Friday Fun: Want to Win a HOUSE??

The Myelin ProjectWhat? Win a HOUSE?

Yes, it’s true folks!

One of our awesome clients, The Myelin Project has partnered with Wayne Osteen Custom Homes to Raffle off a brand new home in Amarillo, Texas.

What does The Myelin Project do and what is the raffle benefiting? The Myelin Project goal is to fund research to find a cure for diseases (such as multiple sclerosis) that attack myelin (the magic cells that protect our nerves). Your raffle ticket proceeds go to finding that cure!

The deets:

  • Tickets are $50.00 (FOR A HOUSE!)
  • Only 4500 tickets will be sold (so you have a great chance to him!)
  • The Myelin Project will draw 100 tickets  and those  100  ticket holders  are the finalists
  • The 100 finalists will participate in a  reverse raffle to select the winning ticket  and house winner
  • The giveaway will be held at the house on Sunday, October 18 (You don’t have to be present to win!)
  • The last ticket drawn will be the house winner
  • Results will  then will be posted on  The Myelin Project web site’s home page
Head on over to their registration page to get in on the action and don’t worry–There will be a slew of other awesome giveaways on top of the house so if you aren’t the big winner, you still may get something fun.
Keep in mind that even if you don’t want to live in Amarillo, you can always sell the house (and make money!!). And for a mere $50 you have done something amazing for those who suffer from those terrible diseases.

Friday Fun: Stop Running in Dog Poo and Start Running for a Reason

ChevronHave you ever gone for a nice leisurely jog and thought to yourself, ‘I need to run with purpose…I need to run for a cause…I need to run for a REASON! Then, all of a sudden your chin has lifted.   A montage of you crossing the finish line next to Richard Simmons begins to scroll through your head accompanied by the sound of angel harmonicas and fairy flutes…you my friend, have become a hero. Of course this will all come to a screeching halt when you realize you have just run through a big pile of dog poo.

No need to fret…that dream can still be yours my little monkeys. If you missed the deadline to sign up for the Chevron Houston Marathon you have the opportunity to still register for the Heroes Fundraising Program…and possibly still cross the finish line with Richard Simmons.   In order to enter as a ‘Hero,” you must raise $350 which will be a direct donation to the Run for a Reason charity of your choice.

Not to be biased, but when deciding on which charity to adorn your superman cape and tights for, Schipul has a few suggestions…our awesome clients! Here are three that are doing amazing things in the community and would love for you to be their Hero this year:

  1. Houston Humane Society is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to eliminating cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals. HHS is committed to creating the awareness of animal rights throughout the Houston community by providing numerous animal welfare programs for Houston area residents and their pets.
  2. Neuhaus Education Center is dedicated to providing professional development for educators in research-based methods of literacy instruction. In addition, the Center is a resource for parental consultation and for adults seeking literacy education.
  3. Pink Ribbons Project was founded by a group of dancers who were individually touched by breast cancer. Using the arts, Pink Ribbons Project saves lives and improves the quality of life for those touched by breast cancer.

You will not only have the honor of becoming a Hero for a great cause, but you will receive some pretty nice swag. You will be given a custom ‘Hero” back bib, tech fabric cap, an invitation to the exclusive post-race charity event and recognized as a Hero on the Chevron Houston Marathon web site. Famous.

So come on all you galloping stallions…stop running in dog poo…and start Running for a Reason.

For more information on the Heroes Fundraising Program, prices and deadlines visit the Chevron Houston Marathon website.

Thanks alangham for the great pic!

Friday Fun: Oh I Wish I Had an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Some say it’s a myth, others say they have only heard of its legendary tales…but few can actually say, ‘Dude, I was there…AND felt it’s golden buns.” If you have any inclination as to what buns I’m referring to, I can only assume your heart is racing with anticipation. As was mine when I pulled up to the Kroger… questioning…hoping…sweating profusely…and then I saw it. Just over the horizon, the glorious orange and yellow glistening in the sun…I was in the presence of the one and only Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.


This past week, the famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile became the centerpiece for Houston Children’s Miracle Network fundraising event. Children ate hot dogs, stained their clothes with sno cones and sang ‘Oh I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener” in harmony while I led the chorus in spelling out O-S-C-A-R-M-A-Y-E-R.   Seeing as though my organized choir tale was false, I feel a sing-a-long would have been top notch, possibly increasing my chances at a record deal.


The highlight of the day you ask? Dress your own giant plastic hotdog then stand in front of the Wienermobile while the photographer yelled, ‘Say Cheesy Wienes!” And no I did not wait in line for 15 minutes amongst toddlers so I could get my chance of being spotlighted in the magnificent glow of my childhood dream car….ok, I’m lying. Hello my name is Courtney Pemberton…and it was awesome.


For the grizzly men out there, let me give you a run-down of what this wienermobile is packin’ under its lightly toasted buns. This bad boy is a Chevrolet W4 Series chassis, V-8 with a 6.0 liter 350 Vortec 5700 engine with a GPS navigational system and a state-of-the-art audio center with wireless microphone system. I know what you’re thinking…Dear Santa, instead of a Toyota Prius this year, can I have a Wienermobile with all the trimmings…and a 6 pack of 100% cotton tube socks.

Of course, we all know the Wienermobile would have never come into existence if it wasn’t for the man…Oscar Mayer himself. It was through the genius marketing of the Mayer family that for the past 73 years, ten versions of the Wienermobile have brought excitement…and sometimes confusion, but mostly excitement, to children all over the country . So here is my shout out to Oscar G. Mayer III, who passed away this week…R.I.P buddy. You made Houston’s day.

Oscar Mayer

If you want to follow the Wienermobile and the Hotdogger’s travels, check out their Hotdogger blog or follow them on Twitter!

Thanks to Guadalupe   for being an awesome Hotdogger…I couldn’t have dressed my plastic hot dog with out you!

Friday Fun: Check out our SchipulCon Badges (and our giveaway too!!)

SchipulCon BadgeWe’ve got SchipulCon badges!! And now you can too.

Simply head over to our Conference Site, grab some code, and post one of our super neat SchipulCon Badges on your site, blog or twitter background to show your love.

That is not all though!! We want to give some of you a free pass to the conference.

Send us the URL (communications@schipul dot com) to your site showing some SchipulCon love and you could win a free pass to the conference! We’ll be giving away random free passes from now until day one of SchipulCom and it’s so easy to win one! Show some love + Win a free pass! That’s it.

Funny Video of the Day – Master of the Internet

In a matter of months Schipul will be celebrating it’s 12th anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been around since 1997 and according to this video set in 1997 you will be able to ‘Master the Internet’ in a matter of months as well.

I found this video informative and topical as well. I’m thinking about ordering some for myself so I can learn how to do the following:

  • Get sports scores
  • Chatting with women
  • Taxes
  • Football scores
  • Chatting with men         about football
  • Egyptian literature
  • Sending electronic M

I love talking to men         about football and I’ve always wanted to send an electronic M, who knows maybe some day I could learn how to send an electronic R or Q.

I feel so inspired!

And how wise is the Master of the Internet? If you ask him what the capital of Dallas is it will only take him 10 minutes on the internet to tell you the current temperature of Dallas. Not exactly what was asked but a Master should always be mysterious, according to Sun Tzu. Besides, everyone knows the capital of Dallas is Houston. wink

Another great piece of advice that Dale gives is that ‘no one can make money on the internet’ so don’t even bother trying!

Call 1 800 555 Dale to order your tapes today!

Jason McElweenie – Schipul Web Marketing

Friday Fun: Celebrating 1 year of Caroline Collective!!

Houston's Caroline Collective Turns one!!
Houston's co-working space Caroline Collective Turns one!!

We love Houston’s Caroline Collective co-working space!!!

They are a great member of the Houston Community, providing office and desk space for hard working geniuses, meeting space for great arts and other organizations and one heck of a great venue for parties, fundraisers… you name it.

Hard to believe they’ve been around an entire year!   If you’re in the Houston area this weekend, be sure to drop by Caroline Collective (4820 Caroline) on Saturday (June 6th) from 6-10pm for food, booze, music and great people.   Congratulations Caroline crew!

Friday Fun! Memorial Day weekend in Houston!

For our Friday Fun post this week in honor of Memorial Day Weekend, we thought we’d highlight some of the awesome events going on in Houston this weekend! So if you don’t feel like making the drive to Ennis, Texas for the annual Polka Festival, enjoy a staycation here in Houston!

get your play on memorial day weekend in houston

Get your play on in Houston this weekend! Image by Flickr user bigpinkcookie

Friday, May 22

Night at the Museum 2 opening at HMNS IMAX

Showings all weekend beginning Friday at 2 p.m., tickets $15 adults, $10 children

Night at the Museum 2 opens today! Check it out in IMAX at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and get free general admission to the museum with your ticket!

Saturday, May 23

Wet dog by flickr user simonglucasHouston Humane Society’s Shampooch!

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at all 5 Houston Whole Foods locations

Come get your dog washed to benefit (Schipul client) the Houston Humane Society!

(photo thanks to Flickr user simonglucas)

Discovery Green Screening on the Green presents Wall-E

8:00 p.m. at Discovery Green

In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, NASA brings interactive exhibits to (Schipul client) Discovery Green for a showing of Disney’s Wall-E.

Sunday, May 24

Discovery Green Green Market Farmer’s Market

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Discovery Green

A farmer’s market offering the freshest organic produce and products made local, at (Schipul client) Discovery Green.

The Ginger Man Beer Bash

7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Ginger Man pub, Rice Village

Beer specials, pub food, live music, and no cover.

old-glory-eschipulMonday, May 25

Memorial Day Ceremonial Address

9:30 a.m., Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.), free admission

Parade of colors, speaker W.E.B. (“Willie”) Blackmons, flyovers by the Texas Air National Guard, and a performance by the Houston Highlander Pipe Band.

(Photo by Ed Schipul)

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Remember, the Schipul offices will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. If any issues arise, you can e-mail and we will respond when we get back on Tuesday. Have a safe and happy long weekend!

Friday Fun – Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act

We all need a chocolate fix every now and then and Mars has got your back! Mars has passed the “Mars Real Chocolate Reliefe Act” to give you and yours a chance to register for a FREE Mars Bar ever single Friday. This means you can get your Twix on and save money at the same time! Just be one of the first 250,000 people to register every Friday Morning.

I know I’ve got my alarm set….

Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act
Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act