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On Wisconsin Basketball and Coach Bill Cofieldbrackenbucky

Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:08:16 +0000

  As a child I saw a lot of Badger basketball at the old Field House. On winter Saturday afternoons I saw future UW Hall of Famers Wes Matthews and Claude Gregory, plaid-jacketed coaches like Bobby Knight and Jud Heathcote, ate a lot of popcorn, collected a lot of plastic cups. In the 70s and 80s the notion […]

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Tough to make pitches: Madison Bumgarner’s lessons for lifebracken

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:38:31 +0000

I tend to avoid looking at athletes for life guidance. (Yogi Berra and Satchel Paige are exceptions, as are Mike Tyson and Mike Ditka, occasionally.) When I listen to sports podcasts I skip over interviews with athletes. But last week I caught a post-game ESPN interview with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner while exiting a plane […]

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SXSW panel preview: Don’t Be Ned Stark: Change Your Institution– and WinbrackenGame-Of-Thrones-007

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:04:59 +0000

[I posted some conclusions from the panel here. ] Making change is hard; making change within institutions is even harder. Institutions, by definition and practice, are designed to resist change. Next Sunday at SXSW, I’m pulling together a conversation with three people who found a way to succeed as innovators within three different industries: Brian […]

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On 10 days of sharing bikes in Chicagobrackenvia @dylanr

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 02:27:57 +0000

Chicago’s bike share program has been around for 10 days and 10,000 rides. As I’m responsible for more than .1% of them, I thought I’d share some thoughts about bike sharing and what it means for Chicago. In short, the big blue bikes are changing the way I think about my city. Despite a couple […]

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Chicago’s Last Lionbracken7684899076_d8f86c5cb1_n

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:49:16 +0000

Maybe it’s the spring weather or the fact that my daughter asked me her The Robot and the Bluebird twice this morning but Roger Ebert’s death hit me harder this afternoon than I would have expected.  According to Twitter and Facebook, this sadness is shared by many other Chicagoans of my generation. Perhaps our sadness […]

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Advice from the Roadbracken5969099032_41f95daa47_n294626832_e34b88d32a_n2081270920_79433772b3_n

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:04:27 +0000

Earlier this month Nina Strochlic shared tips from “professional traveler” Andrew Evans of National Geographic. “He’s sailed across the Atlantic twice, summited Kilimanjaro, and (literally) run the length of Liechtenstein.” My travels are neither as exotic nor as taxing as Andrew’s, but since I am on the road often and have been taking mental notes […]

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Counting smiles at the Tinkering LabbrackenImageImage

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:07:37 +0000

I visited Chicago Children’s Museum’s new Tinkering Lab with my 3 year old over the weekend. (“Chicago’s first DIY maker-space for families!”)  Neither O. nor I am are particularly handy– both of our first reactions to the drills, saws and wood glue was to split. Because I was with out-of-town guests who were into it, I put up […]

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Four years laterbrackenphoto by dan o'neilImageImage

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:04:18 +0000

An hour before President Obama’s second term officially begins, the dominant media meme is: he’s older and different than he was four years ago.  David Maraniss in the Washington Post: He comes to this term in a new place as a man and as a politician, not only forged by the experience of his mistakes but […]

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The new Tribune Co. directors on Twitterbracken

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:34:15 +0000

The new Tribune Company board of directors, as seen from Twitter: Eddy Hartenstein. One tweet, c. 2009: “Reporters angry that I made LAT big $$ today. Lee suggested I use “new media” to assuage. Talking didn’t work; perhaps Twitter is the key?” Craig Jacobson. No evident Twitter presence. Bruce Karsh. No evident Twitter presence. Ross […]

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Nate Silver and the best media writing of 2012brackenKirkSpock2

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:14 +0000

For most of the last few years I’ve summarized the media that provoked the most thinking about media and technology. (Here are my lists from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. I skipped 2011, not sure why.)  This year Nate Silver tops the list– for his election modeling and the debates he engendered on the application […]

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