Archive for April, 2007

Hope for the Hokies

I am still reeling from the happenings at Virginia Tech.  In the midst of this crisis Passion Conferences, an organization who “exists to glorify God-uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation” Their main supporters are college students and they’ve released/provided  a free EP as “it’s way of saying to the VT family that our hearts are with you in these days.”  What a great idea!  People are hurting, and I know that one of the ways I connect is through music.  Music has the power to speak to our souls. The Passion blog has some beautiful writing exploring the anguish of loss, especially such catastrophic and seemlying senseless loss.

Passion isn’t trying to cover up the loss, the pain, the questions.  This is where they are right on, the pain and the crying out at God is understandable.  We can’t make sense of it, and regardless of what the police find out about the motive, it won’t bring friends, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers back.  So in this deep, deep valley of pain and sorrow, we reach to beauty.  To music, to connect our souls.  To prayer, to connect our God.  To friends, to connect our hearts.

On the page is a link to download the EP as well as well as a link to join the Facebook group, Facebook United for Hope. (I’m not sure how the two are related, other then the fact that they both reference each other, if you know please share)

Facebook United for Hope is a group that is hoping to have all of facebook change their profile pic to a VT logo on Monday, 4/30 as an effort to let the VT family know our prayers continue and our hearts are with them.

As far as I can tell, the group is growing.   Some stats:

Members as of Sunday, April 22: 2
Members as of Monday, April 23: 1,098
Members as of Tuesday, April 24: 4,717
Members as of Wednesday, April 25: 7,289
Members as of Thursday, April 26: 8,539

This is an awesome statement.

Download the songs, change your facebook.

If you’ve got a facebook, join and change your picture on Monday.  I know I like to think of myself as anti-establishment, but there are certain times to do something such as this, even if it means moving with the crowd.  Because this isn’t about popularity, it’s not a trendy shoe, it’s about hurting people, it’s about a God who cares, it’s about people that care, and it’s about hope.

http://hopeforthehokies.com/

http://www.268generation.com/

http://www.268blog.blogspot.com/

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underdog push

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I read a post over at engadget a couple weeks ago on a push email client called emoze. (Click here for the post) I don’t currently receive email on my cell phone, although free push email such as emoze certainly makes me think twice about it.

This post is not about the ability of emoze, or even that it’s free. Very interesting ideas, but this blog is mostly about, marketing. So this post will be about, their marketing at CTIA.

Check out the poster below:

emoze went head-to-head (back-to-back as the poster says) with BlackBerry in a wireless showdown. Wow! What a great idea. It’s great for a couple reasons:

  • it’s interesting idea that connects us to years of yore
  • if they lose the competition, they still get their name out
  • if they win, they have beaten the dominant mobile email service provider, that’s like beating Kleenex at being a tissue!
  • if BlackBerry had said no, or didn’t show up it could cause even more stir!
  • They’ve got nothing to lose, so they fully embraced the adage, of “go big or go home”

It creates a fun story that people can tell. I wasn’t at the event so I’m not sure how hyped up they made it. But I can only imagine the performance possibilities. I can just see people walking by and saying, “what in the world is going on over there?” Then taking out their BlackBerry and telling a bunch of people about the event they just witnessed.

It also creates an emotional bond. We want someone to win, and if we have a BlackBerry we’ll probably be rooting for them…but I’m sure many people that hate Microsoft also hate RIM for their total dominance in market and would love to see them lose, even in a little showdown like this.

I think it’s a good idea. It makes me wonder how I can do something similar?

What about you, can you do something like this?

Oh by the way…..emoze won.

have a great day!

npr

Down here in Knoxville, WUOT our National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate just finished it’s fund raising drive which has raised my awareness of NPR’s website.

Their website is great, no more then great, it is awesome!  It’s also got a contemporary feel that many news sites are looking for, but just haven’t gotten quite right yet.

What I mean is it’s easy to get around, easy to listen, easy to find out more information then they mentioned on the show.  Which is perfect for my knowledge hungry self and others like me.   I like to listen to the show again at work, or delve deeper into the stories.

What strikes me as crazy is that NPR isn’t the newest kid on the block by any means.  Which also means there is hope for everyone else that’s been around for a while.

NPR is using their radio platform in conjunction with the web, way better then any radio station I’ve come across.  The great thing is that they aren’t annoying or turning away listeners.  If 80% of the people that listen on the radio never go online, that’s not a problem, because the radio content isn’t shortened or minimized.  And those that ONLY go online get the national content, and those that do both get a great amount of local and national information.

The way I see it NPR is playing the game right.  I say well done.

But that’s just me, what do you think?

Have a great day.

allCal

So like many of you I have calendaritis.

That is inflamation of calendars. I’ve got the following calendars, Google, Entourage, Outlook (home), Outlook (Work1), Outlook (Work2), and my Smartphone.

Ideally, I’d like to be able to edit and add events to any of those calendars, from any place at any time. I realize that’s asking a lot, but I want an allCal. I’d really like my Entourage and Google to play nice.

Is this too much to ask?

what do you do?


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