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Podcast Academy 3 in Santa Clara, California will be June 15-16, 2006

Podcast Academy 3 in Santa Clara, California will be June 15-16, 2006.  This will include a live recording of the podcast This Week in Tech (TWIT) with Leo Laporte on the 16th of June. This academy will be sponsored and hosted by Yahoo!   The maximum number of attendees is 110 so register soon!

The curriculum so far (according to the above link)

  • Podcast Gear for Any Budget (Paul Figgiani)
  • Making Money in Podcasting (Michael Geoghegan)
  • Recording and Editing Interviews (Dierdre Kennedy)
  • Beyond the Audio (Darusha Wehm)
  • All About Microphones (Doug Kaye)

Beer Snob's Guide To Wine News

GrapeRadio has announced a new partnership with Wine Business Monthly to bring “Daily Wine News” to their site and to subscribers via RSS.

Fast Company (May 2006) noted that the following "wine" blogs are worth their weight in grape futures:




Poor Marlins - Baseball's Great Divide

The recent ESPN magazine noted that the 2006 payroll for the Marlins baseball team was $15 million. There are 12 major league players that make more in one year then the Marlins complete payroll.  They are:

  1. Alex Rodriquez, Yankees, $25.7 million
  2. Derek Jeter, Yankees, $20.6 million
  3. Jason Giambi, Yankees, $20.4 million
  4. Barry Bonds, Giants $20.0 million
  5. Jeff Bagwell, Astros, $19.4 million
  6. Mike Mussina, Yankees, $19.0 million
  7. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, $18.3 million
  8. Todd Helton, Rockies, $16.6 million
  9. Andy Pettitte, Astros, $16.4 million
  10. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, $16.2 million
  11. Randy Johnson, Yankees, $15.7 milion
  12. Chan Ho Park, Padres, $15.3 million

Summary of Our New York City Trip

Thursday (4/6):

Friday (4/7):

Saturday (4/8):

  • Rainy day in NYC :-(
  • Some shopping in Midtown
  • Meeting up with Christy's high-school friend Judy:
    • Dinner in SoHo at Ino (excellent food & wine!)
    • Drinks in SoHo at The Room with (spotted Mike Myers drinking a hefeweizen - no picture though because he is paparazzi-savvy and he expertly dodged our 'staged' tourist picture attempt)

Sunday (4/9):

Monday (4/10):

Tuesday (4/11):

Wednesday (4/12):

Thursday (4/13):

  • Last minute gift purchasing
  • Fly from LGA to DEN to SAN (ran into a co-worker at LGA's security screening who was in NYC with her daughter for Spring Break)

Lessons Learned From New York City (NYC) Vacation

I learned a few lessons from our recent trip to New York City (99% in Manhattan):

  • Walking in New York is great exercise and very safe.
  • The subways in Manhattan are excellent and easy to figure out.
  • People (both locals and tourists) were extremely friendly and helpful.
  • Don't take your pocket knife with you to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (it will be confiscated and re-sold on eBay).
  • SoHo is a great area for shopping, eating, and drinking.
  • Taxi drivers are very good at avoiding situations that normally result in an accident.
  • Always make sure it is safe to cross the street in the crosswalks.  Do not follow the crowd unless you know what you are doing.
  • When the hotel reviews say the rooms are very small, believe them.
  • Times Square should be experienced at least once, and then avoided if you are at all in a hurry.
  • If you want a Starbucks, and you can't see one where you are standing, then walk a block and I'm pretty sure you'll see one then.