Star Wars + Adidas. #TearsOfJoy

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Coming soon, in a galaxy far, far nearer than you’d expect with this type of intro…Star Wars shoes by Adidas!  If you know anything about me, you know I love Adidas and I love Star Wars.  Yes, I have the Collector’s Edition of the Dark Forces dramatized audiobook, and yes I listen to the entire 6 hour adventure multiple times per year.  And yes I bought it when I was about 12.  I’ve also photographed myself with all my Adidas gear and sent it off to the company.

Point is, I couldn’t be happier about the news.  The most influential science fiction work ever produce is coming together with the makers of what I consider the highest quality everyday apparel.  It’s a dream come true.

Sadly, it hasn’t been released yet.  The few images we Star Wars fanatics have been granted leave us drooling and appetite-whetted, though not yet satisfied.  The official Star Wars release says that they will be available in select stores and online in January.  Here are a few of my favorites, though I believe I’ve decided to go with the AT-AT high tops (pictured above).

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To add to the frustration, I stumbled across more Star Wars apparel that is currently only available in Japan.  This time it’s hats – New Era (59Fifty) hats to be specific.  Here comes the drool again.  I’m already a huge New Era fan (got my LA fitted a few weeks back and I love it), so again this excites me beyond words.  Here are a few pics of the hats currently available, though I have yet to hear if they will come to the US anytime soon.

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Until January, enjoy the pics. I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you will come back for a second or third look. Oh, and a note to all relatives, friends, and random people who might want to get me a Christmas gift…all cash gifts will go into what I like to call my “ATAT FUND“.

100 Things I Love On the Internet

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This is the 200th post on RyboMedia (hence the 200 “o’s”).

To celebrate this milestone, I’ve put together a list of 100 things I love about the internet. Why not 200? Read until the end and you’ll see. Enjoy!

    50 Random Goodies

  1. Overusing hashtags.  #awesome
  2. Watching The Office on Hulu the day after it airs.
  3. Blogging.
  4. SideReel.  Where else can I go to find links to watch my Scrubs and Friends?
  5. SquaredEye.  Because they rock and look perty.
  6. Amazon wishlists.
  7. Tupac is alive!!!
  8. Pandora.  Seriously, the more I use it the more I love it.
  9. Hey Ya! acoustic style.
  10. Graffiti t-shirts.
  11. Restaurant.com.  Admittedly, it was better when I had a lady friend, but still an awesome place to get gift certificates dirt cheap.
  12. Joupes.  Yeah right, I’m going to list 100 things and not do some self-promotion?
  13. Farmville.
  14. Kobe Bryant highlight videos.
  15. Wookieepedia.  It’s a Star Wars Wikipedia.  Need I say more?
  16. HTML color code charts.  Far more useful than you’d expect.
  17. Nerds proposing.
  18. More nerds proposing.
  19. Horrible, horrible, horrible albeit hilarious parents.
  20. Amazing dance skills that I will never have.
  21. The Star Wars tattoo chick.  Actually not a turn on for me, but still quite interesting.
  22. Google Reader.  Sharing is quick and easy, and I can star items for later, more intense reading just like Gmail.
  23. Retrievr.  If you’ve never used it, it lets you find Flickr images by color.
  24. Google Image Search.  It makes staring at my future wife so, so easy.
  25. ESPN Fantasy Football.  I’ll never play football so this is as close as this 160 pound white boy gets.
  26. Cute dogs.
  27. Google Chrome.
  28. Google Voice.
  29. Google cake.
  30. Google.
  31. The best song ever, sung by Percy Sledge and Michael Bolton (live footage).
  32. SEEN painting the Hollywood sign.
  33. Bob Parsons.
  34. Listening to NBA games for free.
  35. The things I’m going to put my kids through (because I’m a Star Wars junkie).
  36. This dude.
  37. Hungry Howies.
  38. Extensive graffiti guide.
  39. Awesome pictures of cute babies.
  40. What up with that?!
  41. Personality driven ministry.  #SARCASM
  42. Nature in all it’s beauty.
  43. Really, really, really good web design.
  44. A 63-can color test.
  45. DRM-Free mp3 downloads for less than $1
  46. Listening to the exact songs I want…for free! (Yep, same as above)
  47. Google Chrome Extensions
  48. Mitch Hedberg
  49. My cousins baby trying to hug my dog.
  50. Star Wars Adidas shoes!
  51. 50 Blogs

  52. SiteSketch101 Teaching You How to Blog with Passion, Power and Profit
  53. BlogussionBlogging Discussion, Tips & Tricks
  54. ColorFreak – Make sure to check out the Banksy piece!
  55. KomodoMedia – BEAUTIFUL site, great design-related posts
  56. UnmatchedStyle – Reviews of beautifully designed websites
  57. Webdesigner Depot – One of the coolest header images I’ve ever seen on a site
  58. The Design Cubicle – Well researched, deep posts on blogging and web design
  59. Design Milk – Neat design, from home furnishings to computer equipment
  60. ThinkVitaminCarsonified’s Blog About the Web
  61. Desizn Tech – Great design blog (CSS, textures, etc)
  62. CrazyLeaf Design Blog – Beautifully designed blog
  63. Daily Blog Tips – What’s it sound like?
  64. Blog Oh! BlogWanna sizzle up your WordPress blog?
  65. WordPress JediFeed your WordPress Demons!
  66. Unique BlogCreate A Blog That Stands Out From the Crowd
  67. Million CluesTechnology Guide for the Digital Citizen
  68. Spyre Studios – The blog of a small but high quality design agency
  69. Lumos Studio PhotographyGreat photography from an old teacher of mine
  70. Allan Cole Roberts – More grat photography from a great web designer
  71. The Official Gmail BlogNews, tips and tricks from Google’s Gmail team and friends
  72. Rands In Repose – Great writing, make sure to check out the Nerd Handbook
  73. iGeekTrooperOn the Front Lines for the Geek Empire
  74. Necessary CoolThe Premier Guide to All That is Cool (That’s me!)
  75. Cope2 – Personal blog of graffiti legend Cope2
  76. Senses Lost – Graffiti pics, interviews, product reviews, and other cool stuff.
  77. Jersey Joe Art – Blog of graffiti icon Rime
  78. Hurricane Game – That’s right, I’m a big fan of The Game
  79. Chip OglesbyRandom Whatness
  80. Jeff Elder –  On Charlotte Networking
  81. LakersNationFor fans.  By fans.
  82. The No Look Pass – Great NBA blog by Lakers fan
  83. Cleveland, Curveballs, and Common SensePutting 2 and 2 Together Since 1987
  84. People of Wal-Mart – You guessed it – pictures of Wal-People
  85. Fail Blog – Funny FAIL pictures and videos
  86. Awkward Family PhotosSpreading the Awkwardness
  87. eSarcasmGeek Humor Gone Wild
  88. SocialWayne – Tech tips and tricks!
  89. Jasongraphix – The journal of Jason Beaird
  90. Technically Incorrect – Awesome news related to tech stuff…yep…
  91. Chris Pirillo – Great posts by a true all-around geek
  92. BDawg – Great blog from a good friend of mine, unveiling web apps, etc.
  93. Conversion Rate ExpertsTurning Clicks into Customers
  94. Joupes Blog – Of course I’m going to put it here.
  95. Tynan on TechTechnology from a jaundiced perspective
  96. Carrie Underwood – More of a news feed, but it helps me stay up to date with my lady
  97. BoingBoing – Tech, gadgets, science, culture and art news, etc.  Whew.
  98. Download Squad – Latests in tech news and software downloads
  99. ISO50 – Great photography and design work by Scott Hansen
  100. GeekDad – Logic puzzles and other awesome geeky things
  101. The Star Wars Blog – Need I say more?

Now, granted, this post would have been a whole lot more effective if I had 200 items in my list. However, I seriously doubt you’ve read this far…and even fewer of you would have if I had 200 things. SO, here’s the challenge.

By this time next year, I would love to have a completed list of 200 things (blogs, videos, awesome Twitter people, whatever!) – half of them mine, half of them yours.  Lame?  I don’t care, it’s my blog.  Start commenting.

16×20” Rolled Canvas from Digital Room!

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That’s right – another giveaway!  A few days ago, DigitalRoom.com contacted me about a new 16×20″ Rolled Canvas giveaway for one luck RyboMedia reader!

What’s nicer than a great photo or piece of art printed up for free?  Having it printed on canvas!  I can say from experience that Digital Room produces great quality prints – I have an 18×24″ poster hanging in front of me right now.  I can only imagine how nice the canvas will be.

Check out their canvas printing page for more details and product specs.  To read more about UPrinting (who sponsors this blog) check out this review by You the Designer.

As always, I get one too!  Regular readers can probably already guess what I’ll have printed – graffiti!  I haven’t decided if I’m going to do another collection of famous artists or my own work, but I will definitely be adorning my walls with more street art.

To enter the contest, just post a comment below letting me know what you might want printed.  You can earn extra entries by subscribing to the blog, following me on Twitter, or tweeting the giveaway – just be sure to let me know in your comment!  If you decide to tweet about this, try to use “@rybo” and “#giveaway” in your update.

This contest will be live until 3pm on November 22.

Good luck!

My Columbia Twitter Revolution

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Several weeks ago at Social Media Club Columbia, SC, Dan Conover (@xarker) spoke about the potential for standardized Twitter hashtags for cities.

For example,  Charlotte and Charleston have been trying to adopt localized hashtags for news, traffic, etc.  For more on this, read this post.  Thanks to search lists, Charleston natives can simply add “#chs” to their tweets to be seen by other .  Here’s a wonderful example of it’s usefulness:

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Obviously, one hashtag for an entire cities worth of tweeting can get crowded.  That’s why the proposed plan adds includes tags for traffic, news, breaking stories, weather, the election, etc.  Genius.

Well, I’m ready to do the same in Columbia.  We have lots of people who use Twitter on a day-to-day basis, and our local news stations are getting into the game.  I keep up with weather updates and breaking news throughout the day by following the Twitter accounts of local papers and TV stations.  If we had standardized hashtags, it would be much, much easier.

So here’s my plan.  I’ve tweeted with a few local Columbia people and I’ve decided to try and start something.  Thanks for your help @cophotog, @mandiengram, @hollybounds!  The “base hash” for this is #cae.  This is the airport code for Columbia – just like Charlotte uses #clt and Charleston uses #chs.

  • #cae – A bit long, but #csc and #cola are already taken.  Add this if you need the quick attention of other locals.
  • #caenews – Pretty self explanatory – used for local news.
  • #caebrk – Breaking news.  Again, it’s longer but…oh well.  🙂
  • #caewthr – Weather updates and alerts.
  • #caetrfk – Columbia traffic updates.
  • #caefood – Local food tweets.
  • #caetech – Blogs, social sites, web contest, etc from Columbia.

Got any suggestions, additions, or proposed revisions?  Leave me a comment below.

Now here’s the important part.  I’m one person.  I can’t do this alone.  For this to catch on, I’m going to need lots of help.  It’s going to take getting used to, but I think if it ever does take off it could serve very useful.  Think about it – a live list of tweets to keep you constantly informed on traffic problems, breaking news, local food deals, and weather alerts.  All for free.

Let’s face it – this is long overdue.  People want news, and they want it right now wherever they are, right when it happens.  The great thing is that it’s a collaborative effort.  Everyone in Columbia (or Charlotte, or Charleston, or wherever you introduce these standardized hashtags) can contribute to a constantly updated stream of news and traffic updates.

Twitter Marketing Done Right – @HowiesIrmo

Often, businesses and organizations are such a nuissance on Twitter.  Let’s face it – we all get spammed by followers who only wish to promote their own business, sending out only formal updates with their advertisements.  Every now and then, however, a business gets it right.    Enter Hungry Howies Pizza in Irmo, SC.

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HowiesIrmo is a pizza place – an unlikely type of business to get involved in social networking.  However, if you’re a Columbia Twitter user (especially one active in link-sharing and everyday discussion on the site), chances are you’re familiar with Howies – you would probably even recognize the bright yellow logo.  What’s different about this, compared to other businesses on Twitter, many of whose logo’s you may be familiar with?  Howies is personal.

Howies engages in everyday discussion.  They participate in Follow Friday,  they help out my blog, they help me think of crazy Halloween costumes, and they help spread the word about Joupes.  In short, Howies uses Twitter for casual conversation – having 2-sided conversations and creating a quirky and fun personality that’s always fun to interact with.  And at the end of the day, their business is still advertised.  I’ve been out to Irmo for some Hungry Howies pizza and cinnamon bread – have you?

To all the businesses out there – study HowiesIrmo.  Be more personal, easily able to chat about things that aren’t your product.  Have fun with other users.  To all the South Carolina people – head out to Irmo.  Tell them you’re there because of Twitter.  Enjoy the pizza.  I know I will as soon as I can find another date to go (and some time that I’m not studying!).

Listen to the (Google) Voice In Your Head

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It’s easy to get lost in all the buzz over Google’s latest babies – Voice and Wave.  Both are generating a lot of attention among bloggers and tech-enthusiasts, even though each service is still only available by invitation.

I have been invited to use both, and for the past week or two I have been trying them out.  Here are my thoughts about Google Voice:  I love it.

That was easy.  Over the next few paragraphs, I’m going to try and convince you why you should, too.  Before that, however, it’s probably good to do a quick overview.  If you aren’t familiar with Voice, it’s essentially a service to manage your current phone system.  No matter how many phone numbers you have (work, home, mobile, etc), Google Voice can help you manage them efficiently.

Can I have yo’ numba?

When you first sign up for Voice, you’ll have to pick your phone number.  That’s right – Google Voice gives you a new number.  Don’t worry, your old number will still work as Voice simply forwards calls to your phone.  For me, picking a number was the fun part.  Not only do you get to choose from a list of available numbers, but you can search for number or letter combinations for convenience.

As far as setting up, that’s about it.  You’ll customize a few settings before getting started and then you land on your Voice page.  Ah, the beauty.  All of your Voicemails, Contacts, and SMS messages stored in one location, in an interface similar to Gmail.

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Akshun “Sinner’s Therapy” Sampler – Free mp3’s!

A former co-worker and good friend of mine is releasing a new album in November. Kevin sent me and a few others the 4 track press sampler a few days ago and encouraged us to help spread the word and give the songs away to anyone who wanted a copy.

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I’ve been a fan of Akshun (Kevin’s stage name) for years now and I’m still impressed. His first official release, Diamond District, was voted one of the best SC releases of the year.  Since then, he has gone underground, releasing 2 mixtapes – “Speaks for Itself” and “Let’s Be Clear Vol. I” (with Dan Johns).  For more on Dan Johns, see his website.

If you like good, lyrical music, check out the sample below.  Feel free to download the mp3’s by right-clicking the mp3 link and selecting “Save Target As…”.  If you like what you hear, stay up to date with Kevin at his Twitter, MySpace, and Magnum-Opus website for more information on the CD release.

Grizzly feat. Cajwell [mp3 link]
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Green Light feat. Lou Hall [mp3 link]
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I Don’t Need [mp3 link]
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Breath Easy feat. Cajwell [mp3 link]
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Whiplash

This post was written by my good friend Jimmy Sawczuk. If you would like to write a guest post, let me know.

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We ran into a problem at work last week that was, at the same time, a nightmare and exactly the kind of problem you want to have. The culprit was our latest Big Prize Giveaways promotion, and the problem was that our app had metaphorically gone from 0-60 in about two seconds, and it experienced the same thing your neck feels when it accelerates that fast: whiplash. This was my first experience with an app that was this big; even in my McJournal days, I rarely averaged more than 60,000 (well, take that number and divide by 10,000 and you have the real number) hits per day. So in the last week, I’ve learned a ton during our march to a million fans that I think can be useful to everyone, no matter how close your app is to that kind of scale.

  • This is the first rule in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so it’s the first rule here: don’t panic. My first (extremely narcissistic) thought was “what? Something broke? Our server sucks!”, and my second (seriously overdramatic) thought was “I tried my best when I was writing it, how am I supposed to improve it now?” Most scaling problems are definitely manageable, and even though (for me) they’re not much fun and can be stressful, there are worse problems to have.
  • Have a plan. These types of problems aren’t quick fixes, you’ll need to know what you want to do, how you intend to do it, and when. Keep in mind that unless you shut down your app completely, the slowdowns will continue to affect you as you work through the problem, so having a plan is crucial so you avoid wasting time thrashing.

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250 Sticker Giveaway from UPrinting!

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Congrats to @ColumbiaSC – looking forward to seeing those #famouslyhot Gamecock stickers!

It’s that time again – UPrinting is sponsoring a 250 sticker/label giveaway for one lucky RyboMedia reader!  Aren’t they swell?

I love stickers.  I don’t know why – it’s just one of those things.  I think it’s the fact that they are semi-permanent, can be placed anywhere, and make a statement.  I mean really, when I walk into class and pull out my stormtrooper-faced laptop, what else need be said?

The winner will be given 250 2” x 3.5”, 2” x 4” or 3” x 3” 70lb label matte stickers.  Sweeeeeeet!  If you want to know more about the quality or details, check out the sticker printing page from UPrinting.com.  Worried about quality?  Don’t be – UPrinting is seriously awesome.  I received my custom poster a few days ago and couldn’t be more happy.  Great quality printing, fast shipping, and awesome customer service.  Plus, it’s free if you win!

Since the guys at UPrinting love me so very much (or maybe because I’m the owner of this blog…nah, it’s definitely the first one), they’re giving me 250 stickers too!  Since I heard I would be hosting this giveaway, I’ve been brainstorming about what I want printed.  When it comes down to it, I’ll probably end up doing something simple, like this:

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Plain, yes.  But bold.  Plus, can you imagine how much it will annoy my friends when I plaster these babies all over their notebooks?!

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Twitter Explains Trending Topics

For those who haven’t noticed, Twitter recently added explanations to the “Trending Topics” results.  Wondering what “New Moon Soundtrack” is and why it’s a trending topic?  Twitter explains:

The soundtrack for the Twilight sequel, New Moon, will be released this Friday (Oct. 16, 2009). It is already available to listen to in full on MySpace.

Take a look at some of these Twitter explanations.  In my opinion, this would be a pretty neat feature to someone who tends to keep up with the latest trending topics.  However, I can’t remember the last time I’ve cared to look at them apart from the occasional Google mention.

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