Monthly Archives: January 2014

Budweiser’s social media campaign is genius

At first, you might think that Budweiser was hacked. I don’t think they were hacked. Their “drunk tweet” makes a whole lot of sense, given they are a company that makes beer.

Also, the tweets were sent via web, which can be manipulated, but I don’t think they did get manipulated by a hacker or anything. After all, their previous normal tweets have also been done through the web.

What makes this great is that even if they aren’t advertising anything specific, they did a couple drunk tweets right before the Super Bowl has to be so genius. Intentional or not, Budweiser did good here.

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‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ looks promising

I am a huge fan of the movie. In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Now they are making a TV series out of it. I don’t know what to expect from it but based on the trailer that they just released, it has a lot of potential.

I wonder how much of the original movie script will be in this series or if they are trying to go with a completely different storyline.

The Gecko brothers are cool and this has that potential. PLEASE don’t let this suck!

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How would handle being famous?

EDIT: She deleted the tweet and the other tweets complaining about too many paparazzi bothering her. But if you delete something, it never really is gone.

Some of you know I am a fan of Lorde. It’s not just because of her one song, but her entire work so far is really unique and also she seems to keep it real all the time. In reading interviews of her, she really seems to be the cool girl I want to be friends with if I was still in high school.

She sent out a series of tweets about how the paparazzi was all up in her face when she went back home at the New Zealand airport. Among those tweets, she tweeted the above.

It is frightening when people perceive you be something. And now that her fame is rising, it’s now made her realize that she can no longer be herself without someone following her. That’s the price of fame.

And what’s scary about it all is that she is understanding that she’s part of the machine. I hope she doesn’t change her attitude about herself, but there is no guarantee in that. Fame can change people and some people fall into their own hype.

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Can sinners go to heaven?

So who really gets to go to heaven?

During a road trip to Anaheim (not really a road trip, but it took a while in traffic) with a couple of guys from church to the Rock & Worship Roadshow, we had a conversation that veered into being real. And part of it was about blogging and how on a blog, our church blog, or even my own blog, the goal was to be real.

My blog has always been 100. I felt that it’s hard to enough to live in this world being who I am, or trying to be something, and I needed an outlet to be real. And so the conversation led to how sometimes as Christians, we aren’t being real. And sometimes, we try to put up an image that isn’t relatable to someone who doesn’t know who Jesus is. In fact, at many times, our actions of trying to be a holier than thou leads us to make certain people not want to care about Jesus.

I know that feeling. If I wasn’t a believer, I wouldn’t care about Jesus. The perception of who He is and what the church has done to impact my reaction towards Him has not been good. And this led to our conversation turning into what we’ve done to hurt the image of God.

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The Grammys are afraid of things that aren’t white

Even though that article was posted a few days before the Grammys, it’s pretty true. And it came true when Macklemore beat Kendrick Lamar for best album.

But I will be upfront and say that I haven’t listened to Macklemore’s album. In fact, I don’t even like the guy’s music. I’ve heard his singles that has been released and they aren’t all that. I’ve seen him perform live in person. He’s OK. But he’s a gimmick and that’s what he is to me. He is talented, but he’s not anything impressive.

And that’s why I am disappointed. Kendrick Lamar’s album, on the other hand, is a masterpiece. I listened to it and I can’t imagine any other album better in the rap game. It was powerful, it was lyrical, it had the backing of Dr. Dre. It was everything. All my friends who listen to rap raved about this album. Not one of them said anything about Macklemore.

But if you read that article, it points out that Macklemore is safe and easy to market. That’s why he won. Not because his album is better. Not because he is a better, more talented rapper. But because he’s a great guy to put on your billboards and sell. K-Dot, on the other hand, is too raw and too out there for the voters to be ready for. It is still the same after all these years. White privilege or not, they just weren’t ready.

K-Dot got robbed. But then again, the Grammys never has fully embraced rap anyway. So of course this happened. They’re too scared.

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My experience at Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game between the Ducks and Kings

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A great experience checking out my first ever outdoor hockey game. Here’s the story of all that went down.

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I don’t even like either the Kings or Ducks. Both of them are the rivals. But as a hockey fan, attending the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium was a must for me. I’ve always wanted to go to the Winter Classic games but since those games are never on the West Coast, this is the best option for me. It was actually a great cool night and the entire atmosphere was very unique.

I had arrived at around 5PM, a good 90 minutes before the ceremonies would begin. I got there early knowing that getting into the stadium closer to the start of the game would suck. When arrived there, I saw that there was a fan fest area in one of the…

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I watched two great documentaries last night

The Imposter

I read about great documentaries on Netflix and I watched this one last night. I didn’t know the story about the kidnapping so everything in this documentary was new to me. The story was told from the perspective of all the main people involved in the case.

What fascinated me about this was that it seemed that there would be a resolution at the end and I kept holding on, waiting for them to tell me that the boy was found. The story was told so well that it felt that it was more a movie than a documentary. And they actually did turn it into a movie.

I highly recommend this one. It’s a story of deception that just continues to get crazier and crazier with every step.

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Where am I going?

Here I am with work getting better and better. Well, it’s still a tough sled because they haven’t fully transitioned me away from my old position. As much as I would love to get away from it, somehow, I feel that they need me. It’s not to say that I am the best, but I am the best. I know so much about how the ticker works and what needs to go in. I have the best background in writing and I understand the program. Plus, I actually helped build it so I know what it can and can’t do.

But as they continue to keep putting me on, I still wonder if I will ever be off it. I have embraced my new role as the social media coordinator and it’s so fun doing it because it’s different. I am not worried about news and timely information. Instead it’s a pop culture approach to the NFL world. I get to be creative, figure out what the NFL fan wants and really add fun to the whole deal. The past two weeks have been great, great weeks in terms of production and it’s been TV gold.

But where am I going now with it? Am I still stuck with my old gig because I am so good at it and they can’t find a good enough replacement? Or can I move on and try on something that could be so much better and fun?

It’s sucks not knowing. Today I did a little bit of both and it was just as great. The uncertainty is not to my liking but still having something to do is good. I like being busy and I rather be busy than not having any idea of what is out there. I have focused so much of my life with work that maybe I can just finally rest a little and not have to worry so much. Can I?

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This #HowIMetYourRacism thing is silly and people need to chill

So I watched this episode on Tuesday, before this hashtag about racism blew up. So I had no previous perception of what I had to expect during the episode. I watched the episode, I laughed a few and that was that. Not once did I realize I was supposed to be offended.

Keep in mind that I have seen every episode on the show (so I know the premises of many things related to this show) and even though this episode was OK, everything done was in character and fine. So why are people calling it racist? Because they were paying homage Kung Fu and Kill Bill? What exactly is racist about this?

It’s a fictional show about a guy making up a story to piss off his friend. And in that story, he decided to include his friends as characters. That’s it. No “ching chong ling long” was spoken. No stereotypes of bad driving and great with math was done. It’s comedy and stupidity — which is what the show is created upon. Racist? I don’t see it.

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Attending the Sports Illustrated’s ’50 Years of Beautiful’ swimsuit celebration last night

Last night, I got a chance to attend this fantastic event. It will air in a few weeks but attending this taping as a seatfiller was cool. My job for the evening was to fill seats to make the Dolby Theater look full. But because of my placement more towards the back, I actually didn’t need to move at all.

My friend and I arrived at around 6PM and just followed all the people who were directing traffic. We sat in the back and even though we were told no photography was allowed, I snapped a few shots.

This was a celebration of the magazine’s 50th anniversary of their swimsuit issue. They even did the top 10 covers of all time. I thought Tyra was the best but 1989 Kathy Ireland won.

But it still was cool because Heidi Klum was the host (very funny, still so pretty) and during the show we got to see models past and present. Kate Upton, Marisa Miller, Ireland, Tyra Banks, Rebecca Romijn, Chrissy Teigen were there among others. They all looked fabulous. They did a history of the magazine, gave us an inside look into shoots, locations and photographers. We even saw performances by Enrique Iglesias, John Legend (he was real good), Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and The Fray.

It was pretty neat to attend this event for free, get to see a taping of something before it airs and know what’s going on, see all the celebrities and more. I wish I actually did get seated more towards the front, closer to the stage. But for a free event, why complain?

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