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  • dbinkowski 9:00 am on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Get Me To The Schmoo 

    Unfortunately this happens all too often at companies: We need to prove that social media delivers a return before we can invest budget in these sort of programs. Pretty chicken and egg, right? The fortunate part is that it’s easily correctible; if you set up your social media programs and measurement properly you can determine the ROI.

     
  • dbinkowski 10:56 am on August 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook Use May Lead to Psychological Disorders in Teens 

    This Mashable article reminds me of the Gen Y “Make me famous” syndrome, where Jason Alexander once said:

    I once went to speak at a school, and there was a 16-year-old girl. And the girl says to me, “You know what? I don’t care what I do, I just want to be famous.”

    And I thought, you know, I should really just shoot her in the head because it would serve two things: It would make her famous as the girl that Jason Alexander shot in the head, and it would, you know, spare the world of the banality of the rest of her life.

    And as my friend Spike Jones points out, this may be true of social media experts as well.

     
  • dbinkowski 11:31 am on July 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Classic: How Would You Like Your Graphic Design? 

    The same saying applies to web design too:

    via Damian Rintelmann

     
  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Boys Will Be Boys – And That's What Scares Me 

    I had a neighbor growing up named Tommy Salami. Salami wasn’t his real last name but one that was acquired over time. I’m not sure how he got the name but I’m guessing it’s because he was a ham. This caused a potential Hatfield/McCoy situation within the neighborhood, as I was being called a “ham” and clearly it would be impossible to tell us apart if we were both called a “Ham”, so they went with “Salami”. The name might’ve also come about because he’s Italian, which in that case I’m glad to see that my neighbors at least had a sense as to which country meats originated.

    Tommy, being the Salami he was, used to do crazy stuff all the time once he hit twelve years old. Tommy Salami would get in trouble for jumping off of his roof, joy riding in his parents car when he was 14, smoking cigarettes, killing dogs, and getting C’s and D’s in school. Ok, he didn’t kill dogs. That I know of. After every one of these mishaps, Tommy’s mom would drive my mom nuts by explaining that “Boys will be boys”. As a father of three lads, I’m concerned, to say the least, that my boys will just “be boys” and that our dog might end up “accidentally” murdered. Here are a few other things I’m hoping they avoid.

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    • riverhed 1:58 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My father was the head of the highway department in our small town (I guess it's more fair to say he was the entire highway department), which presented us with a great replacement for mailbox baseball. Ever seen a mailbox blown to bits by a snow plow? Pretty excellent. Still, at least in my family we've had a downward trend in rambunctiousness — my grandfather had a PhD in chemistry and only ever used it to blow stuff up and torture the cat, even into his 90s, and judging from the stories I've heard about my father, my one tattoo and clean driving record don't look so bad.

    • COD 2:12 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My son is 16-1/2. When I was his age I was sneaking around the back of the teen center dances to take a swig from the bottle of Jack (or worse) that my friend smuggled in. I regularly sneaked out of the house after curfew (midnight) and crawled back in around 5 AM. All that and I was still an honor roll student too. My kids look like fracking angels compared to the life I led in high school. A word of advice for Don. Horses. There are no teenage boys hanging around the barn. And a horse obsessed teenage girl looks at boys as a unnecessary distraction from time spent with her horse. It's expensive, but it's working for me.

    • dbinkowski 3:20 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      LOL @ horses.I think we have better relationships with our kids than our parents did. I remember family vacations and doing things together, but there was always a clear separation between the kids and parents and when it was OK to run off unsupervised, which is usually when we did horrible things!

  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Boys Will Be Boys – And That’s What Scares Me 

    I had a neighbor growing up named Tommy Salami. Salami wasn’t his real last name but one that was acquired over time. I’m not sure how he got the name but I’m guessing it’s because he was a ham. This caused a potential Hatfield/McCoy situation within the neighborhood, as I was being called a “ham” and clearly it would be impossible to tell us apart if we were both called a “Ham”, so they went with “Salami”. The name might’ve also come about because he’s Italian, which in that case I’m glad to see that my neighbors at least had a sense as to which country meats originated.

    Tommy, being the Salami he was, used to do crazy stuff all the time once he hit twelve years old. Tommy Salami would get in trouble for jumping off of his roof, joy riding in his parents car when he was 14, smoking cigarettes, killing dogs, and getting C’s and D’s in school. Ok, he didn’t kill dogs. That I know of. After every one of these mishaps, Tommy’s mom would drive my mom nuts by explaining that “Boys will be boys”. As a father of three lads, I’m concerned, to say the least, that my boys will just “be boys” and that our dog might end up “accidentally” murdered. Here are a few other things I’m hoping they avoid.

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    • riverhed 1:58 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My father was the head of the highway department in our small town (I guess it's more fair to say he was the entire highway department), which presented us with a great replacement for mailbox baseball. Ever seen a mailbox blown to bits by a snow plow? Pretty excellent. Still, at least in my family we've had a downward trend in rambunctiousness — my grandfather had a PhD in chemistry and only ever used it to blow stuff up and torture the cat, even into his 90s, and judging from the stories I've heard about my father, my one tattoo and clean driving record don't look so bad.

    • COD 2:12 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My son is 16-1/2. When I was his age I was sneaking around the back of the teen center dances to take a swig from the bottle of Jack (or worse) that my friend smuggled in. I regularly sneaked out of the house after curfew (midnight) and crawled back in around 5 AM. All that and I was still an honor roll student too. My kids look like fracking angels compared to the life I led in high school. A word of advice for Don. Horses. There are no teenage boys hanging around the barn. And a horse obsessed teenage girl looks at boys as a unnecessary distraction from time spent with her horse. It's expensive, but it's working for me.

    • dbinkowski 3:20 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      LOL @ horses.I think we have better relationships with our kids than our parents did. I remember family vacations and doing things together, but there was always a clear separation between the kids and parents and when it was OK to run off unsupervised, which is usually when we did horrible things!

  • dbinkowski 11:58 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Types of Drivers It's OK To Flip Off 

    Being on the road a lot give me the pleasure of experiencing different towns, cultures and, unfortunately, driving styles. Here’s a quick rundown of five stereotypes that you may have encountered on our nation’s highways and driveways.
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    • Vinny 6:17 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. “I know the speed limit is 60, but that doesn't mean I have to drive at that speed even if I'm in the left lane.” guy.2. “Oh look how long this on-ramp is! I can drive almost a quarter mile before I have to cut right in front of you!” guy.3. “I have to turn in front of you or across you. The 6 miles of empty space behind you is no good for me.” guy.4. “I don't believe in pulling over to the sidewalk when I double to pick someone up, even if there's an empty space right there.” guy.5. “I'm in the left lane but I need to be in the right and not miss my exit, so we're driving at 20 until someone lets me over.” guy.6. “Ooh a cop! Slam on the brakes! Wait, he's giving a ticket to someone already? Slam on the brakes anyway!” guy.7. Guy who stops next to a driveway to a parking lot, blocking it so you can't get in when he could've left enough room for you, with your turn signal on, to pass by.8. Speaking of turn signals, don't forget “This car is $60,000 and doesn't come with turn signals” guy.9. I'm also not a big fan of “My kids are out of control so I must discipline them while driving thereby moving at a ripe 15 mph and swerving in and out of my lane” guy.10. And of course there's “Highbeams-a-blazin' guy who hits you with his highbeams in the middle lane or the right lane when he could easily go around, but he doesn't want to, he wants YOUR lane” guy.I think there are more, but those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.

    • David Binkowski 1:39 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jeez, Vin… I guess being a NYer means you flip everyone off? 😉 lol

    • Don Martelli 1:46 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just flip off NYers…especially ones wearing Skankee's hats. cc @dbinkowski

    • Vinny 7:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • Vinny 11:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

  • dbinkowski 11:58 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Types of Drivers It’s OK To Flip Off 

    Being on the road a lot give me the pleasure of experiencing different towns, cultures and, unfortunately, driving styles. Here’s a quick rundown of five stereotypes that you may have encountered on our nation’s highways and driveways.
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    • Vinny 6:17 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. “I know the speed limit is 60, but that doesn't mean I have to drive at that speed even if I'm in the left lane.” guy.2. “Oh look how long this on-ramp is! I can drive almost a quarter mile before I have to cut right in front of you!” guy.3. “I have to turn in front of you or across you. The 6 miles of empty space behind you is no good for me.” guy.4. “I don't believe in pulling over to the sidewalk when I double to pick someone up, even if there's an empty space right there.” guy.5. “I'm in the left lane but I need to be in the right and not miss my exit, so we're driving at 20 until someone lets me over.” guy.6. “Ooh a cop! Slam on the brakes! Wait, he's giving a ticket to someone already? Slam on the brakes anyway!” guy.7. Guy who stops next to a driveway to a parking lot, blocking it so you can't get in when he could've left enough room for you, with your turn signal on, to pass by.8. Speaking of turn signals, don't forget “This car is $60,000 and doesn't come with turn signals” guy.9. I'm also not a big fan of “My kids are out of control so I must discipline them while driving thereby moving at a ripe 15 mph and swerving in and out of my lane” guy.10. And of course there's “Highbeams-a-blazin' guy who hits you with his highbeams in the middle lane or the right lane when he could easily go around, but he doesn't want to, he wants YOUR lane” guy.I think there are more, but those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.

    • David Binkowski 1:39 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jeez, Vin… I guess being a NYer means you flip everyone off? 😉 lol

    • Don Martelli 1:46 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just flip off NYers…especially ones wearing Skankee's hats. cc @dbinkowski

    • Vinny 7:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • Vinny 11:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. 😛

  • dbinkowski 10:35 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Ways I Know You're Cheating at "Words With Friends" 

    There’s a popular Scrabble-eque game for iPhone called “Words with Friends”. I was not only suckered into playing it but stupidly buying it as well — even though there’s a free version that’s ad supported. I have the mobile version of the App Store to thank for that by only presenting the pay version, but on with the show.

    I’ve played several dozen games of Words with bloggers, clients, my spouse, former colleagues and even strangers. And I want to let all of you know – I’m on to you! Here are the five signs I know you’re cheating when we play.

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    • Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} 3:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely know what Jin means. It means genie. At least that's what I think it means. As far as QI and XI goes, those mean big points. Seriously, look it up. ;)And #5? Back and forth? The reason I do that is your fault. I go to play my word and see some ridiculous number of points you just scored for playing shit like JUGA and I realize I don't have the motivation to try and top your word at that moment. I have to rest up first. (_pixie_)

    • Vinny 3:40 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Damn that's good. So true, too!

    • David Binkowski 5:00 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha You're not even who I had in mind but it's all good. As long as the rules are the same for everyone playing 🙂

    • vdog 6:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Snort. Most of the cracker words I find by trial and error. Qi and Xi are totes worth trying. Yannow what else works? SUQ.

    • Secretagentama 3:28 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      INDEED!!!! Hey, add me… Secretagentmama! I play fair! (My score proves it.)

  • dbinkowski 10:35 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Ways I Know You’re Cheating at “Words With Friends” 

    There’s a popular Scrabble-eque game for iPhone called “Words with Friends”. I was not only suckered into playing it but stupidly buying it as well — even though there’s a free version that’s ad supported. I have the mobile version of the App Store to thank for that by only presenting the pay version, but on with the show.

    I’ve played several dozen games of Words with bloggers, clients, my spouse, former colleagues and even strangers. And I want to let all of you know – I’m on to you! Here are the five signs I know you’re cheating when we play.

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    • Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} 3:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely know what Jin means. It means genie. At least that's what I think it means. As far as QI and XI goes, those mean big points. Seriously, look it up. ;)And #5? Back and forth? The reason I do that is your fault. I go to play my word and see some ridiculous number of points you just scored for playing shit like JUGA and I realize I don't have the motivation to try and top your word at that moment. I have to rest up first. (_pixie_)

    • Vinny 3:40 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Damn that's good. So true, too!

    • David Binkowski 5:00 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha You're not even who I had in mind but it's all good. As long as the rules are the same for everyone playing 🙂

    • vdog 6:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Snort. Most of the cracker words I find by trial and error. Qi and Xi are totes worth trying. Yannow what else works? SUQ.

    • Secretagentama 3:28 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      INDEED!!!! Hey, add me… Secretagentmama! I play fair! (My score proves it.)

  • dbinkowski 8:30 am on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This? 

    About 6 months ago my then 14 month old was starting to say words. “Dad”, “Mom”, “ball”, “dog” and “go” were part of his everyday communication in our house when, out of the blue, it all stopped. “Ball” became “uhhhh!”, as did every other word he knew. We were perplexed.

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