Posted by Philip | Filed under google
Google executives, including co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt, have visited the White House around 230 times since President Obama took office.
Posted by Philip | Filed under marketing
This is NOT a good way to manage your online reputation.
They might be the landlords from hell, but you’re not allowed to complain about them.
A Florida apartment complex is under fire after management forced new tenants to sign a “social media addendum” that threatened a fine of $10,000 if they gave the place a bad review online, Ars Technica reports. The addendum, which went viral Tuesday after the Windermere Cay complex in Winter Garden started handing it out, also forces tenants to sign away their rights to any photos, reviews or other material about the complex posted online:
Posted by Philip | Filed under technology
I don’t do a lot of endorsements, in fact I just don’t seem to blog much at all, but that’s another story.
Today I received a Armorsuit screen protector from Amazon. I will simply say it’s the easiest and best screen protector I’ve ever used. There isn’t a bubble to be seen. My screen doesn’t even look like it has a screen protector. I’ve put on a lot of screen protectors and this one is simply the best.
Watch the install video and use plenty of the spray!
If I ever got a real Notice to Appear (in court) in my email I’d be in trouble. I must get seven SPAM emails a day with that title.
Last night I got home from work, looked at the front lawn and thought this has to be mowed. I was tired and rarely do I feel like mowing the lawn. It was a beautiful, not too hot, day in the South. So it was a rare, perfect weather day for lawn mowing. I needed to grill for dinner so I figured I’ll mow afterwards.
I got done with dinner and was content with a full stomach. The lawn mowing can wait a day, can’t it? Knowing rain was in the forecast I checked the weather to see when it was to arrive. No rain until latter tomorrow night, great. The mowing can wait until tomorrow for sure.
I woke up this morning to rain. Argg. I should have mowed right away and had it behind me. I know better.
Most of the time when there is a job to get done, now is the best time. In school I used to put of projects until the last minute. I did get to mess around but in the end I paid the price with worry, stress, and many times inferior product. When I went in to the workforce I changed my ways for the better.
In my work years I’ve been a get-it-done now kind of guy. My wife is even careful when she asks me to do something while I’m relaxing for fear I’ll jump up right then and do it. She says to me, I didn’t mean right now, it can wait. My response, there is no time like the present. The reality is that I’ll just forget if I don’t do it right away. But, it gets done, and leaves me time for problems.
Don’t procrastinate. It’s not worth it. You get the job done, feel good about it, and have time to make adjustments or edits. Best of all, you’ll head off anyone or anything raining on your parade, or lawn.
Posted by Philip | Filed under business
Today I went thru the McDonald’s drive thru for a meal. The total came to $5.88. While waiting in line I should have contemplated why 2 cheese burgers, fries, and a diet coke cost so much or even why am I eating this. Instead, I scrounged around for 38 cents of loose change. I figure if I can exchange 3 dimes, a nickel, and 3 pennies for 2 quarters I’ve simplified my life in some way; at the very least I’ve removed some clutter and useless changed from the car. When I pulled up to the window and handed the middle aged lady my twenty and change things went south.
Once I handed the cashier my $20.38 she immediately thrust it back into my hands and said, “it’s five eighty eight NOT thirty eight.” I was kind of in shock for a moment and just took my change back and then the extra change from my twenty. No lovely quarters.
So I was left eating bad food wondering if people have a clue how to do simple math anymore. Doesn’t the cash register do all the work for you? I want my 2 quarters!
Just got off the phone with a SEO telemarketer. She was calling about them doing SEO work for my E-commerce company. I normally just say no thanks and move on. Today, I let her talk. I didn’t tell her I’m a partner in a internet marketing company (MOTW) that knows a “tiny bit” about SEO and PPC management. I couldn’t believe when she came out of the gate with the following question, “how much do you spend per month on Google Adwords.” My answer was I’m not going to tell you. I just sat there with my jaw on the desk contemplating the gall.
I don’t have a problem with people making a living selling over the phone. I did it for years. But, be very careful what you say and ask. You never know who you are talking too and you certainly don’t want to make them mad.
Income inequality widens in all 50 states
A new report finds that lopsided income growth is happening across the nation, but the gap between the top earners and everyone else is substantially wider in several states. http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post–income-inequality-widens-in-all-50-states
These stories are stupid and divisive. Anybody with some statistics and math skills would know this is not the way to look at these numbers. The top 1% is a statistical outlier; basically Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the other 400 richest peoples income means nothing to the rest of us; they make a ton of money off of stock, interest, and other rich people income.
I think the biggest issue left out of these “stir the pot” articles is that there isn’t a fixed amount of money in the system. The rich can make all they want and the rest of us still have plenty of opportunity to make money. It’s not like they take a bunch and leave nothing for the rest.
Income distribution is a much more complicated issue than this article, or I, address. You can study this yourself and see that aside from stock option windfalls during the late-1990s, there is little evidence of a significant or sustained increase in the inequality of U.S. incomes, wages, consumption, or wealth over the past 20 years.
This article does a better job talking about it:
Posted by Philip | Filed under pet peeves
When did we become a nation of Gold or nothing? The news media make second place sound like the line from Ricky Bobby, “”If you ain’t first, you’re last.” What hogwash. Making it to the Olympics is a monumental task. Receiving a medal in the Olympics is nothing short of amazing.
Last night, while comfortably and lazily lying on my couch, I thought how impressed I’d be if I had a guest over to my home that was in the Olympics. The conversation wouldn’t be about what medal they received it would be, “wow, you made it to the Olympics.” Then the conversation might proceed to, “no way, you got a bronze medal, in the Olympics, against all the best in the world.” Certainly I wouldn’t be thinking you are such a loser because you didn’t get a Gold medal.
Athletes give up a lot to simply participate. They give a lot more to make it to the Olympics. As the father of a college athlete I know about the sacrifices that are made simply to be on the team. Short Christmas breaks, no free time in the afternoon, short summers. The list goes on from there.
All of us, including the media, need to celebrate our athletes. Give them a small token of appreciation for all they’ve given up to be the best in the world. The best in the world!
Posted by Philip | Filed under pet peeves
Five degrees in Alabama and my office heat is out. Brrr. It’s 50 degrees in here. Headed home to get a space heater.