23 Apr 2019
World Book Day

Happy World Book Day

Today, April 23, is World Book Day. World Book Day, which is also known as World Book and Copyright Day, is an annual event that is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day each year.

You can take this day to branch out a try a different kind of book than you would typically read or just try out reading if you weren’t a fan to begin with.

World Book Day is meant to celebrate all types of books and publications, so take some time to appreciate them today!

22 Apr 2019
Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement which originated in 1970. During this time, air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Earth Day of 1970 gave a voice to the emerging consciousness.

How it started

On April 22, 1970, about 20 million Americans rallied for a healthy environment. These were groups that had already been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories, power plants, and more. The impact on wildlife started becoming more obvious and the groups fighting for these issues banded together.

Earth Day today

As time and the pollution of the Earth have continued, the Earth Day campaign has grown and majorly focused on climate change . Over 5,000 environmental groups are now involved with Earth Day, sending  a clear message around the world that climate change and clean energy are the future.

Earth Day is now the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency. Despite the well-known issues that Earth Day brings awareness to, climate change continues to grip the Earth and become more dangerous every year. 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

 

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” -Wendell Berry

12 Apr 2019

Crisp Experiences: D.E.A.R. Day

D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated every year on April 12th. It is also the birthday of popular author, Beverly Cleary. This day is celebrated to encourage people of all ages to take time each day or even an entire day to enjoy reading alone or with others.

We asked everyone in the Crisp office to tell us a bit about their favorite book, what they are currently reading, or the last thing that they read.

 

City of Thieves by David Benioff is my favorite book. City of Thieves is a 2008 historical fiction novel. It is, in part, a coming-of-age story set in the World War II Siege of Leningrad. It follows the adventures of two young men as they desperately search for a dozen eggs at the behest of a Soviet NKVD officer, a task which takes them far behind enemy lines. This book is amazing because Benioff sheds light and humor into one of the darkest periods in history, and proves that bonds can be made by the most unlikely of friends.”

-Jake Call, Lead UX Designer

“I’m reading two books at the moment. The first is one I’ve been working through for several weeks is Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems. The second one is Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain’s reverence for food has helped me become more experimental in the kitchen, especially with international cuisine. Because of him, I’ve cooked chicken tikka masala, gyoza, and a thai spiced rice bowl in the past several months. I’m happy to say that most of the recipes have been successful and delicious.”

-Kayla Pearce, Content Developer

“My favorite book would probably be A Brief History of Time by Stephan Hawking. I’ve always loved thinking about the universe, and this book explores scientific discoveries that have lead us to our current understanding of it.”

-Hayley Tillery, Lead UI Designer

“I am currently reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. It’s been in my TBR stack for a while, but I finally started it once Amazon announced that they were going to do a show based on the book. So far, I love it!”

-Hannah Verret, Content Developer

“The book that I am currently reading is called You are a Badass. This book has really helped me embrace my inner confidence to take on the world and venture out into things I’m passionate about without having the overwhelming fear of failing.”

-Kattie Ness, Sales Development Rep

“One of my favorite books is Death by a Black Hole by Neil Degrasse Tyson. The universe has always enthralled me and this book does an excellent job at explaining the mind-blowing phenomena that the universe constantly gives us. Although this book contains numerous gems of knowledge, you don’t feel weighed down as you’re reading it so you leave feeling full and informed instead of with a headache. I always bring it with me whenever I’m flying.”

-Lawrence Shaw, Multi-media Specialist

“I’m not a huge reader. I’ve just always been so active, I never sit down to put my mind into a book on a consistent basis. However, from my years of reading, my favorite is easily the Odyssey and The Iliad. I also enjoyed Dante’s Inferno. Outside of that, I’ve read more poetry than anything, but I’ve always been partial to the witty-style or more comedic poetry.”

-Jason Harmon, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Content Director

“I’m guilty of reading multiple books simultaneously, so that I always have a book to fit my mood (very Rory Gilmore of me). Right now I’m reading The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir, The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin.

The last book I finished was The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn.”

-Allison Droke Erickson, CRM Manager

“I am currently reading 8 Attributes of Great Achiever an amazingly insightful read into the minds of the most successful people in world history. Including, Ghandi, Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, etc.”

-Devan Dillard, Digital Marketing Strategist

“Most of my recent reads have been sports-related articles. I generally do not enjoy getting my sports news through television. There are some fantastic local and national sports writers that I habitually read for daily sports news. In my opinion, sports writers and sports radio hosts are more entertaining and informative than television hosts.”

-Billy Wilson, Media Buyer

“I recently read the memoir Educated by Tara Westover. Westover overcame an insulated and sometimes abusive childhood on a mountain in Idaho — where she received no formal education at all — to move out, attend college and graduate school, and become a scholar.

I fell in love with her writing and was inspired by what she went through in order to move out of the situation she was in. We’re all defined by our families and upbringing in a sense, but this book really makes you think about questioning deep-seated thoughts and beliefs that might not be right or true. It speaks to the importance of education, and also listening to yourself and trusting your own intuition.

Although experiences growing up in her family were harrowing and later made her question everything she believed in, Westover gained an unsurpassed emotional and physical strength that she’ll always have, no matter where her journey takes her.”

-Joan Biddle, Senior Content Developer

“My girls are asking me the same question almost every single day, “May we have a dog?” So I decided to read a book A Dog’s Purpose. A dog is born, lives a short life, and is surprised to find he is reborn! With each new life, he believes he has served his purpose and will be allowed to rest, but he is reborn 6 times before he’s allowed to finally rest. Throughout his lives, the dog learns lessons that allow him to find the first person and then another, and to help them better their lives… Though it might sound like a sweet story, it makes your heart cry when you read it.”

-Aleksandra Kirievskaya, Junior Web Developer

10 Apr 2019

March Madness 2019 Results

March Madness is over and our office brackets have been tallied up.

There was a total of 5 rounds and here are our winners:

Round 1: Allison Droke Erickson

Round 2: Jacob Call

Round 3: Hannah Verret

Round 4: Jacob Call

Final: Aleksandra Kirievskaya

 

How did your bracket turn out this year?

08 Apr 2019

Welcome Kattie Ness!

Join us in welcoming our new hire, Kattie Ness!

Kattie’s first day in the office was today, April 9, 2019. She is our new Sales Development Rep.

After just a half day on the job, we discovered that Kattie is up for anything when we invited her to try pho for the first time and she said yes right away. Several Crisp team members trekked across town to a local pho restaurant, Pho So 8, where Kattie tried pho for the first time and said, “It was good, but not something I would eat all the time.”

We are very excited to have Kattie join our team and watch her grow with our company.

01 Apr 2019

April Fools’ Day 2019

Most are familiar with the widely popular April Fools’ Day, a legendary tradition that is said to date back to the 18th century. The exact origin of April Fools’ Day has always been somewhat of a mystery, but the most popular explanation comes from the story of France switching from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. As the story is told, those who were slow to get this news or even failed to recognize the start of the new calendar year had shifted to January 1st and continued to celebrate this all the way up to April 1st – quickly making them the focus of jokes and hoaxes.

Regardless of its origin, in our current days April Fools’ Day pranks are still largely practiced. Whether you choose to celebrate it or not, April Fools’ Day remains a fun-loving tradition.

We hope you don’t get fooled today! We’ll leave you with one of our own Jason Harmon’s favorite April Fools’ Day jokes.

Happy April Fools’ Day everyone!

“Chuck Norris’s calendar goes from March 31 straight over to April 2… because nobody fools Chuck Norris!”

27 Mar 2019

Happy Birthday Olivia!

Join us in wishing our very own Olivia Talley a happy birthday!

Oliva is on our Crisp Marketing Design team as a Graphic Design Intern. We are proud to have her as a vital member of our team. We are looking forward to our time with her. Happy birthday, Olivia!

22 Mar 2019
Life in the Office

Fan Friday Happy Hour

During this time of the year, we like to represent our alma maters or favorite NCAA team in the office. We partake in March Madness, but add some extra fun with office bragging rights.

We kicked off March Madness this week by posting our NCAA brackets on the office design board to track the tournament and employee scorecards. Today, we continue the celebration by wearing our team’s apparel and ending the day with a round of “bracket busters” during March Madness happy hour.

Which team is your money on this year?

21 Mar 2019
March Madness

March Madness 2019

Do you have any March Madness traditions? Everyone in our office filled out their own bracket. Our design board is currently filled with them and our points.

Did you fill out a bracket this year? Tell us who you predicted to win!