Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I (Heart) Scott Parkin

My next post is up at The Digital Hive wherein I extol the virtues of the virtuoso improvisational performance of actor Scott Parkin in the Tostitos Nolaf.org site.

I'm giving some love to the California Milk Processing Board's White Gold site too.

But I totally heart Scott Parkin.

A side note to the kids out there - if you think you want to be a comedian, or an actor - watch this man's performance. Genius.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Red Sox Baseball Makes Life Worth Living

Kevin Youkilis delivered the winning run in Boston's 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays - a game that was unbelievably unbelievable. Jon Lester (according to my friend Cynthia in the 5th inning, and according the the radio know-it-alls AFTER the game) had his career game. Solid pitching over eight innings; totally in command of the one-hit game.

Our hitting still leaves a lot to be desired, but after Big Papi walked to first and then Manny Ramirez hit a nice shot to move Papi to second (with Red Sox Nation holding its collective breath as we await home run number 500 - though he remains stuck on #496.) Then our man YOUUUKKK, Kevin Youkilis drove Big Papi home.

I did have to listen to Cynthia rail against Terry Francona's decision not to pinch-run Big Papi in the ninth, also she wanted Jacob Ellsbury instead of Coco Crisp. Terry, please contact Cynthia at her office, she has a few other ideas for too.

It was great to welcome Mike Lowell back to the team and Dustin Pedroia is still my favorite - his amazing diving snatch and throw to take Wells out in the ninth was thrilling. Papelbon is Papelbon, a totally in control wild thing. I love this team.

Monday, April 28, 2008

OyBay!

Tonight I tried to teach Tommy how to list an item on eBay. Eventually I just turned into Nick Burns and did it myself. (Yes, complete with "move.") I didn't yell, I wasn't mean, I just gritted my teeth and and wrote up the listing. I should totally get some karma points for this.


If you are dying for your very own (extremely hard to get) Schneider 47mm f/5.6 Digitar Lens, then get thee to eBay. I'm looking so forward to teaching Tom how to close an auction...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Take Your Daughters to Work Day 2008

So take your daughters to work day 2008 includes a trip to the shoe shine stand? This should make for an interesting conversation with Mommy tonight. "So what did you do today girls?" "Went to Starbucks and then got Daddy's shoes shined." Uncomfortable silence then follows. On the other hand, Mom may be taking a spa day (or just working her ass off at her own day job.) Mercifully child-free in my work zone.

(Girls' faces blurred to protect the innocent.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

If She Wasn't Smoking...


If she wasn't smoking..., originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

If she wasn't smoking, and by smoking I mean walking down the street trailing a cloud of stink, I would have tucked that tag right in - as all nice people should do; tuck tags, point out spinach in teeth and offer Kleenex when needed.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

For Make The Logo Bigger

Bill (6.3%), this doesn't mean I won't swear like a trucker in person, but my blog is safe for your mom and mine. Of course I'm a beginner compared to Dooce (14.1%), and can't touch my late lamented Copyranter (51.4%) I LOVED this note about Ranter's blog: Around 51.4% of the pages on your website contain cussing.This is 471% MORE than other websites who took this test.

**Thanks Cam (1%) - how could I forget my Paulie (48%)!!!

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
Created by OnePlusYou

Monday, April 21, 2008

Congratulations Danica Patrick

Congratulations to Danica Patrick, first female winner of ANY Indy Car race - ever. Now could we please take this as proof that we can have a female president without the entire world going to pieces? (Or at least the Japanese fans...) Fabulous strategic driving (it came down to fuel) and even better hair. Rock on with your bad self Miss D!




Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beautiful Fenway Park 4:20:08

On the first day my wicked cold has relented enough to allow me some energy, the day before the Boston Marathon, when the town is crackling with life - here I sit in glorious Fenway Park on a sunny, wonderful day. Am lucky girl today (live from the State Street Pavillion.)

LATE UPDATE: Day super-glorious with 8th inning pull ahead and 6-5 win.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Thomas Magno on Wonderful Machine

My wonderful and extraordinarily talented husband Thomas has landed on Wonderful Machine. You can find him on the Boston page or under the specialty pages under landscape. You want a genius, you need Thomas Magno Photography.






Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kids Still Do This

A sign of spring, the chalk is out. My neighbor's daughter was practicing her words a the end of the driveway. It made me smile.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

You Have Got to be Kidding Me

So while I was working from home yesterday I placed a call to the Verizon Fios service line. For some random reason the volume on the television in the living room vanished. It was working the night before. You could hear some sound if the volume was at 100% - never a good idea in case the volume repairs itself and sends a cat through the roof. So I reset the cable box, powered off, powered on and all of the diagnostic stuff it suggests on the website. Still nothing. So I called the service line and got the talking bot girl.

The talking bot girl has a pleasant tone, doesn't repeat your statements with that crazy "I think you said xylophone" repeat function, and she responded to my voice commands quickly. Talking bot girl did reset the cable box and after she reset the box asked if the problem was resolved. But she didn't really ask because she went on to pronounce if I was still experiencing difficulty to call back in ten minutes and that she would immediately connect me with service person. So I blurted "You have got to be kidding me" into the phone and talking bot girl said "I'll transfer you now."

I was still laughing when a young man named Doug came on the line and walked me through the fix in two steps. I told him how I happened to be transferred to him and he chuckled "Yeah, they have a few bugs to work out in the system." I don't think so - I like a talking bot girl who knows how to respond to YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jane's Run for Children's Hospital

My former boss and friend Jane is running the Boston Marathon to raise money for the great work of Children's Hospital. As the mother of three, she knows personally the kindness and talent of the skilled doctors & researchers who keep children healthy, and healing and growing every day. I was pleased to see this piece on the Boston Globe's site. The only thing they left out was a link to her donation site to support her Miles for Miracles team. Run Jane, run - I'll be cheering from the sidelines!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Work Halted at Filene's Site

Work halted at approximately 11:30am after a facade at the top of the Filene's building at Hawley & Franklin Street. Fire & Police on scene. Notated photos at Flickr.

4:00pm update: No one working, inspectors visited the rooftop scene about 4 hours after it happened (see late photos in the Flickr set.) And hey, why isn't the building completely shrouded in net to keep the dust down. *I'm sure there was no asbestos used in any of the Filene's buildings - right?*

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Blogger Social Thinking Out Loud

So, like many other attendees at last weekend's Blogger Social festivities in New York City, I am still grappling with the enormity of what Social means. The pictures tell an amazing, collective, expansive story. Check out the group BS08 pool here.

On the one hand, my husband got to see that the mysterious "bloggers" I speak of so frequently are real, genuine, lovely people (and not the winged monkeys he'd worked up in his head. Actually I'm just guessing that's what he made them in his head, could have been anything actually...fanged creatures, talking dolphins - who knows?) On the other hand, he was one of the few spouses to witness the critical mass of geekdom. Introducing Tom to some of my favorite people was fun. Now when I mention certain bloggers he has a frame of reference. It has made a piece of my virtual world "real" for my other half - and that may possibly make me seem less weird (to him at least.)

On the other hand, it was such an overwhelming treat to have so many smart, gorgeous, funny, bleeding edge writers in one place that I can't find the right words for the event. I'm not the only one who struggled. Drew McLellan & CK are the best people in the blogiverse and I am grateful to have watched them make the magic from the inside. I thank you both a zillion million for all the fun, and email (to every account) and calls and shout outs. I already thanked all of our kind goodie gifters, but I really want to thank the rest of these fabulous people for making the experience so rich:

Tim Brunelle was thinking about it (in a serious way) before the event even happened. Susan Bird laughed about many of us Twittering at dinner. Gavin Heaton had a few thought on the event moving from community to family. The divine Christina Kerley ("CK") has a few words (and thanks) and thoughts about the time capsule we created. Drew McLellan put together some beautiful thoughts (and sent me a text asking me to pass the bread at dinner on Saturday.) I really enjoyed meeting Doug Meacham. Greg Verdino had some thoughts on himself at Blogger Social (kidding!) One of my true delights of the weekend, Steve Woodruff wrote a little bit about the events. He almost moved the event too.

David Reich not only ran the youth hostel for the weekend, but wrote a damn good post about it too. I got to meet THE Tangerine Toad, and was allowed to use his given name. I may have scared the crap out of Mack Collier, but I think he liked it - actually, I know he did. Ryan Barrett said the weekend was surreal. Rohit Bhargava joined in the goodie madness and felt my pain.

Anna Farmery & Heather Gorringe crossed the pond for both BlogHer and Blogger Social, and they were awesome at both. Director Tom has a variety of hats and one giant heart. Geoff Livingston is one funny, tall man - and I can't think of a better Jaffe. CeCe Lee brought her delightful (and non-blogging) husband Gregg. It was really nice to see Darryl Ohrt at Social - I haven't seen him since I fell out of the van. Marshall Sponder joined in the fun (and has a video.) Chris Kieff! learned about Animoto and created a nice photo pool featuring the Lorna Doone cookies from our boat lunch.

My new personal beverage guru and Social Media Explorer, Jason Falls, took a measured approach in writing about Social - less so when CK dropped him a note. Paul Soldera is a New Zealander currently working in New York. I enjoyed meeting Saul Colt who brought his lovely wife Cheryl. Next time you see me, ask me what Cheryl writes about in her blog. Todd Andrlik was quite possibly the tallest blogger at Social. We were thrilled to see Todd in New York and send love to his sister Tricia. The delightful Ryan Karpeles was a Social co-conspirator and was a treat to finally meet.

CK's good friend Neil Vineberg sat at our table for the Saturday night dinner. A delightful, gentle presence was a beautiful addition to the crew. Cam Beck, I agree that first life kicks Second Life's ass. John Rosen is awesomely nice and gave all of us copies of his book Stopwatch Marketing. Matthew McDonald was the best dressed Socialite all weekend, and brought the ugly corsages. Katilyn Wilkins was witness to the madness and writes about it beautifully. Boston homey John Wall sported a pipe (for show) on Saturday night *guffaws* and light mocking ensued. Boston area Age of Conversation c0-author and ultimate vocal manipulator Scott Monty ruled the microphone on Saturday night as he presented the Frozen Pea Fund check to the Reynolds family.

Virginia Miracle attended both BlogHer and Social - and got my favorite picture of Mack Collier (actually smiling!) Amanda Gravel may have been the youngest socialite, but was absolutely fearless in her approach - rock on girl!

I finally got to hug Paul. I twittered with Armano, but mostly at Jaffe (because he didn't make the scene.) Gene DeWitt wore my tiara. We helped celebrate Mario Vellandi's first blogiversary. We got to meet Arun, and everyone wanted to dress him up, which was totally awesome. Lewis Green lead with his heart and shared his book with us. Connie Reece brought the awesome from Austin - I'm hoping for Blogtoberfest in her neck of the woods. The marketing Diva Toby Bloomberg was at BlogHer (where I got to sit on her round table) and at Social for which she brought delicious brownies. Seni Thomas explained the concept and then created an event feed for Social. I really enjoyed meeting Roberta Rosenberg because I love the name of her blog - The Copywriting Maven (and she was awesomely funny too.) I got to meet the crazy good Techipedia's Tamar Weinberg on Saturday night. Linda Sherman has the best rundown on Rohit's book breakfast. Susan Reynolds was in our hearts and minds.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Need Your Desiger Eyes

I would love anyone with an artistic (or logo trademark) eye to weigh in on this:

Marketing Profs. I know them, I love them. Very smarty smarty people.

twitbin. I don't know them. But I was truly shocked to see their logo. ***DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A KNOCK OFF OF THE MARKETING PROFS LOGO? Or is it just me?

What say you Internets? I don't likey.




Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Red Sox Opening Day: We Are The Champions

Without comment (or nah, nah, nah to the non-believers.) BTW, Boston 5, Detroit 0.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bai Ling: Fug Madness Champion!

Congratulations(?) Bai Ling, named Fug Madness 2008 Champion. Um, that actually means you are the worst dresser according to the nearly 1 million voters over the past month at the Fug Girls site. Who can resist the allure of a purple tulle ballerina skirt with leopard print bodice and granny boots? Who could blame you for wanting to reveal your navel, underpants, thong and breastbone at every opportunity? I now understand you were doing it for humanity! I'm sorry for ever thinking you were just a mixed up girl with a possible substance abuse problem leading you to poor fashion choices or losing your pants on the way to the red carpet. My sincerest apologies for being so darn mean!


Monday, April 07, 2008

Social Media Socialites, Being Social

I was privileged to attend BlogHer Business in New York City on Thursday and Friday of last week. I was equally privileged to attend Blogger Social on Friday evening and Saturday.

First BlogHer. To join 400 smart, engaged, forward-thinking, funny, (mostly) women was a major treat. No fear of being supreme geek, not when you are surrounded by technology, marketing, PR and social media whiz kids.

The guest panels provided an interesting look into the way large corporations are approaching social media use as part of an overall marketing strategy. Rita Arens posted a transcript of my favorite session - "5 Case Studies." Awesomeness encapsulated. (Rita, I'm sorry for your American Airlines aggravation - that particular airline was quite a topic of conversation at my table. I've had my own pain with them. Or more accurately, my husband has.)

The "Ask the Experts" sessions were well run and thought inspiring events. I particularly enjoyed Toby Bloomberg's session with C.B. and Yvonne. The discussion about what matters when a corporation wants to blog was spirited, with ideas thrown in by friends from Cisco and a new blogger from London. Intuit sponsored the room and raffled off some gift certificates and full versions of Quickbooks. I won a full version of Quickbooks and had a really nice conversation with the rep about the upcoming Mac version - which I have been promised when it is ready. Coolness.

C.B. and I wandered through the Microsoft Lounge and obtained full versions of Vista. The experience was good and the people in the tech lounge knew their stuff - and how to overcome objections. On top of showing off the operating software's cool new features, if you wanted them to install Vista on your machine, they would optimize it for you. Several peeps took advantage of it and didn't seem any worse for wear before the conference ended.

More on BlogHer Day 2 later. Now, Blogger Social evening one.

This photo sums up the entire event, let alone the first evening. Christina Kerley ("CK") greeting our Age of Conversation co-author and "Our Man in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman" Arun Rajagopal as he arrives at The Perfect Pint, only to have the air squeezed out of his lungs with a hug of greeting.

The first night of Social was nothing short of a lovefest. To finally hug Drew (whose flight was totally, nastily delayed) was fantastic. I was so excited to see Mack I practically knocked him down the stairs! I was also psyched to see Paul (who introduced me to CK via email more than a year and a half ago,) Gavin, Katie, Luc, Kris, Steve, Doug, Jason, David (who ran a youth hostel for the weekend,) Connie, Chris Kieff! (must always be shouted) CK was thrilled to see everyone. Ann, it is a pissah that we live so close, but had to travel to NYC to hang out. Let's fix that! Toby Bloomberg brought brownies and triple wrapped each one and tied with a pretty ribbon for all of us. Sweet, rich, southern brownies after several hours of open bar - nothing could be finer!

Short toasts and bursts of thanks and raffles of lovely things made the evening fly. I can't remember the last time I left a bar at 2:30 in the morning and felt like I could run a marathon on the way back to the hotel. I had to force myself to sleep so I could be ready for BlogHer day 2!

More hugs to everyone who made Friday night so special. It was such a treat to see all of you in one place: Tim Brunelle Matt Dickman Mark Goren Sean Howard Valeria Maltoni Steve Roesler Greg Verdino Tangerine Toad Kristin Gorski Mack Collier David Armano Tim McHale Mario Vellandi Rohit Bhargava Anna Farmery Thomas Clifford Lewis Green Geoff Livingston Kris Hoet Connie Reece Seni Thomas Darryl Ohrt Joe Kutchera Paul Dunay Marshall Sponder Chris Kieff Tara Anderson Jason Falls Paul Soldera Roberta Rosenberg Saul Colt Todd Andrlik Nathan Snell Ryan Karpeles Jennifer Laycock Cam Beck Mike Arauz Matthew Bailey Heather Gorringe John Rosen Matthew McDonald Jennifer Berk John Wall Kevin Horne Virginia Miracle Shashi Bellamkonda David Berkowitz Vahe Habeshian

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who gifted us with fantastic things for our goodie bags - more on that tomorrow.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Dinner & Music

Had dinner with two of my favorite New Yorkers last night, Andy Serwer and his fabulous artist-wife Fran. (Fran also went to college with Tommy.) We went to the amazing Jean Georges restaurant (bar-side darlings, I'm still not allowed on white furniture) for one of the best meals ever. And you know how I'm all about the food, so when I say ever - I mean ever. Of course the company elevated the meal to spectacular. The menu was concise and seasonal, the service extraordinary and the experience wonderful. Good call Fran & Andy!

Discussing BlogHer and social media with Andy was interesting. For someone who works in "traditional journalism" he is well-versed in social media concepts. We chewed over social networks and technology and "the Zuckerberg-Lacy incident" at SXSW. How awesome it was to find Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten blog linked to his restaurant website. And to find his blog up to date. One note, Jean Georges is not a regular publisher, so he needs to get on it (or get a ghost writer.)

Later on Tom and I visited the Blue Note jazz club to hear the legendary saxophonist James Moody with special guest vocalist Jon Hendricks. I have no words for how gorgeous and soulful and wonderful the music was. At the ages of 83 and 86 we don't know how long we will be able to drop into a club and see these amazing talents - but I did last night. Am lucky girl again.

BlogHer Day One

Awesome. Fabulous. Amazing. Revealing.

All words that apply to the information sharing (and near overload as I could not type notes fast enough) during day one at BlogHer.

The 5 Case Studies portion of the afternoon featured an amazing lineup of companies, bloggers and smarty smart people.

My favorite case study: Method Home (and not just because I love their products, or because they gave me a prize for asking a question) but because they are approaching social media in a head-on, eyes open way. Go boldy or why go? I love it.

Full rundown tomorrow.

And - Blogger Social. OMG OMG OMG!! 90 of the world's top marketing bloggers (and me) socializing in NYC. I have died and gone to geek heaven according to my husband.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Congratulations Colbert

On your 2007 Peabody Award.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

News You Can Use (While I'm Busy)

Trying to get massive amounts of work done before heading off to BlogHer Business and Blogger Social. I am fortunate to work for a company that is supportive of blogging, so I'll be fine - but the mountain of work remains ominous. So amuse yourselves until I land.

Major League Baseball owners are the most petty sons of bitches ever.

Colbert gets to stay at the National Portrait Gallery. Can't imagine a better Flickr set.

Woody is not a fan of AA.

A tip of the WTF! hat to Copyranter.

Shock! Not. Write your congressman.