I am still alive

Dear avid Diary readers, just wanted to let you know I am still alive and well. 9 more days of grad school (for this semester), and then I’ll be back to writing every day. So Dec. 9th, its on…lots to discuss.

This week we published the case study, finishing off white paper (due on Fri), then present on Monday. Then I have my Econ final on Fri Dec.8th. Then its time to party.
Next semester is Data Analysis and Marketing, two things I know a little about.

Jams of the day:

1) Andrew Bird – Fake Palindromes

2) Uncle Tueplo – Steal the Crumbs

3) Pearl Jam – Sometimes

4) Coldplay – Shiver

5) The Who – Naked Eye

6) Damien Rice – Cold Water

7) Ryan Adams – Desire

8) U2 – New Years Day

9) Editors – Release

10) REM – Sweetness Follows

11) Decemberists – Eli, the Barrow Boy


Surviving Grad School Vol.23

Took my econ exam tonite, and I am currently brain dead. I think i did ok… I busted out what I knew on the equimarginal principle to the best of my abilities.

I am actually going to start using the sunk cost concept in all of decision making for now on. Seriously.

In the other class, one of our team members bailed on us, meaning he dropped out of school. So we now have 3 team members and 3 weeks til we present. Still need to finalize whitepaper, case study, and come up with some sort of relatively interesting 40 min presentation on the Long Tail. I am thinking of a laser light show with Pink Floyd blaring. Honestly, I still have no clue, so the Pink Floyd thing is as good of an idea as any. Fun times, let me tell you.

I can’t say I’ve slept much lately, as this stuff has pretty much worn me down. That and this plague/cold/illness has stuck around for like a month. But its only 3 more weeks. I can make it.

tomorrow i get to refocus on Long Tail after the last 5 days of econ absorption.

Supposedly Thanksgiving is next week, I had no idea.

The Fantastic Fantasy College Basketball Website is Live!

Shameless plug, part 2…

So, I had posted a few weeks on the Fantasy College Basketball Website my friends have put together, and now I’m offering more details on the games to be played at Coast 2 Coast Games.

First the address: http://www.coast2coastgames.com/
The site went live this week, and I think it looks rather snazzy:


Here is some info on types of games

About Our Fantasy Games

We offer three types of games, and they all operate within whichever major conference you choose. Only players from that conference and regular-season conference games are used. Each conference’s schedule is divided into units we call Blocks, of which there are 17-20 in a season, depending on the conference. As the manager of a Fantasy Team, you set your starting five for each Block of conference games and, of course, earn Fantasy Points from the real-life statistics recorded by your players.


  • Put your knowledge of college basketball to the test. In the Single-Season game, you manage a roster of 10 players. You can draft your players in a live online draft, trade them with other league members, and cut them to pick up free agents. Leagues consist of up to 10 Fantasy Teams and can be either public, where you are assigned to a league, or a private league with your friends.

Keeper League

  • Turn your franchise into a dynasty with the Keeper League, simply the best sport in cyberspace! After the initial 10-player draft, there’s a supplemental draft each year, and now you can trade your picks as well as your players (and waiver position), even in the off-season. Individual leagues can choose how many players stay on rosters from season to season.

Open League

  • The Open League is a simple introduction to Fantasy College Basketball. It’s a big free-for-all with no rosters where everyone competes against everyone. Just pick your starting five for each block out of all players in the conference. Bonus points are awarded for starting players that few other people did.

What Web Numbers are Real?

Snagged this off of Dr.Newmark’s blog (now in blogroll), as it involves web metrics:

Web Numbers: What’s Real?
Essentially, the idea is you can’t trust the numbers of so-called external web metric rating services. I actually had messed around with the one called Alexa last year as I was trying to look at Lenovo compared to other PC vendors and was convinced it was bogus. Looks like other folks feel the same way.

So, how would you go about gauging sites, especially when trying to allocate ad dollars etc?

Should there be some sort of official, universally accepted standards that all companies adhere to in determining true traffic? Like SEC accounting rules for Web Metrics? How bought a federally mandated web metrics tag for all sites?! Maybe some crazy alogrithm that can be based on Google searches or something, since they essentially run the web now. Not sure what the answer would be, but it’ll probably end up as another highly questionable reach calculation like the ones they’ve used forever with tv and radio.