Previous month:
October 2006
Next month:
December 2006

Minnesota Morning

Ahh, finally Election Day. All of my political friends in the coming days will start to release the growing tension of recent weeks. It usually takes 10-14 days for the decompression phase to be completed. Looks like one set of friends will be more joyful than the other. Regardless of the winners or losers I am going to give them all a hug.

   

Yep, a hug. I saw this article Hug It Out, Bitch and I found my calling. OK, maybe not so much my calling but I do a feel a little inspired.

   

I am a big fan of live music and I have a confession to make. I watched the Country Music Awards last night and I enjoyed them. There, I feel better having disclosed that bit of information. Oh, and there was a moment when Carrie Underwood won an award and it looks like Faith Hill was not pleased. I will look for a video clip, very funny.

    

Minnesota Business Scene:

-On November 18th a group of companies from North Dakota will be in St. Paul to market themselves to skilled workers and focusing on those originally from North Dakota, North Dakota working hard to win back skilled workers.

   

    

Recruiting Blogosphere:

-Two days in a row for Shannon and Julian at EXCELER8ion. Top Ten Tips for Launching a Recruiting Blog is great timing for me. In the next week I am meeting with three local people who have interest in starting a blog and this post will be added to the information I am passing on. While one of them is not a recruiting blog the principles carry over into what this individual will be doing. I already had EXCELER8ion on the list of sources to read.

   

-I have been asked to make a presentation to a staffing organization here in Minneapolis on using social networks and blogs for business purposes. Recruiting is just a piece of it but also marketing, pr, creating a buzz, etc.

   

Regardless of the topic requested I have a unique response, “How “stiff” are the people who will be attending?” The response usually gets some laughter but it is meant to be serious. I have a very casual delivery and I am very informal.

   

I do not like standing behind a podium with my coat on. I want to walk around, ask questions, take the coat off and relax a little. And then smack, I read 5 Tips for Better Public Speaking Skills. I know I need to polish myself and be more professional. When I am with the college kids I let the language fly a little. Fortunately with the professional crowd a filter usually turns on and I do just fine.

   

   

Sports:

-Minnesota Twins

Who knew a left arm could be so special. Liriano's surgery goes well

   

-Minnesota Timberwolves

I would guess playing 4 road games in 5 nights is not an ideal situation. In losing to Sacramento last night the Timberwolves looked completely out of sync. But after watching parts of the games so far I am fairly optimistic about their season. They certainly get up the court faster and look more athletic.


Minnesota Morning

We are only hours away from being able to take back our TV sets from the political commercials that have invaded our homes in recent weeks and months. I am so happy that Election Day is near. Sure there will be lots of analysis and I suppose a race or two will go onto overtime. Hopefully all of the voter machines will work as promised. I am not holding my breath.

   

Seems like most people I know who do not live in the political world are fatigued and just want this over with.

   

I for one am in that boat. I am a junky and started tuning out six weeks ago.

   

Minnesota Business Scene:

Last week I wrote about the presentation Mark Kurtz of MindTouch did at the VISI open house. In this article Wiki company now facing Google MindTouch competitor JotSpot has been acquired by Google. Seems to me your competitor being acquired is a good thing, validates the technology and purpose, but a bad thing in who wants to compete with Google.

   

   

Recruiting Blogosphere:

Your Employees ARE Blogging - How Yahoo Uses Employee Blogs to Recruit Talent After the first of the year you will see some MN Headhunter banner ads on different web sites in Minnesota. Some of which are free and some of which are paid for. This will be my own experiment on continuing to get the word out about the site.

   

Why I stopped paying attention to Alexa David Manaster at ERE with a great post on the use of Alexa stats. I watch mine as an overall trend so for that purpose it seems consistent. (Now if I could just be more consistent with posting). The part that gets me is the ranking of sites. For those communities that are more tech oriented, San Francisco as an example, do more people use the tool bar than people in Minneapolis? In ERE’s case, do fewer corporate visitors use the Alexa tool bar because they are using machines at work? I do not know but I am curious. And yes, I do remember Techies.com.

   

I hate my recruiter While I almost always side with candidates when they say that response time is slow or that the interviewing process is unknown I do like to remind them now and again what it is like on the other side of the phone. Sure this example from Microsoft is a bit extreme but it does give you a bit of an “Inside Baseball” look.

   

   

Sports:

-Gopher Hockey, Men

The #2 ranked Gophers go to UMD and sweep the Bulldogs for the first time since 2000.

   

-Minnesota Vikings

I missed most of the 9-3 loss to the 49ers. Dang, I could have used a nap.


Minnesota Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Deaths Of Friends But Confesses On MySpace

While I am only speaking about the use of the public web page I have just as strong feelings about the drinking and driving issue and the needless loss of life.

   

In many posts I have written about the need to be careful about how much information we share online. Most if it has been focused on the college kids and Facebook and the things they say or pictures they are posting.

   

Now we have what may be the ultimate online disclosure.

   

Two months ago an 18-year-old White Bear Lake woman, Heather Tucci, drove off a road and hit a tree killing two passengers and injuring a third. Her blood alcohol level was .12, the legal limit is .08 and yes she was underage.

   

She has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation and is free on bond.

   

The family of one of the victims received word that Tucci had posted on her MySpace profile comments regarding the incident. Ramsey County attorneys have confirmed with MySpace that this indeed was Tucci’s profile.

   

For more information on the background of the story including comments from her attorney click Accused teen talks about fatal crash on MySpace

   

Here is the link to the profile, http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=47425728.

    

I do not understand why the page has not been taken down by Tucci. Would you really want to have this for everyone to see, particularly the victims family? Or your family to see your views on sex and your references to alcohol?

   

Assuming that at some point the page will be taken down here is the text of interest:

I JUST WANT TO LET EVERYONE KNOW..AUGUST 19 2006 JOE RENNER AND JOE SHAFER DIED AND ME AND SAMANTHA WERE HURT I'M SURE ALOT OF YOU REALLY DONT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT ME.. FINE WHATEVER YOU HAVE YOUR REASONS I DONT BLAME YOU BUT REALLY THINK ABOUT IT BOTH OF THEM KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING IN TO.. YES ITS MY FAULT BECAUSE I WAS THE DRIVER BUT THINK ABOUT IT HOW MANY OF YOU DID WHAT I DID.. AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE... SO JUST LIKE ME YOU TOOK THE RISK TO. NOW DONT GET ME WRONG I TAKE FULL RESPONSABILTY FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED, BUT WHEN YOU SIT AND SAY EVERYTHING YOUR SAYING THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU PROBLEY DID THE DAY BEFORE THAT OR MAYBE THAT NIGHT. YOU ALL TAKE THAT RISK.. I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN TO ME AND IT DID. I LEARNED FROM THAT I LOST TWO VERY GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE AND ALOT OF PEOPLE DID. I GUESS ALL I'M TRYING TO SAY IS LEARN FROM WHAT I DID.. ITS NOT WORTH IT. AND TO EVERYONE WHOS TALKIN SHIT ABOUT WHAT I DID.. DONT DO IT YOURSELF AND THEN YELL AT ME I'M SORRY BUT THEN YOUR A HYPOCRITE. BUT I WANT TO SAY I'M SORRY TO EVERYONE THIS HAS EFFECTED, THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TRULY I AM, I NEVER MENT TO DO THIS. LIKE I SAID PLEASE LEARN FROM WHAT I DID AND REMEMBER WHO WE LOSS

Again just speaking specifically about the case against Tucci and the use of her MySpace page, how do you defend her?


Stellent Acquired By Oracle

Another Twin Cities tech company is acquired by one of the big boys. Last year Oracle acquired Retek and this time around it gets Stellent for $440 million.

   

The good news is that the local workers jobs seem safe for now. They are getting a very talented team and this certainly sets up Oracle to be a leader in content management software. I can imagine what the folks at Stellent are thinking knowing they have access to a massive R&D budget.

   

Local coverage:

Oracle to pay $440 million for Stellent

Oracle to buy Stellent

   

National coverage:

Oracle Snares Stellent for Content Management

Oracle pulls out checkbook for Stellent 


Minnesota Morning

2 entries in 10 days, that’s a crappy record when you are starting something new but I am catching up. I told myself I was not going to bed until I finished this. It was 3 am. I went to bed at 4 am. I woke up at 9 am. Then work got in the way. I could be a much better, more prolific blogger if I could get rid of the day job…

   

Last week I promised some thoughts on the local political scene. I have even more links and larger soapbox for my politics posting. I am way more irked than I was then.

   

Here is the teaser, who the hell picks these people to run? We should start analyzing that process a little bit.

   

Minnesota Business Scene:

-I had a great time at the VISI open house last night. I heard the opening greeting from Mike Sowada who spoke about the growth VISI has been experiencing. Look for more news from VISI in 2007 with more offerings, space, and a third data center.

   

Lee Odden spoke about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and gave ideas on things to work on and myths too.

   

Mark Kurtz gave a Wiki 101 crash course and introduced us to a product they have released and that is hosted by VISI.

   

-I left the open house early to head to the U of M St. Paul campus to hear Professor John Riedl speak about the importance of online social networks. He spoke about a lot of things that really got me thinking. Equally insightful was the Q&A that centered on the good and bad of online socializing and how that impacts individuals and society.

   

In attendance was the third, but until recently little known St. Paul native, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim.

   

-Sun Country friendly takeover by the Petters Group Worldwide and others is allowed by the U.S. DOT, New Sun Country owners aim high. I did not know Sun Country was the #2 carrier of Twin Citians. (Is that a word? Apparently not)

   

   

Recruiting Blogosphere:

-More on using facebook et al. in recruiting and hiring

Great, now the kids are creating fake profiles.

   

-The Five Basic Rules of Technical Recruiting

I cannot believe we still are talking about this. I have never been a big fan of barriers to entry but there does need to be some sort of “cost” (license, bond, training, etc) to getting into this business. The State of Minnesota used to require a license and bond until around 2001.

   

-A MySpace Just for High-Level Contract Workers

This is something I can get into.

   

   

University of Minnesota:

-Two weeks ago I attended the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood association meeting and participated in conversation on the impact the university has on the surrounding communities. U's neighbors discuss impact is in the paper today. Next week the preliminary results will be reviewed. The meeting is open to the public:

   

Thursday, November 9

5:30 pm

Radisson Hotel, Nolte Room

615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

   

-I have been talking about this quite a bit when I am at the U of M and in meetings with business folks that we need to get heavily involved in helping kids experience that science and math are fun. This from the Minnesota Daily, Children learn about nanotechnology. Here is a link to FIRST Lego League.

   

-12 Minnesota colleges and universities released the latest study on their students, Smoking down, drinking steady at U, study says.

   

   

Sports:

-Minnesota Vikings

Looks like the rumors of a Vikings stadium remaining in Downtown Minneapolis are gaining ground. Or, where there is smoke there is fire. Wilf weighing his stadium options

   

-College Football

I was very wrong in my prediction of West Virginia kicking Louisville around. Brohm, Cards make BCS statement with win over Mountaineers Very, very wrong. I usually pick the underdog, particularly when playing at home. Love to see the students take the field in an upset or big victory.

   

-Minnesota Wild

Wild stay on top of the Northwest Division with a record of 10-2, Wild 5, Canucks 2.

   

-Gopher Hockey, Men

With the #2 ranking and a record of   the Gopher men have a weekend series with 

   

-Minnesota Twins

You and I may get a second opinion. If you are a promising young pitcher you leave no rock unturned, Liriano to get fourth opinion.


The Social Web Presented By U Of M Professor John Riedl

I will be leaving the VISI event a little early this evening so I can head to the St. Paul campus to hear a presentation by University of Minnesota computer science professor John Riedl.

   

Professor Riedl is one of the leaders in developing collaborative filtering software. From this work Net Percpetions, a Minnesota dot-com era tech company, was formed.

   

This evening he will be speaking about the growing impact of online social networks and why they are important.

   

For more information click The Social Web. I just spoke with the College of Continuing Education, the host of the presentation, and tickets are available at the door.


VISI Expansion And Open House

Other than the Gopher football team and Jim Durbin, Mike Sowada and VISI have been mentioned the most on this blog. And here we go again.

   

VISI announced last week the expansion of its data center in St. Paul, which includes 1,000 square feet of floor server space and 4,000 square feet of office space.

   

There is a good article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press this morning 'Minnesota-born' Visi.com focuses on client service. It talks about the offerings of VISI besides the Internet service including a new product, ViaWiki.

   

Mike has a great quote at the end of the article:

"We're Minnesota-born, Minnesota-bred, Minnesota-local and Minnesota-smart," he said. "And it is all about customer service at the end of the day."

This afternoon and evening VISI is having an open house which includes presentations by:

   

Lee Odden, President of TopRank Online Marketing, and writer of the Marketing Blog

Mark Kurtz, Vice President of MindTouch

Eng-Wee Yeo, Senior Security Consultant with Shavlik Technologies

Bill Kish, CEO and CTO of Coyote Point

   

The afternoon sessions are full. There are a few spots left for the evening sessions and the reception and tours are open to the public.

   

For more information and to register click VISI Data Center 2.0.