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    This social media campaign by Forsman and Bodenfors to promote IKEA’s new store in Malmo, Swenden was clever in part because it used Facebook’s existing (and familiar) photo tagging feature as well as the social network’s inherent viral capacity but, unfortunately, if you were to mimic this idea for yourself your profile would be promptly deleted.  Such a “contest” would make Facebook culpable which clearly violates social network’s Promotions Guidelines. Love the concept though but would rethink it as a proper Facebook Canvas Page or Wildfire App.

     

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    What started as a small theatre group out of Sing Sing in 1996 is now a full-service creative arts program for all of  the New York State Correctional Facilities known as  Rehabilitation Through The Arts. This is the sister site to Prison Communities International built under a WordPress CMS so RTA content managers can quickly and easily promote their unique performances.

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    All We Want to Do is Eat Your Brains

    One of my favorite songs from geek-god singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton called Re: Your Brains performed in sign language by CaptainValor aka Stephen Torrence (probably best known for his ASL rendition of the Myley Cyrus song Party in the USA). Happy Halloween!

    Heya Tom, it’s Bob from the office down the hall
    It’s good to see you buddy, how’ve you been?
    Things have been OK for me except that I’m a zombie now
    I really wish you’d let us in
    I think I speak for all of us when I say I understand
    Why you folks might hesitate to submit to our demand
    But here’s an FYI: you’re all gonna die screaming

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

    I don’t want to nitpick, Tom, but is this really your plan?
    Spend your whole life locked inside a mall?
    Maybe that’s OK for now but someday you’ll be out of food and guns
    And you’ll have to make the call
    I’m not surprised to see you haven’t thought it through enough
    You never had the head for all that bigger picture stuff
    But Tom, that’s what I do, and I plan on eating you slowly

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

    I’d like to help you Tom, in any way I can
    I sure appreciate the way you’re working with me
    I’m not a monster Tom, well, technically I am
    I guess I am

    I’ve got another meeting Tom, maybe we could wrap it up
    I know we’ll get to common ground somehow
    Meanwhile I’ll report back to my colleagues who were chewing on the doors
    I guess we’ll table this for now
    I’m glad to see you take constructive criticism well
    Thank you for your time I know we’re all busy as hell
    And we’ll put this thing to bed
    When I bash your head open

    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes
    All we want to do is eat your brains
    We’re at an impasse here, maybe we should compromise:
    If you open up the doors
    We’ll all come inside and eat your brains

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    It was already October when the owners of Greenwich Pool Service approached us with the idea to sell kiln dried firewood strictly through the Web as a means to offset their Summer business. Fortunately, it has been a warm start to autumn and because their target market for firewood was the same as for pool services, coming late to the game had little or no impact. Still, we had to design a logo and build an ecommerce website in record time (we opted to use Google Checkout for the ecommerce). Within two weeks Fire It Up Firewood was online and open for business!

    To help spread the word, we did an email and a direct mail invitation to the company’s existing customers as well as an ongoing Google AdWords Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaign that has already yielded high conversion rates. In addition, our smart approach to organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has placed Fire It Up Firewood at the top of search engine results pages for highly coveted key phrases like kiln dried firewood and firewood delivery within a week of launch. Needless to say, we hit this one out of the park and our client was pretty impressed. We aim to impress.

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    Still Fighting It by Ben Folds

    “Still Fighting It” is probably my favorite Ben Folds song but I have to admit I like almost everything this guy writes/sings (so no small feat to narrow it down to one). I feel like I’m late to the party, having only recently discovered Ben Folds way of Regina Spektor. She is featured on “You Don’t Know Me  (those are her lips in picture in the music video). Better late then never.

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