What's The Diff?

The things Quicken Loans team members care about and want to share with the world

Posts tagged ‘The DIFF’

Dog Rides Scooter

Wow. This is crazy. Dog rides a scooter down the street. With a shirt on. What?

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Japanese Penguin Goes Shopping

Gotta love it. It’s actually a few years old, but fellow blogger Amber Hunt showed this to me yesterday.

So, I’m showing it to you.

How cute. How crazy. How Japanese!

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Christmas Lights Galore

Every year around Christmas time, when I was little, my parents would drive my sister and I around town to look at all the Christmas lights people had put up. We were always amazed at the different lights people would use and the designs they would create. There were blue lights, multi-colored lights, white lights, big lights, and small lights; basic patterns around the edge of a house or lights wrapped around bushes and trees. However, there never was a house in my town that was quite as dedicated to their light display as the Trykoski Family from Frisco, Texas, shown in the video above.

The Trykoski Family's light show consists of over 75,000 lights that are synchronized to several different songs. Although, the family has been decorating their house with Christmas lights for a long time, they have only had their light display synchronized to music since 2004. They continue to change and make improvements to their design every year. 

One question that is brought to mind when watching the video is how the Trykoski family stands the flashing of lights from inside their house for the 4 hours it runs every night. Even so, I wish that someone in my town would have or could have put on such a show when I was little. Thanks Trykoski Family for making such a wonderful Christmas light display!

For more information on their light show and where it's located visit their site.

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Jill and Kevin take the wedding march to a whole new level!

WeddingDanceI’ve never been a fan of weddings. They’ve just always seemed so stuffy to me.  Everything is so organized and planned and predictable. 

But last month Jill and Kevin of St. Paul, MN decided to step out of box and do something different (which we, of course, love).  You have to figure if a couple can have this much fun on their way up to the alter, they’ve got to have pretty good odds that the rest of their marriage will be amazing. 

If you haven’t seen the video yet (over a eleven million views on YouTube in just over a week!), you can hop on over to YouTube and check them out. 

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Election Day: vote for your favorite “I Voted” Sticker & watch “Vote However You Like”

Everyone knows that the best part of voting is the "I voted!" sticker you get afterward. We took up a collection around the office at Quicken Loans of everyone’s stickers. Now we want you to weigh in. Which "I Voted" sticker reigns supreme?

Take our poll here.

After you vote for a sticker, as an added bonus, check out these smarty-pants kids from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta as they parody rapper T.I with "Vote However You Like!":

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Motor City Blight Busters – Hands-on Community Action!

Rebecca Carter of Quicken Loans helps the Motor City Blight BustersBlight Busting is a fine way to spend a Saturday.

What's Blight Busting, you say? This vigorous, uplifting activity can take on many forms: from adorning a drab urban building with a colorful mural, to boarding and securing a dangerous property, to rehabilitating a neglected house with paint, nails, sweat, and care.

It can even mean dismantling a damaged home with sledgehammers and axes – an activity that especially delighted the rambunctious Quicken Loans volunteer group who participated in a volunteer Saturday as part of Motor City Blight Busters' ongoing community revitalization mission.

Continue reading “Motor City Blight Busters – Hands-on Community Action!” »

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day AND the Day Emoticons Were Born!

Shiver Me Timbers! Who would have thought that talkin’ like a pirate and the little smiley face that we’ve become so familiar with, would have somethin’ in common? Aye, they do! It seems that today be the day for us to celebrate both.

Check out the article that is one of Yahoo’s top news stories for today: Origin of the Smiley Face.

And take some time to polish up your Piratese and learn how to talk like a pirate!

ARG, I wonder if they have a pirate emoticon?

Editor’s note: Check out a pirate message Jen left to the Quicken Loans Web Marketing Team earlier this year. Arrggh. Meet me in Davy Jones Locker.

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Helping St. Jude Children’s Hospital by coloring & eating chicken at Chili’s

Quicken Loans DIFF blog thinks coloring at Chili's is cool! by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

"What’s for lunch?" Jen questioned as she popped over my cube. Cora spun around and declared "Yeah! I’m hungry!" A few minutes later, we plopped down at Chili’s. I think it was the reminder of the scrumptious Chicken Crispers that sealed the deal.

While at lunch, our sever asked us if we wanted to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by coloring a Chili’s pepper. Darn right we do – bring on the crayons!

Working adults coloring at lunch aside, the Chili’s fundraiser is very cool. Sitting in the corner booth, it was easy to see that nearly every wall was plastered with colorful peppers. Add all those little peppers up and it’s a  big DIFF.

Back at work, a little GOOG research helped me find CreateAPepper.com. I learned that Chili’s has a 10-year, $50 million commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They’ve even launched the Chili’s Care Center, which "houses the major treatment and research programs for brain tumor and bone marrow transplant patients." Awesome.

Throughout the month of September, you can go to any Chili’s and donate money to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by coloring a pepper. And on September 29, Chili’s will donate every penny of their profit to the hospital for the entire day. So stop by a neighborhood Chili’s if you can this month and do your little DIFF. And I mean really…those Crispers are delish and coloring is still super fun if you stay inside the lines.

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Be Crowned The DIFF Captionator

The Quicken Loans DIFF Blog Captionator Contest - September, 2008

To spice things up around the office a bit, we’ve decided to start a photo-caption contest.  The first Friday of every month, check to see what random picture The DIFF paparazzi have posted.  Now, we all know how truly exciting the cubicle environment can be – so give us you best (and most creative) title that "captures" (pun intended) the moment.  The DIFF team will then read all of your entries and vote on which one most tickles our fancy.  We will be judging based on the intensity of the following reactions:

  • What the #@$%!!!
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Wow.
  • AHHHHHHH!!!  Oh my….

The winner will be announced on the last Friday of the month, and then be crowned the official "DIFF Captionator".  I know – what an honor.  For your prize, unfortunately we won’t be sending you a tacky framed certificate.  Instead, since we’ve got major love for you readers, we’re going to be slaving over your own custom hand-made "DIFF Captionator" crown.  Yes, one you can actually wear in your very own cubicle to make your co-workers jealous. 

Are you ready to knock our socks off?  Good luck!

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

American Express’s Members Project – Ideas Making a Difference

I don’t watch a lot of TV but I have caught a few shows the last few days and have noticed this particular commercial.  (Yes, I do make it a habit of watching commercials.)  It took a few viewings before I realized it was for American Express’s Members Project, but I remembered I had seen it before because the very end showed Jim Henson hanging around The Muppets.  I don’t know why it took me so many times to see it before I saw this commercial screaming about The DIFF.

So of course today I go to the site as I prepare to write this blog entry and realize that I’ve already been to the site.  As a matter of fact, I’ve actually nominated a project to win.  This time though I wasn’t there to nominate any projects, but to find out more about Members Project and share it with you.

Continue reading “American Express’s Members Project – Ideas Making a Difference” »

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button

Secondary Navigation:


Promotional Information:


Partner Links:
Site Feeds:
Copyright:
Today's Date:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017