Beer Friday: Comedy with Stand-Up Comic Andrew Orvedahl

If you’ve ever worked in customer support then you know it’s good to kick back and laugh. This comic is great. As a matter of fact, our kegerator ran out and he was still funny. For the most part people were able to overlook the empty keg–but just don’t let it happen when there’s no comic relief. It’d be as dark as when we all thought we were going to get pizza for our open house party, but there was only vegetables and dip. Very dark. But let us move on and giggle.

I must also commend the management team. They took over the customer support phones while we drank water and laughed. Here’s the longer version that features our tracking their progress on the phones.

Yes, you can do way better than that.

That’s the idea of the Make a .TV Commercial video contest from the cool people at .TV. You know how it is, you’ll be watching videos and see something getting all kinds of acclaim and think, “I can do better than that.” is great for video believe you. We also believe that at least twenty percent is a fair share of your $10,000 winnings. That’s right, the grand prize for your winning 30 to 60 second .TV spot is ten grand. Second and third place get some pretty awesome (and expensive) Canon and Panasonic cameras. The winning entry may also be used as part of their upcoming online campaign, so the benefits of putting together a video are all very good: Money, cool prizes, fame and showing the world that yes, you can do way better than that.

Get on it superstar! Here’s how to get your .TV career started.


The Only Cold-fighting blog post you’ll ever need

With an end-of-summer illness turning our office into a petri dish of doom, staff, our Facebook Fans and random people have pitched in their thoughts on how to fight a cold. Warning: some of these may kill you.

Checker at Whole Foods: Apple Cider Vinegar.

Tom Salzer: Best one I never tried: buy a gallon of cheap red wine, heat it on stove to as hot as you can stand, drink the whole thing, and when you wake up, your cold will be gone 😉 cold reliefAshley, Marketing something or other: VITAMIN C or Emergen-C and some sunshine to dry things out. Sambucol is pretty rad too and mushroom tea (kombucha) because the probiotics help to flush out your system. And tons of water.

Dregond Rahl: Antihistamines everyone 😛 and get a nasal de-blocker like nasonex. And coffee haha.

Caroline Temple, Domains Concierge: TIME.

Bonnie Stone: Buy Cold Snap and take that. It’s incredible stuff. From the same company that makes Stomach Chi and Ocho Motion.

Bogdan cold reliefStorm: Sex.

Tom Salzer: Seriously, all you can do is treat the symptoms as best you can, take extra good care of yourselves…and wipe off those keyboards and doorknobs!

Ryan, CS: Show up at work take it like a man and cry like a girl at home.

Katie of CS: 11 hours of non stop hot yoga with an hour of headstands…followed by lots of coconut water.

Mark Ursus Veritas Mina: Bucleys. Take shots of it :p (bloggers note: I have no idea what “Bucleys” is.)

Justin Schwartz: Eat some spicy food! Trust me.

Bo Bergstrom, Product Manager: Brutal workout so you are tired enough to sleep through the sickness.

Abdulmohsen Almansour: Ginger for cold = win

Jared, Community Evangelist: Eat something crispy, like burnt toast, and then gargle with hot saltwater. Sleep.

Elizabeth Campbell: Zinc. Cold-Eez drops. cold reliefPrashant P. Patil: Ok guys first buy some coal from market. Wood coal .. now take out one power supply fan use some old power supply to powerup it. Now use some fuel to burn coal and use fans to keep coal burning. Now keep such hotspots in well ventilated way.. keep windows half open to keep your office warm. Natural way to keep home warm…. Dont buy beer wine which may cost u much.

Thank you Facebook fans and office fiends, these tips should help you fight a cold and, I think, just plain cold in general.

The Triple X Video we made at work

And I thought making one of these would be easy. My first concern was getting people to participate, but everyone was eager to be involved.

Then the most difficult issue was choreographing everybody. First, it was finding someone who’d run the camera. We found the capable hands of Senior Dev Guy Owen, and it appeared he was able to do what was necessary. We shot it. Everybody was excited about the great shoot – until we realized the camera hadn’t actually been recording. So we did it again. When I showed our boss he was not thrilled. The audio was atrocious and I couldn’t stop the infernal bouncing going on in the video. So we regrouped and shot it again. But on the final turn we didn’t quite get the guy in the sombrero, so we did it yet again. Now I haven’t counted the total times, as there were about ten other takes and some confusion over who was doing what. But it’s here, our grand scheme to tell you about the new .XXX extension, without really telling you about the .XXX extension. If you’re at all offended that we’d even have the .XXX extension, please remember some of the crazy stuff people have done with .COM. Now they are moving on to their own domain, and you and your business can have some comfort knowing that you’ll never be confused with, well, XXX.

I’d like to thank everyone at for getting this done, especially Owen who came back strong with the backwards-walking cinematography. So thank you everybody, and please, register your .XXX domains!

For more information on what .XXX is, how it works and why you would want one, please see this.

Oh, and see if you can count all the references to XXX.

XXX at work

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