Press Release #1

Gael Oliver Arn-Talavera Becomes New Manager of Hibernian F.C.

In a bold move, the Leith based club appoints a newcomer to the job

 

By Gary Boathouse

May 13, 2013

 

Edinburgh, Scotland – Hibernian F.C. has a new man at the helm after a surprising move for the American born Gael Oliver Arn-Talavera. A self described passionate football fan, Gael is another manager who hasn’t played professional soccer. He was an editor and Content Marketeer before making the jump to professional football management.

 

Responding to the already mounting criticisms, Chairman Brown responded with “The club is looking for a fresh direction to move the club forward and Gael complimented our vision. Stability is needed if we are to challenge Celtic.” Gael continued, “My first priority is to keep the club in the highest level of Scottish football. It’s a new country and club, but we have a forward vision.”

 

Preseason is under way with the game against Dumbarton being on June 29, 2013. It is one of three games in preparation for the August 4 season opener against Motherwell.

Operation Top Half

I play Football Manager. Specifically, I play Football Manager 2014. The game is very entertaining to those who want to live out the dream of managing our favorite football teams through a simulation.

I’ve been cooking up a multimedia project for some time now that will showcase new skills I have picked and reinforce others that I already know. By the time this project gets rolling I will have picked up the skills of making a podcast, creating and editing audio clips, new styles of writing such as press releases, building a social media presence and visualizing data. The cool thing about my project is that it doesn’t pigeonhole me into only one platform of distribution. It will also cover more than way to consume the content I am putting out. Whether you’re a text reader, visual learner or just prefer to hear content, the option to choose are present. It will be a path of many mistakes and self correcting as I go along, but I’m choosing to share these struggles with anyone who is kind enough to consume my content. Thank you.

What is this multimedia project about? I am creating a narrative filled with characters and drama to go along with the new save I’ve been playing in Football manager 2014. The team I am managing is Hibernian from the Scottish Premier League. It’s a club located in the capitol city of Edinburgh. New content will be released after every match played or significant event that furthers the narrative being constructed.

I hope someone else enjoys this just as much as I am enjoying creating all this content. More will be coming withing the following days.

Later

“Born In The Wrong Era”

“I wish I was born in another time period” or “I was born in the wrong era” are two expressions we hear or read along with their variations from certain people. I have definitely encountered people expressing themselves this way, assuming what I read online is written by an actual human and not an algorithm. We see the abundance of I’s already, but I want to add that I don’t share this viewpoint. Being part of the current world is amazing! In another time period the process of writing an equivalent to a blog would have been more labor intensive and tedious. I don’t have to use a printing press to print these words out and then hop on my horse to distribute them. The assumption is even made that there’s people who are going to read these words!

I much prefer the method of using WordPress and moving my fingers around the keyboard to create this blog post. A new word for something more than laziness would have to be made, if a healthy being, with functioning joints, considers clacking on a keyboard bellow them. I, also, much prefer that distribution of this post is just a click away from being made available, on a centralized platform, that actually contains readers. Sure there’s something to be said about the work it takes to build a community and getting your work to as many eyeballs as possible, but the scale of it is much simpler. It takes away some risk and expenses of time and labor. This couldn’t be done before modern computing.

I also wouldn’t want to disrupt a timeline that has already given me so many memories and firsts. And why would I want to go through that again in a somewhat similar vein through another timeline? It’s just not my style.

Interview for Those Relegated Souls

Hello Readers,

It’s no secret that I play Football Manager. I find it to be a very rewarding game that will eat away countless hours of your life. With that in mind I can’t seem to pry myself away from progressing with the teams I play with. In this post I am assuming my current season with a second division team will end with us getting relegated to a lower division. That is the exact opposite of my goal for the season. Read along:

I: Tell me about yourself.

D: I’m a failed manager whose team got relegated to the 3rd division…

I: Last Place?

D: No. We were so close to staying where we were, but a bad run of form in the middle of the season and patchy form throughout the end condemned our relegation.

I:It’s all about form. Would you like to stay on as manager?

D: I would very much like to stay on as manager and bring the team back up to the second division. It feels like a take one step back and then take one step forward to end up where we started. It depends on the owner if I stay.

I: Seeing managers get more time to deliver results is something that should come back…

D: That’s the nature of the game today. It’s always been a results driven business, but that is inflated because of money. Money is plentiful to some in the game today.

I: You want to edit these results?

D: I can’t edit what has already happened. This isn’t a videogame where I can keep several saves and just go back to a previous one when results don’t go my way. The results of this season will stay in history, but I can achieve positive results that will push the current ones away.

I: Editing is part of my day. I will edit this interview and the show it’s on. It’s interesting how we have different ideas of editing. How will you spend your off-season?

D: I’ll take a short vacation before starting preparations for next season. I’m not saying a vacation is a reward. It’s a way to get rid of stress and come back with fresh eyes.

I: And the players?

D: I want them to enjoy the time they have to themselves. It helps to step away from a negative situation. There’s a lot of work to be done in both the physical and psychological sense.

I: You prepare the mind?

D: My staff, the medical department, and I put a lot of emphasis on mental management. I am not of the opinion that players shouldn’t expressed their emotions. Get angry! Celebrate in your style when scoring a goal! What we do is help players channel those emotions into the game. Emotions can become fuel if managed correctly.

I: I assume a lot of sad faces in the locker room after the last game.

D: Yes. I told my players it was okay to cry and make noise. I already had plans for preseason in that locker room. They need to know I’m looking ahead.

More of this fake interview will be available in the coming months. I hope you enjoyed reading the mindset of a defeated soccer manager. If you’ve read my blog from time to time you know that I view failures as opportunities to learn. I don’t think a person can have an 100% success rate all the time.

Fake.

A New Year, A New Experiment

Hello Readers,

I’m looking for different experiments I can conduct on myself. Examples include getting up at an earlier time for a whole week or seeing how many pages of a book I can read in x amount of time. It will be another thing to do each day, but with the benefit that the results will improve me in some way. I will be taking data and notes each day. Showing that data in the form of graphs would be a very cool thing to do! Data shouldn’t only be in text form. If you have any suggestions for experiments I can conduct feel free to comment on this post. The only stipulations are that they must be reasonable, safe, and not require a lot of resources such as money or equipment.

Experiment.

A Loss is A WIn

Hello People of Earth,

Does anyone else play Football Manager? I played a game before bed last night and it was one of the most enjoyable losses I have ever suffered. How can you enjoy losing you say? The simple answer is that you don’t, but I do enjoy the insights that come from a defeat. My forwards have the shooting prowess of a drunken night out blindfolded knowing you’re in your neighborhood without knowing which door leads into your home. They were shit! So many near misses that would have tied us the game…

I now have to assign my coaches to work on their shooting or risk being Manchester United this season. During that game I took a chance on a highly rated youth player I had in my academy. We’re talking four star player. He had a FINE game playing against our opponent that the best player award went to him. It shows character when you recover from an early mistake to become the best player on the pitch for that game. The spot is his to lose from now on.

On to the next game! Our next opponent is considered the favorites, but my mission is to spoil that label. A string of W’s is preferred to boost my simulation gaming ego and to give the players motivation to play for a nobody manager who decided to start a new save. I’ll go back to playing later once my responsibilities are done.

Win.

Hello Readers,

We are not librarians trapped in libraries of knowledge for every single topic we would like to know. In our pockets we have phones capable of doing that, but they are still at the mercy of humans knowing how to interact with them. In some instances our minds aren’t even aware that a potential piece of information might become useful at a later date. I think keeping a network of people you can resource is very important because they help you grow as a person. These people usually have something they are experts on, or at least have a lot of experience in, that they are very happy to pass on. We all enjoy feeling useful in some capacity, right? I met up with a wonderful person recently who acted as a sounding board for my future plans, while offering constructive suggestions during our conversation. It’s conversations like this that make you see things differently even if they’re painfully obvious or add hopeful excitement to your plans. We look at our own shit for too long that a fresh pair of eyes might offer us new insights. Should you take all of the suggestions, insights, criticisms, advice, and suggestions given to you? Of course not! You do have to think them over and take the ones that most suit your situation. This doesn’t paint you as a picky person. It paints you as an efficient editor who only takes what may work. We know ourselves better than the person sitting across from you. If not, that’s something that should be bumped up on our priority list.

Yourself.