Shouldn’t kids be outside?

I saw this advertisement when I was signing in to pay my cable bill and found it pretty entertaining that Time Warner had figured out a way to not only promote their faster internet but also that it empowered kids to watch more of their TV channels. I feel like at some point kids should be going outside and playing sports and stuff when they’re done with their homework and not always plopping down in front of a TV. Also, what parent lets their kid watch HBO? Maybe they’re not targeting parents with younger kids, but still…

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Something useful in SkyMall

For anyone that has ever picked up a SkyMall magazine while sitting a plane, you know that they have some fairly ridiculous items in there that you most likely will never have a need for such as a replica of a sword from Lord of the Rings or a suit-case that kills bed bugs…so it was a pleasant surprise that I actually found a product that I am seriously considering getting for work….a standing desk! Sign me up.

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Roadtrip BBQ

Last week on a trip to Raleigh, NC for work we went to a really great BBQ place located right by the NCSU campus called The Pit. I love BBQ so I was pretty excited when I found out that was where we were headed for dinner. If you don’t know, the girl and I usually try and eat some type of BBQ once a week and typically we end up at Rudy’s because you can’t really go wrong with them. 

Anyways, The Pit specializes in authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue and I was told that I had to try the Carolina ribs so that is what I got. Long story short, the team and I enjoyed more than our fair share of great food and I did not have to eat again until dinner time the next day. 

Bowling in the afternoon

There’s nothing like taking an early afternoon to hit the lanes for some bowling practice. A few coworkers and I hit up Dart Bowl last Friday to get some practice games in before the upcoming Beach Bowl 2013 this week and we ended up doing surprisingly well in our last practice game!

A “key” to play tic-tac-toe

The first thing I do when I open my mailbox and see junk mail is throw it away. That’s why I had to just call-out one mailer that I got recently that did make me pause (even if it was for 5 seconds) to read it simply because this direct mail piece had an actual key glued to the front that this sweepstakes company wanted me to use to play a scratch-off tic tac toe game. I didn’t do it, but it did keep my attention a little bit longer than the 500 other junk mail pieces I got that day.

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Funky chicken

I get a ton of emails everyday between my work and my personal email so it’s not often that I get an email that intrigues me enough to open if it’s not related to something I am actively working on or planning. Jack Brown Cleaners sent me the email below the other day and I have to say it was pretty entertaining to read. It had everything…a disco ball, a chicken, a patriotic appeal and a nostalgia because everyone has done the chicken dance before. Enjoy!

A snow day in May

I’ve been traveling some for work recently and was in Denver last week and if you can believe it, there was snow in May! I have to admit that it was pretty fun to see snow since I am from Texas and all and don’t typically get to see snow that often. It was a little weird to see it in May though in such force.

Easter email marketing

The nerd inside of me always gets a little excited for major holidays because I get to see what creative (and not so creative) email marketing tactics brands use to try and get me to buy something from them. Below are a few of the many that hit my inbox yesterday morning for Easter. I have to say, HauteLook’s made me chuckle a little bit with their “clever” use of capitalization. Jo-Ann’s was un-inspiring but they did have an animated bunny in the body of their email so that made up for it in its own way.

Hourly exercise breaks at work

This company might be on to something! Overit Media was featured recently in a Fast Company article about their recent implementation of hourly exercise breaks, which initially started off as a joke but have turned into an official program that employees can opt-in to. I think it’s a great idea and could be the next trend in the work place now that standing desks have already taken over. I think I would be a fan of the noon “Walk it out” session.

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SXSW invades Austin

I’m not sure when it happened, but SXSW Interactive has become a huge deal in Austin for brands, agencies, start-ups and everyone else in between. Its popularity has grown to the scale of an estimated 80,000 badge holders (according to the nice individual who helped me check in at registration) which is insane to me! That is a lot of people.

Two of my favorite things about SXSW are the people watching and the social media conversations that pop up which is why I’m a fan of Mashable’s SXSW Trendspotter that they have created through a partnership with Topsy. Case in point is that during a session today on “How to Rank Better in Google and Bing” the hashtag #Bingle popped up and was a top trending hashtag during day one of SXSW Interactive which I found highly entertaining and amusing.


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