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Where's WaldoAre you searching for Waldo? Well, you could try looking at a bar first. A bar? Yes, Waldo is now of legal drinking age and has been celebrating his 21st birthday in recent months. The celebration kicked off in September, but I just found out about it this week, so…Happy Belated Birthday, Waldo!

I was always so fond of the Where’s Waldo series of books as a kid! I could sit for hours gazing at the hilarious illustrations and endlessly searching for Waldo in his striped sweater and his clan of elusive pals, like Wilma and the Wizard.

Entertainment Rights, the company behind Waldo, kicked off a marketing/online campaign for his birthday with the launch of FindWaldo.com and a handful of other initiatives including an online photo contest for fans, a Where’s Waldo Wiki, the launch of Waldo on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among other social media platforms.

At FindWaldo.com you can even search some of the classic Where’s Waldo scenarios, like the beach, and you can create your own avatar. It is not an exact match (I look a little pale), but here’s mine:

Where's Waldo

Fun stuff!

 

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Reading Rainbow is a fond childhood memory of mine and…LOTS of other people:

Lovin’ me some LeVar Burton 🙂

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Hudson River Plane Crash

You’ve probably already heardabout the US Airways plane that took off from Laguardia airport in New York City earlier today and crashed into the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese (yes, a flock of geese).

Reuters has a good photo slideshow of the rescue efforts. Less professional looking than the Reuters pix, the above photo was taken by Janis Krums, some guy from Sarasota, FL, who now has close to 2,000 followers on Twitter.com. I guess he was standing on a commuter ferry when he took the photo. Daniel Terdiman of CNET.com blogged about the Twitter application that Janis used to get the photo out on the web, TwitPic, which actually crashed (pun intended) after thousands of people tried to view the photo overloading the site’s servers.

In addition to the photo, check out this video from CNN – an interview with one of the passengers (passenger 22A, to be exact). These reporters are all over him! Also, I think I hear him say “it was cool” at the :49 mark. Seriously?

Thank goodness no people were hurt, but I wonder how many geese casualties there were? Poor guys – probably didn’t even see it coming (although…planes are rather large and loud). Survival of the fittest, I guess.

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Here are a few links that I’ve come across over the past day or so that I’ve found amusing, informative or interesting and wanted to share 🙂

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I can’t believe 2008 is already over! It was another crazy, but great, year. Work has been as busy as ever for us. Family and friends were getting married left and right and having babies. Our apartment almost burnt to the ground (well, sort of). I got ambushed and made over on a moving train (still waiting for it to air on TLC!). Then, of course, there were all the extracurricular activities (a trip to Texas, 2 seasons of kickball, etc.).

All of this and so much more sometimes made it difficult to find time to blog, but I’m so glad we did and, to wrap up 2008, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite posts from the year. It was quite difficult to narrow a list down, but here it is:

Again, hard to pick out just a few, but it is New Year’s Eve and, honestly, I’m eager to get off this damn computer, so think it is best to wrap it up for the night 🙂 We’ll have to wait to see what is in store for us in 2009 – and I’m looking forward to blogging about it.

New Year's Eve Ball, 1978, New York Times

New Year's Eve Ball, 1978, New York Times

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I frequently attend industry conferences for work and there are always two consistent elements at any conference: A) schwag (i.e. free stuff handed out by the exhibitors and sponsors) and B) schwag hags (i.e. people – some slightly resembling trolls such as the fluorescent haired creatures to the right – that roam the show floor with bags full of free crap). I am usually on the “giving” end of things, handing out free t-shirts and such for my clients, and avoid gathering lots of schwag. Its a hassle to squeeze all of those extras into your carry-on luggage and most of it is just junk anyways.

This past weekend, however, I spent my Saturday at the BlogHer Boston Conference and I took full advantage of the giveaways. 360PR was an exhibitor as well as LeapFrog, Playtex, Hooked on Phonics and others (an appropriate mix of exhibitors, given that it was an event for women bloggers).

There were only about a dozen exhibitors, which is nothing compared to behemoth conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show and Comic-Con. I didn’t hit up every table, but I couldn’t have fit anything else in my back-pack even if I tried. And, after all, its the quality of the schwag that counts, not the quantity.

In the end, I walked away with a handful of goodies for my young niece and a pair of Yahoo Shine slippers for myself – a happy camper, I am.

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That’s right, folks. We’ve hit the 100 mark. It has been an interesting 6 months for Dan and I. We’ve laughed and not-quite-cried (but maybe a skirmish here and there) about the blog 🙂 I hope to keep things up for another 6 months and another 100 posts. To celebrate this wondrous occasion, here are a few stats for your gandering:

To ensure the next 100 posts are better than the first, let us know what you think! What have you enjoyed? What would you like to see less of? (To leave a comment, just click on the ‘Comment’ link directly under this post.)

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