Facebook, and Attitudes.

It’s interesting to notice people’s behavior on FB, including my own. One, the way people use their own life experiences to judge without knowing the whole story. Two, how people just don’t like happiness. Everyone is rushed to put up negative status updates and people say either so sorry, cheer up – but put that you are happy, and in a great place, and watch the negative comments roll in. It bothers me to the extent where I feel sad for those people who are so unhappy they just can’t be happy for anyone else. Three, my own behavior, I like to say I don’t give a fuck, but I guess I do, I am writing this, so there must be a care somewhere in my body about it. Cripes, when I am down, I look for other people’s happiness to inspire me and motivate me. Ok, rant done… PS, what a great day!

Think positive and smart!

Someone once said – “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

From (of course) Ashley Quincey!

One night at Cheers, Cliff Clavin explained the” Buffalo Theory” to his buddy Norm:

“Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this.. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! ; In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That’s why you are always smarter after a few beers.

Be safe and have a great weekend! You too Dizz!  You too!

Why the Celtics will win in 5!

Why 5?  Well, not sure you can stop all the Lakers for four straight games.  The Lakers haven’t seen defense like this.  Even in 2008 the Celtics were a defensive team, but not a physical team like the 2010 team.

Is Kobe the best player in the NBA?  Today, yes.  Lebron may be the most physically gifted, but Kobe is the best player.  But – and here’s why the Celtics will win in 5 games – it’s not about the best player.  Just ask D-Wade, Ask Lebron, Ask Howard.  It’s about the best overall team.

Here’s what I think will happen.  Those five guys on the court will be working together, and thinking as a team.  Kobe doesn’t do that well.  It’ll be somewhere around the second quarter in game 2 that Kobe loses his mind and starts degrading his teammates like he’s done in the past.  Sitting sideline in 2008, and hearing the way he screams at his teammates, is something I have never witnessed before.

That’s that.  The Celtics will win both games in LA, lose  game 3 and win the next two.  Boom, done.



The Big Three

These Celtics are also playing for one very important thing that the Lakers are not.  The Big Three know this is most likely their last shot at a tittle and their last games together as The Big Three.  Chances are that Ray Allen is gone after this year, KG still has 2 years after this, but for some reason I am not sure he will play through his contract term.  His knee is not right and for him not being able to play at that level, will kill him.  Paul Pierce has a player option for next year, and at 21 million he will stay, but not sure which direction the Celtics will decide to take the team, but one thing is for sure, and that is these guys know this and they are playing like they don’t want to go home, and when they do, they want the hardware.  That is something the Lakers do not have, the need to be the best team, Kobe will drop 30-35 a game, but the rest will be in lock down, and Kobe himself will complain at  refs all game long and get most calls, but he is not used to playing tough hard nose in your face basketball.  It will take it’s toll on him.

Some people will talk about Match ups and the AP thinks that Paul Gasol has the match up edge over KG… Are you kidding me?  We are talk about Kevin Garnett right?  MVP, Defensive player of the year, Kevin Garnetthttp://tinyurl.com/b48nnd . Ok I know his knee isn’t what it used to be but come on.  Do you really think he will let Gasol do what he has been doing all playoffs in the Finals?  No way!  And there is no way any Laker can defend his fade away jump shot, it’s almost impossible.

KG

I think that Paul Pierce will have a great series against Artest, especially in LA where he is from.  Pierce has also played very well against Artest in the past.  In the playoff series against the Pacers, Pierce averaged over 30 a game.

We all know that Kobe has the edge over Allen, and Celtics fans are ok with that.

There are two X factors to me, one is Bynum and the other is the bench play of the Celtics.  How is Bynum’s knee going to react?  Will he have to work for every shot and rebound against a very physical Perkins.  And who will step up for the Celtics off the bench? Rasheed?  Baby?  Tony Allen?  Nate Robinson?  I believe they all will.  I think even the younger guys know this might be their last shot at a Championship, and if they want it, they have to take it.  I think they will.  Go Celtics!

Why Foursquare? Why not???

Well, this is my first blog post in a long time,  I gave up my blog to my last company when I left there… It was my parting gift to them.. Today, I wanted to talk about Foursquare (www.foursquare.com) . In case youre new to this, Foursquare is a GPS location application that allows to check into the locationsyoure in, thereby letting your friends know where you are.  By doing this, you can provide tips about the location, earn a mayorship, earn points, and maybe even some free stuff/services.

So by using Foursquare you can also add your checkins to your Twitter and Facebook feeds .  I always do this with Twitter, never Facebook….  But sometimes, I hit the send to Facebook button on accident, and a couple of people (like my brother-in-law) have asked me why I would want to do Foursquare…. Are you KIDDING me… why would I not?????  Why would you not use it????

So here are the cool things from a user-perspective

*  It’s a fun thing to play with your friends… Who doesn’t want to be mayor of your work???  (@bostonmike is still pissed)

* There are deals out there that you can only get on Foursquare… I checked into Ann Taylor (www.anntaylor.com) when shopping with my wife, and saw a deal pop up for Marc Jacobs (www.marcjacobs.com) for 25% off… Hell yeah I was going in there…. I did, I bought…

* Tips!!!  I love when I check in to a restaurant and see that one of my friends was there and says that the Alfredo is to die for…  I also love it when someone tells me that a tips I put up there was a good tip and thanks me for it.

* Being Mayor has it’s privileges..


From a business stand point

* Being able to use cutting-edge technology to get customers in the door is very cool and affordable.

* In my Marc Jacobs example above, I would NOT have gone in there if I didn’t see the deal on my Foursquare window. Enough said.

* Creating in-store specials, once checked in, youre offered a discount for just showing up, never mind if youre the mayor. Thats when the REAL good stuff happens.

* Get real time reporting!  Who’s checking in, when they are there, gender, where are they sending it too?  Facebook?  Twitter?

* It’s mobile!!!  You can connect with these potential customers on the go!  And we are all on the go.

I guess the one thing I’ve heard is people say, why would you want to tell peopleyoure not home so they can rob your house???  HAHAHA really?? My address is not on Twitter… Nor on Facebook, if youre my friend on Facebook and you know where I live, and you rob my house, well shame on me for allowing you to be my friend on Facebook…  But that reasoning is not sound to me…  If youre cheating on your wife, yes, maybe not the tool for you to use, but if youre that stupid enough to check in to the Hotel 6 at 2am then you deserve to get caught!

Heres the best thing people… If you don’t want anyone to know youre at a particular place at aparticular time… either A) don’t check in, or B) there is an option to not let anyone know your where abouts…  As anything in life, you have a choice!  But why not choose to use this very cool and helpful piece of technology….And it just might save you some money too!

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