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December 14th, 2007

Happy Holidays and stuff

October 23rd, 2007

Random Thoughts: Mid October 2007

I’ve been doing and running BootsnAll for 9 full years once November hits. Hard to believe it. I’m 34 years old now. That makes it 26.4% of my life that I have been building this travel website with great friends and passionate colleagues.

Many of you know that we don’t just do travel websites anymore. We have tried a few things over the years, and the community that has grown the most is the World Cup Blog community. We recently re-launched it in preparation for South Africa 2010. New team blogs for the teams that were not part of the final 32 in 2006. We use a version of WordPress MU for this site. For Germany 2006, MU was a platform that was just not ready for what we needed, so we took a standard WordPress install and hacked the crap out of it to make it work. I am glad to see MU mature.

Someone asked me the other day, “Keener, where is your next trip planned for” – and besides some stuff around the states, I don’t have anything planned. This may be the 1st time in 9 years that I was not planning/hankering to get away. Been exploring the USA and Canada a bit more the past few years after neglecting it for overseas stuff. I feel lucky to live in a place that has just about every type of environment form Mountains to oceans, deserts to rain forest. It’s all here! I have 2 more trips to Vegas this year (to make it 5 for the year) – but that just doesn’t feel like travel to me – more like an amusement park that gets you there cuz every conference is there as well.

Check out Alex Bainbridge’s Blog on Travel Industry. Well done sir.

September 11th, 2007

Chris Heidrich as a Young Lad

September 5th, 2007

Men Seek Beauty, Women Want Wealth

Me mum this article to me today.

Reading it makes me wonder about these things and is that what I am looking for? Is that what females are looking for? I’m thinking that yes, these are major points, but it is not the whole story. Sure makes us seem like the animals that we are, eh? Nick mentioned similar thoughts to me years ago. I reckon he is a man ahead of his time in many ways.

May 10th, 2007

Poop Patrol: Dog Crap Bags

I usually get the basic blue dog crap bags, but they were out of them at Petsmart the other day. So we had to get the next best thing. Poop Patrol system Cracked me up bigtime reading this.
Poop Patrol

April 10th, 2007

Happiness and Success

What is happiness? What is success? Tough things to define for everyone. For some success = money. Others is might be time. What does it mean to by happy? Are you happy?

Been readying a lot of articles lately on both of these topics. I reckon being happy and being successful are correlated. Just read this article this morning on being a good designer

Here are the 7 things needed from the above article:

# Work quickly. Produce a lot.

# Attend to details.

# Be versatile.

# Make an effort to learn.

# Anticipate problems.

# Set goals.

# Display a positive attitude.

I’d say that this list is also applicable to anyone that works on a team or in a team environment. I have worked with all sorts of people over the years – and the most important attribute on the above list in my opinion (though all are) – is to Display a positive attitude. There are so many reasons why this is so important. Not having a positive attitude, colors all the other attributes in a negative light and reflects poorly on the team you work with.

Smile. Even if you fake it, a real one often follows shortly thereafter to brighten an attitude and the folks around you. With a positive attitude – the 7 habits above are much easier to integrate.

April 2nd, 2007

NCAA, Hotels, Books and other stuff

  • Watching the NCAA championship. Ohio State vs Florida. Reminds me that I sorta liveblogged Uof I vs North Carolina at the airport on the way to travelling around the world. Florida up by 11 with a few minutes left in the 1st half. Doesn’t look like they have a chance.
  • We are still re-launching and re-designing legacy parts of BootsnAll. Last week we got the Hotels section sorted. We think it is way more user friendly than previous versions.
  • Been reading a tonne of books lately. I’ll try to write up little reviews about them shortly.
  • There are 32 Offside Soccer Blogs now. Wow. This community of bloggers is fantastic, interesting, and addictive to readers like me.
  • We didn’t do an April Fools joke this year for the 2nd straight year after doing it for 4 of the previous years. Skobb pulled a quickie on the Boards though. Well done.
  • March 27th, 2007

    How to Prevent the Kathy Sierra Situation

    Lots of folks are blogging about the Kathy Sierra death threat yesterday and today.

    These posts will give you most of the background:

    Kathy Sierra original post
    Rageboy response
    Pirillo’s thoughts

    From the reading I am done – looks like some of the death threats came from Spain IP addresses or from anonymous postings.

    Identities online are easily masked. Would an identity system like OpenID help prevent stuff like this? Seems like lotsa folks get keyboard agro and post whatever when it is not tied to themselves/identity. Most folks that I have met after they have “gone off” online are pussycats in person.

    I like the accountability of identity management or whatever the correct wording of it is. It is just too easy to be an anonymous coward online.

    March 21st, 2007

    Notes for Career Day at Cedar Park Middle School

    Introduction and biography bits

    Who are you? What do you care about?
    What grade? What kinda stuff career wise is on your mind?

    Who am I?
    Business Owner
    I have been a journalist/reporter and do/have hired dozens of them.
    Computer Engineer– I helped build BootsnAll’s website for the first 5+ years and can still “build websites”
    Graphic Artist – I have done a bit of this, have 2 that work for me – and work with many of them.

    Why am I here.
    Mr. G asked me to come in and speak with y’all and I like hearing from younger folks about what is up.

    Why should you care
    The #1 reason you should care is because no matter what your situation is. If you think you are smart/not so smart. Strong/not as strong – you CAN do just about whatever you want with your life at this point.

    Things going for you:
    1) Young – you are still learning and no matter how good/bad you have done to this point, you can decided to improve and start to being better and following your passions
    2) You are in school today: This one is huge. No matter how much you hate it or love it, we do have an excellent education system compared to the majority of the world.
    3) Clubs – join the ones that interest you. get involved in things that interest you.
    4) Classes – find some topic in high school/ college that you like and go for it hard. Like you life depends on it.
    5) Passion and follow-through at this point in your life can help you do what you want todo.
    6) Connection to the world – things like the internet open up a tonne of possibilities

    I figured out about 15 years ago that I can do whatever I want. It might be difficult to get there, but I never give up when I want to do something.

    Benefits of owning a business:


    How do you do this?

    Don’t be afraid to fail/make mistakes.

    #1 thing to take away from today if you can’t remember anything else. BE POSITIVE. Think that you can do it even if you can’t now. Having a positive attitude will take you soooooooooooo muuuuuuccchhhhh farther in life than the negative nellie stuff. Train yourself to be positive.

    February 28th, 2007

    February 2007 is done and I am a fat prick

    So I blogged everyday in January but blew it bigtime this month. Oh well.

    If you come to my blog most days and don’t find anything and wish that I was more consistent, consider subscribing to my RSS feed. Just like VentureBlog man says here, you will receive it when I write instead of checking it on

    Check out I am and have been using google apps on it since it came out. Pretty handy stuff. If you are a friend of mine or think you are and want your domain set-up on this for yourself…let me know – I’ll set dis up for your man!

    A month ago I considered posting that I am a fat prick…well, cuz, I am. A few other bloggers that I read were thinking the same thing and started fatblogging. I reckon I’ll join in and try to publicly embarrass myself as further motivation not to eat like I did in high school/college…. as fast and as much as possible. Of course, as I age – I keep eating and my activity level goes down. So starting today, when I post – I’ll post what I did today exercise wise and my current weight for that extra bit of motivation.

    Exercise: Walk so far – maybe gym/run later
    Weight: 239.2 (I think I weigh more than Matt Suhey when he was fullback for the bear ’85 team)

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