Jan 14 2010

Musings on Recent Events

I am working on the next few posts which relate to technology and the workplace, but there have been enough media stories that caught my attention this week that I just wanted to comment on a few of them.

  • Earthquake in Haiti – My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people living in Haiti and their families around the world. The number of people dead, hurt, lost, and missing is just staggaring.
  • Mark McGwire – Big Mac took steroids. I wish I could say that I didn’t see that one coming. I fondly remember the Home Run races between McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998, but also remember being amazed at the change from early McGwire to Big Mac. I am happy to see that McGwire has finally come out and told his side of the story, but I don’t think that we neccesarily have all the details. I don’t think we will ever know everything about the era, but having this, possibly the largest drug related admission in MLB history, behind us will be good for baseball.
  • Leno vs. Conan – How bad can NBC screw up it’s late night lineup? Almost as bad as their Prime Time lineup apparantly. I am an unabashed Conan O’Brien fan, and have been for years. The only problem with Late Night was that growing up in the Eastern Standard Timezone the show was on Late! But that never stopped me from enjoying Conan’s unique brand of humor. To only give him seven months to transition that brand to wider audience an hour earlier (and torpedo him with the low rated Jay Leno Show). I apploaud Conan for taking the high road and pushing to keep the tradition of the Tonight Show alive, even as NBC tries to kill not only it, but Late Night. You can read the full text of Conan’s statement here.