Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: The Hexaflexagon and the Most Adorable Boy

By: Gini Dietrich | October 5, 2012 | 

I think winter arrived in Chicago overnight. When I went to bed last night, it was in the upper 60s. When I woke up this morning, it was so cold, Jack Bauer was snuggled up as close as he could get to me, under the blankets!

Neither one of us wanted to get out bed.

Guess that means it’s time to get out the flannel sheets!

It’s also marathon weekend in Chicago so, if you’re running it, good luck! It’ll be perfect running weather. I’m happy to be watching instead of running. I’ll be cheering you on, though!

If you’d rather stay indoors, you have five videos to watch. I present this week’s Gin and Topics.

5. Meet the Hexaflexagon. Lindsay Bell and I were totally geeking out about this early one morning this week. You will too – mind blown!

4. I’m Yours. Marianne Griebler sent this to me and we both fell in love with this little boy. I particularly love when his nose itches and he has to scratch it, but doesn’t miss a beat on his ukelele.

3. Skateboarder Hits Deer. First of all, it kind of freaks me out these guys are on skateboards going 40 mph. I know it shouldn’t because I’ve ridden 62 mph on my bicycle. But, for some reason, this feels less safe. Especially when one of them hits a deer! Thanks to Mr. D for the find.

2. Let My People Vote. OK. I wasn’t going to run this one because of the language (wow!), but it’s pretty freaking awesome. Sarah Silverman takes on the states trying to pass a law that you have to have a state-issued ID in order to vote. The best part is at the end when she has her Nana on and she yells at her for swearing. Thanks to Rebecca Todd for sharing! And, if the language offends you (sorry, mom, I gave in to peer pressure), don’t watch it.

1. Gangnam Style McMaster Style. My dear friend Martin Waxman sent this to me and, I have to admit, I wasn’t very excited about another Gangnam Style meme. But this is awesome. It’s the basketball team from McMaster University in Canada. I don’t want to ruin it for you so let’s just say there is a nutty professor who rocks and a shower scene worth watching. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. When I first watched it on Thursday, it had 40,000 views. It’s closing in on 200,000 now.

Have a great weekend…and good luck to the marathoners!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Monday and Tuesday it was still over a 100 degrees here. The next two days were about 90 and today should be around 85 or so- flannel sheets are something other people use. 😉
    Anyhoo, rumor has it the Spin Sucks Gagnam style video is in the works. That would make a fine addition to Gin and Topics.

    • @thejoshuawilner You know who’d be perfect to lead the instruction?  @jennwhinnem

      • jennwhinnem

        @jasonkonopinski  @thejoshuawilner Maybe I can be the Water Girl on set.

        • @jennwhinnem  @jasonkonopinski  @thejoshuawilner I don’t know about this.

    • @thejoshuawilner No thank you. I like my seasons.

  • Well, that shower scene was something. Thank you! The rest of my day shall be spent hexaflexagoning.

    • @RebeccaTodd I had you in mind when I pointed it out. In fact, I wish I could have watched it with you.

  • 40mph on a longboard is terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I’ve done a few runs like that. 
    No joke, I got buzzed by a wild turkey during a 10 miler last year.

    • @jasonkonopinski I don’t know why it seems so much more dangerous than on a bicycle.

      • @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski Cause it is. RWS is a big longboard fan and has crashed a bunch…

        • @allenmireles  @jasonkonopinski I’ve crashed a bunch, too. I broke my hip three years ago and sliced my helmet in half. I guess it doesn’t matter what you’re on – 40 mph and higher when not in a car is dangerous.

        • @ginidietrich  @allenmireles Speed wobbles suck. You shift your weight on a longboard and things can go bad very quickly. Bombing hills like that is fun, but I’ve definitely had some wicked road rash from bails.  
          I prefer just cruising and carving around these days.  Stuff like this:

  • I’m not one to read or comment from my phone, but I decided it was important to say that I geeked out at the hexagon lady, too. This took me four hours to type with my thumbs. I need to ask my 13 year old niece for some phone typing speed tips. I digress.
    Great post.

    • @ExtremelyAvg Jeez. I’ll teach you how to type with your thumbs.

  • josgovaart

    @ginidietrich I always watch them on sundays!

    • ginidietrich

      @josgovaart LOL! Ok…Sunday it is, then!

  • zodot

    @ginidietrich The hexaflexagon just blew my mind! cc: @belllindsay

    • ginidietrich

      @zodot Super cool, right??

  • M_Koehler

    Seems odd I’m not there for the Marathon this time. Sure, I decide to do a different one and you get cool temps for it vs. the hawt temps last year.

    • @M_Koehler You never know with this darn city. A few years ago it freaking snowed!

  • belllindsay

    McMaster killed it with that video. Hellooooo Canada! And yum! But I digress. The dogs were cute too. 😉 I actually saw the skateboarder one on Tosh 2.0 a few weeks ago. Crazy. I hope the poor little thing lived. The deer I mean. And S. Silverman is always full on awesome. Her nan was a bit weird, but funny. But seriously, still blowing my mind –  the Hexaflexagons. Insane in the membrane. In fact, dare I say it – WITCHCRAFT!!!

    • @belllindsay I seriously loved that shower scene. I mean, what?

  • Not fair, you are talking about winters and we are being baked and grilled at 110 F 🙁
    The boy is too adorable! And thanks for getting me addicted to the hexaflexagons…I tried it out before commenting… 🙂

    • @Hajra  DId you really try it??

      • @ginidietrich Yes I did… but somehow my hexaflexagon is not as pretty….

  • debdobson62

    Okay, I so love this little boy.  He is awesome.

    • @debdobson62 Right?? Was he not so cute when he scratched his nose??

  • SadraKaffashian

    @martinwaxman @ginidietrich @spinsucks I have to admit that Martin’s social media class helped us make the video go viral! 240,000+ views!!

    • martinwaxman

      @SadraKaffashian @ginidietrich @SpinSucks Thanks Sadra. I wish I could take the credit – but that goes to you!

    • ginidietrich

      @SadraKaffashian Your video is AWESOME! I made all my friends watch it this weekend.

  • Gini,
    Absolutely love this! Especially the basketball team from McMaster University! The little ukelele player is absolutely a doll! Thanks for making my day.
    Susan Fox

    • @Gaga Wasn’t that great? I thought they did a fantastic job with the Gangnam style video.

      • @ginidietrich It was amazingly entertaining! So fun & spirited. I loved it!!

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