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Still Bill, Still Killin’ It

So I really want to watch this film about Bill Withers. It looks amazing, and sounds amazing from the audio clips I’ve heard so far. If you visit the website you can host your own free screening of the film. Not sure how many of you would be interested, but Bill seems like one incredible human being that I wish I could hang out with – just the two of us.

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Human Investment: Are You Willing to Go All In?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about investing. Not investing in stocks or bonds, but in associations.  For example: a friendship, a significant other and a relative.

In an effort to see what other folks were thinking, I posed these questions to a few people:

How much are you willing to invest in your relationships? When do you draw the line and cut your losses, or decide to go all-in and hope for the best. How big of a risk are you willing to take on another person?

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Movies by the Glass

So my dreams were shot down yesterday. Pfff, dreams. Who needs ‘em?!

I was going to start a new pretentious blog on which I would pair a wine with a movie. I mean, how awesome does that sound? Here was the ABOUT page:

ABOUT

There was a serious lack of pretention, or prétentieux, in my life. All the scarves, hip music and books in the world were not enough to quench my thirst for the magniloquent. Therefore, I embark on an intrepid journey whereon I shall attempt to provide you with a delectable pairing of cinema and vino. Bold, sweet, full-bodied—all words that have been used to describe me. Now, I shall use them to classify a diverse library of film and libation.

Movies. Booze. Words.

Enjoy.

Of course, when I told certain people about this they scoffed, pretentiously I might add. The first pairing was going to be Wings of Desire with a refreshing Dr Heyden Auslese Oppenheimer ’07. It was going to blow minds and excite palettes. Oh well. Maybe I’ll just make it a weekly feature on here instead.

The ShowShow – FANtastic New Developments!

ShowShow is now on Facebook! Yeah, I have no idea why it took us so long to make this happen – it’s what I get paid for even! Shame.

Anyway, now you and all your friends can become fans of the ShowShow podcast and stay updated on all the latest and greatest news and such. It’s also a place for you to leave us feedback, tell us what you’d like to hear us talk about on the show, ask us questions and whatever else!

Find us at Facebook.com/TheShowShow

Let’s Get Robbin’

Still scratchin’ your head trying to figure out the best use of Twitter? Wondering why people care what so-and-so had for breakfast? Questioning the worth of constant updates about some stranger’s whereabouts? Well, friend, scratch no more!

Visit PleaseRobMe.com for a list of great robbing opportunities, updated in real time!

Jane Austen’s Guide to “Social Media”

[This is a post I wrote for my company’s blog site. I thought I would share it here as well since some of you are also Austen fans and might find something in here to scoff at.]

The what? Yes, you read that correctly. Jane Austen was more than just a supremely divine author (I’m a diehard fan, can you tell?), she was also the source of some very accurate observations that can be applied to the new social media realm.

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. ~ Emma

Many people consider things like Twitter and Facebook to be “silly” wastes of time. However, put a knowledgeable person behind a keyboard on one of these forums and watch what happens. You’ll notice that a steady stream of comments about sandwiches and celebrities will quickly transform into an invaluable information feed.

Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion. ~ Mansfield Park

Check that out – the brilliant Austen, in all her glory, predicted the demise of “push marketing” before anyone else! No one wants to be told what to do and when to do it, and this is directly connected to our current obsession with social forums. People would much rather turn to review sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor than take their cues from more traditional marketing efforts (i.e. print advertisements). That’s not to say that those aren’t important. It’s just that now most people want to hear from other folks about their real-life experiences, and then make decisions based on the candid opinions and feelings that they share. Jane was on to something big. Continue reading

“I’m On A Horse.”

This is an amazing ad from Old Spice – and the best part? My man actually smells like that man.