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TWIT TV Studios

TWIT TV Studios

I visited TWIT TV the other week.  It is an amazing place and an amazing success story. The shows provides news, commentary, help and how – to perspectives on the latest trends in digital tech (this is lifted from their web site, so it must be true) and they’ve recently expanded into a “Multimillion dollar studio”  which I could visit because I live close by.

Here’s my favorite thing in the studio – and I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo –  the lobby lined with two brick walls.  On each brick is the name of a donor who made the new studio possible. Two of the bricks were lazered with QR codes, that’s all. I wonder  about setting current technology in stone or in this case, brick.

Should we have that kind of faith in the new, new thing?  What happens if QR codes become passé?  What if the landing page is taken down?  What about the brick’s relevance then?

I know, it makes me wonder about the transient nature of e-books, what happens if they go out of style?

Leo Laporte in his hat from New Orleans

Leo Laporte in his hat from New Orleans


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Where social media and real life collide

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We had a great conversation with Bob Fine, the editor and publisher of The Social Media Monthly –  He had some great tips for the Newbie Writer.  One big tip is to start writing for blogs to start up your own portfolio.  It’s easier to start with blogs, Bob himself often “tries out” a writer on his blog and then graduates the writer to the hard copy magazine.

Check out blogs that reflect your own interests and passions, then give it a try!

And check out the interview on

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Success Freaks!

Success Freaks!.

Newbie Writers Podcast welcomed  Charles McFall of Success Freaks Podcast.  We met at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas and I invited him to speak on the show.

Success Freaks

Here is just a small sample of his advice:

Your steps to Voodoo What You Love

1.   Realize that you are responsible for your own happiness.

2.   Choose your destiny – or at least a destination.

3.    Create a Roadmap

4.    Layout actionable steps

5.    Carpe Vida – Seize your life

“Now go do that voodoo that you do…so well!”  ~Harvey Korman as “Hedly Lamarr” in “Blazing Saddles”~

Great show and a great guest, check out their pod cast!

Charles is the one in the helmet.

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Steaming Hot Chocolate Jokes

Humor:  Sometimes we regard humor with much the same eagle eyed analysis as we do porn.  We can’t define it, but we know it when we see it.

During the CES in Las Vegas my husband’s company scheudledd a client dinner  at Roy’s, a famous hawaiian fusion restaurant.  That day, over lunch, the one of the wives in our group waxed poetic over the excellent food at Roy’s and specifically over their  signature dessert,  Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate  Souffle

Oh, I said, a volcano cake.

The beautiful and the butts

The beautiful and the butts

NO!   Rebecca insisted, it is not a volcano cake, it’s this special, never have been experienced, fablulous  dessert, that you will die for, just die for.  In fact, she continued her lecture,  if you fail to order the Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle toinght, you will regret it for the rest of your days.

The afternoon conversation continued along these lines until I promised, promised to order Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate  Souffle   that night.

A dominat characteristic of American humor is exaggeration and hypberbole.  We take something small and escallate it far and above any hope of realisim or common sense. We exaggerate to justifiy bad decisions like during the gold rush men would write home claiming they could just pick up nuggets off the street, silver glittered on the ground, and it it possible to harpoon a whale the size of a small country.

In due time, we enjoyed dinner at Roys.  I dutifully ordered the souflee and since  No ONE should be left berfret of this amazing dessert experinece of a life time, I ordered three, so we all could share in this transformative experience.

The souflee arrives,  I dig in my spoon.

And it’s a very nice, chocolatly dessert.

But I was not changed.

Rebecca, on the other hand, was transformed, she loved the dessert, she reveled in the dessert, she made sure we all knew that this was an amazing experience, “The best dessert ever.”

As clever people, we just  agree with her –  this is really the most amazing dessert!  So chocolaty!  So marvelous!     I don’t know how they do it!

Often the American  joke is a towering build up of Jenga heights, and then suddenly,  the lowest block is deftly removed and the whole tower tumbles to the floor.

Rebecca’s husband sets down his spoon, pats his mouth with his napkin and says,

” I don’t know honey, couldn’t you just microwave a Ding Dong?”

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Writers Talk to Strangers

Workers were changing the  atrium of the Bellagio from a winter theme to Lunar New Year them.  In the center  of the room stood a impressive tree, the leaves were enormous coins with square cut out centers.  A money tree for good luck.  I angled my phone and snapped a couple of photos.IMG_2945

The  man next to me was also photographing the tree.

“Like  the tree?”  he asked.

“Oh yes, the tree is marvelous.” I enthused.

“Thank you.” He replied.  “My company made it.”

Not only that, the president of the company  joined in the conversation and by the time my husband returned   from the men’s room the three of us were deep in conversation.

I learned all sorts of interesting things about creating artificial trees,  who purchases them (hospitals and hotels), how the trees are lifted into place and the two men were delightful.

My husband just gave me that look: I leave you in the lobby for five minutes and you manage to make new friends.

95% of the world is very interesting.  Talk to strangers, exchange business cards. All that weird, interesting stuff feeds articles, blogs and novels.  You may even find the inspiration for your next project.

I found a post for my blog as well as a newsletter article, all because my husband needed to use the restroom.  Thanks honey.

Money tree

Almost finished!

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Are we really all like Kids in a Candy Store?

I was in Sephora the other day and the phrase kid in a candy store came to me, not because that’s how I felt, (more like an overwhelmed middle-aged woman in a bewildering cosmetic emporium) but because  the cliche isn’t original  and often not as descriptive as other options – there must be better metaphors that express unbridled job and expectation than a child on the verge of a diabetic coma.

So I have a couple options  to consider.

She was a happy as a book club member armed with a year of reading and a 1,000 gift certificate to Powell’s Books.

He was as happy as an alcoholic at a free wine tasting

She was has happy as a Tech geek bearing forged credentials to CES

He was as happy as a backstage dresser for Victoria Secret lingerie show.

Happiness doesn’t always need to be compared to candy.

Happiness is, however,  easily linked to chocolate.

If the gambling, alcohol and sex isn't enough - sugar.

If the gambling, alcohol and sex isn’t enough – sugar.

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Stuff for Writers at CES

I was able to wander around this year’s CES and found a couple of cool things for writers available this coming spring/summer:

Cool and inexpensive

Cool and inexpensive

Ctech bluetooth keyboard for the IPad

Ad ons for the iPhoto to make cool effects etc.

IPro lens –  for lens for the iPhone camera

Panasonic also featured an  iphone lens system.

Panasonic also featured an iphone lens system.

Blackberry app

Create an app in ten minutes:

patchworks  for cool covers for iPhones etc.

That’s all I could manage to pay attention to.

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