Saturday, June 30, 2007

The iPhone Experience

My next post is up at The Digital Hive blog wherein I blather about my iPhone gathering experience. It's a blow by blow account of my afternoon and the whole Apple thing (which is awesome.) I experienced no delays or problems getting the thing hooked up.

#99 in Line

The wait in line was amusing. I haven't waited in line to purchase anything since 1982, when I camped overnight in a parking lot to get tickets to see Cheap Trick at the Rainbow in Denver. The Burlington Mall line was a superior experience in that I didn't wake up covered in dew, and there were public restrooms available without the purchase of a Grand Slam Breakfast.
You can check out my Flickr set for the story told in photos. I have to go polish the device now.

Friday, June 29, 2007

It Is as Awesome as you Think

Must go to bed now. Completely obsessed with my new iPhone. Music and photos and contacts and Web - really, the Web (can check my Webmail!!) and texting and OMG - I'm exhuasted at its utter coolness.

Will download the full purchasing experience and thoughts on the device tomorrow. When I can speak in full sentences.

But it is truly a good thing.

iGot One!

iPhone has come home with Moda di Magno tonight! I'm going to wash my hands twelve times and then begin the unwrapping. Got it at the Apple Store in Burlington, MA - I was number 99 in line! Apple knew how to make it a great experience - Blow by blow details later tonight (with photos.) I took mine to supper at Legal Seafood so I could concentrate fully on the set up and not have to worry about cooking.

iPhone Eve

Okay, maybe I should call it iPhone day - but since I have to wait until 6pm to get one, I shall think of it as iPhone Eve. I'm practically sick with excitement. How dork of me! I have never wanted a piece of technology the way I want this device. May it live up to all our expectations (Edge aside...)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

iCountdown Begins

Tomorrow night at this time I plan (and hope) to be writing about the iPhone in my possession. I have been discussing my iPhone acquisition plan with lovely husband Thomas - who didn't realize he was a key component to my plan. I've only been talking about the ultimate geek accessory since January, so it surprised me that he thought I would want to drive myself to my chosen location. As I explained to him at dinner tonight "Who will take the photos for the blog?" I think he began to understand how vital he is to my plan.

I've viewed and reviewed all of the important videos at - I have checked the stock availability at the Apple stores in the greater Boston area (all of which I can reach in under 30 minutes from my office.) I can't tell you my plan, but it multi-layered, involves good shoes and plenty of sleep.

Ciao for now and wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Farewell Liz Claiborne, Farewell

Liz Claiborne, doyenne of fashion - and the original champion of "working girl" style has departed for her greater glory. Not just a woman who defined style for women who worked outside the home, but one of the powerful fashion-business ladies.

Liz Claiborne, 1929 - 2007 - but truly eternal in style.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

iBitch Finally Gets Her Info

Apple & AT&T seem to have made the decision to answer every critic, for every issue all at the same time. Available on Apple's iPhone page you will find lots of freshly posted press releases that answer all sorts of questions - number one for me being HOW MUCH IS THE FRIGGING SERVICE? Sorry, I'm better now that I have the answer.

Interesting to me was the competitive analysis - answering scores of critics about battery life, the surface of the phone, stand by time and many other things I don't care about all laid out in a nice grid for the geek squad to overanalyze.

THE PRICING! Finally. Hey, I can actually afford this - and because I'm an existing sucker customer, I get a special price. Ooh, I feel all warm inside.

I'm not planning to camp overnight or even stand in line - but (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) pointed out some mangeeks and I laughed fully and heartily in the middle of a meeting. Thanks TUAW.

The Heiress Gets Sprung

Celebutante Paris Hilton was sprung from the hooch in the wee hours of the morning. I have no comment on her or her stupid behavior - but I must say, without benefit of clownish make-up, she's kind of actually pretty. Who would have thought that under the usually whorish exterior lies a sort of sweet-faced California girl? I would recommend trying to keep this going, mon petit tartlet.

Monday, June 25, 2007

FYI - AT&T Says iPhone Still Coming

Oh AT&T, your lameness is showing. Again.

I received an email on Saturday pointing me to the Apple website. In case, like every other fanboy, I haven't already watched and re-watched every one of the online tour films, dowloaded them and watched them again.

All I want is the price for the monthly service. That's all I want AT&friggingT. Why do you continue to hide the cost? You are not Calvin Klein keeping the fall line under wraps. You are not GM keeping the concept car from prying cargeek eyes. This is not a political story dumped on Friday on the media's way out the door for the weekend. You are the damn phone company.

Don't you think the blogiverse is going to wail on your corporate ass if you screw up this launch?

This is my final plea: Please, please AT&T - inform us of the price or face the wrath on iPhone day.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Wedding Shower

My friend Mara's "oldest and dearest" friends John and Alyssa threw a bridal shower for her today and I must say it was one of the nicest showers I've ever attended. No silly games, no nonsense - just good friends and family and a lovely brunch and tons of presents showered down the the guest of honor.

Mara is a talented esthetician, but as these photos clearly show - she is ready for a career as a weather girl, lottery girl or Price is Right girl (hello - Rosie!)

Congrats Princess!

Working Like a Dog on Saturday

Worked with Tommy all day today on a shoot. Tired. Very.

Badcat helps Tom in the kitchen before we left for the shoot.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Borrowing a Page

Borrowing a page from the fabulous You May Also Like blog, I bring you an item from the Herrington catalog with a description that J. Peterman himself would have snickered at:

Carry the Laptop Bag Designed For Mossad Agents — Light, Comfortable and Combat-Tough!

"Mossad, the Israeli Special Forces unit, is known for its stealth, toughness, and deadly effectiveness. So when Mossad requisitioned a protective laptop case comfortable and light enough for extended travel, discreet enough for clandestine ops, but rugged enough for field duty, Ergo Armor got the contract. Triple-layer laminate construction sandwiches a protective layer of elasticized closed-cell foam padding between a soft, anti-scratch interior, and a highly abrasion-resistant exterior."

Really - Mossad? That's the marketing hook? Oh my. I actually kind of like the bag construction - but I can't in good conciense purchase something marketed in such a clumsy way.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Proof that I am the smartest in my family

From the front page of comes breaking news of a Norwegian study appearing to show that eldest siblings are the smartest. Big props to the team for picking this photo. I'm still choking with laughter, but I am so the smartest in my family. I dare you to prove otherwise...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Wedding Banquet

I was fortunate to attend the tasting for my friend Mara's upcoming wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Tracey the event planner was superb, the meal choices were excellent and Carlos our waiter was astoundingly patient and funny and gracious and nice. I would imagine that Carlos is everything the Fairmont Hotel Company would desire in a representative. Bravo sir - you helped make a great afternoon even better. For the nearest and dearest, all of the photos are HERE.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

iPhone Overload

I want one dammit. The television commerical for it ran on nearly every commercial break during Boston Legal (and now during The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.)

I want it. Will someone just tell me how much the plan is?

I've searched the geek forums and Googled it (and algorithmed it at Ask) but there is nothing out there but opinion and guesses.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Boston v. Barry Bonds

I had the privilege of sitting in my beloved Fenway Park with my friend Cynthia Keliher to witness the first visit to Fenway by the San Francisco Giants and the man with the largest head on the planet, Barry Bonds. True to form, the Fenway faithful welcomed Mr. Bonds with their legendary hospitality. At the very least, nothing was thrown other than several chants of "STEROIDS...." There were several "Bonds*" asterisk posters in the house.

It was a perfect night for baseball - I had a great meal with good friends before the game, all in all it was a lovely evening.

Here are some snaps and thoughts.

The two jokers on the left sat in front of me - so you know they were eight feet tall with heads 2 feet across. All right - they weren't that tall, but darn close. The nice young man on the right was polite and engaging - I hope he learns to whistle through his fingers soon!

Manny Ramirez strolls to the plate.

Barry Bonds turned around for photos on his warm up before his last at bat. He was not a dickhead to the fans, and that's all that matters*.

Barry Bonds returns to the visitor's dugout after flying out.

We brand 'em young in boston.

One of my friend Cynthia's partners comments on Dustin Pedroia's 5-hit night.

Dave Roberts returned to Fenway with the Giants to a rousing standing ovation. Fenway remembers what he meant to the team that won the World Series. Thanks for stealing that base. Dave!

The Three Amigos: Paul, Jim & Kenny.

David Ortiz before he was called out on strikes (incorrectly) and then had a rather "unlike himself" episode and got ejected.

* what belongs in the record books next to Mr. Bonds' name.

Two Trains Coming Down the Tracks

All Staff, All Staff, All Staff.

Jewelry, Jewelry, Jewelry.

Tired, Tired, Tired.

I'm here - just buried.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

God Machine™ Still On The Way

I signed up for AT&T's "update emails" for the iPhone. Today I received a "Get ready" email and explaining a few details about the phone (which you can already find on Apple's website.) So let me be clear AT&T/Cingular/Whoever you are planning to become next:

All I want to know is how much is the service? I don't need to know that the phone will sync via iTunes. I don't need to know about the 2 megapixel camera - HOW MUCH IS THE PLAN? I've budgeted for the phone - I'm sure you know how much you are planning to extort from me on a monthly basis, so just share it now. Take the heat and move on like big business people do.

Now please. You are harshing my God Machine™ buzz.

(God Machine™ probably trademarked and or copyrighted by the deliciously mad Steven Colbert.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

In the Presence of Bowling Greatness

You know how some days start out like they are going to be an everyday day? Well I started my morning with a department meeting expecting that the guests from LocaModa would be cool (and they were) but then I got tuned into a very cool piece of info- Bill Nast, VP at LocaModa (pictured with me below) is the son of Nat Nast.

Who is Nat Nast you ask? NatNast was the King of Bowling Shirts. I have several Nat Nast shirts in the vast Moda di Magno fashion archives, but I particularly love one that I bought in Los Angeles in 1987 - a groovy 50s vintage "Capitol Bowl" shirt (embroidered with the name Walt Lawrence.) I wear it when I bowl occasionally (when I say bowl you should imagine a margarita in one hand and a bowling ball in the other...) Bill's sisters are running the current version of the company - and I think that is super. Bill was modeling a stylish number for the meeting this morning.

I hope Bill knows I totally dug his presentation about LocaModa's Wifitti and mobile interactive products, but the son of Nat Nast - that's just wicked. Bill, thanks for the awesome start to the day.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Three Things I'm Doing

1. Making tons of new gems for the re-launch of (Friday night 6/15)

2. Prepping for a HUGE all-staff meeting on Monday (6/18)

3. Pondering the end of the Sopranos like everyone else. (Really, Journey?)

HBO Bonus: Wondering what the hell John from Cincinnati was all about. (Nothing?)

Friday, June 08, 2007

Today Will Be a Good Day.

I will it to happen. I shall meditate upon it. I expect it.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Secretly, why everyone who blogs, blogs.

Yeah, we all want to share information and participate in a larger human experience and all that jazz. It's cool - but Heather Armstrong, in her inimitable Dooce fashion nailed it today with the last line of this post.

Mom, your day will come too - the day when I tell all! How you forced me to learn things and eat healthy things and not dress like a slut (as far as you could tell...) About how you raised me with love and compassion and a tongue planted firmly in cheek (better than a boot in the @ss) - and that is why I am funny. How dare you expose me to art and music at a young age. Why did you force Dr. Seuss upon me (to the consternation of my second grade teacher)? Why, why did you do it? Your day is coming Blanchie - the family exposé is barreling down the tracks. If I can get the scanner working...


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A Brand Mocks A Brand Worth Mocking

I have been a fan of the Despair, Inc. catalog for quite some time. They are wisely moving into the clever t-shirt market in the way that only they can. While Copyranter may be revulsed by Despair's selected raw material provider (and I don't disagree with the revulsion), Despair does take the necessary step of giving American Apparel a nice little pompous ass-kicking.

From the Despair Inc. "Warning Labels" page:

A Note About American Apparel Shirts:

These aren't some thick, itchy tees made in China by underfed children. Impossibly soft and comfortable, these shirts are proudly made in USA by shady and/or skanky-looking underfed 20-somethings who tend to like their shirts small and form-fitting. Customers are recommended to consider ordering a size larger than their standard t-shirt size if they are not familiar with the fit of American Apparel shirts or do not suffer from malnutrition.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ad Aged

For my advertising peeps, a link to the new blog Ad Aged written by a friend in New York City. Visit early, visit often. 100% jargon free - intellectuals rejoice!

Monday, June 04, 2007

iPhone - I still want it, but I can't remember why

Yay...iPhone is still coming soon. AT&T finally put something on their main website (though when I logged into, which rolls over to the new at&t wireless I could find NOTHING.) AT&T is providing nothing about the iPhone service cost - just the price of the phone ($499 for 4g model or $599 for the 8g model.) That's it. Same thing at Apple.

Marketing peeps - you are sucking the life out of me. I want the damn phone - but you are killing my buzz. For hype to work you have to parcel it out a bit. Since Apple's announcement in late January (more that four months ago if you are counting) there has been nothing new. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

I'm wondering if they are downplaying it because they won't have enough product for the people who plan to camp out overnight to get the first ones, or if they have forgotten how to keep the balloon in the air. It's not supposed to to be just about moving product - it's supposed to be about excitement, engagement and loyalty. In any case - I'm not very pleased with them at the moment.

Apple and Cingular/AT&T, get me some real info - and soon, or I'm putting away my tent.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Kansas City Here I Come

We head out to photograph the fountain
So we dashed from Colorado Springs to Kansas City, MO (also known as the "City of Fountains") to photograph two fountains for an ad agency in San Francisco. Tom needed to get a shot of the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, and being a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, it seemed like every bride in KCMO was having their bridal party photographed at the fountain. In the first hour we witnessed 6 bridal parties descend on the fountain - it was getting a little West Side Story. I was totally waiting for the brown party and the black & pink party to start throwing rocks at each other as they jockeyed for position and great hair light.

Ultimately we had to return to the fountain at 5:30am on Sunday morning to get a clear shot of the foutain. We also shot the Henry Wollman Bloch Memorial Fountain at Union Station, which was way easier as it is located in an island at the drop off/turnaround at the station. For a modern fountain, I found it quite striking.

Here are my snaps - visit the Flickr page if you want captions and comments. Little Kitty is thrown in at the end for good measure.

Slideshow created with Paul's flickrSLiDR. Special thanks to Paul Stamatiou for making the slideshow easy.

Colorado Friday (Day 2)

Took a long ride with Tommy to faraway spots in Colorado. Then Tommy got a call from an ad agency in San Franciso asking if he was avilable to travel to Kansas City, MO to shoot on Saturday and Sunday. But of course. Here are some snaps from today.

My mother picking flowers for Cindy (and telling me to "PUT THE CAMERA DOWN." She's not the boss of me at this age - is she?)

I loved the sign for the Fowler State Bank.

A farm house that is unoccupied at the moment, though corn has been planted around it.

Cassidy playing with "Little Kitty" after dinner.

Alexa holding "Little Kitty" (who is pretty close to her size!)