Utterzcast: Can you drop off the grid?





After a day off spent largely off the grid, I wondered: are we worried about a power loss for our online presence? Will a day away kill you, digitally? It’s actually refreshing to disconnect priodically, even if it’s not 100%. You don’t read my crap every day anyway. Don’t worry, I don’t read yours every day either. But I do keep coming back…

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Utterzcast: preparing for your marathon





With the Boston Marathon just past, my thoughts turn to: how do you prepare for YOUR marathon, that event or task that looms on your calendar? Are you methodical? Do you wing it? Something in between?

With the Pan Mass Challenge approaching in August, certainly thinking on this.

By the way if you care to sponsor my ride, use the ChipIn link on the right at http://doughaslam.com/

Donations benefit the Jimmy Fund, fo research and treatment of cancer in children.

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Pan Mass Challenge: Start of Outdoor Training


I know the Boston Marathon is getting all the attention as I write this, but I finally got on the bike outside this weekend, to officially kick off the outdoor training phase for the Pan Mass Challenge (www.pmc.org). Short ride, but it felt great and the newly-tuned up bike feels incredible.

I also got to fool around with the handlebar camera mount, as you can see. Lesson learned; turning the Flip camera to the side minimizes the "shaky cam" effect. I have no idea why.

As for fundraising– the PMC is a 2-day ride across Massachusetts to benefit the Jimmy Fund for treatment and cures for cancer in children. I am more than $900 toward my fundraising goal of $3,400, die to a number of generous friends out there. From here, I only need 250 of my friends on Utterz, Twitter and elsewhere to sponsor me at $10 (or 125 of you at $20 each), and we’re there.

To sponsor my ride, use the ChipIn widget at the right on http://doughaslam.com/, or go directly to PMC at http://www.pmc.org/…ftinfo.asp.

Thanks to everyone who has helped so far?
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Utterzcast: What do you NOT put on the Internet?





I have talked about privacy before, but many of us like to put a lot of ourselves online, through blogs, Flickr, Twitter, etc.

What do you leave off? I leave out lots of family details, even if they are public record.

Also, there are many messages, particularly on Twitter, that I do not send, even when I am bursting to vent. Much of my online life is professional, and there are professional, competitive and ethical considerations.

So-how many messages/posts/etc. do you NOT send in a given day and why?

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Daily Rituals Part 2

This morning, it occurred to me to Twitter and blog (via Utterz) about my “daily ritual.” Specifically, what ritual do you perform every day that people better not mess with?

For me, it’s walking my son to school. Because of the time of morning, it means I get to work a few minutes later than I otherwise might, but it is one of those non-negotiable parts of most of my mornings; a time for us to calm down, walk with each other, and have 10 or so minutes of father-son time to start our days.

So, right– don;t f**k with our morning walk to school.

After putting out the call, I got lots of great responses about morning rituals:

    “Mine is brewing a fresh pot of Bustelo coffee and ยท taking my daughter to school. I actually enjoy the morning assembly.” (“DeJongh” on Utterz)
    “Mine is washing my hair. I really hate it when something interposes itself between me and the time I have to wash it.” (Maria Garcia, blog comment)
    “My Rite is the first cup of coffee and webcomics when I first get to the office. I arrive 15min early just to.make sure I have time!” (Neil Simmons on Twitter)
    “Walking my dogs – I used to love walking my daughter to school – she gets married in 2 weeks – my enduring memory the school walk” (Robert Paterson on Twitter)

I love these responses. They’re little glimpses into everyone’s lives and thinking.

What I neglected to ask, though some of you answered for me, is WHY?

So:

    What is your daily ritual?

    Why is it your ritual?

    And what would you do if someone f**ked with it?