Archive for November, 2008

November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Parade Video

I had a wonderful and totally not-terrifying experience at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

November 22, 2008

Geeking out on Wine

Among the bevy of things I’ve learned while working Snooth, one that caught me off guard (even though it’s pretty much the entire point of the site) is that it IS possible to know a lot about wine and not be a dick about it. I guess for a number of historical reasons, being “into” wine is seen as a pretty snooty endeavor, but the more I think about it and the more I learn, you can geek out about wine as much as you can geek out about anything.

Gregory Dal Piaz – a fellow Snoother, a Master of the Domaine (wait, that’s actually pretty funny), and a genuine nice guy – first got me thinking about this when he referred to his peers as fellow “wine geeks” rather than what I was expecting him to say – “wine snobs.” (True, while a snob would probably never admit to being one, it takes a true geek to refer to him/herself as a geek – it’s a basic tenant of Geek Pride.) So when Greg dropped that g-bomb, everything just became a lot clearer for me.

As with any topic, hobby, sports team, or other endeavor that inspires geeking, wine offers all the back-story, trivia, subtle distinctions, and of course – enjoyment – that makes it hold up as a pretty enjoyable thing to geek out about. Plus it can get you shitfaced. (Let’s see you try THAT, stamp collecting.)

So anyway, all this is what’s swirling around in my head as I read Greg’s latest blog post on the Snooth Blog, covering a blind tasting of Pinot Noirs for Thanksgiving. There’s a lot of no-nonsense, entertaining, and enlightening discussion about these wines (as well as a few well-placed curse words), and it’s all especially entertaining because nobody knows what they’re actually drinking until after all the reviews are done. Hence, none of the snottiness and all of the geekiness. It’s a lot of fun to read. (The photos are pretty good too. I’m just sayin…)

November 20, 2008

Uptime

Geeky but fun question – how long has it been since you’ve restarted your computer? (If you’re a Mac user, the best way to find out is to open up the “Terminal” program inside your Applications > Utilities folder and type “uptime” without the quotes, then press return. Shazam.)

To the comments!

November 18, 2008

The Youngest Candidate Trailer

Do you ever have days when you feel privileged to know people who can make stuff this awesome?

Check out the trailer for Jason Pollock’s new documentary, “The Youngest Candidate.” Trailers don’t get much better than this.

PS – check out the movie’s website, http://www.theyoungestcandidate.com. It was designed by Shepard Fairey. Don’t know who Shepard Fairey is? He’s the guy that designed this. ‘Nuff said.

November 14, 2008

Marker Comp Blog

Ever wonder how creative professionals at a big ad agency goof off during brainstorming sessions? Check out markercomp.blogspot.com to see more. Full disclosure: this kicks ass.

November 9, 2008

Personal Fail

November 8, 2008

Snooth’s Wine Friday Photos

Here’s another cross-post with the Snooth blog. I promise I’ll be adding more to this site in the near future, or Snooth isn’t a made up word!

November 6, 2008

Snooth Corkscrew

If anyone’s curious, here’s some of the stuff I’ve been up to at Snooth.

November 5, 2008

Obama Logo

Some very encouraging news coming from America these days. There’s not much particularly insightful information I can shed on the situation except to mention that from a branding perspective, it’s finally time to ditch the Obama “O” logo as fast as possible. It was a great symbol of change and it’s served him well, but to McCain supporters (who make up slightly less than half of our country) I’m sure it remains a strong symbol of their opponent. It’s time to switch back to the good ‘ol American flag – one of the most powerful brands in the world – and move forward as one country with one brand.

November 1, 2008

Mount Everest Tilt-Shift

When I saw this satellite photo of Mount Everest, I couldn’t not put a tilt-shift effect on it. The result is pretty cool: