Month: October 2005

Where Did October Go?

I don’t seem to recall where October went? Much less 2005. Is it me, or do the years seem to be passing way too rapidly these days. As I look back at this year, I have to say that its been quite a busy but fun year. The most exciting part of it was moving into our house in February. That was very exciting and we have spent countless hours fixing up the place.

I realize that I have been a little slack in posting up to the site, but promise to get back in the swing of things soon. I am not at a loss for things to say or discuss, but I just need to remember to take the few minutes to post these thoughts and get them recorded.

In any case, Happy November! Turkey Day is right around the corner. Oh, and we will be hosting our first Thanksgiving here in the new house. That will be fun, hectic, and exciting!

The New iPod

Wow, they never cease to amaze. Not a month after they released the amazing looking nano, they take the next step towards media convergance and release the often rumored Video iPod. The real challenge becomes how interested and engaging this will be with consumers. I think the popularity of the iPod is a direct function of the fact that with music/audio, you can be doing other things while you are listening. With video, you need to be fully attentive to the content.

But even if you don’t download a single video, the bigger screen, the larger amount of disc space, and the increased battery life are reasons alone to seriously consider an upgrade. My iPod is now closing in on 1.5 years old, and while it is still serving me quite well, I am starting to get a little bit of iPod envy.

The Red Sox Brand

Knowledge@Wharton recently posted an article on the Red Sox from a branding and marketing perspective. It talks about the Sox’ run to the 2004 World Series Championship and the notion that Red Sox Nation may not exactly know how to react to the fact that the Sox won it all, after 86 years of frustration and painful defeats. Its an interesting article however it re-inforces the notion that as much as we want to think “its just a game”, the reality is that its really all business.

And as irony would have it, the Red Sox lost last night to the White Sox in typical Red Sox fashion, when an error by Tony Graffanino led to a 5 run inning for Chicago. As the NY Times put it, “Just because the Red Sox won the World Series last season does not mean that baseball can nont torture them on occasion.”