05-30-12 – Groupon Father’s Day Email?





Celebrate the man who gave birth to you...


A co-worker forwarded this email from Groupon to me. At first it seemed Groupon, had just re-used edit from a Mother’s Day promo and replaced all of the pronouns. But if you look at the picture of the man in the promo, you’ll see he is holding his belly and looks pregnant. What a bizarre promo email from Groupon.

Besides being utterly confusing, what was Groupon thinking? Was it some sort of joke, that maybe my co-worker and I missed? Is it a tongue in check sort of deal? Can anyone explain this to me? Am I missing something that is so plainly obvious, that this would make sense for a Father’s day ad campaign?

05-22-12 Solar Eclipse




I believe there was a solar eclipse yesterday and there are a ton of amazing photos being posted. I snagged a few of the eclipse photos that have been posted on Imgur and uploaded them here for you all to enjoy! Earthporn is pretty amazing stuff. Even more amazing is how people were able to capture some of this photos. Send me links or twit me photos of other amazing eclipse photos (@downtroddenindc)












02-24-12 Go Texan Day






Go Texan Day 2012

Here’s my ‘getup’ for this year’s Go Texan Day 2012. Improved the outfit a bit with a bolo tie and some cowboy boots. Maybe next year, I’ll be able to get some woollies. Working on trying to get some of the photos a co-worker took of a group of us. There were five people, including myself, that dressed up and participated in the photo. The photo was a time lapse, so we jumped in the air as a group and it looks pretty good.

Just need to figure out how to make a looping-gif with the photos.

Go Texan Day!

And here it is:

Rodeo Jump Up!


02-23-12 Tomorrow is Go Texan Day

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Arguably, tomorrow is one of the fun-est days in Houston all year. It’s the one day, in the whole year, when it’s acceptable to dress up like a cowboy and go to work. No teasing. No taunting. It’s completely normal, one day a year, it’s Go Texan Day! (Now all they need is GO Star Wars Day, or Pajama Day.)

Here’s a picture of me in front of the Texas flag from last year’s Go Texan Day:

Grant - Go Texan Day 2011

Grant - Go Texan Day 2011

Go Texan Day sort of sneaked up on me this year, so I’ll be wearing the same thing again. Still no cowboy boats, can’t get behind spending several hundred dollars on uncomfortable boots I’ll year once a year.

Read more about Go Texan Day at the Houston Rodeo’s official page and leave comments and send photos of you and your co-workers dressed up for Go Texan Day!

02-14-12 Happy Valentine’s Day Liz Lemon!

I tease a coworker all the time for being Liz Lemon. You know, eating Lean Cuisine at home alone and choking and having to do a ‘chair heimlich’ so that her 30 cats don’t feast on her body. Light, playful stuff, you know?

It being Valentine’s day, and her having a sense of humor, she brought this in today:

There was another one that said ‘Lasagna for 1’, a Flight of the Conchord’s reference to Jerome being dumped and lonely. Brilliant! Happy Valentine’s day to everyone!