Bruce’s Friday Five v3.9

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.

ONE | How cool is this? Right next to one of my cafe hang-outs my office, Miraloma Cleanerswill dryclean your suit for free if you are unemployed and have an interview. The owner said that only a few folks have taken them up on the deal, but what a great gesture. When you walk in you can tell these are folks committed to the community.

And yeah, I am a new customer.

TWO | Not sure how many of you are keeping up with the Pinoy Hip Hop scene, but just in case you wanted to expand your musical knowledge, I recenly stumbled across this 2006 paper by Michael Viola, Filipino American Hip-Hop and Class Consciousness: Renewing the Spirit of Carlos Bulosan. And if you want to get get a taste check out Blue Scholars on Spotifyand my favorite Filipino American Music videos from apl.de.ap AKA Allen Pineda Lindo, Mama Filipina and The Apl Song.

THREE | I love finding new technologies and software that help built community, makes things look pretty and otherwise expand the ways in which communities sees and experiences itself and others. Some of you who are cooler than I may already use these, but three services that I have recently started using: I use the online service RoundPic to edit pictures like the one above; the leadership team of the new church I am part of is using GroupMe for group texting and conference calls; and Punchbowl is a great alternative invitation site if eVite drives you just a little nutzo.

FOUR | As you know I am a huge baseball and Oakland A’s fan. With Spring Training in full effect, we welcome two new faces to the club house, Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes. I have promised myself to get to more games this year so I am beyond excited about these two additions. From what I have read, Cespedes is a monster and Manny is a changed man! Hope springs eternal during spring training so I am going to go ahead and predict and surprise A’s Playoff run in 2012. You heard it here first.

FIVE | One of the best parts about helping folks to develop their social media skilz is meeting folks who are really trying to do some good in the world. Whether it is through their socially responsible business or using their gifts of music or art to bring some beauty to world, I am constantly in awe of those who share their gifts with the world. I just started with with Jeremy Goodfeather as he works to spread the word about his music and message. This San Francisco based singer-songwriter is one to listen to. Like him on Facebookfollow him on Twitterlisten to him on Spotify and watch his video below, Shine on Me.

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