Monthly Archives: May 2010

No-Frill Billionaires

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What would you do if you had a million dollars?… I would spend a decent amount of time exploring Earth, and beyond – funds permitting. If you’re looking for specifics, my list (in no particular order) includes: 1. Buy a nice car. 2. Take vacation w/ and w/out family. 3. Build my dream house. 4. Help people(s) in need. 5. Reinvent my home theater. What would you do if you had a billion dollars? No, seriously – what would you do? Most would live extraordinary lives, filled with frills like cars, designer clothing, jewelry, etc. These five individuals don’t. 1. Warren Buffet 2. Carlos Slim HelĂș 3. Ingvar Kamprad 4. Chuck Feeney 5. Frederik Meijer Who are they? Find out.

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Kids These Days…

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…are obviously the root of the issue concerning America’s obesity. If they would stop frivolously spending their allowances on unhealthy foods, fatty snacks and large portions, we could get America back to worrying about what really matters…like the War on Terror. What age are children starting to purchase and prepare their own meals these days? I guess I’m an anomaly. My parents packed my lunch1, cooked and ultimately controlled the food purchases in the household until I was off to college. And, they taught me the importance of eating healthy, not commercials. Read more about the White House’s [somewhat misguided] “assault against childhood obesity”. 1Lunch packing ended around middle school, but I still could only bring what they stocked the fridge with – doughnuts, M&Ms and ice cream bars.

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25 Epic Spots

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If you like advertising and you know it, clap your hands. If you thought “spots” meant something else, clap your hands. Those of you who clapped second, leave. Or stay, you may enjoy these ads…I did. If you are familiar with Apple’s 1984, don’t get your hopes up – it didn’t make the cut.1 Check out AdFreak’s list of “The 25 most epic ads that aren’t ‘1984’”. 1You may be able to derive that from AdFreak.com’s post title.

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Bike Against Breast Cancer

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Join me tonight at GSD&M Idea City (828 West 6th Street) and prepare to join the fight against breast cancer in the second annual Mamma Jamma Ride. View Larger Map The ride is September 25, 2010. All rider levels are welcome and there are a variety of route distances. RSVP here, or just show up!

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Consumers Connect via Stickybits

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Scan the barcode of the next product you pick up, attach a ‘bit’ to it and upload it. Boom. You just connected with consumers of that same product in a new social network called Stickybits. A bit can be a photo, video, music file, zip attachment, comment, PDF or “etc.” (according to the Stickybits website). I just tried it with a Lemon-Lime Gatorade and poof! there it is on my profile with my comment: “Still the best flavor”. Get the iPhone App. Get the Android App.

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Inside-Out Art

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This artist (Erica Iris Simmons) has utilized the innards of cassette tapes, film reels, sheet music and various other objects to create portraits of some famous figures to which the objects are related. For instance, Bob Marley’s portrait is constructed of the inside of a cassette tape painted the colors of the Jamaican Flag. FYI: The site is in Russian, but I use Google Chrome and was able to translate it fairly easily. Photo above is the property of the artist

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Hold the Phone

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[close to your radio]. A new radio ad from the agency THEY for Hotel Arena that can make a call for you. The radio spot broadcasts DTMF (dual-tone multi-frequency) sounds, which are interpreted by a landline phone and actually dial the reservation number for Hotel Arena’s restaurant. Pretty neat idea.1 THEY’s video tutorial designed specifically for the radio ad. Read more at MediaPost. 1If you have a landline phone, listen to the radio at home and can make it to said phone within the time slotted for the radio spot.

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Why is Yawning Contagious?

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In addition to awkward body contortions, crunched hand gestures and teary eyes, the open-mouthed inhale often associated with sleep deprivation, is also known for being contagious. I was curious to know if anyone had figured out why… The Finnish government funded a study on brain functions and found that not only was yawn contagion largely unconscious, but that much of the rest of their findings were either unclear, irrelevant, or inconclusive. So, to answer my initial questions: I don’t know. It just is. In fact, while writing this post, I inadvertently performed an experiment of my own. My cat was leaning against my leg and stretched/yawned and without a second thought, I noticed myself doing the same. From that, I hypothesize that yawns are also cross-contagious among cats and humans. Feel free to read the article I found.

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