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Too much?

Too much?

It’s so funny, as I think about what is going to catch the eye and give some social chatter- I’m always torn on if these types of posts will stir up more positive than negative… in my eyes, its funny, playful, eye catching, and relevant to the holiday… but will students feel the same way?

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Bazaarvoice Tech Talent Portal Design

this was a fun project where I was tasked to create an outward facing portal for potential candidates to find out more about the Tech Talent culture at Bazaarvoice.

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Top 20 Trends of 2011

This is a quick share inspired by a tweet by @nickonbiz who is at the The Market Reseach Event #TRME. Thought there was some cool info in here and wanted to share!

I don’t know if I agree with every single one- but most are spot on.

Enjoy!

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8 Easy Steps to Fresh Eggs

That's my Ginger

Yes, its exactly what it looks like. I bought a chicken yesterday and her name is Ginger.

More on the name-

My first choice for the name was Smantics. Its a play on semantics. I like the word, I like the definition and even more I like to tell people “lets not argue over semantics”. I thought is would be a great name for a child or chicken. You could call her Sam… it just seemed like such a good idea and very original. I have been told that isn’t the case.

Before I get ahead of myself let me go back.

Jonathan, Kay, Toni, Sam and I have decided that it would be great to have some Farm Fresh (Phresh) eggs. Cage Free Farm Fresh sounds delightful. Kay has a good amount of land and its perfect for some roaming chickens.

Here are 8 steps to buying a chicken in Austin:

  1. Own land that could house chickens (between .25 and infinity acres)
  2. Go to craigslist and search “chicken coop” (this is where the chickens Roost) Side note: Chickens are AMAZING. The go to the same place every evening right about dusk- this is called roosting. They walk around all day, then head back to the coop… to roost. (I like to say roost)
  3. Go on craigslist again and search chickens for sale
  4. Call and make sure the person isn’t crazy (some crazy people own chickens)
  5. Go view the chickens before buying. Once you decide- place them in a box and take them home (remember to poke air holes)
  6. Put the chickens in the Coop on your land and let roost for 24 hours
  7. The next day let them loose and watch. They will roost in the coop once dusk hits (like clockwork)
  8. Enjoy Free Range delicious eggs!

Chicken Coop

It may sound super weird but its actually super fun! The chickens are a hoot to watch and very friendly. Mine is an Americana and it will produce Blue or Green Eggs. (I can’t wait!)
I will be sure and keep you up to date on this wonderful experience.
chickens in a coop

From front to back: Ginger, Betty, Georgina

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Arrested Development… Any new development?

Arrested Development Cast

I’m a huge fan of Arrested Developement. Its places right there amoung me top shows:

1. Seinfeld

2. 30 Rock

3. Arrested Development

4. Parks and Recreation

5. The Office (before Pam and Jim got together)

Back to the topic at hand: I love the show and deel partially responsible for it leaving there air. I was one of those fans who wasn’t watching it when it was on air… but who fell in love after it had been canceled not one, or two, but three times.

It shocks me how a show of that caliber can be canceled three times but my hat goes off to the executives and producers that decided there really was some gold in the writing and acting. Kudos.

Arrested Development

So my question comes when talking about the “movie”. I’ve heard talks of the movie and I would be fan # 1 in line to buy a ticket. There is a chance i would even go see the movie over 20 times since thats how many times I have seen every episode.

Anyone have any news?

Know anything?

Other than whats out there in IMDB?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901469/

 

 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the show:

Waitress: Plate or platter?
Lucille: I don’t understand the question and I won’t respond to it.

 

Mae ‘Maebe’ Funke: Do you guys know where I could get one of those gold T-shaped pendants?
Michael: That’s a cross.
Mae ‘Maebe’ Funke: Across from where?

 

Tobias Fünke: No, no, it’s pronounced a-nal-ra-pist.
Buster: It wasn’t really the pronunciation that bothered me.

 

Michael: I really think the reason you and I always fight is that, since we were little, Dad’s always played us off each other.
Gob: Dad always said that was your fault.

 

Lucille: Oh, George, I should have never doubted you. Even when you slept with my sister it was for a good reason.
George Sr.: Got her to stop drinking, didn’t it?

 

Man there are so many more…

Probably the two best clips that I can think of off the top of my head…

I don’t want to say goodbye to this hilarious dysfunctional family yet…

Arrested Development

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Talk about a SpookTacular Office Halloween

I- like my co-works loves them some Halloween! I will say its on the bit of the overboard site this year but then again… can you go overboard on Halloween?

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Anyones office look better than that?

WOWZERS!

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I’m going to NOLA

Headed to New Orleans for the wonderful #NODA Conference. (#NODAC11) And want to know if there are any hidden gems that I need to check out.

Yes, its for work. Yes, its Halloween. Yes, we are staying in the French Quarter. Yes, We will be on Bourbon street. Yes, these are sentence fragments. I really want to know if anyone has great places I can visit. I love food… love a good craft beer. Enjoy a good loungy bar. Love to entertain a group.

Let me know what cha got for me. 🙂

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The Capital of Texas Zoo

Let me start this out by saying I love animals and am all about rescuing, saving, and helping.

 

Took a little trip out to the “Capital of Texas Zoo” (http://www.capitaloftexaszoo.org/) Sunday. I bought a Groupon awhile back and had that Groupon Guilt (the guilt you feel when you realize a Groupon is going to expire but you still don’t really want to go)  so I had to go use it. The weather was nice, Jonathan and Kay joined me, it was set up to be a nice afternoon.

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We all went to the “Austin Zoo” (http://www.austinzoo.org/) a few months early and felt somewhat gyped… there was literally a cage that said “Wolf” and it was someones dog… umm… no thanks. I understand that this is a rescue zoo so I will give them a kudos and just take the experience for what it was.

back to the Capital of Texas Zoo…

We drive, and drive, and drive… this place is no where near the capital of Texas… I’m not sure how they get off calling themselves the Capital of Texas Zoo… maybe I’ll start calling myself the fastest woman in the world and see where it gets me (-Tina Fey)

We pull off the road on to a path… “why is this zoo isn’t off a paved road” you can almost hear our inaudible thoughts. Pass by a number of cow pastures and some small back woods houses before we actually find the ZOO sign. It was at this points our dreams of going to a normal nice zoo with diet coke and quarter feed vending machines were crushed. My face went from hopeful excitement to this…

 

 

“This is going to be worse than the Austin Zoo” we allagree in unison. Oh well… we drove here, we are going to see some freakin animals and hopefully some energetic monkeys.

Walking into the office there is NO ONE there just a bunch of cages of snakes/lizzards/spiders and other things NO ONE should have PERIOD. The Rattle Snake literally rattled as you walked by it… my only thought was it was PISSED that it lived here and not a better zoo. Finally a maybe 11 year old boy came up and took down my Groupon number. “Its going to be $1 because we forgot to charge tax” he informed me. “ok”, “keep the change” I told him as I handed him a dollar. (ok that may have been mean)

Luckily they have the highlight of the zoo at the very front. Its a Guinea Pig exhibit (no they are not SHOW QUALITY Jonathan and Kay would want me to tell you…) which is a big open area where Guineas can run around as they would in South America. Its actually a wonderfully cute thing to watch and makes me want to have them all over my yard.

Guinea Pig Area

 

Some other highlights:

Malnourished Black Leopard Cats that wanted to scratch eyes out (but they are super cute)

Black Leopard Kitten

Hump-phree the tortise… REALLY?

Hump-phree

Lenard the Lemur (These are consistently my favorite of all the monkeys)

Lenard the Lemur

Then this crazy thing. Don’t really know what it is, but I want one!

not sure

The real problem with this zoo was that the animals didn’t look very healthy. It was also hard to find where their food and water was/would be placed. Sad. I don’t know alot about the owners but I think they are in over their heads. My best recommendation is drive the extra 30 mins and go to the San Antonio Zoo. Please send $8 to me as I have just saved you the trip 😉

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Portlandia – I feel like I’ve been there…

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone a fan of Portlandia? (http://www.ifc.com/portlandia)? I sure am! Fred Armison and Amy Brownstein are a comedy match made in heaven (or some other cliche phrase about two funny people).

My point: Although I have never been to Portland I find their portrait of the city an accurate one. You shouldn’t take offense to this as I love  the way they portray the city. For example- Bikers… (love the comment “Whole Foods is CORPORATE!)

http://www.hulu.com/embed/Rg6G5EFFwuYwTT_VSBZoZQ

This one is great too. Did you read?

http://www.hulu.com/embed/jkhTo1tEGY3YoASwN2XNIA

Anyway- Have to cut this short view all the clips for free here:

http://www.hulu.com/portlandia
(The reason why I have to cut this short is because @therealjaybates just told me about http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/ and I have to go buy useless fun things)

Enjoy!

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I <3 LinkedIn & 5 tips for success

Its time for me to express my love… My Love for LINKEDIN. No- its not because I get to stalk back (stalking back is going to the persons profile who has viewed your profile- often this leads to a never ending stalk -a-thon [a stalk-a-thon is when two people are stalking each others profiles because they keep showing up as viewing each other on linkedin which often leads to LI-loss-of-job {LI-Loss-of-job is when you lose your job beacuse you are always on LinkedIn looking at people who looked at your profile during your stalk-a-thon}])

wow- off track!

Linkedin has been a MORE than valuable reasource for business and personal relationship building. I have been able to leverage this service to meet contacts at Facebook, Google, Gowalla, Hypem, SunPower, Bazaarvoice, HomeAway and so many other great companies. Its great to see that a 2nd or 3rd connection is really SO CLOSE.

A few tips:

1. Complete yer dern profile! This means take you resume and copy it over to the linkedin profile. This will serve you so much better in years to come. Your resume will be out on the internet for anyone to find… AND you will never have to worry about “editing/updating” your resume because you will only be adding to it in the future.

2. Add a good summary. Make this something that you are passionate about and that you would want people to read about you. If its business talk about it- if its photography talk about it- if its charity talk about it.

3. Specialties are so easy to add and take only a few minutes… why have you not done this?

4. Ask for recommendations. Just like in sales you need to ask for it to get it. Don’t expect people to be browsing Linkedin and think “well of course I should recommend Ryan!” it doesn’t happen. You need to ask.

5. Update your status. Probably the most overlooked item on linkedin- it is a fact that when you update your status once a week you are 10x more likely to show up on relevant search results. We all forget to do this- but make a point not to forget… its for your own good.

There are many more things I could mention but 5 is a good number 🙂

Check out my pofile- while not perfect- it is complete:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanhand

What is your favorite thing about LinkedIn? Anyone have a success story?

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