Twitter tracks the political micro-blogging buzz

Curious about what folks are thinking and talking about as they go to the polls today?   Check out this handy Twitter / Google Maps mashup and see up-to-the-minute thoughts, rants, ideas and stories.

You can also keep an eye on: to see all 2008 election-related chatter and links, as well as for poll reports from voters all over the country.

Some notable election-related folks and organizations to know on Twitter:

We think Art really is the heART of Houston!

It is no secret we at Schipul LOVE the Houston Art Scene, so of course we’re super excited about one of our artsy client’s events!   Join the Schipulites from 5:30- 7:30 pm to help The Houston Arts Alliance kick off their inaugural viral video campaign THIS Wednesday at the Space125Gallery.

At the Art-the heART of Houston event you’ll be elbow to elbow with some of the best artisits Houston has to offer and you’ll get to enjoy some awesome wine from 13 Celsius.   You’ll even be home in time for the debates!   And did we mention it is all FREE??

You’ll also get a head start in taking part in the heART of Houston viral video campaign.   What does that mean? It means that anyone and everyone can submit a 60-second video of their favorite local artists and share why they’re “the heART of Houston.” You’ll vote on the best, and there’ll be rockin’ prizes for the winners!

For more details, come play with us this Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Space125 Gallery.   We hope to see you there!!

You can register via facebook here.

(thank you eflon for the lovely view from Allen Parkway!)

Why so hard to go Green?

We know a lot of companies are into the whole green thing these days, and why not?   It’s awesome for the environment.   We at Schipul are a bunch of “green folks” at home, but are finding it hard to get things started in the office.   We’ve decided to take our recycling issues to the interwebs and outline our journey to a greener office right here!   Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box.

Here are some of the biggest issues we’re facing:

Our building does not offer recycling at this time… and apparently we are the only tenants interested in said recycling.   We would gladly pay for this service and contract it ourselves, but we’d really like to start something building-wide so the movement is bigger than just Schipul.   Thankfully, our building is working on the recycling issue with us and we will head up the coalition.

How exactly should we go about recycling paper when so many of the paper we get rid of needs to be shredded because of “sensitive information?”   We could shred the paper and then recycle it, but a lot of recycling companies won’t pick up shredded paper.   There are quite a few companies that will come out to the office and actually shred your paper for you (then recycle it), so that is a solution we’re thinking about too.

Getting everyone involved in the recycling issue could be tough too.   Yes, everyone says they’re green, but in the office it’s too easy to throw that coke can in the trash or waste countless sheets of paper on a test print.   This cool article by the California Integrated Waste Management Board suggests managers must be involved from the get go so that is something else we are exploring.

These are just our initial observations and it’s almost a given we’ll encounter more stumbling blocks along the way, which you can read about here!

In the mean time, here are some cool resources to help you go green:

  1. The Green Houston part of has a lot of cool info on whats green in our city
  2. California Integrated Waste Management Board has a bunch of cool tips and how-to guides
  3. MCNBC has a whole area of their site dedicated to going green and it’s updated constantly
  4. The National Geographic’s “The Green Guide” offers everything from green traveling tips to an awesome assortment of green blogs
  5. “Turning Houston Green” is a blog dedicated to helping Houston Homeowners stay green

(Thank you VS for the awesome Flickr Photo!!)

And the construction is almost complete!

If you have visited the Schipul office in the last five months, you’ve probably noticed all the construction around here.   Thanks to an office flood in early March we have been tiptoeing around torn up walls and tape but FINALLY we are almost back to our old selves.

(Insert collective sigh of relief here…)

In typical Schipul fashion, we took this lemon of a situation and added some sugar.     When the rebuilding began we decided to convert five offices into seven; which gives us more room to serve our awesome clients.

Thanks again for being with us through it all guys!

Welcome to our Blog and the Schipul Arts Page!

The Schipul office is pretty diverse, but one thing we have in common is our love for the Arts, especially the homegrown stuff.   So we thought, what better way to celebrate the inaugural Schipul blog post than with a celebration of the Arts Community in Houston.

Oftentimes, Artists just don’t get the recognition they deserve, so we wanted to create a Schipul page just for them!   We try to hit up as many of the events hosted by the artists on this list as possible (from shows by our fav graffiti beat boys to events hosted by a Houston staple, the Orange Show) but it is easy to lose track of what’s going on in such a busy city.

To cut down our frantic end of day gtalk messaging and Twitter DM’s searching for something cool to do, we created this page and wanted to make it public to you. what is wrong?

Check out the Schipul Page for a comprehensive list of who’s hot in Houston Arts… and PLEASE if we left anyone out, tell us about them in the comments section!!!   We know there is a ton more aweseome artists our there and we would love to hear about them.