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It may easily come to be that we look back on this week as the turning point—the beginning of DotComBust 2.0. On Friday, Facebook has its IPO, which is predicted to be the biggest offering ever, pricing the company at $100 BILLION, which for 900 million users, that's pricing us each at just over a $1. Yes, there is money to be made, but somehow the grubby hands of investors pushing the amount higher reminds me of Q1 2000 ... the era of pipe dreams where techonomics seemed to print money out of thin air even though the business models... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
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I've been thinking this for the last 2 years (i.e., since I got the iPad in May 2010)---separate apps are a pain. Thanks to MIT and Financial Times, I'm no longer alone—no apps. In fact, I wish so many content sites (WebMD, Dictionary.com, Yelp) would stop trying to push their app, thus forcing users to click past "no thanks" to get to the content. I don't want to go to separate apps as it's like going to separate devices. I have the web browser in my hand, just let me use it! The only heavily content driven app that I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
I know this is my industry; however, I can't help but think Facebook has lost it's way when I see headlines about how FB+Timeline or FB+Instagram can benefit marketers and advertisers, yet see nothing about how the service benefits THE USER! <sigh> The success of social media is, at the crux, about connecting with people you know. Yes, sure, we all have our brand affinities, but that doesn't mean I want a daily conversation with every brand I love. My question to fellow marketers and advertisers---what do you want to see in your News Feed? Because that's how we'll get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
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Meet Ella. She’s got big webbed paws, flip-floppy ears, and a great disposition. At 15 weeks, and 20 lbs, the vet says this adorable Lab-mix will get to about 50lbs. We fostered Ella for three weeks at our home while she recovered from severe kennel cough, and really got to know this exemplary puppy! In that time, Ella proved that she’s quick to learn, well socialized with people, and even gentle with little kids and toddlers. This sweet puppy is nearly housebroken (hasn’t had an accident over a week!), can sleep through the night, and knows the word “outside.” In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
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Now, just because I'm a woman with two cats, does not mean that I'm a crazy cat lady. In fact, that's sexist. At some point, we're going to get a dog ... and no one would ever dare say, "oh, she's the crazy dog lady." However, last night, I did go see a kooky animal lady who lives with some rats, a chicken, 13 cats, and perhaps a few other critters and has used clicker-technique to train them all to do amazing tricks so that now they travel around the country with their amazing cat circus! Yes, cat circus! And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
Congratulations to Bret McKenzie on his win last night. You know him, he's "the cute one" from Flight of the Conchords. Sure, it was the category with 50:50 odds, yet the song is wonderful and it was the only time during the hours-long event that I genuinely cared who won. In fact, all the songs he wrote for the movie were great and should've won a statue; although, I guess if they had also been nominated then it would've lowered the odds and ensured a win for that trite Disney-esque song in Rio. So, let me know: Are you a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Flexible Thoughts
The issues raised by Occupy Wall Street are ones that concern many Americans, and offer a cultural insight to what customers want from the businesses in which they buy goods and services. It's not that protesters want everything to be free and on the barter system—no, these protests are in response to feeling that the game is rigged. Publicly traded companies are beholden to the shareholder; however, over time, the game has shifted from long-term goals with solid annual (or longer-term) profits to the short-term vision of clever accounting to show quarterly profits. So how can corporations connect and communicate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
This past Saturday marked a new protest in the era of "We Are the 99%" with an action-message: Bank Transfer Day. A clear and simple statement of "we're not gonna take it," and we're taking our money elsewhere to show you that we mean it. Big banks are finding new ways to impose fees on lower-yielding accounts, yet disregarding the damage to their reputation. As was seen in Bank of America's reversal of the $5 monthly fee for debit card usage, the consumer is defiantly taking a stand, consumers are fed up with feeling like a pawn. Put another way,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Well, now that it's been six months, I'm spearheading a new attitude for myself, it's called: Embrace L.A. This weekend I hit up an art faire and some small theater action, and there was something similar about both experiences that points to a larger trend. In our information-overload digital age, nothing is unique in its wholeness. At the Beverly Hills "Affaire in the Gardens Art Show," many of the artists presented high-end canvas prints of their paintings (sometimes using fancy terms like glicee to indicate something more than a computer print). And not even in small-batch limited editions. This was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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In a post-Lawrence Lessig remix world, anything is up for grabs in the creation of new; however, checking out the recently launched Canvas site I simply feel dumb, old, and shocked that "these kids today" waste so much time making stuff like this: And yet I'm completely fascinated that a website of remixing words and images can genuinely make me realize that the Generation Gap has shifted. It's here. It's happened. I'm now on the other side. <sigh> Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
I'm currently reading Roseanne Barr's new book, "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm," which is a great reminder of how pointed and timely her comedy was (and still is!). For example, here's this little gem, where nearly every part of this scene is still relevant today ... many years later. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Like any professional writer, I love word play—whether on the page, in the scene, or on the board. Yet in all my years of reading, writing, and playing Scrabble, Boggle, and Yahtzee (I know it's about numbers/dice, but it's fun TO SCREAM!), I've never encountered this word. I'm fairly certain that Scramble made it up. Scramble is a terrible, terrible game with lots of quirks—like it won't even recognize the word "slut"—and yet it's dictionary produces this. People, trust me, DO NOT put this game on your phone as you will lose hours of your life and gain an inaccurate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Today, in celebration, you could give your Pop a basket of hand-decorated cookies; although, I'm fairly certain that "Stop Dad" is not the sign you want to send. Unless your Papa really, really—like REALLY!—loved you .... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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With the Oscars this weekend, there's a flood of James Franco on all media outlets. Thankfully, being James Franco, it's easy for him to be everywhere at once—print, online, red carpet ... as we know, he can do it all. How Do You Host? with James Franco and Judd Apatow from James Franco And over at New York Magazine—the ultimate caption: See Photographic Evidence That James Franco Actually Sleeps … while also reading and listening to music, because he is James Franco. (Now is the time to pause and squeal about the cats, if you must. Let it all out.) Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
Phrased like a signature bill from the Republican Party, the Fan Freedom Project aims get the masses charged up over the fact that Ticketmaster wants a closed-loop, paperless system and then they could just add surcharge after surcharge with no in sight. Only, Ticketmaster already adds surcharges up the wazoo—they're like a domestic airline!—so how does them going electronic have anything to do with fan rights? It means fans can't sell their tickets if they don't go to the event. In some ways this is bad, such as the payee is required to show up to the event—thus if you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Listed on Craigslist sites around the globe, the Missed Connections is a curious read that can easily suck in a voyeuristic reader. One such web peeper is artist Sophie Blackall. Although normally earning her income through illustrating children's books, she found herself perusing the personals for entertainment—c'mon, admit, you've done it—and discovered inspiration. Behold her collection of illustrated "Missed Connections" at the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn. Along with the "Love in Transit" party that featured MTA-sanctioned subway singers, the museum itself is a great date option as it playfully conveys the history of this city and how... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Greenpeace is on tour. Literally. They took their famous Arctic Sunrise ship on a tour of the Eastern seaboard so that people like you and me could tour the boat. And, let's be clear, touring a boat is always awesome (says the girl who, no exaggeration, never leaves home without dramamine). The irony of the Greenpeace vessel is that it's an old seal-hunting icebreaker ship from the 1970s that two decades later was recommissioned into a stop killing seals, whales, and other beauties of the oceans. And what's also cool is the ship looks like it's nearly 40 years of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Prince said it himself in that he could be playing at The Garden all night and into the morn because he's got "TOO MANY HITS!" The only song that I think he didn't at least riff (if not sing in full) was "Sexy M.F.". By his second song, the man had everyone involved singing and dancing—the party had started! In fact, he insisted we sing along! And even though we've heard all of the hits before, he found a consistent way to bring in fresh energy, such as the exquisite "Purple Rain" that every single person standing and singing. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
What struck me most about this Superbowl ad from Sleepy's was that it quieted the party and everyone watched—the only commercial that had this effect in 4+ hours of viewing. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Oh, I know it's likely to be flat, but the trailer seems punchy enough <sigh>. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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I'm not sure why this is down here--this was a fantastic movie. Could it be my theory is not 100% accurate? Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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I feel sorry for the person who had to read the sentence aloud. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Flexible Thoughts
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Although is Hallowween supposed to be "happy"? Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2010 at Flexible Thoughts
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The Foodshed is an amazing, curious new indoor farmer's market on Atlantic Avenue (between Bond & Hoyt) in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Featuring more than they typical fare at the NYC Greenmarket, there's sweetly delicious almond butter from upstate and fantastically tangy pickles from Long Island. Set inside a sales space it seems somewhat out of place; however, the farmers have it as a set up where you can truly eat your way through the experience as there's a yummy offering on every table. Plus, the nice thing is that it feels more farmer and less urban hipster for the off-the-farm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Flexible Thoughts
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Why can the airports in Israel do a better, smoother, quicker job at getting thousands of travelers through the security checkpoints? As a semi-frequent flier I think about the insanity of the security line for hours on end. In fact, just a few weeks ago a fellow traveler and I bonded over the fact that we were at the scanner part and still that took *20 minutes* ... we'd already snaked through the line for 20 before getting to this point, but then we had to wait forever. And all I think is, why are not all stations open at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Flexible Thoughts