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Streb Defies Gravity at ICA Boston

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My sister Anne treated Linda and I last night to a show at the new Institute of Contemporary Art museum in Boston. Lot's to point out in one post. The facility is a design masterpiece with the use of space and location all in a dramatic structure that seems to grow from the edge of the Boston Harbor. When you first walk into the lobby, you are presented with a stunning peice on the lobby wall.

Chris Botti and Billy Kilson

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Saw Chris Botti the other night with Linda. Her thoughtful birthday gift for me. The show was fantastic. Chris is energetic, and a showman. The first show highlight for me was A Thousand Kisses Deep based upon the song from one of my all time favorite song writers/poets, Leonard Cohen. Botti's rendition , Cohen's )The next, without a doubt, was his drummer's solo. Billy Kilson is amazing.

Culture in The Can

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I have a couple fun things I do on a regular basis. Things that make me feel good because I'm making others feel good or learn something new. love sharing knowledge and good fortune. The first is just silly. When I'm walking somewhere and realize I have a penny in my pocket, I'll drop it. imagine making someone's day when they find their "lucky penny" and spend the rest of their day on a semi-high. The second thing I do is not as silly. In a given day, I'll read a good 100-200 RSS posts per day in Google Reader. Well I am a news "snacker". Today's article: Banksy Was Hear from the New Yorker.

Ubuntu - No More Tech Support

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After years of removing viruses and pop ups and ad-ware from my kid's computers, I finally tried an experiment, which led to another experiment. Like most of us, I have old computers in storage. In my case, I have 3 or 4 just stacked up. Not even real old, mind you, but in the 700 Mhz - 1Ghz range.decent little boxes. So after reading about Ubuntu for months on LifeHacker , one of my favorite blogs, I decided to give it a shot. The new release was expected out any day, so I hooked up a box and built a boot disk. All I can say is holly crap! called over my 13 year old, Melissa, and showed her.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Harnessing Wind Energy from Cars

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Snipped from Archinect.com, this article shows a brilliant application of harnessing wind energy -- "Average vehicle speeds on the valley highways are approximately 70 mph. Using average annual wind speeds of 10 mph as a baseline, each single wind turbine will produce 9,600KwH of energy, annually (enough to fully power my 700 s.f. apartment). This power production estimate will increase exponentially with an increase in wind turbulence speed. Install the turbines underneath existing overpasses thus reducing the construction costs.

New York City is Greener than all of Massachusetts?

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Scientific American says today that the New York City is The Greenest Place in America. They state that "The state of New York 'uses less energy, on a per capita basis, than any state in America.' The average New Yorker 'generates less than a third of the carbon emissions that the average American does.' And here's why: Yes, it houses 8.2 million citizens and uses an enormous amount of energy to do so. Its electrical load, more than 12,000 megawatts, is as large as all of Massachusetts. Time to buy a bicycle for my 6 mile commute.

Colin Beavan - No Impact Man

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Colin Beavan was recently on Colbert to talk about his year without toilet paper. Despite my only recent interest in living a low impact life, to see someone trying for No Impact is a huge challenge. Colbert did rip him fairly well, but Colin did quite well. Especially as Colbert ran 2:30 on a microwave with nothing in it just to waste energy.

Castro, Corn and Capitalism

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I never in my life thought I would be looking towards Fidel Castro for ethical words about economy and renewable resources, but just as he has suprised the world by remaining in power all these years, he has suprised us again by writing a deathbed manifesto on the evils of corn based ethanol. His country may be suffering from the rising price of corn, but we all will be suffering from the negative benefit of corn based biofuels. It all sounds good, but when one considers how much petrol based energy goes into the production of corn based energy, it begins to make less sense.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Save a Tree

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FACTS ON JUNK MAIL from the Native Forest Network The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail. Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail this year. That's 4.5 million tons of junk mail produced each year! 44% of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread. Approximately 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste. By the year 2010, it is predicted to make up about 48%. 100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk mail. Need I say more?

Showtime - Dexter on Showtime- Watch The Killer Season of Dexter, only on Showtime

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Michael C. Hall, David of Six Feet Under, stars in Dexter on Showtime. I'm late to the game, but my buddy Carl recommended I check it out. found the first two episodes on Showtime's website and I'm hooked! The cleverness of the concept is wonderful. Hall plays Dexter, a blood spatter forensics expert for the Miami police, who has his own form of learning.he is a serial killer. He's not the creepy Firstname "Wayne" Lastname type serial killer though, he only kills bad guys. Check it out.

Free iTunes Downloads

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What a greet RSS feed to add to your collection, Free iTunes Downloads is exactly that, posts free media links for iTunes. I'm always game for a free song or two. Nice way to find new artists.

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This Omnivore's Dilemma

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Having taken my share of carbon from the world and packing it into my sizable body, my brother-in-law Jason recently recommended I read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. To say it may change the way I think about food is an understatement. I am one of those people that takes a hobby or cause to a new level and make the term "type A personality" seem soft, but this is one mission I believe I may make a permanent one. Thanks for the recommendation Jason! The first section on the book will do two things for you. See what it does for you.

Sanjaya Malakar is Benefiting by a Complex System Anomoly

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I watch American Idol. I'm not ashamed. My daughter Melissa got me into it. But one thing my daughter listens to all week is how I complain about the voting format. The audience is presented with 10 contestants and can vote for their favorites. The dynamic that takes place is unfair. The standout singers get the votes, and the people that did really bad and need to be saved get the votes. The middle ground, those contestants that should survive another week, get lost in the action. But he survived. Absurd.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Skinny Meez

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Ok, so a week ago my sister Anne and Linda and I went to Boston's new ICA Museum to see Streb vs. Gravity (Great night out, btw). mention this idea for an interactive art piece I want to do that would be perfect for the venue. It's flash based and includes animated characters. So today my sister then sent me this link to Meez. It was a bit addictive to sit there for 45 minutes and build my own personal Meez. 45 minutes of my day I won't get back, mind you. But along with a cup of coffee, it was a fun way to start the day.

Happy Valentine's Day

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So call me corny, but I stumbled on something like this a year or so ago. company that did DNA prints and Fingerprint prints as personalized artwork. decided to go one better and do the work myself. Me and Linda. Unique but one.

So I Post in Spurts

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Two or three months at a time. What can I say. It's not that I go underground for a long period of time, it's just that I get caught up in the moment with something else other than writing. Well I'm back. Possibly for a longer period. let's see. My first real post will be coming soon. This year will be interesting, and for me, calming.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Webcast: Closed-Loop Lead Generation & Management

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Join me for a complimentary webinar on how to "Achieve a Closed-Loop System for Lead Generation and Management." In this webcast, you'll learn how to: Identify and overcome the 5 barriers to closing the loop Get feedback on all leads

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Social Media Pundits Disconnect from B2B Marketing

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as someone in b2b, do you feel left out of the social media buzz? read a good article on "what's wrong with social media for b2b marketing" by john miller who also writes the modern b2b marketing blog

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: On building targeted lists for B2B Lead Generation Programs

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Would you buy this business card? When you buy a list of names, you are basically buying business cards on a list. But there is no such thing as buying the perfect list, especially if you have a complex sale

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Marketing Edge

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in the growing trend to reach beyond traditional messaging, corporate america increasingly taps the unlimited pool of user-generated content as advertisements. doritos is sponsoring the “crash the super bowl” commercial contest in which

What Makes QlikTech So Good?

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To carry on a bit with yesterday’s topic— QlikTech fascinates me on two levels: first, because it is such a powerful technology, and second because it’s a real-time case study in how a superior technology penetrates an established market. The general topic of diffusion of innovation has always intrigued me, and it would be fun to map QlikView against the usual models (hype curve, chasm crossing, tipping point, etc.) in a future post. Perhaps I shall. But I think it’s important to first explain exactly just what makes QlikView so good. What they barely do is discuss the technology itself.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: On B2B Demand Generation tools and Lead Generation Dashboards

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CEOs continue to demand better ROI measurement and accountability from marketers. As a result there's been a surge of interest in software and tools to manage the process of lead management, lead nurturing and lead generation with a

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How do I Generate More Leads from my Website?

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Many B2B marketers ask these questions daily: We have this great website, we use email, we use search - what else can we do? How can we further optimize our practices to increase the amount of leads we generate? recent study by MarketingSherpa and KnowledgeStorm provides some additional insights that marketers should be aware of. They surveyed both vendors and users (people who actually fill out registration forms) to better understand what and why they fill out forms on websites. This item didn't even crack the top 5 for vendors! What does this mean? What does this mean? link beside it.

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The ROI of Website Redesigns per Forrester

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Forrester Research makes a collection of its past webcasts on various online marketing topics freely available (registration required). recently checked out one of their presentations from about a year ago titled "The ROI of Web Site Redesigns Made Simple" by Harley Manning and Jeffrey North. Forrester's key findings from their website redesign research: By Forrester's standards, 97% of business websites fail to earn a passing grade for usability. Among the biggest sins—79% fail at basic legibility (adequate font size and contrast with background). Total ROI varied from 70% to 500%.

PRMeetsMarketing Weekly Articles: December 20, 2007

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OOPS - forgot to publish this last week =). This will be my last summary until the New Year. Come back next week for my post reflecting on my first 6 months of blogging and popular posts.  You can click on the Weekly Articles tag for previous issues or subscribe to the Weekly Articles Feed :  . Such was the case with a pitch received here several weeks back. Oh No Spock! del.icio.us

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Thoughts for 2007: Popular Posts

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It's that time of year to reflect back on the year and make your resolutions for the New Year. gave up resolutions a long time ago - how can you ask a chocolate lover give up chocolate for a whole year? Sorry - just can't do it. So instead of resolutions, here are the top posts from 2007: Let the 2008 Trends Lists Begin. Many of you were curious about me. SEOing press releases was another top post.

Embargoes – Valid in the Brave New World of PR?

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Recently, I saw CenterNetworks tweet about broken embargoes and Allen wrote a follow up post about his views on embargoes. This raises an interesting question about whether or not embargoes are still valid in this new world of instantaneous news and the desire to scoop your fellow bloggers and traditional media.  . The saving grace? In the end, I believe embargoes are still valid. del.icio.us

Resources on Aligning Marketing and Sales for B2B Companies

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If you somehow stumbled on this post and said "Yes, this is just what I was looking for and will help save our company" you really need to get a hold of yourself! This article may give you some additional information that you didn't have but it's not going to make your sales team start using the CRM properly or get marketing to only pass on qualified leads to sales. He doesn't pull any punches.

Anything Goes Marketing on the Globe and Mail

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Here I was minding my own business, taking in some caffeine while I scanned my web traffic. What did I find? I`ve been added to the blogroll on Canada`s largest national newspaper. The blog is called Hard Sell Blog by Keith McArthur who writes for the Globe and Mail. His blog is about the latest in marketing and advertising. So there Seth and Keith, I am open to do an interview!

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

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Tips for Confirmation Pages

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Well, here I am on the east coast and stuck at the airport due to this freezing rain. Grrrr!! came across a few interesting tips for your confirmation pages: Using Audio and Chat on Your Confirmation Pages In what seems like ages ago, I wrote a post about blogging while being stuck at airport. Use an audio confirmation clip on your confirmation page. It's brilliant as it sets expectations (i.e.

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Getting People to Tweet to Your Tune

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I will probably not be the first or last person to blog about this interesting experiment that Jeremiah Owyang initiated today. Check out the original post about conversations shifting to Twitter.  . In a post, he invited people to leave their Twitter link in the comments to increase more introductions in the community.  . I've only reviewed maybe 40 of the comments so far.   . del.icio.us

Email and Video: Tactics you can use Today

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I may be getting older but I had a crazy flashback yesterday. went to the movies to see August Rush (I give it 1 thumbs up) and of course I was forced to sit through about 20 commercials that mostly focused on gifts I must buy before the move started. One commercial stood out - a new video phone that is being offered by a mobile carrier up here called Rogers (Verizon is the equivalent the US).

PR Relationships:Update on Online Reputation

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OK - I previously wrote about how to manage my many online personalities  here and here.  Since those posts, I've reversed my previous position about my online reputation. The heart of it is managing relationships through the tools available to me.    . In the end, PR is about relationships. How do you build, nurture and maintain them. Friend me and I'll friend you back. View My LinkedIn Profile.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.