Category Archives: Misc

Webbys 2017

For the third straight year, I am gonna urge you all to go vote on the Webbys.

The Webbys are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, and with it, it gives hope to the little sites and the self-created stuff, as well as the internet juggernauts and world leaders in sports and entertainment.

There are tens of categories to vote on, all available until April 20th, and grouped under the following umbrellas:

  • Websites
  • Advertising, Media & PR
  • Film & Video
  • Mobile Sites & Apps
  • Social
  • Podcasts & Digital Audio

It gives a space for The Players Tribune or Sky Sports to rise up over the ESPNs of the internet, and for previously little sites like Hello Giggles to make a name for themselves.

It does take a little more than a couple of minutes to go through and vote for all categories, but while you do you will find all sorts of internet goodies that have rolled out in the last year.

Happy voting!

Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis is one of my favorite comic strips, and while I don’t read daily anymore, I do have one of those “Page-A-Day Calendars” of the strip, and here are some from the last few weeks that I found particularly funny/clever.

<Click the photo to view it larger>

Pearls Before Swine 4 Pearls Before Swine 3 Pearls Before Swine 2 Pearls Before Swine 1

Webbys 2016

Once again I am pushing The Webbys on everyone. And the reasoning is simple.

We’ve all created things online, be it a simple social media profile, a website like this, or some crazy video that we hoped would go viral.

But at the end of the day most people just want recognition. And The Webbys is a great way to get it. So if you give some, you might get some.

The Webbys are an annual international award “honoring excellence on the Internet”. From each category, of which there are over 100, two winners emerge from each. One selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the other is awarded by you and me.
You can vote now on their website, and relive some of the great achievements from this year or even discover fads and virals that you may have missed the first time around.
Voting can be found HERE.

I personally like rooting for the underdogs (Players Tribune > ESPN) or the more interesting ones.

Votes will be accepted for the next few weeks (next 16 days from when this was written)…there are currently over 180K votes, and that number is expected to grow dramatically over the next few weeks!

Webbys Logo

The Webbys

The Webbys are an annual international award “honoring excellence on the Internet”.

From each category, of which there are over 100, two winners emerge from each. One selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the other is awarded by me.

Okay, it’s actually awarded by all of us, the public, and you can vote now on their website, and relive some of the great achievements from this year or even discover fads and virals that you may have missed the first time around.
Voting can be found HERE.

Votes will be accepted for the next 8 (1/2)  days, and winners will be announced April 27 with the ceremony on May 18.

webby-awards-peoples-voice

Interviewed

I got a call from Charlotte Friedland last night.

Charlotte is a freelance writer, who is currently writing for Reunion magazine. A new magazine that is set to come out this Fall from the Orthodox Union (OU), focusing on the JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus), as well as other ventures of the OU.

Apparently, multiple people at the OU gave my name in as a good alumni to do a profile on, of which I am grateful.

We spoke for close to a half hour, and I am looking forward to this new magazine, and hopefully a wonderful profile on yours-truly!

Memorabilia and Collections

In my room I have a nice little collection of sports memorabilia as well as knickknacks and collectibles from different places I’ve visited.

 And now…to break it all down:

In 1 pucks-balls - Copy

A – Puck from the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup run (Signed by UNKNOWN)

B, C & E – Pucks from random Rangers games I’ve been to, generally fresh off the ice

D – Commemorative puck from the Rangers vs. Devils 2014 Stadium Series

F – Official Jackie Robinson signed baseball

G – Joe Torre Hall-of-Fame 2014 signed baseball

H – Explained below

I – Tennis ball from the 2012 U.S. Open

‘H’ explained:

In 2 - Ball - CopyMy High School English teacher, Ed Caston, used to take us yearly to a Yankees game, usually in June, as the school season ended. While we have actually continued this tradition (most years) since HS ended, he gave me this ball, that he had caught at Yankees stadium, as a graduation present.

Inscribed – ‘Avi: It took “56” years to get this!!! Good luck, Caston’ and the date he caught it is on the other side.

The Bobbleheads:

In 3 - BobblesFrom left to right:
Jose Reyes – From 2K Sports, the year he was featured as their cover player, they were giving these away as a mail-in offer.

CC Sabathia and Ichiro Suzuki – Both acquired in 2014 from Yankees Universe

The Cap:

In 4 - Cap - CopySigned and personalized Tony Stewart cap.

Inscribed: “To Avi. Tony Stewart”

Story behind the cap: I wore a Tony Stewart cap to work, and Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell saw me wearing it, and Tweeted it out. Tony’s manager, Eddie Jarvis, saw the tweet, and sent this cap to Dagen, to pass along to me.

Knickknacks and Collectibles:

In 5 - Knickknacks - Copy

A – Keychain from Indiana, with a map of the state, with a few key locations singled out, with little icons.

B – Mini Metal Eiffel Tower – My Dad used to have an employee, named Joe, that was a retired Flight Attendant for Delta(?) Airlines, and he bought me back this from one of his many travels.

C – Dean’s List pin from Brooklyn College, given upon graduation, for having been on the Dean’s List 4+ times.

D – Keychain from the San Diego Zoo, brought back by Cheryl Geliebter and Ruchy Travis (nee Solomon).

E – Lapel Pin from the 9/11 Memorial

F – Keychain from the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana

G – Spinning keychain from Chicago

H – ‘A’ keychain from Philadelphia, with a few pics on it of the history of that city

I – Top down view of a Lego man, that “looks like me”, holding a shovel brought back from the aforementioned San Diego trip, while I was stuck here shoveling snow

J – Bronz Zoo lapel pin

K & L – These are both ‘coins’ which are commonly traded amongst law-enforcement officers, based on their divisions. They are from the (K) Department of Investigations for the City of New York and from (L) OCID – Organized Crime Investigation Division, which runs under the DOI

M – Lapel Pin with the City Seal of South Bend, Indiana

N – A Chase Bank ‘Pig'(gy bank)

O – New York Rangers Lapel Pin

P – Another memento brought back by Joe, this one from Israel. The Hebrew on it says: “Rishon LeZion” which is a city in Israel