Friday Five for November 12th, 2010

Well, well, well. You’re back for more fantastic Friday distraction! I couldn’t be more pleased. Let’s face it, your whole day is going to be a write off anyways since you had yesterday off for the holiday. You’re already in weekend mode, so you might as well embrace it and just waste the whole day surfing the internet and taking really long coffee breaks.  If your boss gets mad, just tell them to call me at the office and her or she and I can discuss your blatant disrespect for their authority at length.

1) So, who likes drinking? Raise your hand! For all the lushes out there, Lifehacker posted this useful guide explaining exactly what happens to your body and brain when you drink. And if you’ve got a tendency to do some drunk-facebooking and you need some assistance stopping, there’s an app for that (if you’ve tried this out and want to let us know how it went, post a comment below, as I’m intrigued).

2) Abandoned amusement parks are just plain creepy. Here’s a beautifully shot vignette featuring the New Orleans Six Flags that never reopened after Hurricane Katrina.

3) Facebook! It’s the all-knowing, inescapable oracle that just won’t stop growing. Even if you loathe it, it undeniably provides us with endless sociological fodder. Claire Gordon discusses how Facebook breeds inequality and mistrust, and Time talks about the Queen’s new Facebook page and what it means for the monarchy. And don’t forget: people you work with can see what you post. So be careful, because you too could get fired like this employee of the year from Connecticut. Fail.

4) Speaking of social media, here’s some good articles that will come in handy for discussion points talking with clients about their strategy. How To: Get the Most from a Small Business Social Media Presence on Mashable, Demonstrating Social Media ROI from Social Media Group, and on the flip side, Entrepreneur ponders Is It Time for You to Get Anti-Social?

5) Have you heard? Celebrities have opinions on things, and for some reason we trust them. The only celebrity I trust is Bruce Springsteen, but that’s just me. Anyway – here’s 20 Essential Apps Picked by People We Trust from Salon. I think my favourite part is Dan Savage owning up to playing cribbage and hating shopping. Here’s another one: Celebrities’ Favourite iPhone Apps from CNN. I hadn’t heard of some of these before, so I guess it was kinda useful.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next Friday!