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Still another (let’s hope final) update: the revised PowerPoint of this presentation is now online.

I’m presenting Part Two of a blogging workshop Thursday, May 13th, 10 am at Cincinnati’s Return to Work Center. It’s based in large part on my experiences with this blog and another I maintain and sometimes contribute to. It’s aimed at newbies and those contemplating starting a blog. The focus of part one was on starting a blog; this one will look at what should go in it.

Thanks to Lisa Slutsky and the helpful gang at the Return to Work Center for asking me back.

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Since moving to Cincinnati we’ve made occasional efforts to replicate some of the kinds of Southern plantings we were used to (azalea and dogwood in SC, rhododendron and mountain laurel in the NC mountains). Mostly these attempts have not been successful. A few people north of the Ohio do have azaleas, but there are more across the river in Kentucky. Our hypothesis is that the soil in our yard is not acidic enough, so Jenny has been adding coffee grounds.

Finally we had nice blooms on a few struggling rhododendra this year. I hope this is a sign of another good spring, and more to come.

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Former Red Adam Dunn in strikeout mode against John Smoltz (Wikimedia Commons)

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about living in the Cincinnati area for the past 12 years is becoming a fan of baseball, especially the always-promising-but-rarely-delivering Reds. I’ve never gotten into the standard mania for statistics that true aficions have, but I have to say that I’m intrigued by some of the discoveries of the sabermetricians in recent years. To wit:

John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer had a column this week about the bad hitting luck of right fielder Jay Bruce. He has an amazing throwing arm, and at times has shown great promise at the plate. But what sank him last year was his BABIP — last in the National League at .221 (the average in baseball is .298).

What is BABIP, you say (or not)? It’s Batting Average for Balls in Play (struck balls that are between the lines and in the ball park, i.e. not fouls or home runs). You can have a lousy batting average overall, but if more than about 20% of the ones you do put in play give you a hit, you’re better than poor Jay Bruce. You’ve heard of hittin’ ’em where they ain’t — Bruce apparently hits ’em where they is.

I like discoveries like this because they’re counterintuitive (my skeptical side) and yet explanatory (my wanting to believe side). So I’m waiting with heart pounding for Bruce’s average to get stronger (ba-bip . . . ba-BIP . . . BABIP!)

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MacSE from Wikimedia Commons

This morning I presented the blogging workshop I wrote about in a previous post. Amazingly, not one of the folks who showed up at Cincinnati’s Return to Work Center were blogging right now, but several of them seemed eager to try (possibly today!). So I definitely hit the target audience.

I had several requests to make available the PowerPoint from the session. It’s a little more information-oriented than some presentations I’ve done, so it’s probably a good candidate. Not every presentation makes sense without commentary, but I guess this one does. There’s no audio — I guess you had to be there.

I’m also trying to post this on my LinkedIn profile via SlideShare. SlideShare tells me the presentation exists, but I’m not seeing it in my profile. Hmmm.

Like all my presentations, I created this in Keynote on a Mac. But I don’t have a fast laptop these days, and because of concerns that the room might be set up only for PCs, I made up a PowerPoint version which is pretty close. That’s what’s linked here.

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We’re number 1!

Cincinnati's favorite son

Yes, it’s true. After years of languishing in the middle of just about every index, Cincinnati has clawed its way to the top. We’ve officially been declared (by the Daily Beast) “America’s Craziest City.”

It’s a badge we’ll probably wear with typical Midwestern modesty. Not to put on airs or anything, but any city which can boast Pete Rose, Marge Schott, chili that isn’t really chili*, Jerry Springer, a skyscraper with a tiara and award-winning bathrooms can’t be all sane.

*Full disclosure: I love Cincinnati chili, but it isn’t what most people think of as chili. Jenny and I prefer to call it Macedonian spaghetti.

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Winter snow

from the front porch

Cincinnati got hit with just the right amount of snow yesterday, and at just the right time – late on a Friday night. Many people left work an hour or two early, but it didn’t really start accumulating until after dark.

The winter storm warning is due to expire at 6 pm Saturday, but as of noon it looks as if all the precipitation has essentially stopped. There is (or was) a snow emergency, I suppose to keep traffic off the road. But I hear a good bit of it at 12:40 Saturday. Still, we’re encouraged to shovel out today, because it’s going to get colder and stay that way.

I’m sorry for my sister Jean in the Blue Ridge mountains. They’re getting a ton of it, just one of many storms this winter that keep her snowed in. She uses a wood stove for heat and has a generator to keep her well pump from freezing. Talk about resilience.

But here: No traffic. No reason to go out (unless we want to – maybe we’ll go bring in some firewood from the pile). By tomorrow, and certainly by Monday, the roads should be OK. Our city of Wyoming does a great job with street cleaning if we need it. Our tax dollars at work.

This is about the only thing that’s good about my not working in radio right now. I’m not thinking “We’d all better get to the station and keep it on the air.” I’m listening to Van Morrison and the Chieftains. Surfing the web. Baking bread. Taking photos. Thinking about, but not yet, shoveling the driveway. Not a bad day.

Here’s a short photo gallery. Technically these are in color, but I really like the almost-monochromatic look.

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[This entry was published as a Letter to the Editor in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Friday 9/4/09.]

MartyandThomI had just left an appointment in O’Bryonville and decided to return home through town. It was a perfect sunny day to cruise along the river on Columbia Parkway; to stop and have a pastrami sandwich at Izzy’s; to look at the dinosaurs at the Museum Center; to listen to Mary and Thom call a day game. Marty was praising the things he loves about Cincinnati, and launched into a spontaneous, heartfelt and moving reminiscence of Erich Kunzel. Marty and Thom, the perfect pair to listen to and mourn with on a perfect Cincinnati day. Thanks.

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Erich Kunzel, 1935-2009

kunzelClassical music lost an irreplaceable friend today with the death of Erich Kunzel, maestro of the Cincinnati Pops. And Cincinnati, where I live, is especially in mourning. It’s difficult to overestimate the impact of Kunzel’s genius at making classical and pops music exciting, accessible and — dare I say it — fun.

Kunzel  changed the face of Pops, indeed all of classical music, through his performances, dozens of Telarc recordings and national televised concerts. I never met him personally, but we were very gratified that our son John had the chance to perform with the Pops as a member of the Cincinnati Boychoir and later, of the May Festival Youth Chorus.  Here’s a link to today’s Cincinnati Enquirer coverage.

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TSMmediaThe Tri-State Media Watch blog has a wrap-up of awards won recently by the former WMUB, for work done in 2008:

This has been sitting in the email box for a bit…

We got all of this via email from Friend of TSMW John Hingsbergen, the “Program Director in Exile” of WMUB-FM 88.5/Oxford (which now is a repeater of WVXU 91.7/Cincinnati).

WMUB received a whole mess of awards at two different ceremonies recently. The first list is from the Public News Directors, Inc. the weekend of 6-13/14, in what they call Division C (those with only 1-2 full time news staff):

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View from a deck

Deck view

Deck view

This is the view from our back deck, taken just before sunrise. Daytime temperatures are very pleasant right now in Cincinnati, but mornings are still a little chilly for me. Still, it’s too nice not to stroll out here. This is the reason we built it.

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