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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RT @johnperrybarlow: The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. – G.C. Lichtenberg [#]
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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. [#]
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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. [#]
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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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Stream o' consciousness for July 27th

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When making film with all midget cast, must suspend disbelief on town being full of regular buildings. How else know they’re midgets? #tcm [#]
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@Candyland A little closer to freeway. No house porn, nut there’s a porn studio on Dilido! [#]
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@jdunck Clearly too subtle for film audiences of the 1940s. [#]
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"So many people to see. So many people you can check up on and add to your collection." #prescienceofelviscostello [#]
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Yes, Declan Macmanus, you are correct that it’s not very far from sulphur to sugarcane. #fb #mustremember [#]
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@CharlotteAnne @michelemclellan Unless planning on using only for travel, go pro. Air is anemic and less computer for $$. [#]
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@JoostTX Leave it to a scientist to ruin a perfectly good metaphor. #dontlettruthruingoodstory [#]
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@jayrosen_nyu @johnrobinson Greensboro has great tradition: O. Henry. Murrow. John Robinson. [#]
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Watching "Showtime," MGM retrospective of dogs in movies. Laughing. Crying. Laughing. Crying. [#]
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@JoostTX Did you expect the traditional liberal anti-bee bias? [#]
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@Candyland Not a house. A warehouse. Not sure of exact addy. [#]
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Seeing Our Culture With Fresh Eyes – O’Reilly Radar http://bit.ly/uvmlK
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@rossbates happy to help with #evilplans [#]
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A special report on Texas: : Lone Star rising | The Economist http://bit.ly/12DtMd [#]
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@AlexGoodall Auto DM = almost instant unfollow. I come to Twitter to talk to people, bot robots. #TWADMR [#]
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@TheNewsChick If you lived in TX, you’d find that weather report hilarious. Low 90s = coldfront. [#]
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Cancakes: An Idea Whose Time Has Come http://twitpic.com/btac1 [#]
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Stream o' consciousness for July 26th

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Tough day. April and I and Banjo (The Best Dog Ever ™) could use any positive vibes you could send our way. #fb [#]
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I think @bretthoerner is being haunted by the Good Doctor HST. Glad the newsroom rubbed off… [#]
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Helicopters over the house again… Police scanner on Wunderradio iPhone app FTW. #fb [#]
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