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Information on Careers in Advertising/Marketing for Careers in Writing class: September 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 6:35 am

Here’s the info I promised!

http://www.Monster.com

www. Salary.com

Paladin staffing – Marketing, Creative, and Communications Staffing
Welcome To Paladin. We are a professional staffing and recruitment firm dedicated to the marketing, creative and communications professions. Within these specialties, Paladin is a trusted partner for interim, contract-to-hire, outsourcing staffing and direct-hire recruitment. Each Paladin Account Manager has direct experience in the fields we serve, which allows us to provide highly personalized, effective and efficient service to clients and expert counsel to candidates.
Paladin Atlanta
1050 Crown Pointe Parkway
Suite 1750
Atlanta, GA 30338
Phone: 404-495-0900
Fax: 866-858-2557
southeast@paladinstaff.com

The Creative Group, a division of specialized staffing leader Robert Half International Inc., specializes in placing highly skilled creative, advertising, marketing, web and public relations professionals with a variety of firms. http://www.creativegroup.com

Kennesaw offers Media Internships that can get you started at:
http://www.kennesaw.edu/communication/mediainternships.shtml

 

Thanks, Mom! September 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 6:56 pm

All unintentional spelling errors have been corrected.

Enjoy. 🙂

 

Way to go Beyonce! Taylor vs. Kanye- Sweetness wins!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 1:21 pm

In case the movie is deleted before you read this, as the last one was, here’s the story:

The MTV Video Music awards were held last night and Taylor Swift received the award for best new female music video (“You Belong With Me”). By the way- she TOTALLY deserved it. SO- as she stepped onto the stage and began to accept her award, JerkHole A #1 Kanye West got up and interrupted her, taking her mic. He said something to the effect of, “I’m really happy for you Taylor and I’m gonna let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! Of all time!” The nerve of that guy! Oh! Thank you so much, lord and master Kanye for DEIGNING to allow me to finish my own fricken acceptance speech! Beyonce’s face looked like something between flattery, shock, and disgust.
Anyway- Poor 17-year-old Taylor (who looked GORGEOUS, btw) was visibly rattled and stood silently on the stage for what seemed like an agonizingly long few moments. The crowd tried to buck her up by chanting her name and giving her a standing ovation, but MTV saw the trainwreck taking place on the stage and immediately segued into the next segment. Taylor, looking defeated, walked dazedly out of the spotlight.
Later in the evening, Beyonce was awarded the moon man for video of the year. That gorgeous, classy lady walked very calmly to the microphone, thanked everyone, and told the audience that she remembers being 17 and nominated for her first VMA with Destiny’s Child. She said it was one of the most exciting moments of her life. With that, she invited Taylor back onto the stage to reclaim the moment Kanye stole from her. Taylor, looking like a little angel, entered, hugged Beyonce, and very calmly finished her acceptance speech. What a beautiful moment!!

Way to go, Beyonce. That’s real class.

I think I’ll head out and buy two albums now. Take a guess who will have written NEITHER of them.

 

Kanye West is OFFICIALLY on my crap list.

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 2:40 am

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS JERK!

Taylor Swift has more talent in her pinkie finger than Kanye’s pea brain could ever imagine in his most narcissistic dreams!

I just wanna hug her. Poor little dear.

 

Dragon*Con pics and wrap-up! September 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 12:00 am

Once again, I’d like to thank the listeners of Bean About Town for making Owl Radio the #1 station on Stickam.com during my show this week!  You guys are amazing!!

The post below contains some of my favorite pics from Dragon *Con. I want to thank everybody who helped me make the special edition of Bean About Dragon*Con a runaway success- Especially those who participated in interviews and the Media Relations department at Dragon*Con!  Tune in to Matt Nix’s show on Monday at 10pm for more from Matt, Tony, and myself about the convention. KSURADIO.COM!!

Enjoy the pics below. I sure did!

 

September 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 11:57 pm
YAY! KSU STUDENTS!!

YAY! KSU STUDENTS!!

I told homeboy not to act too vulcan-like or he'd be in trouble. HOT FOR SPOOOOCK!

I told homeboy not to act too vulcan-like or he'd be in trouble. HOT FOR SPOOOOCK!

This guy promptly handed me a card, his business title listed as "Evil Genius for Hire"

This guy promptly handed me a card, his business title listed as "Evil Genius for Hire"

I'm pretty sure a friend of mine saw this thing later engaged in sex acts with a giant squirrel.

I'm pretty sure a friend of mine saw this thing later engaged in sex acts with a giant squirrel.

She was red. I bet she stayed that way after the makeup was gone. Breathe, skin! Breathe!!

She was red. I bet she stayed that way after the makeup was gone. Breathe, skin! Breathe!!

Um... What?

Um... What?

YES! ELVIS IS A JEDI!!

YES! ELVIS IS A JEDI!!

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, WE SALUTE YOU!!!

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, WE SALUTE YOU!!!

The digital gaming track featuring Rock Band with real instruments!

The digital gaming track featuring Rock Band with real instruments!

This wierd hobbity type thing kept following me... so I took it's picture. It disappeared.

This wierd hobbity type thing kept following me... so I took it's picture. It disappeared.

Some cool lighting and the silhouette of my hawt hubster- partner in crime throughout the con.

Some cool lighting and the silhouette of my hawt hubster- partner in crime throughout the con.

Hagrid!! I just wanted to hug him!!

Hagrid!! I just wanted to hug him!!

The joker and... well... Greased clown guy with a giant hammer...
The joker and… well… Greased clown guy with a giant hammer…
CROWDS!! AAAH!

CROWDS!! AAAH!

SHARE Magazine's own Patti Gregory!

SHARE Magazine's own Patti Gregory!

These tables covered in crap were a common sight around the con.

These tables covered in crap were a common sight around the con.

This was the line to get into one of the club events. It looped the entire hotel.

This was the line to get into one of the club events. It looped the entire hotel.

AWESOME costume!

AWESOME costume!

I peed myself. From fear.

I peed myself. From fear.

This is what I call bravery. The Ambiguously Gay Duo!
This is what I call bravery. The Ambiguously Gay Duo!
Check out Sauron!! He's SO FRICKEN SCARY!!! He was HUGE too!

Check out Sauron!! He's SO FRICKEN SCARY!!! He was HUGE too!

All the witches from Sleeping Beauty including the BEST VILLAIN OF ALL TIME!!!

All the witches from Sleeping Beauty including the BEST VILLAIN OF ALL TIME!!!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. A girl can dress like an angel and still be skanky.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. A girl can dress like an angel and still be skanky.

Apparently this is a World of Warcraft thing. I had to ask someone, "Um... what the hell IS that?"

Apparently this is a World of Warcraft thing. I had to ask someone, "Um... what the hell IS that?"

Lonely little fairy looking cutsie tootsie in her red chair.

Lonely little fairy looking cutsie tootsie in her red chair.

JACKPOT!

JACKPOT!

Welcome to my nightmares.

Welcome to my nightmares.

Yup! WOMEN'S wrestling. So gross yet so entertaining... like a train wreck...

Yup! WOMEN'S wrestling. So gross yet so entertaining... like a train wreck...

No face!! Don't let him eat too much!

No face!! Don't let him eat too much!

Someone's vagabond robot begging for parts.
Someone’s vagabond robot begging for parts.
I absolutely MUST confront Gargamel! Ayvrey smurf is counting on me!

I absolutely MUST confront Gargamel! Ayvrey smurf is counting on me!

I LOVE this one! It's the Hamburgler with the Burger King's head on a pike!

I LOVE this one! It's the Hamburgler with the Burger King's head on a pike!

THE BEAST! The only thing cooler than this costume is the fact that Kelsey Grammar did his voice in the movie.

THE BEAST! The only thing cooler than this costume is the fact that Kelsey Grammar did his voice in the movie.

Out of all the pics I took, this one was my fav. Not just because of the cute kid in an awesome backpack... but the CELL PHONE!!
Out of all the pics I took, this one was my fav. Not just because of the cute kid in an awesome backpack… but the CELL PHONE!!
The out-of-work zombie hunters.
The out-of-work zombie hunters.
Bruce Davison from the X-Men movies and Law & Order
Bruce Davison from the X-Men movies and Law & Order
Ursula allowing some poor unfortunate soul to take pictures.

Ursula allowing some poor unfortunate soul to take pictures.

Alan Ruck and Barry Bostwick sandwich. Yummy...

Alan Ruck and Barry Bostwick sandwich. Yummy...

My personal favorite celeb encounter.

My personal favorite celeb encounter.

AAAH! Real monsters!!

AAAH! Real monsters!!

The crowds were unbelievable.

The crowds were unbelievable.

Some pretty little fairy ladies.

Some pretty little fairy ladies.

Of course there were plenty of these...

Of course there were plenty of these...

This was the best Harry Potter group I saw until I heard their TERRIBLE English accents...

This was the best Harry Potter group I saw until I heard their TERRIBLE English accents...

Silver surfer! SQUEE!

Silver surfer! SQUEE!

Post-apocalyptic rag doll from 9

Post-apocalyptic rag doll from 9

I don't recommend bring kids to Dragon*Con, but these two were definitely a cute addition.

I don't recommend bring kids to Dragon*Con, but these two were definitely a cute addition.

 

Bean About Town review of 4th & Swift, Atlanta September 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — DJBean @ 2:24 am

My husband and I rarely love any evening more than one that affords us the opportunity to try a new restaurant. Lately, finding a new “date spot” has been the mission. Our previous reigning champion of “date spots” recently had to close due to scared investors and a shaky economy. This event was particularly heartbreaking for the two of us considering most major milestones in our relationship took place in the restaurant, including our engagement. There is a hole in our dating life left by the closing of our place.
So, needless to say, every new place we try is subject to the “date spot” hunt and therefore both tremendous scrutiny and hopeful bias. We want to love every place we go. We desperately want a new place to call ours, to settle into a new usual table and breathe easily on date night knowing we always have the old standby ready to invariably wow us each time we walk through the door.
That said, my husband and I are on a budget. We usually split meals or wait for ridiculous specials to quell our foodie cravings, but we are seldom deterred. Upon Taste of Atlanta Week’s much anticipated arrival, I thoroughly researched the restaurants and the deals on offer, eventually selecting the trendy new Atlanta cucina, 4th & Swift for “date spot” contender number one.
After some slight confusion and a few choice words for my GPS system, we found the place. The lure of twinkle lights and a distant bumpchikbumpchikbumpchik of trendy music pulled us ever closer to a pair of huge steel doors nestled into a very old looking brick wall. A host very kindly held the door for us and welcomed us into an envelope of heavenly smells with a wide smile. My husband and I could hardly contain our enthusiasm.
In the Old 4th Ward district of Atlanta, 4th & Swift occupies what used to be the engine room to Southern Dairies and still displays many of the original elements. Exposed brick partially covered in artfully imperfect peeling plaster graces the walls along with shocks of white paint and simple framed photographs. The lighting is subtle, most of it tracked and radiating off of a white brick wall from behind a row of booth seats lining the back of the restaurant. Little votives flicker in front of drawn shades and atop each table bouncing fairy lights off the exposed pipes. The room is small, intimate, stylish and a little on the noisy side. Despite a little of the “not quite moved in” effect, overall the feel was quite attractive with a sexy and exciting vibe.
We were ushered past the trendy looking bar to an architecturally intriguing booth for two. The tabletop sailed cleanly through the wall, leaving a gap in what would have blocked our view of most of the restaurant. Instead, we had an intimate two-top with plenty of space, plenty of privacy yet an excellent spot for the restaurant voyeur.
After the ambiance-inspired stars fell out of my eyes, the first thing I noticed about the table was a lack of salt and pepper. As a matter of fact, none of the tables featured the aforementioned spices. I remember commenting, “either ballsy or arrogant. It’ll depend on the food.” Obviously Chef Jay Swift has enough confidence in his food that he refuses to submit to the American way of overseasoning every dish as soon as it hits the table. While belief in his talent is an admirable quality for any artist to have, this apparent need to protect the dignity of his dishes instead of pleasing the customer’s taste clued me in to a bit of snobbishness on his part. I simply know that if I were the restaurateur, I would care more about the customer being pleased than my dish being uncompromised.
Our table was blown past by the endless attractive, well-dressed, and slightly over-gelled wait staff and our lovely server approached offering us beverages, a basket of bread and the daily specials. After she delivered me a delightful cup of coffee and my husband a tea, I bit into a far too floury artisan sourdough roll and perused the menu. As I pored over several pages of dishes and their tongue-twister descriptions, including a carpaccio of summer beets and watermelon salad and the most unusual entrée: filet of mule, I have to confess I was slightly intimidated. The menu bordered on pretense. As I said before, my husband and I are professed foodies and no strangers to the finer and more exotic items to tickle the pallete and even we found a few things on the list that couldn’t be identified. Thankfully, we had planned to stick to the special Taste of Atlanta Week menu which offered only two choices per course. We ordered one of each.
To begin, we had a crisp and refreshing Bibb Salad augmented by the hearty crunch of chopped hazelnuts. Floating atop the lettuce in a brilliantly stacked presentation were grilled peaches and light-as-a-feather manchengo. Unfortunately, my allergy to peaches prohibited me from tasting this dish, but I assure you, my husband was in raptures. Given that, it is extremely difficult to mess up a salad, so lets reserve the pats on the back for the real deal.
Accompanying the salad was the sweet corn soup with house made chorizo and cilantro oil. This soup had strokes of genius all over it. The soup itself tasted like cornbread batter with all its sweetness and comforting familiar flavor. However, when I picked a spoon full including a chunk of the chorizo artfully plopped into the middle of the bowl, the pop of spicy sausage danced a waltz with the sweetness of the corn. If the chorizo had been pureed into the soup rather than floated in the middle, it’s pungent flavor would have overpowered the delicate corn completely. As it was served, despite the undetectable cilantro oil, the soup was an excellent start to the meal.
Round one: So far, so good. Unfortunately, the appetizers and the coffee were as good as it got.
Our entrees were mind-bogglingly complex and completely unimpressive. The first dish was billed as Crispy Summer Flounder with Local Greens and Legumes with Lemon Thyme dressing. Sounds lovely, right? Upon tasting, my husband and I promptly renamed the dish Glorified Fish Stick sitting on top of Really Bitter Salad topped with Mayo and Salt. What minimal flavor dared to show itself elicited nothing but intense dislike from both my husband and myself. The only points this dish earned the restaurant were in the presentation which was unfailingly impressive.
Our second entrée was Wood Grilled Leg of Lamb, Harissa, Grilled Naan, Sweet Peppers, and Herb Salad. If the first dish were a lullaby, this dish would be reveillee. The intense heat of the harissa paired nicely with the cooling yogurt sauce, but that was the only continuity in the dish. I could hardly taste the gristly cut of meat at all for the sauces and overbearing bitter greens. The grilled naan (or half a burnt mini-pita) was a campy and hurried addition to the presentation and did nothing to remedy the epic battle of flavors raging on the plate. All told, this dish was a mess. I love lamb, I love spicy food, I love Mediterranean flavors and I could not finish this dish. It was an unequivocal disappointment.
Next came dessert which is usually my favorite course. We were first offered Fennel Crème Brulee and Oven Roasted Strawberries with Shortbread. The presentation of the dish was cute with the crème and the strawberries in two separate dishes holding erect the two prettily sugar-dusted cookies. I was thoroughly nonplussed by each element individually, especially since one of my greatest foodie pet-peeves is crème brulee served in a deep dish. The combination of the three, however, was reminiscent of a shortbread thumbprint cookie infused with strawberry jam which did little more than make me want to buy a bag of the good ones on the way home. Yawn.
The second offering was Baked Chocolate Mouse, Caramel Ice Cream, Banana, and Candied Bacon. While this dish was rich and interesting, especially the fact that there was bacon involved, the flavors had a similar battle to that in the lamb dish. The ice cream had little purpose but to provide a temperature difference, there was far too much bacon on the plate, the bananas were superfluous, and the chocolate mousse was a flourless cake in disguise. All in all, the dish seemed hurriedly thrown together and, frankly, quite careless.
Point blank, when I received the bill, I was upset. On top of being charged three dollars for a cup of coffee, I dropped a huge chunk of money on not much food that I hardly ate and did not enjoy. My husband and I even spoke about stopping at the grocery store so we could make a decent dinner at home. Most shockingly, these piles of afterthought were served to us from the Taste of Atlanta Week menu which is an event meant to draw new customers to the participating restaurants! 4th & Swift were supposed to put their best foot forward. Instead they served us food that tasted like foot.
We wanted to love it. We really did. Though, in spite of the hipster sexy crowd and ambiance, I will definitely not return to 4th & Swift and would only recommend it to someone I intensely disliked.