Monday, June 30, 2008

A Sweet Day

I love surprises, and today my friend Rebecca brought me the best kind; a lemon cupcake from Sweet Cupcakes in the Back Bay. A totally thoughtful and lovely gesture - the thought of which shall last much longer than the cupcake. Thanks Bex!



Marketing hat here: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the logo and the packaging and I will reuse the recycled paper box. The website is lovely too (though I usually object to music.)


Sunday, June 29, 2008

CNN, Really?

This is a sad story about the apparent suicide of a 20 year old model in New York City on Saturday. CNN must be using the interns again to load the copy in the template. In the story bullets (above right) they point out that in 1995, British Vogue considered the young woman a "face to be excited about." Really CNN? At age 7? **NOTE, CNN has fixed that bit of wrongness.




Saturday, June 28, 2008

CNN Needs Better B-Roll

CNN did a video story on the verdict in the horrendous Neil Entwhistle trial. Stock shots of the Massachusetts State House led the piece, along with footage from the verdict being read.


Then as the voiceover intoned what steps may happen next in the case a little b-roll courtoom footage floated in. But, uh, that's not the flag of Massachusetts in that courtroom - that's Tennessee. Oops.
See, Tennessee:
Massachusetts:

CNN, I'm not opposed to using interns, hell, someone has to get my lunch - but this is just plain stupid. Fix it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Loving The Postman Today

Oh Etsy, you make me feel so good. Specifically SplitYarn on Etsy (a near-Boston homey!) I got this sassy little notions bag in the mail today, beautifully presented I might add, the Smarties candy such a nice touch. I shall carry jewelry tools in it, and they shall be happy.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Descent Into Dorkdom

The delightful Thinking In Vain turned me onto the blog-as-pretty-graph thing (via the always thoughtful yet manly Make the Logo Bigger) and I was excited to see all the pretty colors and offshoots and things. Go make your own HERE.

On a completely unrelated but totally dorkdom note, I saw an ad for the Gong Show with Dave Attell. Um, I enjoyed Insomniac with Dave Attell, but I have scary and/or awesome memories of the Gong Show with Chuck Barris, Rex Reed, Jaye P. Morgan et al and I'm not sure I'm up for a new version. Feeling like it could be the early part of American Idol. You know, the crazy people part. TBD.



Do you think "America's Got Talent" is too tame? Does "Dancing with the Stars" make you cringe? Well, Dave Attell and Comedy Central are bringing back the original and best comedy variety show, "The Gong Show”! The Gong Show with Dave Attell will consist of eight - ten unusual, absurd, bizarre, twisted, unique and hilarious acts that will be judged by a panel of three revolving celebrity judge. Stars will be made. Feelings will be hurt.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Greater Boston Legal Services Needs Your Help

I have complained, more than once, about the morons who devalue a sporting team's win by acting like Massholes. Yvonne Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote a column today and posted some heart-fucking-breaking video of a band of morons breaking the windows at Greater Boston Legal Services after the Celtics NBA Championship last week. GBLS has a truly honorable mission to provide legal representation to low-income people.


The video made me weep at my desk. Now, while I am a very sensitive girl (my brothers can stop snickering NOW,) my tears were tears of rage. WTF people? There has been a suggestion that the Celtics donate something to help with repairs, and that doesn't seem unreasonable (given that they auctioned off, for charity, a sweaty, Gatorade drenched shirt for $55,000) but this stupidity isn't their fault.

Please donate to Greater Boston Legal Services who need help every day, but this was just beyond the pale. Even for sporting idiots.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Don't Know What to Name This

New work from this weekend, up on Etsy. I don't know what to call it. The Sky is Crying? Purple Rain? (Don't want to get sued.) Please make a suggestion for a name for this piece.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Fare Thee Well, George Carlin

I am speechless. Fare thee well motherf*cker.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do I Have to Say It AGAIN?

Dear sports "fans," I have some (old) news for you; you are not on the team. 

You weren't even asked to try out. In fact, you couldn't even get tickets.

So why the hell are you tearing up my city in "celebration" of the Celtics NBA championship victory? Go ahead and think of an answer. I'll wait. On second thought, no I won't.

Current version idiots, meet last fall's idiots and more idiots by name (courtesy of the Boston Police department blog.)

I hope the judge does not impose essays this year, I hope these morons are put in orange jumpsuits and clown wigs and made to sweep up after tourists at Faneuil Hall all summer. And Fourth of July at the Hatch Shell. 



Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Congratulations Boston Celtics, NBA Champions

Boston Celtics - 131, Los Angeles Lakers - 92

As a proud Bostonian, I am thrilled you won. But LA still has the best "town song" ever.

My Visit to the NBA Trophy at Boston Garden

The City of Boston and surrounding parts for oh, a bazillion miles, are wild for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. There is a gigantic trophy set up outside the Boston Garden and visible from the highway. I took a walk over on Monday with my friend Donna to thoroughly document the scene. Wicked. The Flickr set with captions is HERE.


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lucky Me (Lucky Strike)

I went for a tour of the Lucky Strike (née Jillian's) facility near Fenway and came away with the awesomest pink bowling pin (do I have to say ever? Really?) ever! Because I did not have a pink bowling pin it is the awesomest pink bowling pin. Ever. Top that ordinary bowling pins. And no, I did not steal it.

I enjoyed snacks and bowling with the girls and plotted ways to convince the HR team that a bowling/pool/foosball/ping pong holiday party would be way more fun than another fancy dress ballroom thingy. It's plenty big for my office crowd and it's got pretty lights.

Special thanks Tracey and Kim, we had an awesome evening!




Sunday, June 15, 2008

Oh Happy Day

Beaming with pride today at graduation party for my friend Cathy's son Pete - mostly because he is an awesome kid; smart, funny, talented, kind (and 90 other adjectives that add up to a really great kid) but also beaming because he survived my visiting parent gig in the fall of 2006.

Class president, National Honor Society member and good kid speaks at his graduation. That photo was in the paper!

Pete shows off a graduation gift from a friend.

A photo cake for graduation day and Father's Day. Happy Father's day Jeff!

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Kahwa of Thanks

On a day that started out so nice, and has turned so sad on the news of the death of Tim Russert, I received a lovely gift out of the blue. And it has turned my day around.

The photo is of a Kahwa Jug sent by Arun and Linu with a note that made me feel so good. The package was sent to my office and has been on quite a travel of the 10 floors of my office - first to my original location, then to another Lori, back to the mailroom and finally to my old mailbox.

Sending love and hugs to Arun & Linu and special, special thanks to the universe for having it land on a day when I truly needed it.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Most Amazing Game I've Ever Seen

The greatest comback in NBA playoff history. Celtics 97, Lakers 91.

The best game I've ever seen - and I lived in Los Angeles 1984 - 1994 and witnessed some awesome games between the Celtics and the Lakers.

I am stunned. I am amazed. I am happy.

Never, never, never quit. That's what I'm left with right now.

Never quit.

White People, Please STOP

Please STOP it. MSNBC, you are only one of gazillions of organizations that think using "hip" and "now" phrases like "Pimp your pop this Father's Day" is "cool."


It is not cool. It is stupid. It is a noun or a verb.


Noun
S: (n) pimp, procurer, panderer, pander, pandar, fancy man, ponce (someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce))

Verb
S: (v) pander, pimp, procure (arrange for sexual partners for others)

SOMEONE WHO PROCURES CUSTOMERS FOR WHORES. Please stop the madness and STOP using it in the backward, moronic MTv marketing meaning.
Just STOP.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congratulations Top Chef Stephanie!

Congratulations Stephanie! I watched the entire season of Top Chef and you and Richard rocked week after week, and you were the most pleasant people in the entire crew.

Of course you both had me completely freaked out tonight in the final show, because the deeply unpleasant ("a congratulations would have been nice") Lisa actually pulled out a couple of dishes that the guest judges enjoyed. I was hopeful that the entire season would be taken into consideration and not just a fortunate choice of soup.

I was relieved to hear Padma (who I totally don't get, whatev) call Stephanie's name as the Top Chef and winner of $100,000.

Thank goodness, I don't think I could have stood another Project Dumbway incident.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Oh, Hello There

Massive work thingies. Red Sox, Celtics, more work thingies.

Awesomeness coming tomorrow even if the Celts don't win in the next 38 seconds.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Moda di Magno: Yes, I'm on Etsy

My apologies to the shopping universe for I did not fully grasp the wonder of Etsy. In the last month I have had no fewer than 20 people ask if my jewelry was on Etsy.

So in response, I'm putting a few pieces up as a trial. Go take a peek: ModadiMagno.Etsy.com


I await your critiques.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I Don't Think Disgruntled = Crazy

I love this Reuters headline: "McCain reaches out to disgruntled Clinton supporters."

Does someone on the McCain Committee believe that disgruntled equals crazy? That's just silly.

While I'm certain there will be a few crossover voters (who hasn't had a long-lasting case of bees on the brain?) the vast majority of my wild-eyed liberals will ensure a Democratic victory in the fall, because disgruntled doesn't equal stupid either.

In other news, Hillary will suspend campaigning immediately and endorse Senator Obama on Friday Saturday.

Let the healing begin.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Congratulations Obama

Congratulations to Hilary Clinton for her South Dakota victory, congratulations to Senator Obama for becoming the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party.

Please bring the party together and conquer the madman McCain.

May I suggest a powerfuly smart and experienced lady as your running mate? The dream ticket would be unstoppable. Do you like the sound of unstoppable. I certainly do.

Enjoy your day. Bask in your victory. You deserve it, but please take a moment to think, announce your VP quickly and start raising money.

And beat the madman McCain.

Monday, June 02, 2008

A Cold, Cruel World: Fare Three Well

The world is a lesser place with out these three certified geniuses.

Fare thee well, Harvey Korman. Your portrayal of Hedley Lamar in Blazing Saddles is only one reason I thought you were brilliant.

Fare thee well, Yves Saint Laurent. A genius, a legend, a man of the cloth. His designs not only made women more beautiful, his clothes empowered them. I know one presidential candidate who probably owes him a great deal of thanks.

Fare thee well, Bo Diddley. I don't hear the name Lucille without thinking of you and the rhythm you brought to the world. The universe will surely swing less.