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About Soloman

Soloman Stone was born in Seattle, Washington. In eighth grade, he began to lead Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for a few close friends, weaving stories around their characters and springing traps on their imaginations. In 1999 Soloman began working graveyard security from eleven at night to seven in the morning at a toothbrush factory in the middle of a forest just outside of Seattle, a job that allowed him to read, write, and study while at work, while at the same time earning his bachelor's degree from Seattle University. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a storyteller at a big software company. Editing documents began to give way to creating them, and with that creation process in motion he began to understand his true calling as an author. Putting pen to paper in a not-quite-leather-bound journal in February 2014, Soloman began to outline The Temple, a novella set in the quiet town of Duvall, Washington. After a month of scribbling and scrawling, The Temple was self-published on April 7 2014. In 2015, Soloman began work on a full-length novel, Fortress of the Mind. Soloman continues work on that while also outlining "Temple 2.0", which he hopes to publish by the end of 2015.


Does your Facebook page really hit? How can you tell? What are some of the things you could do right now to bolster the page for your business or group, and enhance the experience for your user base?

Likealyzer does all of this and more.

In their own words:

“LikeAlyzer helps you to measure and analyze the potential and success rate of your Facebook Pages. It allows you to explore all the possibilities of your presence by evaluating your activity and dialogues to ensure your success on the most popular social network in the world – Facebook. The free of charge service will provide you with detailed information and explanation of identified issues, tips on how to address these issues and much more.”

We’ve been using Likealyzer to better the Shaping Sherpas landing page on Facebook and it’s come in handy for a few different reasons; chief among them is understanding what we can do better to build our audience.


Try it out.

Also, while you’re at it – remember that by training Jiu Jitsu, you’ll be able to focus better at work – and have more concentration to spend time using cool tools like Likealyzer.


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Cluster is a picture sharing application with a focus around groups and privacy. It does a lot of things differently than Facebook’s built-in picture but the most important is shifting private and personal pic sharing away from traditional SMS methods and into the application realm.


What’s cool and unique about Cluster is sharing and tagging with friends who also have the app is really straight-up – they simply appear in the users app and can be transported from there to other platforms as needed. The biggest win, however, is the location-based pic tagging to determine which friends should be included (tagged) within each pic; automatically populating that user’s app with the pics snapped from a friends phone.


This could be helpful for small teams / workgroups who need to share quick screens of some business planning or project meeting with each other – one person can simply snap and then it’s auto-shared with the rest of the team if they are within a certain location and also have the app.

Check it out, yo.

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Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seattle – A Smart Social Brand

Check it out. We all know that Jiu Jitsu can save the world, as evidenced through rigorous strategic marketing analysis and real-world presentations. But did you know? Seattle has one of the most famous Jiu Jitsu schools in the entire whole planet-world, and it’s the Gracie Barra school located in the SODO district – nestled between a police station and a Subway (eat fresh) sinkhole.

What makes the school shine? Aside from the top-level submission grappling instruction provided by none other than world-famous Jiu Jitsu players Rodrigo Lopez and Carlos Sievert, GB Seattle has done a super sweet job of managing it’s social presence.


For starters, check out the flawless website. The site acts as a hub for all of the regional Gracie Barra schools and allows for prospective students to easily find a location closest to their domicile. Linked on the site is Gracie Barra’s “Barra Wear” online merchandising site which sells badass Gracie gear for training or casual wear. Easy navigation and quick information access make the site completely user friendly and help GB Seattle enable their community to interact.

Next, scope the Gracie Barra Facebook page. This page acts as a center for students to talk shop about upcoming tournaments, post pics of training, and share stories of legendary Jiu Jitsu battles.

A major force behind Gracie Barra’s success is it’s reputation for training the best fighters in the world – George St. Pierre, Jon Jones, and several other UFC champions train Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra.


Finally, Gracie Barra Seattle has won hearts and minds of locals, as evidenced through their flawless Yelp! rating.

For a small business, GB Seattle has gained a righteous reputation for bringing students (both existing and prospective) together through social.

(PS –  if you are interested in training, talk to Sol and we’ll get you started on choke techniques right away)


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Google Nose

With Google Nose, you’ll be able to stop and smell the roses without having to stop a damned thing.

So, how can you take part in on Google’s new olfactory odyssey? It’s easy! You don’t even have to tweet at Google in hopes that you’ll win the opportunity to give them a pile of money for the appropriate hardware. You’ve already got the appropriate hardware! Just Google for your scent of choice (be it a wet dog, a cracklin’ campfire, or the gym), tap the “smell” button, and sniff away. Google will “intersect photons with infrasound waves” to emulate the requested aroma. That, my friends, is science.

If it doesn’t work right away, just lean closer and keep on sniffin’ — like many a Google product that came before it, this one is in Beta, so it might not work every time.


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