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February 4, 2011

Overplayed song I love anyway

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Over dramatic and long but sort of addicting and it was made fun of on 30 Rock last week

one republic

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January 29, 2011

C is for Cookie, O is for Opportunity

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Girl Scout Cookies are not over priced, $3 to $4 dollars for a box of divine cookies only available once a year and all of the proceeds go back to the troop and the council. All of the money from Girl Scout Cookies goes back to the council to provide girl-led programming and a portion of the proceeds go to the troop for troop activities, trips and service projects they decide on. Proceeds stay local. 18% goes to the troop, 32% goes to the cost of the cookies & incentives, 50% goes to the council. Cookies sent me to England, cookies sent me to summer camp, cookies funded my troop activities during my 13 years of Girl Scouts, cookies funded my silver and gold award two massive community service projects. The program produces more businesswomen than most colleges and those successful businesswomen said they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies.  

It’s not just a fundraiser, it’s a wonderful opportunity for hands on experience running a business. There are 5 essenctial skills girls learn during the cookie program [taken from cookie talking points]

1. Goal Setting

• Girls set cookie selling goals for themselves and for their troop.

• Girls create plans to reach their goals – also learning cooperation and team building skills.

2. Decision Making

• Girls decide the best and most beneficial ways their troop will spend their cookie funds.

• Girls will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

3. Money Management

• Girls take cookie orders.

• Girls handle customers’ money.

• Girls practice life skills about financial literacy.

4. Communication and Leadership Skills (People Skills)

• Girls learn how to talk, listen and work with all kinds of different people when selling cookies.

• Girls develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills.

• Girls learn the best ways to present and lead a group.

5. Business Ethics

• Girls are responsible and honest at every step of the cookie sale.

• What she learns about ethical business practices will reinforce the positive values she’s developing as a Girl Scout.     

btw, cookie season started last week, girls are taking pre-orders and then start booth sales in a few weeks.

Support the girl scouts!!!!!!

January 27, 2011

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Clearly Sci Fi is trying to attract the twilight audience to ‘Being Human’. The vampire is very Edward like and the show is over dramatic, just like ‘Twilight’ haha

“Are you two going to go all twilight on each other?”

FAIL Sci Fi, FAIL! Should not remake awesome bbc shows, should pick up cult classics when they are unfairly canceled! *cough* ‘firefly’ *cough* ‘pushing daisies’ *cough*

January 25, 2011

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I ran out of milk, no milky pg tips tea, I ran out of green tea at work…

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I ran out of milk, no milky pg tips tea, I ran out of green tea at work…

January 4, 2011

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and David Tennant gets engaged

November 11, 2010

7 days to go, 7 years at Hogwarts, 7 horcruxes, 7 books, and 7th movie.

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November 6, 2010

1. Top 3 favorite characters & why

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1. Hermione Granger

2. Fred and George Weasley

3. Remus Lupin

Hermione – I idolize her, I wanted to be her growing up, she is one of the reasons I studied so hard in school. She was clever, bossy and had bushy brown hair and a cat…sounds a lot like me. 

Fred and George – My favorites of the Weasley clan, they had the best lines and moments. Their escape in the 5th book still cracks me up. Even when George was horribly injured in book 7 he was still able to make a joke about it. 

Remus Lupin – One of the best [and sexiest] professors at Hogwarts. He was very kind and knowledgeable.  

November 4, 2010

National Novel Writing Month [Day 4]

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After getting massive writer’s block and putting it off for a few days I finally figured out what I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo. No title yet but there’s a brief synopsis 

A writer in an advertising agency going on an hero’s journeyesk adventure to get through a complicated campaign.

October 19, 2010

One little tagline

Recently I have been working on the ad and pr for an independent film developing in Grand Rapids. One of my first tasks was to come up with the tagline for the teaser poster. 

I read over one of the drafts of the script to get an idea of the film’s plot and the feeling of the film. I took what the producer/screenwriter had come up with and branched off of his ideas to make them more marketable as well as coming up with my own. 

I have been told by many ad people, you can not just come up with a few ideas and call it a day, you must exhaust a concept and wall paper a wall with your concept ideas. Also everything must follow K.I.S.S. [Keep it simple stupid] and get to the point quickly. 

While I was washing laundry I sat at my laptop with a blank word document and typed to my little heart’s content until the laundry buzzer went off. I could have come up with more but here was what I came up with before the buzzer…

Dirk’s ideas – 

He just needs a little help with the brain pin.

It’s not quite what he expected.

It’s a little more than he expected.

Everybody get out of the way.

It would change the world, if only it wasn’t for Karnig Durgarian.

All he needs now is a quarter.

It’s amazing what a little change will do.

First concept – Change, it’s an element of the plot and there’s a quarter on the poster

A little change can go a long way

Be the change

We must be the change

The amazing things a little change can do

It all started with a quarter

It starts with a quarter

It will change the world

It can change the world if not for…

Small change can start an adventure

One quarter started it all

One quarter can lead of an adventure

What a little change can do

Change your point of view

Second Concept – He’s an inventor but he’s not perfect

Don’t judge a man by his…..

Don’t judge a man by his first try

Don’t judge a man by his invention

Nobody is perfect

Greatness comes in different packages

Brilliance comes in different packages

A different kind of inventor

A different kind of hero

A different hero

Not every invention is perfect the first time

The first test run

His first test run

Third Concept – Needle/Pin thingy thing, the producer/screenwriter wanted the main character holding the needle and it’s a main part of the invention

One little poke makes all the difference

One prick makes all the difference

A man with a needle and a plan

The man with the brain plan 

I sent the list to the screenwriters, director and producers and this is what they came up with from their inital ideas and my short list,

One Little Prick Could Change The World

This incorporates the change and the needle, it’s a good vague statement about the film and peaks interest. The producers took “One prick” from one prick makes all the difference and “change the world” from it will change the world, it can change the world if not for…

To follow this amazing film project from development to release, find us on Facebook, twitter and the official website 

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