When I came back to school a few months ago, I made what I thought at that time was a decisive decision – not to do co-op. There were several reasons for this. First, I really thought I was getting old. Getting back to school after a few years off makes you feel that way. Second, I felt that I had enough experience. In my short time with eBay, I’ve held three roles, one of which affected the entire Customer Support organization.
Leroy Stick, the man behind the Twitter account @BPGlobalPR, has finally revealed himself…. Well, sort of.
In the “press release” that was posted on Street Giant, he introduces himself to the media, giving insight into what gave him the idea of opening a Twitter account that pokes fun of British Petroleum’s handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
There are several things I like about Leroy Stick’s press release. The obvious: it’s witty. But I expected that, given how clever the tweets have been. It’s great that he also addressed the elephant in the room head on. He makes it clear that making money out of this Twitter account is not his intention:
I don’t have an image and I’m not making any money AT ALL for myself. Every penny we make from the t-shirts goes to the Gulf Restoration Network. Just a few hours ago, we made our first official $10,000 donation to healthygulf.org from the money we’ve made selling free “bp cares” t-shirts in one week.
He also explains why he opened the Twitter account in the first place:
I started @BPGlobalPR, because the oil spill had been going on for almost a month and all BP had to offer were bullshit PR statements. No solutions, no urgency, no sincerity, no nothing. That’s why I decided to relate to the public for them. I started off just making jokes at their expense with a few friends, but now it has turned into something of a movement.
Most awesome of all is how he criticized blogs and PR “experts” who seem to have lost sight of what’s important:
I’ve read a bunch of articles and blogs about this whole situation by publicists and marketing folk wondering what BP should do to save their brand from @BPGlobalPR. First of all, who cares? Second of all, what kind of business are you in? I’m trashing a company that is literally trashing the ocean, and these idiots are trying to figure out how to protect that company? One pickledick actually suggested that BP approach me and try to incorporate me into their actual PR outreach. That has got to be the dumbest, most head-up-the-ass solution anyone could possibly offer.
Those are just the highlights for me, but I did find the entire thing highly engaging, insightful, and honest. It’s definitely a must read.
On a related note, BP CEO Tony Hayward revealed in a recently interview that he wants his life back.
You know, I’m sure Americans would like their cleaner gulf back, too, Mr. Hayward! And all those marine animals that would be on the brink of extinction thanks to your company? They likely want their home back
Bottom line: JUST PLUG THE DAMN HOLE!
Via Towleroad… It looks like McDonald’s France is serving up some young gay love. In it’s new advertising campaign titled “Come as You Are”, McDonald’s France is featuring a teenage, closeted gay guy talking to (presumably) his teenage boyfriend while his dad purchases food from the counter.
I’m not sure if this is first in a series of ads, but does it look like the ad is somewhat incomplete? If the ad is complete as it is, what message are they trying to tell us? Are they encouraging gay guys to be in the closet? (I realize that this is highly unlikely.)
There’s one thing you can’t deny about this ad. McDonald’s Restaurants, regardless of all the flak it receives for not contributing to obesity, still remains one of the most innovative establishments around. Its willingness to take on subjects that most companies would consider “risky” is admirable.
A few weeks ago, I’ve committed to take part in Meatless Mondays, a global movement that aims to encourage people to give up meat products for at least one day a week. While I’ve met a few challenging Mondays avoiding meat products, I’ve been mostly successful.
I’ve been most surprised so far by how full I can actually get from eating a meatless meal – I thought for sure I would feel unsatisfied after each meal, but that hasn’t been the case at all. If there’s one thing I have to complain about, it’s the lack of a wide selection of vegetarian options in some food establishments. This is particularly true, I find, for Filipino restaurants.
If you’re thinking of participating in Meatless Mondays (you should!), I’ve compiled a list of things I found to be challenging and other things I found helpful. You may find this information helpful in the first few weeks.
- SFU Local Food Project – This initiative available for Simon Fraser University students, faculty and staff has exposed me to various local produce. If there’s a similar program in your neighbourhood, go participate. It’s easier to make a meatless meal if you already have the veggies on hand!
- Meatless Monday Facebook Group – Get recipes and tips right off your Facebook stream. Or get news about the initiative or about other related issues. When the Meatless Monday site was hacked a few weeks ago, this Facebook group was also helpful in getting the word out.
- Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurants – Let’s face it: if you go to a regular restaurant, it’s very tempting to go for meaty stuff if that’s already part of your habit. Reduce the temptations by going straight to vegetarian restaurants.
- Edamame – I workout regularly, so it’s super important for me to get some protein. I usually include edamame in my rice or sauteed veggies. Yummy stuff!
- Leftovers – I intentionally cook a lot to have leftovers (so I can have some extra time the next day). There were some Mondays when I got lazy preparing a meatless meal when (meaty) leftovers were available. Easy solution: cook less on Sundays.
- Parties – A lot of Filipinos schedule their parties on Sundays. We’re one of them. Unfortunately, parties usually mean leftovers for Filipino families since we tend to cook A LOT for parties. See above for my comments on leftovers. Heh.
On weeks where I’ve missed having a completely meatless Monday, I’ve tried to make up for it by having a meatless lunch the next day. I must say also that dinner has been more challenging, probably because it’s the one meal I definitely make myself.
If you’re participating in Meatless Mondays, what challenges have you run into so far? Any strategies you can share to help me and any of the newbies?
I’ve actually had the CrossProcess app on my phone for awhile now but I only found the time now to write a review about it. In a nutshell, if you like to take unique and gorgeous pics, this is an app for you!
The app has the same advantages as the ShakeIt app, which may not be surprising since it’s from the same developer. (View my review of ShakeIt app here.) In addition, though, I like that CrossProcess has thinner borders. The pictures taken by the app are also longer in length compared to ShakeIt.
Right now, you can choose from four difference “process” options: red, green, blue and basic. You can also choose whether you’d like to add a border and whether you’d like to save the original. I’d like to see even more interesting options. For instance, a black border would give the pictures a more interesting look. Having said that, I have to claim ignorance on how Cross Processing film looks like, so perhaps my wishes are not appropriate for this app.
The bottom line
I happen to like CrossProcess better than the ShakeIt iPhone app, so I definitely recommend this. It’s super affordable and, as you can see in some of the examples I provided here, the pics turn out interesting and beautiful. Hipstamatic is still my fave iPhone photo app, but CrossProcess is a close second!