January 05, 2009

New year, new projects

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I wanted to semi-broadcast the state of my life as 2009 will bring new opportunities, new focus, and I've been meaning to document a bit. I just got back from an amazing holiday, which included a trip to Nebraska for Christmas to meet my girlfriend's family which was really fun, and New Years in Bonaire. I learned all about farm equipment and the mid-west, which I enjoyed almost as much as seeing where Rachelle is from. As for Bonaire, Rachelle documented it quite nicely on her tumblr. I'll be putting a few photos up on mine at http://justinshaffer.muchonieve.com as well.

The national past-time in Bonaire is apparently setting off fireworks, which happens every night, but its particularly spectacular on new years. Cool to see a group display run by the entire island as the clock struck 12. Not so cool, M-80s every night at 3 in the morning.

In other news, for a little bit now I've been working on a new project, outside of MLB.com, that I've wanted to pursue for a while. I apologize to you all if i've fallen a bit off the radar - I've been focused on the early bits of this and want to have lots of individual meaningful discussion with you about what I'm doing, so I'll spare you all the details on the blog. Suffice to say, we're thinking about how people interact in and around live events today and how we can use technology to combine context and perspective to make a great additive experience for these live events. We're going to connect people attending live events with people watching on TV or elsewhere and with people who are interested in whats happening but who might not consume them otherwise. It will be a combined mobile and web based experience, depending on the user's preference. If you're interested in getting involved or discussing more, drop me a line at shafferj at mac dot com. More on this when we announce it formally.

On the family front, my Dad is working on his book, which you can check out an early version of at youshouldhavebeenwithme, my sister is working hard and studying harder, and I'm long overdue for a trip to seattle to catch up with Mom.

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are as excited to start 2009 as I am.

Here are a few photos from the holidays.. see http://justinshaffer.muchonieve.com for more.

Posted by justin at 10:22 AM | Comments (1)

December 17, 2008

Back to the blog

For anyone who's following this, it hasn't been that interesting for a while as I haven't been posting. That's changing, as is the format (i think).

In the near future, I'll be migrating this to the blog for the new startup project I'm working on - more on this later, while I'll be regularly blogging about what we're up to.

I'm still fairly into my tumblr account though I've mostly just been posting my photography and a link from time to time, so I'll most likely be integrating the personal portion of this into my tumblr feed and sprucing that up a bit. stay tuned!

happy holidays to you all as well - travel safe and enjoy your families.

Posted by justin at 01:00 PM

March 01, 2008


Tumblr seems to be all the rage these days, so i thought i'd give it a go. random thoughts and short form commentary will be at http://justinshaffer.muchonieve.com.


Posted by justin at 12:53 PM

March 20, 2005

First post and Introduction

After my RSS consumption has transformed from casual use to what's become essentially my primary source of tech related news online (and is quickly usurping traditional media for the rest of what I usually get via the financial times on my morning commute as well) I decided it was high time to join the fray. I've found that the blog-o-sphere's opinion on what's [news|blog] worthy is more in line with my own in many areas (especially technology) than that of the major news outlets, and on average the creativity and flair of the outspoken part of the blog community is inspiring, to say the least.

Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks Sun has the right idea - The Washington Post seems to agree - but I'll mention Jonathan Schwartz and the rest of Sun's prolific bloggers anyways as one notable inspiration of many for getting started with blogging as well. I've thoroughly enjoyed the entire organization's contributions in many forms: products, services, and now blogs. Here's to raising the bar and giving the entire team from top to bottom the opportunity to speak their minds and share their perspectives.

Now for an intro and a bit of self-promotion for those of you who don't already know me.

I'm currently working for the online arm of Major League Baseball (mlb.com), as the VP and Chief Architect for all of the technology work that we're doing. I'm a geek at heart from both a tech and business perspective, and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the sports business with a strong tech slant over the past few years. In the midst of it, we've built products I'm proud of from many perspectives, and continue to challenge ourselves to keep up with the sometimes frenetic but always inspiring pace of our business - serving baseball fans worldwide.

I'm fortunate enough to work with a fantastic team, not many of whom are blogging today (that I'm aware of - those of you that are expounding on your interests in your own forum elsewhere on the web - if you would like a mention send a note and i'll link to you as well). Known as "root" for the home team, Ryan Nelson is one of my favorite partners in crime and frequent participant in our always engaging baseball/tech/political meme that circulates around the proverbial watercooler here at MLBAM. (He's also the kind host of the movable type instance I'm using).

When I'm not thinking about baseball, highly scalable web applications, or how to satisfy my overly aggressive metabolism, you can usually find me in the vicinity of a mountain either skiing or climbing - and more recently trying to combine the two for some real fun.

I hope you all enjoy my contributions to be as much as I've enjoyed yours. I'm available at justin dot shaffer at mlb dot com and always appreciate comments on our efforts at baseball or whatever else is on your mind.

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