Not always enemies... take a look... Who doesn't want to have a massage like this one? (thanks to JC for this one)
Against popular belief that considers that PMS means Pre Menstrual Syndrom, here are some other much much much more accurate ways of explaining it:
1. Pass My Shotgun
2. Psychotic Mood Shift
3. Perpetual Munching Spree
4. Puffy Mid-Section
5. People Make me Sick
6. Provide Me with Sweets
7. Pardon My Sobbing
8. Pimples May Surface
9. Pass My Sweat pants
10. Pissy Mood Syndrome
11. Plainly; Men Suck
12. Pack My Stuff
And the most accurate:
13. Potential Murder Suspect
I don't know about you girls out there, but personally I go thru all these 'moods'.
Duh! Why rent-a-car companies are not offering the option to have a Sun Pass (or the local state version of it) when you rent a car? C´mon, is not so difficult to implement and they are offering GPS, 'pick you up', etc. Why not a SunPass?
It makes all the sense to me... Or maybe someone is doing that already but no advertising it?
Hey Hertz, Avis, someone... someone!?
Yesterday the whole office was cracking up with a page that was showing some exams and their "creative" answers (the extremely creative answers that students tend to give when they do not have any clue what the teacher is asking...).
As soon as I saw it, I remember receiving most of them via email some time ago (thanks Bi!) with some other examples.... here are the ones that are not in that webpage:
All the other ones are in that infamous page that can be found here. (BTW, I am not sure what is more funny if the students answers or the teachers comments...). Oh, while there, take two minutes to read the first paragraph about "El Niño"... :))
Another set of useful top 10's --and again, these can be applied to almost any business/product.
They come from two giants, and for my surprise I found out that I agree more with Microsoft than with Google... unbelievable!
Top 10 Tips for Working at Microsoft (or Anywhere Else) - I adhere with the whole list here!
Ten things Google has found to be true
In my case I give a 10/10 to Microsoft vs. an 8 1/2 over 10 to Google. What do you think?
I work in an online company. All is done through our website and as everyone that works in this field knows, shit happens. But it happens more when the company is growing all the time, and things need to be changed, improved or altered almost everyday. You upgrade a part of your website and then one day later or one month later someone notices that in some part of your "help" you still have the old instructions. Or something else.
No matter how many procedures you put in place, there is always some little thing that no one notices until it is already online.
For that reason ("mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos" quizas) it is inevitable to feel some kind of relief when you see that the same thing happens to companies 10 or 100 times the size of yours. And right or wrong, is just a fact. No matter what, something will fall through the cracks.
In this case, it seems that it has been falling for almost 2 years. Let me explain it better: I am a "late bloomer" when it comes to Ebay. I avoid it for years now, until this year when I really needed something not so easy to find --and yes, I found it in Ebay. So I finally went ahead and created my account in February this year.
And I didn't went to check "my messages" until now. Of course there is a welcome message and a second one about that section and how to use "my messages".... and there it was, a mishap that has been probably there for at least more than one year...
Take a look... I received this email on Feb 2007. But the very first paragraph of the email, sorrounded by a yellow border is warning me that:
"The My Messages features described below will be fully available in June 2005" :))
aaaaaghhh.... (relief) it also happens in Ebay!!! And for more than one year!!!
Anyway, I will probably be a nice girl and will send them a heads up. Or at least a link to this post... ;)
Any example of your own to share?
In my daily readings of random websites, I came across some lists of "top 10" that have some very useful tips. As it often happens with me, I do not agree with ALL the statements, but with enough of them as to publish some of those lists (and of course I couldn't help it but to bold those ones that I find 'oh, so true!').
But what I found more interesting is how some of these tips -even when they were meant for some specific profession- could be applied accross industries, professions and businesses.
The other day, browsing Gather.com, kind of My Space for grown ups, I came across this post that had me laughing out loud.
For those of you that do not live here in the US, remember this is the country of DIY. It doesn't matter if you can't do it right or you have never done it or if you will end finally spending more in money, energies, health or stress that you would spend by just paying someone that do that for a living (a professional in that matter whatever the matter is). No, people seem to have this strange pride about doing it themselves, no matter what.
One good and small example of what I am talking about is waxing. Ok, it is incredible expensive to have it done by a professional if you compare it with rates in other countries (60 dollars vs a 7 dollars service) but if you want to have it well done, just DON´T do it yourself. Just buy an Epilady or shave yourself but waxing is an art --especially when it comes to the bikini line.
And if you don't believe, just read this posting and tell me if you wouldn't pay 60 bucks or more just to avoid living this nightmare:
"My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, and play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind For the next few hours: "Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet." So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom.
It was one of those "cold wax" kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)
So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax," yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works!
OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.
With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the one strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my *hoo-hoo* and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (Yes, it was a long strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself.
...RRRRIIIPPP!!!! I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!
Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RRIIPP!! Everything swirls and is spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious ... Do I hear crashing drums? Breathe, breathe ... OK, back to normal.
I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip! There's no hair on it. Where is the hair? WHERE IS THE WAX? Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip. I touch. I am touching wax. CRAP! I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair.
Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped up on the toilet? I know I need to do something so I put my foot down. DARN! I hear the slamming of a cell door. *hoo-hoo*? Sealed shut! Butt?? Sealed shut!
I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself "Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!" What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!!!
I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in,immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right??? WRONG!!!!!!!
I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.
Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.
So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cement-epoxied myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!
I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter - "So, my butt and who-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!"
There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, "Are we talking cheeks or hoo-ha?"
She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.
While we go through various solutions. I resort to scraping the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better then to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!
By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.
My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!
The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care. "IT WORKS!! It works!!" I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up.
I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!
So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.
Next week I'm going to try hair color.....Now that's funny. "
From London, I present you with Neighborhood Fix It. The whole idea is that neighbors can report on problems using a map and letting other know what the specific problem is. Then, when it is repaired they can post a note of "fix it".
Is still in Beta and I am sure it could be greatly improved, but the idea by itself is a very good one. I assume that the posts need to be moderated to make sure that they are not pranks.
If you want to see it in action, just type in Milton, Cambridge and you can see a sample of problems listed, some fixed and how the whole thing works. Yeah, it needs a better design and I would make different pennants for different problems, but they are in Beta and the idea is a good one.
Tulipan is a well know brand of condoms in Argentina. And they are also know for some good creativity. Here you can find a couple of samples. While the first is translated to English, in the second one, the general idea is about a penis that talks and starts being the one in control... even if you don't know Spanish, you will understand the end just by hearing the sounds....
1. Barbies or Action figures?
2. Don't let it be in control!
...even when i think that this 'fascism in small scale' that we are living has nothing to do with taxes nor it comes from 1913. It is this goverment in particular (along with the McCarthy era) the ones that do not give a crap about rights and freedom, they just use those words to start wars.
Some people feels you exaggerate when you see a path to fascism in this government. Oh really? Do you know how many rights and freedom you have lost in one night? And as my boyfriend says, it takes years or decades to gain rights while it can take 2 seconds to lose them. And then, you may need again years or decades to get that back... not good.
I will always remember the explanation Ingmar Bergam gives at the beginning of his movie (The Serpent's Egg) about why that title when the movie was about how nazism started... He said something like: the raise of nazism was like the serpent's egg, everyone could see the monster that was growing but no one made anything to stop it before it was too late (note: the serpent´s egg are transparent, you can see thru them).
Well, anyway, this is the video I was talking about. Again, I am not sure about the tax idea, but I kind of agree about the Reps and Dems being two sides of the same mafia :))
BTW, it seems that the whole movie is in YouTube.
While writing I am watching a small jewel when it comes to reality shows. I hate most reality shows, but this one is a big exception. It is called ¨Gene Simmons family jewels" and yes, is about the ¨demon¨ from Kiss and his family. And it is refreshing to see (for a change) a bunch of really smart people (the kids are wonderful, and yes, his son is not only smart but handsome, at least my type...) :)
Their slogan (Kiss your expectations goodbye) is perfect. After the Ozzy Osburne reality, you don't expect too much from rock starts, and in this case we are talking a a couple where he is a rock star and she is a former Playmate. But those kids are not the product of chance (one may be, but 2 smart and nice kids is not chance). After seeing it for a while, you can tell that is just a smart couple that have raised smart kids.
If you can, give it a try. Funny, funny, funny.
...that I really liked was Pan´s Labyrinth. I even put one of their wallpapers in my PC at work. Very intersting movie, but if you expect sci-fi, forget it. Also, if you can´t stand brutality, the one that all wars come with (this movie is about the Spanish Civil War) maybe is not the movie for you. But if you like something different, not the typical Hollywood movie, this one is for you.
...took me to read "Hasta Siempre, Mujercitas" (So Long, Little Women) by Marcela Serrano. A very well written history around for cousins from Chile, that in some way could be compared to those Little Women of Lousie May Alcott. Interesting book, easy to read and to get trapped in it (especially if you are from the South Cone, as I am) and that at least in my mind it highlights the decadence of some rural high class, not so high, not so classy but that all they know in reality is related to "El Pueblo" some obscure little town, where they are the all powerful. I enjoyed the book, and I could recognize there some of the people I know in my own country. Poor rich people that I don't pity at all.
...or as we would say in "porteño/italian" a place for "Il Morto qui parla"
According to their definition, "For a one-time fee of USD 300/EUR 250, Eternity4all allows users to build a personal space using ten photographs, three one-minute movies and three texts, with the option to update as and when desired. Once a user makes his or her personal space public, it's published and saved on the company’s system for eternity.
Founded in March 2006 by Bert van Dam, Eternity4all aims to immortalize a user's uniqueness for the world, for his descendants and for himself. As Dam puts it, “The most beautiful aspect of Eternity4all is the process of telling your personal story and the awareness created while doing so.”It always amazes me how there is always a niche. This could have been a good idea for My Space, ("do you want to keep My Space forever?") but considering their demographics it would probably took too long for any of the My Space members to even think about dying... so here we have, "Eternity for all" or for all the ones that are willing to pay that amount of money to be inmortalized the way they want to...
Menu Foods has recalled dog food sold under 51 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.
The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" style pet food that was sold in cans and pouches. Meanwhile, two other companies _ Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. _ voluntarily recalled some products made by Menu Foods as a precaution.
Find the list of brands involved in the recall at http://www.menufoods.com/recall
I can't believe that I still can find people that believe in Bush. What amazes me is that not all of them are completely idiots (you can understand those backing one of their own), but some of Bush supporters are in fact good people and very intelligent people on some other matters (not in politics, obviously).
So in one of my discussions with one of them, he dare me to find that Bush has lied at any point, as he believes that he has never lied to the country...
Of course this is not a small task. Not because I don't have memory at all or how serious it may or not be, but because with SO MANY lies, it is difficult for me to decide where to begin with. So I will start now with one that seemspretty obvious. Yesterday (March 2007) he said to the country that "Iraq Victory 'Will Take Months'" .
Let's go back in time: did I dream some speech in March 2003 under a banner reading "Mission Accomplished" where curious George declared:"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." ? Either he is an idiot or he was lying. You my dear believers in GW have to choose. Idiot that couldn't see it coming or liar that wanted to give people the feeling of a victory even if it wasn't true?
And to make things worst and show how clear ideas he has, between one statement and the other, he said "We're not winning, we're not losing." - December 19, 2006, interview with The Washington Post (published on December 20).
My first post on the issue of Bush's lies, but more to come. I need to refresh my memory and I want to use his own speeches so I have to do research, but I know I can have around 100 or 200 posts on just this issue.
Meanwhile, some funny one liners about the idiot:
How do you tell the first Bush administration from the second Bush administration?
This time the stupid one's in charge. (a.k.a. "the decider")
What do you call Bush voters who aren't millionaires?
What does the downfall of the Republican party have in common with the letter X?
It's what comes after W.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a Democrat. I can't vote because I am not a citizen, and I have been here just 3 years and some months. I just think for myself. And as a button I love says, "I am not Anti-Bush, I am just Pro-Intelligence"
More lies to come, I promise. Meanwhile, keep thinking, idiot or liar?
I love odd things, news, pictures, thoughts. I have clear though, that things that may seem odd to me may not seem odd for some others ( a good example, is I find "odd" that this country elected Bush again...) :))
So most of the time I will comment on oddities on my posts (can find them under the 'odd' or 'weird' labels. But as I may not have enough time to comment on so many weird things that surround us, I may also publish here links to some odd things, thoughts, or news that may cross my path and that need no explanation.... they are just odd or weird.
Win my soul
My first fixed section for this blog is called "It's Friday" and was born by complete chance...
One Friday I was extremely happy because the weekend was coming and I decided to post something light and funny, as a way of sharing my good mood.
Since that day I have been posting each Friday something that sometimes relates to the theme of the site -sometimes not so much-, but that either is funny, nice to see/listen or simply something that I believe can be a good preamble for the upcoming weekend.
The idea of the section is to help you relax, smile or enjoy something new (and I forbid myself of any rant on that day, no matter what!)
If you want to see all the that is under that section so far, click here.
Just in case you are not one of my friends or foes (what means that you don't know me) and you wonder how do I dare to live in this country and criticize it, you have to understand a couple of things:
1. I criticize my own country when I was living there and I still do from time to time (but as not being there gives me some lack of information, and I do not like to criticize without being informed I don't do it so much anymore).
2. I strongly believe in the freedom of speech. Don't you?
3. I think that when a country is the most powerful one in the world needs to be more scrutinized than anyone else, as what they do does not affect just them and their neighbors but everyone else. At this time, the US is that country.
4. I am a free thinker, I am in the country legally and if I decide to stay here and become a citizen, believe me, I would do more than criticize, I would vote. Now..., did you vote in the past 10 elections?
5. Last but not least, my criticism may have some value even if you do not like it. Do you know how people in the world sees the US? Well, some may see it like me... :)
Short Answer: Why not?
Long, Boring & Real Answer:
Ugly Doggy is one of the thousands of nicknames that my dog (the one in the picture) has to live with.
His real name is Soy what in Spanish means "I am". His complete name is Soy Bastardo (I am a bastard) because I found him
wondering wandering the streets in Bs. As., and we have no clue who his father is... :)
He has been with me since 1999, the vet believes that he was one or two years old when I picked him up and the first 2 days he acted as the most shy and afraid puppy I ever saw...but after a week he showed his true colors and his street manners! I would come home to find out that he moved my trash bag from the kitchen to the living room to rip it open in the middle of that room, leaving a huge mess of trash everywhere.
He didn't like anybody interrupting our morning sleep, so when they throw the newspaper under my door each morning, he would chew half of it, as punishment I assume (the newspaper guy thought I have a doberman!!). Funny enough he didn't like bills either so most of my bills were chew at least in one corner.
But he grew up and learned a lot (nothing like a magazine making a lot of noise near his butt, to understand the idea of 'NO') and now he has, most of the time, pretty good manners.
Since we moved to the States to live with my boyfriend he got more nicknames than ever. Some of them are Ugly Doggy or its Spanish and slightly changed version of "Ferro Peo". He is also known as "the hero" (when he is in the sofa, we say: "The hero, once again in his quest for comfort...").
I love my dog and even if he is getting old and lazy, he is "my baby" so the blog's name is in his honor.
When I started ths blog, I knew it was going to be about creativity but wasn't really sure the shape it would take. I have several URL's registered and I decided that this was as good as any other... And for experience I know that if bones are involved, dogs can be very, VERY creative!
Newsflash: Soy has now an adopted "sister" by the name of Lola. She is driving the old guy nuts! Click here if you want to see pictures of this (not really) dynamic duo!
What is Ugly Doggy about? The creative process and the final result. Ideas. Good and bad, new and old. Some are my own weird ideas, some have been collected here and there. Techniques to "think creatively". Criticize them, use them, apply them, or tear them apart. Some may be very useful, some may not.
I taught creativity for almost 10 years and I am planning to go back to teaching or coaching at some point. Meanwhile, I am using the blog to share my knowledge in a more lighter way, with funny examples -when possible- and writing about the basics of the creative process bit by bit (or byte by byte in this case).
As communications is my 'official' field, you will see a lot about communications' strategies and advertising, hopefully always including some musings about why they are or not "good ideas".
But almost everything here is about creativity applied to different fields, from business to art & design. UglyDoggy is about innovation, the engine that moves the world. Enjoy and participate: please share, comment, brainstorm.
Note: My native language is Spanish, but I am writing the blog in English because I am living in the US and I am also trying to improve my writing skills. Still, is a second language for me and you will for sure find some weird grammar here and there. I hope you can live with that! ;)