March 31, 2009
Filed under: Video
Here at ASI, we film thousands of hours of video most of which ends up on the cutting room floor never to see the light of day … until now!
Ladies and gentlemen, ASICentral Team Blog is proud to present to you Bloopers: Not Seen on ASI-TV! which contains some of our most outrageous and hysterical video outtakes from the past year. Don’t miss:
And the highlight that brings it all home …
DO NOT MISS IT!
March 19, 2009
Well, maybe not fortune, but here at ASICentral we’re all about fame, taking advantage of the latest technology and trends and using them to market and spread the ASI love. The ASI TV love, that is!
Hoping to expand our horizons, we are now putting all our videos on YouTube. Check out our cool new YouTube video channel here and if you’d like to get updates on when we post new media, click the yellow “Subscribe” button in the upper-left corner of the page.
Now, for some of the benefits of YouTube:
Best of all, we’ll eventually be implementing YouTube custom video players onto the site so that you can watch ASI TV without ever having to leave ASICentral. And who knows, if Joe Haley of The Joe Show fame ever decides to model a new line of promotional product speedos, we just might have our newest Internet sensation here at ASI.
ps — take a look at an example of a “viral phenomena” below. remember this video from a few years back? over 45,000,000 views! the song really wasn’t all that great but the band decided to film a catchy video for it and the next thing you know these guys are doing the treadmill dance on letterman! crazy. yeah, it’s like that.
March 17, 2009
Filed under: General
OK, I just had to post this …
I’ve got a brand-new keyboard, promotional-product style! It has the downtown Vegas strip imprinted right onto the keyboard, complete with the famous Vegas “Welcome” sign, dice and skyline. So sweet, and it’s courtesy of, well who really knows, it just looked really cool and I had to have it no matter what. Have a look below!
Despite being ergonomically evil (my wrists are aching after only half a day) and completely inconsistent with my last keyboard (this post is taking a lot longer to write than it should), it’s got a secret lift-up compartment under the keyboard to store anything, including pens, car keys or illegal contraban! (Whoops, should i have revealed this? Of course I should’ve, I’ve got nothing to hide, right Spice?).
And best of all it’s got a spinning roulette wheel in the top center whose function I cannot figure out. But it makes a really annoying sound if you spin it a lot, perfect for programmers sitting next to you. And if I ever figure out what it does, I won’t tell ya. Deal?
March 13, 2009
Filed under: General
One thing that’s not lacking here at the home offices of ASICentral is geekiness, both at work and at play. Sure, we’re all technically inclined and knowledgable when it comes to developing and maintaining the website, but outside of work we’re all pretty geeky too.
Crack likes taking photos, Spice is into the afternoon soap opera thing, and I dig on horror movies (especially the really bad ones that are so bad they’re good).
But Chinstrap is our geek. And his passion is beer! So much so that he has competed two years in a row in the esteemed Philly Beer Geek competition, billed as a contest “to reward the individual who exhibits the greatest universal knowledge and passion for Philadelphia Beer.” Having been last year’s runner-up, ‘Strap had his eye on the prize in 2009 and was prepared and ready to bring it home last night at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant in Philly. And the rest of ASICentral was there to root him on!
Unfortunately for ‘Strap, or the “Human Growler” as he’s known as in beer circles, he came up short again and finished as a co-runner-up to a very deserving Nate “Nugget Nate” Gefvert. It was a tremendous fight and although Nate’s strong early round performances in the beer trivia and taste-testing helped carry him to the title, we all know the name of the individual who brought the house down last night, and it wasn’t Nugget.
By far the performance of the night went to ‘Strap and his petite fiancee Crystal who assisted during the “Propose to Your Favorite Beer” round. Donning a beer costume that covered almost her entire body, Crystal approached a crouching ‘Strap who proceeded to propose to her as if she really were a beer! It was so good, even one of the judges Joe Sixpack paid homage to the magnificence of the performance in his blog today. With lines like “We ended up spending lots of time together, at parties, tailgating and concerts,” and the crowd-pleasing “I brought you home and you let me tap that. I’ve been in love ever since” we all thought you had this thing wrapped up!
Anyway, we’re all proud of the ‘Strap today here at ASICentral. A toast to our geek, our Human Growler … we all know who won last night, big guy.
March 12, 2009
Filed under: site updates
For those of you on Twitter, you probably need no further explanation — ASICentral now has a Twitter account and you can follow us by clicking here.
But for the throngs of microblogging neophytes and naysayers — this includes you, Michele Bell — I’ll give you a quick rundown of what Twitter is and the benefits of the feature.
Twitter is billed as the fastest-growing social networking application in cyberspace and it’s built on a single premise: What Are You Doing Now?
Twitter users can let others in their online community know what they are up to by sending short, punchy posts — or “Tweets” — via their computer or cell phones. The recipients can then respond back with their own tweets. Best of all, posts can be only 140 characters long so there’s an emphasis on brevity.
Still confused? OK, lemme drop a hypothetical on ya:
Some of the ASICentral contingent attended the ASI Show NY this past week to set up the Radio Show broadcast. They also got to have fun and socialize with all the others at the show. The following could be some of the tweets we send:
And yes, you can include links in your tweets!
So, that’s Twitter in a nutshell. If you’re interested in keeping tabs on what the gang here at ASICentral is up to, what we’re working on, how we’re feeling, etc … then click here to join. If you’re already a member, then start following us now.
And for a video tour of Twitter, don’t miss this YouTube video, Twitter in Plain English.
March 11, 2009
We’re all about convenience here at ASICentral. Want to watch all the videos from the ASI Show New York in one place? Look no further than below.
–WeaverD’sDeliciousFineFoods (“automatic for the people”)
March 11, 2009
Filed under: The ASI Show
The ASI Show New York has wrapped and we’ve got some highlights from Day 1 and Day 2.
March 10, 2009
For those industry members who couldn’t make this year’s NYC show, class is now officially in session!
Choose from one of the 4 Education Day videos below, and learn from some of the most knowledgable industry experts.
Video 1: New Distributor Advice & Tips
Video 2: Online Marketing Done Right
Video 3: Improving Relationships Between Suppliers and Distributors
Video 4: Improving Relationships Between Suppliers and Distributors Part II
And don’t forget to check out this link for complete ASI Show New York coverage!
P.S.: EDUCATION BONUS QUESTION:
Can you pick out ‘Strap and Spice in the image below? You’d be a lot cooler if you could.
March 9, 2009
Filed under: The ASI Show
The ASI Show New York is in full throttle from the Javits Center and Team ASICentral is there! Well, half of us that is. ‘Strap and Spice are in the Big Apple producing the radio show, capturing video and snapping random pics when they can, while back here in PA Crack and I are serving as Ground Control.
We’ll soon have all kinds of content from the show — like videos, radio show archives, pics, newsletters, etc… And best of all we’ve created an index page on ASICentral for all the content from the show.
Check out the new ASI Show New York home page on ASICentral! The page will be updated often as content comes in, and don’t forget to check the blog too for more.
March 5, 2009
Goodbye boring and bland, hello awesome! (Yeah, that’s right.)
After several months of planning, our sister site wearablesmag.com — the online home of Wearables magazine — has finally undergone a long-awaited facelift. Welcome to the new and improved wearablesmag.com.
Gone are the days when the only content from the magazine you could find online were 3 feature stories, the Cheat Sheet and Product Showcase. The newly designed site now offers almost all the content the magazine does, including:
And best of all, the upgraded site also offers content not available in print, like multimedia videos and podcasts as well as the Wearables Style newsletter, all accessible from the homepage! (NOTE: You can play the latest videos and podcasts directly on the homepage in our multimedia widgets.)
But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself here. And while you’re at it, take a look at a before and after shot, below:
BEFORE: Bland and Boring