Day 39 of Project 365. Today was a hectic day. Uncertain work stuff coupled with the fact that we (in the Chicago area at least) are supposedly getting hammered with a snow fall of biblical proportions on Tuesday made a Garrett Popcorn run a top priority. I've been craving some Garrett Popcorn goodness, so I snuck out during my lunch hour and hit up their store on State & Madison. Mission accomplished! Soon after, the sun came out and all was right in my world.
Empire Avenue. It's the latest, hippest, buzzword flying around Social Media these days. But what is it? And how does it work? Well, the "What is it?" is relatively easy to answer - it's a Social Media dashboard wrapped up in a delicious gaming shell. It's treats your Social Media interactions as business transactions. The more you interact, the more attractive you look to other players who "invest" in you. If you interact heavily on, say Twitter for example, your Twitter score will be high. Ignore Facebook and your Facebook score drops. The trick being to have high scores with all of the different, linkable, Social Media platforms because the higher all of those scores are, the better an investment you will be.
For me that just might be the most valuable part of Empire Avenue. It makes me think about interacting on multiple platforms, especially those I don't think about much like LinkedIn. Empire Avenue makes it fun to keep your finger on the puls…
A brief Twitter exchange tonight with Ali Baumann aka @ABaumann really stopped me in my tracks. Is the entertainment industry so devoid of originality that it has to keep re-making the movies and music of the past? Why does Hollywood and to a lesser extent, the music industry, seem intent on trying to make the classics better? Do we really need to see a 2011 version of "It's a Wonderful Life"? Do we really need to hear a 2011 version of Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight"?
I really don't think we do. Hollywood, leave our classics alone!
I really have to give Ali the credit for this blog post.
Here is my list of 10 movies that should be "Off Limits":
It's A Wonderful LifeCasablancaEasy RiderOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestBlazing SaddlesCaddyShackThe Outlaw Josey WalesBlade RunnerFull Metal JacketAnimal HouseWe've all got lists. What's in yours?