15
 Queens Park Rangers  2014-15
Top Flight Tenure 2014-15

Back on WordPress!!! God bless.

So as an interlude I’d like to announce my blog-gration from the moribund and (allegedly) soon-to-be-EOLed Blogger platform to good ol’ WordPress.

Although I’m a Google Apps user I realized the move made sense once I noticed that there had been three (!) Blogger “new feature” posts in their “Blogger Buzz” blog in the last 12 months — two of which promoted Google+ integration.

Not much of a pitch by Google to stick with it. It looks like Blogger has gone into the ol’ maintenance mode, soon to be axed in another accountant’s frenzy.

No worries. It feels good to be using WordPress again.

Back on WordPress!!! God bless.

No, foursquare! What have you done? AKA Mayorship RIP

A startup has a predictable life cycle and this holds as true now in the mobile era as it did in the “web 2.0″ era before it:

1) Initial rush of excitement
2) Meteoric growth
3) Plateauing

From here there are two paths:

4) Innovate incrementally towards success; Or
4) Innovate sporadically or radically towards failure.

I believe foursquare has chosen the second road.  Why?  In sum, they got rid of their stickiest feature:  MAYORSHIPS!

I downloaded the recent new versions of foursquare and swarm for my new iPhone after a six-month-ish hiatus.  Why were there two apps now I wondered?  I soon found out why — foursquare has devolved itself into a check-in app without a hook (mayorships), and a pseudo-yelp location-based service.

Now I ask you, with Yelp well-established: why would I care about using foursquare as well?

I used to be a slave to mayoring like so many others and the points boards were a useful incentive.  This was their strength because people gave them data slavishly for the silly rush of online competition.  They should’ve kept these features alive.  Instead they’ve “rebranded”, “repositioned” and rendered themselves irrelevant.

They’re not the first to “kill their golden goose”, nor will they be the last.

A darn shame regardless.
No, foursquare! What have you done? AKA Mayorship RIP

The Walking Dead — A Synopsis

Okay, so I started watching The Walking Dead on AMC with the recap episodes of the end of season four and all of season five.

In truth I had no initial interest in this show but having been an earlier fan of Breaking Bad and Mad Men and now having seen both of those shows stride into the sunset (along with my other Showtime fave of Californication), I was ripe for the test (read: television-viewing time vacated, with Gotham the only new “gimme”).

I did like the Atlanta-centeredness of it (I have family there) but outside of that I found the show less than compelling.  What is all of the fuss about, I wondered to no one whatsoever.

Determined to find out I recently did the ol’ binge-watch of the first several seasons on Netflix.  Now that I have just made it to S4E5 and thus nearly to where I started watching earlier this year I’ve come to one conclusion:

It’s all about The Governor.

I don’t know if it’s the actor himself (David Morrissey, who nicely surprised me as to being a Scouser due to his decent American accent) or if it’s the character itself, but without The Guv’nor, there doesn’t seem to be much of a show.

The first season stands on its own (and I was told it mostly closely mirrors the original comic) but S2 seems to get caught in exposition hell — too many meandering emotional scenes without any gravitas.  Moreover, snarling zombies hardly make much of a dramatic foil.  But not so with The Anti-Rick!

So, kudoes to Mr. Morrissey for having the best character worth being in the show.

Now I get why people got hooked on this series.

The Walking Dead — A Synopsis

Lessons Learned I

Whilst working in Japan my Japanese manager would translate the Japanese for me.

One time I asked him, “Arata-San—why are there so many words in the Japanese when there are so few in your translation?”

He said, “In English—you walk to the point.  In Japanese—you walk around the point.”

Lessons Learned I

BlackBerry BBM coming to Apple’s iOS, Google Android this summer

BlackBerry BBM coming to Apple’s iOS, Google Android this summer:

The irony is this tact was advocated by the founders before they were pushed out of their co-CEO role.

BlackBerry STARTED as a messaging platform without a phone – that came later, just like Apple’s iPod -> iPhone evolution.

I always thought it was a sensible strategy by the ex-CEOs – they wanted to go “back to the basics” – a la Apple 1997.  Well it looks like that’s happening anyways.

The phone part was always secondary in both equations.  It’s just that RIMM lost the plot (which of course Apple is now in danger of – we shall see what happens this Fall).

I am sure they are sharing a wry smile this morning.

BlackBerry BBM coming to Apple’s iOS, Google Android this summer

Ouch, Google! Again

A few months ago, Google sent out an email about “trying Google Apps for Business free for a month!  $15% discount! Etc.”

I bit.  Then I saw it was the discount was actually for more than one user (some price threshold but I forget what it is).  “Fine” I said and upgraded anyways.  “I can always downgrade after the month.”

Cue the dramatic break:

From: The Google Apps Team 
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:37:13 -0400 
Subject: Google Apps trial update
Hello from Google,

We hope you're enjoying your trial of Google Apps for Business. Here's some important information about your trial.

As you may know, we no longer accept new sign-ups for the basic (free) version of Google Apps. This means that once your trial of Google Apps for Business ends, you can no longer revert back to the free version. [Emphasis mine.]

We're glad you're trying out Google Apps for Business and hope you enjoy all the benefits including 24/7 support, unlimited users, mobile device management and more.

The Google Apps Team


(c) 2013 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Apps product or account.

Can you say “oops”?  I thought you could. Guess I can forget about freeloading on Google’s dime ever again. Google’s doing a real “Apple” here… guess they want their own walled garden.

Fine then, I don’t have to be inside of it.

Ouch, Google! Again