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Optus bosses tell staff they can only leave their desks for the duration of Melbourne Cup | News.com.au

October 31, 2011 1 comment
Woman's hat in Melbourne Cup. During the day, ...

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IT’S the race that stops the nation – but only for three minutes and 20 seconds if you work for Optus.

The telco is among many Australian companies imposing strict time limits on how long staff can celebrate the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

While it’s a public holiday in Victoria, many NSW workers have been warned they have just a few minutes to watch the race before they’re expected to get back to work.

Optus staff were told last week they could step away from their desks only from the time the horses leave the barrier until they complete the 3200m race – about three minutes and 20 seconds.

Staff would need to apply for an annual leave day if they planned to extend celebrations beyond that time limit.

One staff member, who did not wish to be named, said she and her colleagues were shocked at the heavy-handed approach: “It’s totally unnecessary. Talk about ripping the fun out of the day.”

via Optus bosses tell staff they can only leave their desks for the duration of Melbourne Cup | News.com.au.

Strange Random Horse Race Quote:

“The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

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Trendiest Halloween Costumes for Adults 2011 – CNBC

October 30, 2011 1 comment

Charlie Sheen Halloween accessories

Charlie Sheen

Retail $14.99 and up

Do you have one speed, one gear, go? Perhaps you can dress up like a “total bitchin’ rock star from Mars” this Halloween. You’ll have company.

Major media events often provide inspiration for Halloween, and Charlie Sheen’s meltdown was particularly spectacular.

There are plenty of ways people will be putting together Sheen characters. Some will interpret Sheen’s catch phrases, while others will mimic him. To help pull the costume together, there are masks and wigs, even bowling shirts, Fedora hats, sunglasses and shirts that say “Winning.” Adding a “Goddess” on each arm can’t hurt either, but I’m afraid the Tiger Blood is sold separately.

via Trendiest Halloween Costumes for Adults 2011 – CNBC.

(Extremely) Strange Random Charlie Sheen Quote:

“If you borrowed my brain for five seconds, you’d be like, ‘Dude! Can’t handle it, unplug this bastard!’ . “It fires in a way that’s maybe not from, uh… this terrestrial realm.”

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Made in America Tattoo Company Has Halloween Trick Up its Sleeve | Halloween Candy Alternatives | Customized Temporary Tattoos | Business News Daily

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment
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An Arizona-based temporary tattoo manufacturer, which got its start in a garage before growing into a big business, is now looking to leave its mark on trick-or-treaters – literally.

While costumed kids still are sure to be bombarded with the holiday’s traditional candy, Tattoo Manufacturing and its parent company TM International have unveiled more than 100 new Halloween-inspired tattoos in hopes of positioning their product as an alternative to candy this Halloween.

With a collection including devils, ghosts, pirates, pumpkins, skulls, spiders, witches and vampires – some of which glow in the dark – Damon Safranek, director of corporate strategy and analysis for TM International, said the company also has seen a notable uptick in the number of people adding them as the finishing touches to their costumes.

“We see a lot of traffic for both treats for children and Halloween costumes,” Safranek told BusinessNewsDaily.

Halloween sales are just a small part of what has helped turn a one-person operation into the world’s largest temporary tattoo manufacturer, printing more than 6 million tattoos each day.

via Made in America Tattoo Company Has Halloween Trick Up its Sleeve | Halloween Candy Alternatives | Customized Temporary Tattoos | Business News Daily.

Strange Random Tattoo Quote:

Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. – Jack London

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Scary Pumpkin Art

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

More pumpkins, this time specially-themed ones!

Strange Random Scary Quote:

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. – From Scooby-Doo

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Cashing In on Your Hit YouTube Video – NYTimes.com

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment
"Internet Celebrity" Tee

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Katie Clem posted a video on YouTube this month of her daughter Lily’s poignant and funny reaction to her sixth birthday present, a trip to Disneyland, for her friends and family. Then it went viral.

In three weeks it has been watched more than five million times, and Lily has become a minor Internet celebrity. Of far more importance, at least to Lily’s parents, the video is poised to make enough money from advertisements to send Lily to college.

Creating a video that attracts millions of viewers and becomes a pop culture phenomenon involves an unpredictable cocktail of luck and timing. A dash of cute babies or people acting like idiots can only help. But once a video goes viral, making some cold cash depends on quick action.

Here is some advice on how to take advantage of your 15 minutes of Internet fame from people who did just that.

via Cashing In on Your Hit YouTube Video – NYTimes.com.

Strange Random YouTube Quote:

“YouTube is a place for people to share their ideas. If by people you mean 13-year-old girls and by ideas you mean how they love the Jonas Brothers.” – Bo Burnham

 

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