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May 13, 2009
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I love Geekologie, the blog never fails. Today he wrote about Zapatag (which is hilarious):

Zapatag is a user submitted database of bad/inconsiderate/female/rude/raging drivers’ license plate numbers and their alleged infractions. I have no idea of the legality of such a system, but quite frankly, I don’t care — I think this is a great idea. Provided, of course, I never see a GK WRITR tag pop up. If you don’t like the way I drive, stay off the sidewalk! That said, I change my mind about the GK WRITR thing — make as many sightings as you can around the DC area talking about how handsome I am and how I can make light turns green by unbuttoning my shirt. Also, maybe mention that it looked like my truck was dragging its muffler but it turned out to be my penis. Ladies?”

Sure enough, if you go to the site you’ll see that almost over half of the most recent submissions are about GK WRITR. Nice way to pull some free press.

Anyway, go check out the site, it’s f’ing funny. My favorite offense: “pointed a corn cob at me in a threatening manner”

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A new place to start your search

May 13, 2009
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It’s hard not to go directly to Google. But Evri is a pretty cool alternative. It aggregates different kinds of information–news articles, Twitter posts, business info,  images, videos, trends, etc–and organizes it so you can look at everything in context.

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Swine Flu fashion

April 29, 2009
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My neighbors came out in gas masks last night. That happened.

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What has the Obama craze done to our culture?

February 12, 2009
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I got this email today selling Valentines presents. The name of the product, “romance stimulus package,” was the first thing that stood out. (the second was, how did I get on this list?) With Shepard Fairy making art out of our president’s likeness, hip hop artists remixing the inaugural speech into a rap song, and now a lingerie company creating a Valentines package around our country’s economic stimulus package, I think it’s safe to say that politics and pop culture are colliding head on. I think it’s great that for the first time in a long time our country is taking such an active interest in politics. I even find myself tuning into NPR much more consistently. The economy and election continue to creep into water-cooler conversations. Subtle changes, but they are changes. I just wonder what is the point where culture and politics need to draw the line? Or is it only beneficial?


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25 random facts, goals and other sh**

February 6, 2009
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The “25 random things” note on Facebook is everywhere. Last week it was all over my news feed and today it was front and center in the New York Times business section. The NYT reported that over 5 million of these notes were written in one week. If you search”25 random things about me” on Google 35,700 results will pop up.

If you don’t know what these notes are please go sign up for Facebook. But in a nutshell, someone writes 25 random things about themselves that not everyone will know or expect. They tag 25 friends and then those friends write one and tag 25 others. And so on.

I wrote one of these notes. For some reason, I have a fascination with random facts. I love knowing that 35% of people who create personal ads are marryed. I also love knowing that my closest friend doesn’t believe in panda bears and my sister carrys at least 3 sticks of chap-stick with her at all times.

So, aside from me and my love for randomness, why is this note spreading like wildfire? NYT threw out a theory: these notes are a creative brainstorming exercise. In all honesty, I don’t buy into that. I think it represents a shift in our culture. People are tired of facades and fronting. The Millennial generation is known for a “this is me, accept it,” mentality, a sharp departure from Gen X hipsters and grups. This note is the embodiment of that shift. It’s about divulging and accepting without any pretense. Listening to other people’s quirks, acknowledging them and then putting your own on the table.


MSNBC heralds 2009 as the year for vaginal fitness.

February 2, 2009
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This is not a joke. The actual headline was: “Get fit ‘down there.’ 2009: the year for vaginal fitness?” Lets take a moment to digest that.

Ok. This trend started in Manhattan–where else–with the opening of Phit Spa. Phit Spa (short for pelvic health integrative techniques) is solely dedicated to exercising women’s vaginal muscles. Phit Spa goers can expect increased bladder control, bowel control, post-baby tightening and better orgasms.

Or, you can do your Kegel exercises on your own time and save some dollar bills. I personally believe the article missed the boat a little. 2009 is the year of specialized fitness centers in general. We will probably see more brain gyms, cholesterol centers, basket-ball specific clubs. Not just fitness centers for your lady parts.


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Brain gyms to replace yoga studios?

January 29, 2009
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In the past 5-8 years there has been an escalating movement towards holistic health. Physical fitness is still important in culture, don’t get me wrong. Especially this culture. But, as yoga, retreats, meditation, acupuncture and organic foods boom I think it’s already old news to say we are moving beyond the mere physical side of wellness.

Well, it looks like the next area of health to exploit is our mental agility. Our brain is a muscle too. So vibrantBrain, a San Fransisco start-up, wants to help people exercise it. They have built a complete workout center for the brain with classes such as neurobics, computer software programs and more.

These clubs are aimed at Boomers, but I think they might do well for strategic planners.


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Hermes Smart car looks delightful

November 23, 2008
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For Smart Car’s tenth birthday Hermes designed a beautiful special edition series. The regular Smarts retails for around $12,000, but this one will go for about $48,000.

For my tenth birthday I think I received a copy of Little Women and a slice of cake.


Feel like smashing something?

October 23, 2008
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This picture is is bit disturbing. The guy is a bizarre cross between Christian Bale from American Psycho and one of the storm troopers from Star Wars. The idea behind this photo is even more disturbing.

It’s an image of Sarah’s Smash Shack where for a little loot you can break anything from china to glass flowers guilt free. I know it’s the age of the entrepreneurs and everyone wants to find their niche; but, this concept seems like a whole lot of waste to me. Smashing loads of china by the hour cannot be great for the environment or wallet.

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Swing stops

October 1, 2008
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More multi-purpose spaces. In London you can swing while you wait for the bus.

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