28 Feb 2010
Ever seen a couple where one person just didn’t look interested in the other? I always wonder why the uninterested one let themselves stick with the relationship. Is it out of guilt? Fear? Not wanting to hurt the other party? Just a quick tip, if you’ve lost interest move on. It’s not easy or fun, but it’s what’s right.
Now, onto what stemmed this post. Last night on the subway, sometime around 1:30AM, I saw this really cute girl with this subpar guy. Now that in itself isn’t an issue. That’s actually relatively common I’d say. The problem was the body language that cute blond was showing. She barely made eye contact with him. She never smiled. She didn’t respond to anything he was saying. Okay you know what that happens. Maybe they had a fight was my first thought (after about 3 seconds). But then I watched them a little more (totally creepy I know, but this demonstration of bad body language was too good to ignore.)
He kept leaning over. He’d be making eye contact with her all the time, she’d be looking out the window. His hand on her thigh, her hands crossed. This girl wanted out. She was unhappy and for 2 minutes I considered intervening and trying to get her number. My roommate quickly shot it down. Said to “give this poor sap a break. She’s done with him anyway”. It was a strange thing to hear from him, he’s usually encouraging my behaviour, but I guess he saw how badly this guy was trying to hold onto this beautiful girl.
So instead I got all ninja like and snapped some pictures so you could all see a live example of bad body language!
PS. To my readers… if you know this girl, can you put her in touch with me? I’d love to hear what she has to say.
PPS. To my readers… if you know the guy, can you put me in touch with him? I’d give him solid advice. Break up with her pre-emptively. Shock and Awe her. She won’t expect it and she’ll probably want to come back. Yeah she’s really cute, but dude, change your ways or forever be ‘just holding on’.
24 Feb 2010
24 Feb 2010
24 Feb 2010
This blog is written with a bit of frustration, a little bitterness and a lot of experience. I’m going to keep it short, because not much has to be said on the topic.
Ideas are easy to come by. You have them every day. Some are good, some are bad. Some are really good. While not all ideas are original, there are some that are ‘original’ in their message. With Twitter and it’s 140 characters, it’s easy to quickly put out an idea and get feedback.
But if you see someone tweet something that you agree with, give them credit.
If someone then asks you about that idea, refer them to the person you got the idea from.
Don’t call the idea your own. Don’t pretend you thought it. If someone makes a mistake and credits you, correct them.
You’d think it would be common sense, but in the arena of business, I guess getting ahead takes priority over being honest.
19 Feb 2010
Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are amazing. They’ve revolutionized the way we use the internet. The media industry realized it and have taken advantage of it by posting things in real time. Companies are starting to clue in that social media is important, not to just manage what’s being said about their company, but also to generate sales. And everyday people have developed business ideas based on it. Transparency and openness is at an all time high.
But when does transparency become dangerous?
Gowalla, Foursquare, Google Latitude are all in the location based social media game. They let followers on Twitter and elsewhere know where you are at that moment. The first two make a game out of it. I’ve been on foursquare. I played for a bit but stopped. Why? I got slightly paranoid about people knowing where I was all the time.
I just didn’t want people showing up to where I was unannounced. Then a couple weeks ago, I heard a story from a friend. I’ll give you three tweets. You tell me what happened.
“Parked behind TD Bank, taking the TTC downtown. No parking fees! – from Echofon”
“I’m at Coxwell Subway Station(1568 Danforth Ave at Coxwell Ave, Toronto). – from Foursquare”
“I’m at The Mod Club Theatre (722 College St, at Crawford, Toronto). – from Foursquare”
He’s since then decided not to post his location publicly.
Now there is a website that hopes to enlighten people to think before they tweet. While their idea/method may be a little controversial, it does accurately cause one to think.
PleaseRobMe.com starts off with a banner saying “Listing all those empty homes out there.” The idea is simple. If people are checking in from other places, it means they aren’t home. The site pulls tweets from Twitter/Foursquare and displays this way;
Scary, but true.
I have two tips.
- Never include your home address, in any post, ever. Don’t create a Foursquare location for your house. I hope to never see “Checking in at Home” in any of your tweets.
- Delay foursquare check ins. I know this sort of runs contrary to the idea of it. But you can still play the game and then check in to all the places you were that day at a later time.
Openness/honesty is great, but be careful about being too open. Too transparent. You may end up a target.
I know recruiters will look at this and gasp in disgust. It’s not a word document! You can’t scan it for keywords! OH NO!
But that means I know I’m doing something right. I don’t want to be a nobody. I don’t want to have my resume picked up as a result of hitting keywords. I want to be in a company that actually looks at my resume.
I also want to be in a company that appreciates, encourages and contributes to my creativity. So while I’m trying to be a match for them, I also want that company to be a match for me.
It’s like dating!
If both sides aren’t attracted to the other, then it’s not going to work out!
So here’s my approach to applying for a job.
Tell me what you think! I love feedback!
PS. The job I’m applying for is in Social Media so this isn’t a playing golf with a snowboard! :)
12 Feb 2010
This is graphic. So don’t watch it if you’re squeamish!
This is why the newest version where you face forward is called the Skeleton. That’s not even a joke. That’s just real.
07 Feb 2010
This is a really well done commercial. So simple, but it’s what Google is.. simple. Without faces, without characters, without anything than text and Google Search Results, it tells a touching love story. I smiled while watching it. Mostly because I’m a nerd and chances are one day I’ll google all those things! Haha. Really well done Google! Really well done!
07 Feb 2010
Ha, finally a good ad! This is great. Very creative and I love the Ninja suit! The real question though…. why did they bring Doritos to the gym? Gym = Healthy… Doritos = Not. Regardless, if you overlook that plot hole, it’s great!
07 Feb 2010
Here’s another miss. I hate this baby because he’s proven to be a cheater/liar to his girlfriends face. Not cool baby. Not cool at all. I hope you get terrible diaper rash.