Rowling Releases New Potter Short Story

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J.K. Rowling has followed up her success authoring the best-selling Harry Potter series by writing original short stories for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.

Today, she released a new story to give fans a glimpse at the boy wizard all grown up.

The newest development in the Potter series centers on the reunion of Harry Potter and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Finals.

Suddenlink, Starz Team for ‘Spartacus’ Sweepstakes

Now through Nov. 23, Suddenlink is teaming with premium cable channel Starz to offer a Spartacus  “Storm the Palace” Sweepstakes.  One lucky entrant will win a trip for two to Las Vegas, including airfare, ground transfers, a three-night stay at Caesar’s Palace, and $500 spending money. Five others will win special “Spartacus” prize packages.

Visit Suddenlink on Facebook for sweepstakes details, including official rules and an online entry form.

Infographic Sizes Up Movie Monsters


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In honor of Halloween tomorrow, Movie Talk offers a Movie Monster infographic that classifies favorite big screen creatures by size and temperament. The post also features a How Dangerous is a Zombie? graphic quiz.

 

List Names Actors in Best Biopic Roles

Can you imagine anyone but Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in “Coalminer’s Daughter”? Could another actor have captured Ray Charles better than Jamie Foxx? Was it easy to forget that it was not Mark Zuckerberg himself but Jesse Eisenberg portraying the Ivy League genius in “The Social Network”?

Total Film offers a slideshow of what it deems the 50 Best Portrayals of Real People.

‘Golden Ticket’ Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our “Golden Ticket” sweepstakes.

Debbra Decker, Pocahontas, Ark., claimed the grand prize, the Apple iPad (Third-Generation) with Wi-Fi.

Winners of $100 Visa gift cards included: Rosemary Smith, Jonesboro, Ark.; Hugh Dorminy, Russellville, Ark.; Jo Wattle, Eureka, Calif.; Steven White, Sulphur, La.; Donald White, Williamston, N.C.; Donna Steiner, Greenville, N.C.; Robert Hinson, Kinston, N.C.; Stefanie Orton, Rocky Mount, N.C.; Elizabeth Clark, LaGrange, N.C.; William Barcus, Gallipolis, Ohio; Anthony Ontiveros, Lufkin, Texas; Richard Johnson, Amarillo, Texas; Pamela Bennett, Bryan, Texas; Deborah Davis, San Angelo, Texas; and Olwyn Mayo, Vienna, W. Va.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Last Chance: Enter Our ‘Golden Ticket’ Sweepstakes

Tomorrow is the last chance for customers to enter Suddenlink’s “Golden Ticket” sweepstakes. Five winners each week this month will each receive a $100 Visa gift card and a grand prize winner at the end of the month will win the new iPad.

To enter, visit Suddenlink.net and log in using your Suddenlink user name and password. Click on the gold-highlighted menu tab to navigate to the page with the Golden Ticket. Find the Golden Ticket on the page. Click it and you’re entered. Customers can enter once per day.

If you’re not already registered at Suddenlink.net, visit that site, look toward the upper right corner for the log-in area and the link that reads “Not Registered? SIGN UP NOW!” Follow that link to a set of instructions on how to register your account.

Reminder: Enter Our ‘Golden Ticket’ Sweepstakes

Remember, through the end of the month, customers are invited to enter Suddenlink’s “Golden Ticket” sweepstakes. Five winners each week will each receive a $100 Visa gift card and a grand prize winner at the end of the month will win the new iPad.

To enter, visit Suddenlink.net and log in using your Suddenlink user name and password. Click on the gold-highlighted menu tab to navigate to the page with the Golden Ticket. Find the Golden Ticket on the page. Click it and you’re entered. Customers can enter once per day.

If you’re not already registered at Suddenlink.net, visit that site, look toward the upper right corner for the log-in area and the link that reads “Not Registered? SIGN UP NOW!” Follow that link to a set of instructions on how to register your account.

We’re Proud of Our Small Towns

USA Today and Rand McNally recently sponsored a “Best of the Road” contest, encouraging Americans to nominate their favorite small towns in a variety of categories. Several Suddenlink communities received nominations.

Lake Havasu City, Ariz., placed fourth of 265 for Friendliest Town. Also nominated in this category were: Mountain Home, Ark.; Bishop and Eureka, Calif.; St. Joseph, Mo.; New Bern, N.C.; Enid, Stillwater and Woodward, Okla.; and Abilene, Midland, Nacogdoches and Tyler, Texas.

Abilene placed seventh of 110 nominated cities as Best Town for Food. Midland and Stillwater were also nominated in the category.

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., placed 23rd of 302 for Most Beautiful Town. Other Suddenlink towns recognized for beauty were Flagstaff and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Mountain Home, New Bern and St. Joseph.

Mammoth Lakes and Nacogdoches were nominated for Most Fun Town. Branson, Mo., received votes for Most Patriotic Town, and Hot Springs, Ark., got a nod for Most Romantic Hotel (1884 Tinkerbelle’s Wildwood Bed & Breakfast).

A full list of nominees can be viewed on Rand McNally’s new travel website.

Suddenlink Worker is Finalist in People Mag Contest

Suddenlink’s Peter “Tony” Cifelli, Alexandria, La., has been named a finalist in the People magazine “All-Stars Among Us” contest, for his work with The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

In 2007, Tony created Suddenlink’s annual “Connecting to Those in Need” drive to benefit 80 area food banks that help feed more than 80,000 residents each year.

To vote for Tony, click on the link above and go to Texas Rangers. You can vote daily until June 20.

Create and Share a ‘Hard/Easy’ Video

UPDATE AUG. 25, 2010

This friendly competition is now closed. The response was … less than overwhelming. Maybe next time we should offer prizes. Since there was only one entrant who followed the contest rules — see the first comment with link, at the end of this post — we’ll declare that person’s entry the winner. Congratulations!

 

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If you live in an area that Suddenlink serves, you’ve probably seen commercials from our “Hard/Easy” series. For instance …

 

 

That and other commercials in the series have sparked a creative bug in some of our customers. Here’s an example …

 

 

And another …

 

 

We’ve enjoyed discovering these and similar videos; we’re impressed with the creativity of our customers; and we’d love to see more. So if you think you can match – or one-up – the examples posted above, or others available at YouTube, give it a try. If you do, please keep the following in mind

(1) Exercise common sense and common courtesy in your video – i.e., nothing dangerous; don’t put yourselves or others at risk; nothing X-rated; no foul language; no offensive comments; don’t borrow or use someone else’s owned material (a.k.a., “intellectual property”). You get the idea.

(2) Make sure all people in your video are at least 18 years old OR they have a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to participate.

(3) We’ll assume all of the people in each submitted video are granting us permission to recognize and publicize that video without compensation. We won’t be doling out cash prizes, nor do we plan to turn any of these videos into actual commercials. We will, however, ask an employee panel of judges to occasionally review and rank appropriate videos submitted to us. We’ll then follow-up with a post at this blog, showcasing their three favorites. Your odds of making the list of favorites at any given time will depend on the judges’ discretion and the number of eligible entries submitted prior to judging.

(4) Submissions can be made by leaving a link to your video in the comments section of this post. All comments are subject to review before publication.

(5) If you’re unhappy with us for some reason, you’re certainly free to make a critical video, but rather than showcase that video, we’d prefer to address the root cause of your concern. Please contact us for help, through any of the options (email, phone, or chat) listed at our main Web site when you enter a zip code. If the problem persists, you can find contact information for the senior executive in your region at the top of this page after you enter a zip code.