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Quicken Loans DIFF blog wishes you a Happy Memorial Day!

Quicken Loans DIFF blog wishes you a Happy Memorial Day!

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Post-It Note Art at Quicken Loans

It's a me...Mario

Quicken Loans is a great place to work.  There is always something fun going on and yesterday was no exception.  The IT teams had a post-it note mural competition!  They created post-it note murals all over the 4th floor of the Quicken Loans office and they results were really cool. 

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Doodling Your Meeting Notes is a Good Thing

Doodling Your Meeting Notes is a Good Thing

A few of us were talking today about doodling during meetings.  Some see this as a time-waisting habit or assume that the doodler is not paying attention to the Very Important Meeting taking place.  However, a 2009 study by Jackie Andrade shows that doodling actually helps keep your brain engaged and doodlers actually retain more information during meetings than non-doodlers.  The study suggests that doodling helped prevent people from daydreaming, which not only distracts the mind from the task at hand, but it also uses and focuses the brains energy on the daydream.  So doodle on, doodlers! There's even a flickr "office meeting doodles" group where you can upload your meeting "notes".

Photo by Flickr user mrmatt

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Thank God It’s (Metal) Friday

Every Friday I like to participate in a weekly event deemed "Metal Friday".  Metal Friday consists of listening to heavy metal during the work day on Friday.  That's it.  It's best to keep things simple, especially on Friday.  Metal Friday is open to everyone and participating is easy.  Just listen to some metal.  Today I'm paying tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio who lost his battle with cancer on May 16, 2010.  RIP Ronnie.  Today Metal Friday lives on in your honor.  Click through to watch one of the greatest music videos of all time.

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Lost Finale Party Food: Top 5 Foods for the Show’s Worst Moments

Lost Finale

Oh, Lost.  You've teased us for 6 seasons and it's all about to come to an end.  Fans are preparing for the end of an era this Sunday.  I am one of the many fans who is planning a Lost finale party and I want to send the show off in a different way.  There are a lot of great resources for Lost parties.  You can find everything from Lost-themed cupcakes and Dharma Initiative labels and those are all fine and dandy.  But let us not forget that with all of the entertainment this show has provided over the last 6 years, there's been a lot of pain as well.  My party will celebrate that pain.  Here are five foods I will serve to pay tribute to some of the show's most enraging moments.  Click through for the list, but warning, some *Spoiler Alerts* are found below…

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Keith Hamm Foundation – Support a Great Cause!

Keith Hamm Foundation supports cancer research and a cure for luekemia and lymphomaThis weekend marks the 4th Keith Hamm Foundation fundraiser. It's a great cause and proof that every penny raised in the name of a cause can make a difference.

Keith Hamm was the life partner of Mark Miller, a senior leader here at Quicken Loans.  When Keith succumed to cancer in 2006, Mark decided to celebrate his life with a party and a fundraiser.

To date the foundation has raised over $90,000 for lymphoma and leukemia research in Michigan. That's awesome and I'm glad I can do my part to chip in a little toward making that amount larger.

Cancer has touched everyone I know. My father died of cancer a year and a half ago. Several of my friends also have had loved ones die of cancer. Cancer sucks.

I salute Mark and the other volunteers who make the effort to help others. That's what this is all about. Celebrating the love of one great person by helping many other great people.

And that's a great thing.

The Keith Hamm Foundation 2010 event is this Saturday at the Rock Financial Center in Novi Mi at 7 pm. Come if you can. Ticket and event info is here. If you can''t make the event, consider a donation. It's a great cause.

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Trying Something New: Improv Comedy

Trying Something New: Improv Comedy

Tonight I shall embark on a new journey in my silly life.  One that hopefully is filled with more laughs than embarrassment.  Tonight is my very first Intro to Improv class at Go Comedy in Ferndale, MI.  I'm really excited to try this out!  I think I'm about 56% funny, so the chances that I will be good at this are slightly in my favor. 

What led me to want to do something as crazyambitious as improv? 

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Another Quicken Loans Facebook Giveaway – $50 Cavs Store Gift Card!

Cavs Store

Facebook fans – we're back with more free stuff!

In the spirit of the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff run, we will be giving away a $50 Cavs store gift card in a random drawing of our Facebook fans today (5/13/2010)!

We’ll notify the winner by a message through Facebook. If you are currently a Quicken Loans Facebook fan, good luck! If you’re not a fan, you have until 5:00pm EST today to become one and get a chance to win!
Please spread the word!

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The DIFF welcomes a new Bizdom biz: PostEGram

Another installment for our Bizdom Biz Feature series. This time, we welcome PostEGram to the Quicken Loans family. Read on to learn more about this awesome new venture!

DIFF welcomes a new Bizdom biz: PostEGram

If you’re like millions of Americans, chances are you’re on Facebook. Furthermore, odds are you’re uploading lots of photographs.  About 2.5 Billion images are uploaded to Facebook every month. It seems as if it has never been easier to share your life in pictures with your family and friends, right?

Well it certainly is easy to connect on Facebook, but the truth is there may be someone special missing all those snapshots of school events, birthday parties and vacations—and that person is Grandma. Statistics show that about half of all Americans over the age of 65 do not have Internet access. So while you’re uploading images from your mobile phone, poor Grandma is looking in her mailbox looking for a letter from you.

That’s where PostEgram comes in. 

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Quicken Loans DIFF Blog wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day!

Quicken Loans DIFF blog wishes you a Happy Mother's Day!

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