Is This the Year of the Cubs?

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Aramis Ramirez, originally uploaded by revolute.

Hard to be as ambitious as I was for most of the 2008 season — that was just too draining, especially having witnessed the final nine innings first hand at Dodger Stadium.

But from the looks of Ramirez’s reaction to the question here — maybe it is? maybe it ain’t?

Either way, very excited for the regular season, beginning Monday night in Houston.

Check out the photos I took last week on my first-ever trip to HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona for spring training. It was a great weekend! Great pics as well, thanks to Lisa’s awesome camera.

SXSW 2009 – Hope to See YOU There

South by Southwest is upon us, and while i’m likely not going to be there for 9 days this time, I will be there for Interactive, Thursday thru Tuesday. Amid all the excitement, panels, parties, and more parties it can be difficult to meet up with everyone I’d like to, so please hit me up if you’re going to be there so we can connect. I’m especially interested in discussing upcoming projects I’m working on at Live Earth and the many ways you can get involved as a partner, friend, or otherwise.

Below is the overbooked schedule of events that i’m interested in but won’t be able to make it to without cloning myself (via sched.org):

Your best bet, as per usual is to find me via twitter and/or brightkite.

American Airlines Mobile Boarding Pass

Tested out American Airlines’ new mobile boarding pass option on my flight from LAX to ORD for Thanksgiving. It worked out, but I was glad that the airport wasn’t busy. I recommend carrying a printed boarding pass for backup while they work out the kinks.

At the checkpoint, it was scanned no problem — in fact the guy tried to spread-zoom my screen iPhone style. Heh. He gave me a laminated green slip of paper with a number on it. Mine was “59” My first green card! After passing through the scanner, the TSA woman (who was obviously new on the job) didn’t know what to do and called for a supervisor who in turn snapped at her for turning her back on the human walk-through scanner. “I’ve seen people run through these before,” he warned.

At the gate, American’s scanners didn’t quite pick up the code, but they were able to check me thru by matching the info on the image on my phone with that in the database.

And then the obvious “joke” about someday soon we’ll all just have barcodes embedded into our foreheads. Maybe we already do.