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@ginidietrich You and me both! I had one ride recently and thought I was going to explode from joy.
Let's stick with my weather app. Says 63 degrees on April 10th.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Hugh Jackman Sings and a Waitress Will Make You Cry
Hahahahahaha!!! 7 day forecast!!! Gosh, I hope that's not all true! April 10th...holding out for April 10th! Gonna go check the extended forecast again on my phone. Pray for good news!
(Though I must say, I do find it hysterical that even @gini has had enough of winter.
@ginidietrich, PHEW! It is an awesome vid...but I was kidding...
I knew you were not serious about the weather...but I know some readers might not be clued in to reality. HIGHLY doubtful with this crowd. But just in case...
I do still blame you for all the snow, however. All those damn snow dances that you and everyone else did over the past several years is having an impact. But I got a REALLY warm winter jacket this year, and since I'm in an apt., I don't have to shovel anymore. So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
6 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Dance Edition
@gini dietrich, (Why won't this tag you?)
I gots 2 bones to pick with you, woman.
First, climate and weather are different. Weather is too short of a time span to reflect climate change/global warming. Global warming is just one impact from the changes to our planet. Extreme weather is another change. They are separate but related. And who can argue that we haven't seen some extreme weather over the past few years. WOWZA!
2nd, I send an awesome video of a dog dancing...you have all dancing videos, but not that one? Deeply and profoundly hurt. The Beth video wouldn't play anyway...tho I grant you, the huskie video was pretty amazing. Even with them taunting that dog so horrifically.
Let's bring it to the people. Who thinks this video is at least as good as the ones in the post?
Well done, @belllindsay ! LOVE the seniors figuring out vid record. And the old guys who are friends. Sadly, perhaps I identify with them...being old and all. Did you see that the couple on the computer vid has over 1 million views? Made me happy to see that.
Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I sure earned this one.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Hip Hop, Bench Presses, and Funny Old People
@yvettepistorio @belllindsay @Howie Goldfarb No you don't. I was so sorry I watched it.
@ginidietrich @HeidiMassey You want I should lie? (Said in my best Jewish martyr accent!)
11 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: A Party Pooper and the Banana Potato Song
Oh, and NOTHING like Captain Crunch Peanut Butter or Cinnamon Life. The best!
OK, I thought the party pooper one was stupid. Sorry. I think it was even fake. Didn't work for me.
But the puppy? I could watch that over and over and over? What the heck was it doing? Trying to catch the air? SO CUTE!
The childhood stuff was my kids...so I just felt old. But the tread mill one was wonderful. He would just go back to running...amazing!
@mickeygomez But sometimes their mouths are a size 12, so that can help.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Worst Nice Meeting You Email in the Universe – An Interpretation
OK, just saw his picture. He's probably not Jewish. But then why is he donating to an organization that trains dogs to sniff for bombs in Israel? I give up.
@IveyWest I am so pleased they did that! He deserves almost whatever comes his way now.
Of course, the asshole is Jewish. Why do my people have to harbor so much of the burden of assholes amongst us? Glad I'm on Jewcation. I can just pretend I'm not one of them right now.
I cannot believe he is serious. @mickeygomez you are awesome for writing this. I hope the story explodes on him and he gets all kinds of horrific press. But let's be honest. Some dumb woman will be attracted to him, find him and they will fall in love. Or at least she, with his money, and he, with her size -4 body. #sigh
@belllindsay Yes, it is. But I think everyone was hoping you wouldn't figure it out. However, when they do the special Canuckistan list, you will be there, right at the top, eh?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Six Qualities of Past Featurees
@RebeccaTodd And I represent the chopped liver contingent.
@creativeoncall I think I'm in love. #swoon
And note to the wise: Commenting on your phone can mak you look like an idiot. Too many typos! And accidental premature posting.
Thanks for including me! Went back and reread the old post and comments. My day is set.
So about these songs...I should become familiar with someone who has taken to posting information about me online. Where might I find one? And should I be creeped out about this? ;-)Was probably a pity inclusion because we nonprofit folks need all the help we can get, right.Well, at least we all now have bragging rights. Included in 2 Follow Fridays
Oh, you damn lefties with your stupid trust but verify bs. @bobledrew @HeidiMassey @mickeygomez
12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Bob LeDrew
@Howie Goldfarb CLEARLY you do NOT speak Cannuckistanese. AY? It is eh. Learn the dialect please! @jasonkonopinski @bobledrew
Bob Le WHO? Oh, PEPE you say? HI BOBLE!!! Nice to have you in the club...that I have already been a member of for maybe close to a year by now. Better late than never, eh? (See what I did there?)
@mickeygomez spoke accurately about our little Bobbie ;-) One of the best things to result from my time on social media is knowing him. HUGE heart. Smart. Funny. Always there to support everyone in a needy moment. And as a fellow biker, I am in awe of his rides. I am still in the 20-25 mile club (WHATEVER that might be in Cannuckistan language.) Much love to you @Bob LeDrew. <3 <3 <3
Interesting that H&M is a comparison company on the chart. They experienced their own maelstrom surrounding child labor and unfair labor practices in foreign countries. Guess that proves the point that companies can survive a social media crisis. But the repeated dings ultimately will have an impact.
As an aside, not sorry to see them struggle. My kids NEVER bought anything at their A&F stores, because they didn't want to look like everyone else. And their stuff was pricey, so they'd rather get more stuff that was less expensive. I hated walking into those stores. Dark. Music blaring. NOT a parent-friendly experience.
1 year ago on Social Justice: Is Abercrombie & Fitch Paying the Price?
I worked at a synagogue for 10 years, and as sort of part of the job description, I went to a lot of funerals. Every now and then, there was a eulogy for someone I didn't meet that made me say afterwards, I am so sorry I never met this person. That's what your tribute for Dennis made me feel.
So sorry for your loss Mickey. Sounds like he was an incredible person. I hope that your memories and the memories of the rest of the community serve as some form of comfort.
1 year, 2 months ago on Remembering Dennis Lane
@Danny Brown And if you haven't read Nate St Pierre's post on why he won't work at a nonprofit, I can provide that as well. Provides more thoughts about being a bit more disruptive.
1 year, 2 months ago on Why Diminishing the Benefits of Slacktivism Isn't A Great Idea
@Danny Brown There are so many things so horribly wrong with his post that I don't even know where to begin. He's living in a different sector, and not leading the charge toward innovation and moving us forward. The idea that nonprofit pros need to make paltry salaries is becoming more and more old school as people start to realize that investing in infrastructure, back office, staff, etc., are what will allow nonprofits to achieve big stuff. (See Dan Palotta's Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html ) I am with @JohnHaydon here. Not sure his post adds any value to the conversation.
It's about time that nonprofits start doing some things to piss people off. It's about time they start shaking things up. And it's about time they start turning things on their head. The old stuff isn't working. But I bet Unicef's campaign is.
@Danny Brown, oops. I shall go read. Thanks!
Thanks @Danny Brown
I would love to see the data on what happens as a result of this campaign. My thinking is that it will raise big money. And not anger a whole lot of people...I have not heard anyone in the nonprofit sector complain...yet. Hoping that it generates some great conversation as well.
I can't disagree with you about the value of slacktivism. But I do think you are being unfair to Unicef. Their point was not that social media has no value. Their point, to me at least, was that people over value the impact of a FB like and then check out from doing more. We all have seen the power of social media over the past few years...look at what happened in Boston just last week. However, organizations need us to do more. They need us to volunteer, to donate, and to show up. Too many people have decided that it is all they really need to do...provides an easy excuse. They want folks to do more. I think it was a a great image and I was happy to see it.
All I have to say is OMG. Best G & T ever.
(Oh, and when they warned us they were going to show a picture of a real parasite infested tongue, I should have stopped watching.)
1 year, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Obamas Take to Video
So, the puppy is totally adorable. But who the hell ties their dog to a treadmill? And I am biased about the singing kid since I found that video. But honestly, the Panhandler Party truly had me laughing hard. It was really clever. And I am such a sap for any sort of flash mob or surprise like that acting troupe. I just am. So they win.
1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Teen Jeopardy, MyFace, and More
Oh my God, @ginidietrich I just watched the first video and I am a total and complete mess. How could you do that to us? I started blubbering within the first minute and it went down hill from there. I'm still crying.
1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Iron Man 3 (My Boyfriend) and YOLO
As a relative newbie to the social media for profit space, I find this all fascinating. I'm not sure what the ultimate impact will be for all of these businesses...I know that GoDaddy sadly had a huge spike in business on the Monday after the Superbowl. Whether that was due to the big kiss or the #bigidea, I don't know...but we can hope. I do know that I served Doritos and Oreos to my Social Media Campaigns class on Tuesday night...because that just seemed to be the right thing to do. And they were quite pleased by that decision.
As for kilts, I'm sure it is Danny and Andrew's fault...
1 year, 5 months ago on The Hashtag Bowl
"...Storify users do NOT have access to content on the web that they couldn’t otherwise see themselves.”
This is NOT true. If I post something from a private group and you are a Storify user not in that group and you see it, you now have access to that content. What am I missing here.
The guy is an ass and karma is a bitch. He will get his payback for not handling this well. I'm not sure what he thought he was gaining with his defensive responses.
Thanks for another reminder @allenmireles (because sadly, there can never be enough) that nothing is truly private on the internet. And kudos to the smarties that discovered this, wrote about it, and/or were quoted in this post.
1 year, 5 months ago on Storify and Facebook Privacy Breaches: How NOT to Respond
@ryancox @belllindsay @ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski NOW you are entering one of my most very favorite topics--introverts and extroverts. I LOVE this definition: How you charge your battery at the end of the day....you can be outgoing or shy. That's different that being introverted or extroverted. Ryan, I am a total extrovert. As far to the end of that continuum as I can possibly be. And I am absolutely giddy and joyful to be working at home. Especially in these freezing temps. But it does mean that I need to be mindful about scheduling time with people. I need to be conscious about including fun and meetings and time out and about. It's definitely easier with social media as well. I don't feel isolated. Someone is always available. But if I go too long, I definitely start to suffer. I also find that as I have gotten older, I am able to be alone more than I used to be. I still prefer people, but being alone doesn't deplete me as much as it used to.
1 year, 5 months ago on Getting Things Done: Why Working at Home is Better
@AmyVernon @AnneReuss Chicago? REALLY??? YEA!!!!!
1 year, 6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Vernon
I couldn't find it at first...because you edited your damn comment! Bwhahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!
Amy Vernon ...in case you go missing... Wednesday at 9:11am
Amy Vernon ...in case you disappear... Wednesday at 1:41pm
YEA @AmyVernon Wonderful choice, @ginidietrich Amy is the absolute bestest! She likes all my Facebook stuff. She's a really smart grammar nazi--cept when she says "gone missing." She's funny as can be. And she isn't afraid to say the truth. About anything to anyone. And she has an awesome new puppy named Lumi, with the coolest blue eyes I have ever seen. So happy to start my day reading this post!!!
@ginidietrich @AmyVernon Wait! I thought everyone was the wife of @Tinu and we were all sister wives. Didn't know there were cross marriages. That's starting to sound a little crazy to me.
1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Heidi Massey
@Tinu That's alright. I'm old. It's ok to peak now. (Thanks, Tinu!)
@magriebler Cool! Which nonprofit? If you are interested, I run a Facebook group that is just for nonprofit pros in Chicago. We are starting to approach 200 people. Becoming a pretty great resource. Here's the link if you want to join: http://www.facebook.com/groups/282133708530530/
@mickeygomez Awwww, Mickey! That's one of the nicest comments anyone has ever posted anywhere about me. Thank you! So glad we have connected and even met in person. You are a bright spot in any day in which I think of you...which is pretty much every day.
@AmyVernon And a comment on that blog by one of my favorite people!
@LisaThorell Beautiful! Thank you. I will have to see if my musician son has heard of them.
@magriebler Thank you! Do you work at or with nonprofits too?
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes And you as well! Thank you!
@SocialMediaDDS You are always so good for my ego! I feel so lucky to know you, my always kind, upbeat, and encouraging friend. Hoping we can have another lunch again soon! xoxoxo
@DavidSvet I'm too slow to follow. They'll just be frustrated...except on Twitter!
@jeanniecw Thank you! So nice of you to say!
@danieleagee Not often that folks call me that. Thank you. I think...
@Pamela Grow Oh, friend! You know it is mutual. You inspire me every day! Thanks for the kind words.
@barrettrossie I like it better than walking, or standing around waiting for a bus or a train. Although, today was the first day below high 30's and I didn't bike at all. We'll see how hardy I am once I do that. I think I need some more gear.
@debdobson62 Thank you! Great to connect with you too. It's amazing how biking makes me so happy. When I have to drive in the city, it just depresses me. Today I have to go get a rental car because my daughter is getting her wisdom teeth out. And I am dreading it. Can't wait to return the car tomorrow!
@MylesPulse Awwww, Myles! I was smitten with you immediately! How could I not want to help you? Thanks for the kind words.
@Sean McGinnis LOL. That is QUITE an assumption...
@ginidietrich Well, that just doesn't seem fair. I have a pretty great network. I'll see what I can do.
@jasonkonopinski The agents and reporters are already lined up outside my apartment building.
@jasonkonopinski We have tripped over a bit in at least one FB group and on different FB threads. But have never interacted. Until now ;-)
You woke up to snow and I woke up to this. Pretty sure I won.What a delightful surprise! Thanks, @Gini (who I cannot tag!) So incredibly kind of you to write this. And I didn't even have to pay you ;-)
Didn't know Mr. D was an extrovert like I am. So many of my friends tell me I am a lot like their husbands...something about that feels like I should be concerned.
You have been a wonderful cheerleader as I have navigated this new period of my life. I am profoundly grateful for that. I feel very lucky to know you. Just another reason to make me love social media even more.
Glad you got your snow. I might even suck it up and enjoy it in honor of you. I was sort of secretly hoping for snow today. I guess you are rubbing off on me. Just a little.
Thanks again, @Gini (wanted to try just one more time) You made my day!
Big day! The beginning of a new and wonderful adventure for you. Congratulations on following your heart!
In Hebrew, we say "Liheetraot" not goodbye. It means, see you soon. Perhaps it might come in handy. :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on When Life Happens
@ginidietrich MAYBE the bites of the cookie. NOT the rest. For sure not the rest. I'd have to ride to the south side. Like 195th.
1 year, 7 months ago on How Social Media Affects Your Job Search
@jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich @belllindsay I've never been asked to guest blog. *sigh* And like I said before. I WRITE GOOD!
@JuliaGray1 @ginidietrich @belllindsay I got first dibs, Julia! See my earlier post. I write good!
@jasonkonopinski @belllindsay @HowieG @allenmireles @ginidietrich I prefer choc chip cookie skillets with ice cream. But then I feel like a total blob afterwards when I bike.
@ginidietrich @HowieG I love that he even ended with a preposition. Golden.
Oops! I already messed up...writing test!
When can I start? I'll take the writing contest and do real good! ;-)
@ginidietrich Awwww, thanks Gini! It wasn't a huge deal, but it did make me stop and think and become a little more defensive on the road when biking.
2 years ago on Seven Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists
Give 'em hell @ginidietrich
I just went carless as of July 1st. And have been doing a lot of biking even before then. Just a few weeks ago, a taxi pulled over right in front of me and the passenger opened the passenger side back door. I had no time to stop. I don't remember exactly what I hit-I think I squeaked by and sort of nicked the parked car and the taxi. My chain came off of my bike and I was shaken up a bit. But in all honesty, I wouldn't have looked before opening the door so it is hard to blame the woman. The taxi driver, however, should have known better. He drove past me on the road.
I am getting braver in my biking-pulling into the left turn lane instead of crossing in the cross walks and having to wait for 2 lights. I still live in the burbs for a few more weeks, and I am sure the drivers out here think I am absolutely nuts. But I am probably more careful than any other bikers and drivers on the road. They tend to give you lots of space on a bike in the burbs.
Hoping the urban drivers out there read this carefully and give bikers a little more space on the road.
The video? LOL! Excellent find @allenmireles This post is conveying important information. To the non-users "of a certain age" and younger gen x, y, etc folks who have to deal with all of us "of a certain age." It provides great insight into the mindset and great motivation for those technophobes to take a leap. Join us. The social media water, although not always perfectly mirror smooth, is actually pretty delightful. And most certainly refreshing. Nice job Allen! And who invited @bobledrew to this party? He's too young, isn't he? ;)
2 years, 1 month ago on Social Media For Women (And Men) Of A Certain Age
Late to the game but not gonna miss the opportunity to first point out that the photo is of my most favorite nonprofit Open Books. And by a little co-inkydink, they are the nonnprofit I have chosen for Chicago. We are very much looking forward to the 1st place $15,000 prize. Just think of all the good that money will do. Think of the children!!!
Thanks for the post @geoffliving and thanks for allowing it, oh task master @ginidietrich Maybe we'll even get some of your $$$ for Open Books ;)
2 years, 2 months ago on Join Razoo on June 14 for Twive and Receive
@DenVan Even if I wasn't a vegetarian, that recipe would make me want to throw up.
And I appreciate the "seriousness" with which you shall now respond to me ;) Going to check out more of the book, for sure. Right after I finish rejecting a whole load of LinkedIn template invites ...
2 years, 2 months ago on A tricky balance: social etiquette
When I got the invite from @DenVan my immediate reaction was, "Who the "f" is that?" Kidding...
Not a big deal if I get the template from you...but I get loads from people I have never met or even engaged with...so why would I say yes? It was tough enough to decide if I wanted to say yes to you.
Thanks for the insights Dennis. This isn't life altering. And whatever works is what works for folks...And I still like and respect you, in spite of your LinkedIn template invite.
And by the way, the Letters of Introduction excerpt is truly awesome. I want to share that with everyone I know. Truly love it!
Yea @allenmireles Thank you so much for posting this. It is a huge pet peeve of mine. My problem is that I get loads of requests to connect from people who I don't know. If they are creepy and doing mass outreach I can eliminate them easily. But sometimes it is just someone who doesn't know better. And so they find me and send an invite. And there are some cool people who, given the right circumstances, I would happily accept the request to connect. But it sure is a lot of work to figure that out when they are the ones who reached out to me. If they want to connect to me, it is their job to sell that idea to me if I don't know them. I don't know if they are lazy or they don't know any better. Many times, I will ask them why they want to connect. And if I get a great answer, I am thrilled and connect. Keep banging the drum. Lots of folks do not know.
2 years, 2 months ago on Your Linkedin Invitations? Personalize Them. First Impressions Matter.
So Anderson Cooper. I love him always. But his giggles make my day every time. Almost enough to watch him with Kathy Lee Gifford or whatever that irritating woman's name is on New Year's Eve. I sat and giggled hysterically right along with him while watching. The greatest.
But Caine's Arcade? I called it on early Tuesday morning with some "punk" friends of mine. Said it was gonna go viral. And have been obsessed all week. Gonna get Nirvan, the filmmaker, to Chicago or bust. We have a social good film fest in October and he's just gotta get here for it. Best write up of it is so worth the read: http://spotlight.macfound.org/blog/entry/lessons-on-connected-learning-from-caines-arcade/ It is a blog by the MacArthur Foundation on Digital Media and Learning. My new most favorite discovery of the week. And it's only Monday.
Thanks for another great G&T @ginidietrich ! Certainly among my very favorite reading spots :-)
2 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Cardboard Arcade and Texts from My Dog
@ginidietrich I don't ever want to be a part of a world that whirls by that quickly. 5 days works for me...
2 years, 3 months ago on Etch A Sketch Hits PR Mecca With Romney Gaffe
What is it about your blog that has folks wandering so far off topic? Could wind up anywhere. Fits my A.D.D. mind perfectly.
I love this post Gini. First, it takes you closer to politics than I have ever seen you go. Bet Mr. D LOVES that! And I didn't know about how well the company had seized the reins of contemporary events for their benefit. That is truly awesome. Smart and quick thinking. That is the kind of PR even I might enjoy being a part of...instead of some of the discussions I have read elsewhere about BP doing better PR after the oil spill for example...
I just saw this via Shonali Burke on G+ and included it in my e-newsletter-linking to this page. Now to learn how to embed the image instead of just inserting a link...
2 years, 4 months ago on Cartoon of the day
Oh so much to say about all of this. First, snow-yuck. But you already know how I feel. Second, puppies, Animal Planet. Watch "Too Cute." Nothing but adorable, squeaking baby animals. Third, I believe the woman on the train was in that same electronics store you referred to in number 4, and found her own solution.
2 years, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: No Toilet Paper, Tech Terms, and Puppies
I so didn't think I was gonna laugh. Especially when I first started watching it. But when she got up out of bed and was positively joyful about the slot coming to her party, it was hysterical. Reminded me of when my kids were little and had the same sort of reaction. They were about 4 years old at the time.
2 years, 5 months ago on A Little Break from PR and Marketing
What a lovely video @Danny Brown I am so happy for you and for all the wonderful good that has come your way. May 2012 be even better. Wishing lots of joy to you and your loved ones.
2 years, 7 months ago on A Christmas Video Message
@ginidietrich Cat's out of the bag honey. The world now knows the truth. And I am totally disillusioned. Tho, I now love @Tinu more than ever!
2 years, 8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Tinu Abayomi-Paul
Yea! One of the world's best kept secrets. Just glad I can say I knew @Tinu way back when...whenever "when" was. But I am shocked @ginidietrich that you turn to Tinu with questions. Seriously thought you knew everything. You have burst my bubble!
And now that I'm home with internet out I am appreciating your mobile compatible site. yea! That's another biggie!
3 years ago on How Is Your Business Dressed?
So I have been summoned by @Tinu to comment. Perhaps for my high fashion sense ;) Or perhaps because I'm an accidental techie and a nonprofit pro, which is a different perspective. I do know that I keep hearing your name @Shonali so I am thrilled our virtual paths have crossed. A lousy website is sort of like a hotmail or aol email account. Do you know that Gmail is free? Or saying, "No, we aren't on fb or twitter yet." Why not? It's a quick way for someone to just dismiss you and what you are doing.
I think the idea of simplicity is key. I run away quickly when a site attacks me with too many words on a page. I am overwhelmed before I start. Pictures are key. And the point about working links-that's a biggie too. And make it simple. How often do we have to hunt all over to find simple information on a site. Contact information. Basics about what the organization/product is all about. Who is on staff.
Shonali, I love your site. I never see these colors used anywhere. The artwork (bird in the tree) is simple, light and elegant . Your site makes me think you must be cool and so your tagline totally works for me.
The other thing I might suggest is barter. When you are starting a business or a nonprofit, money is tight. Bartering is becoming a big deal. There are even sites now that deal with it. So if you can't afford to pay for tech or design support, see if you can barter with someone who can. Just my less than 2 cents.
Thanks for the recommendation Claudia. Great call! Heather, great to learn about you! @ParkRidgeDDS @HeatherWhaling @ginidietrich@heidiekmassey
3 years, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Heather Whaling
@jeanniecw Thank you for a wonderful and balanced comment! You are SPOT ON! The black and white view, or the discussion focusing only on women is too narrow and misses some important ideas. Thanks for voicing those views!
3 years, 9 months ago on Having Children Means You Can’t Run a Start-Up