Tuesday, July 17, 2012
There have long been debates over the placement and the content of billboards, but one has to admit, they get the job done no matter who has issue with them.
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Posted by Kelly515 at 10:12 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
If you are like most Americans, you possess a credit card or two and therefore receive on average two to three direct mailers from credit card companies a week. Maybe you get more than that. Over the years, I have been the proud owner of various credit cards; therefore, I realize I’m bound to receive mail telling me I’ve been pre-approved for a card I already have, mail containing gift cards that are mine to keep if I activate their card, or very cute and catchy fliers with people on vacation or doing all the things I can do if I only sign up for the debt.
Maybe you’ve never been blessed with receiving them. If you are, please tell me how you’ve done it. I’ve tried several tactics to be taken off these mailing lists. I’ve even been to the Federal Trade Commission site to remove myself from these mailers, but shockingly, I still receive them all the time. The site boasts:
“Tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail, including preapproved credit card applications? Fed up with getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Fuming that your email inbox is chock-full of unsolicited advertising? The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no.”
Logging all of your personal information into the forms they provide, writing in, or calling are supposed to allow you to opt out for five years at a time (hello?) or permanently. I’m beginning to think this is like being on the “Do Not Call List for your phones – has it helped you? So I’m wondering if this site to opt out of unsolicited mail, telemarketing and email really works or if it’s just a myth full of promise to not be bothered. Someone once said that if you open the mail, stuff everything back in the envelope without filling it out and mail it back, these companies would stop sending them to you. Well, that isn’t working either.
Recently while reading an article on Citi Bank, I realize that I’m not imagining this. They do in fact target existing customers. This year, they have already sent out two million letters to existing customers to let them know about their new AAdvantage Debit Card. I guarantee I received at least three of those letters.I understand that marketing is key for such companies, but enough is enough. You have to admit, it’s sad - how much money they must have to simply throw it away on people like me who do all their credit card business online (paperless statements and mail) so we tear up everything received from them without ever opening it. What a waste for a company, but it must be paying off as they never stop.
For more information on the above topics, please visit:http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm
Posted by Kelly515 at 6:09 PM
Monday, July 2, 2012
How many of you went to summer camp when you were a kid? I was lucky enough to grow up in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 lakes, many of which made for great locations for camps. My experience with camp was to say the least a fun one. I attended Luther Crest Bible Camp for three summers in a row when beginning the summer after fourth grade.
We had all kinds of activities that were somewhat centered around learning about God, but for the most part – it was camp! We swam every day, made so many crafts I can’t believe we had room to bring them all home in our duffle bags, put on performances consisting of dancing and singing skits, stayed in cabins that had no bathrooms, air conditioning or a real good screen system so you were on your own to fend off those lovely pests of nature that buzzed around your head as you tried to sleep in the sweltering summer heat. At night there was inevitably some activity that consisted of traipsing off into the woods to have a sing along and roast marshmallows.
Camp was usually attended with a friend or two, but you made so many more friends while you were there, made them friendship bracelets and took down their address so you could write them letters. Yes all of you stunned by that, this was before computers and cell phones and all the other fancy devices graced the average American household.
Now looking to send my own children to camp, I’ve been looking up different options online as I don’t have the background here as I did in Minnesota, in other words, no family history of attending such camps. In doing so, I discovered something that shouldn’t surprise me, but it kind of does - Computer Camps and Technology Courses for Kids & Teens at Prestigious Locations.
According to DigitalMediaAcademy.org, kids and teens can attend summer camps at universities ranging from Stanford and Harvard to the University of British Columbia. Instead of creating simple skits and learning how not to burn a marshmallow, these kids head off for a week or two to learn things like Digital Filmmaking, Game Design, Programming & Robotics, Art & Design, Science & Engineering, and Sports & Technology. They come home with a unique project and the confidence to continue their new skills.
Not that there is anything wrong with the average summer camp, but I think I’m going to look into this a little further. What a confidence booster for any child interested in media!
Posted by Kelly515 at 8:10 PM