31 August 2006

New York

Well, I am here. After dreaming about living here for years and years, I live here now. I still haven't realized fully that this is my home.

I am excited. I walked around my neighborhood, had some pizza, had an MTA disaster (I just love it when the L shuts down seemingly every day), and went to a show via Flavorpill (Supersystem. I have loved them for over a year. They were great.).

This is a good place for thinking and writing. I need that lately.

I start work at Naked tomorrow. I don't think I could be more excited.

25 August 2006

hasn't hit me yet.

New York remains what it has always been: a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring--it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence. - Henry Ford

24 August 2006

visit Ed!

This is a plug for my friend Ed Reilly's blog - Will Plan For Food. I just graduated with him in May, and he was one of my closest friends at the VCU Adcenter. He is smart, witty and interesting. He has a fascinating life story as well. Great perspective on things. Go visit his blog and HIRE HIM! You won't be sorry, guys.

22 August 2006

two second blinks

This has been written about all over the place, but I really like the idea of the two-second "blink" radio spots that Fox TV is involved with right now. It forces the spot to be short and impactful, it's a cheap media buy (I would assume), and it is different /surprising for people to hear. I read that they are only being done for well-established television shows (like the Simpsons), which is obvious I suppose, considering the time - if you only have two seconds to get your message across, it's probably better that the listener has a prior familiarity with the brand in question.

It would have been great if I could have blogged about this with only two words.

Let's try this again.

22 august 2006
love blinks.

Okay that was cheating.

21 August 2006

the most beautiful thing.

My former professor Charlie is graciously letting me stay at his house while I am in limbo (between my former lease and my upcoming life in New York). The best part about this situation is undoubtedly his piano.

It is a Steinway grand piano from the early 1900s. It was his great aunt's, who was a performer. It has real ivory keys. real ivory! It's also made of fire maple - something the restorer discovered when he stripped away the black lacquer to fix it up. He refused to repaint it because of the gem that was underneath.

Here is the best part - the guy that restored and tuned the piano is the same guy that restored Tchaikovsky's piano hello. hi. what? perfect. I stand in greatness every time I'm in the same room.

b(r)and positioning

I just discovered a band called Scissors for Lefty, and read this on their bio:

We attempt to write songs in order to open or close little chapters of our lives. Documenting little adventures really. Flirting with disaster, reiterating current events, poking fun at love gone wrong. All excuses for us to just hang out.

I think they just branded themselves beautifully without even realizing it. Or maybe they do realize it, and are actually bigger geniuses than I thought. Their music seems to be a perfect audio representation /example of this.

18 August 2006

the other main character in my new life

Last night I realized something - I have been so excited about joining the folks at Naked that I completely forgot about a huge thing - New York. I'm moving to New York. I lived there last summer, and it was the love of my life. I rediscovered my self there, and was devastated to leave. One of my heroes, Stacy Thomas, told me once "If you're ready to leave, you've been there too long." true. So now I'm coming back.

16 August 2006

turn the page

Today is proof - I will always believe now - that tenacity pays off. After seven months of wanting something and trying for it, I finally got it.

I just accepted a position with Naked Communications in NY. I start in 2 weeks. I couldn't be more proud to be joining them.

13 August 2006


"A chair is a very difficult object.
A skyscraper is almost easier."
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

03 August 2006

recommend an RSS?

Hey everyone, what do you use to read your blogs? I use Bloglines, which is okay. It's set up in an easy way, and I downloaded a widget that tells me how many I have unread. BUT... 1. most photos don't appear, causing me to click on the blog's link to view them (which seems to defeat the purpose), 2. same with embedded videos, 3. sometimes longer posts are truncated (ditto). I tried out Google's, but wasn't super thrilled either. ditto Rojo. any others? I wonder which one Piers Fawkes uses.
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