Monthly Archives: December 2006

Me and Dylan




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Loving every minute of being a father.

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

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Hazen’s Top 10 Albums of 2006

I love this time of year as most music sites list their top 10 albums, and I will add my take…

1) The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

2) Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

3) TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
4) Bob Dylan – Modern Times

5) Drive by Truckers – A Blessing and a Curse

6) The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers

7) Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

8) Twilight Singers – Powder Burns

9) Calexico – Garden Ruin

10) Beck – The Information

Tagged…I am it

I knew this would come to me at some point and indeed Esteban tagged me as the tag game runs across blogistan.

I am completing this post in the hospital, using their wifi.

The concept essentially is to tell 5 things about yourself you wouldn’t otherwise post on your blog and then Tag 5 more people.

So here we go…

1) I am actually at this very moment waiting for the birth of my first child who is currently 8 days overdue. His code name is ‘Baby Bok Choy’ based on the cabbage you can find at the grocery store. It just sounds funny to me, so I am pretty sure he’ll be ‘Bok’ for life. And I’ll make sure to turn him into a left handed middle relief pitcher, so he can pitch for 20 plus years and take care of me when I am older. Plus, I can then live my major league dreams vicariously through him. and get free tickets to games. UPDATE : Dylan has arrived.

2) Despite the fact I have built up a decent knowledge of computers and techincal kind of stuff, I have zero formal training in any of this. Most everything I know is based on buying a book and learning code from other web sites and mutating it. I was a Marketing major destined to design creative campaigns and whatnot. Fate thought otherwise, but at some point I want to use my knowledge of metrics to do marketing campaigns, based solely on metrics.

3) Before I ended up in business school at Appalachian State and now MBA at NC State, I was an aspiring artist in my youth. I was heavily involved with all kinds of art, even winning some contests, until one day hit a wall creatively and couldn’t draw or paint anything that I thought was worth anything. At some point in college, I decided to switch to music as a creative outlet and have never looked back. While I’ll never be as good as musician as I am an artist, I find it more rewarding.

4) I am the only person in my family to never go to school at the University of Virgina, though I was born there. I went to Appalachian State to get into physical therapy school, however, I was in the last registration group and all the science courses were booked up, so my advisor told me to take an economics course to take care of an elective. The rest as they say is history as I was admitted to the biz school my freshman year.

5) I’ve broken at least 11 bones in my body from sports injuries (mainly baseball), including my right wrist 4 times. The effects of diving after flyballs in the outfield are still being felt by me.

I’ll update further with who I’ve tagged..

Baby Dylan




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Well, I’ve never mentioned it before on this blog, but for the past 42 weeks, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new baby boy, Dylan James Hazen. And we are estatic he is finally here!

Born 10:42 am on Dec. 27th
Weighs 7 lbs 15 oz
21 1/2 inches in length

Two proud parents!

The Appalachian Dynasty

Back to back titles for my Mountaineers of Appalachian State!

Time to flip over cars in Boone and grab some moonshine. Just kidding, but really happy for Boone nation.

Watching them tonite brought back the memories of games in the ridiculous Hoth-like cold and snow and loving every minute of it. Good times.

And the future is still bright as our quarterback is a frosh and our running back is a junior. Speaking of our running back, Kevin Richardson scored 4 td’s in the championship, giving him a Tecmo Bowlish 30 TDs for the season. Unreal.

Just a great game for App State, and a great day for Mountaineers everywhere.

Back to Back to Back next year!

Omniture Genesis introduced

Continuing towards more marketing integration, Omniture releases Genesis:

To see demo: http://www.omniture.com/product_tours/genesis

It’ll be interesting to see how integrated it really is with the various marketing vendors such as email and ad serving companies. I’d also like to see if you can control ad serving budgets just like you can with Search Engine Marketing via SearchCenter. One major bummer about Genesis is I think it costs extra.

You can see the beginnings of the holy grail where you tie all this stuff to your CRM and CMS systems. Then this stuff gets crazy scary.

I still need to figure out how to get the Web 2.0 Optimization stuff working in Omniture, as the documentation is severely lacking at present.

The thing I’ve been really impressed with Omniture, so far, is that there is a constant stream of new features and products every couple of months, instead of one monster release that takes them 2 years. Some other companies have that problem, so its nice to be surprised with new things periodically.

1st Semester Survival and other musings

Greetings…so first semester is in the can.

Took my econ final on Friday, and I probably got a 40. thank god for a curve.

Finished up the Long Tail project with the ‘Lessons Learned’ today. And wow, what a painful lesson it was. The mad scramble towards the finish line was chaotic and stressful. But I am really proud we pulled it together. At some point, I’ll post our findings and maybe even the white paper.

As part of the ‘Lessons Learned’ I wondered how a manager or company can utilize stress in an effective way towards meeting an objective. It really is an art-form. My group agreed that when our feet were finally being singed by the flames, we got hyper-focused and knocked out a tremendous amount of work in a week or so. But in the process there were many sleepless nites and near breakdowns. So how can you harness that manic energy without wanting to kill yourself in the process? That to me comes down to vision. If a manager, team, company can create that unifying vision, that ultimate prize, than people can do amazing things. For most of the semester we didn’t have that vision to point to, and our project meandered without a purpose. Coming up with the vision early on could have helped. Granted having a vague topic like we had and losing team members along the way didn’t help either. But the vision could, it just took us til the end to get the ephianies we needed to finish the project and make it somewhat worthwhile. Anyways…we got thru it. barely.

so now back to the work I’ve neglected for the past 4 to 6 weeks. and more importantly back to blogistan. I’ll try to knock out some of the stuff I have in queue this week. Its good to be back.