Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Quotables

"Substitute damn every time you're inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
-- Mark Twain

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Quotable

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something... Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion." -- E.B. White, "Here is New York"

Discoveries

I'm so excited, I had to share. I just found two things:
1) One of my favorite college profs has a blog. You can find it in my sidebar with my other profs' blogs - it's the one called "If the Six."
2) He had a post about Aimee Mann's new cd. I did not know Aimee Mann had a new cd. This just made my night. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Whoa!

Well I'm trying out some new colors for Mad Street Cred. I still saved the old template though, don't worry. I'm going to try this out for a bit and see what I think. More revamps may be coming soon. (But this was the major one.)

Where the hell is Matt?

I love this video. It's partly because he just keeps up that same funny dance through the whole thing. :) Partly because the shots of these places are AMAZING and it makes me want to travel. And mostly because it's really touching to me. Probably a combination of the awesome song and all the people dancing with him around the world. Anyway, check it out:



And if you liked it, check out his website: www.wherethehellismatt.com

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Makeover?

I may be revamping Mad Street Cred soon. It's a little too darkly colored for me and could potentially use some reorganization. Stay tuned.

Sha-la-la

So there's this blog my friend Cindy found called iCiNG (find it at: www.galadarling.com). I thought one of her latest posts, called "Loving A New City: Alone," was worth writing about briefly.

No, I'm not new to the city, and yes I have friends here (and now my sister - yay!), but I still feel pretty lonely most of the time. In this post, she talks about some suggestions to help you meet people. Namely, 1) strike up convos with 5 new people a week, 2) don't just draw into your shell and listen to your iPod all the time on the subway etc - instead make yourself more open, and 3) make time for something other than work stuff - like hobbies or a class or something.

These are all great suggestions (and SO not my jam, but maybe that's the problem). I may actually try this stuff. Here goes nothin. :)

A pig after my own heart

Okay, this is the cutest picture ever. This pig doesn't like mud, so he wears boots every day because he doesn't want to get all dirty. I think I found my soul mate -- and he's a pig. Depressing. :) But this pic is so cute!! To read the article about this cute pig, click here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Firefox 3: Will you please get on board, people

I honestly can't understand why anyone would *voluntarily* use Internet Explorer (aka "IE," aka "worst browser ever"), except that they're incredibly lazy and it's what comes with their PC. But please please know that there are other, better, free options out there. By this I mean Firefox. Please do me a favor. Download Firefox and use it for one full week. Go back to using IE for 10 minutes. Don't you want to punch yourself in the face?? Yeah, I thought so.

Plus, if you want to talk about street cred, check out the updates they're making to Firefox 3, slated to be released today. (Read about them here: "Firefox 3: New front in the browser war.") I haven't downloaded it yet, but all I need to know is that it includes something called the "Awesome bar." Done. Download here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Born to hand-jive

So I'm going to see Grease on Broadway tonight, and I'm pretty stoked. Why, you might ask?

In case you didn't read my posts on The Televisionista about last year's smash hit with musical geeks everywhere, "Grease! You're the One That I Want" on ABC (read them here), I was cheering for Max and Laura all season long (and even voted an embarrassing amount of times to put them on Broadway). Playing casting director makes a trip to see the show irresistible. Plus, I saw their performance on the Tonys on Sunday, and it looks like they haven't let me down.

In the spirit of me seeing Grease tonight, what's your favorite Grease song? I have to admit that I watched this movie for most of my awkward junior high school years, where it undoubtedly instilled in me a questionable set of values (good-girl-turned-skank storylines are every mom's favorite) and a taste for fake '50s cheesey-pop and Australian accents. ("Tell me about it, stud!") For the record, my favorite is tied between "Summer Nights" and "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee - Reprise."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Dear today: I love and hate you

Instead of keeping it all in my head, I figured I'd tell you some things I love and some things I hate that happened to me today. Maybe you can relate to my human experience:

1) I HATE making a fool of myself to attractive people in elevators. Especially attractive people who I've been bumping into for weeks and who finally introduced themselves to me tonight in a very cute way and all I could muster up was something about being in advertising. I really hate that. You know it happens to you. ::bangs head against wall::

2) I LOVE The Darjeeling Limited. This is a great movie. I saw it in theaters, and today it delivered itself to my mailbox, courtesy of Netflix. It's hilarious and meaningful, and I highly recommend it. It's also directed by Wes Anderson. I mean, come on.

3) I HATE cockroaches. I killed the biggest one I've ever seen in my life outside my sister's apartment this morning and it's been haunting me all day. Absolutely disgusting...

4) I LOVE Dave Eggers. His "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" (Pulitzer Prize finalist - ahem) is one of my favorite books ever, and now I'm reading "You Shall Know our Velocity." This guy has quite the way with words and a lightening-quick wit. Absolutely one of the best modern writers. And I think I'm in love with him.

5) I HATE whatever is beeping outside my apartment for the last week and a half. Seriously, I can't take it any more. What's going to be even worse is if, after all this, the beeping is originating from within my own apartment underneath my fake wood floorboards in some kind of tell-tale heart storyline twist that's going to make me fling myself out my screenless windows.

That's all I'll put you through for tonight. Now I'm going to head off to watch Will & Grace (something else I LOVE). Peace out, haters.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

wonderboys

These two guys (my former profs) have some mad street cred, which means I have some cred by association. (Just go with me on this.)

First, there's Bob Thompson, my favorite professor from Syracuse. I know way more about TV and pop culture than any of you ever will thanks to this man. (Exception: Sarah Pye, who took all the classes with me.) At Ogilvy, I get different trade pubs routed to me from the library, and one of those is AdWeek. Today I opened it up and saw an article by Bobby T (as we like to call him) about the Kennedy-Nixon televised debates (one of his fav topics from classes). Read the article here. I just love this guy - and he writes the way he talks, which makes the article even better. Ah Bobby T. How I adore thee.

Then, there's David Hadju. He mentored and critiqued me through my master's thesis at Syracuse, thereby turning me into a better writer. Last night I was watching the Colbert Report and thinking of turning it off after "the word" - but instead I put the tv on mute and got distracted by my computer. I looked up a few minutes later, and I saw Hadju on tv! He was Colbert's guest last night, to promote his new book about comic books (here it the book in audio form from Amazon... can't find the actual book for some reason). I thought that was super cool. I almost feel like I know Steven Colbert now. Watch the episode below.

What I'm saying here is that I saw two of my profs being famous within the span of 12 hours. This obviously means something for my life, I just haven't figured out what quite yet. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm with stupid?

I was just reading (skimming) an article online from The Atlantic about how we're becoming a culture of people who skim articles about the internet online. I'm half-kidding - that's not the only thing the article was about. It's called "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" and its author, Nicholas Carr, posits that we're forgetting how to think, thanks to the internet.

Yeah, I know this is not a new argument. Internet-phobes and moms all over the country make similar decrees daily. (Not to mention sociologists from back in the olden times. Weber thought we were all cogs in a machine. The machine in his old German example was the factory conveyor belt. The new machine would be the laptop.)

But Carr's take on it started making me think. It's true that I don't use dictionaries, or maps, or encyclopedias anymore, thanks to the wonder of Google. (You can forget a thesaurus - I don't think I've ever understood how to use those things.) It's also true that I get impatient when any piece of writing is more than a few paragraphs long. Even my own blog posts. I'm probably unique in that I still read lots of books, but I prefer the ones with short chapters and broken-up paragraphs. If the author uses short, quippy sentences, I'm golden.

So it's worth considering. Is Google (and the internet) making me stupid? Is everything that makes my life a whole lot easier in turn making me a whole lot dumber?

I really like to think it's not making me dumber. I'm still a genius, let's be honest. Also, the internet has put a multitude of references at my fingertips. I read so much more online than I ever would have hauled my ass to the library to read. I also have faster and more access to news, and not just from my neighborhood - from around the world. (Shout-out to Al-Jazeera and BBC News!) Also, apart from world news access, the internet keeps me up to date with politics and makes me a more active citizen. Beyond all that, the internet has enabled me to learn new skills that keep my brain alert. (Thanks, HTML for Dummies!) You could also argue that the time the internet saves me in doing mundane tasks leaves me with more time to learn... Although, to be frank, it probably just leaves me with more time to watch a sneezing panda vid on youtube or a DVR'd episode of What Not to Wear. (Shout-out to Stacey and Clinton!)

But I am willing to concede that the internet is probably making me lazier and more impatient. I'd expand on that thought but it would take way too long.

In his article, Carr notes that when the printing press was invented, naysayers thought it would make people dumber. (Books? Seriously? Come on.) So maybe this is all sound and fury. Don't get me wrong. I love the internet. No joke. It's my favorite. I don't know what I ever did without it. But it can't hurt to get reflexive every once in a while up in this electronic piece. Is Google making you stupid in more ways than it's making you smart? Food for thought. Well, actually, bite-sized snacks.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Modern Pop Culture Moments

Which was a more memorable pop culture moment - Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch or Whitney Houston's "crack is whack" interview with Diane Sawyer? The introduction of the iPod or the introduction of Nintendo's Gameboy? Madonna's "Like a Prayer" video or Sinead O'Connor's SNL-hosting debacle?

Entertainment Weekly has created a little pop culture game about memorable moments in pop culture over the last 25 years. I thought some of you might enjoy it. The game lets you choose between sets of two pop culture moments and then organizes your choices into brackets until you're down to one single most-memorable pop culture moment.

It's a quick game and it's a lot of fun, if only just to remember some of the craziness. I'm curious to hear your final choices. It's so completely based on your preferences that there's no wrong answer, so don't be shy!