Good time for it, too

The Wall Street Journal launches a new business news site that looks like a newsstand magazine.

Slate launches a new business news site that looks like a newsstand magazine.

You would think there wasn’t much to say that couldn’t be encapsulated in “Just curl up into a ball and hide under your desk for a week a or so” but you’d be wrong.

FINISH HIM!!!

I was driving to Michigan Sunday night and listening to the Cubs game for as long as WGN would come in as I cruised down I-94. As the Cubs scored five runs in the first two innings (including a first inning leadoff home run) and Zambrano appeared to be dominating I found what I’ll generously call my “competitive side” coming out. By that I mean I was encouraging the Cubs to not only beat the Astros bought to destroy the players’ spirits to the extent that they questioned their decision to choose “professional baseball player” as their vocation.

I’ll admit my strong feelings might be partly because of the attitude of the Astros’ owner and his insistance that the games be played in Houston despite the fact that most of the residents there had evacuated, there was no power and it was questionable whether or not the stadium would even be standing because of Hurricane Ike. I understand that every game is important right now, but if your team can’t adjust and play what was in essence just another road game then they don’t really deserve a playoff spot.

The Cubs, of course, won Game 1 thanks to Zambrano pitching a no-hitter. Game 2 was a comparative slug-fest, with Ted Lilly pitching a one-hitter, though that one hit was a home run.

Just a little ahead of MMM

TechCrunch crosses the one million RSS readers mark.

I’ve long argued that RSS readers are as important – if not moreso – a metric as site visits and its related itterations. That’s because those readers have taken positive action to read that site’s latest content, and the content that’s read is the newest and freshest. So if you’re a PR person pitching a blog look at the RSS readers and not the site traffic since much of that is coming to pages that don’t have your news on them.

Anyway, congrats on the milestone to Michael Arrington and his crew.

Not inspiring confidence

SiteMeter was down for me for a while the other day and so I thought when it came back up I’d see the rumored upgrades to the stat-tracker interface. Alas no, it’s the same look and feel I had before. And based on Costa’s write-up of his experience with the “upgrade” I’m not exactly anxious to see the switch.