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The Turfgrass Futurist, February 2014

Futurists or Futurologists are scientists and social scientists whose speciality is to attempt to  systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on earth in general.   Here we are, post-GIS2014 and all it's big reception and huge announcement glory and it is time to look at the future.   I've met and hung with a couple Futurists. Howard Rheingold wrote a book called "The

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Busy Body...

Just the other day my wife told me a story an acquaintance of hers shared. It was the story of a little girl having a difficult time adjusting to her newborn sibling. The little girl had been an only child for the first five years of her life and was now fearful that her parents wouldn't have enough love left for her after they loved the new baby. We've all have heard the tale in one version or another and the answer is always the same; Love grows with each new child that we embrace. This little

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

Update: New TurfNet Look Is Even Better On Devices

Last fall I provided a tutorial on using TurfNet from devices like smartphones and tablets. It makes it very easy to view things like the Forum, Jobs Board, and more all from any device. This month, Peter and the team at TurfNet have launched a new version of the site which looks great, and it works even better on mobile devices. While the basics of my previous full tutorial (read here) are the same, there are a few changes to the navigation and getting to areas of the site. So, here's a few tip

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

The Value of Stress

I've been ranting this past year about the demise of "Plant Health" as a viable term in golf turf management. The fact is the longer I ruminate about the concept that we think we can make a plant healthy, the more ludicrous plant health seems. The existence of an organism on a golf putting surface is entirely related to stress tolerance.   Quote Developing perennial surfaces requires a golf turf manager to understand ALL the stresses the plants are under-imposed by us, the weather or the p

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Then and now...

It's no secret that the rate of change today outpaces any other in history. What used to be measured in centuries now often comes down to a matter of years or even months.   I read a lot of novels. Turns out most are police or legal procedurals, with an occasional classic thrown in for contrast.  My wife buys the new books for the local library (it's a small Vermont country store-type library, in a room off the Town Hall - to give you a sense of scale), so I get first crack at the new ones com

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

My Best Career Advice Came From A Rock Star

Once upon a time, during my incarceration as a teenage migrant golf worker, I ran off.  Yes, I went over the wall, leaving Dad without a cup-changing, greensmowing night waterman.   Since childhood--possibly toddler-hood--I had been mowing and swing-blading dark-to-dark every summer.  I had excavated so many irrigation holes that I felt like Charles Bronson digging tunnels in a WWII Stalag escape movie.  I feared career burnout at age 17, so . . .   "Do it for free and the doors will open.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Film School 101 For The GCS

Here at The Rock, we've seen a significant increase in requests for information on video production.  Video can be an important component in the Golf Course Superintendent's set of skills, especially in the area of communication.  In true TurfNet style, we want to help.     The following video is the first in a series designed to make the GCS a little more familiar with video terminology, production techniques and the range of equipment involved in producing good quality video.   There will

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

New Year?

It's mid January and we are well under way with 2014. We have shaken of the dust of last year, got out our pen and paper and are ready to go to town with our long list of New Year's resolutions. This year is going to be different, I can feel it, it's going to be the best ever (screeeetcccchhh ? insert the sound of the needle dragging across the vinyl).   Hold on. Let's take a step back and think about this for a minute. Where is your list of resolutions from last year? Does it look disturbingl

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

How to Use Cover Letters to Your Advantage

There are countless articles and tips out there about writing an effective cover letter across many industries. What works and what doesn't in our industry? It varies with every club but there are some basic guidelines to work from that give you the best chance for success. So, here's a list of things to consider when writing an effective cover letter in the golf maintenance world.   Write a cover letter! You might think this is par for the course, but many in our industry do not even include

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Taking stock...

I'm admittedly a little late with my year-end backward glance and look-forward prognostications.  But so it is these days... so much to do, seemingly so little time.   2014 is a milestone year, of sorts.  TurfNet turns 20 on February 1 and I turn 60 on July 4. I'm not sure which is more monumental.  Probably the former, given the odds.   As I have said many times, one of my first goals as a newbie entrepreneur slicing through the uncharted waters of a paid information service/networking plat

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Wilber Agronomic Gazetteer, 2013 Edition

(gazetteer |gaziti()r| noun---a geographical index or dictionary. ORIGIN early 17th cent. (in the sense journalist): via French from Italian gazzettiere, from gazzetta (see gazette). The current sense comes from a late 17th-cent. gazetteer called The Gazetteer's: or, Newsman's Interpreter: Being a Geographical Index)   I used to send out a yearly rundown of the craziness of my travels and someone suggested that I should more widely distribute this as it was supposedly good reading. I stole t

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Top Turf Tool at Rockbottum CC?

The #1 tool for great turf is almost always the mind of the golf course superintendent.  Here at The Rock, we don't have a superintendent with a great mind, all we have is . . . me.   Therefore, we must rely on our Top Turf Tool, the Chainsaw.   Watch the following Rockbottum CC training film* to learn important secrets for success with your turf.   *Note:  This video has been buried in the archival vault (an old whiskey barrel near the wash rack) and we recently resurrected, re-edited and

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

How to Secure That ‘Super’ Job: Guest post by Greg Wojick

This winter I will be diving into building great career materials, but before I do I wanted to include a nice summary of things you can do to improve your career opportunities. My business partner, Greg Wojick (former career superintendent and long-time TurfNet member), recently put together the following list, and I thought it would be a nice start to the new year for us. We will dig deep into some of these in later columns. For more on Greg and his background, click here.     Looking to

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

It's 2014! Watch The Buddy 'n Randy Show!

Rockbottum Country Club TV is back for 2014 with The Buddy 'n Randy Show, for what was supposed to be a comprehensive look at the coming year in golf.     Somehow, Buddy knocked us off the rails with his inability to focus, so we will try again next week on the comprehensive thing.   The following VIDEO is worth negative CEUs, so I wouldn't mention it to anyone.  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

A GCS New Year's Rez That Will Work

Repeat after me, I (your name here) resolve to get rid of that tree (or trees) responsible for the epic all day frost, the weak turf, the surface roots, the buckled path, the increased need for spray apps and the various tree stuff caught in the reels and dragged across the green.   That's a pretty attainable New Year's Resolution.  Even if you just get one tree, you win.   I know, I've counseled 'Pick Your Battles' for years, but this is one of those line-in-the-sand fights that often deter

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Merry Christmas!

I admit it. I am a sucker for this time of year. Once the snow starts falling, the tree is up and the eggnog starts to flow, it can be the very best time of the year.  For most of us, the general business of the golf season is wound down, so it can be a great time to sit back and relax.   Yet the holidays can get away from us if we let it. If all we focus on are Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, and all the shopping days until Christmas eve, it can be easy to lose focus. The marketing machine is i

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

Me Wish You A Merry Christmas

I absolutely can not believe that it is Christmas 2013. Can't. Because it seems like just 28 days ago it was March of 2013 and Christmas 2012.   Clearly something happened this year in what seemed to be fleeting days filled with fun, hassle, joy and abject stupidity.   It seems like this time of year polarizes lots of people. (see what I did there...Polar...). Be it family stuff or religious stuff or weather stuff or just plain stuff, the Holidays put people to the act of decision of some so

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Christmas Can Be Tough

This Christmas, as you enjoy the warmth of bright lights, colors, grand feasts and fleeting moments of memories of childhood, take a moment to remember our active-duty military out there far from home.   Even for hardened troops, Christmas can be a rough time; loneliness tends to creep in, no matter how many others are nearby.   For military families with young children and a loved one on deployment, a feeling of emptiness stands ready to overwhelm the festive aura.   Let's remember our ac

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

End of Year Thanks, Handwritten to You

This past week I have been working on getting end of year notes to clients and friends in the industry ready to send out, and I wanted to do something similar for all of you Turfnetters reading this blog.   It has been great to write these past couple of months and I hope that it has assisted you in your career. I am really honored to be associated with TurfNet and special thanks to Peter for all his efforts in the industry.   It would be easy just to type out some thanks to you guys, but af

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Billy Jack is Dead

A few days ago, my aging dumb-phone was overwhelmed with a barrage of text messages, all worded the same:  Billy Jack is Dead.   There are quite a few folks aware that the character of Billy Jack was my hero and role model and they wanted to sympathize with me.  Joe, my best buddy from high school, (Known as Jo-dell in Rockbottum Land) assured me he was handling the news in an honorable way, by wearing a black tee shirt, blue jean jacket and walking smartly around the house singing "One Tin So

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Mystery of Mowing

In addition to being a "science blogger guy" for TurfNet, I am also a TurfNet Member. I'm a TurfNet member because I learn a ton of stuff from the webinars, the forums, and of course my fellow bloggers as well as Randy's Vlog!   I am personally psyched about the upcoming "Quality of Cut" week. I can't wait to hear the scheduled industry leaders try and explain the mystery of reel mowing. I researched and read about the history, development, and latest innovations of the reel mower in the mid-2

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Forgive and forget...

"One forgives to the degree that one loves."  Francois de La Rochefoucauld    I had planned on a different post this week, but the recent death of Nelson Mandela changed my mind. I am not sure if there has been another person in my lifetime who has effected as much positive change as he did. He was many things to many people; a revolutionary, a saint, a shrewd politician... but for me personally his greatest lesson came in his ability to forgive.   Mandela spent 27 years of his life imprison

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

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