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I liked the music that was jamming for the first 1:20.
2 years, 6 months ago on Vlog – I Took Your Suggestions (Bad Idea)
@ErinSmithDoolittle As a Survivor fan, you might think this is cool. My friend managed a swanky fitness club in Metro Detroit. He told me that one of the members was holding this benefit and had paid to have a bunch of Survivors from the first 4 seasons come to town as special guests to try to draw a lot of people in and raise a bunch of money. As a big Survivor fan, I asked if he could get me in to the benefit so I could meet some of them...but you know how rich folks are...he said it was very doubtful.
So, day of the event, I'm bumming because he's at this event and hanging out with all of these people I had been watching on the old telly...when I get a call. It was very cryptic...it just consisted of my aforementioned friend saying "come to the club right now." So, I rush to pick up my girlfriend and make the short drive to the club...park my car...walk up the steps and through the door...and was completely overwhelmed by the lack of people.
Apparently the benefit was not a hit...5 members had shown up for the event. Meanwhile, there are 8 former Survivor cast members standing around and drinking free beer and hanging out with each other. My girlfriend and I spent the next 2 hours just shooting the breeze with old Rodger, Michael Skupin, Keith Famie, Clarence Black, Alicia Calaway, etc. The club's blunder ending up being to our advantage and we spent the evening living it up in Reality TV Land.
2 years, 6 months ago on Promote Your Blog On My Blog Right NOW – Take II
Twas no accident
You wanted another bump
Wil Wheaton's your pimp
Not to focus on the wrong thing here...well, maybe it's not the wrong thing, since this post is about being proactive. If you notice a guy laying down and you can't tell if he's dead or alive, the proactive thing would be to immediately run outside and make sure that he's alright. A few minutes passing, if he actually isn't breathing, would probably mean the difference between life or death.
I guess the same could be said of our businesses. If we are waiting the equivalent of a "few minutes" as a small business, our recent opportunity could disappear or our current small problem could explode into something bigger.
2 years, 6 months ago on Small Business Customer Service Should be Proactive
@amberrisme Ya know, if the frog works, it works. Thanks for stopping by and chiming in, Amber!
2 years, 7 months ago on
The Power of a Business Name Change
Thanks for the reminder, Margie. It really irks me when people complain about this very thing. It's not unfair that someone has more money than me...it's an opportunity to work to get there. All of us are blessed in some way...understanding that fact helps us to control that feeling of entitlement.
2 years, 7 months ago on I wonder what your basis for comparison is
@margieclayman LOL! Nah, I get it...I am just a huge stats nerd and wanted to throw my 2 cents in. Great post, as always. :-)
2 years, 7 months ago on Your Chances Are 50/50
I think you're joking...but just in case you aren't:
Just because something has two possible outcomes (you will either die today or you won't), the odds of either occurring are not 50/50. If it were, 50% of the world's population would die every day. If that were the case, at the end of a month there would be somewhere between 6 to 7 people left in the world.
This reminds me of a Stephen Colbert (maybe Jon Stewart?) segment where they were interviewing this guy back in the day about the likelihood of the Large Hadron Collider destroying the earth by creating the Higgs Boson particle. Physicists working on the project predicted the odds of this happening as so small they were negligible. An opponent of the collider argued that because the only two outcomes of the experiments were that it either would or wouldn't end the world, there was a 50/50 chance we were all going to be destroyed. A bit of an over-simplification.
Oh, by the way...I'm buying 2 lottery tickets tomorrow. Since both tickets will either win or lose, they each have a 50/50 chance of winning. That being the case, one or the other is going to win. Private island, here I come!!!
@shawmu Yeah, clearly my Photoshop skills are not nearly to the level that I would like...but I was able to visualize my dream car, so I'm on my way!
Being "meh," is nothing to write home about, trust me. I've spent enough time in that place to know that you've gotta aim for more than that.
Thanks for chiming in. Have a great rest of your week!
2 years, 7 months ago on
Are you Still Dreaming Big?
@christinejbrady That's great, Christine. Thanks for sharing! I guess you could say I am living my dream too, in a way. While I'm not a FAMOUS singer, I do get to sing and play the guitar nearly every week at church for hundreds of people. I don't get paid, but it's awesome to help serve in ways that I am passionate about!
2 years, 8 months ago on
Are you Still Dreaming Big?
Want a artist reputation? Check out Ernie Halter. I have a man crush on him. You won't be disappointed. And if you ARE disappointed, you're wrong. (or you're lying and you're out to get me)
2 years, 8 months ago on What Your Friends Owe You
I adore the compensation you cache here. I be about to flag this site, and arrival with consistency for the scheme of illuminating my brain.
I'd thank Ike for letting me "steal" his comment, but I think he might be a robot.
2 years, 8 months ago on Blog Theft is Serious…but Sometimes It Can Be Entertaining
"...and the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
"...a real Renaissance man."
The only thing that could've made the beginning of this post any better is if you had called Descartes a "Mathemagician." Then you REALLY would've had me! :-)
Maybe it's a healthy grasp on my position in the online world (low on the totem pole) or an unhealthy, over-active ego (I've been accused before), but I haven't felt the compulsion to post constantly. I mean, I think I have good content, but not a whole lot of people would realize that I was missing for a few days...a week...a few weeks. On the flip side though? I think that the people who have discovered my blog and have interacted with me wouldn't move on if they didn't hear from me for a short while. Make sense?
Luckily, I lead a very active life outside of the online realm, so maybe that plays into my point of view. I love being online and communicating/sharing, but it isn't the most important part of my life.
Anyway, thanks for the post. Talk to you soon.
2 years, 8 months ago on I’m online therefore I am
"My mom, dad, girlfriend, sister and boyfriend are all here." Your girlfriend AND your boyfriend were there? Was that awkward?
2 years, 9 months ago on Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!
"If your car pulls to the left, get used to it."
Or take it to the shop and get it fixed. It's probably indicative of something that is broken or damaged (or soon will be).
Classic, lazy line.
P.S. My car has been pulling to the left for like 3 years.
2 years, 9 months ago on Stairs Never Get Easier
Bloggers: Here's one -- nine pence.
Advertising: I'm not dead!
Bloggers: Nothing -- here's your nine pence.
Real-Life: Here -- he says he's not dead!
Bloggers: Yes, he is.
Advertising: I'm not!
Real-Life: He isn't.
Bloggers: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Advertising: I'm getting better!
Bloggers: No, you're not -- you'll be stone dead in a moment.
Real-Life: Oh, I can't take him like that -- it's against regulations.
Advertising: I don't want to go in the cart!
Bloggers: Oh, don't be such a baby.
Real-Life: I can't take him...
Advertising: I feel fine!
Bloggers: Oh, do us a favor...
Real-Life: I can't.
Bloggers: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
Real-Life: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson's -- they've lost nine today.
Bloggers: Well, when is your next round?
Advertising: I think I'll go for a walk.
Bloggers: You're not fooling anyone y'know. Look, isn't there something you can do?
Advertising: I feel happy... I feel happy.
2 years, 9 months ago on Myth: Quit advertising because it just doesn't work
Maybe I'm just a sheep who follows wherever my master leads me...but I think I have to admit that advertising works for me. Want to know why I tried my first Dos Equis beer? Because I thought the "Most Interesting Man" commercials were brilliant. The delicious flavor keeps me buying it from the store, but the commercial was what initially caught my eye.Doesn't advertising simply have the goal of creating top-of-mind presence for companies? An ad may not sell product directly, but next time you're hungry and deciding where to go...maybe you'll think of the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" dog and head over for a few heart-burn inducing tacos. Yes? No?
Whatever, bro. No one cares that he is your favorite and we aren't.
(slowly walking to the front door, pouting. looking back to see if you're going to stop me. loud, obnoxious sigh to let you know that i'm really leaving. one last, long puppy-dog look hoping you'll say something. picking up the pieces of my broken heart as i head to my car for a long, sad drive home listening to "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton.)
Seriously...no big deal. Don't sweat it...
2 years, 9 months ago on My Favorite Reader of All Time
This is cute. You have sweet emotions like the 11 year old girls at church.
2 years, 10 months ago on Sitting with Hard Feelings is Exhausting
I don't see how Facebook's acquisition of Instagram is "mind-blowing." It's a perfect fit if FB is trying to gain a stronger foothold in the mobile world. I guess the purchase price is pretty extraiordinary, but not mind-blowingly higher than many would have guessed...right?
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Mindblowing Acquisitions of Our Times
I think you need to plan ahead. Use some scheduling tools to post some tweets and blogs while you're away, and just take a couple weeks off! Nothing will fall apart while you're gone if it's just for that short amount of time. You should do it.
2 years, 10 months ago on Social Media, Farmville, and that Darned Myth of Sisyphus
Bed bugs. Take a bath, you dirty hippy.
2 years, 10 months ago on Something Bit My Leg!
Oh, I also grew up with the editor-in-chief of Jezebel.com. She's semi-famous but super hilarious.
2 years, 10 months ago on Know Anybody Famous?
I used to date Kristen Bell back in high school. I just talked to her mom a couple weeks ago, actually.
I also know that guy Tony Lucca, who is the front-runner on The Voice this year. He used to be on The Mickey Mouse Club with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, etc. I opened up for him at a small concert in Michigan last summer.
I know a bunch of Broadway stars...though anyone outside of the theater circle wouldn't know who they are.
@makegirlfriends Dave Thomas was founder of Wendy's. Frank Thomas is a much awesomer, enormous baseball player nicknamed "The Big Hurt." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Thomas_%28designated_hitter%29. LOL...I love it!
2 years, 10 months ago on Run fast or run long
My mom has that head at her house...it's not black. It's a white woman. And the bottom is hollow, so your buddy "Victor" could have put some Christmas lights inside it or something to "lighten it up." I say Victor is racist.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Big Racist Glass Head
Good for you, on the marathon side and the blogging side. Last year, I aimed to run the Detroit Marathon...worked out, trained, got myself up to a consistent 8 miles/run...then severely sprained my ankle playing basketball. It's been a battle ever since then to get back to it. Keep up the good work!
@freyakellet Happy to comment. Keep up the good work! I look forward to more in the future.
2 years, 10 months ago on Unraveling Kony 2012 – A Teenager’s View
I applaud you for taking the time to actually THINK about this issue. So many people, not just teenagers, simply form their beliefs by what they see or what they are told, without taking the time to form an actual opinion for themselves. No doubt, this is a very complicated issue and you raise some very valid points. The Ugandan government has performed some horrible atrocities and should be held accountable for their actions as well.
As for some of your other points, here are some things to think about:
You state that these videos should have been made early, as most of his atrocities occurred in the 1990's. In the defense of Invisible Children, they weren't around then. When Jason Russell met Jacob, he took action as quickly as he possibly could. He met someone that was personally affected by the situation and vowed to get the word out, which he did. Are there other causes (some that are perhaps more "important") that deserve more attention than this? Possibly...but instead of Invisible Children getting blamed for not publicizing other issues, how about a call to arms for OTHER people to start speaking up, as Jason has, about other causes?
Another point you made, which I agree with, is that "If Kony is killed today there will be another Kony tomorrow, we need to find a more diplomatic situation." When one tyrant falls, another usually rises to take his place. One thing that this campaign could accomplish, though, is letting tyrants around the world know that they can no longer hide in anonymity as they have in the past. If it becomes a reality that their actions and atrocities will be spread worldwide, hopefully they will think twice about acting the way Kony has. Is this likely? Probably not...but it is possible. This campaign is spreading the word to get rid of a man who should be held accountable for his actions. It won't solve every problem, but it's a start. And to say that the "people who are dead are already dead and there is nothing we can do about it" is a very dangerous view to hold. Looking to the future is important...but imagine if after World War 2, Nazi criminals were not tried for their abhorrent acts? The precedent would have been set that apart from the absolute worst of tyrants, actions would always be forgiven.
Just some of my thoughts...I think you wrote an excellent blog post, ESPECIALLY for your first time. Thank your dad for giving you such a wonderful platform to share from.
2 years, 11 months ago on Unraveling Kony 2012 – A Teenager’s View
What if I lie about lying? :-)
2 years, 11 months ago on Don't lie
An entrepreneur, at the beginning, doesn't really have much of a choice but to do everything themselves, right? But once money is coming in and there is actually a budget to work with, it's foolish for an entrepreneur to continue to do everything themselves. If a lawyer decides to start their own firm, it's because they are an expert in LAW, not marketing...accounting...HR, etc.
I agree, Margie, that there is no valid "do this for dummies" approach, I think that marketing tactics actually should based on more science and less "art" than a lot of people assume. We pay attention to where our clients' competitors are sharing their message, but even if 99% of their competitors are involved in a specific media, if our research shows that their message can get to their prospects effectively in another way, we may choose to go somewhere else.
2 years, 11 months ago on Myth: Just doing it yourself works best