“Top talent leave an organization when they’re badly managed and the organization is confusing and uninspiring.”—Erika Andersen, Contributor, “Why Top Talent Leaves: Top 10 Reasons Boiled Down to 1” (http://onforb.es/N7shib)
Two years ago today, Twitter and the social web was flooded with the sad and unexpected news that the King of Pop had passed. Rather than dwell on his tabloid-saturated death, we prefer to remember Michael Jackson as the talented artist he was, through the voices and dance moves of his fans….
ANSWER: My paternal grandfather’s funeral at age 3.
I wasn’t quite sure what was going on but I remember almost choking on a piece of hard candy waiting at the funeral home and tossing pennies into his slightly opened casket.
It’s amazing now that I think about it: He was born in 1889 (like whoa, he lived in the 1800s!) and died in 1987 at the age of 98. He came to the US and was put to work on the railroads in California. The man had two wives (it was totally chill back then). I think he lived quite a life. He wasn’t too fond of me because I was a grand-DAUGHTER but because of this, it is the reason why I am the way I am today—I partly contribute my drive and strive for excellence to him. I hope the long-life gene runs in the family… RIP Grandpa George
Not sure how closely y’all have been paying attention to ads from Quizno’s over the years, but there’s sort of a consensus (at least in my office): they’re definitely strange. We’ve seen furry, unknown creatures (maybe lemurs?) and various “Singimals”—dogs, cats and squirrels. Currently on Quizno’s YouTube channel, they have THE strangest spots promoting their Bacon Chicken Dipper (click here to see my most favorite one outta the four).
Anywho, I digress… Back to this “Ad of the Day!” During a creative brainstorm meeting today, my Production Manager brought up the ad above because we were talking about innuendoes and food. Like any Quizno’s ad, this is ALL kinds of wrong. However, you have to give props to the actor—the man did an excellent job portraying the “I’m uncomfortably having sexual tension with an oven” persona. Gee, I wonder what his motivation was…
This pair of ad boards can be found in the Powell BART Station in San Francisco. It’s one of 16 pairs (I think I counted 32 total). The “Mother Lode” one isn’t what caught my attention—naturally, seeing 32 of these babies was what originally caught my attention. I think it’s my inner science geek but the [Au]SOME is truly AWESOME! :) I always enjoy Chipotle ads when I see them. Their ad guys do good work!
As my last few days of unemployment wind down, I’ve been catching up on Cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model since Cycle 15 just started up (also because there’s nothing else left for me to watch in internet TV land).
Most of us are familiar with the casting formula of MTV’s Real World — pick the people that will obviously have conflict = audience will either love them or hate them = make them want to follow the show either way. Actually, this works for most MTV reality shows, e.g., Jersey Shore (season 2 brought back the much hated Angelina). No one wants to watch a “normal” reality show, right? Human beings definitely have a fascination with drama — either causing it or watching it because it makes their ordinary life a little less boring. It’s kind of a sad notion, right? I see it happen all the time with women, and not just with young women! The older women I’ve worked with over the years make me wonder if we ever grow out of the high school stage of our lives. It’s really pathetic and most of all, extremely frustrating!
Which leads me to wonder if Tyra and staff pick the stereotypical “black girls” for the show simply because they know they will instigate something every other minute. Don’t forget they also like picking the white girls who clearly have some hidden issues with African American people. Then again, Tyra is from Inglewood and her “ghetto” side comes out from time-to-time on the show. It’s always entertaining to see her go from “white girl” to “oh HELL no!!” girl. Word on the street is that most people find her annoying… I used to watch her talk show… key words being “used to.” :)
To preface this, I sing… a lot. I sing when I’m sad, happy, angry, stressed, etc. etc. I suppose it’s part of my love for the arts and creative outlets. I haven’t been able to express my emotions through art I’ve been doing (editorial design and repurposing graphic art isn’t exactly the best way to do that). With singing, I really can put my whole soul into it, no matter how badly I sing the song sometimes.
My fondest memory of singing comes from the fourth grade — I sang “A Whole New World” right before practice for the school winter play. My friends were amazed by my voice. I felt special and kind of popular for a moment! Sadly, I no longer can sing that high but I don’t mind. I just want to be able to carry a tune and hit my notes to the best of my abilities as an untrained singer haha.
I absolutely adore Colbie Caillat. I am no way close to being even half as talented as her. I attempted to learn “I Never Told You” this morning and I think this isn’t too bad for a morning’s practice :)