Online Gaming: My Unconventional Experiment in Marketing

Online Gaming as an Experiment in MarketingI’ve recently started playing an online game in my *cough* free time. Since I have it on my phone, it happens during those moments I used to spend learning something — reading articles I’d saved, checking email obsessively, and similar pursuits. But, I’m having quite a bit of fun with it and I’m testing out some… are you ready… marketing theories! Continue reading

Time to Make the Doughnuts…

Lately, things have been so hectic that we have been working amazingly long hours. Seriously, I haven’t worked this many hours for this many weeks in a row since I was trying to make my own business launch a decade and a half ago.Mornings (and often evenings) remind me of a commercial from my youth. I quote it going out the door in the morning: “Time to make the doughnuts.”

But, apparently, I’m the only person I know who remembers that particular commercial. Since, during many times in my life from early college years until now, I’ve had the “doughnut making” phases of my life, I thought I’d share it here to help remind those who saw it and have forgotten and to educate those youngsters out there, who haven’t seen it. This, my friends, is life… from time to time. I’m just glad this isn’t life ALL the time, and that it merely becomes like this on occasion… in fits and starts. :)

Right now… life is many things, many GOOD things, but simple and easy isn’t one of them.

Tales from Traffic School

Tales from Traffic SchoolShare my shame. Yep, busted for speeding. But, despite what my instructor said, some people really do NOT know they are speeding. When you come off a 70 mph strip and are going 68, you don’t worry about speeding… even if the speed drops to 55. I swear I never saw a sign. When I saw the blue lights, I instinctively checked and my gauge read 68, so I had no idea why I was being pulled over. I was actually surprised my little truck was able to go that fast. He strains, he really does.

Oh well, I digress.

The story I’m going to tell is a two-parter. One part is funny. The other part is sad. Let’s get rid of the sad part first… Continue reading

Playing with Hulu Labs

I love Hulu. Yeah, I know, I’ve said it alot. I don’t bother with cable, I get all my content online. It’s a good place to be (and is cheaper than paying cable and Internet bills, IMHO).

Google Labs is always coming out with something cool and new (if ONLY they had the same stuff for my google apps paid account!) and now my favorite video site has a “labs” offering too.

So if you want to go check it out, you can play around in Hulu’s Lab too!

Discover Hulu: Enjoy an after-feast movie-fest

I’m loving Hulu. If you haven’t discovered it yet, go there now. If you have finished with the Thanksgiving meal and need a little kick-back time (and you aren’t a sports fan), Hulu will come to your rescue.

I’ve registered so I can keep the cool stuff I find in my queue — and so I get automatic update emails when a TV show I’m following has a new episode, but you can view without registration.

Right now (since I don’t watch TV) this is where I watch: Bones, Chuck, Lipstick Jungle, Terminator, The Starter Wife, Heroes, Burn Notice, Crusoe, Valentine, and Battlestar Galactica. (There are also complete seasons of cancelled series and others I’m not currently following).

And I recently added a few great movies to my queue as well. There are some second rate titles on Hulu, but there are also a great number of top movies (and old favorites).

As a few examples, the ones currently in my queue include: The Professional, A River Runs Through It, Requiem for a Dream, GhostBusters (because my daughter has never seen it… ditto for Xanadu), Kiss The Bride, Sense and Sensibility (because it’s been awhile), Hans Christian Anderson (also for Alex), and Rob Roy.

(I only wish I could view this over my wi-fi on my iPhone. That would make it even cooler!)

If you want an all-night horror movie fest to go with your indigestion, this may be the best place to get those too. Why get out to go rent something when you can stay in and save time, money and gas?

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!