I was in a store with my nephews a few holidays ago Christmas when one of them pointed to a Polaroid camera and asked me what it was. After painfully realizing that I’m now an old person who gets to use the phrase, “back in my day,” I explained that it was a camera that gave you instant prints. His response: “Who would want that? That’s what cell phones are for, Auntie Heather.”
Well, it turns out, that a lot of people are starting to hanker for the days of the old Polaroid cameras. Ironically, a device developed by Baby Boomers syncs with the instant gratification desires of Generations Y and Z. There is just something undeniably cool about the way those cameras would take the pictures and spit them out, and the sound that my Grandfather’s camera made while doing so is etched in my brain for all time.<< MORE >>
I’m not normally an alarmist or a “conspiricist” who whips out her tin foil hat without hesitation, so bear that in mind when I tell you this:
The impending net neutrality judgment from the DC Circuit has got me very frightened, and no, this isn't just some nerd thing. This could affect how we do business in the multifamily housing industry in a less than positive fashion.
A lot of people don’t know
what “Net Neutrality” is, or why it’s important, so let’s start there. In 2010, the FCC made a ruling that the
owners of cable and DSL/FiOS lines were not allowed to throttle back bandwidth
on services just because they wanted to – ie, Comcast isn't allowed to make the
information packets from Netflix run slow on your network so that you’ll change
your mind and watch their crappy OnDemand services instead. The FCC said that the internet was neutral ground, and the
netizens rejoiced in the ruling, because for the first time in our capitalist
society, we had an even playing field where innovation, content creation and
dispersal, and communication of information and opinion could happen without
having to go through the social and economical bureaucracies that have been in
place for years.<< MORE >>
A lot of people don’t know what “Net Neutrality” is, or why it’s important, so let’s start there. In 2010, the FCC made a ruling that the owners of cable and DSL/FiOS lines were not allowed to throttle back bandwidth on services just because they wanted to – ie, Comcast isn't allowed to make the information packets from Netflix run slow on your network so that you’ll change your mind and watch their crappy OnDemand services instead.
The FCC said that the internet was neutral ground, and the netizens rejoiced in the ruling, because for the first time in our capitalist society, we had an even playing field where innovation, content creation and dispersal, and communication of information and opinion could happen without having to go through the social and economical bureaucracies that have been in place for years.<< MORE >>
I know about a secret world that exists right on top of the one you and I live in. It’s a place torn by civil war over the dissemination of information, and driven entirely by Google based technology.
It’s called Ingress.
Sure, some people might dismiss it as a game. These are the people who haven’t played past level 3, or the grumpy people with iTech.<< MORE >>
What makes me scream the occasional expletive from the couch when I watch the games, more than anything, is the number of times someone is fouled, they step up to the top of the key, take the free throw shot …AND MISS.
It annoys me to no end.<< MORE >>
It annoys me to no end.<< MORE >>
As a lot of the folks who follow me on Facebook already know, I like to pretend that I’m a gardener. The truth is that I’m someone who plants stuff, and if it grows food, I eat it, but if it gets sick or the crop fails, I have no idea how to fix it or nurse it back to health. This year’s greatest failure came in the form of acorn squash and gooseberry bushes, both of which died in an attempt to spite me.
Successes, however, can be found in my tomatoes. I, not being a real gardener, planted far too many (22 plants), so to call what I got a “bumper crop” might not be a fair assessment, but it sure does feel like one.<< MORE >>
Coming from a girl who would wear flip-flops and yoga pants every single day of her life, regardless of where she was, fashion advice is pretty funny. I’m not someone you’d find on the People Of Walmart – I at least put on jeans and a bra before I leave the house – but I’m not a Madison Avenue fashion plate either. But since what I’m here to offer you is practicality in shoes that still maintain your visual credibility, I guess we’re good.
While I hate to admit it, my mother was right: Shoes can make or break you professionally.
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It’s okay to change your mind, but it should probably be less often than you change your underwear.
I’m not a fan of Mike Arrington over at Tech Crunch. For those of you who don’t have time to waste on the drama of tech blogs, he’s usually the guy at the center of that vortex, stirring the pot between Google hating Facebook, Tech lawsuits, patent claims, Twitter beat downs, and Apple hating …well, anyone who doesn’t worship their products or the man in the turtleneck.
Arrington writes whatever he thinks will get the most attention in the second that he pushes the post button. He’s the reason when faced with the choice between subscribing to Mashable or TechCrunch on my new Kindle, Mashable gets my $2.99 a month.<< MORE >>
Though I might wonder
There are things I can't ask you
Due to Fair Housing
Where did you come from
is a question I can't ask
Inside I wonder
Race is protected
Can't tell the WASPs "No"
Got to rent to them
Green stands by its self
the only color that counts
in Fair Housing Law
It does not matter to me
Still will rent to you
Most violations filed
Be mindful, people
Can't kick kids out of the pool
Guys and Dolls - Good show!
Protected classes for us
Gender should not count
If you can pay rent
and pass a criminal check
your home is with us
Please show some diversity
Or HUD will get you
Stay off HUDs hot list
Not a good place to reside
They don't bring cookies
Fair Housing Month
Why don't we have a ribbon?
Someone get on that
When you’re three and your mom tells you not to touch the stove because it’s hot, you touch it anyway. And then you never touch it again, because in your moment of tactile petulance, the nerves in your fingers sent a lightning fast signal to your brain that said, “HOT HOT HOT!” and your brain told you to move your hand and not ignore your mom the next time. And to go get some Bactine.
It’s a pretty simple interchange. And yet, amazingly, the same interchange attempts to happen online every single day between companies and their consumers, and many companies neglect to move their hands off the scalding stoves.<< MORE >>
*Warning* This post relies on stereotypes of men and women. I tell you this upfront so that we don’t have to have a comment section fight about it later. Plus, there’s a grain of truth in these stereotypes…admit it.
Men and women do not speak the same language. This is not a bombshell to anyone.<< MORE >>
So, you finally want to go “Social?” You’ve sat back and watched to see if it works for other companies and properties in your area before taking the leap yourself, but now, you’re pretty sure that this Facebook thing isn’t going away. Time to suck it up and deal with this mess, right?
There are a lot of people who are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the social media world, and if what I said above is your take on this situation, you’re right about one thing. Barring a worldwide shut down of the internet, Facebook isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But is Facebook really where you want to start?
I say no.
Granted, when I’m working with a company that wants a social media presence, a Facebook page (NOT PROFILE) is central to that development.<< MORE >>
You’ve got a good job. It pays your bills, you’re not *too* stressed out, and, for the most part, you like your boss and coworkers. Heck, on most days, you even enjoy going into work. If you move up, you’re going to have to deal with a new boss, a new office, maybe some new staff. Add in to that the new responsibilities, and about 20 more ways to get yourself into deep trouble and stress out, going after that promotion right now might not feel like the smartest move.<< MORE >>
As important as price is to the buying decision, it’s not everything.
It turns out that corn and a lot of other grains are not good for dogs. As anyone who’s ever had a toddler can tell you, humans can digest a lot of very interesting things. Dogs are not quite as lucky. Harsh grains are really tough on their systems, and some of those corn heavy foods have recently been linked to bone cancer in dogs.<< MORE >>
My friend Kim Lee with Community Northwest has often told me about her philosophy on resident event success:
“Feed them, and they will come. Feed them well, and they will come again. Feed them well and introduce them to a friend, and they will keep coming.”
She’s a smart lady. Food is a huge motivating factor when it comes to enticing people out of their apartments and in to a social scene. It’s also a great motivating factor in gaining engagement on your Facebook page.<< MORE >>
I love Frontier/Midwest Airlines! They’ve always done me right as far as getting me where I needed to go and treating me well (which isn’t something I can say of some of the really big names), despite the fact that when it comes down to it, I’m not really anyone important to them, besides just being their customer. Sure, I’ve got my frequent flyer status, but that’s something many folks have. Recently, on my trips to Dallas and Kansas City, they took exceptional care of me.
For anyone who travels, you know that storms in the Midwest can throw airports nationally in to a jumbled up mess where planes sit 97th in line for take off on the run way while the people inside them get…cranky. On my way out of Dallas on Friday, this was exactly the case.<< MORE >>
“If I only had enough money in my budget for one conference a year, Brainstorming would be it.” –Karen @ Kettler Management
This year’s Brainstorming Conference in Dallas was another incredibly well put together and executed event by Multifamily Pro. (My only wish on improvement with this event is that they would move it back to November, in the time frame it was last year.)
Down to the smallest detail, this idea love fest was an ideal experience (save my ride to the event with Crazy Cabbie Guy…but MFP couldn’t really help that!). Facilitating the Brainstorming sessions here and being asked to speak on the Friday idea panel are two of the highest honors of my year, and my time at this conference was AMAZING this year!
I want to invite you to take a look at the transcript of the tweets from the conference and even consider joining us next year. Put it in your budgets now – this is an event that makes CENTS to attend. After all, don’t you want to be in the space where million dollar ideas are flying? My 8 pages of notes from Friday morning’s idea panel hosted by Anne Sadovsky are full of tasty little golden nuggets of good business ideas, and that’s just from ONE session! The class sessions here are on an amazing combination of intellectualism, professionalism, and the newest trending topics, telling people how to implement these ideas in to actionable plans on their properties.<< MORE >>
Bigger isn’t always better.
When she was in 8th grade, as is tradition in my family, my sister got her first set of matched luggage. It was dark blue with tan piping and I remember it was from Jaguar. For 8thgrade promotion, I think she received all the pieces to that luggage set that she hadn’t gotten for the holiday season prior. There was a garment bag, and a little overnight suitcase, and there were also make-up cases and duffel bags.<< MORE >>
Cutting your budget a little, up your resident retention and go green all in the same step!<< MORE >>