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Is Your Significant Other This Awesome?

Whittney somehow found the coasters that I’ve been wanting and bought them to celebrate the fact that we’re both employed again. Love these things. And the story of how they were made is also pretty cool: From concept to finished product in 24 days by an 18-yr old graphic design student. Then they were picked up by Veer.

April 1, 2009   Comments Off on Is Your Significant Other This Awesome?

In Northern Trust We Don’t Trust

Northern Trust bank, who recently took about 1.6 BILLION dollars in bailout money, was caught throwing a party with Chicago and Sheryl Crow performing on stage over the weekend.

In response, members of Congress wrote the bank a letter asking for the equivalent of the money spent on the event to be returned.

Can you guess what Northern Trust SVP Douglas Holt said?

“We paid for these events ourselves.”

Oh really Mr. Holt? That was your own money?

Look, It doesn’t matter that you “didn’t ask” for the bailout money. The fact is, you took it. Enough of it, in fact, to pay off the mortgages of 6,400 homes valued at 250K each. Not only that, but due to the fact that you did indeed take the money, you are and should be held to a higher standard. Once the money is in your possession, there is no material difference between that money and the cash you already had.

In your statements, you pretended that you didn’t even want to take it in the first place…but now you’re refusing to give it back. How do you explain something like that? And how do you reconcile your statement with the fact that in December, you laid off 450 people?

Look, you were really let off the hook when Congress only asked for the money you spent on this affair to be repaid. In reality Congress should be demanding all 1.6 billion back. Any Congress worth it’s salt would write a letter sounding more like this:

Dear Mr. Holt et. al.,

It is apparent that you understand neither the gravity of this country’s financial situation nor the purpose of the Capital Purchase Program monies (always wanted to use the word “monies”) you accepted. In consideration of your obvious lack of intelligence and tact, we hereby order that you return all of the money provided to you under the CPP exchange.

Congress as well as the American people refuse to invest in companies who show poor management of scarce investment dollars and certainly expect executives who have received taxpayer money to:

  1. Exercise sound stewardship and decision making,
  2. to use common sense,
  3. to set a fiscally responsible example,
  4. and own up to their mistakes where they have been made.

Mr Holt, you have failed in all aspects of these expectations, and we now demand full repayment in lump sum, including interest. Please find wire instructions attached.

And please…grow up.

The Guvermint

For all the details on the story, read here (ABCNews).

February 24, 2009   4 Comments

The Magnificent Cooly-T

Home Page

We launched the site for The Magnificent Cooly-T today. Judging a book (or a movie) by it’s cover, looks like it will be a good film, even if I do say so myself.

February 23, 2009   5 Comments

Domains for Sale

Every once in a while, I have an idea for a business and I buy a domain name for it. Since the price to register it is about the same as lunch, I don’t think much about it. Until I get the bill. So I went in and made a list of those I was going to keep, those that I wanted to sell, and those that I was just going to let go of.

If anybody wants any of these, let me know. They have awesome business ideas behind them. (this site used to totally rock)

January 16, 2009   Comments Off on Domains for Sale

Voicemail Update

Well, a whole lot of people must have given/gotten TGI Fridays gift cards for Christmas because my phone is ringing off the hook. So far, most people seem to be hanging up and trying again (or trying 2 or 3 more times), but a few are leaving messages to let me know that they got the wrong number (listen here). Who leaves a message on an answering machine for that? Don’t most people just hang up instead? Thank you Florida.

Today I’m averaging 1 call per hour. At that rate, my toll free charges just for mistaken callers could reach $90 this year, which means I better get at least one message this awesome to make it worth the cost of keeping my number.

UPDATE 1/14/2009
Today I even had someone from TGI Fridays in Everett, MA call my number on accident.

Other posts like this one: Hello Shreveport, Making Great Voicemail Accessible

January 5, 2009   Comments Off on Voicemail Update

Single and Pregnant?

My buddy Adam went home to the Buckeye State for Christmas. While at church in a singles ward, he noticed this flyer on the bulletin board:

He snapped a photo and sent it to me saying:

“I think they need to have a lesson on immorality in the ward…or at the very least a lesson on birth control.”

Single and pregnant? Apparently you’re not alone in this Ohio singles congregation.

December 30, 2008   1 Comment

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2008   Comments Off on Happy Holidays

Three Things Giving me a Headache Today

This post was written Monday, so i don’t have the headache anymore, but as I re-read it, my blood pressure is going back up. Sorry for the bad mood, but thank you to the Internet for allowing me to vent.

The Next Notebook Trend: Cellphone-Like Contract Deals
Yeah, here’s a great idea- lock people into stupid notebook contracts like cell phone companies do so that they end up paying 3 or 4 times what the product is actually worth. The only thing stupider: the people who would actually fall for something like this. No offense, iPhone users, it’s nearly unavoidable in your case.

15% Fat Tax:
With “the troubled economy,” state budgets are coming up short. Their solution? Tax the people. Here’s what somebody isn’t understanding: People were not made to support government, rather, government was made to support the people. Remember that whole “by the people, for the people” line?

Who is the biggest, most bloated, grotesquely obese entity on Earth? The U.S. Government. And they want to tax us for being fat?

Instead of penalizing the people because of a desire they have for a certain type of food, government should be cutting ITSELF down to make up for the hard times, not cutting the people down to make up for their own glutenous, fatty, short-sighted spending habits. The government should be doing what American families are doing to weather the hard times—cutting back, re-evaluating programs, canceling cable, re-budgeting and adjusting appetites that sometimes get out-of-hand when times are too good to be true.

How any elected representative can, in good conscience, even throw this idea around in his head for more than 3 seconds is completely beyond me. And the one thing stupider:

North Carolina’s idea of a Mileage Tax
Are elected officials going completely insane? Charging you for every mile you drive? So they want you to pay taxes out of the income you worked for to build the roads, tax you again to buy the car, tax you again every year to own the car, tax you again to buy the gas, and then on top of all that, TAX YOU AGAIN WHEN YOU ACTUALLY DRIVE THE CAR?!

I’m sorry, but when a government has to insert itself to take money from the people at every single exchange and interaction—and it still can’t support itself, it is time for that government to go. And I’m not kidding. I’m blowing a gasket. That’s WITHOUT mentioning that they propose to track the mileage by installing a GPS unit so that they know where, when, and how far you’ve gone? This is like a bad dream.

How long can the American people support what has become an un-manageable, irresponsible, corrupt government who, instead of solving problems, creates them at every turn? I have a headache.

December 17, 2008   4 Comments

Hillary ~ Joker

Anybody else made this connection yet?

Thanks to cboyack for the image.

November 21, 2008   Comments Off on Hillary ~ Joker

Abandoned Work 2

Since a lot of the stuff I’m doing these days isn’t of much interest design-wise, I’ll be posting up some of the other stuff I’ve been working on that won’t otherwise see the light of day. Abandoned Work: The Series.

Yes We Can

This was an awareness poster for an internal communication tool à la Barack Obama.

November 13, 2008   Comments Off on Abandoned Work 2