• Why The Hell Do We Vote On Tuesday? @WhyTuesday

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    Turns out, there is really no good reason for one of the main reasons behind our horrible voter turnout:
    In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.

    Today, we are an urban society, and we all know how hard it is to commute to our jobs, take care of the children, and get our work done, let alone stand on lines to vote. Indeed, Census data over the last decade clearly indicates that the inconvenience of voting is the primary reason Americans are not participating in our elections.

    If we can move Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the convenience of shoppers, why not make Election Day more convenient for the sake of voters? First and foremost, it is time to end the deafening silence of good people on this vitally important issue. So we ask: Why Tuesday?

  • The Nerdery Launches The Nerd Drive: A Recruiting Campaign to Hire 100 Nerds in 100 Days

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    The Nerdery has its headquarters in Minnesota, where the unemployment rate is two percent below the national average — but the jobless rate is miniscule everywhere among skilled web professionals. Bottom line: The Nerdery needs more Nerds — and eventually, maybe all of them. For now, The Nerdery is rallying the community at-large to support its Nerd Drive to hire 100 Nerds in 100 days.

    Anyone referring a nerd they know will earn $100 if their referral gets an interview — and their referral bonus grows to $500 after their nerd has worked 90 days for The Nerdery. Much like a PBS member drive, thank-you gifts for supporters will escalate in value. Anyone who simply refers a nerd will be sent an “I Love Nerds” pocket protector; they’ll be rewarded with a mug if their referral follows through and applies for a Nerdery job.

    With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City, The Nerdery has made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility, and has roughly doubled its staff and revenue almost every year since its founding by three programmers in 2003.

    We do indeed love our Nerds locally, but this seems like a genuine opportunity for Nerd bliss — or at least for you to get some shiny swag out of referring a Nerd The Nerdy's way. Give it a look.

  • I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy, Again

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    This will never get old.

  • Communication Arts Features @TOKYbd in 10-Page Profile

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    Here's some fairly impressive news for a local design agency that we've been big fans of over the years. No matter what your feelings are about them - they're doing more to raise St. Louis on a national level than many others have attempted over the years. And the great part about this is that they're achieving this recognition with an incredibly solid amount of good work for mostly local institutions. Toky continues to shine with excellent local work in a town that is normally handed the leftovers from the coasts. And for this, we applaud them once more.

    The TOKY team is incredibly honored to have received this substantial recognition from arguably the most important publication in the world for our industry. We’re pleased that Michelle observed what we feel here (“a strong sense of friendship and connection among the roughly 30-person staff”), and that she was equally taken by our approach to choosing work:

    "Instead of trying to chase down giant Fortune 500 clients and big retainers, the firm focuses on doing high-quality work for clients with meaty problems and interesting missions. Staff members tell stories about everything from photographing Gloria Steinem to working with academics concerned about the safety of cooking stoves in third-world countries."


    As you can see, they're very happy about this recognition. Maybe a little too happy…

  • New Editorial: Anonymous vs Non-Anonymous: The Battle to End All Battles >>

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    It's a discussion that gets heated every time some troll jumps into the comment section and anonymously rips someone's work. Someone will inevitably fire back something to the effect of "Show some BALLS and leave your real name!" and then it spirals down from there.

    Internet anonymity. There are clearly pros and cons on both sides. Yes, ideally things would be peachy if everyone stood behind their comments with a real name. But shit, we run this site anonymously so that any critiques we give are allowed to live on their own without people accusing us of being biased. And since everyone at The St. Louis Egotist is a working creative professional, non-anonymous critiques could cost us a career or two as well. So we definitely see the need for pseudonyms too.

    So what to do? How do we solve this? By enlisting the non-anonymous San Francisco copywriter Chris Elzinga and the completely anonymous bomb thrower from The Denver Egotist, Felix. In a 2-part debate, these two battle it out once and for all.

    Read Part 1.

  • Hurricane Sandy Destruction: Before & After Images

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    These image comparisons put together by ABC Australia really put the extent and strength of Hurricane Sandy in perspective. Take a peek for yourself.

    Hurricane Sandy Destruction

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  • #ShitToHit TONIGHT: Famous Fictional Places & Things @MadArtSTL

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    Mad Art Gallery is proud to present the sixth installment of the annual Famous Fictional art show opening on Friday, November 2, 2012. Over 30 artists will once again be making pieces based in the realms of popular culture: movies, novels, television, comics, mythology, children's literature, poetry and beyond. For the first time, portraits of people are strictly forbidden! Instead we'll get up close and personal with famous fictional landscapes, vehicles, pets, still lifes, weapons, furniture, machinery, totems, ideas and anything else without a human pulse.

    Famous Fictional: Places & Things assembles a diverse group of St. Louis-based artists from the fields of illustration, comics, craft art, photography, printmaking, woodworking, graphic design and tattoo art. Artists include: Matt Maddox, Jessica Robtoy, Matt Reedy, Monica Heitz, Sam Washburn, Ryan Doggendorf, Peter Pranschke, Brian Cummings, Thomas Plunk, Julie Conway, Jake Houvenagle, Sharlene Kindt, Denny Smith, Katie O'Malley, Andrea Taylor, Vidhya Nagarajan, Ron Weaver and lots more.

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  • Fall Forum 2012: @RodgersTownsend Opens Up Their Doors On 11/16

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    Join us for our 6th annual Fall Forum for a tour of the agency, portfolio/resume reviews and a chat with Founder and CEO Tim Rodgers. Come, get some insight on the industry and learn more about St. Louis’ top agency.

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