Battlestar Gallactica Returns…Again…Finally

All will be revealed. All will be revealed.

No, you liars, all was NOT revealed. Every frakking week I came back like a faithful puppy, and every week you kicked me with your shoes of disappointment. Near the end of last season–oh, I’m sorry it wasn’t a “full” season–near the end of the first half of this season, I was already losing interest and flirting with the possibility of going on BSG strike. Two can play hard-to-get, and I’m no fool.

But you win, OK. I have to know WHO IS THE LAST CYLON!? And what’s up with Kara? And Gaida? And Earth? And…and…so many questions still unanswered.

So, if it’s not too much trouble, I’d really like you to come through on your promise and just reveal everything already.

kthxbai!

Battlestar Gallactica Centurion

Britney Spears Looking For Social Media Help

Calling all Harvard grads with a penchant for Brit Brit AND social media!!! The Queen of Pop is on the prowl for someone to help improve her online persona.

Britney Spears Job Posting

You may have heard about BS’ recent Twitter account hacking. Actually, more than a few famous folks in the Twittersphere were targeted in that attack, but Britney seems to be the only person learning from her experience. Score one for Britney’s camp, zero for Rick Sanchez.

Joking aside, it’s actually pretty interesting to see how important managing one’s online identity has become, even to the most famous Pop Divas. These are people who a few years ago could have cared less about what was going on in Facebook or MySpace, and would instead be concentrated solely on big fish like Rolling Stone, Elle, and MTV. Well, the times, as they say, are a-changin,’ you would be remiss to neglect user-generated-buzz online, when looking to improve the public’s perceptions. Especially the “young” public. We live online.

What’s even more interesting, is the realization that a new and specific skillset is necessary to effectively manage online presence, beyond traditional Public Relations.

So, good luck to Ms. Spears and Team! Hopefully they’ll be able to find the best “Britney Spears 2.0 Media Manager” money can buy: A Harvard grad who loves pop music and lives for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Viddler, Twitter, Digg, StubleUpon, Delicious…etc., etc…piece of cake…

Mint.com: My Favorite Web Tool When TAT (Times are Tough)

Seriously, TAT (Times Are Tough). Use it, tell your friends. I stole it from my sister, but I’m sure she won’t mind if you put it to good use.

I ended 2008 with spending at an all-time-high,an unwelcome departure from my usually frugal economic approach. My whole life I’ve been known as a saver, never quick to make a purchase, but for some reason that all changed after I had the sweet taste of spending on my 46 inch 660 Samsung LCD TV. The TV was followed by the almost irresistable draw of invite-only high-end shopping sites–how could I not fall for exclusivity + online shopping + killer deals? There was ideeli, Hautelook, Rue La La, Gilt, Billion Dollar Babes and of course, The Editor’s Closet.

Yep, it’s a part time job just checking out these sites and the short term sales they offer. Fortunateley, I didn’t fall completely victim to the allure of the “SALE! SALE! SALE!” sign. I mean, come on, even if something is $200 down from $2,000, it’s STILL $200. You can’t just throw that kind of money around. Correction: I can’t throw that kind of money around. (Note: If you’re a glutton for punishment, I’ll gladly send you invites to any of these sites. But, let me reiterate that you’ll be shopping at your own risk. Contact info on my about me page)

The spending fairy dust fizzled as soon as the clock struck midnight on December 31st, 2009 hit, and I got my super-sized credit card statement. Serious wake-up call, and a great reason to make a new year’s resolution: STOP SPENDING!

Mint.com Splash Page

Enter Mint.com: “The best free way to manage your money.” Cue the orchestral music, angellic lights, and huge lightbulb. This site is A-MA-ZING. If you use Bank Of America’s My Portfolio feature, this takes things to the next level. Not only does it track your savings, checking, retirement accounts, credit cards and investments, it also analyzes your spending trends and makes recommendations on how to help you save and make more money. From suggesting a new savings account with a higher interest rate, to identifying a new credit card with better rewards for your money. Beyond the recommendations, Mint also allows you to analyze your own expenditures, with easy to navigate and clickable pie charts to itemized expense reports. You can even tag items as reimburseable if you get refunds from work for things like cell-phone and gym fees.

My favorite parts of Mint.com are the budgeting tools. You can set suggested spending limits for yourself on things like restaurants, groceries, shopping, entertainment…anything you want really to monitor. When you surpass the budget you outline, Mint.com will email you to let you know. They’ll even text you if you so choose. It’s like having your mother call you every time you’re about to buy something frivolous to say, “Shanee, do you really need that?” *slowly puts the PlayStation 3 down* “No, mom. I don’t need it. But I waaaant it.”

Now’s the time to stick with “needs,” and hold off on “wants,” and Mint.com is a great way to help guide you in the right direction.

Happy saving, and let me know what you think!

New Year…Old Resolution

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve tried to start this blog…but I mean, really, what’s the point of dwelling on the past. Right? New year means a clean slate. I’ve been spending most of my creative juices in updating Twitter, that’s not to say that all my tweets have been creative, it’s just that I now think in short 100+ character bursts, which are best conveyed to about 200 of my closest twitter friends. It’ll be a bit of a transition having to write in complete sentences and having to craft real blog posts.

New Year Resolution - Self Deception

You may be asking, “Shanee, what’s going to be the focus of your blog?” Well, I have yet to decide on one distinct path. I don’t want a theme to be the limiting factor, and the reason why I stop contributing to my own blog. For now, you’ll all have to settle for a little bit of brain soup until I forge a clear path.

I foresee a lot of posts in the categories of television, food, technology and possibly politics (but politics are a sticky topic, best left to experts who like scrutiny–which I do not.)

Hopefully, I’ll be able to deliver on this resolution…it’s weird, I’m never lacking for words in conversation, so I’m not quite sure why the mind goes blank as soon as I hit the admin page.

Here’s to 2009.