Thirty minutes phone call with a friend, unexpectedly. Well, not really..... I thought I knew this contact would happen tonight, this way or that. And I was right. My instinct did not lie. Randomly we talked about my interview today, the school work on the other side, Japanese language and a little bit Japanese culture (why?!), and some more random teenage time stuff. Just realized one thing- sometimes it's harder to have this kind of unscripted talk....
Two more phone calls to come. One to a kind alum in East Bay area (resource: LinkedIn), the other to a very talented guy working in a marketing agency(resource: 2009 Kellogg Marketing Conference). I guess I have a lot talkings to do recently, which is wonderful! ^^
Can I admit that I prefer the second kind of talking more.....?
|From Post-NU Life- from the 3rd party at the evening....|
Saturday evening, the night before Chinese New Year's Eve, ROCSAs of Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Chicago jointly hosted a get-together dinner with 140 participants in Chinatown. Most of us, upon request, dressed something red and/or gold to highlight the feeling of celebration. That's why you can see such a bright photo above.
Stories continued. At the same night, I went to two Karaoke parties also in Chinatown- one with mostly Chinese IMC students/alums, the other with mostly Taiwanese IMC + tech students. Many songs mingled to form a colorful night of fun. Similarly, many emotions mixed to form a bizzard night.
Officially, it's Chinese New Year's Eve here in Evanston. I joined Leo, Daphne G., Daniel and Andrew for a dinner at a Japanese restaurant KUNI, and moved for some drinks at Andrew's. We also saw one Nip/Tuck, played Wii tennis and Wii bowling, and watched some Australia Open with Cindy's attendance. On the ride back to my place, Leo, Andrew and I passed the moment when the clock hit 12.
"Happy New Year, guys! It's official now," I said when I opened the door.
The second one without my family, down.
From "當藝術遇上Gmail" at 外星人看廣告
Art + Creativity + Technology!
上奇廣告(Saatchi & Saatchi)製作團隊正是想要表達出Gmail簡單且方便操作的特性。因此影片中撇除一般華麗炫目的效果而改以「人」的動作去描述網頁操作方式及相關技術，表達的意念就是要告訴俄羅斯的使用者:」Gmail是以人的角度為考量，專門設計給大家使用」。
Enjoy the video~
The angel tonight who helped open the door for me to McManus lobby was Jiunwen. She also brought me some hot tea and chocolate. I did not hesitate too long before I started to let the music flow, because I seriously needed to release the fire inside....
Mixed with all the emotions about home, childhood, God, mom, friends and future, my music cried and yelled for me. Jiunwen's company and song order also inspired me to try new songs and to play some long lost rhyms, sometimes long lost movement.
I was recharged, though my problem was not solved yet. It is still dim ahead, but I will find my solution.
Stay, or Go.
''Today's inauguration is an example of the global power of the Internet as a platform to unite. Like never before, people from around the world joined together to experience this historic moment,' said Nathan Raciborski, chief technical officer and co-founder, Limelight Networks, Inc. 'Such a powerful, unifying event was exactly what we envisioned eight years ago when we launched our innovative, network-based CDN, and we are pleased that our platform played such a major role in delivering today's ceremony to the world.'"I was one of the online participants, and I can use my own example to demonstrate the power of this international event: I almost forgot to watch it but luckily was reminded by my TwitterFox messages from Darran in Ireland. Then I logged on to Facebook to view my saved event participation information, figuring out that I should actually go to CNN.com to view the video stream. I did it, and my popped-up screen had a sidebar from Facebook, which allowed me to change my "status" line to share with the world what I am watching. Oh by the way, since I forgot to log off my Facebook page, the new popped-up window automatically recorded my entry and did not ask me to log in again.
I actually saw two sidebars: one from my friends and the other from "everyone who is viewing this from Facebook." The latter one didn't get too much attention from me, but my Swedish friend Lena commented on my status and told me she was watching from Europe, too. My NTU friend Nicole Wu viewed it in Belgium, while another NTU friend Egbert Cheng constently updated his thoughts from Taiwan. I saw many "wows" from my IMC '09 Taiwanese friends in MTC Forum, Evanston when the anchor announced that YO YO MA was one of the performer; same thing happened to my elementary school friend Steven Hsu in New York. Please remember, my TwitterFox is still on, which allowed me to see the comments from Robin in Ireland and David in Los Angeles.
Do you still think I am alone watching the historical moment?
After hopped on the L, I bumped into another surprise: Joseph in the ecom PhD program. We chit chatted about my current status and about some friends. As a Belmont resident, he also suggested me what to try in Ann Sather (although I still followed my heart to pick a Swedish Bagel Breakfast instead :P) Anyways, I was so grateful of talking to him and of being cared and valued. Also thanks to him, the journey to Belmont was shortened.
I was quite on time, so was my new friend. The interior design of Ann Sather was quite Scandinavian style (please forgive me of not brining my camera....) and quite cozy. According to Almond, it was frequently crowded, especially on weekends. "Waiting in the long line outside in this kind of winter could be quite killing, you know?" Fully understandable. My Bagel Breakfast was quite different from those I've tried before- it was stuffed with egg, bacon and other ingredients. Additionally, it came with a fresh fruit bowl (healthy!). I liked this new discovery, and felt bad about failing to finish the entire serving. Well, I will be back! (with camera!!)
Unplanned again, we headed downtown for a movie: Slumdog Millionaire. Frankly, I got little clue about what that movie was about before I went. I just followed my guts and instinct. Some little more: his taste. The storyline of this Indian movie was mostly sad and pathetic, however, luckily, the ending was warm. For so many times I asked myself: "So, where's your right to complain? There are SO MANY PEOPLE living in such bad condition and they are not complaining..." I was so glad that I followed my intuition and took some risk. Otherwise I might never see Slumdog Millionaire in my whole life. Moreover, if I chose to stay home instead, none of these feelings and pleasure would come enrich my day.
|From Post-NU Life|
Thanks for the kind invitation. Thanks for the unexpected happiness. Thank you Lord, for reminding me of your greatness and your gifts along the way.
909 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(Very close to CTA Red/Brown line Belmont station, 3 min. walk)
- Medillink (school career services)
- Forwarded info from kind Serena, Tina and other alum
- Targeted company Web site
- Recruiters/recruiting agents: Pasona, Aerotek, Aquent, MRINetwork, Brill Street+ Company
- IMC alum
- Friend's friends
- Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce
- Japan America Society of Chicago
- Kellogg & IMC presentations/events/conferences: 2009 Kellogg Marketing Conference
- Dinner with Rie, Jiunwen, 2 Z.F.s and more
- Ski trip to Alpine Valley Resort with Chia-lin
- Briana's birthday party
- Wii party at Andrew's
- Dinner with IMCers & Draftfcbers
5. Try to be tough, to be independent, to get used to loneliness......
梁靜茹 （作詞：姚若龍 作曲：伍仲衡）
|From Post-NU Life: Chrystal clear snow flakes on my window|
- FAMILY: Will NEVER sacrifice ANYTHING related to my beloved family
- HOPE: No hope, no life.
- LOVED: I sacrificed "friendship" to be number 4 value but deeply believed that to be LOVED included the desire for friendship and beyond.
*Top 4-10: Friendship, Pleasure, Advanture, Health, Romance, Passion, Intimacy
The Latitude Group (1 star rating, based on 13 reviews)
Emeryville, CA 94608
ilnana i. (Pleasant Hill, CA) 1 star rating, 1/11/2009
scam...umprofessional..dont waste your time..I walk in and they are watching transformers..Yikes. If you have real job experience and a college education don't waste your gas and time!!
Kelly K. (San Francisco, CA) 1 star rating, 1/2/2009I gave this company one star because it will not let me put zero.
BIG WARNING to anyone who receives a phone call from this company!!
When I received a phone call from someone at The Latitude Group regarding an interview, I was unfortunately unable to do any research because of my location at the time. I drove out to the site, which was in a very old building that looked more like an industrial warehouse. When I entered the lobby of the office, it was full of other candidates also interviewing for the position. The type of people in there vaired considerably. There were people dressed in jeans, and people in their 40's sitting in the lobby, not people you would typically see interviewing for an "Entry Level Marketing position".
......TONS of bad review from yelp!.....
With all the talk of corporate jets and massive bonuses for the CEO's of failing companies, here's a jolt of true leadership inspiration. Haruka NIshimatsu, CEO of JAL (Japan Air Lines), is featured in this YouTube clip, and there are many lessons. Perhaps this clip should be forwarded to the likes of Wagoner, Mulally, and Nardelli. Take two minutes to watch this, then we'll return to discuss a bit.
...if interested, continue reading...
Report: US Marketing Alliance (USMA), Rancho Cucamonga, Wanis Naguib, Cydor
Category: Sales People
US Marketing Alliance, Rancho Cucamonga, Wanis NaguibUS Marketing Alliance (USMA), Rancho Cucamonga, Wanis Naguib The Real Truth About US Marketing Alliance, Cydcor: Everything is all a lie, You Assume All the Risk Rancho Cucamonga California
*REBUTTAL Individual responds ..Another Scanno complaintPhone: 909-483-3000/ Fax: 909-483-30199227 Haven Ave. Suite 220, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. 91730
Rancho Cucamonga, California, 91730
Submitted: 4/7/2007 2:06:45 AM//Modified: 11/26/2008 2:07:17 PM
2nd Interview: I had went out on a 2nd interview with a guy that was HIS TOP REP! That was B.S. But he was nice. We spent all day going door to door or aka Business to Business to 'acquire new customers.' Truthfully we walked in unannounced and most of the time we were annoying to most people. One of the most common arguments was we the 1 million'th person to solicit them on merchant processing. Which at the end of the day I determined was a shady industry. To many people loose money while people like IMS and Intuit company and Cydcor, US Marketing Alliance make their money.
Lets talk about the people who loose money, First, the companies that we saw. I could tell that IMS is a broker like everyone else screwing people out of money for Visa and Mastercard. Next, the field rep-the very same job I was on an interview for. This JOB IS 100% Commission. Which isn't that bad but we only make a one time commission, and all gas, cell, every other expense is all on me. So I ASSUME ALL THE RISK!.... continue
Hey Google, Facebook: I've Got Some Resolutions For You
My Top 20 New Year's Wishes for Digital Media
Posted by David Berkowitz on 01.05.09 @ 08:00 AM
1. More Twitter listening, especially with frequent usage of tools like Twitturly that aggregate Twitter buzz.
2. Blog more. Twitter hurt some of the blogging for awhile but it's meant to complement blogging, not replace it (for most).
3. Get my blog off a TypePad template and start diving into the advanced features. Facebook Connect, here we come.
4. Peruse less e-mail and unsubscribe from anything that doesn't make a difference in my day.
5. Pick up the phone more. It's still one of the best social-networking tools.
For the Industry:
6. End the term "viral" for once and for all, until after something has really spread through viral growth.
7. On that note, don't call something a viral or word-of-mouth marketing success when its uptake is directly the result of a multimillion-dollar media blitz.
8. Accept that engagement means something different in every medium and channel. Stop using it as a catch-all term.
9. Plan holistically. Even if you can't integrate a tactic with everything else, plan it in conjunction with something. That's often a step up.
10. Figure out how and when the social graph affects advertising. Let's see if it's really any better than other forms of demographic, behavioral and psychographic targeting.
11. In the process of understanding that, respect consumer privacy to the fullest. Don't just dismiss it or say consumers are fine with it because it's covered by Facebook's terms of service (something I heard a vendor say recently).
12. Add Trends-style charts to Google Blog Search already. Really, you're on the verge of making other blog search services irrelevant. Just finish the job.
13. Add Google Gears support for Gmail.
14. Don't be evil. Please. Don't compromise for short-term gains just because the economy's hurting.
15. Survive. A lot of us are still rooting for you.
16. Come up with new products integrating the internet with furniture. The Surface put the internet on a table. Imagine what you could do with a chaise lounge or a credenza.
17. Come up with a really good gift recommendation engine already. You're so good at recommending things for me, and yet for gifts, year after year I wind up shopping elsewhere.
18. Give Lexicon a much-needed upgrade. Providing agencies and advertisers with self-service tools to show what people are talking about on your site can encourage them to do more to reach those users. We in the ad world love pretty graphs.
19. Add a real search engine. This is ridiculous already. And that goes to just about all you social networks. Maybe the reason comScore's saying you and MySpace are such large search engines is that it takes 20 searches to find anything or anyone on your site.
For Barack Obama:
20. Whether or not social media played a material role in your election, you showed that you know how to use the various channels to galvanize your target audience and you effectively adapt your strategy to each channel. Change.gov promises more of the same (in a good way). Now let's see how you can use social media to unite one of the most diverse real-world social networks there is: the United States of America.
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David Berkowitz is director of emerging media for 360i. He has written dozens of articles covering media, marketing and technology for several trade publications over the past decade and has spoken at Digital Hollywood, Ad:Tech, SMX, OMMA and dozens of industry events. He blogs regularly at Inside the Marketer's Studio.
|From 090103-Rock Climbing|
Interestingly, the entire experience kept reminding me of the quote in Y17: "It is a belief to climb up(向上爬，是一種信仰)" It also made me think about my lovely climbing friends in Taiwan- Chi-yu, Johnny and Howard.
Where is the next rock?
Vertical Endeavor (Inside the Lifetime Fitness building)
28241 Diehl Rd.
Warrenville, IL 60555
Entrance fee $15.
Full package rental (harness, climbing shoes and the powder) + $10; harness rental only +$4
I got company, a bunch of old friends and some new ones, but I greedily desired for some other excitements: Something that make the fireworks look more charming, something I could sing for with my beautiful voice, something I would arrange voluntarily for.
"Any wishes for the new year?" A friend asked me when appreciating the fireworks. I have prepared some answers already, besides GET A JOB.
May dream come true.