Welcome to the Five Cool Things Blog! Here’s to Thanksgiving and a big thanks to all the superheroes that make the day so special for the rest of us. So let’s go around the table and have each of you tell us…Okay, never mind. I’m just thankful for you and for a photographer/grandson who saw that his grandma Frederika didn’t need Celexa, she just needed a different set of clothes. I’m thankful for Bookworks, a cool place to hang your hat for a few hours. I’m also thankful for these 27 very cool ways to caffeinate your business online. And yes, I’m also thankful for a Keith Richards and a new video portal for people like you. And I’m over the falls thankful for Someday We’ll All Be Free. “Hang onto the world as it spins around. Just don’t let the spin get you down.” ~ Donny Hathaway
1. Grandma Don’ t Need No Celexa | Mamika the Superhero
Would you do this (to) (for) your grandmother? This story is from MyModernMet:
“A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling. Frederika was born in Budapest 20 years before World War II. During the war, at the peril of her own life, she courageously saved the lives of ten people. When asked how, Goldberger told us “she hid the Jewish people she knew, moving them around to different places everyday.” As a survivor of Nazism and Communism, she then immigrated away from Hungary to France, forced by the Communist regime to leave her homeland illegally or face death. Aside from great strength, Frederika has an incredible sense of humor, one that defies time and misfortune. She is funny and cynical, always mocking the people that she loves.”
And for that alone, we loves Frederika.
2. Calling Charles Hayes | Bookworks
This is for you, Mr. Hayes. From the very arty Bookworks website:
Established in 1984, with the mission to disseminate visual art practice to as wide and diverse an audience as possible, Book Works is a contemporary visual arts publisher, based in London. In addition to our main activity of book publishing, we also produce text-based works, installations, multiples, videos and new media projects. Here’s Bookworks’ latest open submission series. The Time Machine. Commissioning Editor Francesco Pedraglio. Book Works is looking for proposals for three new commissions, that suggest a strictly non-representational response to the use of archives, the treatment of history, the appropriation of knowledge and redistribution of meanings. For more information, contact Gavin Everall, email@example.com
3. 27 Ways to Love the Web | Duct Tape Marketing
This you have to know if you’re in business for keeps. In five sections, the essential John Jantsch of Ducttape Marketing drills down to help small business people think about and rock the web. I had to abbreviate, but you should read the whole post.
The Listening Station
Use Google Alerts
Use Google Reader
Content as Hub
Add a blog
Write guest blog posts
Pushing Out Assets
Create a LinkedIn Profile and Company Page
Claim and enhance Google Places, Yahoo Local and Bing Local profiles
Ask and answer questions on LinkedIn Answers
Learn how to mine Twitter for leads
Create events and groups on MeetUp
Create a group blog that features content by strategic partners
4. YouTube, Meet TED | Foratv
I’m thinking this sounds just like you. Fora.tv, says their website, “helps intelligent, engaged audiences get smart. We present the web’s largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates. Anyone can watch, interact, and share – when, where and how they want.” As promised, Keith Richards. Enjoy.
5. Donny’s Heartbreaking Anthem | Someday We’ll All Be Free
Someday We’ll All be Free, belongs in the civil rights musical cannon. Donny Hathaway’s rich, deep and beautiful voice seems like it alone could stop evil in its tracks. He and that song belong to each other like the dirt belongs to the earth. Like most things that endure, Someday is about more than the obvious. Liner notes for later releases of his final solo album explain: “Donny is no longer here, but the song Someday We’ll All Be Free gathers momentum as part of his legacy… Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It’s pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out.” Edward Howard, lyricist of the song, adds, “It was a spiritual thing for me… What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him.'” This song, A Song for You, absolutely kills and thanks to LD for the tip. Watch Jennifer Hudson cover Someday at the White House. Wait for the amazing juxtaposition of her signing onstage with the slave owning father of our country, George Washington, immortalized in oil, in the background. Because it’s Thanksgiving and because I like you so damn much, here’s a bonus song: Where Is the Love? Turn it up! LOUD!