Thursday, April 24, 2008

How to Make Friends

For starters, probably everyone in the world LOVES this James Blunt song and wants to hear it again and again, just like me.



Can I say that its saccharine appeal still sings to me and that I turn up the original whenever it shows up on pop radio?

Whoops. Is that the sound of my dear friend Billy swearing to look at my blog like never ever again?

Ah, nostalgiapoprock, it is its own mainstream subgenre. Give me my 99 Red Balloons!

Man, when this video of James Blunt singing "My Triangle" got played for me by my nephew back east on the YouTube I laughed till I almost cried. Can I be a kid again? eternal?

love it all above.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nephew's posts...

Over the past weekend I was showing my nephew how to mobile blog from my cell phone and here were the posts. Happy Pesach everyone!

My post as a sample for him:


LOSING MY MARBLES



His post, once he was a "pro":

MY SISTER'S BOYFRIEND

Isn't he purdy:-x

One we did together. I love this one:

FLYING NEPHEW



Bgr is a superstar and nice outfit!

This is the first post I showed him how to do on his own:

PESACH WITH HOMIES



By my nephew bgr

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Party I was not at...

...but do I wish I was?

does I wish I might?

Caught this pic below from the ArtForum web site...

and the pic below it from some kinda Ryan McGinley dot com...boy is his work pretty. Click it! Click it! Click it! Love the archetype-dream theme, and he's got more pretty and more nakkid people on his site.








Left: Photographer Terry Richardson with artist Jack Pierson. Right: John Waters, Ryan McGinley, and Parker Posey. (All photos: David Velasco)







Falling Without End, Naked....wake up! wake up!

Let's hear it for Frances!

Well alright! Frances Dinkelspiel's listed on Amazon!

The book's due in November. Looks like the title's up for discussion. Below's a pic of her great, great, great, great, great, great...somethin' grandfather I. W. Hellman.

The man built California. And it's what her book's about.

Congrats, Frances -- this is HUGE.

BoW2008




MW2008: Announcing the Best of the Web 2008
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Fri, 2008-04-11 18:40 — BoW2008

Each year Museums and the Web recognizes the best work in museum web design and development in the Best of the Web competition. A panel of judges reviews sites nominated by the community, and selects sites in a number of categories.

Here are the winners. Congratulations to the sites named below (with comments from the best of the web 2008 panel).

Friday, April 11, 2008

if you don't look good...


Me, Amnon Rodan and Lanny Lahr chattin' up George Zimmer at a reception. Photo ran in the East Bay Business Times.

Zimmer's Founder and CEO of Men's Wearhouse -- famous for coining the phrase "If you don't look good, we don't look good." It's my favorite clothes store.

And Amnon's a Piedmont, CA native and a member of the MAGNES Board. I jus' love Amnon the "master of the rolodex".

Doing everything I can to keep him engaged at MAGNES! And I'd love to see George involved.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Breaking the glass ceiling



Launching the new Lorry I. Lokey Business School at MILLS College...a truly great event that felt historic. Lokey spoke as did Mills President Janet Holmgren -- both EXTREMELY well done...notes from Lokey below.

Ellen Goodman gave the main speech. Simply put, it was about the entire late-twentieth-century Women's Movement as it relates to work.

The speech and the delviery were both grounded, funny, profound and timely...and to be so surrounded by every variety, flavor, pre-Feminist, post-Feminist, pure-Feminist, cyber-cousine, female change agent, each surrogate and as-yet-unimagined prototype possible...it is a new age.

To view the whole thing from the local newscast click here. (Link found on comments -- thanks!)

mills groundbreaking



Quotes from Mr. Lokey:

In relation to his philosophy toward philanthropy and life -- "We must put back into the earth what you take out..."

"Learn english...don't spell 'lose' l-o-o-s-e"

"...a legal background is so important in business."

"...once you break ground you can build on it...forever."

he should work with someone to write a book on informed, transformative giving. really.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

if the van's arockin'...

My boy E's had this totally cute little car toy for a while.

And it just hit me that it's totally this shrunk-down, chubby, hard-rocking 70's van...

So, of course, I had to mobile blog about it.

MAGNES stuff...



Good stuff around MAGNES...I got in a nice news article in The New York Times and the Museum got named one of the Top Ten Jewish Museums in the new magazine Jewish Living. I pitched both pieces, so I'm doubly proud.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

go down for Richmond


sweet memories of high school days

come trickling down like sap

a note from Mac Montandon really takes me back

sounds like the Replacements, sacchrine and for-real

sexy, old and outsida-time

is kinda how I feel

TRAGEDY: a tragedy


Saw TRAGEDY: a tragedy this evening and according to the BerkeleyRep web site:

“Will Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation,” proclaims the New York Times,..."

The production was pretty good, but there were annoying parts when purposefully disturbing feedback was supposed to come into play. And the houselights came on to create an uncomfortable fissure in the fourth wall...well it was more uninteresting to see so much of the audience than it was vertiginous or existentially nauseating...overall though there were passages of writing that were sweet beyond the confines of the play.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Jus' swingin'......



Best way to wrap the week - with a slow Friday morning. Mom's at the dentist then a site visit for school, so me an' the E hung out 'til noonish when Mom got home. Then I headed into the office.

Busy weekend ahead: more school, banquet dinner and Friends & Family Day at MAGNES.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Warren Hellman on lead banjo...

not sure the phone videos are good enough to post...


BIG Day in Berkeley!


The new micro-globalism: Hiroshi Kagawa, President (hiroshi@codysbooks.com) & Mindy Galoob, General Manager (mgaloob@codysbooks.com) Cody's Books

Ribbon cutting at the new Cody's

Freight & Salvage Groundbreaking


The Site

The Planned Living Roof -- free air conditioning?

Shovel+Banjo = "Sho-jo"

Steve Baker, Executive Director

Michael Caplan, Office of Economic Development, City of Berkeley

Groundbreaking at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley- Warren Hellman, Danny Carnahan & Mayor Tom Bates