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Friday, February 27, 2015

Amazon Affiliate Link

If you like the things I write and want to support me, the next time you buy from Amazon, please use this URL.  You buy at the same prices as before, but I get a small commission for "referring you to the purchase".  That URL tells Amazon you were sent there from my website.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Though Experiment: Data vs Feelings

As a web marketing professional, I'm trained to believe proven data over "feelings".  For example, if web 2 banners are displayed, whichever one that gets clicked on more often and generate more sales is the "better" banner, regardless of how each banner makes me feel.

I'm currently getting over a fever.  My thermometer says my temperature is back to normal, but my head is still woozy, should I assume I'm still sick because I "feel" sick?  Or should I believe the hard data presented to me, and say "Data trumps feelings, get over it, I'm fine"?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disruptathon Social Media in DC

I was lucky enough to go to a DC networking event, Disruptathon Social Media.  The even took place at the Washington Post building, and it brought back some memories of going there for my ID badge when I worked for  Disruptathon Social Media was a two part event: Networking and Presentations.

During the networking session, I was lucky enough to meet some very interesting people with huge visions.  The ones I met tend to be more tech oriented professionals, and worked in all types of different industries.  One thing that they all had in common was that they all seemed very passionate about what they did.  The IT focused contacts I've made enthusiastically talked about the really cool new features on their websites.  The people I especially enjoyed talking to were the ones that are more business focused in the IT world.  They understood their business models, they understood their data, and they understood their customer demographics.  We started getting into in-depths talk about lifetime value per new acquisition, marginal cost per new customer, conversion rate of the website and so on.

The presentation session was fun, it was around 20 entrepreneurs talking about their businesses for 2 minutes each.  All of them were very innovative, and the two below especially caught my eye:
  • Heywire - Free SMS service globally
  • ProConIt - Crowdsourcing platform that allows users to post questions with choices (such as "Kobe vs Lebron", and allow others' to answer the question with their arguments.  The "voting" system allows the most popular arguments and responses to bubble up top.
Overall, it was a great networking event, and I'm thankful to be a part of it.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Motorola Droid - $110

Was looking for my next cell phone - finally decided on the Motorola Droid over the Google Nexus One and Apple Iphone 3GS.  I was checking on Amazon and saw they had it for only $110, while had it for $199.  I know what toy I'm buying myself soon.  :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lovely Charts

Just found this site,  It's a web-based program that lets people make charts and diagrams.  Thought I'd share it, cool tool to have if you don't have MS Visio.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things Left Unsaid

Things Left Unsaid - Personally, I think as people become more socially intelligent, lots of things are left unsaid but still communicated clearly. I had an instance of this today while going out to lunch. Coworker1 and myself have decided to go to restaurant x, and were talking to coworker2.

Me: Coworker2, Coworker1 and I are going to restaurant x, would you like to join us?
Coworker2, while smiling: I don't like restaurant x.
Me: [pause] I understand.
Coworker2: [pause] Have a good lunch.
Me: Thank you.

Just thought it was funny while analyzing it, what we really meant were:
Me: Coworker2, Coworker1 and I are going to restaurant x, would you like to join us?
Coworker2, while smiling: I don't like restaurant x.
Me: We will not be changing our plans to be socially accommodating to you.
Coworker2: In that case, I will not be joining you guys for lunch
Me: Okay.

Funny stuff, things left unsaid.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Candy Shop by The Dan Band in The Hangover Movie

I stumbled across this, it's "Candy Shop" by Dan Finnerty and The Dan Band. They played in the wedding scene in the movie "The Hangover". It's a vocal version of the Fifty Cent song. I remembered I really enjoyed that scene because of that song, thought I'd share it.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Eddie Hotra & Reputation Management

My friend Eddie Hotra and I had a small chat about Online Reputation Management. In my experiences, ORM is all about "taking as many top spots in search engines for your name as possible". This isn't a huge concentration of my career, but still something to keep in mind.

The following are big candidates for ranking on your company's name:

Sites you own:
  • Company Website
  • Subdomains of Company Website - Company Blog, etc
  • Auxiliary Sites -,, etc
Sites you don't own, but can put your page on:
  • Social Networking Sites - Myspace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Meetup, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc
  • PR Release sites - Ezinearticles, etc
  • Being a "guest author" on someone else's site (and have your name / business name prominent)
  • Actively comment on lots of blogs / forums / newspaper sites, with intelligent things to say, leaving the name you'd like to do ORM on. This one's more of a "shot-gun approach", you leave 100 comments and hope 3 of them get ranked in search engines for that name.
Cheers to Eddie Hotra for sparking that chat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Neat Phone Number Math Trick

Just saw this, worked out for me. I'm sure there's a bunch of math stuff behind it, but let's just be kids again and enjoy the trick.

1. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the Area codeā€¦)
2. Multiply by 80
3. Add 1
4. Multiply by 250
5. Add to this the last 4 digits of your phone number
6. Add to this the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
7. Subtract 250
8. Divide number by 2

Do you recognize the answer ??
O.M.G. like magic!!!


Friday, May 01, 2009

Greensboro Grub

I got invited to a dinner party, called "Greensboro Grub". It was a month dinner hosted by my neighbors that live in the building next to my downtown apartment. They have a great apartment with many rooms, and there were approximately 50 people there. The hosts Charlie and Ruth are great people - very friendly, confident, and were great hosts.

The atmosphere was very friendly, there was no ounce of negativity, and everyone was there to enjoy themselves - that, is the beauty of Greensboro Grub.

I arrived at 6:30 and there was a small mixer of approximately 15 people, and people kept on coming during the next hour or so. The people were diverse - all ages and professions, both local and recently moved. I mingled a bit and made some small talk before everyone were seated. The table setting was beautiful, and they had about 5 different types of dishes. After dinner, we picked out our deserts buffet style from a different room, and they were delicious.

The best part is the "sharing" after dinner. People brought their chairs to a different room and formed a "stage" for different performers. A band played a few mellow chilled out songs. I've never been big into southern music, but listening live without loud speakers was a very enjoyable experience.

There also were a few different people reading poetry, and then the hosts Charlie and Ruth did a great Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on First".

They also did a small skit comedy, about an autistic guy meeting a girl. The guy started a conversation with the girl almost like a pick-up approach, the girl wasn't receptive, but the guy "plowed on" in a "funny" way because he's autistic. The girl became more receptive and revealed that she's got a brain tumor and won't live very long. The guy sympathized, and was extremely optimistic due to his unquestionable faith in religion and was happy to be going to heaven. He innocently told the girl it would be like her taking a nap, waking up with Jesus, and Jesus would sing her favorite song to her, and her brain won't hurt anymore. A lot of people were laughing at the great performance of the childish innocence of the autistic guy, but I wasn't for some reason. As one of the youngest guys in that crowd, I think I have a bigger problem than most about the concept of dying. I found the performance extremely moving and the couple were great thespians.

The night was finished by the band that played before. I'm really glad I went to this Greensboro Grub event, and I feel truly fortunate that I had the privileged to have had the great experience.