"Murphy was an optimist!"
Today’s Cheap Ice Cream April 30, 2008 7:53 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Bargains, Of Interest
If you missed yesterday’s free scoop, you still have the opportunity to get some inexpensive ice cream today.
Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor Americaâ€™s firefighters. Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents.* At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities. …A donation of $100,000 will be made by Baskin-Robbins® to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. …learn more about the foundation by visiting www.firehero.org.
* 2.5oz scoops are 31 cents plus tax where applicable. Limit 10 scoops per person, per purchase.
[Source, Baskin-Robbins website]
Please note this event is between 5pm and 10pm. You can also RSVP for this event on Facebook! Enjoy! The only challenge to Knoxvillians may be finding a store (oh I miss the Rocky Hill and West Town Basin-Robbins!).add a comment
How do you get work done with all this blogging? April 29, 2008 10:35 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Blog, Daily Life, Publishing
People occasionally question the amount time I waste on blogging and how it affects my productivity. First off, I advocate blogging as a means of professional improvement. I do not view any blogging as a waste. Blogging encourages research, citing of references, learning, exercising vocabulary and grammar skills, and recording of history via journaling. Blogging also polishes my technical side as I use CSS, obscure HTML, play with template designs and php code that I may not have the luxury of experimenting with on a client’s site, and use of tools which catch my xhtml errors causing me to be a better all around coder. Blogging and social networks build connections between other professionals and myself. Since I work alone in a basement, these connections are as valuable to me as the group of people someone else may work with in an office environment.
When do you find the time to blog? I blog on my breaks. Some people take smoke breaks. I take writing breaks. When I am getting the children ready for school in the morning, I cannot settle into coding but I can type out a few sentences of a post. Sometimes I do not finish the post and save it as a draft for later. I have 274 drafts of incomplete posts. This post has been sitting around since November 2, 2007 almost complete. At any time, I can change most of those into a published post within minutes. When my muse hits, say on the weekend, I may write a week’s worth of posts and schedule a couple of day for the next seven days. I had two posts publish today while I worked. They even surprised me! I have one scheduled for tomorrow that was written over the weekend.
A blog makes the reader feel they know the writer intimately; however, those words may be fiction or non-fiction, and the picture may be incomplete. The blogger may not be sharing the pain and trauma in their lives. The blogger may talk about the coolio new gadget in the house while concealing the fact that they had to hock a wedding ring and get food from Fish. In the same way, posts may publish on this blog that give the impression more time was spent on creative writing on a particular day than really happened.
Please enjoy reading Reality Me! If I do work for you, know that my duties come first, writing second.add a comment
From the mouths of babes April 29, 2008 8:26 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Noah, Of Being Dad, Sarah, Tommy
Conversations that before you were a parent you never imagined really happen and in hindsight can’t believe you had:
Dad, agitated: "Noah did you go to the bathroom downstairs when you got home from school?"
Noah, exasperated: "No."
Dad, perturbed: "Tommy did you poop downstairs?"
Tommy, annoyed: "NOoooo Daaad."
Dad, disbelieving: "Sarah, did you go to the bathroom downstairs?"
Sarah, sharply: "Nope!"
Dad, grasping at straws: "Amy did you use the potty downstairs?"
Amy, lying: "Nuh uh."
Dad, befuddled: "No one used the bathroom downstairs but there’s a giant poop in it?!"
FW: Bus pass April 29, 2008 6:09 pmPosted by utterz in : Daily Life, Podcasting
My first bus pass for buying $10 or more of groceries. Now what to do with it?
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Heroes text message April 29, 2008 5:38 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Uncategorized
Need ur help. Company agnts may b involvd.
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Twitter gives power to the people April 29, 2008 1:28 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Technology
I once walked into a McDonald’s yelling, "I want to see a manager and I want to see a manager NOW!" Granted, they probably had the right to get the police involved but in seconds I was in front of the 30 or more other grumbling customers shuffling their feet while waiting to get to the registers. I had the power of voice. I was not afraid to speak loudly and clearly.
I explained, courteously, loudly, and with a tone of agitation to the manager and every person in the restaurant that I was working at a software company nearby, on a tight deadline, and had sat in their drive-thru for nearly 30 minutes to receive a small order of french fries and a cheese burger. Upon returning to my office, I found the fries to be terribly cold and the cheese burger was nothing more than two buns with cheese and a pickle. How is a cheese burger a burger without the meat?! Before I finished, people started lining up behind me saying, "Mine is missing the meat also." "Me too!" etc.
Everyone heard my message and by the time I left, each person in line received their food with the cashier opening the paper on the burger to prove that there was meat between the bun. Not only did I have a voice that got heard but I had an immediate impact on the lives of other people.
Twitter gives us that same voice on the Internet. Twitter connects disaster victims to family and friends. Twitter connects businesses to clients for sales and support. Twitter keeps us out of traffic jams. And Twitter helps free people from jail!
James Karl Buck helped free himself from an Egyptian jail with a one-word blog post from his cell phone. [Source, CNN, Student ‘Twitters’ his way out of Egyptian jail]
Has Twitter made a difference in your life yet?add a comment
Of Grasshoppers April 29, 2008 9:53 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: The odds are impossible!
Master: Do the odds improve if you quit?
I Scream for Ice Cream – Free Ben & Jerry’s! April 29, 2008 8:08 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Bargains, Of Interest
All hail the great Ben and the wonderful Jerry! In celebration of their 30th birthday, Ben & Jerry’s is giving way free ice cream today! Remember, they also offer free wifi access. Find a store near you. You can bet our horde will be there late this afternoon ruining our dinner.
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Get your free bus pass! April 28, 2008 10:46 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Environment, Philanthropy, Touchy Subjects, Transportation, Travel
I learned something today. Every time you buy only $10 worth of groceries at Kroger, they will give you a free bus pass for KAT! Simply go straight from the cash register to customer service with your receipt and get a one use bus pass that is valid for 7 days. So you never ride the bus. There is no bus stop convenient to you blah blah. Why would you do this? Many churches accept these bus passes to include in their food pantries. Naturally you have to act quick since the pass will expire a week from purchase. Of course, you could use it as an excuse to experience Knoxville’s public transportation. Go to the mall and take the bus for its full loop. You might learn that the bus is convenient for getting from West to downtown for special events. You could even tape the tickets to a bus stop sign. Someone will use them and be grateful. Kroger is encouraging green. Take advantage of it!2comments
Blogfading April 28, 2008 9:35 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Cool Sites, Of Interest
Of Grasshoppers April 28, 2008 3:21 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: There are limits.
Master: There are priorities.
From the mouths of babes April 28, 2008 9:53 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes
Evan, 2 and 11/12ths: "I wanna go school Dada!"add a comment
Zappos has me hooked April 27, 2008 10:29 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Contest, Cool Sites, Of Interest
The shoe and apparel company Zappos is making the best marketing use of Twitter I have seen to date. (The American Red Cross still has the best utility usage of Twitter.) The Zappos CEO, Tony, is inspiring awareness of Zappos.com through contests and give-a-aways introduced through Twitter!
They also happen to be avid bloggers! Zappos has given away shoes to random Twitter followers, each month they give away a pair of shoes to people signing up from Zappos.com, and even flew a random Twitter follower to Vegas for lunch with Tony the Zappos CEO. Oops. I was typing up this post and browsing shoes and got my entry into this contest either right on the wire or a few minutes late but I know Tony will have more contests! Right Tony? I chose the Michael Toschi Lorenzo SKU #7415650 and the company core value "4. Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded." I have a wide foot. The picture doesn’t look like it would fit comfortably. Fortunately Zappos has free shipping both directions and 100% satisfaction guaranteed with a full refund within 365 days of purchase!
Be sure to follow Zappos on Twitter @zappos. Search Twitter for "Zappos" and you can discover the COO and other Zappos staffers! You can follow me @djuggler. Watch Miss Rogue’s Interview: Zappos.comâ€™s Tony Hsieh and Rachael Brown to learn more about this great company. Btw, the Zappos ten core values are:
- Deliver WOW Through Service
- Embrace and Drive Change
- Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
- Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
- Pursue Growth and Learning
- Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
- Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
- Do More With Less
- Be Passionate and Determined
- Be Humble
Honestly, I’m sold. My next pair of shoes is coming from Zappos! Fortunately for Zappos, this seven family household needs roughly 14 pairs of shoes in the very short term.
Update: Sarah Lacy does not like Zappos but many of her commenters disagree.2comments