Dodgeball vs. Twitter Compared on TechCrunch

I’ve been giving Twitter.com a try for a few days and comparing it to Dodgeball.com. I have to say that Twitter is pretty sweet. TechCrunch explains some of the differences here, and throws in a plug for FaceBook later in the article:

SXSW Showdown: Dodgeball Vs. Twitter

With both services, users establish a friends list to whom messages are broadcast. Twitter allows you to update your status through IM, SMS or a web-based client. Dodgeball functions exclusively through SMS at this point. They each have a distinct use when it comes to coordinating with many people while away from home. Because they allow you to send one message that is then sent to all of the people on your list, you can easily inform a group of people of your whereabouts or whatever else you wish to say. You can also elect to receive updates from your friends through IM, SMS or through the website.

I’m break it down more later. Time for dinner.

Jenni Ripley Quoted in Wall Street Journal over Dodgeball.com Controversy

Hilarious:

Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration – WSJ.com

“After joining Dodgeball, Minneapolis Web developer Jenni Ripley, 33, upgraded her text-messaging plan with her wireless carrier when she exceeded her previous monthly quota of 1,000 messages. She and her friends have gotten flak after sending alcohol-fueled strings of late-night messages to their network, or posting messages from places that aren’t identifiable meeting spots (such as her boyfriend’s car), which some members say is an inappropriate use of the service. “It’s caused a massive amount of drama,” she said.”

Find a little Dodgeball background here. Aaron has a great history of the Minneapolis Dodgeball scene here.

Don’t Make Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosemary, and Garlic Lasagna

I decided to make lasagna the other night while walking into the Seward Coop. So I pulled up Food TV on my Treo, searched for Lasagna, and found the recipe linked to below. I figured Butternut Squash was in season, so I’d give it a shot. However, I didn’t spend enough time looking at all the steps involved in making this concoction.

It’s way too much work. For example, this is just one step of the process:

Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosemary, and Garlic Lasagna

In a large heavy saucepan, cook garlic in butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Stir in four and cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whish in milk mixture in a stream until smooth. Return pan to heat and simmer sauce, whisking occasionally, about 10 minutes, or until thick. Stir in squash and salt and pepper, to taste. Sauce may be made 3 days ahead and chilled, its surface covered with plastic wrap.

It’s time to switch back to eating out. Cooking is way too much work, and it hurts my Dodgeball ranking.

Minneapolis Dodgeball November Rankings

Dodgeball has released their November rankings, and it looks like Aaron L. took the top spot:

Dodgeball November Rankings

You may be wondering, “But Ed, it says Aaron was third.” Yes, that’s true, but I’m disqualifying jenni (why doesn’t Jenni have a last name?) and Brian S. for their cheapy check-ins. And that moves me up into the Bronze spot.

Also, Ben of BenCredible.com finished in an adjusted 5th place, but has recently decided to drop his 3-times weekly checkins at his sports chiropractor. He’s assured me that he’ll make up for the deficit in coming months with additional bar hopping.

Dodgeball launched a new mobile version over the weekend. Check out The Deets about that here.

And one more Dodgeball note: I’ve syndicated my Dodgeball check-ins to the right column of TheDeets.com. Thanks for the inspiration, Aaron.