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Our friend Mark is starting to sell his new book. I've been looking through some of the orders to make sure all is working right and every single one I've read has included a message thanking him or showing great excitement and encouragement for his new book. The love and community he's created by writing fun and funny books every year for a decade plus is an amazing thing to see.

The most prolific man I know now has another full-time job just signing books. Keep it up Mark.

What If on the Cover of Greenville Business Magazine

Cover of Greenville Business Magazine This is a happy non-April Fool's day surprise. What If Greenville is on the cover of the Greenville Business Magazine for the month of April. more

"He weared of himself the long hair and after he die the first day he come back here for to say hello to the peoples." -David Sedaris

At TEDx Greenville on Friday Mayor Knox White gave speech about building the Liberty Bridge. We’ve all heard parts of this speech before. Maybe every word in some shape or fashion. After all, we’re real proud of our bridge and we tend to go on about it. Still, a part of the story that never gets old and is always inspiring to me is the main line that those who opposed the bridge repeated often, “why should we tear down a perfectly good bridge.” Of course, doing so allowed for so much more. Sometimes forest fires are good and sometimes you need to tear down a perfectly good bridge.


OrangeCoat sign After six years on Stone Avenue we've moved to Main Street. There are couple of different reasons we're moving, but the main one is that when you're the only people in the room you're both the smartest and dumbest people in the room. We don't want to be either. The space we've moved to is called the The Forge and is part of the larger Iron Yard project. It's a space made up of artist, programmers, startups, videographers, photographers, architects, designers, successful long-term business people, and plywood. Here's to not being the smartest people in the room.   PS: We took the OrangeCoat sign off our building and have been trying to build anagrams ever since. more

The Bald and The Beardiful: A Celebration of Presidents

A bald eagle with a beard. The perfect mascot. Here are the facts: there hasn’t been a President with facial hair since William Taft was elected 1909,1 and there hasn’t been one who is bald since Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1953. These facts sadden us. We want more politicians unafraid to take a risk and willing to play the hand genetics dealt them. more

Happy Halloween and RIP IE 7

RIP IE 7 It’s becoming a Halloween tradition that OrangeCoat writes a love letter to an out-of-date yet still widely used version of the Internet Explorer. This year, we were inspired by Mad Magazine and modern browser technology when creating our eulogy to Internet Explorer 7. Hope you enjoy. Happy Halloween. more

Last three Dribbble

Though we don't post there often (or post here often for that matter) we are on Dribbble and some fun things have gone up recently.

Last night there was a discussion about people who name their children names inspired by their profession. This can be as broad as Roger Clemens having each of his kids name start with a 'K' to as spot on as a lawyer naming her child Sue. Thanks to Josie waking me up at 2am last night I've had some time to consider this further. I've come up with some for the people in the discussion last night.

The easy ones:

  • Meg is a bioinformaticist so her child could clearly be named Gene or Jean.
  • Kristin is a grant administrator so obviously the child's name is Grant.

A bit more difficult:

  • Jim is a programmer. The easiest name would be Ruby, but that's not his language. Maybe something like Andrew Ray Ciallella and call me A. Ray for short. But that's a stretch. The most likely name for Jim's child would be #rt@!Xvz~00o!^p. And that would change every 30 days.
  • Mad is an email and content creator. Tough for several different reason, but, in a pinch, I'd go with Wright.

Since the end of May Roxy has been working away. She rented her apartment for the summer and started a trek across the country, seeing the world, couch surfing, and LooseCubing desks. She finally got her site up and running and her Tumblr has some photos from the trip so far.

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