In From the Road on January 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm
Not only am I fan of Dopplr to help track all of my trips each year and see where my friends will be, but they have a pretty great link bait strategy in the personalized Dopplr Annual Report I received this morning.
It’s a full page with all sorts of goodies based on my data, my connections’ travels and the overall Dopplr network.
Here are a few highlights:
Not only am I sharing it with you, this reinforces my desire to continue using Dopplr (and increasing my friends on the social network) in the year to come. Kudos guys.
In Home Projects on January 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Yesterday I wrote a detailed guide on treating and preventing frozen pipes over the Minneapolis Metblog.
It’s written from experience. The pipes in the crawlspace of our 120 y/o house froze after 4 days below zero outside (low yesterday was -27 degrees). So instead of panicing I spent 2 hours with the blowdryer getting them flowing again. Then the trick is to keep them warm.
This was my set-up:
I reinsulated the outside access door with two layers of plastic. I have a baseboard space heater on high and a small fan heater (also on high). The cookie sheet in front of the blowing space heater was helping to deflect the air off the ironing board. I also have two heating pads wedged around the pipes, although one of them never got very warm.
I got up at 1:30 and 3:30 to flush the toilet, run the bathroom, bathtub and kitchen sink faucets, and ensure the space heaters and electric pads were working (and not starting our house on fire).
The above photo was taken last night at 3:30 a.m.
It’s a pretty good little system, but you can bet we’re going to invest in some of that electrical heating tape in the very near future.
In Family on January 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm
We had a great ultrasound today, which was tremendous news at my house.
It’s a boy, and his brother was thrilled to hear it!
In Home Projects on January 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm
As I was shoveling last night, I stared up at the stupid tree in my front yard — you know, the one that still has all of its leaves.
The high was -3 and the low was -20 degrees BEFORE WINDCHILL.
I have a feeling it’s dead, and we’ll have to take it out come Spring. Drat.
In From the Road on January 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm
It figures. The best hotel desk chair I’ve ever experienced in my travels was found in room 508 at Holiday Inn Express in Coralville, IA.
Why am I so disheartened? Because I wasn’t here for work (note the coloring books on the floor), and only sat in the chair long enough to determine it was completely A-level awesome (incredible lumbar support, 5-spoke wheels, good arm support, tilt and height adjustment).
In MIMA, Speaking Engagements on January 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm
…the next MIMA event panel on Jan. 21. The topic is Digital Reputation Management.
Remember telephone? Where you’d say “apple” and it would come out the other end as “elbow fireworks”?
Well, these days, controlling your online reputation is akin to playing telephone. You’ve got to speak clearly. You’ve got to listen carefully. And if someone misrepresents your message, you’ve got to speak up. Sound easy enough? It’s not. With so many online communication channels – blogs, social networks, wikis – it’s getting harder to track who’s saying what.
But not to worry! We’re gathering some fine folks to talk through common problems, offer advice and answer your questions. Cool? Cool.
* Tammy Lee Stanoch, VP Corporate Communications for NWA
* Lela Phommasouvanh, Senior Consultant, Search Marketing for FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters Business
* Dawn M Bryant, Manager, Corporate Public Relations for Best Buy, Inc.
We’ll discuss key issues related to online reputation management, including:
* SEO practices
* Active listening
* Response techniques
* Personal brand
* Customer and employee communities
You’ll walk away with practical tips and smart strategies you can put to use right away. If you’ve got clients, customers and competitors who A) know how to type B) have Internet connections, seriously, don’t miss this discussion.
In Home Projects on January 4, 2009 at 11:29 am
As I was raking our new yard this fall, the tree in our front yard was taunting me. It still had its leaves, and as I raked up my 9 bags for the season, it seemed to be mocking me.
“Go ahead and put away the rake,” it teased. “I’ll drop my leaves when I’m good and ready.”
Then the first snow came — which was when the tree at my childhood home would lose its leaves — but they held on and on and on…
This photo was taken on Christmas Day.
Those leaves just don’t want to let go. And I’m sure not raking now, so they can stay on until May for all I care.