Tuesday, September 28, 2010


This story begins as a typical sunny afternoon that took a turn for the worse when the O’Brien O-lympics trophy went missing and this photo appeared in its place.
To solve the case, you need to know the story...
In traditional O’Brien fashion, the annual pool party was a hit. An afternoon filled with laughs, games, drinks and lounging by the pool. Our competitive nature came out when this year’s O’Brien O-lympics offered up a trophy and bragging rights to its winners. Teams were divided by departments and the Brains versus Brawns competitions began. With everyone’s game faces on, the O-lympics started out as a fun, light-hearted competition. But as the day progressed, the competition became fiercer.

After the competitions were complete and scores were totaled, one team rose to the top: the Account Service Team. With trophy in hand, Cassie & Caitlin claimed their victory.

When Monday came and we walked through the doors of O’Brien, there was the trophy, sitting on the front desk, taunting all that had played and lost. The draw of the OBA trophy became too much for some and a plot was devised to kidnap the trophy. One team member in particular took a special interest in the trophy when she walked in, claiming that she was the rightful owner of the trophy. It came as no surprise, that by end of day Monday, the trophy had gone missing.  

The normally good-natured people of O’Brien had turned competitive and one of these teams managed to kidnap the trophy, and all the glory that came with it.
Put your detective skills to work and use the clues to decide who’s to blame.

Was it the media team in the library with the calculator?
Was it the studio team in the foyer with the exact-o knife?
Was it the administrative team in lounge O with the telephone?
Was it the creative team in the kitchen with the sharpened pencil?
Was it the wildcard team in the conference room with the stapler?

The account service team wants their trophy back in safe hands. The first person to solve the case of the missing trophy wins a $10 Starbucks card from O’Brien Advertising.

Sorry O’Brien employees, as this case hits too close to home, you cannot participate. 

Nicole Locken
Production Artist
O'Brien Advertising

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I’m kind of the tech geek here at O’Brien Advertising. I love new technology and everything it has to offer. I’m down for anything that can help improve day-to-day workflow.

Ever since my wife and I had our little boy 3 years ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad and what technology was like for him 30 years ago when I was 3 years old. Did he have a cell phone? What about a computer? Did we even have cable TV? We definitely didn’t have the Internet at our house! Running water? That last one was obviously a joke. These are all easy questions to answer now, even without calling my dad, because in today’s world all you have to say is, “Just Google it.”

Being the geek that I am, I did Google one of my questions. I wanted to know when the Macintosh was invented to see if he had a chance to use one of these, now amazing, machines. And the answer is YES; my dad would have had a chance to own a Macintosh computer. The first Apple computer (Apple I) was sold in 1976, and the very popular Apple II, one year later. But of course, most of the middle class population could not afford the $10,000 price tag. Well at least that’s what $2,500 probably felt like 30 years ago.

So then I went a little further and checked out Steve Jobs, Macintosh God, and how he became such a superstar in the tech world today. It’s a very interesting bio and I strongly recommend you, “Google it” in your free time. And because no one really has that much free time any more, I’ll leave you with a hyperlink to an interview with the Mac-God himself. He talks a lot about what was, what is, and what is going to be.

D8 Steve Jobs Interview

If you’re a big geek like me and want to see the entire interview, not just the highlights, “Just Google it.” You’ll be able to find it on the Internet, Pod Casts, Apple TV, iTunes, iPad, and any other Tech-y device you love to use.

Studio Manager/Production Artist/Tech Geek
Carson Kraig