From the conference room to the new office digs. About a month ago my office area got a bit of a facelift and I spent a couple of days in the conference room working – but mostly playing with some of my office toys. It inspired a fun competition as ELGLers from around the world who shared their favorite office toys. Now that my office is finally fully unpacked (it’s been a busy couple of months). I realize I still did not fully bring my Office Toy Game. So, here it is today… #ELGLOfficeToys


Right Now w/ Mike Ekey (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Listening to: Mikal Shapiro (KC Musicians for the Win!)

What I’m Watching: Time-lapse videos of construction projects

What I’m Doing: Putting the final touches on a new music and arts festival in Raymore, Mo. Learn more about it here.


Johnson County, Kansas, is adding iPads as part of its election process: Voters in Johnson County, get your index fingers ready. You’ll be signing your name on an iPad when you show up at the polls for the primary and general elections this year. The voting process will go further into the digital age this year with new hardware and software to replace the big poll books the election commission has used for decades.

Because everything is a farce: Donald Trump thinks Budweiser’s new name is an endorsement.
Google to ban ads from Payday Loan shops: From a marketing and advertising standpoint, this is HUGE. Payday Loan shops and predatory lends have notoriously used those “HOME OWNERS ARE SAVING THOUSANDS WITH THIS ONE TRICK” style ads. It’s all a scam and Google is finally cracking down.
Baltimore Archdiocese Posts List of 71 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Children: The Archdiocese of Baltimore has posted a list of several dozen priests and religious brothers accused of sexual abuse, including 14 priests who offended after the groundbreaking 2002 Boston Globe investigation broke the story of widespread sexual abuse.
Short Film About Disabled Pup Earns Creators 59 Awards and Job at Disney: “The Present” is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany and based on a comic strip by Fabio Coala.
Terrifying Extreme Close-Up Video of Tornado Outside Wray, Colorado: This past weekend, at least seven documented tornadoes touched down in Colorado, wreaking havoc and leaving a path of destruction. Just outside of Wray, Colorado, an EF2 tornado touched down and meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer was on hand to capture the incredible event from extremely close-up.

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