February 26, 2012

PacMan Frog

Pacman Frog catches some touch screen bugs and then... well, see it for yourself:

February 14, 2012

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Career?

Some people just don’t realize how damaging some actions can be to a career, a reputation, and a personal brand within their industry.

These five simple actions are why you aren’t getting ahead:
  1. Being late or a no-show: Don’t make someone else wait to do their job because you haven’t done yours. 
  2. Not returning calls or email: When you ignore people or wait to reply, you are saying “your business is just not that important to me.” 
  3. Doing just enough to get by: As my father used to say “If you are going to do a half-ass job, don’t do it at all.” 
  4. Complaining or assigning blame: Blah, blah, blah. No one cares. Really. They don’t care. You are wasting my time, or someone else's, even yours. 
  5. Never saying thank you: This simplest of actions is the one most often forgotten. Appreciation is the most powerful tool you have. Use it. 

Any one of the above actions can be detrimental to your career and can cause a client or customer to move on to someone else. Two or more? I think I see your problem. Are you guilty of any, some, or all of the above--and what others do you think should be added to the list? Change your ways today and you’ll change your career and your life. It is that simple.

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This is the only way I'll travel on an ocean liner...

February 13, 2012

The Checklist for Writing a Book and Getting Published

Don’t fall down on the easy stuff. If you’re writing a novel and sending your manuscript to a publisher, it has to be in perfect shape. Make sure that you can tick every box before you consider your novel completely finished.

  • Have you run a spell check on your entire manuscript? (If you have problems with the passive voice, run a grammar check too.)
  • Have you made sure that character names and place names are consistent throughout?
  • Is the chronology correct?
  • Is the language in your novel clear and understandable?
  • Did you make sure that the text isn’t overly complex, verbose, patronising or obscure?
  • If more than one comma is in a sentence, should it be two sentences?
  • If you use more than one adverb and adjective in any sentence, are you sure you need them? In fact, is every one of them necessary?

February 08, 2012

February 04, 2012

How to Make It in America Season 3

How to Make It in America is a snapshot of the beating heart of young ambition and energy in New York City. Youth may flail--and even fail--but good ideas and smarts and an "angle" just might pay off in the City That Never Sleeps. The ensemble cast is terrific, including Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, Kid Cudi, and the always-hilarious Luis Guzmán. Some are layabouts, some are craven with ambition, some are artistes, some are thugs-and some are all of the above.

Much like Entourage does, How to Make It in America follows a group of friends and acquaintances through their daily lives, and sometimes feels as aimless as real life really is. But the writing and direction and acting are all first-rate, and anyone who's ever visited New York, or lived there, or dreamed of living there, will be captivated by the realism. The reality of New York is both romanticized and taken at harsh face value--such a vivid portrait, in fact, that the city feels like another character in the ensemble. And it's true that as a metaphor where dreams are created--or dashed--New York is unparalleled.

How to Make It in America works as a comedy, a drama, and a character study that completely draws in the viewer--even if the characters aren't always likable. TV doesn't really get any better than this. And remember--if you can "Make It" here, you can make it anywhere. --A.T. Hurley

The first season received mixed reviews. As of this writing, it currently has a score of 59/100 on review aggregator Metacritic. David Hinkley of the New York Daily News gave the show a positive review, giving the show 4/5 stars, and calling it a "winner". Brian Lowry of Variety was doubtful of the series, stating "barring a dramatic leap in quality" it probably wouldn't last on pay cable. Mark Perigard of the Boston Herald wrote critically, saying "this sad sack of a show plays like an East Coast, economically challenged version of his HBO hit “Entourage.” Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter said the show "isn't as textured and riveting as it thinks it is". Other reviews, however, favored the show in comparison to Entourage.

In its second season, "How to Make It In America" averaged about 2.3 million viewers on Sunday nights -- down 25% from its first season -- and suffered from a serious lack of buzz. (In comparison, HBO didn't cancel the newbie "Enlightened," which only premiered to 1.5 million viewers.

What about season 3

Although on December 20th, 2011, HBO announced that the show was cancelled, a Season 3 is expected by the fans of the show following their protests and petition for a new season. Also the executive producer Mark Wahlberg has stated that the producers have been talking to other networks, with the hope that a third season is aired on a new network.

How to Make it in America Desktop Wallpaper

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How to Make it in America

February 02, 2012

Don't Delete Cookies

or else you might upset the Cookie Monster :)