Wednesday, January 31, 2007

One of My Heroes Has Passed

Molly Ivins, one of my personal heroes, a writing hero, a political hero and frankly, just an amazingly smart goddess-type woman has gone on to her great reward at age 62. Molly waged what I'm sure was a fearsome battle with breast cancer (fuck you cancer) and today God decided he needed her rapier political wit and her ability to translate the idiocy of the man she called Shrub in her book of the same name.

I can't begin to say how sad I am that the writer most reponsible for getting me to read - no devour, political writings of all stripes has passed. Her Creators Syndicate column link has always been there in my link list to the right - they have a lovely tribute to her there or HERE.

I highly recommend her final column Stand Up Against The Surge.

Stand up for Molly and other ballsy chicks and make a donation to your favorite cancer-fighting charity today.

PHOTO CREDIT/AP: Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the The International Women's Media Foundation in New York, Oct. 25, 2005. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Guerrilla Marketing Gone Wrong

My next post is up the Digital Hive Blog wherein I lambaste Turner Broadcasting for their idiotic marketing stunt gone wrong.

To quote the apology press release "Turner Broadcasting issued an apology for causing today's series of bomb scares throughout Boston. A statement emailed to the Globe from Turner Broadcasting said: "The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

Can you guess what network and which show I won't be watching? You are smart, beautiful readers, I'm guessing you already knew.

Feel free to let Turner Broadcasting know your thoughts:

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
One CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-827-1700

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Farewell Father Drinan, Farewell

Father Robert Drinan passed away this weekend. Congressman Father Drinan. He became a friend of my late father-in law Dr. Henry Magno while they were at Boston College and they remained friends through the years. I never met him, but it has been quite interesting to listen to the stories on the news about Father Drinan. He was an interesting man. The Wiki page hits several highlights of his political life:

-He introduced a resolution in Congress calling for the impeachment of President Nixon - not for the Watergate Scandal that would eventually end Nixon's presidency, but because he believed Nixon's bombing of Cambodia was illegal.

-He consistently upheld a woman's right to choose, though he believed it morally wrong - he understood that morality and legality were separate issues.

-When ordered by Pope John Paul II to not seek reelection or resign being a priest, Father Drinan said he could not renounce his faith and gave up elected politics. He did not lose his voice however, and continued to support abortion rights, fought for the rights of the poor and minorities and he continued teaching law until his death.

It might be hard to spot anyone in Washington with the balls to stand up for what's right - legally and morally.

Farewell Father Drinan, a prayer for you.

O Lord,
we bring before you
the distress and dangers of peoples and nations,
the pleas of the imprisoned and the captive,
the need of the refugee,
the weariness of the despondent,
and the diminishment of the aging.

O Lord,
stay close to them all.

Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Monday, January 29, 2007

Best Line From A News Show

"You know why I like him? I like him because he doesn't have a ranch!"

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball program to former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci referring to Rudy Giuliani.

Doesn't have a ranch indeed. Or a soul.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

We Are So Screwed

I watched An Inconvenient Truth tonight. Rent it. Discuss among yourselves. We are quite screwed, but even worse, your kids are screwed. I think it's time to do something about it.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Blonde Joke Saturday

My friend Pete sent me a chuckle that I'm happy to share. I'll ask the blondes to keep the hate spam to a minimum.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Best Line From a Hallway

"Ladies are dirty."

OMG - I totally needed that and it made my week. Thank you nice girl!

Save The Cheerleader

My next post is up at the Digital Hive wherein I willfully suspend my disbelief and fully engage in the marketing machine that is NBC's Heroes. And I am fully, totally engaged.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hey Look! It's Badcat!

The only thing I could say right now is so surly and mean that all I can do is post a photo of badcat (post-Christmas watching me undecorate tree and waiting for her chance to break something.) I love the way baddy looks like she wants to reach out and smack me, kind of the way I feel right now. Tomorrow is Friday, maybe it won't suck. I'll let you know.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sort of Sums Up The Day

Nah - it wasn't that bad. I visited my dentist's office for a cleaning. My hygienist Danielle is back from maternity leave (and she is the only one I'll see) and she was laughing as I told her I was blogging my visit.

I hated the dentist. Not my dentist - he's fabulous. He totally saved me from dentaphobia (it's a real word - look it up), but over the years I have encountered some of the sickest bastards in the business. People who really messed with my head. You know the kind (sample dialogue) - "Uh, I can feel that." "No you can't." And so on until I was a sobbing wreck and vowed to avoid anyone with a DDS after their name.

What was the agent of change? First, Dr. Valdemar Welz was recommended by someone I trust. Second, Dr. Welz sat down with me for nearly an hour before he ever looked in my mouth. An hour. I had filled out a profile in the reception area and self-identified as a dentaphobe, and he asked good questions. More than that - he asked the right questions about fear triggers (the sight of anything dental, all of the sounds, and the War of the Worlds overhead lamp) and he countered with ways to help me avoid these things. I was invited to bring my own CDs and offered monster headphones that blocked all dental sounds. In his chair I never saw "the needle" - he always concealed it. Best of all, he always has two assistants in the room, one to assist him and one to pat the shoulder of the patient - or be ready for whatever comes up.

Over the years he's repaired or replaced all of the work done by the psychotics before him. It hasn't been cheap (I always ask which of his children I'm sending to Harvard) but I don't live in fear of "the dentist" anymore.

There's a lesson here for marketers - and no, it is not "hit 'em with the laughing gas" (but that would be fun.) I'm pretty sure the lesson is listen before you speak. Don't speak at me - don't "push" your product, your marketing plan or your thing (whatever it may be.) You might just be rewarded with a lifelong customer. The kind that refers other lifelong customers. And blogs you.

Interesting Article on Ad Age

This interesting article on Ad Age's website (registration req'd) about how agencies are thinking about compensation for work gives me pause. It seems that some agencies want to be paid for ideas, not time billed, which seems reasonable enough until the employees start thinking about it. This will be one to watch.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

State of the Blah Blah Blah

There are no words for the idiocy tonight. I swear John McCain was asleep. On TV! So was the guy sitting next to John Kerry (which may actually have been a Kerry-induced sleep.) Jim Webb is doing a good job in the Dem response. I like him. He's kind of scrappy and he looks like he'd punch you in the face if you acted like a lying punk. Sort of like that president guy. When's he leaving? Oh yeah - not soon enough.

Best Line From NPR This Morning



"Internet video is the new baby kissing."

Said by an NPR commentator regarding Hilary Clinton's Saturday online announcement about her presidential bid, and her live webchat on Monday evening.

That was the line I woke up to at 6:15am. I am so renewing my WBUR membership.

The State of the Union Speech

I'm in my comfy chair, with a glass of wine, breathing deeply - trying to retain my feeling of calm (achieved by working at an ad agency all day) in anticipation of Skippy's next to last State of the Union address. I'm guessing the union will be declared as strong, but after that I'll see red and start yelling at the TV. But I'm meditating (blogitating) right now in the hopes that I can be open to what that President has to say.

Review after the lying ceases.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Only 27 Days 'til Pitchers & Catchers Report

So sue me if I'm happy we signed this year's hottest arm in baseball.

Also NBC's Heroes comes back tonight. Yippee.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Um, Bummer

Who'd've thought? I do like that wristband/playbook thing. I could use that for all my Internet passwords! (Is the shirt grabbing allowed?)

Um, Go Pats

Chicago has already won a spot to the Stupid Bowl. The Patriots and the Colts are warming up while commericals and chatter go into minute 13. Go Pats. I predict 27 - 21 Pats! Chat after the game.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

You Go Girl

Say what you will about Hilary Clinton, she's got guts. She announced her run for president today. A political campaign is the most brutal, soul-searing, emotionally-damaging thing you can do. She been through the ringer for her husband (Governor, President) and her own senatorial campaigns - but a run for President, that's brutal on world war scale. Good luck, Hil - the first media outlet to mention what you are wearing will get the scalding of a lifetime on this blog.

Friday, January 19, 2007

TJX - GAH!


My next post is up at the Digital Hive wherein I have a spazzy after I don't listen to my inner sentinel - and pay the price.

TJ Maxx security breached! Damn. I never, never, never use my Mastercard debit card for store or online purchases. I am a sensible girl who listens to the security warnings. I only use my AMEX (and sometimes my Visa, or one of the other credit cards.) But I was in desperate need of a purse I saw in the window in downtown Boston and I was called, no, compelled - to purchase this handbag. And all I had with me was my debit card. The sentinel voice in my head warned don't do it...but I needed that bag. So I bought it. And my how I have paid the price.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wildflowers and Shame

"A stick of something that smells like wildflowers and shame." It's from the new Old Spice "manliness" campaign. I am SO not the target audience. My father used to wear it and it just gives me hives when I encounter a cloud of it.

But that is my favorite line from television advertising right now. Major props to whomever wrote it - I award you a Magno Show Award (like the One Show, but much bitchier) right now. Come claim it. Ads of late don't make me guffaw, but this resulted in a mini spit take. Just water - no damage, and lovely husband did not witness it.

Thanks for the laugh Old Spice, and your ad agency too.

Thanks to American Copywriter for the link to the commercial!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I Can't Wait To____________________

My next post is up at the Digital Hive wherein I point out bad marketing and good customer service.

Is it just me - or would you respond to Comcast's idiotic "I can't wait to____" fill-in-the-blank with an expletive or other descriptive line when given the chance? I don't care if it's a wee bit Luddite, I'm all about the user generated content.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

WTF Wednesday

Except that it is Tuesday and this couldn't wait. WTF???

To quote Keith Olbermann on the Countdown news program tonight: "A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? For What?!"

Monday, January 15, 2007

Cleaning Up iPhoto Today

Cleaned up iPhoto and burned DVD backups today. Some highlights of the past year.

T-Bone & Badcat in the kitchen window.
Tommy on his sister Andrea's back porch.
The National Seashore at Provincetown, MA
Without comment, but really "access"?
Jeffrey's new shoes. Yummy.
Who knew my brother could text?
At Sauciety in the Westin Boston Convention Center.
T-Bone meditating.
My Avon Walk. 26.2 miles and $4000 for breast cancer research.
Heading toward the Bruckner leaving New York City.
My pal Alex and a Boston Sports Club "personal trainer" - smoking!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I Want This Soooooo Madly

My next post is up at the Digital Hive wherein I confess that I want THE object of desire - the still-to-be-named iPhone.

I have never had the "hot" phone - it is a utility device for me. "I'm on my way there!" "I'm stuck in the tunnel!" "I'm just pulling into the station!" I've never needed anything except the ability to call.

Until now. And I want that phone thingy like I wanted an Easy Bake Oven. I WANT it now.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Exhale. Thank God.

I have no words, I'm just so happy for both families in Missouri that had their sons returned to them yesterday.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Random Things From the Camera Phone

The camera function on what is affectionately referred to as "Toilet Phone" in my house is quite so-so, but it amuses me to take sneaky photos with it. I would really rather take photos with my brand new Nikon D-40, but there are times when you can't (or aren't allowed to) whip out the 18-55 lens - so toilet phone will do in a pinch.

Dude, sir - what is up with the sweatpants over workboots knicker look? I didn't hear this man speak, but unless he had a romantic Irish lilt, there is no excuse for this. No wait, there is no excuse for this EVER.

New old benches being reinstalled at "North Station" in Boston. The idiots at the MBTA removed virtually all seating when the old Boston Garden/North Station was demolished. When they built the Shawmut Center/Fleet Center/Whatever Bank Boston Garden, they installed approximately 14 benches in the entire place. Standard park benches - the kind that hold up to four people at a time...in a place that sees thousands of passengers each day. Lame, cheap jerks. Well in an expansion project which was expected to run from June to November (and continues to this day) the surprise arrival of the old benches from the old North Station was a welcome one.

They are refinishing the benches (slowly) and I can't wait to sit on them again. It's been years.

On the train Thursday night there was an incident where a heavily intoxicated man (very surly and quite possibly dangerous) was wrestling with a Boston police officer in the entry vestibule of my train car. The incident went from a shouting match to "GET ON THE GROUND" quickly. The officer quickly subdued and cuffed the man and escorted him off the train. The now delayed train heard this announcement from the conductor: "We're sorry for the delay folks, we had a passenger requiring some police assistance. We'll be moving shortly." They are never so clever in the morning. Maybe it's just a night crew thing.

Oh thank heaven, for 7-11. This Valentine's Day message is brought to you by 7-11 near the Aquarium in Boston.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I Need an Advil

Alright dork patrol, MadMags Molinaro has joined the Second Life gene pool. Oh my God, it is geeksville out there in the whateververse. Some screen grabs from signing up.

I signed up and picked my avatar, who arrived with preternaturally large, buoyant breasts. We did a slight reduction. I do like the buoyancy options... I can do nothing about the wardrobe. (I'll figure it out, I'm flashing back to 1982.) Honest to God, the Fug Girls would have a stroke over the skirt-over-leggings ensemble.

I have to figure out how to move around, and then I'm going in search of the first illicit iPhone in geekland.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Farewell Yvonne De Carlo, Farewell

Yvonne De Carlo, stunning beauty of film and theater, passed away today at age 84 in Los Angeles. While she was most well known for the television show The Munsters (1966-1968), she is also known for her work on Broadway and in such films as The Ten Commandments. Top photo is a still from The Ten Commandments, where she played Moses' wife and the botton photo is Yvonne as Lily Munster. Farewell Yvonne, your furiously stated "Herman!" will live with me always.

Could Be A Good Sign

I lost a glove at North Station last night in the mania of trains not running due to a horrible accident on my line. They would call trains and we would move like the giant amoeba we become when rushing the tracks. Then they would uncall or revise the call and we would rush the information desk to decipher what the announcer just said. In the back and forth I lost one of these:
Not expensive, not a big deal, but dammit - I like having two that match. This morning, on a lark, I asked the information guy if they had a lost and found and showed him my glove. He pointed me to a couple of cardboard boxes in a closet and there it was - the left mate to my right glove.

Since cynical girl is at bay (thanks to a deliriously good cup of coffee), I'll take it as a good sign for the day and we'll see where it goes from there.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Congratulations Yahoo!

You finally made it to 10,000 messages of crap, sex, drugs, health insurance offers, singles of every race, creed and color and random pings. I hate you Yahoo! mail - you should be ashamed of your filters.

Monday, January 08, 2007

For Just $79 Per Year!

My next post is up at the Digital Hive wherein I have a spasm over someone trying to sell me the "benefit" of continuing to use a credit card I already have. Wha? How is that a benefit and why would I pay someone $79 for it? I totally won't - I read fine print.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

NYC - Selects From Saturday & Sunday

NYC moment: Lady comes rushing up to us in Central Park and whips open the Sony Handicam and says to Tom "Are you going to play?" I'm like what is this kinky question? Then she she says "Oh, I thought it was a bagpipe." Um, no - that's a tri-pod, but thanks for asking nice lady.

Two nice men playing football in Central Park. We were joking about their football skills and they asked for a photo - so here it is...

On Saturday evening we went to an Epiphany party at our friend Watson Bosler's home. It was a holiday spectacular!

Loved the decor.

Loved the new rug from Turkey (and the velvet shoes and candy cane socks!)

Tommy will hate this, but I love the the photo. Thanks for the snap Jarrod!

A view from Watson's roof deck - the Empire State Building still decked out in its Christmas colors.

Photos from my Sunday morning trek to Starbucks.

World of Pickle. Really?

Groovy man. Lori in the sphere.

The spheres in their unadulterated state.

Detail of a door on Madison Avenue.

The Steel Building - very cool (moments before a security dude came out and warned me that the police could arrest me for taking photographs on the street. Whatever man.)

Because no matter what New York City hotel I stay in, on Sunday morning GUARANTEED they will begin digging up the street in front of the hotel.