Monthly Archives: April 2012
What an incredible start he has had to his professional career. After scoring the winning goal in the playoff game on Saturday against the Washington Capitals he was awarded the Broadway Hat, an honor bestowed by the Rangers for being the player of the game. The Broadway Hat, which was purchased by Brad Richards during the team’s early season trip to Europe to honor the guy who makes the biggest splash in the course of a win.
While donning the cap, Chris said, “It’s a little small.”
That Kreider kid is a playa. Here is how he was described in Sunday’s New York Daily News by one of his teammates. “I knew a little about him, but I didn’t know he was built like a Mack truck and could skate like the wind,” Dan Girardi said of his new teammate. “He’s out there skating so fast, so powerfully, we’re lucky to have him.”
Kreider was named MVP of the 2011 Beanpot Tournament, as Boston College won the tournament for the second straight time. Kreider was also selected to the United States National team to compete in the 2011 IIHF World Men’s Ice Hockey Championship held in Slovakia. In 2011-12, he won a second NCAA title with Boston College, and led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games.
Chris recently signed a 3 year entry level contract with the Rangers. Kreider joined the Rangers the following day for practice. He made his NHL debut for the Rangers in a playoff game against the Ottawa Senators on April 16, 2012. He scored his first NHL goal in game 6 against the Ottawa Senators. His second NHL goal was also a playoff game winning goal, against the Washington Capitals on April 28, 2012, making him the first player in NHL history whose first two goals were playoff game winners.
I have had the privilege of knowing the Krieder family and Chris for more than 12 years. He is not only a great hockey player but a great person as well. Until recently we did not watch many hockey games, but now we watch every Ranger game. Not only are his parents rightfully proud of him, but we, like many other Boxford families, have now become his extended family, rooting on every shift for him to continue to impact the team and the game he loves.
Well done Mr. Kreider, well done indeed
As we all know, the spike in smartphone adoption is changing the way users interact with their mobile devices. We use the phone but that has become secondary to all of the other capabilities these amazing little devices have. With penetration rates continuing to climb, more and more people interact with their smartphones as the first access point to information, e-mail etc. because it happens in real-time and provides both valuable utility, such as directions, prices, and reviews as well as breaking news and information.
How many times do you look at your smartphone everyday? Most people look at their phone about 150 times a day, (that’s roughly once every 6.5 minutes), according to Qualcomm CEO, Paul Jacobs. Those glances are to check incoming e-mail and text messages, but also to browse the mobile web.
So what is really going on here. We are at the forefront of a social behavior change phenomenon. How we communicate with friends and family, how we shop, how much time we spend, how many devices are being replaced by one, shop, how marketers communicate with us, how a marketer measures their advertising spending, how breaking news is distributed and so on. We have all been empowered by these amazing devices.
Check out these fun facts:
The end of the desktop?
Looks like we are now multi-tasking all the time:
With just an iPhone we can replace many devices and save big bucks:
We don’t need all these stinking devices!
Enjoy the weekend.
Since it is Monday we will start with a great tune from the Allman Brothers:
Last Sunday mornin’ … the sunshine felt like rain…Week before … they all … seemed the same…With the help of God and true friends … I come to realize…I still had two strong legs … and even wings to fly…And oh I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes … and faster things…Lord, lord Miss Sally … why … all your cryin’?…Been around here three long days-uh … you lookin’ like you’re dyin’…Just step yourself outside and look up at the stars above…Go on downtown baby … find somebody to love…Meanwhile I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … pouring rain … and much faster things…You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why…You can’t let one precious day slip by…But look inside yourself …and if you don’t see what you want…Maybe sometimes then you don’t…But leave your mind alone and just get high … oh, yessuh…Well by and by way after … many years have gone…And all the war freaks die off … leavin’ us alone…We’ll raise our children in the peaceful way we can…It’s up to you and me brother…To try and try again…Well, hear us now … we ain’t wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes…Runnin’ after subway trains…Don’t forget the pouring rain
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More The Allman Brothers
In this fast paced world we live in, the one thing that has not changed is time. We are all trying to do more, but in spite of all the technology and advancements in productivity, we are challenged to maximize our daily impact by many things that are out of our control. I came across a great infographic this weekend about wasting time at work. The culprit turns out to be the technology and productivity tools that were put in place to improve this situation. In an 8 hour day, here are the time sucks for a knowledge worker
- 74 minutes a day trying to contact customers or colleagues
- 67 minutes a day trying to find key information
- 39 minutes a day duplicating communications
- 33 minutes a day attempting to schedule meetings
- 29 minutes a day sifting through unwanted communications
So if we add that up, it comes to a total of 242 minutes a day or approximately 4 hours. So half of the 8 hour work day goes to this stuff. The infographic goes on to talk about how cloud based solutions can improve this situation. We have covered cloud based applications a number of times in previous blogs, but this one is more specific to a unified communications cloud based implementatioon. Here are the findings from the study:
Technology can always help but it is most important for each of us to stay focused on what is most important. Measure what you are doing everyday and eliminate as much “noise”as possible. Focus only on the deliverables that are going to have the biggest impact on the business and on your development. These are the only things that matter. Focus on changing the game and not just playing the game.
The infographic can be found at http://mashable.com/2012/04/13/wasting-time-work/.
Please let me know what works for you so that we can share with our community.
All the best.
One of my favorite classic rocks band is The Who. Had the opportunity to see them at Madison Square Garden. Best concert I have ever seen. When the album Quadrophenia was released, I think it was the only album I listened to in the car for at least a year. Awesome band. To this day my best friend Armand still interjects “Tommy, can you hear me” into his conversations. Don’t question this, just accept it as he is one of the funniest people on the planet. You just never know where he is going to take you or what historical party reference he will make. Only have to worry when he starts to sing. As Dirty Harry said, “A man has to know his limitations”.
Who’s Next of course is one of the great albums of all time. With all of the happenings in the mobile world these days, some facts to follow, it reminded me of the classic Who tune, “Goin’ Mobile”. Were they ahead of their time or what?
I’m goin’ home – And when I wanna go home – I’m goin’ mobile – Well, I’m gonna find a home – And we’ll see how it feels – Goin’ mobile – Keep me movin’ – I can pull up by the curb – I can make it on the road – Goin’ mobile – I can stop in any street – And talk with people that we meet – Goin’ mobile – Keep me movin’ – Out in the woods – Or in the city – It’s all the same to me – When I’m drivin’ free, the world’s my home – When I’m mobile – Hee, hoo! – beep beep!
Goin’ Mobile – The Who
The explosive growth of smartphones and the incredible capabilities provided by these devices has and will continue to have a profound effect on our society and behavior moving forward. As we become more and more comfortable on our smartphones and tablets and as penetration rates continue to accelerate the entire landscape for customer engagement will be transformed. It is not an if, it is only a when. The combination of powerful devices and social communications places more and more of the power in the hands of consumers. Do you have a mobile ready web-site? Do your e-mails, graphics, offers transcend the PC world and render in a meaningful, actionable way to influence your consumers at their moment of truth?
Here are some interesting facts about Goin’ Mobile:
Very dynamic changes happening, and we are just scratching the surface.
The research was provided by eDigitalResearch. You can learn more about them at www.edigitalresearch.com. You can access the complete infographic at http://kubeblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/explosion-of-mobile.png
Music by The Who.
Have a great day.
It just cannot be stretched any further……
Where does the money go? With all prices seemingly going up and compensation levels remaining flat, how does a family do it? One of my daughters goes to college and I just received notice that next years tuition increase of 3.5% has been approved by the board. Oh really, what a surprise! Let’s see, the board believes that every student should pay an additional $2,000. Always easy to find a way to spend money, but has the quality of education risen? Only you can decide. These annual 3.5% increases are fully baked in and have been for some time. For those of you with young children now, it means that annual tuition rates in about 10 years will be around $80,000 per year. No end in sight to the continued escalation of the cost of education. So much has been written about this being the next big disaster area in our economy and it is hard to disagree.
Which of course brings me to a song….
Money – Get away – You get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
Money – It’s a gas – Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream – Think I’ll buy me a football team
Money – Well, get back – I’m all right Jack -Keep your hands off of my stack
Money – It’s a hit – Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set – I think I need a Lear jet
Money – It’s a crime – Share it fairly – But don’t take a slice of my pie
Money – So they say – Is the root of all evil today
Money – Pink Floyd
Where does our money go today? Certainly not to buying a football team! I am still waiting for that Lear jet :) I recently read a report on CPI (Consumer Price Index). The report identifies the categories where money is being spent today. Take a look at this chart and compare it to where you spend your money.
Take a look at your monthly budget and compare. The full report can be found http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpid1106.pdf
Have a great day.
Moving closer to $4 per gallon. Summer is coming so if history is a great predictor of the future, we are in for more “pain at the pump”. But what is the real reason for $4 gas? I will get to that in a minute as the mention of summer reminds me of a classic.
“Hot town, summer in the city – Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty – Been down, Isn’t it a pity – Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city – All around people looking half dead, Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head – But at night it’s a different world – Go out and find a girl – Come-on, come-on and dance all night – Despite the heat it will be alright – And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity – That the days can’t be like the nights – In the summer, in the city – In the summer, in the city”
Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966 – Geez)
Ok, back to the gas situation. Read a very interesting article at NPR yesterday. In December 2008, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi how much it cost Saudi Arabia to produce one barrel of oil, he didn’t blink: “Probably less than $2 to produce a barrel.” If it costs only $2 to produce a barrel of oil, then why do we pay over $105 a barrel? That’s right. $2.oo per gallon to produce but $105 per gallon to us, or whatever the most recent price is. Nice margin!
But why? OPEC. They own 80% of the oil reserves yet only produce 33% of the world’s oil. The reason is because they only produce the oil to impact their own economies. OPEC countries produce almost nothing but oil. Their population is growing by leaps and bounds, and because Saudis pay no income tax, the House of Saud needs more and more money to keep its citizens happy, and avoid the fate of toppled leaders in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere.
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, Saudi King Abdullah almost doubled his Kingdom’s budget, committing billions in subsidies, pensions and pay raises in an effort to keep his subjects from storming the palaces. So to balance their budget oil will need to be at least $110 per barrel in 2015. Sounds like a basic business model to me. If expenses keep growing then you need to make more money. When you sell oil you can just charge more. Now that is a great business model.
The bill for keeping the Persian Gulf monarchies in power is now being footed by every American. Every time we fuel our car we send an extra 35 cents per gallon, or roughly $6 per fill up, to the Save the King Foundation. Since oil goes into everything we buy from food to plastics, this adds about $1,500 annually to the expenditures of the average American family. But those Persian Gulf monarchies are doing quite well thank you.
So at a time when our country cannot come close to balancing a budget and where we are drastically slashing many programs here at home, we are also funding social programs for other nations. It is a sad state of affairs that in the 21st century the world’s most strategic commodity is still being controlled by a cartel.
Given this situation, unless we are going to adopt alternative energies really quickly we will be looking at $10 a gallon by 2020, so they can balance their budget. Epic change is required.
You can read the full article at http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/04/02/149684373/the-real-reason-gas-costs-4-a-gallon
Enjoy the weekend.
I have three daughters and to say that their phones are important to them would be an understatement. The days of talking on the phone are over for their generation. Really no need to have a voice plan for the children and they do not ever use it. Text on the other hand, downloading content, uploading pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and the like, now we are talking. I just received a text message from Verizon saying that one of my daughters had already used half of her monthly data plan and we are only a few days into the billing cycle. Geez!
As a parent it is always amazing to me how much time my children spend on their phones. I am sure many of you are wondering as well.
Just came across some updated information on teen phone usage – Parents, you are not alone
- 75% of teens between 12-17 have phones
- Teens send and receive an average of 2,108 texts per month
- That’s 556,512 words per teen per year, equal to War & Peace
- They also download on average 11 applications per month
- 65% of teens sent a text in the middle of the night
- 70% received a text from someone NOT in their contact list
- Parents are checking in on their teens with them locking phones during school, at night and instantly at times
Watch those kids!
We covered Draw Something last week, but so much is happening so fast we needed to do a quick follow-up.
Quick reminder – Draw Something is a highly addictive social drawing game available for Apple iOS and Android Devices. You draw and guess words, play cooperatively with friends or competitively with rivals.
Here is what the app looks like when you download it:
So what are the updated statistics:
- Launched 7 weeks ago
- 20 million daily active users
- 37 million downloads
- 3 billion drawings since launch
- 1 billion drawings last week
- 2,000 drawings per second
- Number 1 app in 85 countries
Check out these Draw Something drawings – these folks are good.
Mine definitely do not look like these – LOL
Go and download the app from the Apple or Android stores and give it a try.