Here’s Act 1 of our adventure to The Dallas Zoo. We have a special guest today, meet Mitchell. Have you heard of the new Giants of The Savannah? We’ll cant wait to show you!Stay tuned for More. ;). (pics below) Elm & Pearl
Pearl DART Station, that’s Daddy Noel in the background…
Waiting on the RED train
Beau is writing our schedule…
Buzz Lightyear is peeping over the Plaza of the Americas Skybridge :)
This is a excerpt from the Etsy page I just purchased two pairs of “follow me” stockings from….They have stockings and full pantyhose in pale and light mocha…of course, just like w/ the original Tweet Necklaces designer on Etsy, Plastique, I am asking them if they will make me “Zaneology” stockings next.
Be your best Brand “ME.”
Should be good times. Enjoy….and good luck.
40 DEN thigh high stockings
Size: One Size XS/S/M (they are One Size which fits XS, S and M)
I noticed that this specific color in this length is a bit tighter than the other socks.
I don’t think these tights would be comfortable for a large size.
These are so cool!!! (in a Geek Chic kind of way) :)
They are wonderful conversation starters and help you meet new people easily! They are sexy, funny and flirty. Guys love them!
Even if you’re not on twitter these socks would make a perfect gift for your friend who is :)
I like to call them twitter “STALKINGS” :)
Sexy FOLLOW ME TATTOO thigh-high socks LIGHT MOCHA.
These socks are a must have in every fashion lover’s drawer!
We produce our socks at home in small batches and they sell out quickly. ONLY THE SPECIFIC COLORS/DESIGNS/LENGTHS LISTED IN OUR SHOP ARE CURRENTLY IN STOCK.
If you don’t see the desired design/color/length please check back as we update our stock frequently.
To make sure the socks look natural and blend perfectly with you skin tone we now have 4 body color shades and white! Please see the color chart in the last photo.
This pair is in LIGHT MOCHA.
This is the color that works best on my legs.
It’s a great shade for all average bright skin tones.
The socks are semi transparent and they blend with your natural skin tone.
These are thigh-high and look gorgeous with thigh high skirts, shorts and dresses.
They are guaranteed to turn some heads! They compliment your feet and make you feel like you have a gorgeous tattoo. They are cheap, chic and unique and you won’t find them anywhere else!
The design is printed in black on one sock. You get one printed and one blank sock. I really like the asymmetric look, it gives more focus and attracts more attention.
I love that you can play with the design and rotate the tattoo to position it wherever you want! Stockings are so much fun!
I recommend hand washing in cold water.
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Free if shipped with another item.
Added on May 28, 2010
In a Q&A teleconference with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix ahead of the fourth season premiere Thursday night on USA, 9 things become apparent. Here are the 9 Things I Learned From Matt Nix:
1. Sometimes your friends actually make sense
Burn Notice originated from the ongoing advice of a friend. Michael Wilson, Nix’s friend and now a producer on the show, worked in a private intelligence agency and was constantly giving Nix advice on what he should do if situations came up. For instance, what he should do if he ever ran of out ammo. The improbability of this notwithstanding, the advice did give Nix the idea of creating a show based on advice from a spy aspect. Thus Burn Notice was born.
2. Confidence is Key
Jeffrey Donovan was cast as Michael Westen largely because he was so confident with the role. In the casting of the character, Nix says they were looking for actors who could improvise, those who showed an understanding of the character on a level deeper than words. They were looking for someone who was Michael Westen. And from his audition, Donovan “just acted like [the role] was his.” He knew exactly what he wanted to do with the character thus earning admiration from those casting. As one of the producers put it, it was “the most confident audition I have ever seen in my life.”
3. Magic Happens
Nix is still excited about going to the set. From writing something on paper to seeing it realized in front of you, it is “as close to magic as you can get.” There might be some day that he could get over the magic, but there’s no danger of that just yet.
4. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
When asked how Burn Notice keeps its singularity of voice with different writers set to the task Nix answers simply: everyone is crazy about Burn Notice. Add to that the love of spy craft and the techniques that make the show, it’s just hiring people you want to talk about this stuff with all day. It’s a culture, and a collaboration. They are all lead by a guiding vision, and the different voices allow for the discovery of something he didn’t know.
5. Learn to Love Puzzles
When asked about one of the biggest challenges in creating this show, Nix states that the hardest part was getting the concept from his head to the paper, moving it from an idea to something tangible. As an avid enthusiast of spy fiction and technique, Nix found that the story drew heavily on his own background. So, in Season One, expressing his ideas to someone unfamiliar with his process of thought was very difficult. He had to figure out how to “download the contents of [his] head” into something the writers could understand. In fact, in the writing of the second season, fellow writer Alfredo Barrios insisted that all of Matt’s thinking be done out loud, so that everyone would learn how to do it.
6. You Can’t Hide Forever
On describing what people should expect in the upcoming fourth season of the show the problems become a lot more personal. Last season, Madeline finally learns the dangerous actions her son is accused of. And Michael, who spends most of the time working with the bad guys, has to figure out how to “maintain his clarity of moral vision.” This season Michael straddles the line between working with bad guys and being one of them. And while it may seem that the series is taking a darker tone, Nix states that things are just becoming more personal. Sam, who glories in creating fiction and becoming someone new with each case, is on a job when the bad guys discover the truth about his real life. He can no longer keep himself separate from his job and this becomes quite distressing to him. And the team finds they have a personal debt to repay. Also, this season Michael will have a new relationship with the people who burned him. Robert Wisdom joins the cast as Vaughn, a reasonable face to the organization.
7. Diversifying, Good; Losing Your Focus, Bad
While Nix is interested in cross merchandising Burn Notice into action figures and video games, the challenge is how to keep the characters from becoming these one-dimensional figures of people with guns and bombs. How do you incorporate their stories and make these characters in a way that preserves the show.
8. Two is Busier than One
Matt Nix, along with Burn Notice, has a new show to look out for. The Good Guys, a fellow brainchild of Nix’s, premieres this season on Fox. When it comes to what changes this will have to the production of Burn Notice, Nix seems unconcerned. Although he will, by necessity, be on the set less, Nix promises the same level of involvement as before. His offices for the two shows are right next door to each other allowing for a lot of back and forth between the two. In fact, the only real difference there will be is that he’ll sleep less, work more.
9. Debts Must Be Paid
The fourth season brings a new regular to the show. The character of Jesse, briefly mentioned in the third season, will join Michael, Fiona and Sam on a weekly basis. Adding a new character that will willingly put himself in harm’s way requires a significant history, Nix says. Over the past seasons Michael, Fiona, and Sam have a shared history, and we have seen how their characters have evolved. Why then, in the fourth season, do they care so much about Jesse that they are willing to include him? And the answer is simple: they ruined his life. The three owe a great debt to this character and over the next season we see how this plays out; also we learn more about Michael’s relationship with Jesse. And in the second episode of this season Jesse will learn that these people are worth working with.
Burn Notice has been picked up for a 5th and 6th season, so after this, fans have at least two more years to look forward to Michael and his crew. When asked how long he wants to take these characters, Nix says that while the serialized elements can evolve for some time (discovering the burn notice could go on for a while) he is more interested in maintaining a relevant case of the week. Making sure the characters do not end up rehashing techniques, or shooting people just because. With this in mind, I feel positive that the upcoming three seasons will be as rewarding as the last.
Guest stars in the upcoming season include Frank Whaley, Benito Martinez (of The Shield), Burt Reynolds and Richard Kind.
Fun fact: Jeffrey Donovan will be directing the third episode.
Burn Notice returns tonight, June 3rd, at 9/8c on USA.
For more on Burn Notice, click here.
Photographs courtesy of USA Network, Justin Stephens, Nigel Parry and Glenn Watson.
Remember I love my some Good Guys since I got to host a little “green room” fun-ness during one of the show tapings. (review here: http://post.ly/fEMS)
Besides having an itty bitty “he’s growing on me” tv crush on Lee DeWyze, I watched this year’s American Idol with interest specifically focused on comparing the buzz in my #americanidol and #ai search columns with the weekly “who will be voted off” predictions my friend @themaria [via] @attensity360 made based on analytics of the associated Social Media “buzz” [sentiment].
You want to know what I think? I think We, the People of the very vocal social web, RULE.
Maybe we can have our own Social Media Preamble:
“We the people of the social web, in order to form a more perfect finale, establish justice, in pure votetastic tranquility, provide for the common defense of #ilove____ or #fail, promote the general well-intentioned tweet, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterous-ty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Posts of the Interwebs.”
Now….Let’s talk about Social Media Sentiment:
I’m including a ZDNet post that explains “how collecting and analyzing social media sentiment, when done correctly, can be a pain-free, powerful tool for real-time feedback, predictive analytics and getting the competitive edge you need to win.” Take a read, check out @attensity360’s recent AI predictions on IdolStats.com and let’s hear your thoughts.
This guest post comes courtesy of Rick Kawamura, Director of Marketing at Kapow Technologies.
By Rick Kawamura
with over 50 million tweets sent each day, and Facebook now has over 400 million active users. Every minute, 600 new blog posts are published, 34,000 tweets are sent, and 240,000 pieces of content are shared on Facebook.
The numbers are absolutely astounding. But is social media data credible? And can tangible business intelligence (BI) be extracted from it? [Disclosure: Kapow Technologies is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
Reality Buzz, a new social media analysis project powered by web data services technology, was created to answer this very question by examining if real-time analysis of social media conversations can predict the outcome of popular reality television shows like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. After Reality Buzz collected tens of thousands of tweets, comments, and discussions about contestants on both programs each week and applied sentiment analysis to the data, there was very clear, data driven insight to predict the contestants to be eliminated.
Stepping outside the example of “reality” TV, social media sentiment can be a powerful source of data that arms organizations with real-time intelligence to make more strategic business decisions. Based on experience with Reality Buzz, here are five tips for extracting real value from social media data:
Data trumps conventional wisdom
While Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, would say otherwise, data-driven business decisions definitely outperform guesswork. Week after week on Dancing with the Stars, the infamous Kate Gosselin held up to 40 percent of all conversations in social media. Unfortunately for Kate, 95 percent of those comments were negative.
Conventional wisdom said that she should pack her bags. Yet the data showed
despite all the negative conversations, she still had more share of positive comments than several other contestants, meaning she was far less likely to be eliminated. Because viewers vote for contestants they’d like to keep on the show, there is a strong correlation to positive sentiment. It wasn’t until the fourth week that Kate’s volume of positive comments died down and she was voted off.
Product managers deal with this dilemma all the time. Tasked with determining the next set of product features to drive greater profitability, they have to manage the CEO’s gut feel while also satisfying the needs of those who have to sell it, both of whom want it better, cheaper and faster. But “better, cheaper, faster” isn’t a great long-term strategy. A great product manager would look to the data to find unmet needs and untapped markets, and social media is a great place to find these hidden nuggets of intelligence.
Timing is critical
Any data over 24 hours old is pretty much worthless for predicting who will be eliminated from a reality TV show. The same holds true in the business world, where it’s imperative for the data to be as close to an event as possible, as this data has the strongest effect on sentiment.
Weeks old data may prove costly, resulting in more damage to the brand and revenue.
When launching a new product, for example, companies need to consider sentiment immediately prior to and after the launch. The same applies to a marketing campaign. Say Toyota releases a full page ad in The Wall Street Journal only to get a report on sentiment a few weeks later. Worthless. Companies need to know their customer’s sentiment just before they publish the ad to create the most relevant message, and immediately following to measure its resonance with their audience. Weeks-old data may prove costly, resulting in more damage to the brand and revenue by further demonstrating lack of understanding and responsiveness to frustrated customers.
Don’t be blind to the noise factor
It’s easy to understand trends, changes in momentum, volume of traffic, and ratio of positive to negative sentiment. However there is a lot of noise that can easily skew the data, especially with large, very public shows like American Idol. The bigger the show, product, etc., the more noise. This is most prominent in Twitter, which very often represents the largest source and volume of data. Despite the noise, though, there is valuable information that shouldn’t be ignored. Interestingly, most of the noise resides in neutral sentiment, not positive or negative. These are comments, articles, and reviews about a brand that don’t provide any real opinion.
This is why it’s important to understand how to filter the data to maintain its quality and relevance.
Not all social media sentiment created equal
Companies need to clearly define their goals before analyzing social media data. There are differing degrees of sentiment, and not all translate equally well. Most sentiment analysis tools begin by separating data into positive and negative groups. Yet even within each fan group there are varying degrees of support for contestants. In trying to determine the number of votes for a contestant, consider this data: “I just voted 100 times for Casey” vs. “My top 3 are Lee, Michael and Casey” vs. retweeting a link to a video or article which mentions Casey.
Companies also need to consider how to weigh one tweet versus a Facebook comment versus a blog post.
The reality is that not all data is needed or equal in weight. For American Idol, votes are cast for the person you want to keep on the show, so negative sentiment has little correlation to who will be voted off. This requires factoring out negative comments from total sentiment to get the most accurate prediction. Companies also need to consider how to weigh one tweet versus a Facebook comment versus a blog post. Each is just one piece of data, but does each one count equally?
Don’t look at data in a vacuum
Having knowledge of events and circumstances is critical to understanding and extracting intelligence from social media data. In the case of Reality Buzz, it was helpful to watch the performance shows for added context. This process is key for companies to raise other hypotheses to further investigate after they’ve seen the output.
Similarly, some manual data review is also essential to ensure quality and consistency. For example, when using an automated sentiment analysis tool, companies can weigh keywords differently. In addition, automated tools are not yet capable at distinguishing sentiment as functional, emotional or behavioral. So in monitoring social media data, there had to be a huge difference between “I like my new Canon camera” and “I just told my friend to buy the new Canon camera.” While both positive sentiments, the latter should be weighed much more heavily.
The growing mass of social media data is definitely a treasure trove of insight to extract intelligence, whether predicting reality show winners or moving your business forward. When done correctly, collecting and analyzing social media sentiment can be a pain-free, powerful tool for real-time feedback, predictive analytics and getting the competitive edge you need to win.
Rick Kawamura is Director of Marketing at Kapow Technologies, a leading provider of Web data services. Rick was most recently VP of Marketing at DeNA Global, and previously held strategic and product management roles at Palm and Sun Microsystems. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brandi wearing Somebodys Darling! [Brandi is Amber, the Incredible Lead Singer’s Sister]
@Nvaleo CEO & Founder, Jeff Ritchie & Donna
That’s me & Chris Super Sound Guy
The Ahhhhmazing Amber. [That’s Mike on Bass, A Lil bit of Nate on Drums and you’ll have to imagine David Jammin his guitar to the left…:) ]
I just added this one because I can!
Libertine Bar 2101 Greenville Ave Dallas
Sent from my Fabulous 3Gs iPhone
Steve Jobs has been called many things – a visionary, a criminal, an entrepreneur extra-ordinary, and Santa Claus.
But it appears Google Autocomplete has something to say about Jobs, too. Typing ‘Steve Jobs is’ into Google’s search field will net the curious viewer some equally curious commentary about Apple’s CEO before even slamming the search button, attacking and insulting Jobs from all angles, including race, religion, and… punctuality? Heavens, no!
While it’s every bit as likely that these are just the honest-to-goodness most oft-aggregated search terms, it’s interesting nonetheless, considering the rivalry between the two titanic companies. So, uh, Google… you got, um… you got something to say about your biggest rival’s CEO? Maybe? Then again, all passive-aggression aside, perhaps it’s all in good fun – the first result, ‘Steve Jobs is your new bicycle’, leads to an absurd random Steve Jobs fact generator.
After all, true best friends playfully insult each other all the time, right?
Maybe I need new friends.
Yes. Yes, I just linked to Google. What about it?
LOL, now I am on Google typing in random names with “is” to see what comes up. Tell me if you do the same! You can post your results in the comments. I will too…
Mark Anderson from Andertoons was kind enough to send this into us. With WWDC coming up in a few days, he thought he’d pen a comic about Steve warming up his hyperbole. Thanks Mark!
Here’s to AMAZING, AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, MAGICAL moments!