37 posts categorized "Larry King Rants"

WELCOME BACK RANT

The Rant....

It was a regular feature in my first foray into blogging. The idea was inspired by the old Larry King USA Today columns. For those of you that never read them, his pieces were an oddly entertaining burst of nonsequitars. It was the perfect format to ripoff to cater to the A.D.D generation. As I discovered, parodying Larry King was hardly an original idea or even a current one. Check out this one from The Onion written 15 years ago. The title says it all....

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Now it's my turn...

I saw a promo for a new fall show on NBC called "The New Normal". Ellen Barkin is playing the Grandmother. Shrivey's wife from "Diner" is cast as a Nana? Man, that makes me feel old.... 

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I've been watching "The News Room", the latest HBO series created by Aaron Sorkin. I could write a dissertation on the many ways I hate it. Of course, this doesn't prevent me from watching it. Rather than rip it apart, I'll just share this amusing video of Aaron Sorkin prose. 

 

Did you watch the video? I don't know about you but it sure as hell made feel much better about revisiting the same themes and my repetitive writing style.

I love the NY Times online. Its been my homepage since I can remember. There is no other website I spend more time on. After countless years of loyal viewing and even more years of home subscription, I recieved this email....

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The fuckin' NY Times just "Freemiumed" me. I have to pay for my daily crossword? Really. Did I miss something or did Marc Pincus become the new Managing Editor of NY Times Digital?...A little Zynga reference for the tech crowd...

1 out of 4 edit houses and 2 out of 3 ad agency creative departments have ping pong tables in their offices. It's a fact. Look it up. An inspirational clip for advertisings favorite indoor sport....

 

Check out the latest exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, called WHO SHOT ROCK N ROLL. It's not so much an homage to rock music as it is to the photographers who documented it's history. Lynn Goldsmith. Norman Seeff. Bob Gruen. To name a few. A fun way to kill an hour. And who says LA is void of culture? I think that was me....

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Speaking of Rock N Rock. This month a biography of Yo La Tengo is being realed called, BIG DAY COMING. Indie rock has come a long way...

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Business Insider posted a list of the 22 most influential Ad Bloggers. I wasn't on it. I guess my year off drop me down to 23. Lots of work to get back to be a top influencer. Until next week...

curation and other tidbits from the week

This week I was sent a lot of interesting articles and links. Maybe there a bit of calendar watching as we limp to the finish line. Whatever the reason, I'm happy to receive an interesting read and even better yet some rant fodder......

Most appropriate to start with is the idea of Curation Nation. Bob Garfield wrote in AdAge about Steven Rosenbaum's upcoming book on the subject. In the Golden Age of Content the massive amounts of information being generated needs to be selected, organized and presented in a digestible fashion. Without internet curation it's raw data without any context. This organic culture happening has led to the rise of something as large as the Huffington Post and as microscopic as my Friday rants........

Any other Type A personalities out there that love uniformity and organization? If so, check out the site Things Organized Neatly. These images provide me with an odd feeling of calm. You'd understand if you saw my spice drawer. Two of my favs.......

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I'm a sucker for lists. I'll skim through the "best of" anything regardless if I'm interested in the topic. This time of year leaves me especially vulnerable to this affliction. I found on Paste Magazine the top 20 cover songs of 2010. Curation hard at work. 

The year is winding down. You start to tally up the year end revenue. You think to yourself 2010 was better than 2009 but who the hell knows what 2011 will bring.........A little prognostication courtesy of NY Times. The power of TV was back in full force this past year and is predicted to be even stronger in the year to come. Hooray old media. At least we know how the F'ing thing is monetized. I'll share one interesting tidbit from the piece if you don't get around to reading it. Adam Smith, a Futures Director at GroupM, claims viewership is being propelled by people who want to share comments with friends and fans via social media outlet such as Twitter and Facebook.......

Dan Feyer made this video of him doing the Saturday NY Times crossword puzzle, the week's hardest. He completed it in 5 minutes 29 seconds. I remember this puzzle. I worked on it off and on all day and I still had some empty squares. The bastard. 

Break up the Knicks. They've won 9 out of 10. When was the last time someone could say that. Amare Stoudemire is proving to a be a great signing although on a per dollar basis I could argue Raymond Felton has been almost as valuable.....It wouldn't be a Friday rant without at least one sports reference.......I fell prey to a common affliction suffered by many males in the modern era, premature tweeting. My brother in law fell victim to it near the end of the Jets/Texans game proclaiming a NY defeat before the final whistle. Yesterday while listening to satellite radio, I posted the Stern show was done. Howard was signing off for good. Very soon after posting I learned he was screwing with one of his staff before making the official announcement he's staying with Sirius for another 5 years. I re-tweeted the correction but the damage was done. This is one of those cases, despite the public embarrassment, that I'm glad I was wrong......

Lucky to get a post after an all day AICP National Board meeting. Exhausting. Baby steps. Progress. Lots of good stuff to post about.....14 more shopping days.....

tis the season to be rantin'

Christmas season is here and in full swing. I've never been a big holiday guy. Frankly, it depresses me. I'm only full of cheer when it's over although for some crazy reason I like the music......If your into Foursquare or other check-in social media services, guess which brand had the most visits on Black Friday. If you guess Target, you'd be right. What's interesting is the Apple stores were 5th with 7.2%. There needs to be some sort of metric that calculates amount of check-ins relative to the number of store locations. It would make these findings more relevant. The fact that I not only spent time thinking about this but actually put it in writing makes me very concerned about my mental well being. 

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Dana and I were invited next weekend to a theme party. The idea is every individual needs to bring a movie clip based on a stated theme. Everyone puts $5 into the pool then we vote on the best clip. The winner takes the pot. This month theme is BEST WATER SCENE. The definition of water is it can be anything agua related i.e. rain, bath scene, glass of water. What I'm struggling with is the definition of "best". Is it the most classic scene? Most memorable? Original? It's like the race for MVP. Is it the best player statistically or the one most responsible for helping his team win?  I'm so confused what to pick. Any ideas out there of great movie water scenes. Please don't suggest "Shawshank Redemption" or "Singin' in the Rain". Great but obvious......

Growing up me and my buddy Snooch would continually quote movies, "A Clockwork Orange", "Outlaw Josey Wales", "Nightshift". It was endless. Sadly, we still do it. If you suffer from the same afflication, check out this site, Subzin.com. Type in any phrase or words and they'll tell you what movie it came from. Like all good sites, it supplies hours of unproductive and mindless entertainment....Here's another great movie site, Movieclips.com. All you treatment writers go nuts. You can search for classic film scenes in almost any conceivable fashion, by actor, genre, composer, even by studio. For the moment, the problem is the site suffers from a similar fate as iBooks. Great navigation and presentation but way too low on inventory......

An anonymous source sent me an email with a only a link embedded in it. It led me to a site called PRO BLOGGER. The title of the article was "How Bloggers Make Money Blogging". My first inclination was why bother. I then thought may be It would be nice to profit from my effort. The article began with what they called a "mindmap" on how to parlay your blog into cash. The complexity of this diagram alone led me to believe it was way too much effort to monetize my postings. i didn't even bother to read the article.......

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6a01156f4ae097970b0147e0559129970b-100wiHow about Novick's post this week? It delivered big traffic and many comments. Addressing the lack of professional courtesy when bidding a job was one that needed to be aired publicly. I'm kind of annoyed I didn't think of this topic myself. On the other hand, I'm glad it came from him instead of me.....If I did make money from my blog and used a guest blogger, like Novick, would they insist upon a cut.........

Howard Stern's contract is up with SiriusXM at the end of the month. He has yet to announce whether he is going to re-sign. If his recent flurry of amazing Stern show guests (Jay-Z, Billy Joel, Ozzie Osbourne, Paul Giamatti, etc) is any indication, it looks like he's done. Without him to listen to in the car, it's almost enough to make me move back to NY.... 

The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, most recent piece was about his daughter feigning interest in sports so she could stay up past her bedtime. He was loving it until she started to become a fan of his hated Lakers. I can relate. Eliza has become a Jet fan. She loves Mark Sanchez or as she says "The Sanchize". She's already lobbying to watch this Monday nights showdown with the Pats. At least she doesn't root for Giants or the 'Boys.....

HeartsHD1 The other night I searched for an App to play the card game Hearts. Unfortunately none of them played with the Jack of Diamonds being minus 10. Kind of bummed me out. I downloaded iHearts anyway. I started to play and wouldn't stop until I shot the moon. It took me about 12 hands. Once I figured out the computer doesn't pass low hearts to cover the moon and it holds on to their high cards too long, I ran the table. Either computer intelligence isn't yet up to snuff or I need to keep searching for a better App......22 more shopping days until Christmas is over.....

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For all you CGI artists that are afraid you'll eventually work in-house at an agency or just want to make a more meaningful contribution to society, there is another option, Molecular Animation. It's visually illustrating the complexity of cells through filmic technique. Cinematic science. Cool stuff......

  

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The Utah Jazz guard, Deron Williams admitted he was addicted to the video game "Call of Duty". My nephew Josh shares a similar affliction. I tweeted the ESPN article. It was re-tweeted by the Jazz Newz. You figured they'd read it before posting. One of the problems with the automated re-tweet....

Screen shot 2010-11-16 at 6.20.23 AM Speaking of tweeting, Sarah Palin is credited with starting a new word after she made a flub on Twitter. In referring to the potential mosque on Ground Zero, she inadvertently combined the words "refute" and "repudiate" to create a previously unknown word, "refudiate". The New Oxford Dictionary has named it the Word of the Year. At least it doesn't appear she uses ghost tweeters. I mean who else could publicly insult their own intelligence and be rewarded for it.......

The Chinese built a 15 story hotel in 6 days. Pundits are calling it yet another blow to America's ego of dominance. It's an impressive feat but honestly would you stay there?......

One of the greatest ads for the iPhone wasn't even produced by Apple. It's the hippest demo ever that also happened to also be shot completely on iPhones. My sister Joanne posted it on her blog before I did. It has close to 4 million views on YouTube alone. I'm a little late to the party but still worth sharing for those who have't seen it......  

Screen shot 2010-11-16 at 12.48.03 PM Apple's big life altering announcement on Tuesday was the Beatle's catalogue is now available through iTunes. Crazy how that happened right before the Christmas season. I guess the Beatles stopped holding a grudge after Jobs took the name of their record label and turned it into computer company........Despite the win against the Giants, I have an idea for the Cowboys. Hire Coach Eric Taylor from "Friday Night Lights" as their new Head Coach. He'll be looking for work after they cancel the show. He's a native Texan. Loaded with integrity and a great motivator. Have you seen what's he's done with East Dillon High?.........How about that beating my 'Skins took on MNF? Do you think in the 2009 Free Agent pool we should've signed Albert Haynesworth or Michael Vick? If we only had a time to machine. Maybe Snider can buy one........

This week I started to follow Rick Webb from the Barbarian Group on Twitter. It's already paid dividends. He posted a downloadable version of Elliot Smith covering Big Star's "Thirteen". Not exactly what expected when I opted to follow him. I'll take it and share it...Thirteen...Speaking of covers, The Raveonettes released a version of "I Wanna Be Adored" from the classic Stone Roses record out of the late 80's Manchester music scene. Worth the listen..... 01 I Wanna Be Adored

Next week is a shortened holiday week. I have a few ideas floating around so I may post once or twice. See, Walter I'm getting refocused. Hope everyone has a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.....

the greatest pinch hitter of all time and another friday rant

Mota I wrote a lengthy wrap up and opinion piece this week on the AICP conference. I hoped it would evoke some online conversation in comments. If it wasn't for Michael Lobikis, who joined in the fray, and some nice banter between me and Novick, I'd be skunked. I didn't even receive the usual smattering of emails. Maybe my post wasn't that interesting......Speaking of that post, did anyone pick up on my Manny Mota reference relating it to Goodby stepping in for Bogusky.......

This blogging thing is feeling a lot like digital masturbation. I do it by myself. I derive some type of perverse pleasure from it but but the fantasy is always about sharing in the act with others.....

My friend Walter Partos sent me an email a couple weeks ago concerned that my writing was becoming less topical. He appreciated talk of the NBA and my occasionally amusing musings but it wasn't as thought provoking as it once was. He was right. I needed a kick in the ass. I feel I'm getting my mojo back a little. Walter, what do you think?.....Am I so desperate for comments I'm now actually asking direct questions of known followers? This is starting to get sad...

File this one under just because we can doesn't mean we should. Then, why do I strangely want one?

......Being a life long sports fan I've come to certain realizations. I derive more pleasure in my hated teams failures than I do in my beloved teams success. Take the NFL season for example. My 'Skins are a 4-4 squad on the descent yet it's blissful since the Cowboys are 1-7 and in total disarray.....Speaking of the Cowboys, you thought their management couldn't get any worse. Last week their domain named expired and wasn't renewed leading Network Solutions to put DallasCowboys.com up for auction. Luckily Jerry Jones can outbid all comers for a name he already owned.......

Screen shot 2010-11-11 at 9.27.56 AM There is a new Scrabble inspired online word game with an unlimited number of players and much larger board. It's called Scrabb.ly. Not that I need any more distractions but it's kind of cool. Mindy, if your reading this post check it out but beware it could become addictive. Although it's only a matter of days before Hasbro issues a cease and desist if they haven't done so already......I know the Republicans are back but who is really going to read George Bush's book. And, does anyone else find it strangely suspicious that he didn't begin his book tour until after the mid-terms......

Dana sent me this link from the NY Times Small Business blog called "The $29,000 Client". It's a tale about how a furniture manufacturer is chasing down payment from services ordered by a third party supplier. Sound familiar?.....I'm not sure which I love more the parallels this story makes to our own industry or the fact my wife is officially a producerposts contributor.....13 days before Thanksgiving 2010. Where the hell has this year gone.....Look for more thought provoking monologues coming to you next week.....

a midterm rant

I took Ruby on Tuesday to vote with me. She loved punching in the holes....We have the computing power in the palm of our hands that 20 years ago took up a large room and we still vote by placing ink marks next to names.......I didn't do any research on the judges so I just cast my votes for minorities and women. Is that wrong?......I hate the entire Proposition statute in California. Someone who amasses enough money and signatures can get a proposal on the ballot and if passed the state legislature is forced to come up with funding they don't have for policies they've never conceived. For this reason I always vote NO to all propositions. Even still, I was tempted to vote yes on 19 for legalization of marijuana, if for no other reason than my love of the slogan "Yes We Cannabis"......How do you think Zach Galifnakis voted....

.....Why when the Republicans got blown away in 2008 it was their obligation to obstruct the majority to protect the minority but when they win the Democrats should step aside since the people have spoken.....Following that train of thought, I know the Republicans won control of the House calling it a mandate to rule. Call me crazy but the Democrats still control the Senate and the Presidency and if memory serves me correctly they were elected to those posts, isn't that some form of mandate?...

Enough politics. Let's talk TV....One of my more memorable moments in "Mad Men" season four. Don is working late with Peggy the night of the Clay-Liston fight. She confronts him about taking her ideas and then presenting them as his own. An annoyed, baffled and somewhat drunk Don looks at Peggy and says "That's what I pay you for. I give you money and you give me ideas".....I have to admit I love Glee. musical numbers and all....Phil Dunphy on Modern Family slays me with every move and word....

South Park didn't waste any time spoofing the latest Lebron Nike Ad....

 

 

 

1251839027-1031_large 071700sparkyTwo sports great past this week. Former Portland Trailerblazer Maurice Lucas died at 57 of cancer. If Bill Walton was the heart of the '77 champion Blazer, Lucas was the muscle. And, 75 year old Sparky Anderson former Manager of the champion Big Red Machine of the 70's and the 1984 Detroit Tigers. I still remember the Tigers blistering 35-5 start. My World Champion O's were done by June......

Guess who are the top 5 brands on Facebook in terms of fans. #5 Disney. #4 Youtube #3 Coca Cola. #2 Starbucks and the #1 most popular brand on Facebook is, Facebook.....

My daughter Eliza turns 11 today. Her request for her b-day dinner, Bay Cities Deli. I love this kid. Happy Birthday, Big Girl.....Note to self, don't forget to order Bay Cities before leaving the office....

halloween, the boss and today's rant

One night last week, the kids were asleep and I aimlessly started flipping through the channels in search of mindless entertainment. I came across "Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town". If you're a Bruce Springsteen fan, interested in the evolution of American pop music or just into the creative process it's a must see....Never been big on Halloween. I don't like to dress up or into the whole scary thing. I do like those mini-tootsie rolls though.....

I wrote a few weeks back how I wanted to be interested in The Social Network but for some reason I had no desire to go see it. I went anyhow. I knew the story was mostly bullshit but I didn't care, I loved it....I think Fincher is a genius filmmaker but rarely strikes an emotional chord with me. However, when the narrative is rooted in anger, he's at his best i.e. Fight Club. If you haven't seen it, don't leave early otherwise you'll miss one of the smartest endings to a movie in a very very long time.....

Tuesday are the mid-term elections. If you believe the pollsters some of the crazies are getting into power. I wish I could make a case for the Democrats other than they ain't the Republicans. In honor of the ridiculousness of extremism, I wanted to share a clip from the New Comedy Central Show created by UCB alum Matt Besser. It was sent to me by shadow contributor Phil Morrison.

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Joe Posanski posted a great piece in Sports Illustrated.com. It's of the 32 Greatest sports call of all time. I won't tell you number 1. If your a sports fan you could probably guess it. I"ll only share my favorite which came in at number 3. Cosell, the 70's, and when championship boxing was the ultimate event. 

 

PEEWEE-1-articleLargeOne of my first jobs in production was working at Broadcast Arts who did the animation for the Pee Herman Show. It brought back some fond memories when I read that Paul Reubens was bringing back his alter ego to Broadway. Come to think of it, Broadcast Arts eventually got into a lawsuit with the show stiffing most of the freelancers in the process. I think they still owe me money........NBA opening night was on at the same time as the first game of the World Series. I found myself more interested in the first of 82 regular season basketball games then I was in the last most meaningful games of the baseball year. And, I love baseball or I guess use to. What does that say about the state of affairs of MLB.......

6a00d83451574769e2013485fb16a7970c-320wi Sony announced this week they are discontinuing the manufacturing of the Walkman. Was it news they were stopping it or news they were still making it?.......Proposition 19, the legalization of Cannabis, is on the ballot on Tuesday. At the moment it's neck and neck in the polls. There is even a Facebook fan.....I vote NO to call propositions whether I agree with them or not. I just disagree with the fact California allows for propositions.....Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!

NBA tip off, cars that drive themselves and a quick rant rant

This is only my second post this week. I'm unsure if I have nothing left to say or whether the stuff I want to say I just don't want to make public. When I look back on posting 5 times a week for 12 months I think I must've been in a zone. On second thought maybe I suffered from some form of temporary insanity..... 

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The NBA tips off the regular season next week. Many mini-dramas are being played out this year. How will Lebron and D-Wade play together?What impact will number 1 pick John Wall have on the Wizards? Will Carmello be traded midseason to the Knicks? Is it weird to see Shaq wearing Celtic green? Can the Lakers three-peat? How about the Thunder with Westbrook and Durant being a year older and with international experience? It's the most anticipated season in years and just in time for a 2011 players strike.....I love ESPN teaming up with Marvel for their NBA Preview issue.....

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you applied simple solutions to complex problems of paramount importance? If so, get ready for the Tea Partiers. If the pollsters are right a week from Tuesday quite a few are going to be members of Congress.....

I'm still perplexed by the season finale of Mad Men. Was it a stroke of brilliance or the first sign of shark jumping?....

10google-span-articleLargeWhat are the signs a company is making way too much money? A few weeks ago the NY Times reported that Google was inventing a car that drives itself, in traffic. Is that really something society needs? I guess it would eliminate road rage and immigrants who want to be taxi drivers.....Favorite weird story of the week. Virginia Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, leaving a voice message on Anita Hills office line asking her to consider making a public apology to her husband. Professor Hill called campus security. She thought the call was a joke....If you're in interested in the creative process, Steve Johnson's animated film on the evolution of good ideas is a thought provoking view.... 

Dana is the celebration mom for Eliza's class. She asked me to burn a CD for the Halloween celebration. To be honest I hate Halloween but I do like creating music mixes for my kids. 

This Is Halloween                     Danny Elfman
Thriller Michael Jackson
Dracula's Wedding OutKast & Kelis
Werewolves Of London Adam Sandler
I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
The Addams Family Various Artists
Boris The Spider The Who
The Boogie Monster Gnarls Barkley
Season of the Witch Donovan
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Evil Interpol
The Killing Moon Nouvelle Vague
Spirits in the Material World The Police
Peter Pumpkinhead XTC
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater 
My Beloved Monster Eels
Monster Mash Sha Na Na
People Are Strange The Doors
Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones

S-RALLY-MARCH-large300I'm not a fan of big crowded events but strangely want to go to Comedy Central sponsored Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive. Do you think they'll draw more people than the Glen Beck's Back to God Rally?....Bob Guccione, founder of Penthouse, died this week at age 79. At his peak he amassed a net worth of 400 million only to lose almost all of it. He once lived in a 17,000 square foot Manhattan brownstone and died in humble abode in Plano, Texas. Talk about going from the penthouse to the outhouse....I'm leaving on Monday for the AICP conference. I'm moderating the panel on procurement. I'm afraid I'll be the only one who finds this topic fascinating....See you in New York.....

alive and well and living offline

This is my first post in 10 days. It's my longest dry spell since I started this experiment. It made me realize it can take 19 months to build an audience and only a couple weeks to lose it. Such are the rules of blogging.

As my positive habits of consistent writing turned into general malaise, I started to think I was done. I had nothing more to say. Then I received an email from an old production friend saying he had just started reading my blog. It was followed by a Facebook message from someone I didn't know telling me she looked forward to my posts. I went to visit a set and young producer told me he felt as if he knew me although we had never met. The topper was when I spoke with one of my competitors that said my writings had inspired her to be more proactive. Strange how encouragement miraculously appears at the moment you need it most. My road to recovery begins with a quick Friday rant.....

Here's a map of representing daily social activity. Facebook looks like the leader in a game of Risk vying for world domination. And, who knew tech blogs were so popular.....

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Say it's not so. Courtney Cox and David Arquette are done? Arquette said on Howard Stern Courtney could no longer tolerate his childish behavior. Their Coke commercial a few years back may have been some kind of Nostrodomus like prognostication.......

 

Courtesy of Diane Mcarter I started reading "Millennial Makeover" by Morley Wingograd & Michel Hais. The book explains generational theory as it relates to Americans born between 1983-2004. This next generation is described as upbeat and optimistic. They have concern for the wider community with greater care for the world around them. I bring this up because my daughter Eliza, born in 1999 making her a member of the Millenials, told me she wanted a sewing machine for her birthday. She could make her own clothes allowing her to save us money while better expressing her individuality in a non-wasteful fashion. Her suggestion fit perfectly into the Millenial prototype. Maybe there is something to this generational theory......

A lot has been written and talked about "Waiting for Superman", the documentary about the failing education system in America. Very few sum the state of our schooling better than fellow ranter Lewis Black. 

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On my hiatus from blogging I found time to read an article in the New Yorker. It took two sittings and one extended bathroom break but I finished Malcolm Gladwell's piece about Twitter. I generally agree with his stuff but this one I didn't get. He seems to be confusing a vehicle for communication as being the message itself. Regardless if I agree, it's a worthwhile read.....

Logo_bullets77-78New Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has his very own blog. On his site he posted 101 changes to the franchise as proposed by the fans. Some of my faves . #20 - eliminate "Dee-Fence" chant. #35 - ensure condiment containers are refilled. #43 - colder beer. #55 - kosher food options added to food menus. No one is more annoyed by the "dee-fence" chant than myself or takes greater comfort in knowing there is an endless supply of mustard, the brew is always ice cold and my orthodox brethren are being catered too but no single suggestion is greater than #31 - change the name back to the Bullets. One can only hope....Sunday night season finale of "Mad Men". I'm simultaneously excited and depressed....

Okay, I'm out of breath. Exhausted from lack of writing exercise. I'll push myself to be back at the gym on Monday....

heated rant

Last Monday it hit 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles. It was the highest temperature ever recorded in LA. It was so hot the National Weather Service thermometer broke at 1pm. It wasn't fixed until 3pm. Does this means it could've been hotter?......Summer in LA is a lot like most meetings here, it usually arrives late.....

Image.axd For all you ad guys out there seeking a challenge, look no further. Goldman Sachs, the poster child for the ills of Wall Street, launched a brand campaign this week to bolster it's villainous image. It's going to focus on the financing they provide for progressive companies, municipalities and philanthropic institutions. Their tagline is "Progress Is Everyone's Business". I would've preferred "Goldman Sachs, Laughing All the Way to the Bank". I'd respect them a lot more.....Look out for a deluge of Youtube parody videos.....

Lots of deaths this week. George Blanda, former Oakland Quarterback and Place Kicking great. Strange, I thought he was starting this Sunday for the Raiders. Legendary Director Arthur Penn of "Bonnie and Clyde" fame. Movie star icon Tony Curtis. No passing was more odd than British Businessman, James W. Heselden. It was reported he was found dead after a by stander saw him plummet 30 feet into a river while driving a Segway. In December of 2009 Mr. Heselden purchased the company that makes the Segway....

Gliese 581g. This is a newly discovered planet some 20 light years away from Earth located in the LIbra constellation. Gliese 581 circles around a red sun. It has an atmosphere and it is believed it can support liquid water. It is the closest heavenly body we've found that may possibly support human life. You'd figured they would've given it a better name....

If your a fan of the "Big Lebowski" check out Timothy Egan's op-ed piece on California's Proposition 19, the initiative for full legalization of marijuana. Egan explains the debate through the eyes of Jeff Dowd, better known as the real life Dude....

In response to Glenn Beck's March on Washington and the crazy Tea Party gatherings, Jon Stewart is holding the Rally to Restore Sanity. It's described as a rally for people who are too busy to attend rallies. Love that man....

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Why do I want to be interested in seeing "Social Network" but don't really have any great desire to go?....Today we enter the final quarter of 2010. More importantly Howard Stern's contract is up on December 31. I thought his threat to leave was just fodder for the show, lately I'm starting to think it's really over and Howard is leaving the airwaves. My morning commute will never be the same.....Happy October.

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