Do you remember when jet blue launched that unlimited flying pass sale for all the cities you can fly to in 30 days for $599? Well I do. And I also remember contemplating it for a millisecond, counting all the places i could reasonable go to in that short amount of time to make it more than worthwhile. It took me less than a minute to decide it wasn’t worth that sort of hectic travel pace not to mention I was too broke to go anyways.
But it seems a lot of people did jump on it. In fact so much so that Jet Blue ran out of the limited quantities of passes in a week and a half and had to cancel their planned advertising campaign because of the high demand. They said a day after the sale went up traffic to the route map went up 700%. Moreover, there appears to be a smart few who took advantage of the price point and capitalized on the rare opportunity by using themselves as marketing tools to get as much as they possibly could out of it. And so was born 12 Hours in a City. A blog written by 2 college friends who each bought a pass and managed to get sponsors and fans in the 2 weeks they’ve actually been doing it. There’s also a blog by another guy who was hired by Wired to travel from airport to airport for a straight month without ever leaving the airport. He goes by the Moniker Terminal Man.
All this makes me start thinking about creative low cost ways you can use marketing to your own advantage. Kind of makes my head spin a little. With twitter gaining momentum and more and more people jumping on the blogging bandwagon its seems almost foolish not to sniff out where marketing trends are headed today. Ahh..makes me wish I were a little more entreprenurial. I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to figure something out..
So there’s this guy that blogs youtube videos of secret spots in SF that your run of the mill tourist would never make it to unless they were accompanied by a SF local. Here’s a few of my most favorite spots. PS. Bernal street slides isn’t the coolest but it IS the most entertaining youtube.
This is by my house and I have a hard time not going in whenever i walk past!
Last but not least, one of my favorite places to take my out of town guests! Check out the pirate store next door if your ever there.
At 1st you’re not really sure what this site does but after clicking around it (it’s all in japanese) you soon realize that it’s a 3d imaging generator that lets you upload your picture and choose random features to super impose onto your image. And there’s settiings for adjusting to make things fit perfectly. it’s kind of like those customizable sticker photo machines that have been around for ages except this takes it one step further by animating it in 3D. Upload your pic and it uses an image mapping system that makes you look like you are blinking and looking around. it’s crazy. try it out! it’s fun. Thanks to Lawrence.
Remember when I said I was going to post all things related to my birthday on 9/9/9? Well I forgot the biggest thing that happened that day which was going to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. And yes it was an excellent show. The next morning I asked my friends who went with me if they woke up with the yeah yeah yeahs running through their heads and they said yes. This was what was playing in mine. Enjoy!
I just want you people to drink in this world-class douchebag known as the Tibetan Fox. Have you ever seen such a holier-than-thou fucking look on a non-dolphin before? I’m not one for slapping foxes, as I generally think they know what they’ve done, but this one really has that look, like the asshole boyfriend of the girl the main guy wants in an 80s movie. Unsurprisingly, he is extremely rare. That’s probably because he thinks if he has too many babies, some of them will turn out to be commoners and he wouldn’t be able to show his square face at the country club anymore.
How’s your ivory tower, Tibetan Fox? I’m sure it must be terribly stressful to stand in judgment of the rest of us little people, so why don’t you just retire to your cabin and play lacrosse? You know what, on second thought, WHY DON’T YOU WANDER THE DESERT LOOKING FOR RODENTS. Some of us have to work for a living, Tibetan Fox. We don’t get everything handed to us by a lifetime of hunting and scavenging, you stuck-up snob.
Did you know there’s a book out with these?! haha check out the owl.