Friday, October 31, 2008

Regularly Scheduled Programming will Return Soon

I'll be campaigning in New Hampshire for Barack Obama and Joe Biden tomorrow. To be clear, Hillary was my candidate - but I'm looking forward to voting FOR Barack Obama and Joe Biden and not against McCain/Palin. (Though I am very much against what they stand for.)

Answer your own questions about the Obama/Biden team tax cut at the TAXCUT page on the Obama website.

It's time for some positive thinking. Hell, it's time for thinking period. I'm hopeful for a return to civility and sensibility and concern for all.

Silly me, but that's what I'm looking for in my presidential slate. I don't need someone to have a beer with (hello! I work in advertising - plenty of beer there!) I need someone to be the reasonable world moderator and calming influence. I need America to get out of places that don't want us and start to focus on rebuilding this country one brick and one job at a time.

So this will be my final plea for everyone to get off their butts and vote. Even if you aren't voting for my candidates you should exercise your hard fought privilege to vote.  I ask you to think about this country when you go into that voting booth and decide if you want more of the same - war, poverty, crumbling infrastructure, economic collapse, inaccessible health care and more breaks for the richest among us; or something different. To quote Senator McCain, "My fellow prisoners..." From the party that brought you the original plumbers to Joe the Plumber I haven't heard an idea that will bring the urgent change America needs.

So how about some hope, some concern, some thought, kindness and care for others. Tax cuts that will benefit those truly in need and help drive us to a more stable economy. A new focus on alternative energy solutions (and energy conservation in the interim.) Time and attention on education that will elevate the next generation and our country as a whole.

World peace? I don't know about that - but there are worse dreams.

Get thee to the polls on Tuesday and bring a friend.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Newest Most Important Work - Available October 29th!

I am really excited to announce that The Age of Conversation 2 "Why Don't They Get It?" will hit the proverbial shelves tomorrow! (In the parlance of Paris Hilton; "My book drops tomorrow, bitches.") The book is an amazing compilation of essays from 237 of the world's top marketing, technology and creative leaders. And me - but don't let that stop you from buying a copy (it's for the kids you know!) and becoming enlightened.

In addition to nearly tripling the number of authors, the book has been divided into eight topics:

Age of Conversation Manifestos
Keeping Secrets in the Age of Conversation
Moving from Conversation to Action
The Accidental Marketer
A New Brand of Creative
My Marketing Tragedy
Business Model Evolution
Life in the Conversation Lane

I selected the topic "A New Brand of Creative" and assembled some thoughts on what being creative in the social media age means.

The book really is "for the kids" as every dime generated by the book will be donated to Variety Children's Charity. Last year's book resulted in more than $15,000 directed to children's mobility programs. What could be more awesome than that?

The book is the crazy-awesome brainchild of Drew McLellan (the nicest man in Iowa) and Gavin Heaton (the original Thunder from Down Under.)

You can learn about last year's madness in this series of posts. Even better - you can join the conversation by purchasing a copy or 17. The holidays are coming... The book is available in large format paperback or as an ebook (for you kindle lovers!)

In addition to the awesomeness contained in the book, you can visit the author's websites (subscribe people!) and become even smarter.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the authors of The Age of Conversation 2:

Adrian HoAki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Chris Brown, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Schawbel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Dave Davison, David Armano, David Berkowitz, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne & Todd Cabral, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, John Herrington, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kristin Gorski, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott TownsendSean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tim Brunelle, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem

Monday, October 20, 2008

Newest New Things

His and Hers pendants - "Triple J" for Jen, Jake and Jordan. The design is a Celtic-tinged mash of the letter "J" three times. Jake's pendant will hang from a leather cord; Jen's from a Sterling chain. Jordan is still a wee bit of an angel, so she'll just have to admire Mom & Dad's.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Newer Things

Still a wee bit in the weeds, but a couple of new things completed this week. Company coming over soon and the Sox are on tonight at 8:05. Mood for tomorrow predicted after 11:30pm. Go you Red Sox, go you lazy bums! Go you Red Sox!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Video Your Vote

A neat idea for campaign 2008. I am worried about a theft-proof majority, other (better) people are worried about plain old election problems. Check out the "Video your vote" project, which has its own CHANNEL on YouTube (in conjunction with PBS.) AWESOME.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sounds Like, GAH!

Too busy for words. Made a present for someone. Here is a photo. Back again soon.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I Have Lost My Mind

I'm certain I have completely lost it. I've been overworked, overwrought and overtired (and no, I'm not one of those idiot wedding dresses from Project Runway last night.) I digress, I must be losing it because Paris Hilton is making sense. Paris Hilton who can barely remember to wear panties and the location of her Chihuahua of the week. I am voting for Obama for President of the United States - but Paris Hilton totally has my vote as Fake President.

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New Work & Tom on Etsy!

I've been super busy at work and all sorts of wound up in the presidential election, but I've managed to make a few new things. But more important than that is the Thomas Magno Photography mini shop on Etsy. It took a lot of prodding and whining on my part (SO hard to believe, I know) but I finally convinced Tom to let me put up a shop for him with a select group of prints in a small format. Perfect for gift giving (hello corporate titans!) or gifting yourself - we all need art in our lives, so get some Tommy Magno today! Go now! The first person to buy a print gets a special piece of jewelry from me!

Speaking of jewelry, a little madness from me:

Dima & Craig's Anniversary Pendants (commissioned by Craig)

Kerry's Family Bracelet (commissioned by Jennifer)

Jody's Initial Necklace

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Congratulations Red Sox!

That's Jason Bay sliding in for the winning run off Jed Lowrie's hit in game four of the ALDS playoffs against the Anaheim Kind-of-near-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Bring on Tampa Bay - and really bring on the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Really? This is What it's Come To?

William Ayers. Weather Underground. Domestic Terrorist. (The "gay marriage" buzzword for '08) That awful Hasselbeck girl on The View repeating DOMESTIC TERRORIST over and over until Barbara Walters had to stop the madness. (I'd be afraid of Babs' stiletto in my shin if I was Screechy McSillypants.)


The Keating Five. The Keating Five. THE Keating Five.

Just stop please. Pay attention to the real issues, the WAR IN IRAQ. THE ECONOMY. HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. ACCESS TO EDUCATION. (OMG, I'M ALL 'CAP LOCKED')

You betcha. Get ready for tomorrow night's Presidential Candidates Debate.

I would insert the SNL video from this past weekend (Tina Fey as She-Devil Palin) but I can't stomach the voice that cannot, will not form a proper gerund.

Friday, October 03, 2008

I Thought It Was Just a Tic

The wink, I'm talking about the wink. I totally thought Sarah Palin (understandably under tremendous pressure to not implode during the Vice Presidential debate last night) had a nervous tic. I saw the winks, and except for the one when she mentioned her dad - I THOUGHT IT WAS A TIC.

So sue me.

She didn't fall off the stage or suffer nip slip, she managed to squeak out her memorized points. At no time did she directly answer any of Gwen Ifil's lame questions. If she was in a 9th grade forensic match I would give her C+ but as the next in line to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (take that seriously) she gets a D- for lack of depth. In anything.

Senator Joe Biden won on the facts (for the most part getting them right.) Check your questions about the debate HERE.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Happy Anniversary Darling

Happy 14th wedding anniversary to my ceaselessly patient, kind, amazing, loving husband. I don't know how you continue to tolerate me, my stuff, my family, the crafts, the crappy movies, Project Whatever on Bravo and other mania too numerous to mention.

Thomas Magno, you are the love of my life, I am the luckiest girl ever.