Monthly Archives: April 2010

High Five Etiquette

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This quick clip highlights the key factors in creating a successful high-five. Everything is covered from pressure and timing to location. When it comes to timing: “You’ll know you’re in the five zone, when your partner is roughly in the distance you can throw a microwave.” That’s right. Watch it and enjoy.

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Parking Fail

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I can honestly say this is something that will never happen to me. “Police said the car was in reverse on the other side of the parking garage when the driver’s foot got stuck on the gas pedal. He wasn’t able to stop before the car crashed through the wall.” Read more from this Tulsa World article

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Take Off Your Skirt

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Miller Lite’s new ad campaign from Draftfcb and production company Tool of North America, offers men another round of taste-centric ads. The new ads, in combination with the Miller Vortex® bottle, are MillerCoors’ attempt to regain market share of light beer consumers from competitors like Keystone Light, (currently the industry’s leading beer based on an increase in barrels sold).

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Flighting Connections

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The emotions people experience after touchdown and prior to takeoff are not documentable. Family, friends and significant others have various ways of materializing the standard hello/goodbye into something much more tangible than the familiar two-syllable exchange. Inbound, I notice smiles, laughter, high-fives, handshakes, and running (sometimes) combined with an aerial hug and kiss. For variety, a three-quarter, or full spin is added, (and can even be followed with a smooch session, or hand-holding). Some are just simple head nods – usually between bros. Outbound, I observe aggressive waving, extended [group] hugs, low-fives and long kisses goodbye, many times combined with ocular condensation and/or the repeating, 15-degree shoulder twist. Feet remain stationary, while everything north of the knees rotates on a vertical axis back and forth. Bros exchange a fist bump, handshake hug or just a simple “later”. I people watch as all of this happens around me, traveling from gate to gate on the horizontal escalator….headphones in, with my music…

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Fresh Ads for Old Spice

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Procter & Gamble’s new Old Spice ads are awesome. I had to dig deep for a word to describe how I really feel about them, and “awesome” is the best I can come up with. So, deal with it. No only have each of their ads averaged well over a million views (YouTube), they feature actors like Terry Crews (Training Day, Friday After Next) and poke fun at manly clichés like explosions, flexing and destruction. BUILDING KICK! Here are a few spots from their current ad campaign for Old Spice’s Odor Blocker Body Wash.

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Friendship Bread

By | FYI | No Comments

The title is nothing clever; there’s no hidden meaning, or full-circle “aha!” moment that will come at the conclusion. Friendship Bread is apparently an Amish tradition that involves providing some of this carby concoction to a neighbor or friend and including with it some additional yeast. Then, the recipient can continue the trend – add said yeast to the bread and pass it along to someone else. It’s like the earliest form of a chain letter, or peace pipe. Except you don’t write on it and you don’t smoke it. Upon hearing the term “friendship bread” for the first time, I thought it was just a fancy term for “cookie”. I mean, when was the last time you gave a cookie to someone you didn’t (at the very least) consider a friend? Interested in the recipe? Here you go.

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How To Make A Star

By | Neat-o | No Comments

The bright, hot, burning, gaseous kind. Not the Hollywood Boulevard kind. All you need is: 1. World’s largest laser. 2. A “smidge” of deuterium and tritium. (No metric equivalent found.) 3. Scientists. 4. A big lab. (The oratory kind, not the rador kind.) Place the deuterium and tritium within a gold capsule and aim the “laser” at the two. A successful experiment will yield a star smaller than a human hair and hotter than the Sun. Best of luck. The full story can be found at CNN.com

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B & S: Together At Last

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“Web site” is no longer the standard. According to the AP Stylebook, the two words, which used to begin with a proper noun (Web), should now be combined into just one word: website. Earth-shattering news for no one, but still something to take note of. I did. Go on about your day.

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Know More Bees

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For years, I’ve known that U.S. honeybees were in danger; however, I only recently found out to what extent. An article I read, published in 2007, brought a few facts to light. Late > never. For instance, I was unaware that from 1971 to 2006 half the population of bee colonies vamoosed. That’s over 49%. Bees’ bye-bye is no joke, though. Einstein predicted the end of bees would be followed soon after by you and me, and me and you. The scary thing is that experts don’t know why. I looked up the definition of expert. This is a serious issue. How serious? Read more from my source.

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One Of My Pets

By | Items to Ponder, Peeks | One Comment

Lately, my writing could be classified as less narrative and more review – at least the words I share online. I guess that makes this a throwback. Similar to unnecessary quotes around “particular” words, bad grammar, misspelled words, sentences ended with a preposition and shorthand writing (esp. when a full-size qwerty is available), are all like splinters, (to me). I am passionate about writing, so [I think] it’s fitting that I feel a slight sting each time someone writes wrongly. The same holds true for anyone passionate about what they do. Architects and ugly buildings; interior designers and cluttered rooms; singers and bad voices; actors and Steven Seagal – they’re all correlated. I often bite my tongue, (or nails), out of respect. Even though I sometimes want to punch/kick (with words) the culprit. However, psychologists say we should not keep things bottled up. Consider me spilt. “intire” “hopeing” “tomarrow” “iam” “afew” “ruionin” (translation: reunion) “your” (“you’re” was intended) “supsoed” The…

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