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iPoll Takes You On a New Zealand Walkabout

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The future King of England and his Duchess recently toured New Zealand along with the future, future King. By all accounts, William, Kate, and little Georgie had a swell time down under. As landmasses go, New Zealand is the last one to be settled by humans, with carbon dating putting the early settlers on the island only since 1250. The indigenous people of New Zealand are the Maori, and their wonderful heritage and culture influence much of what makes New Zealand a magical place to visit. When you meet a Maori, press your nose against them. That is the traditional greeting. Do you think you could ever stay mad with someone, when saying “hello” consists of rubbing noses? Beyond taking in the Maori culture, there is plenty to see and do in New Zealand. That’s what makes it a perfect iPoll pick for your next vacation adventure.

Walk Like a Hobbit

As any Lord Of The Rings fan will be able to tell you, New Zealand is where director Peter Jackson chose to film the majority of his trilogies. He returned for The Hobbit films, and now you can follow in the footsteps of Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf with a tour of Hobbiton. There were over 250 New Zealand locations used in the filming of the six LOTR films. There are also numerous tours that let you retrace the steps of the film crews. If you’re going to walk about New Zealand, you might as well do it as a hobbit would.

 

Hobbiton Central

Where the hobbits go to meet. Image Source: Flickr user Jeff Hitchcock

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Written by Rick B.

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 am

Mobile Army Monday: Pack Your Bags for iPoll Missions Abroad

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It’s official: spring break is over. Sadly, I didn’t get to “break” this year, unless you think the annual viewing of The Ten Commandments on TV qualifies. Spring break is really for the students. For us working adults, it’s all about vacation. For many families, this means loading up the family car and hitting the road. You can even opt for an RV rental, which is somewhat like driving around in a small version of your living room. (Note to self: check out RV rentals). For the truly adventurous, vacation planning means traveling to a different time zone and experiencing something completely different. No matter where you decide to travel, you need to make sure that you’ve got your smartphone charged and your iPoll app at the ready. Cashing out your iPoll rewards before you go may help you get everything you need for your trip, but also make sure you answer surveys along the way. There is no reason you can’t keep earning as you travel. In fact, waiting to board your flight provides you with the perfect opportunity to knock out a bunch of surveys!

Getting Through Security

Pre-flight line up. Image Source: Flickr user Karl Baron

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Written by Rick B.

April 21st, 2014 at 11:26 pm

iPoll Explores the Best Ways to Live like a Gazillionaire

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By now, the sting of tax day should be fading to a distant memory. Either you know you have a refund coming your way or you owe the government something. Hopefully it is the former. When those refund checks start rolling out, there are plenty of merchants who spruce up their showrooms. In fact, this is the busiest time of year for car dealerships. We just can’t seem to sit tight with those checks burning a hole in our pockets!

At the other end of the tax spectrum are the millionaires, billionaires, and gazillionaires. These are the folks who don’t worry about tax day; they have enough money to hire a team of lawyers who will help prevent them from having to pay enormous taxes. Is that fair? Technically, they are breaking the law as much as they are using loopholes. That leaves them with piles of money. We’re talking “Scrooge-McDuck-dive-into-a-pool-of-gold-coins” kind of money. Could these folks really spend all that dough in a lifetime? Probably not, but that’s not going to keep them from trying. Here’s how you can live like a gazillionaire:

 

Personal Flying

Private jet: truly the only way to fly. Image Source: Flickr user: Moaksey

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Written by Rick B.

April 17th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Heartbleed Bug: We’ve Got Your Back

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If you follow internet trending (as you should) then two things might have caught your attention this week. First, it was Tax Day for America. Blah! Second, something called the Heartbleed Bug was making the rounds across cyberspace. In the flurry of news headlines about Heartbleed, one was obviously missing:

“iPoll Surveys Are Safe For Users”

That was certainly welcomed relief and it makes sense that it wouldn’t be the top of the new reports because it is essentially good news. You can’t lead with that. Instead, we were blasted with these kind of ominous reports:

“Heartbleed Is About To Get Worse, And It Will Slow The Internet To A Crawl” – Washington Post

“Attackers Could Use Heartbleed Chaos To Steal Enterprise Data” – Remondmag

“Heartbleed: 95% Of Detection Tools ‘Flawed’, Claim Researchers” – The Guardian

“Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing” – Wired

My first reaction upon reading those headlines was to unplug everything and head to my Y2K bunker. Luckily, I still have a few cases of 1999 vintage Spam down there. Then I read the poster hanging in my bunker: “Keep Calm and Carry On Web Surfing.” So, I plugged back in and rebooted and that’s when I found that iPoll was safe. I could skip over all those other vulnerable sites, but I can’t miss out of my daily dose of iPoll. Upon hearing that news, we had a big “Whew” moment here at command central.

Various Spam Products

Resisting the urge to sing, "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam." Image Source: flickr user Luca Conti

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

iPoll Takes You to the Most Expensive Places in Which to Live

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? Many find that they are just fine where they are, but that doesn’t mean one can’t dream of a new place to live. After shaking off the sting of paying taxes, we can now turn our attention towards making even more money. Let’s explore where some of the priciest real estate is. Of course, to live in these expensive cities you really need to earn some serious bank. We’re talking Powerball kind of pay. After all, if you’re going to dream, then dream big.

Here are the most expensive places to live in America:

1.    New York City

When it comes to expensive living, New York City has held the top spot for many years. Not sure if that constitutes bragging rights or not. In a city with a population of over eight million, the average rent for an apartment is $3,783. What do you get for that kind of dough? Not much space I’m afraid, but it’s New York, where the cost of living is 125% above the national average.

 

NYC skyline

If you can make it here, yada, yada, yada. Image Source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano

 

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Written by Rick B.

April 16th, 2014 at 12:31 am

iPoll Presents: A Brief History of Taxes

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Typically, in order to be able to pay for items, money is required. Yes, you may find some folks here and there who have set up a barter system for goods and services. However, if you have no skills or goods to offer then you need to reach into your wallet. And unfortunately, goods and services will do you no good when it comes to that most dreaded thing of all. Yes, I’m talking about taxes. All those roads, schools, bridges, tunnels (and everything else) don’t pay for themselves. In order to keep the country humming, the federal and state governments collect taxes. If there is one thing we all share, it’s the displeasure with dealing with taxes, but unless you have a time machine, there is really no way to avoid the April 15 Tax Day Deadline. However, it hasn’t always been like this.

American History

Where declarations were made, signatures collected, and history was made. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Westerved

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Written by Rick B.

April 15th, 2014 at 1:38 am

iPoll Presents the Best Films of the ’60s

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When compiling “best of” lists, there may be an inclination on the part of the writer to try and impress the potential reader by following the critic’s picks. Often, those picks will line up with the writer’s choices; I’m not going down that road, though. The following list of 1960′s films is simply based on my humble opinions. Just like Mad Men is a quintessential ’60s-era series, these films capture some of the best work to come out of this decade. They’re the kind of films you get drawn into if you are playing channel roulette. From personal experience, these films have caused many late night viewing sessions. (Note to self: Don’t turn on TCM after midnight). Let’s see if this list would match your list:

Psycho

If you see this house, keep walking! Image Source: Flickr user Cliff

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Written by Rick B.

April 11th, 2014 at 5:09 am

iPoll Throwback Thursday: From Bell Bottoms to Tie-Dye, Fashion of the ’60s

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As they say, “Everything old is new again.” I’m not exactly sure who “they” are, but I would certainly like to meet them. They seem to know a lot about everything… but I digress. Along with great writing and acting, Mad Men has also treated us to some great fashion. The costume designers have managed to accurately capture the ’60s with all their wardrobe selections. Now those retro designs are making their way back into today’s fashionista circles. Are you ready for a throwback to ’60s fashion? Here’s what you should be looking for:

 

Leopard Hat

In the early '60s, the pillbox hat was a must. Image Source: Flickr user Little Miss B

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Written by Rick B.

April 10th, 2014 at 4:55 am

iPoll’s Music Flashback: Grooving to ’60s Tunes

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Let’s stipulate that as decades go, the ’60s were one wild ride. The creators of Mad Men know this and it’s why they chose to set their series during those turbulent times. Many look at this era as if we were napping through most of the ’50s only to be jolted awake in the following decade. The list of seminal moments from this time that forever changed us is a long one. Music is something that can take us back to certain moments and periods in time, and the music that came from this particular decade certainly affected how we listened and approached music to come in later years. Rock and roll wasn’t that old when the calendars switched over to 1960. Here are some of the iconic albums of the ’60s that you should add to your playlists. These can provide the perfect soundtrack for your Mad Men viewing party.

The Beatles

You can’t really single out a single album from the Beatles. You have to include them all. When the lads from Liverpool crossed the pond, they literally took America by storm. Interestingly enough, most of their dedicated followers were already fans. They knew the early singles by heart. That first tour, kicked off on the Ed Sullivan Show, cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with. Want to trace the evolution of music in the ’60s? Start with Please Please Me, then go to Meet the Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. That is some music library.

The Beatles Story

How many Beatles albums do you have on your playlist? Image Source: Flickr user Elliot Brown

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Written by Rick B.

April 9th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

iPoll Round-Up: The Best Mad Men Episodes (So Far)

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Before the season four premiere of Game of Thrones, I went back to watch the last episode of the last season. I was sure glad I did. First impression: “I’ve been away from Westeros for far too long.” Second impression: “I forgot that happened.” It was wise to get caught up. Now, I plan on doing the same thing with the return of Mad Men. Fans of the show know that Mad Men started at the beginning of the 1960s and is now approaching the end of that turbulent decade. Using the ’60s as a backdrop has provided fertile ground for the writers to create some amazing stories. How can you pick just one? You can’t. However, if you want to get ready for the beginning of the end of Mad Men you should catch up with these great episodes.

The Gypsy And The Hobo (Season 3, Episode 11)

Right out of the gate, you knew that Don Draper was not your typical “hero.” He cheats on his wife and carries a dark secret that he has kept from everyone. It’s that kind of character complexity that draws us to him and this series. Simply put, the Don Draper who everyone deals with in the office is not the real Don Draper. In this episode, someone finds out Don’s secret and how he handles that gives us a unique glimpse of what makes Don Draper tick.

Man Men

How Don Draper gets to be a dapper Don. Image Source: Flickr user Angela N.

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Written by Rick B.

April 8th, 2014 at 3:16 pm