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Blogrolling Along

I had resisted succumbing to 140-character soundbites and thumbnail pins but Twitter and Pinterest widgets are now featured on the right side of my site. Feel free to follow me on your preferred platform: Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter @jjmhicks Tumblr omnia mutantur, nihil interit I went through and updated my favorite links. Sad to see many people who had blogs move on, but happily a few are active on Twitter and I’ve added them to my Red Sox Twitter list....

News Page Revamp

I made a long-overdue update to this site’s News page; to access just click on Peter Gammons’s noggin in the sidebar on the right. Now included are feeds from the Hartford Courant and Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. The Boston Herald section was deleted as they no longer provide RSS feeds. Eventually I hope to have feeds from each New England state was well as each affiliate listed on this page. I was particularly excited to tap into Kevin Thomas’s blog Clearing the Bases as he will have the inside track on promotions from his post in Portland, Maine. I’ve also been updating my Favorite Sites sidebar and page. Sad to see some great Red Sox blogs fall to the way side I’m going to create a “Defunct Sites” section and keep the links up for posterity’s sake....

Happy New Site

To ring in 2007, I’ve added two new features to this site. Each entry will now have tags, which are a more informal way of organizing posts. When you click on the “Tag” link below each entry you will be taken to this site’s Tag Cloud. When you click on a specific tag link you will navigate to a page with links to all the entries with the same tag. Also, if you would like to add a comment in response to a previous reader’s thoughts, you may now respond directly thanks to Arvind Satyanarayan’s Movable Type plug-in Simply Threaded. Part of my plan for next year is to help spread awareness for worthwhile charities and causes. I’ll be linking to at least one non-profit organization and placing its banner in the left sidebar. I did have a link to the Save the Internet folks before. With the recent elections, it seems that net neutrality is safe (for now), so I’ve changed the link to The Red Panda Project. Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone for continuing to visit and welcome to any newcomers....

Keep You Posted

At 8 PM tonight it became official: the Boston Red Sox did indeed post the highest bid for the exclusive negotiation rights with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Buster Olney had reported the bid was between $38M and $45M. In actuality the winning bid was $51.11M. This high bid amount most definitely indicates that Boston will not sign-and-trade the 26-year old pitcher. Also, the team probably wants to lock up Matsuzaka for longer than the three years Scott Boras was telegraphing. I’ve changed the Countdown here to the deadline for Matsuzaka and the Red Sox to reach a deal. I’m trying to temper my excitement over this development until ink or a stamp from Matsuzaka’s hanko is on the contract, but I haven’t felt like this since Pedro Martinez was traded to Boston....

Site Upgrades

I recently updated to Movable Type 3.3 and haven’t weeded out all the code weirdness. If you notice anything odd while perusing the site, please feel free to e-mail me. Also, you may have noticed that Dave hasn’t been able to write many diegeses lately. He’s been too busy with his NESN responsibilities lately, but promises to return should any compelling topics require addressing....


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