When my brother was blogging consistently, he incorporated a Friday rant into his repertoire. As my mind sometimes tends to work in that way, one thought running into the other, I thought I'd steal his concept and use it myself. As Pablo Picasso said, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." And with that, my first Friday rant…
On TV: Steven Colbert's Wheat Thins Sponsortunity clip last night should make all of those in branding, marketing & advertising wince. I did. Jon Stewart seems to be tired the last few weeks. Nothing truly inspiring for me. Downton Abbey's season finale was true to the series, predictable, while still being well-crafted, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable. Time Warner Cable has decided to spend lots of money making commercials like the ones with Ricky Gervais and Mary Louise Parker. I think most New Yorkers would agree that they should invest their money instead on improving their services, including the customer kind. In the last 6 months I have gone through 3 DVRs. Each one deciding on it's own, 'it's my box and I'll record if I want to'… TW sucks.
On the political front: The more I listen to Mitt Romney, the more I think that George Bush scared me less. Does he rank right up there with one of the worst campaigners ever? His insightful thoughts on trees in Michigan, proof positive. As for Rick Santorum, I say "Run Rick Run." The more this guy talks, the more he too digs himself into a very deep hole. IF this guy actually were able to pull off the nomination - which I don't think is possible - he'll NEVER be able to win the national campaign with views like the ones he's been espousing on education, women's health, homosexualty, etc. So, I'm all for the Rick Santorum's surge.
Pinterest is all the rage. I haven't gotten the bug yet.
"For a little movie without special effects, dramatic reveals, or cutting-edge sex scenes—a movie about nothing at all, really—Barry Levinson’s 1982 comedy,Diner, caused a tectonic shift in popular culture. It paved the way for Seinfeld, Pulp Fiction, The Office, and Judd Apatow’s career, and made stars of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser."
Also fantastic article in the NYTimes Magazine section this past Sunday. "How Companies Learn Your Secrets." Truly fascinating (and scary) how retailers are tapping into your online behavior to target you into buying more - predictive analytics. But also just incredibly interesting from perspective of how our brains work & the habits we form - and why are our bad habits are so difficult to break.
Celebrated my 48th birthday this past Monday. No birthday party, cake or candles - just a few good scotches and dinner with my brother at the excellent John Dory's, while the better part of my day was spent in my pajamas, reading, writing, doing the crossword & listening to music - a few of my favorite activities. Couldn't have been more enjoyable. It's incredible the number of people who follow the birthdays on Facebook. Heard from tons of people I never speak to… FB friends we call them.. but still nice… As my friend Rich said, Facebook is the largest birthday card in the world.
As for old friends, must be the season… Met up with, Liz Blumberg, my oldest BFF from "home" (as opposed to camp). It's been 30 years, although we were inseparable from elementary school through to high school. We probably wouldn't be friends if we met today, completely different lives and interests - but it's impossible to break the bonds of the past. And sometimes, that's a very good thing. Most certainly is in this case.
Great quote from Jerry Colonna in a guest post on Fred Wilson's blog. His post was focused on management. But it is true for all of us, in finding ourselves everyday: We forge our truest identity by facing our fears, our prejudices, our passions, and the source of our aggression.
Oscars on this Sunday. Seen almost all the nominees, except for a few. Predicting The Artist will win Best Picture of the year.