Cool Gadgets in Mexico

Two cool gadgets from Mexico: The first is a swipe key device for the hotel key that turns the room’s electricity on and off. In order to activate the electricity in the room, you have to slide the swipe key into the slot on the wall, which is located next to the light switch. That means in order to take…

Salt and Pepper at 40 Paces

Cafe Rama in San Miguel de Allende is one of the most charming finds in this charming town. The decor is rustic/retro Mexican pop art with Chinese accents. Think Texas dude-ranch owner meets Warhol meets Mao in Mexico to discuss art over a sumptuous brunch. Or think an interior designer thought this up over brunch and some reefer. However it…

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Creative Fabric Marketing

This clever advertising flyer was handed out in the Jardin of San Miguel de Allende. It’s a simple black and white photocopied ad for a fabric store. It has a bright swatch safety-pinned to it. The fabric is a cut-out of a colorful pinata. The swatch really stands out. It’s iconic, eye-catching, and tactile. Brilliant.      

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Off the Beaten Path – Tips for First-time International Travelers

I’m a bad traveler; I don’t like getting out of my comfort zone. Since I’m a plus-sized, curmudgeonly woman who doesn’t fit easily into boxes, I have to do out-of-the-box thinking to ensure my comfort and prevent meltdowns when I travel. I’m not built physically or emotionally such that I can hop into the corner store and purchase what I…

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Dr. Sells’s “Low Tech Weekend”

I have a class assignment for Interpersonal Communication asking students to describe what it’s like to unplug for a weekend. I decided to blog about it because…well..you’ll see… Class Assignment Select a 48-hour period during which you will “unplug” from your computer-mediated communication (CMC) technology. This includes email, Facebook, interactive computer gaming (MMORPGs, etc.), texting, and chatting. You may use…