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Dan Gilbert’s Big Move Featured in Detroit News

As a native Detroiter I love seeing good news about the Motor City. Detroit has taken its fair share of knocks lately, but Dan Gilbert’s decision to move Quicken Loans downtown has infused some hope into those who love the city. Quicken Loans’ story was featured in today’s Detroit News, framing a positive outlook for the company and its new hometown.

Fulfilling his promise to move Quicken Loans and associated businesses downtown, Gilbert is pushing against much of mainstream thought that Detroit is too far gone to be welcoming environment for any corporation. And for those that know Gilbert, he is all about keeping his word.

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Pet Paparazzi – An Easy and Fun Way to Help Homeless Animals

A post by guest blogger Jill Scapelliti

Almost Home

If you have a pet, then you know how fulfilling it is to get that perfect picture of him/her doing something cute or goofy or literally just sleeping (you just can’t help yourself because it’s so darn adorable). You show off the photo to your friends, post it on Facebook, even frame it and put it on your desk at work. These photos make you smile during your longest days.

If any of the above hits home with you, then please take a second to read about our great Calendar Contest where you can show off your “Hollywood” kitty or pooch and also give back to homeless furry pets in need of love and help this summer.

I am a dedicated volunteer at Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield. The economy has really hit us hard over the past year, and the number of homeless cats and dogs has skyrocketed. We are a true 100% No-Kill shelter, meaning we keep our animals until we find them a new forever home. We are overflowing with cats and dogs, and our volunteers are exhausted. Just when we start to feel great about finding two little kittens a new home, another litter is dumped at our doorstep. It’s never-ending, but our volunteers are tireless and determined to make a difference in each and every animal’s life.

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Summer of Stars

7-20-2010 1-09-48 PM You know those Michigan summers that we anxiously await all year long for? Well now, the rest of the world knows what we’re talking about thanks to David Arquette.

While filming Scream 4 this summer in Ann Arbor, he’s been tweeting non-stop about how amazing Michigan is! If you don’t believe me, just take a look!

David's tweets have included photos of Michigan sunsets, local restaurants and even a pawn shop in Pontiac he had luck at! Pure Michigan has also taken notice of David's positive tweets promoting Michigan.

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The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game

Soccer was thrust back into the national spotlight this summer as the World Cup had millions glued to their TV’s in hopes Team USA would make its mark on the world stage. With the whole nation watching, the tournament reminded Americans why they still can’t stand soccer.

Seldom we saw a match not tarnished by bad calls and disallowed goals. Games were plagued by a slew of players diving and faking injury so convincingly they deserved an Oscar.

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Old Spice Man: Will You Marry Me?

Old Spice has consistently had some really great commercials.  I really enjoyed the ones that featured Michigan native Bruce Campbell, but the new series featuring the incredibly handsome, charming & resourceful Isaiah Mustafa has slayed me.  Old Spice Man, I am a happily married woman – but I am wondering, would you like to join our union?  We have room for one more, but only if that one more is you.

I am hoping you answer my question, just like you've been addressing your many adoring fans on YouTube today.  The people have questions, and the Old Spice Man certainly has some answers.  I think that if Old Spice Man has the time to address the comment that he actually has a "nerdy voice", he can respond to my proposal of a marriage that is illegal in most (all?) states.

 

 

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George Steinbrenner – the “Boss of America’s Team” – Gone But Never Forgotten

History's most famous baseball team owner, of the most famous team in history, has moved on to the ball game in the sky.

George Steinbrenner has hung up his kleats (well, not sure if he every played) and he'll be missed. Love him or hate him, he was good at what he did and he built an empire. The Yankees are the most successful and recognized team in baseball (if not sports) history and he's a big part of the reason why.

From the Detroit News:

For more than 30 years, Steinbrenner lived up to his billing as "the Boss," a nickname he earned and clearly enjoyed as he ruled with an iron fist. While he lived in Tampa he was a staple on the front pages of New York newspapers.

"He was an incredible and charitable man," his family said in a statement. "He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."

Read the full article in The Detroit News

Goodbye Mr. Steinbrenner.

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Sometimes Graffiti is Beautiful

Banksy.co.uk Parking Photo

So over here at the DIFF we're pretty big fans of our hometown of Detroit.  Thus, we write about it a lot.  Its really just that we have so much pride in our city we can't seem to help ourselves. 

But let's be honest here for a second.  Detroit needs a bit of sprucing.  And like most cities that need some work, we have a lot of graffiti.  Now, I've always been a fan of graffiti – so long as its done with taste and art in mind.  Senseless tagging is just vandalism.  Anyway, I was reading an article from the Detroit News about this pretty famous street artist who, low and behold, made his way to our fine city.  As it turns out, Banksy (the famous street artist) gave us one of his creations on a wall of a building about to be torn down.  Unfortunately, there are some not so happy things going on as a result of that, but I'll let you read the detnews.com article to find all that out.

What I think is more interesting is the artist himself.  Banksy is apparently a very under the radar street artist from London whose works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Pretty nice living, eh?  He paints meticulous depictions of people and adds in some social commentary to go along with it.  I went on over to his website and I must say, his work is kind of amazing.  What's even more cool, is that he lets you print out his work from his website to make your own BanksyGear. What?!?  Artists giving away their art?  With all of the arguments out there about sharing music and movies and fear of copywrite infringement, I was really surprised.  Not to mention, for us little people who can't imagine buying art for $100,000 or more, that's kind of a cool gift to pass on. 

So mosey on over to the banksy.co.uk website and take a peek.  Even if you aren't a fan of graffiti, you'll be impressed.  I especially like the one he did in Detroit.

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Smart Car Skins

SmartPaintSkinsFushaPinklg[1]I have always wanted a pink car since I can remember.  Recently I was “googling” images of pink cars and came across an affordable hot pink Smart Car.

Smart Car came up with this awesome idea a few years back to let you have whatever color and pattern you want for your car with their Smart Car Skins and Smart Paint Skins. I personally like the Smart Car warped magenta skins and the colors Warrior Pink and Kandy Electric Fuchsia. You are even able to design your own skin by submitting it to them directly.

Even though I could never buy this car due to being almost 6’1” and I do not think that even half of my body would be able to fit inside, I thought this was an awesome idea that gives you an opportunity to have digital clothing for your car. This may seem like a corny and strange idea, but I can see this being very popular in the future.
Check out the Smart Car Skins and the Smart Paint Skins.

Photo Credit to http://www.smartpaintskins.com/html/standard.html#FuchsiaPink

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Giant Double Rainbow Video

A man gets very excited when he sees a double rainbow.

So excited that it's a mega viral video and we thought we'd share it here.

And when I say "he's excited" – you have no idea. I recommend you join the over two million folks who have watched this video.

Enjoy!

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Announcing the DIFF’s First Annual “Little Things Matter” Award – and the Winner is Ezine!

Announcing The Diff's First Annual "Little Things Matter" AwardBig accomplishments are always the result of a build-up of small things. Regardless of the importance, attention to the detail ultimately leads to larger success. In fact, consistently doing the little things shows you care.

It is this attention to detail that The Diff has awarded its first annual “Little Things Matter” Award to EzineArticles.com

EzineArticles was cool enough to send me a coffee mug and coaster as gifts for becoming an expert author on the Ezine site. The gift definitely made my day!

I recommend Ezine for anyone trying to gain more exposure when writing, or for a business trying to position itself as an expert in its respective field.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017