Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I need your help in adding this important credential and mission to my resume - UFO Field Investigator

I used to know a guy who had a business card that said he was a UFO Field Investigator. He was, quite literally, a card carrying UFO Field Investigator. As I contemplate all of the things I've done with my life, I can honestly say that I've never spent any serious time investigating UFOs or even thinking about them. Sure, I've thrown a frisbee flying disc or two and wondered how they fly, but that's not the same as pulling out my magnifying glass and checking the back porch for little green footprints.

As I look for ways to fill my free time and to more importantly supplement my income, I am thinking about taking on the dual role of serving my community and earning some cold, hard cash by getting to the bottom of curious situations that are not being taken seriously by thoughtful, well educated people.

In these hard times, it is time for harder heads to prevail. Lucky for me, there is an official member organization that offers certification in my selected endeavor. Their recipe for UFO Field Investigator success appears below:


4 Steps to Becoming a MUFON Field Investigator
http://www.mufon.com/how-to-become-a-ufo-field-investigator.htm

Step 1: If you have not already done so, please join MUFON at the above link

Step 2: Purchase a copy of the MUFON Field Investigator’s manual at the MUFON Store

Step 3: Self study the MUFON Field Investigator Manual or attend a training class conducted by your local chapter (if available).

Step 4: Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that once you pass your exam and achieve Field Investigator status that you accompany a current experienced MUFON Field Investigator on one or more live investigations before attempting an investigation on your own.


Here is how you can help
Can you tell me who funds these investigations? Is this something your local police help out with in the same way we have state constables? Would it help to become a constable as well? Should I plan on carrying a gun? Any help you can offer as I consider this bold move would be greatly appreciated. And yes, I have been drinking.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Audio: Lane Filler - Ask Mr. Smartypants on the radio.


Lane Filler - Ask Mr. Smartypants by Phil Yanov  
Download now or listen on posterous
ydi200903_AskMrSmartyPants.mp3 (5335 KB)

Lane Filler, author of Ask Mr. Smartypants , sat down with me for an interview for the Your Day radio show. In the interview he discusses his career as a journalist, how the Golden Girls influence his work, and the contents of then Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's wallet.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Author Event: Ask Mr Smartypants - The Drop In Lunch


Lane Filler comes to Greenville all of the time, but no one notices. This time he's coming to lunch at Liquid Highway Downtown and he's going to have his book, Ask Mr. Smartpants with him. He'll read. He'll talk. He'll answer questions and generally have a good time. We're at the Liquid Highway downtown Greenville, so you can drop in any time, grab a cup of coffee or lunch and join us.


Author Event: Ask Mr Smartypants - The Drop In Lunch
Lane Filler comes to Greenville

Event Info

Time and Place
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Liquid Highway Downtown
Street: 220 North Main Street
City/Town: Greenville, SC

No RSVP Required. The event is on Facebook and Google Calendar .


Lane Filler comes to Greenville all of the time, but no one notices. This time he's coming to lunch at Liquid Highway Downtown and he's going to have his book, Ask Mr. Smartpants with him. He'll read. He'll talk. He'll answer questions and generally have a good time. We're at the Liquid Highway downtown Greenville, so you can drop in any time, grab a cup of coffee or lunch and join us. About the book
Great book! It is packed with laughs, I tell you. In fact, I'll tell anyone who reads the back cover. Lane Filler is so funny, he could write a column about the history of stucco walls and pack it with eight solid laughs. Even better for us, he writes about universal subjects like marriage, religion, email and the evils of houseplants (well, that last one may not be quite universal. But you know what I'm saying). I am happy to report, after reading this incisive, surprisingly touching, and very, very funny collection that the Lane Filler I know is alive and well and writing in Spartanburg. Don't let the good manners fool you; once a wiseass, always a wiseass. - Josh Lieb Co-Executive Producer The Daily Show with Jon Stewart One time, when a reader called in with a tip, Lane writes "I smelled a Pulitzer. Or Camembert. I smelled something." You know what I smell? Comedy. The sweet fragrance of comedic insights into life. I encourage you to breathe deep some Lane Filler. Lane once wrote that he knows "slightly less about cars than a duck-billed platypus of middling intellect knows about early 20th- century dance crazes." Which may be true. But he does know a lot about writing an entertaining book. - AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically About Lane Filler Lane Filler, 37, is a national award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers all over the world, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, San Jose Mercury-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star and, well, a lot of other ones but he doesn't keep careful track. Maybe we should ask his mother. He has worked as an embedded reporter in Iraq and Kuwait, covered three presidential elections, and can convert celsius to fahrenheit, and vice versa, in his head. Currently, Filler is a columnist and editor at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, a New York Times-owned newspaper in Upstate South Carolina.


Lane Filler is on the world wide interwebs

Find out more about Lane at www.AskMrSmartyPants.com.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

PMI Meets Tonight - Agile Project Management



Palmetto Chapter of PMI, the Project Management Institute

February Dinner Meeting
Date: Thursday Feb. 19
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Greenville Marriott
Speaker: Johann Radcliffe, PMP
 
Johann's topic is "Agile Project Management: What's so new and different? What's not?"
 
Johann Radcliffe has 25 years of project management experience. He has led large DoD systems integration projects as well as complex eCommerce and SAP implementations. He now specializes in helping organizations improve their project management processes. He is a contributing author of Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century and the second edition of the Project Management Maturity Model. Johann has been a PMP since 1999 and achieved SSGB certification in 2008. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a BS in Engineering Management and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.


more upstate technology events at: http://www.gsatc.org/calendar 


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dunkin Donuts offers understanding to pained Starbucks Decaff drinkers


Dunkin Donuts reaches out to disaffected Starbucks decaff drinkers and let's them know they can have what they want, when they want it.  Brilliant.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Amy Wood photo via Bill's iPhone


At last month's GSATC meeting, Bill Ellis took a picture of Amy Wood and Phil Yanov (me) as we stood in front of the group. I thought it turned out pretty well.  Have a look.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Inglis hosting social media roundtable, Tuesday at 11 a.m.


Here is the official Media Advisory for tomorrow's event:

Inglis hosting social media roundtable, Tuesday at 11 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) will host a social media roundtable Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. in The Innovate Building in downtown Greenville (148 River St.).

The event is open to the public and group discussions will be led by area marketing and branding professionals as well as other members from the online and social media community.

National media attention has recently focused on political office holders use of social media outlets to communicate directly to voters and "followers." The impact of these new media and its uses in the political process will be discussed during the roundtable.

What: Social Media roundtable & discussion

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11 a.m.

Where: The Innovate Building, third floor conference room (148 River St., Greenville)

      Who: U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, Clemson researcher on social media Dr. Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Geno Church (Brains on Fire), Phil Yanov (GSATC), Trey Pennington (Showcase Marketing), local marketing experts, general public

Contact: Price Atkinson (W: 864.232.1141) or (C: 864.494.8754)


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Social Media and the Political Process - A round table discussion with your congressman


Recent national press attention given the use of Twitter during a meeting with President Obama has prompted Rep. Bob Inglis to convene a round table on Social Media and the political process – how can it improve information, how can it improve transparency, etc. If you can help further the discussion or would just like to hear how this works first hand, please plan to attend tomorrow's event.


The Event

What: Social Media and the Political Process - A Round Table Discussion 
When: 11 a.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 3 
Where: Innovate Building Conference Room Third Floor, 148 River St. , Greenville, SC (map)

Please join US Congressman Bob Inglis as he hosts, Clemson Researcher, Dr. Mihaela Vorvorneanu , GSA Technology Council President, Phil Yanov , and Showcase Marketing Director, Trey Pennington for a round table discussion on how these new technologies have forever changed how the public connects with their elected officials.


Plan to attend

1) No RSVP Required, feel free to Retweet this and let other Twitter types know about it.

2) Invite others


We encouraged you to invite anyone who is following you on Twitter to join us.


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