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What if someone tricked you and painted a soccer ball brown…

Ever wonder what would happen if one were to give a seven-year-old a microphone and let her interview a bunch of professional soccer players and coaches? Wonder no more.

I filmed, edited and produced this piece for revolutionsoccer.net – featuring Revolution team captain Steve Ralston’s daughter Anna -  one day after the Revs’ training session last week.

Definitely a slight departure from the norm, but a lot of fun and people are enjoying it.

Watch the video here.

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A few things to share

Since I’ve basically been a no-show here on my blog in 2009, here’s a few things I’d like to share as far as my work goes.

As usual, we have a ton of web initiatives taking place over at Gillette Stadium for both teams!

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My trip to the Apple Store

So last night I was in the area of the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and remembered, “hey, – the Apple store!” I needed a new case for my first-gen iPhone and what better place to pick this up, right? Wrong.

I got to the store and immediately was approached by an store worker and asked if I needed any help. At this point I was looking at a $1299 Macbook that I can’t afford (and I’m still pretty much a PC user anyway) so I gave the usual “no, just browsing” response that I always give to overzealous salespeople at retail stores.

I slapped myself a few times to deter any thoughts of actually making a frivolous purchase and headed over to the section with the iPhone accessories. There were a TON of difference cases – hard plastic cases, leather cases, button snap cases, etc. – they had everything you could think of. I found one that I liked, but noticed it was specifically for the iPhone 3g. Bummer. Picked up another one that would be perfect – but it was only for the 3g. Case after case, only for the 3g. It was like the first gen iPhone didn’t exist!

I had given up at that point and went over to Laura who was checking out Apple’s hard drive selection (which was dominated by LaCIE drives – UGH – that’s another story for another time) and had another salesperson approach us and ask for help. Instead of my usual nice way of saying ‘leave me alone,’ I said,”I need a case for my iPhone (showing her my phone with half broken case) but you only seem to have cases for the 3g, am I missing something?”

She says (nicely, but matter-of-fact), “no, sorry we only carry cases for the 3g.”

“I just bought this at the end of March, it’s not even a year old!” I exclaim. “That’s kind of harsh, nothing for older phones?”

“No, but you can probably find one online,” She says.

Awesome. Go all the way to the Apple store, and they point you right to the internet. Why have a store? Why put out new products and pretend the older versions don’t exist? Guess that is the apple way – move forward and no looking back. I love my iPhone, don’t get me wrong, but that was quite a frustrating trip to the Apple store.

Side note: Overheard while browsing the hard drives was another Apple sales associate having a conversation with a customer. She was talking to the customers about viruses and security and said:

“…there’s no such thing as a virus for our (Apple) computers. If someone was smart enough to write a virus like that, they’d be working for us!” I almost fell to the floor laughing at the smug way she said it, like it was impossble or something. If what she says is correct, however – the people responsible for these viruses should be sending their resume to Apple ASAP!

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THIS…IS…

sparta!…Sparta? Maybe.
I was chatting with Laura the other nite and saying that I’ve noticed that ever since the movie ’300′ came out (which was a great flick, don’t get me wrong) that we are enduring copycat movies with some dude yelling (a la ‘This is SPARTA!’)…like “Beowulf” (view trailer) and now “Doomsday” (view trailer).

Beowulf gives you “I AM BEOWULF!” and in the Doomsday one you even get TWO of them!

“THIS…IS…OUR CITY!” and “THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD!”

Not really sure where I’m going with this, just an observation.

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Home at last

Think I am just getting accustomed to East Coast time again…What a trip! Overall it was a pretty crazy experience…just too bad the result of the game wasn’t what we’d hoped for.

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Super Bowl bound

Long day today, but after much craziness all is well. My first Super Bowl is now on the horizon…should be an interesting couple of weeks! Stay tuned, hope to give some updates right in this space.

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Happy 2008

Happy 2008Happy New Year everyone. Hope you’re enjoying my website! Be sure to check out both ‘screens’ oh the Photo Gallery, as there are 16 separate galleries to look at. The second screen is mostly specific places (Boston, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, to name a few).

You’ll also notice the Amazon.com mp3 search on the bottom left of the homepage. Amazon has recently begun offering mp3 downloads on their site (ala iTunes) and where these are DRM-Free, I feel its my obligation to spread the word. And of course, I get a little something from Amazon for each mp3 that gets downloaded through searching on my site.

Let me know what you think of the new layout – leave a comment!