Go, Do, Be.


08/21/2014  — 

Holy Crap Even More Artwork From Mad Men, Season 7 (Peggy Olson)

You might be sick of this after a few days of relentless posting about the artwork in Mad Men, Series 7. There's a lot more to cover though, so get ready. While everyone was mourning the loss of Robin Williams we missed the passing of David Wiedman whose prints were all over the Sterling Cooper Draper Yadda Yadda office.

Peggy's floral prints
Peggy has plenty of screen time this season and her office seems to be a place that the set decorators chose to showcase several pieces from David Weidman. These prints and the story behind them are pretty well-known having been featured in a few LA Times articles.

I love the color and forms in these prints -- so much fun. Once I tuned-in to the artist and his catalog, I started seeing them all over the place. You'll see them in the Artists Office and outside Roger Sterling's office.

Peggy was sporting a Saul Bass poster from the Second NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center (September 14-26, 1964). If you dig around, you can probably find one for sale.

Peggy redecorates her office at some point in the season and the emphasis seems to shift toward these smaller prints. Some still from David Wiedman.

Peggy's apartment like most of the living spaces is pretty drab. She has more of these sunflower shapes and other floral forms at home.

Next, the rest of the Art Department.

05/06/2014  — 

Chrissy Tomasco and the 2014 Overnight Walk

My cousin Chrissy Tomasco is participating the 2014 Overnight Walk in Philadelphia to raising awareness about suicide and raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Take moment to support her efforts by making a small donation here.

She says:

Please support me as I take an amazing journey. The Out of the Darkness Overnight Experience is an 16-18 mile walk over the course of one night. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.

In 2001 I lost my mother to suicide. Being a 13 year old at the time, I had a very hard time moving on from that day. One of the biggest struggles I faced and still face, is feeling comfortable enough to tell people how I lost my mother. I have been carrying this weight around with me and I very rarely tell people how my mother passed away. There has always been a serious taboo associated with suicide. It makes people uncomfortable. To avoid the conversation that always follows upon someone finding out I do not have a mother, I have often made up other reasons for her death. I catch myself telling people "she was sick" to halt any further questions. In retrospect, she was sick. She was sick for a very long time. She spent her whole adult life battling mental illness and addiction.

My mother was embarrassed by her illnesses and felt alienated by those around her. She made a choice that day because she felt hopeless and abandoned. She was wrong. She had more love and support than most. She was unable to think rationally and she made an irrational, life-altering decision that rocked the lives of many people.

July 17th 2001 was the day that Barbara died. I carry that moment with me everyday and everywhere. I still break down. If anything, it only gets harder. I would like to gain my voice back. I want to feel comfortable to say I am a victim of suicide, and I am surviving. For every person I feel comfortable to expose my true experiences with, the taboo surrounding suicide is chiseled away little by little. It is time to talk about mental illness and suicide. We all know someone who has been affected by this. Lets talk about things that make us uncomfortable, it is time to get it out there and to spread the word that hope and support are always around us. We are never alone, even in the darkest of times.

Donate Here.

01/16/2014  — 

2013 Overheards and Observeds

From my twitter and stokereport.com activity:

  • Overheard: "I am not a figurine collector."
  • Overheard: "we are fully committed."
  • Overheard: "Android Justice."
  • Overheard: "I live to increase your complexity."
  • Overheard: "gravity is proven technology"
  • Overheard: "he blogged his way into her heart."
  • Overheard: "It's a rebelution!"
  • Overheard: "tempo schmempo" #hellomanatee cc @manateebayarea
  • Overheard: "Theo-fauvism"
  • Overheard: "we want to do it right or not at all."
  • Overheard: "i love Taxes" http://instagram.com/p/fQbffdlSRw/
  • Overheard: "twiddle the boogie" #hellomanatee
  • Overheard: "The road to World-Class goes through a town called 'Sucks Less'."
  • Overheard: "The Answer is Beer." cc @citybeerstore
  • Overheard: "your mom"
  • Overheard: "musicians are like people" #filmage
  • Overheard: "a rail-gun, combined with the Concord, combined with air hockey."
  • Overheard: "What rhymes with 'Cheney'?" #hellomanatee
  • Overheard: "It sounds like a love song but it's about drone strikes." #hellomanatee
  • Overheard: "Are these your goats?"
  • Overheard: "Naughty, but Squareback"
  • Overheard: "up-and-to-the-right is fine in most graphs except 'memory usage over time'."
  • Overheard: "It's a list of lists. Which are WORDS."
  • Overheard: "Mexican contraction."
  • Overheard: "Philip Glass? No, Throbbong Gristle."
  • Overheard "this is what you're giving up..." #wisdom #tradeoffs #consulting #decisions
  • Overheard: "darn, I'll have to hide my illicit oyster farm" #pierproblems
  • Overheard: "now I have to smell your corndog all night"
  • Overheard: "ask for it #manateestyle " #hellomanatee #listening #hellosurfclub http://instagram.com/p/Xqr5bOTBMl/
  • Overheard: "ALWAYS BE VALIDATING." #lean #labzero
  • Overheard: "Shake my left hand. It's closer to my heart."
  • Overheard: "new york's alright if you like saxophones"
  • Overheard: "an app a user and a page walk into a bar..." @facebook #labzero
  • Overheard: "some people see dead people, I hear pop songs." #songaday http://songaday.netscrap.com
  • Overheard: "rock-rock always wins" #roshammbo #sessions #hellomanatee
  • Overheard: "schnitzel-pocalypse"
  • Overheard: "human oleo crisis falling super back enjoy mile fifteen bounds theme which" #hellomanatee
  • Overheard: "fresh Jamaican ketchup"
  • Overheard: "banks suck at technology." #payfac #fintech
  • Overheard: "if you're starting a payments company, don't talk about regulatory compliance." #payfac #flyundertheradar
  • Overheard: "who knew there was money in the church?" #payfac
  • Overheard: "pork is squealing through my veins." cc @Sanguchon_SF #labzero
  • Overheard: "this song is so pro-agile"#dontgochasingwaterfalls #tlc
  • Overheard: "Synchrofusing synthetic toggle bearings." cc @darinwilson
  • Overheard: "It's been a long flu."

12/27/2013  — 

A wave

Oh that was a good one. Merry Christmas!

It was pretty big out there today. I made it outside and caught a few. At one point I found myself sitting away from a group of guys when a set came in. The first two waves were nice looking and I was about in the right spot, but I let them go by. A few of the nearby guys were paddling toward me as the third, biggest one of the set came through.

A little voice in my head said, "I think I could make that."

Then I heard a loud voice from outside my head saying, "GO! PADDLE HARD!!!" That was the winning vote. I turned, paddled, and made the drop.

Yeah, I got munched right after that picture was taken. I'll figure out how to make the most of those barrely sections at some point...

Thanks Brien.

06/04/2013  — 

CTA- the most important part of your page.

Guess what's the most important part of your web page (or mobile app)...

12/20/2012  — 

2012 Overheards and Observeds

06/29/2010  — 

And Boom!

09/28/2009  — 

Story of a Surfboard: SF Green Ten-Footer

08/18/2009  — 

Absurd Film/Foodie Moment

03/26/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Surf Report Flowchart

03/02/2009  — 

Song-A-Day 2009: DONE

02/15/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Week 2: Still truckin'

06/16/2008  — 

RIP tastespotting.com

01/21/2008  — 

What's the Greacen?

09/23/2007  — 

Long time no blog.