jan 9

Personal Notes

Apologies for the navel-gazing nature of this post, but a lot has happened in my life lately, and since this is ostensibly a personal blog (hi Mom!), here are some notes on recent personal events:

+ At work, we recently launched this new little site: NBCOlympics.com. The winter games are in Torino, Italy in February.

+ Friends, family, and pretty much all of Minneapolis already knows this, but I've never officially announced it to the estranged readers of Fimoculous: After the Olympics, I will be moving to Seattle, where I took a new job at MSNBC.com. As you probably know, MSNBC.com is co-owned by NBC and Microsoft, so I'll be working on the Microsoft campus in a fun new capacity. I'll have more to say about it later, but in the meantime... Seattle, holla fo' me, yo.

+ I was hoping to make an exciting announcement on the future of MNspeak (my local citizen journalism site) by now, but we're still sorting that out. Soon....

+ The annual list of lists got some press attention again this year. A sampling: NY Times mention (text), WCCO story (video), WAMC interview (audio), Rocketboom mention (video), Rex Blog interview (text).

+ For City Pages' annual "Artists Of The Year", I wrote about Arianna Huffington (second entry).

+ I have an essay in the new book Digital Think from the New Media Institute.

+ Random quote in a Pioneer Press story about the effect blogging will have on the '06 political season: "I'm not sure those kinds of blogs are going to change anything in the world."

That's all for now. My '06 resolution: Make Fimoculous cool again.


Congrats on the super secret job! Even if it is at Microsoft.

posted by John at 9:21 AM on January 10, 2006

I LOVE Seattle! I am completely envious.

posted by Cristiane at 10:31 PM on January 10, 2006

Stick to predicting pop culture, not financial advice, Rex. At 20-30% average profit margins, newspaper companies like Knight-Ridder are more profitable than pharmaceutcals right now. They're just not sexy, so the details are apparently off your Fimoculous radar. This piece about it is online, so it must be true: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/yhoo/story.asp?source=blq/yhoo&siteid=yhoo&dist=yhoo&guid=%7B0B759CFE%2DDBAA%2D4E8B%2DB762%2D814A3ACF798C%7D

posted by Dan Koeck at 2:53 PM on January 12, 2006

Uh, I know very well the financials of newspapers. But I wouldn't recommend you take my advice in pop culture or media finance. Anyway, that one article is a drop in the pond of 10 per day predicting otherwise. I'm not a sage -- I've just got worthless opinions.

posted by Rex at 5:04 PM on January 12, 2006

Here's a holla from seattle.. Hopefully you'll enjoy it here. Right now we're riding out the second longest consecutive rainy day streak in our recorded history. Good luck at MS, though bummer that it looks like you'll be working in Redmond, which is definitely not Seattle.

posted by Jesse at 4:20 PM on January 13, 2006

From your Huffington article, v. good, btw,: "Sometime in the middle of summer, right around the time your mom signed up for a MySpace account"...spot on Rex, spot on.

posted by Lisa at 4:36 PM on January 13, 2006

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