Category Archives: day job

Social Media: An Old View of New Stuff

My first guest post for the hot social media blog SocialTimes just went up an hour ago. Take a look at the story, in which I delve into the notion that community development, two-way dialogue and all that other group hug stuff the social media “gurus” talk about isn’t the smartest way to go for B2B marketers. Rather, we should treat social media environments as we treat the internet as a whole: we have to go hunting for that proverbial needle in a haystack.

[Source: SocialTimes]

End of the Week

Photo by Bryce Longton

Photo by Bryce Longton

Fridays always suck. It’s my big deadline day at day job, which was “enhanced” by the fact that I had to go to the annual holiday party tonight. I’m not really a party guy, so it was a bit of a drag. I got out early and headed back to my neighborhood. It’s good to be home.

So, now it’s time to fuck off for a bit. I’m sifting through two books right now — Generation Kill by Evan Wright and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The former is for the nightstand, the latter for the bathroom. It works.

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I just want some fucking Expo whiteboard cleaner

I can’t think right now. I can’t focus. I can’t string a fucking sentence together. And it’s driving me up a goddamned wall. This happens to me a few times a year, and when it does, it is brutal. So, here I am, with plenty to write and lacking the sense to be able to do so. I’ve tried all my tricks today, and nothing has worked. Nothing at all. I feel like a mental patient.

So, realizing that productivity wasn’t going to happen today, I wandered the floor of day job looking for expo cleaner. My plan was pretty simple. If I can’t write, I’ll plan. I have several editorial calendars that I manage, and writer’s block (how I hate those words) would force me to think ahead rather than just crank out copy. Since the conference room is taken, I figured I’d just hijack my boss’s office (he’s not in there) and use his whiteboard. Unfortunately, his whiteboard is a fucking mess, as he does not clean it. He probably doesn’t clean it because it’s my handwriting all over the board, and he suspects I’ll blow a gasket when he erases something I need. So, that’s my own damned fault, too.

Anyway, I need to clean this whiteboard. The problem is that NOBODY IN MY FUCKING COMPANY HAS ANY EXPO WHITEBOARD CLEANER. I mean, why the fuck would we need it? We only have several whiteboards per department. We have floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall whiteboards in every fucking conference room. Why in the fuck would be bother to keep the very shit on hand needed to clean them?

Expo cleaner is pretty common. I went to Google to do a search on this product– just curious. As you can see below, the product is common enough that Google prompts you with several variations on this theme. There are many ways to find and acquire Expo whiteboard cleaning products.

A Google search on “expo white board cleaner” yields more than 3,000 results. The world has embraced this product, yet I can’t find any. The absence of it has rendered me completely unproductive. I mean, fuck, I have several bottles of this shit AT HOME.

It seriously should not be this fucking hard. Don’t wind up like me. Go buy some Expo whiteboard cleaner right now >>

What I’m Reading, What I’m Smoking

I haven’t hit on this in a while. Again, day job was bogging me down. Lately, I’ve been switching between De La Concha house cigars (Toro-sized) and my pipe (Key Largo tobacco from G.L. Pease). Both have been keeping me happy and inspired.

Right now, I’m reading Don Quixote (by Cervantes). I’ve never read it, and that’s bothered me for a while. I know that it is among the books that one must read, and I’ve wanted to get to it for a while. I’m now incredibly happy that I picked it up. It is hilarious and quite readable (thanks in large part to the translator). Picasso’s work with Quixote– and Julio Aguilera’s as well– now makes more sense.

So, I recommend all of this. Smoke Key Largo in your pipe or a De La Concha house cigar while reading Don Quixote. It’s a nice combination … and one I hope to enjoy for another 700 pages.