You insert money and immediately a phone card is printed which gives you pin codes for 15 minutes per dollar inserted. You insert $20 you get 300 minutes of phone card time. You also get FREE credits to play the game, you insert $20 you get 80 credits Touch Screen 19 Flat Screen Display Phone Time Sweepstakes J-Bird Video Pull Tab Machine Phone Card Pull Tab machines These game modules have the PhoneTime already built in. Customers don t purchase entries into the game or sweepstakes instead, they purchase time on a computer, or in some past cases, long-distance phone time. When Customers buy that product, they are provided free entries into the sweepstakes game. Customers purchase pre-paid phone cards or Internet access time and receive free entries in the sweepstakes games. Customers then go to the terminals located within the store to play the sweepstakes games or they can play them from their home. The games that display whether customers win or lose generally resemble electronic slot machines. The devices are stand-alone units that offer a patron the opportunity to play a video gambling game. Each device contains a bill acceptor, and for each dollar paid, the patron receives credits to play the phone-card sweepstakes, a spinning reel game on a video screen. Typically, the player receives 20 credits for each dollar paid. Take external triggers, our starting point. These are qualities in the environment that drive people deeper into the zone. One tamer example comes from office design. In recent years, as the production of flow has been deemed critical to the success of organizations, organizations have reacted by trying to design environments that produce more flow. As flow requires focus, one of the first changes suggested by experts was the removal of cubicle farms, those open office plans that permit constant interruption. These interruptions move us out of flow and increase research-and-design cycle times and costs dramatically, writes Greylock Partners venture capitalist James Slavet on Forbes.com . Studies have shown that each time a flow state is disrupted it takes fifteen minutes to get back into flow, if you can get back at all. Well, first understand that it isn t going to happen on your current road. While I don t suggest quitting your job yet , I can suggest that you open up another parallel road that you can travel. Is there anything in your line of work that defines a problem that you can address? What if you invented a product that every school in the country needed for their curriculum? What if you wrote a book that was targeted to teachers? Could you start your own private school? Who taught us that trading time in exchange for money was a great idea? Why does this normalcy consistently translate into unrivaled suckage? If you re shackled to a job, you re engaged to a glorified exchange of your time your life for pieces of paper that grant you freedom. You sell your freedom to get freedom . Pretty stupid, huh? VIP board to feature customers While I ve touched on the different ways that you can use individual social networks to discover and track mentions of your brand, one popular and free! catch all solution to see real-time activity, understand your content s reach, and get a top-down idea of your brand reputation, is SocialMention http www.socialmention.com .