Recently we launched this awesome little website http://raiseupcarolina.com/ 

You should probably check it out.  It was one of the more fun projects to work on and we were able to do some really cool things with the client.  

Remember this guy?

  

 
 



 

 

 

Have you ever seen him do stuff like this before  

and enjoyed it?  

Well, if you answered yes to the first part of that last question, but then no to the second, then you are probably a reasonable person with well rounded hobbies for entertainment.  If you answered yes to ANY part of that question or just think that site I mentioned above is really cool, then you are in luck because on February 11th, Old Hat will combine those two amazing categories into a rock block of fun.  And by “rock block of fun”, I mean a webinar that goes through the process of helping you sell tickets with an amazing Old Hat website.  

Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to the date, but as with all things Old Hat does, it will involve a little bit of random, a little bit of awesome, and a lotta bit expertise. 

The last time it was my turn to blog I ended up forgetting. If there’s one thing you don’t want to do around here it’s forget to blog. I forgot to blog once a couple of years back and as punishment I was marched outside, place up against a brick wall execution style and had a barrage of snowballs thrown at me. That was nothing compared to the punishment I received this time. 

It all happened so fast. I was asleep when it started. I heard rustling coming from under the bed. At first all I could see was the top of a little blue hat. Then there was a blinding light and something hit me on the head. 

When I finally came to, I saw Lil’ Duey standing over me with one of my prized pink flamingo lawn ornaments in his hands. The head had been chopped off. I’ll never forget the look on his face; he looked like some crazed animal about to be let loose on his prey. He was shouting something at me but I couldn’t make it out because every time he shouted he smacked me in the face. I’m not sure but I think he was yelling something about “who’s never gonna forget to blog again!?”.

As I laid there bleeding and trembling trying to make sense of what was happening, I saw Zac. He was sitting in the corner with an evil smile on his face and a miniature Robert in his lap. From time to time he would pet his miniature Robert and instruct Lil’ Duey to continue the vicious beating.

I don’t remember much else from that night; I was in and out of consciousness the whole time. What I do remember though I can’t bring myself to talk about. I still have nightmares about it. 

Needless to say, I will never forget to blog again. They promised that if I ever forgot, bad things would happen… baaad things.

I should probably talk to HR about all this.

 

Two days. 

A certain movie comes out in two days. Well, two days for the majority of the U.S. Some lucky souls have already seen it. Your social media timelines are stacked with stuff about it. Maybe you’ve heard of it, or one of its predecessors? I’ve had my IMAX 3D tickets for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens for nearly two months, so you could say I’m a fan. From all appearances, the movie looks to reference the original trilogy more than the prequels, with real actors and sets and less CGI. That return to basics approach should satisfy the majority of fans, after the bad taste left from some of the prequels. 

You might think that Star Wars is the most profitable movie franchise ever, but as of now, it stands fourth or fifth depending on calculations in worldwide box office, behind the likes of the Marvel Universe, Harry Potter, and James Bond movies. Those numbers will likely change over the next 4-5 years as spinoffs and additional sequels are set to be released - Rogue One in 2016, Episode VIII in 2017, a Han Solo spinoff in 2018 and Episode IX in 2019.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of stories and links created ahead of The Force Awakens. Here’s a few of the ones I’ve come across. The branding is strong with these.

 

Poster Spy had a contest for fans to create alternative versions of the The Force Awakens poster, and even had Anthony Daniels (the actor who plays C-3PO) to help judge the winners.

Poster Posse has their round of Star Wars art galleries.  And part two.

 

ESPN is all in for Star Wars, which is expected considering the Disney connection. Here's a few of their links.

Picking the best Star Wars lineups

The Sport That Sparked Lightsaber Lore

Star Wars: The Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel on ESPN

 

Entertainment Weekly has an entire section of their site devoted to Star Wars.

 

Type in the famous opening words of Star Wars (A long time ago in a galaxy far far away) into Google and see what happens.

 

Chrome created a Force Block plugin so that fans wouldn’t see spoilers. And they turned your phone into a lightsaber with this one.

 

Facebook adds lightsabers to your profile pic with this.

 

One of many complete guides to Star Wars, this one by The Verge.

 

The best Star Wars rap lyrics by Wired

 

Harrison Ford surprises fan for a charity campaign.

 
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