TSB Round-up, Press Release of the Week, Weird Fortunes, more

I Hear You Talkin’, But You’re Not Saying Anything

The weirdest fortune I’ve ever gotten.

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Published: Thursday, 31 January 2008 Tags: fortune

Comments

writerjax‘ left this comment on 13 Feb 08
if only!

A visitor‘ left this comment on 13 Feb 08
That is the strangest fortune I have ever seen! Was it a ‘special’ cookie?

writerjax‘ left this comment on 4 Feb 08
I hear you – like, ‘a penny saved is a penny earned.’ At least that’s coherent, though!

A visitor‘ left this comment on 4 Feb 08
I have to say, I am increasingly disappointed in the quality of fortunes recently. They have stopped being fortunes & have become random phrases. I want a fortune darnit! =P

Ashmystir‘ left this comment on 1 Feb 08
How odd! Sounds like a suggestion for a meal. =)

Press Release of the Week: Music Improves Morale


Well, duh!

This release I just received reminded me of this post.

Music Makes Sense in Business: Utilizing Good Music in the Workplace Improves Morale & Productivity

interview with Dr. Russ Riendeau. Dr. Russ Riendeau is author of The CEO’s Guide to TalentAcquisition.

His ideas on incorporating music into the workplace are being enthusiastically welcomed

wherever businesses make the change and head in thiswonderful new direction.

Why has music become so embedded into the business world?

Well, in reality, music’s been part of the business world since the cavemen and cavewomen

celebrated thesuccessful wooly mammoth hunt.

Rhythms are part of the human condition, actually imbedded into our DNA.

So we can’t help listening to music?

Notice the iPods in the ears of commuters, workers,

students and athletes? Are they listening to business education programs,

corporate speeches or the best of Shakespeare?

Nope. Most of us are listeningto music. Why? Because it makes us feel good. Music releases endorphins.

Endorphins? You bet. Endorphins are neurotransmitters—

natural chemicals that make us feelbetter—and instrumental,

sorry for the pun, in stimulating regions of the brainand nervous system.

Listening to music or playing an instrument increases thepresence of endorphins,

allowing us to process information differently, enhanceour memory, improve recall,

and retention of newly learned tasks.

Incorporating music into educational programs is an easy and inexpensive way

to boost moraleand improve work performance.

Are you saying music should be used more in the business community?

Yes, at work and athome. As a behavioral scientist,

I’ve seen the research that shows the value ofmusic in learning and better health.

As a business professional and corporate educator,

I’ve experienced the power that music has in capturing people’s attention andspirit of play.

The creative process needs a jumpstart sometimes.

Music’s auniversal tool for all cultures and generations of workers.

Here are some notes from Russ on how to utilize good music to improve

create a fun culture and enhance creativity:

In the Workplace:

Mount speakers in the parking lot to begin and end the workday with music.

Change the tuneseach day or week to reflect different tastes and generations.

Orchestrate asales contest using music as a theme

Create a “JamRoom” in your facility for all employees.

Fill it with instruments of all kindsand some percussion instruments as well.

The media will love your story, too!

Hire a band orsolo act for your next company event

Invite amusician to discuss the creative process

Replace thoseold motivational posters with some hip Rock ‘n Roll signs

Add some musicto your website

Invite the localhigh school jazz club or trio to perform at your holiday dinner or cocktailparty.

It’s inexpensive and a promotes young talent.

Offer to payhalf of a weekly music lesson for employees.

At Home:

Keep musical instruments in view for you and the family to play.

Have a dinner party with a musicaltheme. Serve Mick Jagger Meatloaf, Grateful Dead Date Bread, Beatles &Broccoli,

Pink Floyd Potatoes and Elvis Pudding. Getting hungry yet?

Make it easy to turn on the radio or access music in thehouse and backyard.

Never buy cheap instruments. Buy quality for value andplayability.

Listen to more music, less TV

Get out and hear live music

Sing a song when you answer the phone

Play “stump the band” in the car

Published: Tuesday, 5 February 2008 Tags: press release music workplace

Comments

writerjax‘ left this comment on 12 Feb 08
I agree, 1218! From the house to the car to the office, it’s tunes all the way – and often different kinds depending on the venue.

A visitor‘ left this comment on 12 Feb 08
Well duh! is right. LOL! I can’t live without my music. The first thing I do when I get to my office is plug my iPod into my computer. As soon as I get in the car music on again. When I am at home cleaning, cooking, doing anything I have on music. I couldn’t imagine being without it.

writerjax‘ left this comment on 5 Feb 08
Jodi, that stinks. Can you wear your earphones, or is that totally a no-no? I agree with Ash that life without music isn’t much. Ours is a very tune-friendly home, which is one reason why working at home is so great sometimes.

A visitor‘ left this comment on 5 Feb 08
We barely/rarely have music in my workplace. Sad, isn’t it?

Ashmystir‘ left this comment on 5 Feb 08
I HAVE to have music on at work and home. Silence can be deafening. I enjoy quiet moments from time to time when life’s noise gets to be too much. For the most part…lLife without music is….lifeless. =)

Jammin’ with The Berries (too much?)

<!–StartFragment–>I have a tip for all of my mommy-blogger pals: The Berries. I recently interviewed the producers of this all-girl kidsgroup, which stars in a set of straight-to-DVD episodes and on a full-lengthmusic CD.T

I have a tip for all of my mommy-blogger pals: The Berries.

I recently interviewed the producers of this all-girl kids group, which stars in a set of straight-to-DVD episodes and on a full-length music CD.

The Berries are Raz, Straw, Blue, and sometimes Cran – she shows up from time to time toting a wheelbarrow full of veggies for the girls to enjoy (cannibalism or nepotism?).

Of course, the producers hope the Berries will kick Barney’s sorry, purple arse and eventually score their own national syndicated TV show, but regardless of what happens, the Berries already have a stellar team workingfor them. It includes Ben Stellpflug, a songwriter who has worked with Disney, among other credits, and Jon Sellew, a script- and copywriter who’s scribbled for the Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and the Children’s Television Workshop.

The Berries’ creators are not writers, or singers, nor have they ever worked in television before. But they are dads who thought the children’s programming market could be a little more robust, and who also cleared their best quarter ever recently.

Just goes to show you what happens when you hire good talent.

Published: Monday, 11 February 2008 Tags: the berries children mommy show music raz straw blue cran dvd cd

Thirty-something Blogger Round-up: D – E

Here’s what some of the TS Bloggers are saying this week: Damon Ledet clues the Applephiles in on some new Mac/Leopard updates; DayBreak 1012 gears up – cautiously – for the return of the 2004/2007 MLB World Champions;Big D (

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Here’s what some of the TS Bloggers are saying this week:

Damon Ledet clues the Applephiles in on some new Mac/Leopard updates;

DayBreak 1012 gears up – cautiously – for the return of the 2004/2007 MLB World Champions;

Big D (DGs World) examines the nuances of world travel and the fine art of peeing in a Japanese potty; and

Kirasha at Esoteric Renaissance deconstructs a WGA YouTube video.

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