Half time shows are like the pickled ginger of major sporting events. A gridiron palate cleanser. Some might consider them a distraction, but when they’re done well, or scandalously, they’re often spoken about more than the game itself. Pepsi thinks it’s unfair, however, that only sporting events get halftime shows and have decided to remedy the situation with a Grammy halftime show of their own. Hall of famers Deion Sanders, Jerry Bradshaw and Shannon Sharpe break down the conventions of a typical halftime show like a… well, like Mike Ditka riding on a football shaped wrecking ball. It also begs the question, if it’s possible to insert a halftime show into a music awards show like the Grammy’s, what happens when it’s the Espy’s? Paradox!
How did the first halftime in football begin? Pepsi thinks it had to do with a cold drink and a break for more important things. Check out their take on the first halftime and remember that Pepsi was there at the first – and every – halftime. Get ready for the big game with Pepsi by visiting www.pepsi.com/nfl and youtube.com/pepsi.
One night you go out with your friends to sing some karaoke. The private room that you’ve rented? All of a sudden it becomes a television studio. Your performance is suddenly being broadcast to literally thousands across the city. What do you do? This was the challenge Heineken issued to some unsuspecting patrons.The result? Pure hilarity. Follow the adventure with #CarolKaraoke on Twitter.
Feng shui is designed to channel positive energy into a room. Many designers use feng shui when decorating rooms and many homeowners do the same. If you’re looking to promote harmony and balance in your life, consider applying feng shui in your office.
It’s not yet something many people take into account, but it’s been around for thousands of years, increasing productivity and harmony in homes and offices all over the world. Although more and more Americans are drawn to feng shui in their homes, few take the trouble to consider it for the office as well.
If nothing else, you can promote more balance and energy, increase the productivity of your employees, and create a more comfortable and aesthetically appealing office space for both your employees and your clients. Here are three ways to do it.
1. Utilize indoor plants
Indoor pollution is just as prevalent as outdoor pollution, which is why many people choose to install live indoor plants in their offices. Live plants promote harmony and good energy, and allow your office to circulate cleaner, more abundant air flow.
Large leafy greens set up in corners and near windows make it possible for you to maximize your energy and positive energy flow in the office. Plants without flowers are best for indoor spaces, but it is all right to use a flowering plant — provided it has a bold, bright color.
2. Keep memorabilia limited and productive
Yes, you want photos of your family in your office, and you want to decorate with personal memorabilia. However, you should keep the decor productive and inspiring.
When your personal belongings are too personal and too distracting, it can divert the focus from your work and cause your office to lose some of the good energy you’re otherwise trying hard to promote.
3. Maximize natural lighting
Do whatever you can to ensure that the natural light in your office is allowed in as much as it can be. Keep furniture from blocking your windows. Place mirrors on the walls opposite the windows to help create the effect of more light.
This will enable you to feel the brightness and energy of the sun, which is supposed to increase productivity and motivation. One way you can do this is to incorporate skylights into your office. Commercial roofing Indianapolis professionals can help you to design a plan for your office that will allow you to install skylights and increase the feng shui of the space. Coomer Roofing Co. can help you with this project.
Want to go on the ultimate adventure? Air New Zealand wants to send one lucky winter to Antarctica to team up with National Geographic and help a scientific research team address global environmental issues. Explore one of the must unique places on the planet and bring an amazing story back to civilization. If you’ve got strong communication skills and an adventurous spirit, enter at www.airnewzealand.com/voiceforantarctica. Check out the video:
Meet Tyler, a cartoonist whose intense love for chili spawned an internet sensation on Reddit. Now, thanks to American Express’s Passion Project, he’s looking to bring his wit and cooking skill to bookstores with “Cooking Comically”. Inspired yet? You should be. Watch Tyler’s tale below, then visit other American Express Passion Projects at http://www.youtube.com/user/americanexpress/MembershipDoes.
Tumblr is a blogging platform, somewhat like WordPress, but with a more social aspect. It is different from WordPress in that it has more features to encourage media use and photo sharing, rather than lots of words. So, how does this help your business in the age of “more is more” when it comes to wordy content?
Displaying Visual Content
Well, more isn’t always more, as we learned by Google’s last few updates. Unique content is important, but more content isn’t necessarily better. There are certain businesses that will benefit from Tumblr more than others because they don’t focus on too much wordy content. Industries with visual aspects, such as fashion, photography, publishing, and design, will benefit from the image-friendly platform. You can upload videos, and easily integrate your Instagram photos. For foodies, you can also highlight your beautiful food photography, while still sharing recipes and tips.
Tumblr has a more social aspect than most platforms out there. It easily connects to Twitter and Facebook, just like WordPress, but it also seamlessly integrates Instagram, and has a more social network feel than other blogging platforms. There is a lot more inter-blog following on Tumblr, whereas other platforms are used simply as platforms rather than as connectivity tools. If you really want to reach your customer base through your website, you should make it as easy as possible for them to connect with you online.
Customizing With Tumblr Themes
There are thousands of Tumblr themes out there, both free and paid. You won’t have the same flexibility you’d have by building your site from the ground up, but there are so many themes that you’re sure to find one to fit your needs. You have lots of customization options, and it’s much easier, faster, and cheaper than hiring an expensive web design and development company. You can be up and running with a customized theme in just a day or two.
Many website owners become obsessed with analytics, but even the most ardent SEO-checkers forget to incorporate their Tumblr account. This is a great way to see how your Tumblr is helping your brand awareness, and it’s easy to add.
The biggest thing that Tumblr has over other websites is the sharing ability. Followers don’t have to add anything to their RSS feed; they don’t have to give anyone an email address. They simply follow others within their own Tumblr account and receive updates naturally, much like users do in Facebook’s newsfeed. This is a great way to share updates about your company without imposing on your followers too much. It is so common for people to sign for an email newsletter, and then unsubscribe after a couple of weeks just because they’re sick of their crowded inbox. Skip the inbox and let people head over to Tumblr when they’re ready to check out updates about their favorite brands and companies.
Rum magnate Emilio Bacardi Moreau had a key role in liberating Cuba. Through his network of revolutionary newspapers and transmission of secret messages in the late 1800s, Moreau played an invaluable role. Bacardi celebrates his actions through the new film “¡Vivimos!”, now on YouTube. Watch both parts here and see an inspiring take on true events.