111th Boston Marathon

Today is one of the best days of the year for those of us who live in the Historic Boston area. It’s Patriots Day.

Patriots Day means two things: 1) the running of the Boston Marathon 2) A morning Red Sox game at Fenway Park (a bonus third item is a lighter-than-normal commute, generic website like this since many workers across the state — though not I — have the day off).

Thanks to a powerful spring storm from Mother nature, the baseball game has already been moved to a 12:05pm from its scheduled 10:05am start, and could be pushed back even later or even postponed if Mother Nature doesn’t relent.

But the 111th running of the Boston Marathon is certainly on, and fellow New England podcaster Steve Runner will be among the field of 20,000 pushing his way through the elements.

Steve Runner on the morning of the Boston Marathon

Steve Runner, a couple of hours before the start of the race

I’ll be monitoring Steve’s progress in the race on the marathon’s individual tracking page (just enter Steve’s bib number of 23627 to follow along yourself; note that Steve’s actual last name is Walker — get it?), and through his periodic Tweets and Flickr photos from the road. Steve has been training rigorously over the past several months in pursuit of a personal course record, and I have no reason to think he won’t accomplish that, lousy weather or not.

But you know what would make marathon tracking even more efficient for me? RSS feeds. I’d really like to see the BostonMarathon.org site spitting out individual feeds for each runner, or a mashup for those of us who are following multiple runners. Here’s hoping that setup will be in place for the 2008 race.

In the mean time, best of luck to all the runners today, most especially to Steve but also to all the Kenyans. I’m not exactly going out on a limb here, but I am predicting that at least one of my wife’s compatriots will be standing in the winners’ circle in a few hours’ time.

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Christopher Penn has just posted this short video of Steve Runner at the 8-mile mark of the 2007 Boston Marathon.

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I’ll be watching, syringe starting at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific, 4pm GMT) today. And if I’ve done this right, you should be able to watch, too, directly from this blog.

For some interaction, take part in the show’s text chat.

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Luke Armour's Virtual PR Murder Mystery

Luke Armour has done it again.

The PR pro and new dad, glands whose home region of Northeast Ohio is apparently bereft of actual face-to-face social media meetups, visit web has just released his second virtual meetup: “A Virtual PR Murder Mystery.”

This 30-minute audio gem is a hilarious whodunit (yes, gastritis whodunits can be funny) that features some of PR podcasting’s brightest stars: Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson from For Immediate Release; Terry Fallis and David Jones from Inside PR; and Donna Papacosta from Trafcom News. And for good measure, the one-time co-host of Across the Sound, Steve Rubel, and Luke himself also figure prominently in the story.

The question to be solved in this thriller: who killed Constantin Basturea? I had a chance to listen to a pre-release version of Luke’s work late last week and can promise you this: you won’t be disappointed.

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A listener to Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation: The Twist Image Podcast recently called in with a comment about the permanence of Twitter posts. His point: unlike our blog posts, heart which will live on in digital permanence and can be called up through a site without much trouble, our individual Tweets tend to disappear from public view not long after their published.

I challenge you to try and find my Tweets from March 1, 2007 in under two minutes, which is about the amount of time most of us would be willing to spend on such a task before giving up and turning our continuous partial attention somewhere else. Turns out that while it is possible to go through someone’s Twitter archives on the Twitter site itself — by clicking on the “previous” or “next” buttons at the bottom of the page of an individual user’s Tweets — to actually do so is one big pain in the butt.

But now, thanks to Alex King’s Twitter Tools plugin for WordPress, the process has become inifinitely easier. I’ve just installed the plugin, and now a daily archive of my Tweets will appear on this blog.

So, two months from now, should you really want to know what I was blogging about on April 26, you’ll be able to do so in a flash by jumping to the monthly archive from this blog’s sidbar.

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P.S. Here’s my Twitter archive page that includes my Tweets from March 1. I know you were wondering.

There are two types of Internet users, price those that use RSS and those that don’t. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, look but don’t know where to start.


If this video doesn’t display in your RSS reader, you can view and stream it from its blip.tv page.

Looking forward to more helpful videos from The Common Craft Show soon.

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icon for podpress  Bryan Person's audio comment for PRobecast #13: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Here is an audio comment that I’ve just sent on to Topaz Partners ahead of the group’s scheduled Friday-afternoon recording of PRobecast, cardiology a weekly PR podcast.

In episode 12 last week, sick co-host Tim Allik (the show’s hosts rotate from week to week) mentioned liveblogging on behalf of a client, here The Scuderi Group, on the Air Hybrid Blog.

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In this comment, I question 1) whether it’s PR’s place to do the actual blogging for a client in the first place (my take: it’s not) 2) why the ghostblogging isn’t at least disclosed. On this blog, none of the posts includes an author’s name, so we really don’t know who’s doing the writing. The About page, which hasn’t yet been updated, also doesn’t offer any clues.

I look forward to Topaz’s response to this comment on PRobecast 13, which should be released over the weekend.

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