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    Google’s Tribute to Pac-Man

    The classic ’80s video game Pac-Man turns 30 and to celebrate Google has created a playable Pac-Man logo doodle. According to Tony Wright, founder of business productivity software RescueTime, each visitor (who realized the logo was indeed playable) spent an extra 36 seconds on munching dots. This translates into 4.82 million hours or an estimated $120 million (assumes $25 per hour pay rate). Whether you believe this helps or hurts employee productivity is up for debate but for me, it is just nice to see Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde again.

    Aside: for a quick ha ha check out this cartoon by Scott Hampson.

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    Turn Any Website Into a Holiday Card

    The clever folks at Pop Art Productions have put together this festive little application called Holidize.Me where you can turn any website into a happy holiday greeting simply by entering the URL. A real time-saver if you want to create your own holiday card for your business or organization (especially for those who totally lack any whiff of imagination), replete with holiday music, snow bunny, and abominable snowman.

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    Bartender Song by Rehab

    I like this song by Rehab (not to be confused with the song “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse) but it really messed up my Pandora station as the next thing the “music genome” did was inserted a whole lotta gangsta rap into my playlist (not cool, dude). Rehab is both southern rock and alternative hip hop! I know, Hank Williams meets Chamillionare but these guys pull it off.

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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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