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Sunday, November 24, 2013

New York Times has the Worst Quote Ever in "The Internet: A Welcome Distraction"

In "The Internet: A Welcome Distraction" New York Times writer MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE says:
Jonathan Franzen found the Internet such a threat that he disabled it by plugging an Ethernet cable into his computer with super glue.
This makes no sense.

If you plugged the cable in with superglue, it'd be be plugged in forever. Right?

Here's the original quote from Lev Grossman's TIME article, Jonathan Franzen: Great American Novelist:
Franzen works in a rented office that he has stripped of all distractions. He uses a heavy, obsolete Dell laptop from which he has scoured any trace of hearts and solitaire, down to the level of the operating system. Because Franzen believes you can't write serious fiction on a computer that's connected to the Internet, he not only removed the Dell's wireless card but also permanently blocked its Ethernet port. "What you have to do," he explains, "is you plug in an Ethernet cable with superglue, and then you saw off the little head of it."
Makes more sense now right?

"...you saw off the little head of it."

Oh man.

It Fit: The Pico Capuchinas Round Chandelier from West Elm


Pico Capuchinas Round Chandelier | west elm

Friday, November 22, 2013

Elf On The Shelf is the Greatest Thing Ever Invented

Last year I wrote a blog post titled, Elf On The Shelf is the Stupidest Thing Ever Invented.

I wasn't too happy with the commercialization of Christmas and thought that a toy, invented in 2005, was being used by parents to scare kids into being good, by telling them tales of elves flying to the North Pole every night to report back to Santa.

But I also had friends that told me their kids LOVED the Elf on the Shelf.

One thing I could get behind were the funny photos of elves waking up near pills and empty bottles of booze, or waking up in bed with Barbie dolls.

That's comedy.

So imagine my surprise when I was set up on a blind date at lunch who turned out to be Elf on the Shelf!

I volunteered to help out the Newbury Street League promote the street this holiday season, to recover from their losses after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Some stores went out of business and some had sales reductions of up to 40%. The loss of business means a loss of jobs, and I wanted to help out.

The organizing lunch was at the renovated Forum restaurant. It's beautiful in there. I encourage you to visit.

My first duty as a luminary, was to light a tree on Newbury Street. Not a problem.

Newbury Street Tree Lighting

It was a fun time.

Next, up, the Elf On the Shelf Challenge.

It's easy:

1. FIND and ELF

2. Take a PHOTO

3. SHARE/TAG #NewburyStreetElf on Instagram, Facebook, and/or twitter

4. ADD the Store Name where you found the elf

A list of participating merchants can be found on the Elf Challenge page.

I grabbed my Elf and took a closer look.

Wait! This isn't the Elf on the Shelf that scares kids, It's the Elf on the Shelf Plushee Pal!
A Plushee Pal® can keep you company even after your Elf on the Shelf® scout elf has returned to the North Pole! Unlike the REAL North Pole elves, these toy elves are meant to be held and squeezed at Christmas and all year. Unbelievably soft to the touch and gentle to the cheek, each elf is made of the finest material Santa's toy makers could find, perfect for a child's loving arms. Each elf stands 19" inches tall. (Available in boy or girl styles, with light or dark skin tone.)



The Elf on the Shelf Girl Plushee Pal - Light

I'm going to have fun putting my Elf in silly situations all year long!

Cheers! Elf On The Shelf.

Cheers!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Share your Dunkin' story.

GREAT campaign from Dunkin Donuts.

Simple.

Recognizes that people know how to use social media and tag their posts.



Share your Dunkin' story.
#mydunkin

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Why Massachusetts Needs A Wine Shipment Bill

Massachusetts is finally having a hearing on a new wine shipping bill that will work better than the current restrictive bill that makes it almost impossible to ship wine to Massachusetts.

Read more at Free The Grapes:
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure will be hearing more than a dozen bills – including several wine direct shipping bills—on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

I just came back from wine country in California. Do you know what we heard, over and over again?

Them: Would you like to join our wine club? We have free shipping.
Me: We're from Massachusetts.
Them: Oh sorry. We don't ship to Massachusetts.

Sometimes you'd like to support the small wineries, but the current Massachusetts wine shipping law makes that impossible.
My recent experience, shipping wine myself, on my flight home, in pictures:


Buffalo Shipping
Post Office
2471 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558

Note: You can ship wine to yourself. Because it's Massachusetts, you have to ship a case of wine (12 bottles) $87, plus packaging, $15, = $102.

We decided to check this case, as baggage, on our flight home.







Virgin America baggage fee, 1st Checked Bag, $25.






Oh look, the government looked inside.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Add CLASSIC RT back to Twitter

Jason Calacanis shared this Classic Retweet Chrome Extension in his newsletter:
@jason: Many folks ask me "classic retweet" or "new retweet" and I tell them to download the "classic retweet" Chrome extension. It's just perfect when you want to add your .02 instead of a blind retweet.

It adds a slick little "classic retweet" to the bottom of each post.

Link:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/classic-retweet/mejfljhfeahhhicjefeehikaooffggmf/related?hl=en
I added it.

I'm happy.

Install Classic RT and Twitter posts, on twitter.com, now look like this:

Classic RT

Click 'Classic RT' and you get this:

Classic Retweet

It works.

Oh, but look. Adding "RT" makes this specific tweet 141 characters.

This happens to be one example where a 'Native RT' is good. Nothing is lost when you don't add any comments.

Let's follow this to it's conclusion.

Since I'm modifying the original tweet to make it shorter and fit in a comment, I need to change RT (retweet) to MT (modified tweet). That shows that what follows MT has been modified from the original.

Modified Tweet

Embedding it here.


Note: Embedded tweets don't show the extension.

Lollipod Tripod Review and Get Seen 'How to Be A Videoblogger' Excerpt Goes Live

I get asked to review a lot of tech products. At this point, people know that I'm a fair reviewer who actually uses the products and puts them through their paces.

If something isn't right with a product, I'll say it.

If I like a product, many times I'll end up buying it.

When I like a product, I end up using it, and bringing it along with me to meetings and conferences, where it gets seen. ;-)

Recently I was asked if I wanted to try out a new tripod, the Lollipod. In return, I was asked to write something up or record something about being a videoblogger.

I ended up doing a video review of the tripod that included some video tips. I also allowed Lollipod to post an excerpt from my book on video blogging, Get Seen.

The Lollipod guys did a great job on their site.

Instead of a bunch of product reviews, they got people to share things that you cold do with the tripod including, create living pictures, become a strobist, create a baby monitor, become an animator, try time-lapse photography, and more.

I love this idea.

Here it is on the site:

Things to do with your Lollipod
Things to do with your Lollipod - The Tripod _ Monopod _ Boom _ Lighting & Selfie Stand

Here's my page:

Become a Video Blogger
Become a Video Blogger: Lollipod Tripod - Become a Video Blogger by Steve Garfield

This is a great idea and they made me look good.

Check it out.

Disclosure:
The author received a review copy of the product mentioned in this video.
http://sponsored-po.st/Aez7B3

Friday, November 01, 2013

NBC The Voice: My Top Three out of the Top Twenty

NBC The Voice: My Top Three out of the Top Twenty


GREY
Why Grey has no last name on The Voice, she's Grey Paluszynski. ;-)
Follow Grey on Twitter at @MusicbyGrey



Jacquie Lee
Young. Cute. Talented.
Follow Jacquie on Twitter at @jacquieleemusic



CAROLINE PENNELL
Needs a better Thumbnail image. (See below)
Follow Caroline on Twitter at @carolinepennell

Valentina Attard and Beyonce 'photo bomb' Instagram Photo

Here's the Valentina Attard and Beyonce 'photo bomb' Instagram Photo that many news outlets are not linking to.


Valentina Attard writes about the encounter on her Tumblr blog:
Okay so as most of the people that have recently followed me i have been the girl that got her selfie ”photobombed” by Beyonce when in fact i asked her for the photo so she posed and smiled as the perfect person she is!

Valentina Attard: Instagram.

Media:
Daily News writes about it, embeds the Instagram, but doesn't link back.

Culture Map has no link to the Instagram either.

Kiss108 doesn't link to anything and doesn't even show the photo.

My Top Three Picks from The XFactor USA Top Twelve

The X Factor USA Top 12 Contestants.

My Top Three Picks from The XFactor USA Top Twelve

Seems pretty easy:

- Ellona Santiago - Stage Presence
- Restless Road - Voice, Looks, Personality, Simon
- Sweet Suspense - Stage Presence. Voice, Looks, Personality, Simon

The XFactor USA: My Top 3

Either the sound mix was off, or the singers were not powerful enough, but for many of the contestants, the background singers were too loud.

For these three, it wasn't the case. They can all sing.