March 19, 2008 0

“Agent Double O Soul”

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I am going to agree wholeheartedly with John Mayer that this video should be viewed at least once per day for ultimate quality of living. That is the best dancing I have EVER seen in my entire life, and I am not in any way kidding.

Right on, dudes. That is some serious sweetness.

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March 19, 2008 0

TeaToday – Matcha Filming

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Filming STeaP episode for St. Patrick’s Day, making matcha and pretending we’re Irish. The full matcha episode can be found at http://steaptv.com. Apologies for not knowing that St. Patrick’s is actually an offensive holiday to some… we were oblivious non-Irish people having ignorant fun.

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March 18, 2008 0

Ani – “Gravel”

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Listening to Ani on my way home from class. (January 31, 2008)

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March 18, 2008 0

TWiT in Blizzard

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Listening to TWiT while driving to work in a blizzard. (Feb 27, 2008)

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March 18, 2008 2

Wedding Shopping – Shoes

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Which do you like best? I’m pretty sure I’m going to forego the red sash for my dress… the colored sash seems to make me look more squat or something in the photographs.

I am wearing flats (because while heels are hot as hell, I cannot tolerate them and would be miserable the whole night), and I like these so far. Any other fun suggestions, feel free to throw them my way!

American Eagle Cherish Mary Jane Flats (Basic, cute, *shrug*)
Payless ShoeSource
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Penny Loves Kenny Flats (These look really comfy)
http://www.zappos.com - Zappos.com - Penny Loves Kenny Creamsicle
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Martinez Valero crazy flats (I am strangely smitten with the black/white flats)
http://www.zappos.com - Zappos.com - Martinez Valero Jaxy
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Macy’s Carys Wedge
Macy*s - Shoes - Report

*EDITED TO ADD A PAIR SOMEONE SUGGESTED AND DELETE A PAIR I REALLY JUST DON’T LIKE.

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March 18, 2008 0

Get Fuzzy says “$$*!!”

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Poor dog… lol.

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March 17, 2008 0

Jill Taylor TED Talk

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This video is absolutely amazing. Jill Taylor’s TED Talk about her own experience as a neuroscientist having a stroke and what she learned about herself and the world had me totally in tears by the end.

It’s not long (TED talks run 20 minutes max) and it’s worth that time. Her message is actually worth much more than that amount of time.

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March 17, 2008 0

“Should I make new ones?” “NO!”

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Jim and I were watching tv just now and this horrid M&Ms commercial came on. A sad, balding, green M&M was looking in a mirror, and my dialogue with the television went like this, much to Jim’s amusement and my dismay:

GREEN M&M: “Where are my ear holes?”

BRANDICE: *horrified at the sad little candy* “Where ARE his earholes?”

GREEN M&M: “Should I make new ones?” *wields a drill*

BRANDICE: *gasps in dismay* “No! No!”

JIM: *laughing hysterically* “What is the MATTER with you? There should be a camera on you at all times… where’d that life camera thing go?”

I am entirely too emotionally invested in television commercials. That caveman commercial where the caveman is at the airport on the walkway and sees the “So easy a caveman could do it” sign and stops and stares at it with the sad music playing before drifting away on the moving walkway… it gets me every time.

Why do advertising people torture me so? Please don’t drill holes in your head, Greenie!

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March 17, 2008 0

Moving: Internetiquette is heading home to Brandice.net

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I’ve struggled recently with this project and whether I took it in the best direction for me. It’s a topic that I want to talk about, but is something that I want to maintain a separate blog for?

It’s really not. This topic is one that went from something I wanted to talk about anonymously to something that I want to be part of my view regarding online media. Maybe it’s my drive to create my own personal brand online, not a fragmented slew of projects. Maybe it’s the realization that I don’t need this topic to be a collaborative effort (i.e., one blog with multiple contributors) for it to be successfully discussed by me. Maybe it’s the fact that I have grown to absolutely hate Blogger’s user interface… who knows.

The end result of this part of the experiment is a move back to my safe home at Brandice.net, and I hope that you’ll follow me if you’re interesting in keeping up with my thoughts on internet etiquette. :)

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March 17, 2008 9

Anyone want Aviary invites?

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*EDIT: I’m out of invites. ALL GONE!

Aviary - Creation on the fly / tools

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March 17, 2008 2

Blog all day…

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March 15, 2008 3

RSVPs with Extra Notes

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I just received an RSVP that was a “No” reply, but had a note with it:

“Get straight with [family member] and I’ll be happy to come to your wedding (locally).”

So, I get a “No,” but it comes with two impossible ultimatums:

1. “Magically fix the fact that [family member] will not come to your wedding because you’ve invited her brother and sister.”

2. “Cancel all the reservations and suck up that chapel fee you’ve already paid and move the wedding to somewhere near my house.”

Oh goody! I was wondering when the really reasonable and pleasant RSVPs would start rolling in!

So far, I’ve had someone request that the bachelorette party involve no alcohol or strip clubs, I’ve had people NOT in the wedding party ask me to change my bridesmaid dress color, and now a request to both fix the impossible and move the entire thing back to Ohio after invitations have been out for almost a month.

Bring it on, wedding guests. Should I have sent forms to all of you on which to scribble your demands? I am up to the challenge, so keep in mind that the wedding shall continue with or without your bizarre (and unlikely to be fulfilled) requests.

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March 15, 2008 2

$3.45/gallon = suck

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March 15, 2008 0

The walkway to boredom land

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Yep. I’m going to class.
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5 Awesome Things

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March 15, 2008 4

Wedding Ring Finalists

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Which of these do YOU like? I am totally torn at this point…

Starbursts:

http://www.antiquejewelrymall.com - Mid Century Starbursts Engraved Wedding Band in 14 Karat White Gold

Satin Ridged:

14K White Gold Satin Ridged Ladies Wedding Band Ring

Triple Beaded:

14K White Gold 5mm Triple Beaded Row Wedding Band

Textured w/ Stones:

14K White Gold Textured & Polished Ladies Diamond Ring

Some ideas? Jim and I seem to be really leaning toward the first one for me, but I don’t know if it’s too… crazy psychedelic looking. Need some outside perspective, so help!

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March 14, 2008 0

links for 2008-03-15

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March 13 – Scribbles

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March 14, 2008 0

The Perfect Job – Part 1

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Joe wrote a blog entry on what he wants in an ideal work environment, and it’s had me thinking about my ideal work environment for a while now. It’s rare (if not impossible) to find exactly what you want in any given work environment, because there are always disadvantages, whether you’re working for yourself or working for another company.

Recently, I’ve developed a lot of certainty in terms of what I don’t want in the workplace, which by default suggests what I do want, I guess. I think it’s important that I know what I’m looking for when I start looking for jobs after graduating with my MSW in May, so I’ve been taking time here and there to write out my thoughts on what I want and don’t want from a long term position within my field.

It’s become so lengthy at this point, that I will be posting it in bits, and this first criteria was the first thing I thought of when imagining a job that would make me happy.

1. Travel

I’ve discovered over the past eight months that I really don’t like a job that requires constant travel (home visits, driving to each client/location, multiple destinations in a day). It’s caused a total disconnect that leaves me feeling removed from the main staff at my current workplace because I’m never in the office, I’m never up to date on what’s actually happening in the main office, and I find myself feeling lonely and spending a lot of time in traffic.

It’s hard on my car (really, really hard on my car), it’s expensive gas-wise (especially since I’m paid for mileage but not at a rate that fully compensates me), and what I had never considered when taking the job in the summer was that a job that requires a certain number of visits per month can be hard to complete when winter hits and the roads are scary and time-consuming here in Northeastern Ohio.

I really enjoy the days when I’m at internship because I’m in one building (usually just one or two floors), and I really spend my entire time engaged in the workplace. I feel more like a part of the staff at my internship than I do at my own job right now, and when I move on into a more permanent place in my field, I want that place to involve relationships with co-workers and a dynamic that I feel I am a part of.

Right now, I don’t feel like a part of the clinic I work for, and while a social connection isn’t the primary goal of employment, it’s an aspect of the job that makes going to work more bearable for me, especially as a social person who chose a field that involves regular contact and in-depth interaction with people. I want to feel like a part of a community.
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More in the series “The Perfect Job” next week.

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March 14, 2008 0

Zuckerberg Interview SXSW Drama

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For those of you who care and want to read more, Robert Scoble has the best write-up of the whole Zuckerberg/Lacy drama at SXSW, with links to everyone else’s coverage.

I personally think that it was not a great interview, but not worthy of the crucifixion by the audience that Lacy endured toward the end. She didn’t handle it well, the geeks in the audience didn’t handle it well, and the interview wasn’t the type of conversation the SXSW audience wanted to hear. All around, definitely an epic fail, but cut the poor smitten reporter some slack. She was flirty and overly familiar, yes. She focused on the wrong subject matter, yes.

She’s human.

After all the hype I’d heard online and then the discussion on the latest episode of TWiT, I simply sat down and watched the actual interview:

It’s boring, not great, total chaos at the end, but really… did we have to rip this poor woman such a HUGE one? The number of articles/blog entries/angry Twitters about the whole thing seems ridiculous. Is that how grown ups treat other grown ups, even if they are justified in being disappointed?

I don’t really think so.

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March 13, 2008 3

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What a beautiful day!

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I arrived at my first group home early just now and it gave me some
time to appreciate what a beautiful day this is. I’d been inside all
day typing away until now and I didn’t know it was so spring-like.

*breathes the fresh air while waiting for staff to arrive* :)
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March 13, 2008 0

Join me?

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I’m going to be HERE for at least another couple of hours, probably two and half hours, if anyone would like to join me. :)

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March 13, 2008 0

Question: Side Dish?

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