Sunday is usually a day of reflection for me. (Of course, that depends if I’m in Arizona for what now seems to be a rare occasion and I’m participating in “Sunday Funday.) Perspective-changing media, I believe, is where media actually becomes as important as those in media think they are. That’s why I’m posting this trailer for Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story.” We need more inspiring, positive stories out there like this one. As frustrating as the last few years of my life have been (and believe me, they have been astronimically frustrating–I have experienced levels of pain that nobody should ever have to experience), I like seeing inspirational stories such as this:
I made it through an entire weekend without Facebook. I survived.
I also discovered that there is a precedent for Facebook hiatuses:
And so on…
Day 2 of my Facebook hiatus was actually easier. I got past the feeling of “disconnection.” Maybe it helped that it was Saturday–a day set up for social interaction–but I didn’t really miss Facebook at all. I did, however, still find myself navigating to Facebook every time I opened a web browser, without even thinking about it. It’s amazing how conditioned I am to check it constantly.
I used the “old-fashioned” method of actually texting my friends, ended up going out in Old Town Scottsdale and it was a great night. I probably would have texted them anyway, but not having Facebook didn’t seem to affect my night. It is amazing, though, how much of a “social-crutch” Facebook had become for me. I didn’t realize it until I deactivated my account. I also feel more at ease. I’m just focused on what I’m doing. I’m not constantly seeing what other people are doing and comparing. I think it is a healthy break.
This week I decided to take a Facebook hiatus. To some it may seem like an emotional move (and in a way, it was), but it was also an idea I have had for a few months now. I wanted to take Facebook out of the picture to: A) See how it affected my life; B) see if it gave me more time to be productive; and C) give me a break from seeing every single thing that is going on in the lives of others. It should be an interesting experiment. So far, I definitely do feel a void. There was this legitimate feeling, almost an anxiety, of being disconnected from the outside world. Also, it has made me realize just how many times I check Facebook on my computer or laptop throughout the day. I have habitually opened up my web browser and navigated to Facebook, without even thinking, at least 8-10 times since deactivating my account yesterday afternoon. And then there is the other apps/websites that are fully-integrated with Facebook that I cannot use now. You forget about just how entrenched Facebook is in our everyday lives. They have done a really good job of planting roots that are hard to dig up.
So we will see just how long my Facebook hiatus lasts. My plan is to focus more on work, and my dating life, and keep it off until Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, if I feel that the deactivation is actually hindering one of those things, I may pull the plug on this experiment. I once read a story about a man who was trapped in his car during a blizzard. He ended up with really bad frostbite in his foot. As the weather warmed up, one day, the pain of his thawing foot was almost too much to bear, so he put his foot back in the snow to freeze it again and dull the pain. I wish I could remember exactly how that story ended… Oh well. I’ll have to Google it.
I’m definitely a fan of the new campaign by Foot Locker featuring James Harden (A-S-U) and Kris Humphries (victim of the Kardashian illuminati). Check out these first two. Good stuff.
I’m assuming Humphries needs the time machine to go back to a simpler, pre-Kardashian time.
I don’t write much these days but I do Tweet. Check it out. You can follow me on Twitter here: @blaesch.
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I’m biased since I used to work for these guys and Chicago is my favorite city but check out The Rundown Chicago edition.
Here’s a great example of potential hilarity that will be delivered to your inbox daily:
It was 118 degrees today in Scottsdale, Arizona. That doesn’t mean I don’t reminisce of the day or two I could wear this new Champion jacket before the temperatures got hellish, and look ahead to the days I will get to wear it (most likely while traveling as Arizona has 12 cold days a year).
But I can tell you this: I wore it in the comfort of my air-conditioned room and ran in place for 45 minutes and the comfort is unmatched. (OK, so I didn’t run in place for 45 minutes…but the comfort is unmatched.) I really like this jacket. I’m also a big proponent of the Champion brand, having grown up with it during my good old YMCA days as a youth. I feel that they are in a prime position to really build on the brand as a mainstay in athletic gear. The demand for “heat gear” and “cold gear” in the fitness apparel market is undeniable. You will not be dissatisfied with this jacket.
Comfort, flexibility, style and warmth. Anybody could just write these words, but I didn’t. I wrote them while wearing this jacket.
Look for an update to this blog during one of Scottsdale’s 12 cold days later this year (or when I travel to something called a cold weather climate..which is fairly frequently).
Around the Creative World for January 28th, 2011.
Who is ready for some links from around the “creative world”? I know I am. These links are really cool. I’m partying with them right now. (We’ve got a DD. Don’t worry.)
- Mashable: Visualizing Egypt’s Internet Blackout [GRAPHIC]
- The Hollywood Reporter: Mark Wahlberg Sells Comedy Pilot ‘Home Game’ to CBS
- The Hollywood Reporter: Mel Gibson’s Copy of ‘The Beaver’ Was Stolen
- Daily Variety: ‘Men’ shutters as Sheen heads to rehab
- Mashable: 5 Unusual Ways to Use Apple’s iPad [VIDEOS]
- Mashable: Watch for Zuckerberg on “SNL” Tomorrow
- AdAge: This Bud (Spot) Is for You: What’s Your Favorite A-B Super Bowl Ad?
- AdFreak: Oscar co-hosts stumble through first promo
- AdFreak: A look at 30 other corporate logo redesigns
- MTV: For good measure, let’s throw the latest Jersey Shore episode in here
Have a great weekend, everybody! (Don’t worry. Me and these links just got home safe. They are going to crash on the couch. They left their car at Hyde.)
Happy Friday. To end the week on a well-balanced note (for what reason, I’m not sure), here is a group of links from around the creative world, including entertainment, marketing, advertising, technology and more.
- THR: Rest in Peace, Leslie Nielsen
- Mashable: WikiLeaks Downed By Its DNS Service Provider
- THR: Ryan Gosling: Why Peter Jackson Fired Me From ‘Lovely Bones’
- Mashable: Check Out YouTube’s Picks For Most Memorable Videos of 2010
- Mashable: Google Buying a Massive Building in Manhattan for $1.9 Billion [REPORT]
- ADFREAK: House parties are more futuristic with Nokia
- ADFREAK: Kevin Bacon stalks himself in Logitech spot
- TechCrunch: For $27 This Kid Will Do Whatever You Want in Antartica on Tuesday
- TechCrunch: Survey Says: 63% Of You Ignore The Ads On This Very Page