Ice Ice Baby

As winter in the U.S. is hopefully coming to an end, gooi agents look forward to the dry ground and warmer temps. But the beauty in this video has us rethinking how we view all that ice outside.

The Gadget To Watch: Nixie

In 2014, Selfie Sticks and extendable camera poles accomplished what our arms could not, and we were left with hundreds of amazing touristy group shots.

As they became more popular around the world, this selfie-solution started causing problems.

A quick recap

1) Selfie sticks aren’t very candid. Remember, to take a good photo with this thing, you must balance it in the air long and steady enough for the camera’s timer feature to run out.

2) They are awkward to carry. When you’re traveling, adding one extra thing to your day-bag or fanny pack can be hugely burdensome.

3) They look ridiculous. No explanation needed really.

4) You could be breaking the law.

5) They allow you to miss opportunities. Isn’t half the fun in traveling due to the interesting people you meet? Before Selfie Sticks, if you wanted a group photo taken you’d have to flag someone down and ask them to take it. It’s a little awkward, but surely they’ve been in that boat before too.

If you haven’t picked up on it by now, we’re not really a fan.

That’s why our gadget-to-watch from CES 2015 is Nixie: the first wearable camera that can fly.

Think of the possibilities here.

Not only is it perfect for (less awkwardly) capturing “Ussies,” but there are dozens of other times this flying camera could come in handy.

Why you need this

1) For tourism: imagine the flawless group photo you’ll end up with in front of the Taj Mahal without having to pay a tour guide to take it

2) For better selfies: capture video of your bull riding with ease before the moment is over.

3) For adventures: because when you reach the top of the mountain you just climbed by yourself, a flying watch that takes your picture is exactly what you’ll desire.

4) For contests: say goodbye to tripods or begging friends to film you. This little guy will capture your audition video better than you ever dreamed.

5) For the cool factor: being the first to show up at a party with a flying watch definitely won’t hurt your reputation.

The opportunities for this kind of wearable/flyable tech are endless and we can’t wait until we can test it ourselves. You can sign up on their website for updates and pre-order information.

Is Advertising on Snapchat Worth the Cash?

An article on Adweek reported that advertising for one day on Snapchat costs $750,000, which tops even the price of advertising on YouTube’s masthead by $250,000/day. Considering YouTube brings in more than 1 billion users each month, compared to Snapchat’s 30 million users, many ask the question if it’s worth it. What are your thoughts?

Lost & Hound: a Tail of Excellent Service

Companies are going above and beyond to extend their best service to customers. It’s not that we, consumers, are pickier than we have been in the past, but we have more social outlets available to voice our displeasure. KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines’s Lost & Found Team goes the extra mile at Amsterdam Airport Schipol to get lost baggage in the hands of its rightful owners.

Small Biz Support “Down Under”

We love supporting small businesses, so naturally we love when others do too!

As part of a campaign to recognize its small businesses, the city of Geelong, Australia focused on Ballyhoo, a one-of-a-kind shop that works with local artists and artisans to showcase and sell their work.

Without a doubt, supporting local business is super #gooi.

3 Crazy Japanese TV Shows That Need an English Remake

japaneseJapanese TV is gooi in a very insane way. For a nation of polite and unassuming people they make some of the weirdest and most awesome shows on TV. Here is a list of three TV shows that need to be remade in the US.

  1. Female Japanese Comedian Outruns Komodo Dragon

    This show is ostensibly a travel show, but one of their most popular segments involved sending a Japanese comedian to all four corners of the earth to outrun dangerous animals.

  2. Japanese Firework Prank

    In this show a comedian was given the job to set up a massive firework show. What he didn’t know was as he watched the display from the safety of his control shed, the feed from the monitor was switched with a CGI animation of the firework crashing through the roof of the shed. Hilarity ensues.

  3. Japanese Comedian Pranks Some Crocodiles

    This show makes Jackass look like a bunch of sissies. A comedian dressed as a crocodile goes into a crocodile enclosure and starts pranking a bunch of crocodiles.

Enjoy the videos and do not search “Japanese Prank” in Youtube, you will emerge from that rabbit hole bleary-eyed several hours later.

Have a great weekend!