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I'd Like To Propose a Toaster
2005-03-10 00:35
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Blogging is evolving.

Ken Arneson, known to some of you as The Score Bard, known to others of you for his writing on All-Baseball.com, is developing a new software system called "Fairpole." We don't know for sure, but we think it just might be Thing, The Next Big.

It's in part for this reason that you're seeing a lot of transition at All-Baseball.com, and why today, myself and many of your favorite A-B writers are moving to a new site ...

Baseball Toaster.com.

Why Baseball Toaster? Well, for one thing, it lends itself to a fun little graphic. Beyond that, I'll let Arneson explain to you.

So anyway ... it's time to reset your bookmarks.

The new home for Dodger Thoughts is dodgerthoughts.baseballtoaster.com.

Shortly, I will update the re-direct for www.dodgerthoughts.com so that continues to be a shortcut to the site.

Dodger Thoughts will not change in philosophy. I'll still try to bring fun and insight to our Dodger conversation whenever I can - and shut up whenever I can't. However, I want to add that one of the principal goals of the Toaster will be to make your experience as reader even more engaging and interactive. The new site should make it easier and more rewarding for you to comment. (Internal sever errors begone!) And that's just the tip of the Icee, really. I think it's fair to say that the strength of the Dodger Thoughts readership has played a significant role in pushing us further in this direction, so pats on the back to all of you.

There will be other rich additions via the Fairpole software as well. We have a plateful of ideas. Ken is still developing Fairpole as we go, and he's cautioned us that there will be speed bumps. But it's gonna be great.

As I leave All-Baseball.com, I just want to say what an incredible pleasure it was to be a part of this great network. I view it as a complete success. I'm consoled by the fact that many of us are making the trip to the Toaster together, but I will miss working side by side with Jeff Shaw, Peter White, Rich Lederer, Bryan Smith, Mark McClusky, and Christian Ruzich. It's just been incredibly rewarding. That being said, we will continue to be colleagues, if not next-door neighbors, and I do hold out hope that at least some more of us will be in the same kitchen again someday.

So that's the scoop. Probably will take a day to get things settled in, so enjoy an open chat below on the Dodgers. And check out the other Toastmasters as well via the sidebar - not to mention our site-opening roundtable on The Griddle.

In short - get ready to toast!

Comments (52)
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2005-03-09 22:49:27
1.   Rich Lederer
Congratulations, Jon. The site looks great. I'm clinging my proverbial glass against yours right now. Good luck. I'll be reading all the way.

Your pal,

Rich

2005-03-09 23:04:14
2.   Vishal
best wishes on the success of the new site, jon!
2005-03-09 23:31:32
3.   Jerry
No more internal server errors? Phenomenal. But this place isn't blue enough to feel like home, yet.
2005-03-09 23:49:37
4.   Joshua
Will there be an XML/RSS feed? (I vote yes, if you're taking opinions.)
2005-03-10 00:04:10
5.   Ken Arneson
Yes, there will be an XML/RSS feed. That's one of the top two things on my list to do next.
2005-03-10 00:21:24
6.   Tommy Naccarato
Thanks for the new site Jon. It looks great! Thanks also to Ken for the hard work! I'm all set up for RSS!
2005-03-10 00:22:44
7.   Tommy Naccarato
Jerry,
The site reminds me of the Dodger
2005-03-10 00:23:19
8.   Tommy Naccarato
Jerry,
The site reminds me of the Dodger
2005-03-10 00:24:47
9.   Tommy Naccarato
Drat! Same old double posts!

Once again, and hopefully it will post everything this time!

Jerry,
The site reminds me of the Dodger

2005-03-10 00:33:40
10.   Bob Timmermann
I have not much to add except that it's time for bed.

I've got a full day of sitting around at Staples tomorrow watching the Pac-10 basketball tournament.

I may go blind by the time the Stanford-WSU games starts around 8:30. But I'm determined to see it through!

2005-03-10 00:38:06
11.   Ken Arneson
I sure hope Tommy is joking.
2005-03-10 01:28:00
12.   Sam DC
Congrats Jon, all. This project has launched just as my big new thing -- Benjamin, age 5 days -- is getting off the ground. May they both have funny, crazy, happy lives, with just a dab of wisdom thrown in here and there to keep things interesting. And, like Jon's number two, may they never (or at least not for a while) know the Dodgers not to be in first place.
2005-03-10 04:49:36
13.   DXMachina
Nice new digs. Congrats.
2005-03-10 06:02:40
14.   Daniel
Congratulations on the new site. I hope this turns out to be a great long term home for the entire group of writers!
2005-03-10 07:57:27
15.   Jeromy
I would like to add my congratulations to the list. I enjoy reading Dodger Thoughts daily and participating the comments.
2005-03-10 08:14:18
16.   Marty
Good luck with the new site Jon. I hope you get more Dodger-centric graphics up soon.
2005-03-10 08:35:24
17.   CoffeeCake
Very nice. Best wishes. Looking forward to more of the same excellent, intelligent commentary. Thanks, Jon.
2005-03-10 08:38:37
18.   Colorado Blue
Good luck to you here Jon and to the rest of us as well... hopefully the community will continue to grow! Oh yeah, the room needs some blue...
2005-03-10 09:06:27
19.   Jon Weisman
Thanks, everyone. Really appreciate your support - and again, it's only going to get better. I'll work on your suggestions, especially for color. Longtime readers of Dodger Thoughts might want to share their memories of previous color schemes - my guess is that they'll tell you things could easily be worse :)

By the way, Ken Arneson does plan on importing the comments from the All-Baseball site, so your important contributions won't be lost.

The open chat is off and running on the next entry below, folks ... jump in!

2005-03-10 09:15:56
20.   kngoworld
Some people are afraid of change, not me though. I'm sure this site will be just as intellectual and informative as seen before on all-baseball.
2005-03-10 09:56:15
21.   BigFire
Unfortunately, this new dig is currently missing RSS feed. I sincerly hope that one would be forthcoming.
2005-03-10 10:05:24
22.   Jon Weisman
BigFire, read comment #5. Thanks for your patience.
2005-03-10 10:15:30
23.   Linkmeister
Somebody pass the apple butter.
2005-03-10 11:52:56
24.   LAT
I'm from the dark ages. What is RSS?
2005-03-10 12:07:37
25.   alnyden
Rock on Dodger Thoughts. It's a new season and change is good.
2005-03-10 12:27:17
26.   jim railway
Congrats, Jon. The new site is great. Ifonly moving was always so easy...
2005-03-10 12:34:12
27.   Jon Weisman
Thanks, Railway. Do you want to change back your name or are you enamored of your new name?
2005-03-10 12:36:36
28.   jim railway
Oh, I guess I'll go with the original. It was fun while it lasted, though. Thanks again!
2005-03-10 12:36:49
29.   Icaros
This is an outrage! Where are the Dodger Thoughts I grew up with?

This new site is only here to use DT for its own nefarious purposes. Dodger Thoughts has always been about class, not fancy upgrades and new graphics.

Furthermore, I am offended by the way that All-Baseball was cast aside overnight without being given the farewell party it so clearly deserved. What happened to respect and loyalty?

My prediction: everybody who posts on this new forum will one day see his/her life come to an end. I can't say where, when, or how, but you can bet on it happening at some point.

Toaster, indeed.

2005-03-10 13:12:50
30.   everett
looks like the toaster didn't like my two letter username...

indeedy.

--ev

2005-03-10 13:28:19
31.   Linkmeister
"everybody who posts on this new forum will one day see his/her life come to an end."

NO! Say it ain't so!

2005-03-10 13:31:10
32.   Jon Weisman
Icaros, was that an audition for a major column of your own?
2005-03-10 13:53:52
33.   LAT
"Dodger Thoughts has always been about class, not fancy upgrades and new graphics.

Furthermore, I am offended by the way that All-Baseball was cast aside overnight without being given the farewell party it so clearly deserved. What happened to respect and loyalty?"

Icaros, are you not the one who defnds the new manangement and the new broadcast duet? I should think you are comfortable with overnight change.

2005-03-10 13:55:34
34.   Jon Weisman
I could be wrong, but I think Icaros was trying to channel the popular version of Plaschke there, LAT.
2005-03-10 14:16:01
35.   Icaros
"Icaros, was that an audition for a major column of your own?"

Sure. Where can I fill out an application for LA Times sports columnist, maybe the Dodger Stadium Job Fair?

2005-03-10 14:26:47
36.   Steve
And you SABR guys with your weird RSS. HTML will always be the heart and soul of the internet.
2005-03-10 14:30:40
37.   LAT
Jon, re-reading Icaros's post I see you are correct. Its very Plaschke-ese.

The new site is very nice, but I agree with others: paint it Blue.

Had a really weird coincidence today. Yesterday, went to Dodger Stadium to pay for my tickets and sitting in the parking space closest to the Office was a black Porsche Cyanne Turbo with Mass. plates. This morning when getting on the Santa Monica Freeway East, the car in front of me was a Porsche Cyanne turbo with Mass. plates. At the wheel: Ms. McCourt. Given his affection for Jamie, I'm guessing Simmers would have some fun with the Mass. plates issue. . .

2005-03-10 14:34:08
38.   Jim Hitchcock
Doesn't sound like a coincidence...sounds like stalking.
2005-03-10 14:35:01
39.   Marty
Jon, get your links up soon. I lazily used those instead of keeping my own bookmarks!
2005-03-10 14:41:31
40.   Icaros
"Doesn't sound like a coincidence...sounds like stalking."

I agree, Jim. But why do you think Jaime McCourt would be obsessed with a random fan like LAT?

Rich lady like her...it just doesn't make much sense.

2005-03-10 15:14:39
41.   molokai
Dodgers win a preseason game and Icaros becomes Scott Long:)

Maybe Ms McCourt found out that LAT was the 1st fan to purchase Laker price Dodgers seats and was looking to borrow money.

2005-03-10 15:35:35
42.   Icaros
"Dodgers win a preseason game and Icaros becomes Scott Long:)"

Okay Molokai, I've done my Googling to find out who Scott Long is, and the best I can come up with is a former contestant on Big Brother. I've really never watched that show before, so pardon my ignorance.

Is this who you meant? If it is, I'm flattered by the fact that the guy eventually appeared in Playgirl, though it seems he was less than popular with his fellow roommates.

The other Scott Long I found is some obscure softy musician, which wouldn't make a lot of sense.

Please sir, enlighten me.

2005-03-10 15:38:49
43.   LAT
Somehow I don't think Jamie would extend me a loan. They borrow money, not lend it.

As for my Laker priced seats, I count myself among the lucky, my seats only went up from $35 to $40. In addition to all the other nickel and diming, they now force season ticket holders to purchase the freeway series and charge for the Stadium Club passes ($10 per game). In an earlier post I think Jon indicated that the new seats cost about $15M and should generate $15M in revenue. I don't think that included the increase in existing seat prices. I'll bet they are making huge profit on those increases. From what I have heard from some other season ticket holders, the increases have been dramatic. One friend saw his seats go from $35 to $60. My Office saw their seats go from $35 to $50. I understand Dugout Club seats are north of $300.

As for my stalking Jamie. . .well all that money does make her more attractive.

2005-03-10 16:09:33
44.   Marty
Icaros, Scott Long is the comedian who writes with Will Carroll on this site. Post-Messenger, first link in upper right corner
2005-03-10 16:15:46
45.   Icaros
Thanks Marty, and thanks Molokai for the complimentary comparison.

I guess I've given myself away as the fan who only reads blogs specifically concerned with the Dodgers.

I think I could still appear in Playgirl, though, at least for a few more years (laugh).

2005-03-10 16:29:42
46.   Jon Weisman
RSS feeds are up. Go here for more info:

https://fairpole.baseballtoaster.com/archives/156721.html

2005-03-10 17:32:59
47.   molokai
LAT-I thought she'd be looking for a loan from you. For the price some fans are going to be paying for those club seats they ought to become minority owners.

My price stayed the same but I'm on the cheap buy 2 get 2 free plan. I was actually shocked that they kept the plan in place. Thinking this will be the last year.

What did the season ticket holders think of the letter from Mr. Depodesta yesterday?

2005-03-10 17:33:56
48.   molokai
Jon any chance links will work in the comments and that we won't have to cut and paste with the new toaster software?
2005-03-10 17:49:37
49.   Tommy Naccarato
Ken,
I wasn't.

I actually tried to email you with the problems last night, but unfortunately that wouldn't even work, and it isn't my computer because everybody else I was emailing last night worked fine.

In fact, I don't know if this is going to go thru.

It seemed when I used quotation marks, that's when my part of the message was cut off, and when I tried to utilize the edit, it kept on posting.

Sorry for the problems if its on my end.

My original point was that the site looks great, and that it reminds me of the Dodger away uniforms--the colors.

I'll try to post this now. Hope it works.

2005-03-10 17:53:06
50.   Tommy Naccarato
It worked! Well, I'm a Toaster!

"As for my stalking Jamie. . .well all that money does make her more attractive."

LAT,
I couldn't agree more! Especially if she's living seperately from Frank & the kids in the other mansion!

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2005-03-10 18:02:45
51.   LAT
Molokai, I did not receive the letter yet, but I know others who told me the whole "we had no choice because we lost money last year" thing was heavy handed. For that matter, I did not receive the free desk calander they supposedly sent to season ticket holders. I guess that's what I get for waiting until the last day to pay for my seats. I hope they remember to send me my tickets. I have no doubt they will remeber to cash my check.

I have some friends who did the buy two get two. They sold the good games--opening day and Yankees and nearly paid for the season. On the nights they did go they just moved to better seats. Its a pretty good deal. Makes me feel a little stupid spending $40 per seat.

2005-03-10 21:30:09
52.   molokai
Yeah, lots of nights we could move to better seats but I've made friends with most everyone around me so we just stay and have fun.
I've got 2 other partners cause no way can I make 81 games and one guy lives in Palm Springs and only came on board for the Yankee games. I think it was the only game he went to, otherwise he gave the tickets away to clients.

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