I’m a big cigar fan. I wouldn’t say that I’m an everyday sort of guy, but at least once a week during the colder months and more frequent in the summer when the BBQs are in full swing. Tonight, I’ll celebrate the new year with close friends and family. The kids will be running around, […]

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Being home during the holiday weeks gives me a lot of quality time on the home front and the chance to play with the kids. We do a ton of things — we play the Wii, read books, watch movies, play in the snow, do day trips, etc. This year, my youngest has been very […]

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I am always amazed that you folks find babysitters to watch your kids on that night of nights. During our entire marriage, not one family member, babysitter or friend has offered the gift of selflessness and offered to watch our kids. Not once. Zilch. Nada.

As the Director of Social Media at tax giant H&R Block, Scott Gulbransen recently returned to the tax business after previously spending 1o years at rival Intuit working on the TurboTax & Quicken brands. He brings 16 years as a marketing communications professional, and 11 tax seasons, with him to H&R Block and was responsible for the launch of many key social initiatives at Intuit before leaving in 2010. A strategic thinker and business problem solver, Gulbransen has worked for some of the world’s top brands including TurboTax, Sony Online Entertainment, and Applebee’s. In 2010, Gulbransen became the first Director of Social Media & Digital Content for Applebee’s, creating the first-ever social media strategy for the world’s largest casual dining chain. While at Applebee’s, Gulbransen lead a small but nimble team responsible for creating a robust and far-reaching social engagement channel for Applebee’s and its franchise community. In addition to his professional accomplishments at the corporate level, Gulbransen is also a prolific blogger recently named as one of the Top 50 Daddy Bloggers in the US by Cision. Gulbransen was ranked #21. As a member of the TurboTax communications and social media team for 10 years, Scott helped the TurboTax team launch and sustain the brand’s social media platform. He also drove and was responsible for the launch of TurboTax’s successful content strategy, including the launch of the TurboTax Blog. Recently, he launched one of the most significant social media campaigns in the brand’s history with the @TeamTurboTax Twitter project. Gulbransen was instrumental in reinvigorating the Quicken brand almost entirely through the use of social media and, particularly, Twitter. By engaging with customers and influencers who talk about personal finance on Twitter, he and his team helped Quicken Online grow from just 200,000 users in October 2008 to over 1.4 Million in just 10 months. This led to a more focused look at the personal finance space for Intuit and, ultimately, the acquisition of Mint.com. A former print journalist, who, after realizing his paychecks from the newspaper industry weren’t going to get much bigger, turned to the Dark Side – public relations. After working in both college athletics and inside mid-size agencies, he joined Intuit in 2000 and Applebee’s in 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is the married father of five kids. Despite his busy personal and professional life, Scott is a digital native who never strays far from social networking. To hassle Scott, or to tell him how great you think he is (or not!), email him at scott@scottgulbransen.com, add him to your Circles on Google+, or ping him on Twitter at @sdgully. Scott also is an editor and writer for Technorati.com.

I’ve told many of my friends who don’t have kids that Christmas morning is much better when you have little ones that still believe in the guy in the red suit. The feeling you get by watching the expressions on their face and listening to all the “ohs” and “ahs” is simply awesome. Instead of […]

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This post will probably inspire some hate mail, or at least some grimaces, but I can’t stand the “holiday” picture card. There. I said it. Some time in the mid-1990s, these picture cards became the standard for families to send at Christmastime. I can’t deny their appeal and efficiency. They kill two birds with one […]

Remember the scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie and his dad were changing the flat tire? Ralphie was holding the hub cap and his dad hit it by accident and the bolts flew all over the place. As the bolts flew into the sky, Ralphie said….”Fuuuuuuuu(dge)”…but replace the dge with uck (even though we […]

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Guest post by Angie Six I’d like to think my husband is a pretty lucky guy. As a general wife model goes, I came with the standard features: decent looks, able to cook, fairly frugal, sufficiently frisky. It’s the bonus feature he lucked out on: I like sports. I like watching sports (on TV or […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

A special happy birthday post for one of the Every Other Thursday founders, Don Martelli.

One of the difficult lessons we learn as we get older is that life has very few guarantees. The New Radicals would have us believe the simple formula that we get what we give, but all too often our efforts end in disappointment. We spend countless hours working to further our careers, yet promotions and […]

O’Reilly and Dobson’s “War on Christmas” is a steaming pile of holiday bulls**t with a Christmas bow on top. Yes, Virginia, there is no War on Santa – organized or otherwise. Nor are religious minorities clamoring to own a piece of American’s holiday cheer real estate.

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