Lights Please!!! The Whys and Whats to Event Lighting

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I get this request often, especially in the case of weddings, “I want DJ and lighting.” Though it may sound pretty straight forward to the layperson, there’s a whole lot more details that goes into fulfilling this request, specifically with lighting, than one may imagine. There are several different lighting options to choose from. You need to know the best option for your event based on the effect you want to create. I also suggest checking with your venue first before choosing lighting options. They may actually have some options available for you. Continue reading

A Cheaper Deal Does Not Necessarily Mean A Better Deal

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We’re baaaaaaack!!! Like we ever left. Okay, so we’ve taken a long hiatus from the “blogsphere” for reasons obvious to us (didn’t realize how time consuming keeping up a thoughtful blog would be). But, while I was posting an interesting entrepreneurial experience today on our other social media pages, I thought “hmmm, this would make a great blog.” So, here it is. Don’t know how often I, we, someone will keep up the blogging of great ideas, tidbits here, but we do vow to do better (guess that wouldn’t be hard considering).

The Story: After sending out a quote, I recently had a potential client tell me “I got a better deal for everything I need for my wedding.” I immediately thought did they get a better deal or a better price?

As an entrepreneur I’m always looking to add value to the products/services I offer through my business. I understand that I will not always offer the cheapest prices, but my main goal is to offer the best value. Now, I consider our prices fair and very competitive across our industry. But beyond actual pricing, when you hire Messieurs Swank for your wedding or event, you receive the peace of mind of knowing you’re receiving a certain level of experience and expertise that goes into the details of creating a successful event. We have systems in place to help facilitate your planning experience. You also know that we have invested extensively in the high quality equipment and products we use.

Whether you choose Messieurs Swank for your event services or not, I urge anyone hiring event professionals to ask questions and do the research on the company. Test their knowledge. Do they offer expertise outside of what you know? These are special moments you have chosen to commemorate that you can’t redo. Make sure you’re getting a good deal, and not just a cheaper price. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Sometimes you even don’t get what you pay for.

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Thanksgiving dinner with Aunt Bertha: A quick way to find free holiday meals

What a novel idea…

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Aunt-Bertha-ThanksgivingNo, Aunt Bertha will not pinch your cheeks. That’s because she is not actually a person. Aunt Bertha is a service, created by TED Fellow Erine Gray, that connects people in need of food, healthcare and housing with the wide variety of programs available in their area.

This week, Aunt Bertha is aiming to connect as many people as possible with a free and hearty Thanksgiving meal. To do so, Aunt Bertha created a database of more than 1,000 places in the United States that are serving free meals—complete with turkey—over the course of this week. At AuntBertha.com/Thanksgiving2014, you’ll find a searchable map of free meals available in your city, along with details about how to get more information.

Aunt Bertha has also cracked open the data to look at when the most free meals are taking place (hint: on November, 27 at 11am) and what kind of organizations…

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Why we need to build the stuff of science fiction: A teen reporter talks to a music technologist

I found this really cool article on music technologist Gil Weinberg, the founder of the Music Technology program at Georgia Tech. He’s being interview by Sam Roth, an 11th grader in New York City about his experience speaking at TEDYouth 2014. Check it out.

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Engineer and musician Gil Weinberg creates robots that are able to improvise. This robotic drum prosthetic can play beats no human can. Photo: Courtesy of Gil Weinberg Engineer and musician Gil Weinberg builds musical robots that improvise. This robotic drumming prosthesis can play beats no human can. Photo: Courtesy of Gil Weinberg

Gil Weinberg creates musically included robots so good they can improvise. The founder of the Music Technology program at Georgia Tech, he also creates innovative music apps and has contributed his technologies to many a band and ensemble.

Sam Roth, an 11th grader in New York City, was excited to interview Weinberg about his experience speaking at TEDYouth 2014. Below, an edited transcript of their conversation.

How did you get involved with music technology?

I was a musician first — I played piano until college. Only when I got to college did I start to get interested in computation and computer science. Then I thought that it could be an interesting idea to combine both of them. I was playing with a jazz band and, at some point…

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Never Too Young To Be Swank Or An Entrepreneur

Mo Bows 1Being a successful entrepreneur does not necessarily come with age. We are seeing more and more everyday that even kids are taking their passion for the things they love, and utilizing technology to leverage their influence on the world. With that being said, I’d like to spotlight a story I came across this morning about a young man whose desire to look and feel good, transformed into a vision to make the world a “fun and happier place”.

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