Archive | October, 2011

Things that go Pop – it’s Halifax Pop Explosion time

17 Oct

HPX is the Halifax Pop Explosion, an international music festival and conference that presents 150 bands in 18 venues over 5-days to over 17,000 fans and industry delegates from around the world. And we at This Needs to Stop are thrilled to be taking in as many shows as possible during this year’s festival. We will be posting all week on the shows we are attending and keeping everyone looped in on all the great talent that will be here in Halifax.

Here are a few HPX tips to help fans make the most of this week –

HPX iPhone App – Download it , because  it’s free and it lets you share your HPX festival pics directly, tweet to HPX and send the link to your friends so they can join the fun with you. You can find it here

Follow them on Twitter – @halifaxpopx

Picking up your pass/wristband – You’ve got your pass purchased now where to pick it up?  Come to the festival HQ at the Citadel Halifax Hotel to pick up your pass/wristband from Oct 18-22 11am – 8pm.  The Citadel Halifax Hotel is located at 1960 Brunswick Street and is our official host hotel.

Capacity and getting into the venues –   Some advice from a pro: Come out early and you’ll get more from the experience, show up late for the party and risk being left out.

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This Needs to Stop – The lack of workplace etiquette

14 Oct

I think that our readers can relate to the many office policies and rules that come along with most workplaces. They can range from the very simple “no smoking in the bathroom rule”, to the complex office politics that surround the lunch room. But I think that there are a few things that we can safely suggest need to stop in offices everywhere.

1. The Reply All – You get a company wide email, maybe it is an announcement about someone’s new position in the company, and I am sure you are thrilled for co-worker X on their promotion. And maybe you want to express this to your co-worker, who could fault you for that? Not me, that is for sure. But I’ll tell you what  I will take issue with: when you reply all to this email, instead of directly sending the congrats to your co-worker. Because to be honest, more times than not, most people do not care to have their inbox filled with emails that are not meant for them.

2. The Overshare – It’s Monday morning, and you are sharing some details from your weekend with co-workers, nothing wrong with that. Until you take it too far, and suddenly I am listening to you regale me with stories of your hot flashes, your grandmother’s bladder infection or your kid’s vomit. I am not sure when or why it has happened. I do hold the internet partially responsible for creating a culture of oversharing, but it needs to stop. Here’s a tip: if you want to write a blog that expresses your personal (and I mean very personal thoughts and reflections) that is your business, but maybe you do not share that through your corporate Twitter account.

3. Check ins – I know, I know, I have talked about this before but people do not seem to be getting the hint. I do not want my Twitter feed filled with you checking in at the doctor’s, the pharmacy, the bathroom (yep, this has happened), or your mother-in-law’s. And maybe, just maybe, you don’t check in at a bar at 3:30pm on a Friday. That way all your co-workers won’t know that you skipped out early to get bombed.

4. The company-wide email – I consider the company-wide email a privilege. Not everyone should have the power to send these, and if you do, you must treat this power like you have the keys to launch nuclear weapons. Fast and loose is the not the motto you should be employing in these situations. OK, so let’s say you have the power to send these emails. Call me old fashioned, or maybe it the PR professional in me, but I think that a certain amount of professionalism should be expected in these emails. I am all for a little color commentary but I am not OK with you using these as a place to share long winded personal happenings. Because it’s fairly safe to assume that people do not give a shit about the minor details of your life, maybe you save those details for your mom, and to be honest, she may not care to hear them either.

The Bees Knees – Theme Songs

6 Oct

One of the first things I thought of when I woke up this morning was – I forgot we have a theme song! After watching the first couple of episodes of New Girl I fell in love with the idea of having a theme song and was a little bit bummed that I didn’t have one. (Lucky for me my memory re-gifted me with ours this morning).

When you’ve got a theme song the world is your oyster and even on the toughest days it can bring a smile to your face – so long as you choose the right one. If you’ve never had a theme song before you might ask – well how does one go about choosing the appropriate song? We’re here to help you out.

Never pick your theme song when you’re mad.

If you are having an off-day and pick the wrong song chances are you’ve effed yourself for some time to come. For example. You’re down in the dumps and you decide hey – I’m going to go all Ally McBeal on myself, start smile therapy and give myself a theme song. Because you’re a bit down in the dumps you pick “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit. Now you’re stuck with negativity oozing through your veins as you walk down the street, not to mention a horrible mental picture of Fred Durst.

If you can’t get it out of your head – chances are it’s the right song.

Rebecca Black has earned her way into our heads for life because she sang a song about a day of the week that everyone is obsessed with. Every Friday for the rest of our lives we will wake up singing “Gotta get down on Friday”. And admit it, secretly you love it.

Pick a song you know all of the words to.

Often times people THINK they know the words to a song but it turns out they are horribly wrong. Let’s take “Battlefield” by Jordan Sparks. For the longest time I thought the line in the chorus went “You better go get your own love”. I heard this song over and over again on the radio busting out the lyrics as if I had written them. Then one day at the gym I ran into a friend who thought the lyrics were “You better go get your mama.” This got me thinking. Could I have the words horribly wrong? Is Jordan Sparks ready to throw down with her ex’s mama rather than telling him to beat it? I turned to Google only to find out the lyrics actually were “You better go get your armour”. So she’s still ready for a fight but at least it’s not with someone’s mom. So don’t make this mistake. Google your words. The last thing I want happening to you is to end up with a theme song with a chorus that you think is “Shamu, the mysterious whale” when it’s really “She moves in mysterious ways.” Got it?

Pick a song that you can choreograph sweet dance moves to.

Seriously. Why would you even consider having a theme song if you couldn’t burst into spontaneous dance while walking down the street? People live for those moments when everything is going so well they just start bopping around and next thing they know they’re part of some impromptu number from Grease in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon.

If you’re still feeling uninspired you can borrow ours for now!

The Bee’s Knees – Ex|Rated

3 Oct

“Andi was an incredibly difficult, but sexy woman who, frankly, smelled better than any human I’ve ever met since.”

OK, boys and girls, confession time: Who here has Googled the name of your current main squeeze? Taken a quick spin on the information highway for dirt on your date before you agree to dinner and a movie? Chances are, you have – it’s the responsible thing to do, after all. Just like you wouldn’t go into a job interview for a dream position before researching the company, you shouldn’t jump blindly into a date or a new relationship before doing some serious recon of the online variety.

We’ve just discovered a new website that makes it that much easier to suss out whether you’re about to date a chump or a champ from the people who know best – their exes.

Ex|Rated (http://exrated.co) enables you to become a member and submit reviews of your exes. The good, the bad – share it all here.

Dated a basket case? This is your chance to anonymously warn the intarwebz not to make the same mistake. Screwed something up with Mr. Perfect? Make sure to let other ladies know he’s a catch.

Upon perusing some of the user-generated “reviews” we were pleasantly surprised to see that most of them are quite positive. Turns out that people aren’t as critical of their exes as one might imagine.

“I would go at it again without question.”

“Don’t let her make you tacos. Learn to cook and you will win her heart.”

“Awesome body, big boobs, and super nice. She’s kind of a hippie but really goes out of her way to make people happy…”

“If you’re givin the opportunity to sleep w/ him, take it!!!!!”

Pretty much the equivalent of a five-star review on Yelp right there.