May 2007 Archives

May 24, 2007

Coming up big when it counted

"Fly ball," the coaches told Indian Land native Harley Lail in the dugout. "All you need to do to win this game is get the ball in the air and deep."

-- Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald

Instead Lail's bases loaded single in the bottom of the 12th won the game (4-3) for the University of South Carolina baseball team in their SEC tournament opener against Florida in Hoover, Ala.

Lail found out he would start during batting practice before the game Thursday.

Noted and quoted -- Danielle Lail

"If I was a serious journalist, I would probably never use a blog as my source. Blogs are usually just opinions, and if I were writing a hard news story I would never quote a blog. However, if I were writing a soft news story or a feature story, I would consider using a blog. I don't think blogs should be considered credible because anybody can write one. Although some credible people write blogs I don't think the blog itself should be quoted. If a journalist wants a quote from the blogger I would suggest they talk to them personally not use the writer's blog as a source. A direct quote from the blogger would be ok to use as a news source."

-- Danielle Lail, journalism student at Salt Lake Community College, quoted a story on May 23, 2007, in

May 17, 2007

Flirting with the abyss of chaos

Discovered a new band with a Lail.

Bob Lukomski (vocals), Haji Majer (on guitar, iPod and processing) and Thomas Lail (prepared guitar, processing) have done an album-length experimental instrumental piece, "In the Motherheart of God the Father," on the Homestijl Composition label. The trio -- known as Lukomski/Majer/Lail -- will be making a rare live performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Saratoga Arts Center in Albany, N.Y..

Lukomski describes the live show as "music that flirts with the abyss of chaos."

See the group's MySpace page and hear a sample of their music.

(via Albany Times-Union)

May 9, 2007

Lails in luck with Google

A Wall Street Journal article about people's names and Google has been creating a lot of buzz this week among the blogger crowd.

For Lails, there's good news. The name's pretty rare -- and that's good on Google's home page. Enter "John Lail," for instance, in Google with the quotes and it comes up with 84 results (as least it did tonight). Enter "John Smith" and you get 2.74 million results; without the quotes, you get 458 million results. That'd take awhile to pore through.

As Anne Zelenka says: "No, these days, you’d do well to have an unusual name that will not leave you buried by more famous people in Google searches. .... Parents even resort to checking Google before naming their children, hoping to give their offspring a leg up in the online market of professional repute."

It used to be that if you entered Lail in Google, the first result was always actress Leah Lail (whatever happened to her, anyway), but alas, she's been dethroned by a vineyard. Tony Lail Vineyards is No. 1.

The Zelenka piece as well as one from Scott Karp suggest some ways to move your name up Google's search results. But seriously, if your name is Lail and someone enters your name in Google, you'll likely be on the first page of results.

Maybe all those mispronunciations are worth it, aren't they. Mr. Lyle!

Try it.

May 8, 2007

A promotion

Cary Lail have been promoted to vice president at McDonald-York, a general contractor in Raleigh.

-- Raleigh News and Observer