1. In case you were looking for a gif of Lance Stephenson blowing Lebron James’ ear…here ya go! 

     

  2. WOW


    Click the image to open the interactive version (via Penny Stocks Lab).

     

  3. Unplugging: It Happened

    Drew Larison went over 3 days without the Internet. Drew Larison went over 3 days without the Internet. Drew Larison went over 3 days without the Internet.

    It’s true. It happened. All of you are either experiencing two emotions right now. One, you are in disbelief. Two, you’re expecting me to go on saying how much it changed my life and how I’m a changed man. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but both of those emotions would be inaccurate. One, yes it really happened. Two, it was…meh.

    I’ve read all of the stories from really successful people in the tech world. They go “unplugged” for a weekend and they come back feeling refreshed like never before. I was really looking forward to that refreshed feeling, but I never got it. Now, I’m not saying this whole experience was worthless, I’m just saying that it wasn’t this huge eye opening experience that I, and probably you, was expecting. 

    THE HIGHLIGHTS

    • I had about 4 moments throughout the 3 days where I was in a room full of people and EVERYONE had their faces in their phones. Did I feel hurt? Was I bored? No, not really. If I wanted to talk to them I would. They would put down their phones and communicate. Now older people reading this, I totally understand that you won’t get that. That’s OK. We can be different. 
    • Often I found myself annoyed. You can do a lot of things with the Internet. It’s not just tweeters and Facebookers out there, there are a lot of awesome tools too! People might say we all have an addiction to the Internet, but like a good friend of mine said, “We’re all addicted to driving, but you don’t see people giving up their cars for a weekend”.
    • The creepiest thing I found myself doing was what I’m calling “ghost grabbing” for my phone. Whether I was on the couch or in the car, I would find myself just grabbing for my phone that wasn’t there. I didn’t hear a tone or feel a vibration, I was just grabbing to grab, I guess. I don’t like that. I imagine smokers “ghost grab” for cigarettes when they are trying to quit too.

    EVERYONE CALM DOWN

    The Internet has made all of our lives so much easier in a lot of ways, but I think the main thing I learned over this weekend is that people need to just calm down. If you’re mad that someone has their head buried in their phone instead of talking to you, there is a good chance that person is not just a “Internet addicted youth”, that person is just a jerk. Pick better friends.

    Will I do it again? Maybe. Even though I was “unplugged” for 3 days, I was still around people quite often. It would be interesting to see if there is any difference if Erin and I went away for a weekend just us and left Siri at home. I would down to give that a shot.

    Cheers, 

    -Drew

     
  4. #KokomoStrong #Kokomo #KokomoIndiana

     

  5. Parenting

    So. 

    I’m 7 weeks away from being a full-on parent. 

    When we announced to the world that #BabyLarison was going to be a thing, a good 90% of you told me”the time will fly by.” Well, you were right. 

    Even though this pregnancy has flown by, I’ve still been able to slow down and come to the realization that I’m going to responsible for a human being other than myself and my wife. One of my favorite bloggers, Shay Carl, recently had his 5th kid! He said this when asked what it’s like to have a kid, “The most amazing part is when the baby is born, there is all the sudden another person in the room without the door even opening. It’s amazing.”

    I’m so excited for that moment.

    When prepping for this kid, so many questions have been rushing through my head. What music am I going to let her listen to? What TV shows should she be allowed to watch? Should I tell her what to wear? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Every time I get these questions in my head all I can think of is how amazing my parents were through my childhood. You never realize how big a deal parenting is until you’re staring it right in the face, and I’m so close I could smell its breath. 

    Erin and I have both been blessed with some amazing parents. Our parents may be weird sometimes and say things that might be embarrassing, but they never stopped loving us and I’m starting to see that is all that really matters. I remember times where I wasn’t allowed to watch certain movies that my friends were able to. Probably my biggest “fits” were over stupid stuff like that. Well, I will publicly admit that I really appreciate those decisions now. So, thanks, Mom. 

    I love this kid so much already that it doesn’t make sense. I’m going to have a daughter. She’s going to be awesome. And you know what? So am I. I might not make 100% of the right decisions 100% of the time, but I’m going to be awesome because I will always love this kid with everything I have, and from what I’ve seen, that is all that matters. 

    Thanks for reading, 

    -Drew

     

  6. Dad Update #2 

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    In two weeks I find out if I’m going to be the father of a little boy or little girl. Erin, my wife, is 100% positive that it is a boy. Me, always being the devil’s advocate, is 100% positive it is a girl. I feel like I have to say this, but I just want a healthy kid that will love me and start sleeping through the night ASAP. 

    Finding out the gender of our baby is just another step in the direction of realization that this is really going to happen. I’M GOING TO BE A DAD. Well, technically I already am a dad, but you know what I mean. 

    We also started crossing out items from the ridiculously long checklist of things that it takes to keep your child alive. Crib bumpers, baby mittens, onesies (those actually seem awesome and I’m jealous they don’t come in my size), all of these things are way over my head. Luckily, I have Erin. She has been awesome. In between her 4 naps a day, she is all over online reviews and testimonials from friends that she knows more about the products in Baby’s R Us then the store manager. She is amazing, and I’m so lucky I have her.

    I’m getting more and excited and less scared. A friend of Erin’s bought our kid a Michigan Onesie. It’s adorable. Things like that are starting to become more common and less confusing. A year ago I wouldn’t look at the baby aisle at Target, now it would be weird to go to Target without strolling through the diapers and wipes aisle.

    I will try to keep all of you updated on what we’re up to. Thanks for the great response on the last post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the support.

    -Drew

    P.S. Let me know if you can find a onesie in XXL.

     

  7. Confidence

    I have a life motto. A smart man named Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” A lot of people will read this quote and take away the idea that you can do anything you set your mind to, but when I first read this quote the word “confidently” is what stood out to me the most. I am a firm believer that nothing good can be done if it is not done in confidence. 

    As most of you know now, I’m going to be a Father in 5 months. To describe how I’m feeling about this I would have to use the words, excited, nervous, and terrified. Please notice that I didn’t use the word confident. This is one of few big moments in my life where I’m going into it without confidence. I’m scared. In a few short months I’m going to be responsible for a human life other than my own, and I could not be more lost.

    I’ve been talking to quite a few dads, and I have come to realize that this is very normal. Most dads have told me that they still have no idea what they’re doing. This helps…a little bit. I’m still terrified. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m more scared about not being confident in the situation, than actually being a dad.

    So, in the upcoming months as we prepare for this little human, I’m going to need so much encouragement from all of you. Erin and I have been blown away by the amount of support you all have given so far. All I can say is…keep it coming. We need every bit of it. Well, at least I do. 

    Thanks for reading, 

    -Drew

     
  8. Auto Correct claims another victim…

     
  9. Here is my latest segment for the Kokomo Perspective’s morning show! This week we talked all about how to throw an event on Facebook.

    Let me know if any of you have questions :)

    -Drew

     
     
  10. Here is this week’s segment on Kokomo Perspective’s Internet TV show. This week we talked about YouTube Marketing!

     
     
  11. Baby Stache

     
  12. Here is my this week’s segment on Kokomo Perspective’s TV show. This week we covered our creative Facebook contest ideas. It was a great idea. 

     
     
  13. Here is last week’s segment on Kokomo Perspective’s Kokomo 4 U Internet TV show. We talked about a really important topic, the difference between selling and bringing value on with Social Media.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for watching, 

    -Drew

     
     
  14. #womancrushwednesday My lovely wife :) @erinlarison

     
  15. Guys. My wife made homemade bagels tonight. Seriously?