If you are like me and DVR sports from time to time, you know how tempting it can be to fast forward to the good parts.
Evan Schumacher’s ShouldIWatch.com is a website that will help people decide if they want to watch their DVR’ed games, without knowing the final score or who won. It only lets you see if one team got blown out, the other team got blown out or if the game overall was a blowout.
I would love to see a site like this for English Premier League and other soccer games that includes other readily accessible data like total goals, shots, yellow cards, red cards and fouls. This would tell me if a game was worth watching. I could create an “excitement formula” to give a score to tell me whether a game was worth watching.
I am sure this would be easy to do and people could change the weight of the data to fit their preferences for exciting matches. This way, I could decide if I wanted to spend 90 valuable minutes of my free time watching a boring 0-0 draw without knowing the outcome beforehand.
Will the iPhone loose its “cool” factor by being sold at WalMart? Will other iPhone users be mad that they paid $300+ earlier and now can get them at WalMart for $99?
It’s a big gamble, but I think it will pay off. Apple is clearly trying to make the iPhone as ubiqitious as the iPod. It will be interesting to see if it works out.
When Mark Attanasio purchased the Brewers, he paid $223 million, or $17 million less than the Yankees are going to pay their #1 and #2 starters.
So much for the economic downturn affecting baseball…
Here’s a list of my favorite books of 2008. These weren’t necessarily books published in 2008, but were books that I read this year and enjoyed.
- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2007)
- Pop! Why Bubbles are Great for the Economy – Daniel Gross (2007)
- Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond (2005)
- Gang Leader for a Day: A Rouge Sociologist Takes to the Streets – Sudhir Venkatesh (2008)
- How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization – Franklin Foer (2005)