No Tape? Check Your Roll.

Next time you’re out of tape, just check the roll. Wrapping paper companies are beginning to include sheets of tape within their packaging. If this is old news I apologize, its just the first I’ve seen it. It really was a stroke of genius whomever decided to include these sheets of tape.

Lets face it. No one really knows how to wrap well. Sometimes I think my presents would look better if I just crumpled them up in a ball of colorful paper. Try to pass it off as art. You might as well have a drink or two, or five, while wrapping for false confidence. So what happens when you reach the point where you realize you forgot Scotch tape?

Do you look around for objects in your home that have tape on them, in the hopes that you can reuse it? That channel changer back that always falls off. Think you can carefully peel away that piece? Will it have enough stick? No no, you can’t risk the remote not working!

Check your roll. If you’re lucky, it will have a tape sheet inside that will save you from having to sober up and actually buy it.

Thank you wrapping paper for containing a sheet of tape within your packaging.  I really do appreciate the little things you do for me.

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Where in the World is Kelly Viviano?

Its been a while. The last time I posted it wasn’t even my birthday yet. So where have I been? What have I been doing? I promised updates on this a while ago…where are they?

Ok. I lied. No, I just got busy. I fully intended to keep this updated, but life caught up with me. I’ve had some pretty rocky/weird interviews for jobs, which I’d rather not remember. I had a New Years Eve, which I definitely don’t remember, and a New Years Day that my date will always remember. I became an aunt, and oh yeah, I got a job!

Along with not being able to update this blog I haven’t been able to have mini marathons of The X-Files. I haven’t been able to switch the month on my “Nuns Havin’ Fun” calendar from December to February (soon to be March) and I haven’t showered in weeks.

No, I lied again…and I’m basically just complaining. I still shower everyday, manage to eat copious amounts of food while working/hanging out with friends, and still play around on Facebook. I guess the time that I used to take updating this blog, watching too much TV, and changing my calendar is now consumed by a job. Does this mean I’m an adult?

NO! I want to be a Toys R Us Kid! So here is a new entry for anyone who reads this still and requested it (WKIW). Today I have the day off and am free to do whatever. I chose painting, and of course this blog. Here is the painting:

Red and black. Like you weren’t expecting that. Along with some Garbage song titles in the background and my attempted paint splash of Shirley Manson. Don’t you just love the wallpaper? Another thing I haven’t done…take down wallpaper and paint bedroom wall red.

To make up for my lack of posting, here are two more little goodies. Some doodles I made a while ago of Kaitlin Olson and Charlie Day from Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Cause I’m a pothole, soo…

Well, Geico has done it again. Personified an inanimate object. And you know what? I’m ok with it.

This time Geico has made a talking pothole. I actually think its pretty funny, and gets the point across about the benefits of having Geico (emergency road service). And the southern voice, perfect. Cheers to Geico for coming out with a campaign I might actually enjoy watching.

In the past, they’ve had some annoying ones. Mainly, the cavemen. Lets take a quick gander at what Geico has done.

First, and still, there is this little guy. The Geico Gecko.

geicoIn the beginning he was always upset for being confused for Geico. People would call him in the shower, and he would attempt to assure them he was Gecko, not Geico.

Then he more or less embraced the mishaps. He decided he should go with the flow, and just go around promoting Geico with every chance he had.

At times he revealed his innocent, yet funny side. His artsy expressive side, while dancing across a desk. And his mischievous side by using a bill that was not his to get something from a vending machine.

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Then. There were these guys. The Geico Cavemen. Not only are these cavemen on my list of most annoying TV ads, but they are one of the worst campaign ideas Geico (Joe Lawson) has come up with. I hate the Geico Cavemen. And to think a TV show was made for them. I’m not sure what drugs ABC was on to even think of picking up a series on these guys and then to think it would be successful, but to no surprise it was cancelled quickly after it began. Very quickly.

Thank you Geico for finally phasing these guys out. If you want to reuse the Gecko, fine. But not these guys.

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Then there was this campaign. Having a celebrity narrate a real persons story about using Geico car insurance. I’m okay with these. I mean they weren’t amazing, but they weren’t all together annoying. In fact, I found the Joan Rivers one comical. And who doesn’t love themselves some Little Richard?

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This one you all remember. The stack of money with googly eyes, and that song. Still being used, but not the newest campaign. I have to admit, this stack of money did not raise my interest one bit when they first started airing this campaign. But after about 2-3 commercials I liked it. And the song stuck. Plus, imagine how much cheaper it is to use this stack of money over making new animations of the Gecko.

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And then. Boom. This gal. Ultimately, I think the Gecko was probably their best, but this one looks very promising.

Graduation

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I’m not about to get all sappy about finally graduating. Although looking back, I think that college will be a major highlight of my life, like most.

So maybe I will get sappy for a minute, and a bit preachy. Enjoy college. It truly is great. The possibilities and people you meet. All good things. Sure classes can be annoying sometimes, but you might find yourself wishing you were still enrolled to just be around that atmosphere again.

Okay, on to the present and the future. I have a new degree, a new/old location (I’m back home), and more time on my hands. No classes, no part time job. Just me, my blog, and many resumes/portfolios being sent across the US in hopes of landing myself a “real” job. By “real” I just mean something somewhat related to advertising.

So in the meantime , I will be able to update this blog more, so look out for some new postings. I have also updated my About Me and My Work sections. Enjoy.

The Cat’s Out of the Bag

n502612563_43381_29611After watching about 7 hours of an America’s Next Top Model marathon on the Oxygen channel, I’ve come to one conclusion. I’m a huge nerd.

I mean when you snort over the fact that someone mentions your favorite show, The X-Files, it’s pretty safe to say. Cat’s out of the bag folks.

Back to my current nerdy moment though. While watching my marathon I noticed a commercial to follow ANTM‘s (America’s Next Top Model for those not yet obsessed with the show) Twitter. In the commercial they bring up three user’s updates on screen. And guess who was the top one.

Yep. Me. It read, “KellyViviano: is tired after being semi-productive…now when does ANTM come back?” Clearly I was selected for my reference to top model, but I was still pretty excited. And that is why I’m a complete geek.

So thank you Derek Mehraban for asking me to join Twitter, for without that, I would not have ran around my house yelling “my name was on a commercial!”

And yeah…that’s me in a sweatband having a pose-off in front of my photo booth. You can cry now, its okay.

A little PR…

New Media Driver’s License Course at Michigan State University Using the Words of David Meerman Scott

East Lansing, Mich. – March 1, 2009 – David Meerman Scott’s book, “The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly”, is helping Michigan State University students gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The New Media Driver’s License course offered at MSU, taught by CEO of Ingenex Digital Marketing, Derek Mehraban, is training students in the use of new media and digital communication tools. As an important foundation to the course, Scott’s book is being used to teach students how to use this new media to it’s fullest.

Scott provides readers with new methods of internet marketing, guides them how to launch a thought leadership campaign by using tools of social media, and gives an index of other useful applications that will help your company succeed.

With the support and guidance of David Meerman Scott’s words, the MSU New Media Driver’s License students will be ready to buckle up and cruise through the world wide web of new media. The question is, will you?

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I’ve heard you’re talking to yourself…

Heeeeeelllllllooooooooo (said in Seinfeld voice)!

This is my first post on my first blog. So far I have managed to create an “about afterglow” and “about me” page. So if you want to know about, well, afterglow or me, go to one of those pages.

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