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What is an Oxygen Bar?

February 22, 2008

Since oxygen bars are not something you often see in this blog I think I caught some of you off guard when I wrote about one yesterday. So here are some answers to the questions I received last night.

I am no expert by the way but this is what people tell me about them. The trend started in Vegas. I have now seen them all over Miami.

The oxygen is "flavored" meaning it has a smell such as passion fruit, chocolate or sex on the beach.



TMCnet Continues to Grow

February 19, 2008

Thanks once again to our loyal TMCnet readers. Because of you, TMCnet has broken more online records. In January of 2008 TMCnet experienced 38,368,961 page views (meaning total number of web pages viewed on TMCnet in January alone.

The total number of unique visitors on our site in January was 2,446,403 which is not an all time record but it is higher than recent months. Average Visit Length per person on TMCnet in January was 28 minutes and 59 seconds this past month.

Comparing Airline Fees

February 15, 2008



It should come as no surprise that airline travel costs are increasing. The bad news is that it is virtually impossible to figure out what airlines charge for their various new fees while you are buying tickets without spending hours researching. Recently when I went down to ITEXPO, I used American Airlines to fly down and JetBlue to get back. AA charged me for curbside check-in while JetBlue did not.

So there seem to be absolutely no standards in terms of these added fees.

I expected WiFi on the JetBlue plane but found out only one plane in the fleet has WiFi access according to thew in-flight hostess.

This article contains a good summary of who charges what for various services and it could be useful when planning your next trip.







You *Really* Get What You Pay For

February 15, 2008

I have to kick myself because I did it again. Sometimes I think I will never learn. Nobody wants to pay more than they should so when I somehow pulled a muscle in my neck while sleeping, I found myself in the pharmacy looking for a heat patch to soothe the pain

The generic brand had signs on it "Compare to Thermacare" so I purchased it. I saved a bit… I don't even know how much but it was likely a few bucks.

Indiana Jones Trailer

February 14, 2008

Increase Marketing Spend in a Recession

February 14, 2008

The Skinny on Obesity Laws

February 7, 2008



I am so sorry to get off the communications/technology bandwagon and instead talk about obesity but i just couldn't help but mention that in Mississippi there are some thoughts that a law banning restaurants from serving obese people would be a good idea.

Actually, come to think of it, making it difficult allow for heavy people to eat would indeed probably increase their chances of losing weight. Imagine if you had to cook everything you ate.

Perhaps this needs to be extended to deliveries as well.

Here is an excerpt from an article on the matter:

State Rep. John Read, a Republican who is one of the bill's three authors, says he wasn't trying to offend anybody and never even expected the plan to become law.

"I was trying to shed a little light on the No. 1 problem in Mississippi," he says. The state has the highest obesity rate in the USA.




Incidentally, tomorrow there is a weigh in for TMC's biggest loser competition to see who can lose the most weight by May. I haven't formally joined the contest but if I do tomorrow, I think I may have to blog about it to keep myself on track.

It would be nice if local restaurants would deny me service till the contest is over.












Target Blows off Bloggers

February 5, 2008

Recently Target responded to a blogger request with the following message...

"Unfortunately we are unable to respond to your inquiry because Target does not participate with nontraditional media outlets. This practice is in place to allow us to focus on publications that reach our core guest."

Apparently Target doesn't consider bloggers to be worthy of their time and energy. While I understand that not every company has the resources to engage every blogger, I think companies that don't realize just how important bloggers have become are out of touch with reality and obviously don't search the web themselves to see where the search engines are sending their potential customers.

To think that in this day and age any company can control their messaging via  a few large media outlets is a big mistake. This will certainly be a lesson that Target learns over time.

More at Chief Marketer.

See also NY Times vs.









Florida Animal Shots

January 29, 2008

Tax Breaks for All

January 24, 2008

We interrupt this IP communications conference with breaking news from the Wall Street Journal which tells us that US citizens will soon be receiving tax breaks in a major way.

Specifically:

Congressional aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner reached an "agreement in principle" in meetings last night on a bill to provide roughly $100 billion in tax rebates to a broad group of workers and about $40 billion in tax breaks for business. The details still were being vetted with lawmakers, and Democrats and their allies already were raising concerns that the agreement does not include added spending on unemployment benefits or food stamps.

The rebates would be at least $300 for anyone who earned at least $3,000 in 2007, with $300 bonuses for children. People who owe income taxes would receive gradually more, up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for couples. The rebates would be available to those below a certain income cap, likely $75,000 adjusted gross income for individuals and $150,000 for families.





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