Usually every April 1st, I hang up my twitter for the day. With the tons of fake news stories, announcement, event cancellations and such… I just can’t keep up with all of the deviation. Especially after last year’s Nine Inch Nails twitter announcement of the new Timberland produced album “Strobe Light”. This year, I decided to make April 1st my own devation with starting the twitter hashtag #fake4sqday with people checking in from fake locations across the globe. NOTE: Don’t really check-in to fake locations, just use the hashtag. We don’t want to clutter up Foursquare.
For Example: @critus said… I just checked into the Betty Ford Clinic! #fake4sqday
Not only is #fake4sqday a great way to celebrate April Fools with your twitter pals, but to help promote the upcoming Foursquare Day event. Where across the globe and here in Tampa, we will be having a real event with local businesses offering great deals to Foursquare users who check in to their businesses.
(NSFW due to language. Tell the kids to cover their ears…)
In my lifetime, i’ve been through some interesting circles of people. From the richest of the rich to the strangest of the strange and I can tell you *gets out venn diagram* that the line is actually pretty thin in the middle. I’ve known CEO’s, pastors, pilots and teachers that their real lifestyles outside would boggle your mind. Were any of them doing anything illegal or hurting anyone else? No. I have to tell you if I could eat the self-esteem they have for breakfast, I would. Very happy people. I can honestly say there’s no such thing as a “normal society”, we are all a little strange sometimes… that’s what makes each of us unique and human.
But we as people are also faulted by our pre conceived notions of the “first impression”, on how we appear to another automatically puts a label on us and shuffles us into a filing system in a person’s brain. It’s all programed in us from childhood, I can remember fighting against be put in a frilly dress for church and told “You want to make a good first impression”. Later on in life, I could also actually see the phrase emanating off of every suited up frat boy working off that hangover at the career fairs in college.
How a completely false online event Fake SXSW based off of a real event SXSW helped promote Bruce’s Yams… One of the strangest social marketing experiments that i’ve tried deemed it self accidentally successful. Here’s how it all got started… This weekend was South By South West Interactive in Austin, TX, it’s the mecca for all that is the web and media. Basically, if you want to know what the internet would look like in real life if your TV and Twitter follower list exploded, that’s SXSW.
Well, for all of us poor and ill folks not going to SXSW this weekend we started a twitter hashtag called #fakesxsw, little did we know on how huge (and entertaining) the fake event itself would become. Needless to say, whoever started #fakesxsw it created a monster. 2,846 tweets, 730 contributors, 406.6 tweets per day later we all found ourselves in a strange world of networking and fun. It even got a few write ups in the LA Times Blog and Huffington Post.
This week I have a very very special Destructo Deviant treat for my readers. In the past I have traveled all over the place and met some interesting people but none can quite compare to Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer creators/writers of the Venture Brothers. These two creative geniuses have given me inspiration in my own life and have taught me that the “little weird kid” can follow their dreams and be successful. You just have to work hard at what drives you the most in life.
“I really enjoy the blogs, although I look at them more like a newsletter. Have you ever considered writing for a magazine or editorial? I think you would do great, and then you could make money for your awesome writing skills. Which would then allow you to buy all the gummy bears and Nivea cream you ever wanted. Anyways, great job, I’m only going to leave a comment on this one for now, but they are ALL amazing so far. Great job, and keep it up.”
Aw shucks… *blushes*… it’s comments like this one that keep me fueled.
Ah, but it is a lonesome dream of mine to work for a local ultra hip small creative company where brainstorming meetings are half about the philosophy of the Venture Brothers and caffeinated wonderlands of productivity and color.. A place where I can work from home in my underwear eating grits and tweeting all day. But that all it is in this economy now, is a caffeine fueled wonderland.
“Now Mark, you promise to take care of that key? Yes, Mayor Iorio”
Today, Destructo HQ (Mr. D and Myself) were honored to be invited by comedian Mark Malkoff to attend his awarding of the Key to the City of Tampa by Mayor Pam Iorio. Last time Tampa saw Mark, he was aboard an Airtran airplane for a month, now he’s got a new gig driving around in a Ford Fusion Hybrid to collect 100 city keys in 28 days for his “Keys to the City” project.
Oh, it gets more disturbing…(Look at all the rest of my photos so far from the Florida trip)
“I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.”- David Byrne (True Stories)
Florida is the place I lived in for 23 years, being away for it for just three months I have forgotten how odd it really is here. In the last few days I have seen the following, the rest I have deleted from my brain. Read more