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Web 2.0 and the Super Bowl

Oh the things you find while Blin­go-ing. Since it’s that time of year again for the Super Bowl, with it comes: the back­yard-BBQ par­ties, the trash-talk­ing between teams, the mil­lions-of-dol­lars-worth of bets, fun­ny & cre­ative com­mer­cials and last but not least, the office Super Bowl Pool. A cou­ple of friends and I have been doing this for the past cou­ple of years now. Too bad, no one want­ed to do it this year. Don’t know why?

Mean­while, hav­ing the feel­ing of just try­ing to get into the spir­it of the Super Bowl (even though the teams weren’t my pick from the start of the sea­son), I asked around MA to see if we are doing one this year. Turns out there was­n’t even one for last year’s. So, I just vol­un­teered not remem­ber­ing how John-John facil­i­tat­ed it.

Any­ways, with a call to J2 and some Blin­go-ing, I found some tem­plates. The best one I found was through:

Num Sum. Easy, Sharable Web Spread­sheets. Keep your records, lists and spread­sheets in one place online. Eas­i­ly slice, dice and share with oth­ers.

It’s FREE. You have the abil­i­ty to share with friends and fam­i­ly that don’t even have an account but with they just won’t be able to update the sheet direct­ly and save it. You may also inter­act with a group or team, and share a sheet for col­lab­o­ra­tion. It’s a nice, FREE and great web app.

Oth­er obser­va­tions that I found while study­ing and using Num Sum was it’s home­page lay­out. It strikes sim­plis­tic sim­i­lar­i­ties with the very-out­stand­ing Base­camp in its ear­ly days. Why not, right? Why not fol­low some­thing that has done very well in per­for­mance.

So, after spend­ing some time to get every­one to join in on the fun, I man­aged to get a 10x10 (100 squares) Pool filled out . The pot is big—$500. It’s $5 per square and you get $75 for the First, Second/Half and the Third. Then a humon­gous sum of $275 for the Fourth/Final, no OT. I was get­ting wor­ried Wednes­day night (after send­ing the email on Mon­day morn­ing about the Pool), that only half of the Pool was tak­en. But alas, every­one came through to chip in for a cou­ple of squares and com­plete it even­tu­al­ly.

After hav­ing indi­vid­u­als pick from a som­brero (lit­er­al­ly, the one from Chevy’s), I got the fol­low­ing num­bers (Steelers/Seahawks): 5/1, 3/5, 5/4 and 4/7. The 5s might be hard to get but there is very great hope on the jew­el “4/7” com­bo: 14 & 7, 24 & 7 and 24 & 17 to name a few. I can’t wait. This should be a fun way for MA to do some­thing togeth­er. Good times.

Update
Here’s the com­plete Pool. Ain’t it col­or­ful? Damn skip­py, it took a while try­ing to get the same back­ground-col­or when some­one want­ed to add a square. I hope Num Sum adds the fea­ture to do some kind of eye­drop­per tool to just pick the same col­or, font-style, size or what have you.

Free Directory Assistance Charges

1–800-FREE-411 pro­vides a great ser­vice that elim­i­nates those nasty $1‑plus charges when con­nect­ing to the business(es) you call about. Hows this pos­si­ble? Before you get the phone num­ber, you get an ad with spe­cial offers from oth­er local, top-rat­ed busi­ness­es. Its then up to you to bite at the offer, or pro­ceed to get the phone num­ber.

Any­ways, FREE is always good. Its just a mat­ter of hav­ing the time to wait for that FREE assis­tance, or not. A sim­ple way to fig­ure out if this is for you (or not) is by sim­ply ask­ing your­self: “Do I like those pre-movie adver­tise­ments?”

Here’s My Business Card

Busi­ness cards, they’re like your toes—you feel good you have them but you don’t real­ly use them; at least for me and a few oth­ers. I got my first offi­cial busi­ness cards a week or so ago. I say that because they are, for reals. Even though I’ve been work­ing for years for dif­fer­ent, great companies—they’re gen­uine­ly my first. Any­ways, my first expres­sion was: “HOLD UP! Is this a joke?!?!” I guess when you got IT… you got IT haha j/p.

Days lat­er, the two box­es of a thou­sand just sat there with no life or a sin­gle peep. Yah, I did hand out a cou­ple to some friends but that’s it. But hey, hav­ing ’em is a bless­ing.

What I mean is that you can pret­ty much use em like McGuyver can use a Coke can as a bong. You can use a busi­ness card for the fol­low­ing (besides for busi­ness-use):

  • writ­ing direc­tions when you need to go some­where*
  • writ­ing down num­bers*
  • as a book­mark
  • to pick up pen­nies (as a lever)
  • to win meals from a restau­rant, or a prize from a store
  • to start a fire or a BBQ
  • to remind your­self that you have a job

As you notice, the first two with the aster­isks* pret­ty much applies to busi­ness cards that are blank on the oth­er side; or those that you can write clear­ly on the back­side. Mean­while, while hav­ing busi­ness cards are cool it teach­es yet a les­son or a moral that we keep hear­ing about:

… its the small things in life that makes it all worth it

… or was it, its the thought that counts and the small things aint shit? TANGENT. Back on point, its the small things like these that makes us feel deserv­ing (as well as thank­ful) to real­ize that we are lucky. I mean that in a more glob­al way. For instance, if you are read­ing this—you are lucky.

Why? you may ask. Well, you’re lucky that you have access to the inter­net; you are lucky that you can read; you are lucky that you have time to do so; etc. Any­ways, its turn­ing into one of those “I can see clear­ly now” writ­ings (which I did­n’t intend to write in the first place). I real­ly was just writ­ing because I read that jovan­horne got some. Oh well, my mind has been going off late­ly. A good thing though (some­times), makes me con­ceive ideas and design new cre­ative works both for work and my own.

From my mind to yours, get your OWN BUSINESS CARDS FOR FREE! Here’s a pre­view of mine…

PS. I’ll try to write nor­mal­ly now in terms of “prop­er writ­ing syn­tax.” I’ve been writ­ing like I’m chat­ting; that is, all small­caps and stuff. But yah, I’ll do my best… it’ll start with this entry. You know why, cause YOU (YOU) are spe­cial… YOU! (thats for joe­ma­ma)

free is free

well, today i want­ed to get back into train­ing again. but that did­n’t hap­pen (just yet) because of a cou­ple of stuff. first, i did­n’t get enough sleep because i was busy arrang­ing my receipts and rebate forms so i can mail them the next day. this sup­pos­ed­ly-easy task took me till 3am to do. sec­ond, i ate some grand­ma’s choco­late chip cook­ies for break­fast because i for­got to bring a pro­tein bar with me from the apt.—so that was a “good move.”

so, after eat­ing two of those yum­my cook­ies around 10:30am, i told myself that’ll i’ll get some soup + half-a-sand­which some­where. healthy right? well, lunch time came. CEO comes in and yells out to every­one, “FREE In-N-Out burg­ers from twelve to two!” shit! shit! shit! whats a man to do when he hears “FREE”??? and that’s “FREE” along with “In-N-Out burg­ers” …WTF?!?! i’m screwed, after all, “FREE” is “FREE”!

from my mind to yours, all the best things in life are FREE!

land of the free

there is a god! today, max­im mag announces “hot­tie heav­en”

In the spir­it of inde­pen­dence, we’re free­ing all 2,000 Hot­ties from our Home­town Hot­ties archive. Now sub­scriber and non­sub­scriber alike can come togeth­er as the found­ing fathers intend­ed and ogle Mon­i­ca from accounts payable. Take that, Eng­land!” ~Max­im Online