Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, many of us try to list the things we are thankful for.

Here’s my attempt (in no particular order).

Friends (both old and new).
My job.
My dad.
My mom.
My sister and her family.
My brother and his family.
Lithium batteries.
Insulin pumps.
Lithium batteries.
Health insurance.
Apple Inc.
The Food Network.
Medical professionals.
Eye surgeons.
The people who make artificial lenses for cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery.
Mrs. Coddington, Mrs. States, Mrs. Pfleiger, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Berg, Mr. Hamel, Mrs. Atkinson, Mr. Altman, Mr. Hofaker, Mr. Horning, Miss Dobbins, Mrs. Simoneau, Mr. Simoneau, Mrs. Archer, Miss Siefers, Mr. Hanson, Mr. Skinner, Mr. Coddington, Mrs. Bushnell and any other teacher I had at USD 326.
Proper spelling.
My nephew (who is defending my freedom as a U.S. citizen).
Wireless internet connections.
Pharmaceutical companies.
Wound vacs.
My mother-in-law.
Digital cameras.
Knowing how to type.
Knowing how to read.
The farmers who grow the food I eat.
Silicone cooking tools.
The Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs.
Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The list goes on and on. These are just some of the things I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wiffiti.com is so cool!!!!

Just found Ping.fm - wow!!! The Web 2.0 EASY BUTTON!!! http://ping.fm

Thursday, November 12, 2009

NFL to Captain Morgan - Hell NO!!!!

"Gotta little Captain in ya?" - the Philadelphia Eagles did for a short while, but now the NFL says no. Pretty sneaky ad campaign. What's next - the winning quarterback from the Super Bowl can't say he's going to Disney World???

League shipwrecks Captain Morgan campaign - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dad Update: Houston - We Have an Answer!!!!

After the doctors found blood in dad's stool last week, they discharged him from the hospital on Thursday and scheduled an upper and lower GI scope for today. After doing the upper GI this morning, his doctor came out and told mom that they had found the problem: a bleeding ulcer.

This explains where his blood has been going and his overall tiredness. He hasn't complained of any heartburn or discomfort in his stomach, but we've always known he is a tough old bastard!

He is currently in the Phillips County Hospital and will be there for a few days until his blood levels come back to a normal range and they get his ulcer medications figured out. We are very relieved to know it is something that is so easily treatable.

Thank God!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dad Update - Thursday

After quite a few tests, the doctors have an idea of what is wrong with dad - he has blood in his stool. They think he will probably get to go home on Friday and then he has an appointment for an upper and lower GI scope on Tuesday to "see what they can see."

He is feeling good and had a blood tranfusion on Wednesday so we're hoping his blood levels stay up until they figure out what is causing the blood in his stool.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dad Back In The Hospital

My dad was admitted to the Phillips County hospital this afternoon with a low hemoglobin (blood) count. A normal range for a man his age should be above 13 and his is currently 8.4. He had two pints of blood on Friday night/Saturday morning and was back up to almost 10, but it is back down - and they don't know why.

His doctor said they wanted him in the hospital to do a series of tests (Dad said they drew a ton of blood!) and for a transfusion. So keep him in your prayers.

On the flip side, he had a follow-up appt. with his cardiologist and cardiac surgeon on Tuesday and his heart is doing great!

Now, if we can just figure out what is causing this low blood level. It is anemia? Is he bleeding internally? Is he having kidney issues? It is something worse? I'll be glad when they get test results tomorrow.

Prayers please!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Originally uploaded by andystanton
A photo taken by my wife, Dana at my parents house on 9/19/09. They have a HUGE butterfly bush that was filled with a wide variety of butterflys and moths.

Garden Spider

Garden Spider
Originally uploaded by andystanton
A cool photo of a cool spider at my parent's house in Logan,Kansas.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jackson's Year in Pictures

This is the video I put together for Jackson's 9th birthday. Enjoy. We posted it on YouTube

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Flock for blogging

I'm showing students just how easy it is to blog with Flock. Check out flock at http://www.flock.com
Blogged with the Flock Browser

Monday, August 31, 2009

The fossil diggers

Originally uploaded by andystanton
This is a photo taken in May at Monument Rocks (the Keystone Gallery) where Dana and Jackson joined Michelle and Thane for a day of fossil digging.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

White House 2.0

Here's a blog post from the White House that gives you some great links to various social networking sites that the White House is using to communicate with the American public. Nice to see!!!

I especially like the Flickr photostream.

The White House - Blog Post - WhiteHouse 2.0

Friday, May 01, 2009

Just lost some respect for Discovery Channel Networks

Discovery Communications is going to re-do its cable channel for kids - DiscoveryKids - into a commercial for Hasbro toys. What was once a good company and great cable channel (plus all of the other Discovery channels), is selling out to advertisers.

Not good for children's television offerings.

Here's the article from Advertising Age:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Funny Facebook Video

Ok, here's your Tuesday afternoon chuckle!!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Testing How Easy it is to Blog!!!!

I'm showing a few folks on just how easy it is to blog.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Online Portfolios

There are many thoughts as to how you should "show off your skills" when in the job market. Our college students today should be touting their skills in a Web 2.0 world - they live on Facebook - now they can show these skills to potential employers!

Resumes in a Web 2.0 world | Education IT | ZDNet.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Madness in Ad Spending

A new report out today comparing the NCAA championship tournament to other "big-time" sporting events shows that the NCAA championship game is the second most expensive sporting event to advertise on. The number one? The Super Bowl.

The average price that CBS is getting during this year's NCAA Championship Game for a 30 second ad???

$1.2 Million!!!!!!!!

Here's the link to the article.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The beginning of the end????

Here's a 1981 news story about how newspapers were beginning their presence on the "web" - just 28 years later and the same San Francisco papers are having a hard time staying in business.....

RSS in Plain English

I love the "In Plain English" videos on YouTube. They do a great job. Here are a couple of my favorites that I use in many of my classes and presentations.

We Kan Powerpoint

Here is the slideshow regarding PowerPoint and presentation tips I gave at the We Kan! conference on March 24, 2009.

We Kan! Web 2.0 presentation

Here is the slideshow presentation I gave to the We Kan! conference on March 24, 2009 regarding web 2.0 and tourism.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Another use of technology!!!!TwitterCOP

Glad to see that public safety officials are using Twitter - another great way to communicate quickly with a target public.
Police departments keeping public informed on Twitter - CNN.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Advertising Evolution

Wrigley's has it figured out with showing an evolutionary chain of events in their Extra Spearmint gum commercial. I wonder what the "Intelligent Design" folks think about this one??????

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gabe corn

Gabe corn
Originally uploaded by andystanton
Just showing how easy it is to blog with Flickr.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The White House addition

I LOVE it that the Obamas are making the White House kid-friendly for their family. It is refreshing to have a young family in the White House. Hopefully they will better understand what it is like to raise a family!!!
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time - Blogs from CNN.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Are you on LinkedIn? It continues to grow

Many people are out of work and know the value of social networking. LinkedIn is a great site that allows you to post your resume and make connections with current and past clients, co-workers and business contacts. LinkedIn now has 36 million members - quite small compared to Facebook, but knowing that it is there for business and professional networking - that has expanded the value of the "networking" at a cocktail party!

LinkedIn Skyrockets as Job Losses Mount - Advertising Age - Digital

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Playing around with Google Maps

Just playing around with Google Maps on my blog. Seeing what works and what doesn't work.

This is a map pointing to the metropolis of Longford, Kansas - home of Longford Water. Read more about it at my friend Marci Penner's blog - http://kansassampler.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SuperBowl Tweets - technology is invading (and it is a good thing)

COOL interactive map of twitter activity during the SuperBowl. I LOVE technology! What a way to see who and where people were watching and talking about during the SuperBowl!

Map of Popular Super Bowl Words Used on Twitter - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

Monday, February 09, 2009

Be Prepared - your popcorn might make you sick????

Will the salmonella-laced peanut scare ever end? The latest barrage of peanut-laced product recall includes caramel corn that the Boy Scouts sold.
Popcorn Sold By Georgia Boy Scouts Recalled - News Story - WSB Atlanta

At least the BSA is warning folks with a link at the top of their website to the FDA recall

Some SuperBowl ad statistics

Here are some interesting stats regarding last weekend's Super Bowl ads. From reading this article, kudos goes to the folks at Denny's......

MediaPost Publications Fini: Superbowl Wrap 02/09/2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Have you shared your 25 things?

People are sharing more and more about themselves on Facebook and the latest "viral note" regarding 25 things about themselves is making headlines. I've had my underclass communication studies students do an assignment like this since I began teaching full time in 2005, although my students have to generate 101 things. It really helps them figure out who they are.....
Facebook friends share '25 Things' with the world - USATODAY.com

Monday, January 26, 2009

There's still time to buy a SuperBowl pregame ad

Anybody got an extra million laying around that you want to spend on the 4-hour pregame show? Slots are still available!

Super Bowl pregame ads a tougher sell - USATODAY.com

PopeTube - the Vatican's channel on YouTube

Even the Pope has a channel on YouTube. I wonder how many "viral videos" he'll be sending out?
YouTube - vatican's Channel

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We watched Obama online!

Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S.

A record number of people (including me) watched the inauguration ceremonies from ONLINE sources yesterday. CNN.com and CNN Live streaming video had record hits. Check out this article from Advertising Age.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Wordle of Obama's Words

Wordle is a great tool to help people "see" what has been said in a speech. Here is a word cloud or a tag cloud of President Obama's inauguration speech from today, January 20, 2009.


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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Facebook in the mainstream news

Facebook continues to grow and with more than 150 million active users (up 10 million from last month) we're seeing more and more atypical Facebookers joining the social networking site to get back in touch with friends and relatives. Heck, my almost 71-year-old parents now have a facebook page to keep in touch with their grandkids (one of whom is a soldier in Iraq).
Does Facebook Replace Face Time, or Enhance It? - Yahoo! News

Friday, January 16, 2009

Journalism jobs waaayyyyyyy down

Not good news for those working in journalism.......
WhatTheyThink Economics & Research Center - Printing Industry Economics, Trends and Research

Deceptive Advertising - a NO NO - what do you think about Vitaminwater???

Coca-cola is being slammed for having "deceptive advertising" for vitaminwater - one of their products you can find in most convenience stores among the myriad of bottled waters and sports drinks. Just because it has extra "vitamins" does that mean it is healthy???
MediaPost Publications - Coca-Cola Slammed For Deceptive Vitaminwater Marketing - 01/16/2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Animoto - cool 30 second movies

I'm trying out different web 2.0 technologies for my Multimedia Production class. Here's a cool website called Animoto that will put together a quick (30 second) video with your photos and your music and then have it available to download, post to YouTube or just about anywhere else!

Clorox Bees? Just doesn't have the same ring

Here's a great article about branding. Really brings home the idea that once an established brand name like Burt's Bees has created its brand, you don't want to change it - even if they sell out to Clorox for $900+ million!
brandchannel.com | Burt’s Bees | Clorox | Roxanne Quimby | brands | brand | branding news

Friday, January 09, 2009

Did You Know???

A few years ago someone forwarded a video to me regarding how information is changing our world so quickly. It was a video called - Did You Know?

I was at a conference in October and saw an updated version of the video - quite interesting!

Here's the latest video:

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Cool video!

Kind of a cool video showing the global flight patterns in a 24 hour period.

Welcome to the country of Facebook - no passport required

If Facebook users composed their own country, it would be the eighth largest in the world.

Facebook just continues to grow and grow and grow! Information released Wednesday reports that Facebook has more than 150 million active users - up 10 million from last month! Even more interesting from the article is that more than 70% of those users are OUTSIDE the United States.

MediaPost Publications - Facebook Surpasses 150 Million Users - 01/08/2009

Porn industry Needs Stimulation

It seems as if the big three automakers aren't the only ones wanting money from the federal government......

Porn industry seeks own stimulus ... package - CNBC TV- msnbc.com

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Full Frontal????

The New York Times Jan 5 2009
More info on yesterday's post regarding the New York Times new venture into front-page advertising.
MediaPost Publications - Full-Frontal: 'New York Times' Sells Ads Below Fold - 01/06/2009

Monday, January 05, 2009

Lost in Translation.....

Something I've always talked about in my advertising classes - making sure you understand your audience and your audience understands you!

While in China, we saw many photos of crazy translations. I'll have to dig through my files to find some......

Here's the article from Advertising Age:
Typos, Translations and Other Global Gaffes in Marketing - The Big Tent - Advertising Age

Great blog about blogging and web 2.0

I just stumbled upon this blog this morning (from another friend on twitter) and there are TONS of stuff there regarding how to become a better blogger and social marketer.


Drastic Changes in Journalism and Advertising

On today's New York Times page a display ad shines its face - for CBS. What has always been considered a "no zone" for advertising, the front page on one of America's most respected newspapers has fallen to print journalism's fight to stay alive.

Newspapers are struggling to survive in this era of electronic news reading. More people now get their news and information from the web than from print sources.

What else will happen in print journalism during 2009???

Here's the Reuters story about the ad.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Proctor and Gamble still #1

According to an article from Advertising Age, Proctor and Gamble continued to be the world's biggest buyer of advertising in 2007 (the latest figures available).

In 2007, they spent more than $9.3 billion worldwide on advertising. That's more than $25 million per day and just a little bit more than $1 million per hour.

How many of the items in your household are made by Proctor and Gamble? Look here to see just what they make.