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Last big dog walk in Suttons Bay for the year. 
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This is perhaps the best perspective I've read about the actions and inaction for those at the center of the “Pennsylvania State University small-child-allegedly-being-raped-by-a-grown-man-who-is-part-of-the-football-hierarchy” scandal...
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It's astounding to me how the people who failed to report this weren't just sick with themselves each and every day. As for stopping the rape, okay - maybe if it was me who witnessed it, I wouldn't be able to physically restrain the rapist (you know, all 135 lbs. of me). But the person who witnessed it was a Penn State quarterback. I think he's got a pretty good chance of performing a citizen's arrest right there and then.
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Oh, right. Google +. I keep forgetting you're here.
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No, fun like a Haunted Amusement Park... at least until those darn kids at facebook ruin it.
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"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -Steve Jobs

I feel so weird about Steve Jobs' passing. I never knew him, I never met him, I don't think I was ever in the same place with him... but he had such a huge impact on my life, I can honestly and without hyberbole say that I wouldn't be where I am today without him.

In 1984, I bought my first Macintosh. It was a 128 with one floppy drive. When I plugged it in and started it up for the first time, it was like I'd stepped into The Future from a science fiction novel.

Before my Mac, the two big computers we had were an Atari 400 that belonged to the entire family, and a TI-99/4A that was all mine. I learned how to program on both of them in BASIC, and I was able to do lots of cool things with them, mostly writing and playing games.

When I got my Mac, the first program I started up was Visual BASIC. It was this confusing jumble of windows and weirdness that didn't work at all like the BASIC I knew so well. After a few frustrating failures to write and run even the simplest program, I gave up; writing stories in MacWrite and drawing pictures in MacPaint was more fun, anyway.

I wrote my first story on that Mac, and my second, and my third, and pretty much all of them until I got a color Mac II in 1988. I wrote on that for years, until I got my first Powerbook in the 90s. I used that Powerbook to take my first steps onto the Internet, using a VT100 emulator, a 4800 baud modem, and the mysterious ftp and telnet protocols.

Today, I own and use a Macbook Pro and an iPad. I have so many iPods, most of them just live in a drawer at my desk. My wife has an iPhone and an iPad -- the first two devices that made it possible for her to embrace her inner geek and understand the one she married -- and both of my kids have Macbooks. Anne has an iMac in her office that she uses every day.

Hearing that Steve Jobs died today hit me in the stomach, even though I'm not an Apple Fanboy, and I love to tease and make fun of Apple Cultists. I use a rooted Android and spend almost as much time in a Linux VM as I do in Mac OS... but the world I live in, was shaped by Steve Jobs and the people he inspired. I got to find the person I am because Apple tools made it easy for me to take my ideas and move them from my head onto paper when I was a kid, a teenager, a twentysomething, and today.

I don't agree with everything Apple does, but I feel like the world lost an important person today, and I feel like I lost a distant relative who I never got to meet, but knew everything about because for one reason or another his influence was everywhere I looked.

iRIP, Steve Jobs. Thank you for making the incredible things that made it possible for me to live in a real future that's even cooler than the one I pretended to live in when I was flying that spaceship so many years ago.
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Google+ has racked up a lot of registrations. But it's hard to call all those people "users" if they rarely (or never) post.

Among the rarely/never crowd: Google top management and board members. FAIL.

In all the years I worked in advertising, we always made a major effort to buy/use our clients' products and services. Even if those products and services were, well, lousy. I drank a lot of Busch Beer. I shopped at effing Montgomery Ward. I ate at McDonald's. After all, if I was going to make my best effort at selling that crap to other people, I needed to walk the walk myself.

Google's top dogs seem to be suggesting they either don't believe in their product, don't care to experience the product, or aren't capable of using the product. I doubt any of those things are true. Nevertheless, their failure to embrace Google+ gives a hint at why, at least in a small part, previous Google social marketing platforms may have failed.

I wonder how much time they spend on Twitter and Facebook.
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All good, no disagreements. I'm purely looking at it as a product. Because, while G+ lives in various categories, one of those is as a branded product. As such, I'm looking at this purely from how people embrace and adopt branded products. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of examples of really cool tech platforms, gadgets, applications and systems for which their creators forgot that in the minds on average consumers, these things are still products. So while the nature of interpersonal communication networks makes G+ a rather unique product, it still competes in the mind of the average consumer with a variety of other interpersonal communication networks and things people may consider as such even if we don't. Regardless of the intricate details of G+ that make it special and truly unique, it still looks, to the average consumer who needs to embrace it for it to be a success, as kinda sorta like Twitter or Facebook or Google Docs or who knows what. Part of what a marketer, tech or SNS or dish soap, is selling directly or indirectly is confidence. Confidence in the product, confidence in the company, confidence in the user experience. It does not help consumer confidence when the people who are leading the company don't even use the product in a demonstrable way. I recognize this is a different way to look at this, but I think it is both valid and important. But that's me... advertising geek that I am.
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I so rarely even look at Google+ anymore.  But it seems to have come alive with friends' commentary on the imminent demise of Google Reader.  I thought to myself, "yeah, Google Reader.  What is that again?" So I went to it and realized I had at some point set up some subscriptions in it.  I have no idea when I did that.  I guess I must not have seen it as very useful if I don't even remember setting it up.  Of course, I am still bummed that iGoogle is going away, since that's the home page I have used for a long time.  Google Reader's shutdown is just another reminder that Google cares mostly about Google and very little about loyal users.  That shouldn't be all that surprising... it's how most monopolies operate.
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Agreed. How many resources is Google putting into Google Reader? What is its impact on its bottom line? If it isn't losing money, then whey not stick with it? They've backed projects losing far more with little promise for return. The move seems capricious and mean-spirited.
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Yep, Google + is still here.  [yawn]
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Huh. Look at that. Google Wave still works. Not that anyone uses it or anything.
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Wave was kind of cool at first. Except it basically does the dame thing as a collaborative Google doc did/does.
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 I just did a quick mental inventory of what we have in the house. A MacBook. Two MacBookPros. Two iPod Nanos. One 64GB original version iPod Video. An original iPhone. An iPhone 4. An original iPad. Two Airport Extremes. One Airport Express.
 I leave the house most every day with a MacBookPro, an iPad and an iPhone.
 My iPhone spends the night on my nightstand.
 I have over 36 days of music stored on iTunes.
 My email address ends in @mac.com
 I subscribe to MacWorld and MacLife (paper and digital) and some iPhone magazine whose name escapes me at the moment (iPad).


Yes, it's probably fair to describe me as a fanboy.

It's more than fair to say that Steve Jobs had and will continue to have an impact on my life.

Godspeed, Steve Jobs.
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And the tablet plot thickens...
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  • UW Madison
    PhD Candidate, Mass Comm, 2009 - present
  • UW Whitewater
    MS Mass Comm, 2008 - 2009
  • Drake University
    BA Journalism, 1977 - 1981
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PhD student; former ad guy
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  • UW Madison
    Grad Instructor, 2009 - present
  • DDB Worldwide
    SVP Group Media Dir, 1982 - 2002
  • OMD
    Dir Business Development, 2003 - 2003
  • Lindsay Stone & Briggs
    Partnber/Media Director, 2004 - 2008
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The people at Havill-Spoerl are the reason I keep coming back to this dealership. Although they are not a big city operation, there is nothing lacking at this small-town business. People remember your name, they remember your preferences, and they make it clear they value your business. I've purchased two vehicles from H-S in the past eight years, as well as brought four different Ford vehicles to them for service. I'm always treated like a neighbor and friend as opposed to just another transaction. The guys in service are as honest as the day is long, which is nice to know. I trust them to give me the best recommendation rather than just try to up-sell unneeded services. Most recently, John Chady and Zach Lange put together a deal on a new car that reminded me why I like these guys so much. They worked with me, even when I changed course a time or two in the process, and in the end left me feeling great about the deal I got and the car I drove home. John, Zach, Brian (service manager) and Nick (service writer) provide a level of customer service that I've not found at other dealerships, and that's why I am a loyal customer of theirs.
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