Do’s and Don’ts For Taking Your Dog to the Office

A little mid-week fun here to break things up a bit… those of you who know me know that I’m a dog owner and dog lover, as are many of you I’m sure. However, have you ever considered taking the pooch into the office to hang out with you?  If so there’s a few things you’ll need to remember before  attempting this.

Dos and Don'ts for Taking your Dog to Work

Dos and Don’ts for Taking your Dog to Work

Dog lovers  will be taking their pets to work the week of June 22-26. The annual “Take the Dog to Work” event celebrates the bond between people and their canine companions and demonstrates the joys of being a pet parent. [Read more…]

Need Relief at the Pump? Check the GasBuddy HeatMap

With the new year we saw gas prices dip to a level not seen in a number of years. Hold on though because the prices are now quickly rebounding. So how to find the cheapest cheap gas? (unless of course you happen to be in Canada where the prices are fixed by what is essentially a monopoly!)

USA National Gas Price Heat Map

From GasBuddy… Now you can see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline. Click here for the Canada National Gas Price Heat Map.


Tip – Optimal Dimensions for Images Shared on Social Networks

Yes indeed, we love social media just as much as the other guy and you can find us on most of the popular “must have” social channels. Images are a huge part of our social strategy, particularly as it is well known that a good image can really drive engagement. So how to optimize images (or maps) for a good social media strategy? Thanks to the good people at HootSuite, here’s a pretty handy list of the optimal dimensions for an image shared on  top social networks:

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Smartphone Tip – Unlocked BlackBerry Smartphones at Just $299

Looking for a new, or additional smartphone? Did you know that BlackBerry devices, many unlocked, can be bought directly from BlackBerry online?

BlackBerry Z10 (Unlocked) - White

A quick look at the BB online shop reveals a number of smartphones for sale including the Bold 9900, Passport, Porsche and a number of unlocked BlackBerry devices including the Q10, Q5, Z30 and the BB Z10 is for sale, unlocked at just $299

BlackBerry Z10 FEATURES:

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Shop for BlackBerry smartphones HERE (Canada)


Our Most Popular Social Media Shares from the week

This week we saw plenty of activity and engagement via our various social media channels. the following are the stories and tips we shared that seemed to have resonated with our connections and generated the most activity… enjoy!

Provo, Boulder, Fort Collins Top the Ranks in Community Well-Being Index – For the sixth consecutive year, global well-being improvement leader Healthways and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their analysis of the state of well-being for communities, states and congressional districts in the United States.

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Safety Tips For Winter Road Conditions – #1 Tip Map Your Route

Some helpful tips put together here by the American Trucking Association to help keep us all safe on the busy, and often icy, roads this holiday season. Winter road conditions can lead to dangerous situations. Fortunately, a team of million mile accident-free drivers are helping to make our roads safer. Here’s a few tips to help keep you safe:

  • Map your route:  Know where you are going and be prepared, ahead of time, to exit off the highway when needed. Indecisive driving is a major cause of traffic problems.
  • Avoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight as much as possible.
  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle:  Clear your windows and roof of snow to ensure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don’t allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.

    icy crash
    Image Credit – gtspirit

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Top 200 US Colleges Ranked by Daily Beast

Ranking are always fun and here’s another fun “top List” for you to browse in order to get an idea of what are considered by some to be the Top Colleges in the US. The Daily Beast’s Down + Dirty Guide to the Best Colleges aims to change that, ranking schools primarily on what students actually care about: their shot at getting a good job, and making a good living. Criteria for The Daily Beast’s rankings includes future earnings, quality of education, affordability and diversity.  [Read more…]

Volunteer Map Data Collection Opportunities to Build the National Map

Have you ever wanted to contribute to the National Map? Well, now that the USGS has embraced the crowd there’s an opportunity for you to do just that! If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating!

The USGS is recruiting volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how OpenStreetMap allows anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed an online editor customized to our data to allow volunteers to contribute data to The National Map ( and The National Structures Dataset .

From the USGS…  We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect structures for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map

As the project progresses additional states will be released.

See More Volunteer Map Data Collection at the USGS and The National Map Corps project site

There are presently nineteen states available for volunteers to choose to update structures in