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Mikeorren has 584 articles published.

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.

Stream o' consciousness for August 3rd

in me, Me, ME!
twitter (feed #10)
Steve Jobs hates the App Store – http://qtwt.us/nsr (I dismissed beginning as clownery bit by end is spot-on) [#]
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@howardowens The fact that they’re addressing you means you’ve already won. [#]
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Seeing war over web metrics in @howardowens smaller town puts ours in DFW in perspective http://tinyurl.com/l48ehd [#]
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@howardowens I agree was worth responding. But most important point is that they are clearly afraid of you. Win. [#]
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Said before; will again: Someone (FriendFeed?) create a Twit/FB/RSS reader that dedupes links. Bonus points for aggregating who posted. [#]
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RT @worklawyer: Re-watched "Paths of Glory" Reaffirmed including on my Top 5 movies for lawyers to watch, http://bit.ly/13TFXY (Me=awesome!) [#]
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RT @ideacounter: The number of people alive on earth right now is higher than the number of all the people that have died. [#]
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Why I’m over Central Market; shopping Whole Foods: http://is.gd/1ZshU [#]
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The New Lexicography (or) Wordination Postenko: http://bit.ly/livL1 [#]
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12seconds – Test http://tiny12.tv/NE848 [#]
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Isn’t Robert Earl Keen like 3 years overdue for a proper new CD? http://is.gd/1ZuVY [#]
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Rest of day swimming w/ pups, drinking LaChouffe & Absinthe & eating dinner of tuna, devilled eggs and bruschetta. April spoils me. #b-day [#]
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I wanted my ship’s log to be all analog so I got a moleskine I rarely use. Here’s the digital answer: http://is.gd/1ZvOc [#]
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RT @gapingvoid: From my latest blog post: "Fail cheap. Fail often. Always make new mistakes." ~Esther Dyson http://bit.ly/Yb6t0 [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 41 songs.
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I’m thinking that no one earned anything from WaPo/Gawker angst. Question is who lost less. #newnewnewmediaeconomics [#]
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Marty Robbins only wrote five songs and remade them with lyrical variations 1,000x. All are worth hearing. #whitesportcoatpinkcrustacean [#]
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B-day festivus din http://twitpic.com/ckpn4 [#]
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Ambidextrous Sinners #shouldbeabandname [#]
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Tunajuice Cuttinboard #shouldbeabandname [#]
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Starting a new job with @pegasusnews tomorrow; found the job through, who else, @twitter – thanks guys! (via @chrisedgemon) [#]
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A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away. (via @ideacounter)–> for my fellow Leos. #fb [#]
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Google v. Microsoft v. Apple – like a 70’s Japanese Godzilla flick: http://bit.ly/AId75 (via @davidgerzof)–> great analogy [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 13 songs.

Sometimes too much is too much

in Biz/Locavore / locaholic

Whole Foods in Lakewood, Dallas
Whole Foods in Lakewood, Dallas

While doing the weekly-ish grocery shopping at the Lakewood Whole Foods this morning, I realized that I am totally over Central Market, which used to be my favorite grocer.
First, a bit of context: Because we live in an area of town where grocers fear to tread, we have to drive a minimum of five miles to get to anything north of a dollar store. And, as demi-foodies, we figure that if you’re going to drive, you might as well go to one of the better stores — and in this gerrymandered burg of dry areas, part of that relates to the ability to buy hooch. We never much cared for the Greenville Avenue Whole Foods, so until it moved to the new store in Lakewood, that meant a drive to the Central Market on Lovers.
At first I thought we were going to the new WF more often just out of laziness because it was closer. But during today’s shopping expedition, I realized that I really am enjoying the shopping experience more. Here’s why: Keep Reading

Stream o' consciousness for August 2nd

in me, Me, ME!
googlereader (feed #8)
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@markbriggs Tell them no need to worry about KOMO. [#]
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… Sweep the leg. [#]
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… You’re the best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
(punctuation literal) #karatekid #joeesposito [#]
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"Turn on, tune in, and drop out." – Marshall McLuhan (Honest. McLuhan gave it to Leary cuz it didn’t fit his own rap) (via @johnperrybarlow) [#]
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Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, uh… maybe we ought to rethink this naming system. (via @scottkarp) [#]
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For those who love/hate the #madmen iconmaker: A Dyna Moe model of media – http://qtwt.us/goq [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 7 songs.
twitter (feed #10)
If you think your business is people interacting w/ content AND comment on your site, check & tremble: http://www.greactions.com [#]

Stream o' consciousness for August 1st

in me, Me, ME!
twitter (feed #10)
At luncheon with #belo head Robert Decherd as speaker. Tidbits tk if interesting … [#]
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"we have been ridiculed for some of our early investments, but the fact is that we were there" #cuecat [#]
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Minor irony: as this talk goes on, many AH Belo sites are down… [#]
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Decherd: "How do you support great journalism in the face of this kind of revenue decline?" [#]
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Current rev of all AHC papers < DMN alone in 2000. [#]
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4th recession Decherd has seen. Difference = Internet. [#]
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Decherd: "Have to receive a fair value for what we deliver every day." [#]
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Remembering days of customer complaint over Sunday paper being too big for dog to pick up. (ah, memories) [#]
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"our advertisers don’t care what our circulation is in Tulsa or Amarillo" [#]
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Decherd: Attrition rate from higher sub prices is fae less than modeled. [#]
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Decherd: nonprofit model is swell idea. Doesn’t work. (room laughs) [#]
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RD: Nonprofit model is not "commonsensical" b/c no wider print distribution. Foundations/donors will lose interest. [#]
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RD: philanthropy is fickle. Don’t be lulled into notion it is substitute. [#]
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RD: "Briefing has probably annoyed the heck out of a lot of you" Al Dia profitable. Quick "will be there" [#]
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RD: "All about the core" (niche sections didn’t work. It’s metro, sports, etc" [#]
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"Internet cannot save traditional media." Price destruction. [#]
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RD: paid online won’t save the day. Online fees + ads not replace what was lost. Industry missed boat years ago. [#]
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RD: Kindle is horrible financial deal for us. [#]
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NPR.org has by far the best "site not found" page I’ve ever seen. http://is.gd/1WtO3 (via @ckrewson) [#]
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Just got my awesome b-day pressie from April: http://twitpic.com/ca5l4 🙂 Wonder what I’ll be having for my after work cocktail tonight? [#]
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So. Disturbing. Sex dolls for dogs: http://is.gd/1WyJp (Hat tip: Chad Jones via Facebook) [#]
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Aggregation of my tweets during Belo honcho Robert Decherd’s lunch talk: http://is.gd/1WzYg [#]
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RT @mikebullock: Hey DFW, rain or shine here are the estate and garage sale listings for this weekend. http://tinyurl.com/9fofxy [#]
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April got us a couples massage at The Crescent Spa. I hope my masseuse is ready for a workout. [#]
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@old97s The bootleg community can suck eggs. Everybody converts to MP3 if they want to listen to the music. #unnecessarypretention [#]
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Closing out the workweek w/ Waco Brothers version of Baba O’Riley #fb [#]
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@old97s I know all that. Just never understood point of being so pristine with recordings that are generally already substandard. [#]
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At stoplight. Crone in next car yelled at me for "the texting." Replied that she needed to mind her bidness; that she is greater danger… [#]
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…she gasped, called someone to report "assault…well, verbal assault!" People behind honked cos she didn’t notice light change #couldntmakeup [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 20 songs.
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Thunderstorm Convertible #shouldbeabandname [#]
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The one thing I absolutely cannot tolerate is hypocrisy … unless it benefits me. Then I blithely ignore it. [#]
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Light at the end of the tunnel @ http://tinyurl.com/nykonq (via @seankovacs re: G Voice iPhone app rejection) [#]
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Listening to Dwight Yoakam – Please, Please Baby http://qtwt.us/fyq (testing qtweet) [#]
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Dear Bob: We Haven’t Met, But Texas Tribune Heart DMN Anyway!! BFF, Okay? « Insomniactive – http://qtwt.us/gyq [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 12 songs.
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Interplanetary Biscuit #shouldbeabandname [#]
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Watching Karate Kid recorded of AMC and drinking mimosas… [#]
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…Mom is convincing son that she could never make the $ and bennies in computers that she could make after breaking into foodservice (!) [#]
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… forgot how integral crap soundrtracks were to 80’s films. [#]
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… Was 1984 really a cruel, cruel summer? [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 31st

in me, Me, ME!
twitter (feed #10)
Prof. Gates Lied? http://bit.ly/9id96
(someday will write long article on my early faux racist debacle) [#]
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@drnicomartini "There’s people out there turning music into gold." [#]
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@drnicomartini Gold, by John Stewart. 70’s greatness featuring Buckingham / Nicks [#]
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@markjosephson Just added a bunch to your Wilco list. Enjoy! [#]
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@prestonjones Um, I think your acct has been compromised: http://is.gd/1UZGv [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 35 songs.
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Maybe first sail in almost two weeks tonight. Hook me up Windfinder! http://is.gd/1V1Da [#]
googlereader (feed #8)
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I have zero patience for those who don’t understand even the basics of the interwebs. #survivaloffittest [#]
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@pauldawalibi "Clowns to the left of me; jokers to the right…" [#]
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@gapingvoid Dunno idiot’s context but that sounds a bit like Jon Stewart’s I’m not a newsman, I’m a comedian schtick. #notmutuallyexclusive [#]
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After months of driving Volvowagon, Miata feels like finely-tuned fighterjet. #fb [#]
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Bankrupt Cash for Clunkers program had a 30-second spot on every single break local during TV morning news. Coincidence? [#]
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Use of mobile realtime traffic reporting results in worse traffic from too many people trying to optimize: http://is.gd/1Wcv7 [#]
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Upshot of iPhone stupidity w/ GVoice: Just jailbroke for first time since app store opened 7/08. Matters b/c there are 1,000s of me. [#]
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@donthorp Used to use, but as dev halted, I’ve found Goog Quick Search Box does everything I used and is simpler. [#]
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@geodelic So iPhone users SOL on Sherpa? [#]
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@spamboy I got GVoice app before ban too. But the paranoia that created pushed me over the jaibreak cliff. [#]
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@donthorp If you’re power user you might. If like me you use to open apps, files, and control itunes, allgood. [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 30th

in me, Me, ME!
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Make that @angelahunt twittering form City Council retreat (had wrong address before) [#]
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@dynamoe Does that mean we might see some Mad Men art on TV? (Lovin’ the icons btw http://is.gd/1SUoW) [#]
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@seankovacs So you take a net loss on the return? They hit you for more than your rev share? Amazing [#]
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CNN’s breaking news alert email on Health bill an hour behind my Twitter friends. Why bother? [#]
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@old97s I think did it once at the Gypsy Tea Room. And if I remember right @rhettmiller made remark about too many words but got through it. [#]
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@old97s Towards the end, I agree. Circa 1998-1999, was my favorite place to see them. They got greedy and oversold/understaffed later on… [#]
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@old97s Not that I went. By the end I refused to go to GTR shows. Actually I’d say my fave place to see em was Sons. [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 55 songs.
twitter (feed #10)
@JoostTX Funny. I was listening to Pocahantas this am. [#]
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RT @pegasusnews: Pegasus News week in view: Around town edition – http://eepurl.com/cJ0w [#]
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@ajkeen The age of nomenclature. Nothing can be unnamed, apparently including the age. [#]
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Goog Voice app may become crossroads for iPhone dev: http://is.gd/1UzGc (Me: It’s going to get worse and then APL comes around… I hope.) [#]
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Good analysis on who to blame for G Voice iPhone app fiasco, @cgouldin: http://is.gd/1UA6j [#]
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@cgouldin Agreed. Logic defied. [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 5 songs.

Stream o' consciousness for July 29th

in me, Me, ME!
twitter (feed #10)
Forget the 4chan nonsense. AT&T (& Apple) doing much more damage by banning Goog Voice & Qik on iPhone. Might have to jailbreak again. [#]
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Banjo, The Best Dog Ever™: http://is.gd/1RhXI (To be avoided unless you are prepared for maudlin sentimentality and mantears) [#]
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#Twitition Apple to unblock Google Voice App http://twitition.com/xh8jk @kevintraver [#]
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I just learned from Buzz Aldrin that Supertramp is reunited and playing concerts: http://is.gd/1Rs2A #whyilovetwitter @therealBuzz [#]
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Mad Men Yourself is cooler than you know. Why it’s textbook of how brands, mktg and fans should interact: http://is.gd/1Rw9E [#]
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Horizon Realty in Chicago is a sue first, ask questions later kind of landlord: http://is.gd/1RwLw #assclowns [#]
googlereader (feed #8)
generic (feed #6)
googlereader (feed #8)
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lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 27 songs.
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@dgouldin What if you want to hire fir a frontman fir your band or an oriental stealth fighter? [#]
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@dgouldin What if you are hiring a band frontman or stealth fighters? [#]
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rt @stephenfry Even to be presenter on a BBC doc you now have to complete an online "ethical training module" called "Safeguarding Trust" [#]
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Transcript of Obama, Gates, cop happy hour: http://is.gd/1SyBL [#]
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AWESOME parody of AP illustration of paywall DRM plan: http://is.gd/1SHLh #coffeespittake [#]
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@sblaskovich For the record, I only read nonfiction while driving. [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 13 songs.
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@jiconoclast Still doing a post on comments? Get my email? No biggie-was just gonna post on my blog so I don’t forget it if you don’t need [#]
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@jiconoclast Saw that one. Hadn’t seen the followup. I’ll watch your feed! [#]
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RT @Sully007: Part 3 in excellent healthcare series – http://bit.ly/14cvP3 (Me = Can’t wait for finale w/ solution proposals) [#]
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A Dyna Moe model of media

in Media/PopCult

My Mad Men totem, cruising through the offices of Sterling Cooper
My Mad Men totem, cruising through the offices of Sterling Cooper

One of the first posts ever on this blog was a recognition of work by a New York artist and actress who was making weekly stylized desktop images based on episodes of Mad Men.
The artist, Dyna Moe, started doing the illustrations after doing a Christmas card for a friend in the cast of the show. I discovered her illustrations via a fansite towards the end of Season 1. We started looking forward to them every Monday during season two; quietly thrilled for her as she met the show creators when star Jon Hamm was on SNL ; and are now ecstatic to see her creations turned into the instantly-popular Mad Men Yourself” tool on the show’s official website.
I see this as a textbook example of how the new New Media should work: A fan / friend starts creating an homage to a brand. That brand does not sue or discourage the fan doing unofficial work, even though she might be making a few paltry bucks. Nor does it jump in and try to co-opt, compete or take over. It lets the homage play out. Once it becomes clear that the homage is successful and additive to the brand, it embraces that homage. It then hires the fan / friend to extend that homage in an official way that is true to the brand and the artist.
Everybody wins. Imagine that.

Banjo, The Best Dog Ever™

in Fam/Memoir

My favorite photo of Banjo. After playing a while, he'd want to float regally on his raft, which we called "George," after the actor George Raft. We're weird like that.
My favorite photo of Banjo. After a long play, he'd want to float regally on his raft, which we called "George," after the actor George Raft. We're weird like that.

As a kid, I never had a dog, or any pet for that matter. My mom was terrified of cats, and perhaps had OD’d on pets as a child, as my grandfather kept everything from dogs to monkeys to bears to sheep as housepets. I got a cat on graduating from college: Buffett is now sixteen years-old and looks likely to dance on my grave someday. But it was April who brought dogs into my world.
April and I married in October of 1999, right as we were moving to Charlotte in my first attempt to start a business. Her first birthday as my wife was a couple months later, and it was clear that she wanted a dog — not just any dog, but a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
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Stream o' consciousness for July 28th

in me, Me, ME!
googlereader (feed #8)
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RT @johnperrybarlow: The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. – G.C. Lichtenberg [#]
twitpic (feed #12)
Shared 2 photos.
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Really @bluefly_com? Order placed 7/21 and 9(!) sales pitches since then? + sales pitch while unsub? http://twitpic.com/bu8j6 Stay classy. [#]
googlereader (feed #8)
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Hey @snappysalads our film guy likes you. He really likes you: http://is.gd/1Pefj [#]
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Get @seankovacs excellent iPhone Google Voice app fast. It’s about to be pulled from the store: http://is.gd/1Pkrq [#]
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@drnicomartini I learned about it from your post. Looking into it. [#]
lastfm (feed #4)
Listened to 23 songs.
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@drnicomartini Who/what is MavTV? They sent me the same message. I don’t get it. [#]
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Made my Mad Men avatar at http://madmenyourself.com. Go make yours! Mad Men premieres Aug 16, then every Sunday 10p on AMC. #madmen #fb [#]
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@jdunck There is no Sanctuary!!!! #logansrun [#]
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@jdunck #logansrun never got MST3K’d because it is a Great Film. Or they couldn’t get the rights. One or t’other. [#]
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My Seattle friends’ hot weather reports crack me up. #northernborderofhell [#]
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@westseattleblog Yup. And in turn, a cool rain shuts down our city. All a matter of perspective. [#]
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Anyone have good stats on rural / smalltown broadband penetration? [#]
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@gapingvoid What’s broadband penetration like in #westtexas? [#]
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@jdunck You have learned well, young Padawan. [#]
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Budweiser, Blue Moon and Becks? If Dubya was having people over for beer, at least coulda been @Shiner or Lone Star. #meaninglessgestures [#]
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BHO’s Bud order is self-consciously faux working-class. Don’t fear the frou frou Belgian ale with butterfly nectar! #whatdotheydrinkatluaus [#]
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Despite last two tweets, don’t peg me GOP. Card-carrying member of Equal Opportunity Offender Party. #ironyisdead [#]
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@johnrobinson That’s what I’m responding to. Politico says bud for pres, moon for cop, becks or red stripe for Gates. [#]
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And if we can’t agree of one beer to share together, what will we accomplish? Take up question of bottle, can or draft? [#]
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"Sorry hon. Gonna be late. Lime ickeys with the commander-in-chief." #feydrinkswithpotus #fb [#]
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"Sorry hon. Gonna be late. Lime rickeys with the commander-in-chief." #feydrinkswithpotus #fb [#]
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rt @jimbradysp To me charging for content is akin to movie scene where, after running out of bullets, a gunman throws the gun at its target. [#]
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@hotpinkpunk Yeah but he’d never serve a beer from there #urbancowboy [#]
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Yes, John Prine. It IS a crooked piece of time that we live in. #fb [#]
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No traffic in Dallas this morn. Did I sleep through The Rapture? [#]
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Oof. Spoke too soon. [#]
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