Death of a Lion

The story is: Man legally pays to kill a lion. Lion turns out to have a name. Social Media is outraged at a man who kills the named lion. 

Things we should be outraged about: 1) You can pay to kill a lion. 2) Our world economic situation allows and even encourages this to happen.

I get it. It is easier to be upset at a person than a system, but I want social media to sit down and think really long and hard about what outrage is good for.

Blancmange

Camp Staff at Lee Valley cooking a delicious breakfast as Dick Borrud looks on from a distance. 

Camp Staff at Lee Valley cooking a delicious breakfast as Dick Borrud looks on from a distance. 

I spent the summers of most of my youth working as camp staff director at Lee Valley Ranch in Custer, South Dakota. We called the camp staff "Ranch Hands" so my title was "Ranch Hand Director" a pretty awesome title for a 16-year old who hadn't done any legitimate form of ranching apart from mending the occasional fence. One of our more favorite breakfasts was called Blancmange or "Puerto Rican White Stuff" by Dick Borrud, the camp director. The story he told is that he and his wife Cynthia learned to make this dish while running a summer camp in Puerto Rico. I made it for our Easter Vigil Potluck this last weekend at Humble Walk Lutheran Church and had a few requests for the recipe, so I am dusting off this blog as a means to share it.

 

Blancmange

Ingredients:

2 eggs
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cup powdered milk
5 1/2 cup water
Top with cinnamon while serving

Directions:

Use double boiler. Mix powdered milk with water. Heat. Beat eggs and add sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Add small amount of the warmed milk to the egg mixture and add slowly to heated milk, stirring constantly until thick. Serve hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Where has Jason Been?

325/365 - Baptized and lovin' it.

So, I’ve been a bit busy lately. As a result, my plans to customize the blog template and add some spiffy content has fallen by the wayside. My tweeting, tumbling, and many other things have fallen by the wayside.  See, I have continued to fall in love with the most adorable little girl in the world (see photo) I mean seriously. I hate to tell you all, but if I ever complimented the awesomeness/cuteness/wonderfulness of your children before I had my own child… well, I had no idea.  It turns out my daughter is so much more awesome/cuter/more wonderful than your kid.

(Image: 325/365 - Baptized and lovin’ it., used by permission from micahtaylor’s photostream)

A delayed Thanksgiving

On occasion a blog can be a nice place to feature wonderful things said about yourself, right? The wonderful ladies over at Kane Consulting have said some nice things about me. You can read it yourself right here: Kane Consulting Gives Thanks. I am honored to be included in such an excellent list and flattered to have such nice things said about me. I must say in response, I am also honored to have the opportunity to teach with both Jen and Kary in the Spring. There will be some great things coming to Concordia University, St. Paul in the Social Media world very soon. 

Influencers

I caught the trailer for Influencers: How Trends & Creativity Become Contagious on Laughing Squid and thought it was worth passing onward.  I am always impressed with the study of how influence happens.  Bonus points for the inclusion on the study of what makes the creative class tick.

A noteable quote is, “”You must help identify younger talent and be the mentor for someone else.” - Sky Gellatly (blog, twitter)

INFLUENCERS TRAILER from R+I creative on Vimeo.

Concordia Cafe - August 11, 2010, 6-8 p.m.

Concordia Cafe If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul and have an interest in a B.A. or an M.A. degree from Concordia University - St. Paul, check out the Concordia Cafe. I teach COM530: Interactive Media Management in the M.A. in Strategic Communication Management as well as MKM346: Electronic Marketing in the Marketing and Innovation Management program. You should attend if you’d like to learn more. Of course, I currently work at Concordia University as the Assistant Director of Computer Services as well. So, I have some bias toward the institution, but i believe it is well founded. 

Delivering Happiness Meetup - June 7 @ 7pm

Going Above the Call of Duty

Over the past ten years I have served Concordia University - St. Paul as the Help Desk Manager. As the years have passed I have expanded in job duties, but I have always wanted to be involved with the Help Desk.  This is because there is no greater way to make people happy than to work directly with people at moments when there is frustration. I am passionate about taking a negative experience and transforming it into a positive engagement. As a result, I have been constantly interested in Zappos and the efforts they go to growing happiness.  This interest only expanded when one of my former colleagues and former student worker Thomas Knoll went on to work for Zappos several months ago.

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, was one of the first people I started following on Twitter. Actually, as I think about it, a conversation with him led to my purchasing a great pair of Keen shoes shortly after engaging him on Twitter. Tony is releasing a book and I am hosting a meetup.

—-Begin marketing type.—-
In his first book, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, writes about how a corporate culture modeled on happiness can be a powerful way of achieving success. Is your town happy? Prove it. Celebrate the June 7 launch of Delivering Happiness by attending or organizing your own Delivering Happiness Meetup in your city. Watch us live from New York at 7pm ET, as we livestream from the launch party.
—-End marketing type.—-

I think this book is important. I am hosting a meetup in Minneapolis/St. Paul. I think being happy is important. I think you should come.  

Here is the information on the Delivering Happiness Meetup for Minneapolis/St. Paul. Venue to be named as soon as it is located.