Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Reason 1,486 Why Smartphones are Great: Remembering Your Parking Space

Was up really early on a business trip to let you in on my 1,476th reason why smartphones are great. because I snap a photo of my parking spot number so I have it in my phone and won't forget where I parked. Funny, now I never forget where I parked. How again did life matter when we lived with dumbtechnology?

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Recessionary Teeny Tiny Whoopie Pie

Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, comments on the latest craze -- tiny desserts!!! Like because of the recession we should resign ourselves to things like tiny whoopie pies? "Just say no to the tiny whoopie pies!", says Blinkoff. "After the recession the big whoopies will be back!" It's all metaphorical, but it makes sense, right?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Just say NO to the "crazy apocalyptic death spiral" and HELLO to your Creative Social Spirit


Maybe we're not on the is "crazy apocalyptic death spiral" like everyone thinks? What if we're actually at the cusp of a positively creative cultural transformation? Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, says this is the case. He says we're becoming Creative Social Spirits. Let Robbie take you through his "diagnostic" and see how you are doing. "There's plenty of great work, projects and just stuff in general that is going on out there and we need to did into these positive areas and just say no to the people, ideas and things that lead us into this "crazy apocalyptic death spiral," says Blinkoff.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FUNNEL FRIES: AN AUGUST RITE OF PASSGE GONE EXTREME

It's August. We're by a lake with family and friends. What better way to celebrate summer and fully transform ourselves than consuming FUNNEL FRIES. Yes! Because a funnel cake would have been good enough. And a good order of fries would have been good enough. But the FUNNEL with the FRY? YES! Rite of Passage complete! "We uncovered and embraced the new profound sense of self that the summer creates by digesting Funnel Fries -- drenched in magical powder sugar," says Blinkoff.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Now's Actually a Good Time to Push Your Limits: The Consumer Anthropologist Goes Hang-Gliding

Hey there, Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist here. Over our vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, my daughter's decision to go hang-gliding led me to do the same! What I found was that pushing your limits really does have an impact on how you approach your every day life. I think that these days, with all the insanity going on, it's actually a good idea to push your limits. Sure we need to stay grounded, but the only way out seems to be to do something different. So push those limits! Thanks to Kyle and Jimmy (yes it's Jimmy not Timmy {as I said in the video}, sorry Jimmy) from Kitty Hawk Kites for their help...

Friday, July 22, 2011

SAVE OUR CLICK FREE ENVIRONMENTS: A NEW ENDANGERED SPECIES?

Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, visits an endangered species -- the "click-free environment."  "In our digital world we're constantly surrounded by distractions that appear in the form of "clicks" -- we can click away from anything in an instant and always have the option to click -- we need to find more places where clicking away is not an option."  Click-free environments let you focus your attention and immerse yourself in the experience at hand -- be it an art museum, the sunday paper, or GASP -- talking with your friends and family!  SAVE OUR CLICK FREE ENVIRONMENTS!!!! What are your favorite click free environments?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FRY AN EGG ON THE SIDEWALK

Does frying an egg on the sidewalk really work? See Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, and his apprentices, test this popular saying during a recent heatwave in their hometown – Baltimore, MD.  Shockingly, the experiment does not “work.”  “I don’t think we waited long enough,” said Blinkoff’s young assistant. Actually, culturally speaking the saying always works – when someone says it is “so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk” you know it is hot. It’s the kind of hot that you not only feel but can kind of smell, hear and taste! What other sayings are out there like this one? Send your thought along to The Consumer Anthropologist and his team and we might just try them out.