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@ExaminerCom: #LocalOnLocal Initiative (#MMS & #SMCPBC Members: FYI)

11 Jan

Dear Local Examiner,

Examiner.com is the insider’s guide for everything local, and we are committed to being the single, largest source of locally-relevant content on more topics than any other site on the Web via local people writing locally.

Local on Local. Your subject-matter expertise combined with the passion you hold for your city and community are the cornerstone of what we stand for, and what consumers are learning to expect from us.

We have two important tiers of Examiner content: Our National Examiners, who we continue to value and support, and you, our core contributors of locally-relevant content.

Some Examiners have been vocal about the lack of incentives for writing on the local level, and we’ve noticed many slip and write topical content without local relevance. To help, we are introducing a new program to reward effective locally relevant, quality content.

And, we’re making this as easy as possible: All Local Examiners are eligible to participate in the new Local on Local Examiner Incentives program.

To qualify for incentives, you must follow four simple rules of the road:

1) Topical
Articles are written in a manner that is knowledgeable about their assigned subject matter, and provide useful, relevant information to readers who might share a passion about it.

2) Local
If it’s not locally relevant, it’s not a local article. The combination of your topic and your city is the most important aspect of your Examiner contributions.

3) Length
Articles should be 200-400 words on average, and no less than 150 words. Use Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? as a guide.

4) Credibility
Use external sources whenever appropriate; quote and reference them when you do.  Tip: Build real relationships within the community to use as ongoing source material – their credibility will build and strengthen yours.

On January 24, 2010, we will launch the Local on Local Examiner Incentives program.

Effective immediately, we will evaluate content published by Local Examiners to ensure it meets the rules of the road. After January 23, articles that do meet the guidelines will be paid a flat fee per article in addition to the normal performance-based incentives.  After January 23, content from Local Examiners which does not meet the rules of the road will not be eligible for participation, and will be subject to removal from the site.

More information will be released over the next two weeks. In the meantime, all Local Examiners should use the rules of the road as their guide whenever they write an article.

We are very excited about this added benefit, and are excited for you to join us in this extremely important initiative.

Warm regards,

Suzie Austin
SVP, Content & Marketing
Examiner.com
saustin@examiner.com

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#RequiredReading: Stuck on Type? (and GOIN’ POSTAL!)… More on MBTI…

10 Nov

Apropos MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and WHY for some Social Media is just NOT goin’ to EVER cut it… “… Introverts must OFTEN feel like the Old Woman whom the well-intentioned Boy Scout kept trying to help across the street; the only problem? She just DID NOT WANT TO GO!” (Tieger & Barron-Tieger, 1998 “The Art Of Speed Reading People)


So yeah, by now I’m also thinkin’ of dear ‘zombies’ such as James B Dreisbach and Juancho Arraiz (yeah, u owe me a phone call, buddy!) and of course Ellen Soto and maybe even Adriana Mihaly et al… Gotta finish this though… “Extraverts are NOTORIOUS for trying to get their INTROVERTED friends, coworkers, spouses or children INVOLVED in activities they would rather AVOID… ” (SOUNDS familiar, y’all ‘E’ Types?)… (ibid) #ShallBlogAboutThisSnippetNext (And what would Kare Anderson say ’bout this too? Mind-Mappin’ wise?)

Voila!

… now try to mind-map THAT!… (Hint: if you read the book, you’ll notice that I DID alter the sequence for “punchline” effects… hehehe!)

[CHORTLES]

Oh! What Thomas Mann would do to be here on FB-land!

So yeah, who’d have thunk that Mind-Mappin’, Word-Games and Etymology, all COULD be combined in a famous Celebrity! (yeah, I’m still on that MBTI rant… get it? D’Onofrio? … check your ‘Saints’… got it? if not, ask Dr. Schmidt why he thought it ‘vital’ for me to find this pic?)(Well, besides my obvious fan-ship of the third sibling in the L&O Syndication Family, of course!)

[L&O SOUND FX… FLUTES… INTRO JINGLE…]

[GUFFAWS]




… and DEFINITELY a reason to study type? why some just go POSTAL when FORCED into Societal Situations that just DO NOT FIT? (Credit to Stanley Kubrick, though, for such a FORCEFUL illustration… ready for more Vincent?)

Seriously!… as The Tiegers continue around the same page…

“It’s not always possible to look to your work to determine your type, because many people’s work is not welll suited to their preferences. Frequently, Extraverts end up doing jobs [Yup, what is the army after all but just another job, for many?] better suited to Introverts and vice versa. If you are an Introvert, imagine what it would feel like t work as a tour guide or receptionist, where all day, each day, your job required you to meet and greet dozens of strangers, engage them in small talk, and make them feel comfortable.  Now for you Extraverts, imagine a job as a researcher, working on one project for weeks at a time, completely alone, without the infusion of energy you get from interacting with other people, or talking about different projects. Neither is a bad job, but both are potential prescriptions for frustration and BURNOUT [CAPS MINE!] if held by people not naturally suited to them” (Tieger and Barron-Tieger, “The Art of Speed Reading People”, 1998, p 15-16)

WHOA!… I think I’m actually ALSO making a case for MARTIAL DISCIPLINE?

[STANDS IN ATTENTION]

[CRIES OUT!]

“All preeeeesent and accounted for!!!!’

Need the IMDB Snippet to get this into your NetFlix queue? (Yup, assume some millenials may see Kubrick as some of us see Welles, too!)


And the Wiki-Zeitgeist? WOW

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in basic training under the command of the punishing Sgt. Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.  Written by Scott Renshaw {as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu}

A two-segment story that follows young men from the start of recruit training in the Marine Corps to the lethal cauldron known as Vietnam. The first segment follows Joker, Pyle and others as they progress through the hell of USMC boot-camp at the hands of the colorful, foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second begins in Vietnam, near Hue, at the time of the Tet Offensive. Joker, along with Animal Mother, Rafterman and others, face threats such as ambush, booby traps, and Viet Cong snipers as they move through the city. Written by Derek O’Cain

Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has forseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle’s torment and Joker’s unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker’s psyche and the repeated referal to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondant is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer. Written by FMJ_Joker

During the Vietnam War private ‘Joker’ -the narrator, a future author- and his class are put through US marines training in gunnery sergeant Hartman’s verbally and physically abusive, sex-obsessed style. It’s all far worse for fat simpleton Pyle, who keeps doing everything wrong, even when gentle Joker is appointed his personal tutor, till peer pressure becomes group bullying. On their last day on Paris Island, when everyone graduates, the psychological time-bomb explodes. Only intellectual Joker isn’t assigned to jungle duty but as military war correspondent. He’s unwilling to play the deceptive propaganda game and violence catches up even in the ‘safe’ city Hue. Written by KGF Vissers (IMDB.Com, 2009)

Quotes?

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I’m Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor, from now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and the last word out of your filthy sewers will be “Sir”. Do you maggots understand that?
[recruits answers: Sir. Yes Sir!]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can’t hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!
[recruits repeats with a louder tone]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human, fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit. Because I am hard you will not like me. But the more you hate me the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?

More?


(So can this still be called a “Wall Photo”?)

Nupe… now it’s a “Blog” Photo… with a Tweet!

#SpeedBlogging, anyone? with a #Pictorial Twist? Apropos #Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, MBTI (Myers-Briggs) etc… http://bit.ly/33eDoL #FB

Commenting: “The future is just like the past (but shinier)” Seth Godin’s Blog

5 Oct

Well, I guess Mr. Godin’s so famous now he does not need comments? BLISSFUL!

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

@ SG

“What are you going to do about it? If you were starting your business today, knowing what you know now, how would you do things (very) differently?” (Godin, 2009)

There are key adages in the history of business that should not pass with the epochal changes in technology.

One of those, and how I plan to run my business, is the one about Overhead being the #1 Killer of Small Business and Startups.

I mean, with all the free and powerful applications currently being available and hosted all over the place, I’m sure a bit of research may yield what we once used to call “Shrink Wrapped” solutions to most any quandary; and if not, I’m certain that the codebase and/or hosting of more complicated solutions ought to be at a price point that would make custom code be as poisonous as spending your whole ad budget in a SuperBowl commercial…

IMHO, of course!

… Seen on a Wall near you… On Sprint’s Coverage and at&t’s travails

11 Sep

Well, let’s see if I can bring some of my conversations with peers and colleagues out of the FB Wall, and share them here in the blog, as after all, they do apply to the topics at hand, IMHO – and better yet, when I pick my latest issue of Fortune and find out an excellent apropos article!

[CHUCKLES]

Today, I decided to pluck my conversation with Sean Dillon, from Cyentist Social Media Agency, about first-hand experiences with WWAN providers…

… so here we go!

Sean Dillon Need mobile broadband connection aircard today. Verizon, AT&T or Sprint? Anyone have first-hand reviews??? All comments welcome.

Yesterday at 1:07pm via Twitter

William Chan

Verizon. I always connect. But! But! Depending on where you connect the tower maybe congested. For instance, the Acela down to DC…everyone is on it.

Yesterday at 1:18pm

Francisco Jose Palacio

Echo WC’s, have had Verizon since 2006, no dead zones that I can tell you about…

Actually, I can tell you about a CEMETERY of a ‘dead zone’ that I had to endure in Sprint’s “home turf” of Missouri… Spent a weekend about 70 miles away from KC, visiting my old high school… BB was on Sprint, WWAN on Verizon… While on conference call driving over there, I dropped out from the voice line… an outage, of course, ensued…

Good news? was able to text and chat my way out of the outage using my WWAN Verizon card, while stopped at a Pizza Hut where I decided to have lunch – and tackle the outage at the same time….

Sprint? MIA during the whole weekend, no signal at this town, which for the 5,000 folk that still seemed to be living there, sounded like an insult, again, for a company whose HQ I drove by on the way there…

Only when I got back to KC, was I able to use the BB again… ended up resuming voice comms from the hotel room that night, as again, there was ZERO bars!

Yesterday at 1:32pm ·

Sean Dillon

Hmmm…I too have had good luck with the Verizon card and their coverage map, if you’ve seen it, is quite impressive. They’re price fixing across the board offering the same thing at the same price, so I just had to ask to be sure.

Yesterday at 2:09pm

Sean Dillon

Oh, thanks for the very detailed responses 🙂

Yesterday at 2:09pm

Thing is, is incidents like these which in my mind help shape the destinies of these carriers, specially when I’ve just read these pieces on the latest Fortune, as well as their site’s “Brainstorm Tech” blog, about at&t’s travails with the heavy loads imposed on them by some bandwidth hogs using the iPhone – and how it has even stalled the release of services as prevalent elsewhere, such as MMS.

To quote:

“…carriers are likely to get pickier about the applications they’ll allow on their networks. When Apple (AAPL) unveiled the latest iPhone software in June, developers collectively groaned after the company revealed that AT&T wouldn’t immediately support two of the most exciting (and bandwidth-hungry) new features: MMS, which uses the text-messaging system to send media such as photos and video, and tethering, which allows a phone to share its Internet connection with a nearby computer. (AT&T says MMS will arrive at summer’s end, when the network is deemed ready.) (Fort, Jonn, Fortune, 2009)

Definitely food for thought, as we all run to embrace these handy devices as our main means of communication, or as Sean posited early, think about moving into WWAN devices as our main/alternate connection to the Packet Cloud.

Welcome to The Buffet!

Welcome to The Buffet!

Firefox Update…

10 Sep
Mozilla FireFox, the current browser of Choice...

Mozilla FF 3.5.3

So this morning, after seeing my computer crawl whilst browsing, I finally yielded to applying an update; of course, being aware of this one PC being the “main” one at home, I judiciously applied a System Restore point (Yup, XP SP3) prior to it, as there were also other updates waiting from Microsoft… so from my Crackberri, I posted whilst waiting for the tablet-top to reboot (Yup, a Compaq-HP TC1100, right!)

… Reboots after Mozilla Firefox 353 install… Keeps fingers crossed, that nothing is broken (and thanks the Heavens for system restores!)…

… That and the computing power in one’s Smartphones, that is also a reason for a sigh of relief… [COMPUTER’S UP…]… Let’s see then?

… back to Drucker (and apropos FF update!) “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information…” ~Peter Drucker … seriously, CPU is not peaking anymore… but what else may be lurking? [CHUCKLES]

So here I am now, again, watching my Task Manager NOT peaking… and hoping that anyone reading this post may share their success stories – or otherwise! – with this neat little package of Open Source!

Francisco Jose Palacio