Wednesday, June 5, 2013

TED Talks and Finding Your "Enough"

Recently, I have been working out my mind a lot more than my body. Between the new job and every other two weeks of alone time while the boyfriend is away at work, I can't get enough... (hard to explain.. but from the demographic of my readers -- you have felt it) Just enough... 

That comment was one of the reasons I left my last marketing account manager position. And yet, here I am, feeling like there is too much out there that I want and need to know. I try to fulfill this void by being a book schizo. Seriously. I will be reading "Eating the Big Fish: How Challenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders" to "Truth and Beauty" to Harry Potter books to "Rework" all in one week. (Book recommendations blog coming soon.)

And then, last week at work, my company showed a "TED Talk." WTH is that...? Maybe I have been living under a rock, since everyone I have shared this with has heard of them, but this is my answer. Ideas worth spreading... insight, knowledge on all subjects, experiences, culture, you name it. Empowerment.

"As of May 2013, over 1,500 talks are available free online. By January 2009 they had been viewed 50 million times. In June 2011, the viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, and on Tuesday November 13, 2012, TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide, reflecting a still growing global audience." (Source: Wikipedia)

On the TED Talk website, there is a "New to TED? | 11 Classic Talks". I encourage you to join me in listening to these. My personal favorite so far "Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce." He's an incredible storyteller. 

With this wealth of knowledge at my fingertips, podcasts, and iPhone anywhere, I guess I don't have an excuse to not exercise my mind and my body... at the same time now :) I think I found a solution for my daily "enough." 

I would love feedback. What fulfills you? If you are a TED Talker, what's a talk that inspired you?

Until my next insomnia episode,

Monday, June 3, 2013

iPhone Screen Cleaner That Never Leaves Your Phone

This morning a friend of mine was talking to me while wiping off her screen with this cute little sticker. "Wait," I said. "What is that?!"

Turns out a friend of hers owns Pristine Screens and makes these little square "screen wipes" that stick to the back of your phone or laptop.

The Pristine Screens cleaners do an excellent job of creating a "Pristine Screen" from dirt, smudges and fingerprints on all touch screen devices including iPhones, iPads, Droids and other digital devices.

The microfiber sticker also does an amazing job at removing makeup and oils from screens. One of the best parts is that the adhesive screen cleaners are all washable and reusable so they are always able to do an outstanding job at cleaning any of your screens. 

You can customize these with your logo or a QR Code, etc. I think this would be an awesome tchotchke for upcoming conferences, etc. (It's days like this where I miss tradition, big picture marketing...)

The company doesn't have videos up (big mistake for them, I think) but they have some visuals on how it works.

Until next time,