The 20-Point Job Search Game Plan

Autumn is football season and as I listen to the TV analysts handicapping each game two words are ubiquitous in their conversation when they discuss what it takes for each of the two teams to win. These words are ‘Game Plan’.

In football, more than in any other sport, regardless of the disparity of talent, a game can be won or lost based on a coaching staff’s game plan designed around their teams’ strengths and the perceived weaknesses of the opposition, with the deciding factor lying in the execution and the coach’s ability to assess and adapt midstream as needed.

This is also true about conducting a job search; however we substitute the phrase Job Search Action Plan for Job Search Game Plan.

For a successful job search you need to define your goals, create a step-by-step Action Plan with defined benchmark and results, and you must commit yourself to execute and adapt the Action Plan to the best of your ability. For executives and professionals at a senior level it is helpful to have coaches and advisors help you throughout the job search process.

Here are 20 basic steps I recommend incorporating into a job search game plan.

1: Define the job/s you’re seeking and the Hire Profile of the ideal candidate employers are seeking to interview and hire.

2: Define, qualify and quantify your qualifications, strengths and weakness based upon the Hire Profile.

3: Identify your relevant achievements and accomplishments based upon the Hire Profile.

4: Investigate how employers for these positions recruit and prefer to receive and process resumes and referrals.

5: Craft a resume(s) with a unique personal brand in the favored style and format based on points 1-4.

6: If you have a DIY resume and LinkedIn profile have it critiqued before (not after) you begin to use it.

7; Prepare all addendum documents you will need for your document portfolio.

8: Craft a generic cover letter that is also adaptable for specific positions.

9: Create a LinkedIn profile with a unique personal brand based on factors 1-4 listed above.

10: Identify existing LinkedIn connections and other people you know who you can reach out to for networking.

11: Set a reconnect and follow up plan for all the existing people you want to network with.

12: Set a goal of acquiring 5-25 new connections each week and define how you will approach them.

13: Identify people who will recommend and endorse you on LinkedIn and how to approach them.

14: Vet your references or have them vetted for you by a trustworthy 3rd party.

15: Identify interview questions you are likely to be asked and prepare brief on point responses.

16: Have people conduct mock Interviews with you as part of the prep process.

17: Research potential employers and how you can get on their radar screens.

18: Make a list of company websites you will check constantly for new postings.

19: Create an Action Plan tracking booklet.

20: Keep focused on working the Action Plan a minimum of 25 to 40 hours each and every week.

These are some of the essentials of a successful Job Search Game Plan, and as in football the desired results are dependent on commitment and the quality of the execution.

As always I am happy to critique resumes and LinkedIn pages and they can be sent to

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How to Improve Communication Skills at Work

Communication is without the doubt one of the most important business skills, no matter what industry you are in.

As a Sr. Recruiter and Interview Coach, I have seen many candidates, often strong technically, fail interviews as their communication skills weren’t strong enough.

Most of us process huge numbers of messages every day. However, effective communication is also about understanding the emotion behind the information. Effective communication can improve relationships by deepening your connections to others and it enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust.

Here are some tips to improve your communication skills at work:

Most of us are terrible listeners. Instead of truly listening to what the person is saying, we interrupt, think of our response, or think we already know what the speaker is going to say next. To become a better listener, practice fully focusing on the other person. If you are checking text messages or doodling, you’re almost certain to miss nonverbal cues in the conversation.

Avoid interrupting and seeming judgmental. In order to communicate effectively with someone, you don’t have to like them or agree with their ideas or opinions. However, you do need to set aside your judgment and withhold blame and criticism in order to fully understand a person. The most difficult communication, when successfully executed, can lead to the most unlikely and profound connection with someone.

Lastly, show your interest in what’s being said. Nod occasionally, smile at the person, and make sure your posture is open and inviting.

Pay attention to non-verbal communication.

Body language can tell you just as much as what a person says, if not more. The way you look, listen, move, and react to another person tells them more about how you’re feeling than words alone ever can.

You can enhance effective communication by using open body language—arms uncrossed, standing with an open stance or sitting on the edge of your seat, and maintaining eye contact with the person you’re talking to.

Find out preferred way of communicating.

Everyone has a different communication preference.  I love email, but others would rather pick up the phone and talk, text, or even use social media or instant messaging to relay something. Respect the person you’re trying to contact and use the method they seem to prefer. If you’ve called someone several times and always get their voicemail, but the person is always quick to respond to email, switch to email instead.

Consider your tone.

The problem with email and social media is that it can be difficult to determine the tone. It is easy to come across as angry or pushy, so avoid using many exclamation marks in your emails and if you’re angry or upset, take a few minutes to cool down before responding. If possible, meet in person, so nothing is misconstrued.

Check your grammar.

Always proofread anything you type. If you’re not great at catching errors, use Spell Check or ask someone to proofread your emails/letters.

Rephrase what you hear.

Restating what your co-worker or boss says to you by repeating the important points shows you are listening and understand what you were told. It gives both parties a chance to clarify if there is any confusion.

And finally, never stop improving. Effective communication is a skill you must practice. Observe how others respond to your communication to clue you in on areas for improvement.

Fixing a Broken Cabinet Door – #NiceLittleSaturday

Hope you all had a nice weekend. Today we’re going to be trying something new on the blog.

Over the last several weeks I’ve been trying to knock out little projects here and there as time permits. These are small items I’ve been putting off for a while, things I can take care of in a relatively short amount of time, and things that are a little more routine. Rather than type up a giant blog post, I’ve started sharing some of these smaller projects on our Instagram Stories.

Since Instagram Stories fade away into oblivion after 24 hours, we figured we can share the video here as a quick blog post for anyone that didn’t see it on Instagram. We’re calling these #NiceLittleSaturday projects, since we should be able to knock most out in a day.

This first #NiceLittleSaturday project is a quick fix of a broken cabinet door that belongs to a good friend of ours. A dog she was watching got his collar stuck on the knob and broke the door right off. I figured it could be fixed really easily, and #NiceLittleSaturday was born.

And there you have it, that’s our #NiceLittleSaturday post for this week. I’d say it was a success, and now our friend will once again have a working door on her cabinet.

These #NiceLittleSaturday posts are certainly a work in progress, so we’ll tighten up the videos a bit and shorten them in the future, maybe even shoot them not in portrait mode (this is because of IG Stories). Does this seem like something you’d like to see more of?

If you’re wondering where #NiceLittleSaturday comes from, it’s an ode to Will Ferrell’s character, Frank “The Tank” in Old School. He was asked what his plans were and he responded with his classic line, “Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.”

Did you knock anything out over the weekend you’re particularly happy with? Or maybe you checked a nagging project off of your list? Let us know what you were up to, we’d love to hear.

Kicking Up Our Curb Appeal with a Front Porch Makeover

Curb appeal comes in many shapes and sizes.

Back when we first laid eyes our home in 2014 it already had that classic waterfront farm house feel we immediately fell in love with. From a distance it was lovely, but upon closer inspection, the exterior paint on the wood siding was a little worn and tired, the roof more green than we would have chosen, and the porch floor color and lighting choices were very different than what we wanted for the house.

This summer we’ve been focusing on improving the curb appeal/making updates more to our taste for our home through a three step approach.

  1. Improving the existing garden/beds around the house
  2. Addressing exterior paint issues
  3. Overall porch projects and paint

After working through the first two major steps, our home is really starting to look great. The fresh paint is clean and crisp, the new roof color on our metal roof is much darker gray and less green, and the garden has really been coming into its own this summer.

With the first two steps complete, we turned our attention to our home’s front porch. More specifically, we wanted to finish up some work that we started shortly after we bought the house, and make our front porch a welcoming sight for visitors.

When we started work the front door was home to two oversized brass light fixtures that were installed in the early 1990s. They were badly weathered from the salt air, were far too large for their location, and just didn’t go with our general design aesthetic.

As a result, the brass fixtures were retired in favor of two more traditional farmhouse lights for either side of our door.

With the lighting starting to look the part, I wanted to add some casual seating to set the tone for the porch. I started looking for a nice set of chairs that would look at home in this location and I happened upon the perfect pair when our neighbors offered us a pair of vintage chairs they’d found that weren’t going to work for their yard. They needed some clean up, so to seal in the wonderful patina an afternoon of work to sand off the rust and grime and apply a coat of sealer made them ready for their new home outside.

The stairs leading up to the porch, as well as the porch floor, had also see better days. Peeling paint, splintered treads, rotten railings and floor boards, and missing sections of stairs required some pretty extensive fixes to make everything sound again. We repaired, removed, sealed, and corrected several issues before we could give it a fresh coat of paint. As usual, Lulu was largely bored by this whole process.

As we mentioned in our prior post about our paint color selection for the exterior of the house, we made a major misstep with our initial porch flooring color selection. The first color we chose, Sherwin Williams Chatroom, was just too gray green for the floor. Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful to get a coat of paint on this floor that I’ve disliked since day one, but the color was just a little bit off.

After licking my wounds from our incorrect color choice, I swallowed my pride, bought a gallon of Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray, and began correcting our mistake.

The new color was much more what we were hoping for. It’s a true gray and one that will make the porch a much more calming space.

This color gray is far more in keeping with the general style of “casual waterfront farmhouse” that I’m going for with our new color palette.

With the porch repair and floor paint complete, it was time to start accessorizing this wonderful space. To add some color and life to the porch I wanted to add two potted plants to either side of the front door. On a trip to HomeGoods I found two large ceramic planters that I really liked.

Keeping with the accessories finds theme, I also found a great deal on a couple clearance lanterns at Target.

No porch makeover is complete without a welcome mat. As luck would have it, this Target doormat was not only on sale, but it also truly embodies the sentiment I’d like to embrace for all visitors to our home.

A subsequent trip to HomeGoods turned up these adorable outdoor pillows (and a new boat print that will find a home somewhere inside). I loved the pattern as well as the tie in of the green and aqua.

With my accessories purchased, I excitedly started on the “fun” part of the front porch makeover. My excitement quickly waned when I realized the scale of the pillows was WAY off for the size of the chairs. It looks like the pillows tried to eat the chairs as if they were giant anacondas going after their next meal, and given my intense fear/dislike of snakes, anything that makes me think of these creatures is a no-go in my book. So back to HomeGoods they went.

With my disappointment aside, I kept moving forward though, planting two new sedums in moisture max soil. My hope is that the right soil will help bridge the gap between waterings when we’re at the house, but time will tell. I set them on either side of the door along with the chairs, mat, and lanterns. The gardening boots and four legged sidekick sure do look cute in the photos, but were also there to assist me in my efforts.

I grabbed a throw pillow from inside to get a better idea of the size pillow I’ll need for the chairs, and think a small lumbar pillow will work much better than the 22″x22″ pillows I tried on the first attempt.

It’s amazing how a few accessories can transform a space. I didn’t realize how much warmer and inviting the porch would feel, especially with the addition of the plants.

I was also thinking ahead when it came to the lanterns. While I plan on moving them inside when not in use (to keep them clean, dry, and bug free), I also know how hot this porch gets in the afternoon sun. I didn’t want wax candles to melt, so I purchased plastic LED flickering “candles” which will achieve the same look, be better suited to the hot temperatures, and will be safer to have than a lit candle on a staircase.

The final item we have yet to install is this new door knocker.

We’ll have to be a bit creative in hanging it as we don’t want to drill more holes in the metal door, but Alex is working through a few solutions to that challenge.

While the look is on the simple side, that was intentional. I tried to be restrained as we didn’t want the porch to look cluttered, and fewer items means fewer items to clean and maintain!

Overall, I had a great time making over this small space. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of a larger scale renovation, and these are the types of projects that keep me energized and excited about what’s to come!

Google gives users more control over the ads they see

You know how you search for an item online and then for weeks, that particular item follows you around the internet, popping up in ads on nearly every website you visit? Those are reminder ads and Google says advertisers usually set them to show up for about a month from when you visited their websites. But now, Google is letting you mute those ads. You just have to head over to Ad Settings when signed into your Google Account, go to the “Your reminder ads” section and hit the “X” next to any ads you don’t want to see anymore. It’s a temporary solution — the muting only lasts 90 days — but since that’s substantially longer than most reminder ads stick around for, there’s a pretty good chance you won’t see them again.

In 2012, Google began allowing users to block certain ads they didn’t like. It’s now expanding that feature and it will start to become available on more apps and websites that partner with Google for advertising. And now, it will also work across devices. So if you mute an ad on your phone, it will also be muted on your laptop.

Google isn’t the only company changing how users experience ads. Last year, Apple announced that High Sierra’s Safari would stop advertisers from tracking users as they visit different sites, which also got around the reminder ad problem. And Google has said that this year, new versions of Chrome will automatically block annoying ads like pop-ups, autoplaying ads, countdowns and large ads. Chrome 64 is also expected to have an option for users to mute websites that have autoplay videos.

Google’s new ad tools are rolling out today but keep in mind, they only work on ads delivered by Google.

Lovely Light Grey Living Room Ideas

Rooms Edit: Light Grey Living Room Ideas. Go grey gracefully with these lovely Scandinavian style pieces. I’ve picked out a chaise sofa, oak frame chair, fifties shaped footstool, patterned throw, sheepskin rug and more. See my Light Grey Living Ideas to give your space a design nudge in the right direction.

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Rooms Edit

Amy Chaise Sofa: Chic and contemporary sofa in light grey upholstery with beech wood legs, £2155.30 sale price from Darlings of Chelsea.

Ruben Oak Frame Chair: Mid-century modern shaped armchair with comfy cushions in House Weave Marble fabric, £335 from Arlo & Jacob.

Wool Mix Footstool: Stockholm style light grey upholstered footstool with fabulous fifties curves, £250 from Habitat (product code: 22762).

Klippan Quilt Wool Throw: Classic patterned grey and white throw created using soft 100% lamb’s wool with fringed ends, £61 from Scandinavian Design Center UK (product code: 25093-01).

Light Grey and Oak Ukan Media Unit: Attractive and practical one drawer, two compartment media unit with black metal hair pin legs, £149 from UK (product code: AVUUKA001GRY-UK).

Sheepskin and Wool Rug: Eco friendly grey dyed rug which is perfect for warming up your living room floor, £96.99 from Skinnwille at Wayfair (product code: SKWI1037).

Mongolian Fur Cushion: Super soft shaggy cushion with faux suede back, £49 from Barker and Stonehouse (product code: IKAT0002ST42).

Grey and White Basket Trio: Three handy storage woven baskets with carry handles, £59 from Barker and Stonehouse (product code: GEYR0406ST56).

HemingwayDesign Royal Doulton Rose Vase: Single stem porcelain vase with mid-century modern flavour design, £35 from John Lewis (product code: 73584506).

Buy Lovely Light Grey Living Room Ideas Products

You can buy the light grey products mentioned in this feature from the following online retailers.

Darlings of Chelsea Link: Darlings of Chelsea
Arlo & Jacob Link: Arlo & Jacob
Habitat Link: Habitat
Scandinavian Design Center UK Link: Scandinavian Design Center UK UK Link: UK
Wayfair Link: Wayfair
Barker and Stonehouse Link: Barker and Stonehouse
John Lewis Link: John Lewis

Lovely Light Grey Living Room Ideas Post Credits

Author: Homegirl London. Thanks: No one assisted with this feature. Prices correct at time of publishing. Product codes noted where provided. Photographs: Darlings of Chelsea, Arlo & Jacob, Habitat, Scandinavian Design Center UK, UK, Wayfair, Barker and Stonehouse and John Lewis. Disclosure: This feature includes the following affiliate partners – Darlings of Chelsea, Arlo & Jacob, Habitat, Scandinavian Design Center UK, UK, Wayfair, Barker and Stonehouse and John Lewis (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates I will earn a small commission).

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5 Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Done With LEGO

Everyone loves LEGO. They’re fun, colorful and offer a world of possibility. It isn’t all about cool toy buildings and LEGO spaceships, either. Here are five things you didn’t know  could be done with LEGOs!

LEGOs are a great way to exercise creative and out-of-the-box thinking. It’s no surprise that we have many cool and interesting creations both from the LEGO company itself and from fans. Some people, however, managed to make incredible things with these plastic interlocking bricks. In no particular order, here are five of them to show you, courtesy of Ninja Brick!

A LEGO Harpsichord

The LEGO Harpsichord is a full-sized, fully-functional musical instrument made by Henry Lim. The harpsichord is an older version of the piano, smaller and simpler, which makes it a perfect candidate for LEGO bricks. This build is entirely made of LEGOs, the only non-brick pieces being the strings themselves. You can check the build in Henry Lim’s official website, which includes a sound sample. This isn’t the only musical instrument made of LEGO: there are others out there, including a ukulele.

Other than the harpsichord, Henry creates full-sized sculptures of various things, such as dinosaurs and people, out of LEGO.

The LEGO Car

This creation isn’t just a life-sized LEGO car. It actually works! Made entirely of LEGO bricks (including the engine) except for some structural parts such as wheels and tires, this car moves on compressed air and can reach speeds of around 15 to 20mph. Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida, with the help of 40 patrons and over 500,000 LEGO bricks, designed and built the car themselves. Raul Oiada, a teenager from Romania, built it and then shipped it to Melbourne, Australia, to an undisclosed location. Once there (and after some repairs due to damage to the pieces), the car took to the streets, a full-sized success.

A Starbucks Coffee Machine

Yes, it makes real coffee. Yes, it’s made of LEGOs. This amazing design does use some extras, mainly SAM Labs’ motors for some of the mechanisms, and it includes a heating coil for the water and coffee. It uses powdered instant coffee, so it’s not exactly the same a just-ground coffee, but for a LEGO creation, it’s pretty impressive nonetheless.

A Full-Sized House

This LEGO house was a full-sized, fully functional home. Located in Denbies, Surrey, over a thousand volunteers put the house together with over 3 million LEGOs. From chairs to goblets, from a bed to a hot shower and working sink and toilet, the full thing was perfectly livable! It even included a little LEGO cat and decorations. Unfortunately, this fantastic feat of LEGO creativity came to an end in 2009. Attempts to sell it to Legoland failed due to shipping costs, and conflicts over building permits caused the house’s demolition.
James May, who initiated the project to build the house, later hosted the James May’s Toy Stories where he talked about favourite toys of the past and how they came to the modern world.

A Functional 3D Printer

Yes, you read that right. This isn’t 3D printing LEGO bricks; it’s making a printer out of the bricks themselves. Surprisingly, there are several LEGO 3D printers out there, and some designs are available for anyone to build for themselves, but we found this one particularly interesting. In this design, developed by Arthur Sacek, the printer carves any 3D design out of floral foam. The only part of it that isn’t LEGO is the drill.

So there are some remarkable things that can be done with LEGOs. Did you know of them? Do you know more? Let us know!

The i will campaign – making social action accessible to all young people


Social action, including volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, creates a double benefit for those who take part and the communities they are helping.

Young people have great potential to make a positive impact on their communities by getting involved in social action. They have the ability to make a significant difference to serious issues, from loneliness to bullying to mental health and the stigmas attached to it. Young people tend to have a broad, positive ideology when it comes to making changes and we should do all we can to help them utilise this.

The benefits of social action are reciprocated, as young people’s involvement can help them develop valuable employability skills, boost their access to further education and training, and support enhanced wellbeing.

Currently 4 in 10 young people aged between 10 and 20 in the UK get involved in social action, but almost double this number of people would like to contribute more to their communities, given the chance. However, particularly in less affluent communities, there can be obstacles that restrict their ability to get involved.

The #iwill campaign

The #iwill campaign acts on making the most of the energy, talent and commitment of the millions of young people in the UK, by providing access to meaningful social action opportunities regardless of their background or where they live.

With a strategy based on collaborating with stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, the campaign involves 750 partner organisations that have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people.

Today, Public Health England is delighted to have become one of these organisations. We launched our pledge this afternoon at the joint NHS70 and #iwill event, which celebrated youth volunteering and social action in health and social care.

I had the pleasure of speaking at the event, where I explained how PHE fully supports and looks forward to contributing to the #iwill campaign’s aim of making involvement in meaningful social action part of life for all 10-20 year olds by 2020. The health and wellbeing of young people is a major priority for PHE and we recognise the instrumental role that social action can play.

Giving young people a voice in campaigns and work that impact them directly is extremely important. As such, we collaborated with young ambassadors to get their feedback, and incorporated their views before we finalised and launched our #iwill pledge.

Alex Craven – #iwill ambassador

PHE’s #iwill pledge

Public Health England recognises the benefits of youth volunteering across the NHS and public health system and the role it can play in improving the health and wellbeing of young people and their communities. Youth social action can contribute to developing employability and should be accessible to all of the UK’s diverse communities.

We will highlight the benefits and champion youth social action across our networks. We are committed to promoting young people’s interests in everything we do.

Engagement, co-production and social action:

  • We will work in co-production with young people to develop and promote our ‘Rise Above’ programme. The programme is co-created with young people and provides information and interactive content to inform healthcare decisions.
  • We will continue to promote our interactive ‘e-Bug’ website. ‘e-Bug’ is a peer-education and teaching resource, created to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance; including infections and prudent antibiotic use.
  • We will continue to engage and co-produce resources and training programmes with young people for public health nurses, including school nurses through our professional leadership role. This will support access to early help, behaviour change and create social action such as family antibiotic guardians, peer support and self-care.
  • We will support the Royal Society for Public Health’s Young Health Champion Programme as an active partner of the programme which gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer mentors.

Giving young people a voice

  • We will work with NHS England and the Department of Health to support the national NHS Youth Forum. The Youth Forum is a group of young people who share their views, ideas and experiences to make positive changes to young people’s health services. We will link this to our national engagement strategy.

Supporting young people to achieve  

  • We will provide opportunities for young people to enter work through schemes such as Movement to Work and apprenticeships.
  • We will run an annual Project SEARCH work experience programme for young adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.
  • We will develop work placements with Ambitious about Autism for young people.
  • We will launch a work experience programme for young ex-offenders.
  • We will encourage other employers to adopt schemes to provide employment opportunities for underserved communities.

Nominees for Best Casual Game of 2017 Announced

A panel of twelve judges made up of media personalities in the board game industry teamed up to make their nominations. All of the submissions were judged based on game play, aesthetics, and originality. They also had to meet the following administrative criteria:

Players lay out donuts from the deck equal to the amount of players plus one. Each player has a number card for each donut that is out. Players all pick a donut they want by placing one of their number cards face down on the table. Players simultaneously reveal their number. If two or more players have matching numbers, that donut is discarded and no one gets it. If you’re the only player that bid for the donut, than you take it and place it face up in front of you. Collect sets, unique and powerful donuts, and pairs of donuts to maximize points. (Source: BGG)

About Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief

So…who am I?

And, what makes me qualified to do this?

Well, I can tell you that I am not a web developer, or a journalist, or even a game designer. I am a Dad. I like to game. I want to game with my children. And, I have some ideas that I want to share with the world.

I’m 32 years old and I have been gaming all of my life. I’m into all kinds of games, and not just video games. Board games, tabletop games, card games and yes, even LARP games.

I’ve got a full time job, and I’m going back to school. I have an amazing wife and 3 wonderful children. My oldest is a 7 year old boy who is super smart and a total spazz. He’s extremely excited to share his VAST (lol) video game knowledge with the world. My middle child is just learning about video games. He’s 4 and he spends his time obsessing over his favorite super heroes or ponies, depending on the day. He LOVES playing games with his Daddy and big brother. My youngest is 6 months old and is learning to explore her world. She can often be found sleeping on her Daddy while I play test new games.

So, that’s who I am. I’m just your typical super busy Dad who wants to share my gaming experiences with all of you.

Oh, and another thing! This website isn’t all about me. I happen to have a wonderful group of friends and experts along for the ride with me. They are going to share terrific gaming information with you, too.

Behold, the bouncing selfie ball

“These devices were found at festive gatherings that our ancestors threw,” a future museum guide might say. “Each of these beach ball-sized orbs housed a camera and a touch screen framed by a ring light, so party-goers could take photos and videos of themselves with professional-level lighting. After that, it would generate a short video clip with quirky effects that people could send to themselves via what was known as a text message.”

The people who made the Eye noticed that traditional static photobooths of yore were being neglected at the corporate parties they worked for. Even the funniest props and quickest downloads weren’t drawing partiers anymore. The drinking and dancing was “out there” not in the dark confines of some throwback picture booth. They had to make corporate-branded photos and videos relevant again and decided to put their cameras in the middle of the action.

To protect its fragile hardware from damage on the dancefloor, Hypno encased the Eye in a hardy, rubbery foam shell that felt sturdy enough to survive a few bounces. “This allowed people to toss the camera into crowds of people without fear of injury to the device,” the docent might explain. “Though we imagine a few humans may have been hurt by the five-pound ball.”

“But why couldn’t they just use their smartphones? They had those at the time, right?” A curious visitor might ask.

Excitedly pointing a finger up in the air, the guide would respond, “It’s all about facilitating social interaction!” Since people didn’t feel like they could simply discard the orbs after they were done, they were compelled to make contact with other attendees.

“They would pass these orbs around, often to people they didn’t know. This caused them to join each other in group photos, and encouraged the social phenomenon that was known back then as ‘photobombing’.” At this point, the guide might invite visitors to peruse the video archive of 2018’s trendiest partiers. “Like the photo booths that came before, the clips from the Eyes could be posted on individual social media accounts, which you all remember was the primary means of interaction in that time.”

Although the Hypno Eye wasn’t designed for widespread use in people’s homes, the company did entertain the thought of selling the device to general consumers. As the guide might point out, “Remember the ‘influencers’ that rose in popularity during this time? Couldn’t you just see them embracing this, literally?”