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08/19/2014  — 

More Artwork From Mad Men, Season 7 (Don Draper, Jim Cutler)


Here's the second set of pieces or artwork from Mad Men, Season 7. Last time I mentioned Lou's office, this week it's Don & Jim. I grouped these two characters together because they're somewhat marginalized this season.

Don Draper's office
The main piece of art that we see in Don Draper's office is an inscrutable abstract mess. This rainy day Miro-like thing doesn't offer much. I wasn't able to find anything about it online. What do you see here?



Over Don's couch is another abstract form with some bold, firey colors. I guess this is really a temporary space for Don since Lou is in his office. Maybe all these pieces were chosen by Lane Pryce when he used this office in previous seasons?

Don finds one more piece that he could hang on his wall, but instead tosses in the garbage. Lane Pryce hung this when he used the office. It kind of makes sense that the Creative Director (in absentia) has the most childish piece of art tucked away in his office. There's an incredible write-up on this piece on another site. This is just one of the period details that keeps this show so much fun.


Jim Cutler's office
This is a funny one. I this this character is a bit of an oddball in that he's often bouncing between clueless & tasteless. Nobody seems to like him much and he doesn't seem to be doing much for the organization. His dialog is usually flat, practical, and he's usually "right" from a business- perspective.

Jim has a few pieces of art in his office that are worth noting. This big black & white print dominates the background in most of the scenes here.





There are a few shots that reveal these animal prints on another wall. I should have collected a few more shots to back this up, but it seems that these kind of old-fashioned animal prints show up in scenes with people who don't have good taste in art... Betty's house and many of the suburban scenes are dotted with these plates.

When I saw these prints in Jim's office, it made me wonder whether the big print behind his desk was chosen by his assistant or some office decorator. Maybe Don's office too?

We'll go to California next time to see what's going on with Ted & Pete.

02/20/2014  — 

Observed: Scat/Rap Counterpoint

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02/22/2012  — 

Song-A-Day In-Progress

Some truly amazing music rolling out of the 2012 Song-A-Day crew so far. The month is nearly done and people are feeling it. I'm feeling it.

Here are a few of the downloads we've noticed...

 downloads / files
803 /songs/2012/20120209_jonnybecky_expiration_date.mp3
725 /songs/2012/20120208_darin_instacanon.mp3
619 /songs/2012/20120205_darin_trippin.mp3
289 /songs/2012/20120209_peter_very_funny_elizabeth.mp3
285 /songs/2012/20120206_dberkman_calling_neptune.mp3
284 /songs/2012/20120214_dberkman_safari_of_love.mp3
277 /songs/2012/20120205_dberkman_hammer_reflections.mp3
255 /songs/2012/20120206_darin_epic.mp3
253 /songs/2012/20120207_dberkman_patience.mp3
223 /songs/2012/20120219_dberkman_path_of_the_heart.mp3
204 /songs/2012/20120213_jonnybecky_you_are_me.mp3
195 /songs/2012/20120216_dberkman_the_ground.mp3
195 /songs/2012/20120203_dberkman_the_tea_party.mp3
193 /songs/2012/20120204_dberkman_half_life.mp3
187 /songs/2012/20120215_dberkman_aftermath.mp3
179 /songs/2012/20120208_jonnybecky_corvair.mp3
171 /songs/2012/20120212_dberkman_alien_love_life.mp3
170 /songs/2012/20120202_dberkman_creatures_of_the_core.mp3
165 /songs/2012/20120203_darin_left_behind.mp3
162 /songs/2012/20120210_jonnybecky_anymore1.mp3
153 /songs/2012/20120207_jonnybecky_ears_ring_.mp3
149 /songs/2012/20120209_artemis_eye_to_eye.mp3
146 /songs/2012/20120206_artloft805_hippy_gypsy.mp3
141 /songs/2012/20120201_dberkman_a_life_in_the_day.mp3
138 /songs/2012/20120215_jonnybecky_baby_bankrupt.mp3
137 /songs/2012/20120207_darin_rain_at_last.mp3
135 /songs/2012/20120203_artemis_supernova_21.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120214_jonnybecky_the_city.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120211_seela_.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120211_jonnybecky_run_a_shop.mp3
128 /songs/2012/20120207_artloft805_moon_cocoon_v13.mp3
127 /songs/2012/20120215_jonnybecky_die_in_my_sleep.mp3
126 /songs/2012/20120217_bruce_moon.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120207_greacen_want_to_move_on.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120207_derek_elvis_sandwich1.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120201_darin_inauspicious.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120216_jonnybecky_songaday.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120206_jonnybecky_people_are_blind1.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120201_derek_welcome_to_songaday_2012.mp3
123 /songs/2012/20120205_artemis_fisherheart.mp3
122 /songs/2012/20120202_darin_back_to_sleep.mp3
121 /songs/2012/20120210_jonnybecky_the_bill.mp3
121 /songs/2012/20120204_artemis_just_a_song.mp3
120 /songs/2012/20120208_derek_thanks_walt.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120212_artemis_little_explosions.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120204_jonnybecky_weatherman1.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120203_derek_here_i_am.mp3
114 /songs/2012/20120206_dearl_those_wacky_nords.mp3
113 /songs/2012/20120201_jonnybecky_january_underwear.mp3
111 /songs/2012/20120204_greacen_whats_the_rush.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120220_dearl_creatures_of_the_core_pt_2.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120212_jonnybecky_on_call.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120202_seela_the_dr.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120202_dearl_deaf_by_drop.mp3
107 /songs/2012/20120211_peter_running_up_a_pane_of_glass.mp3
106 /songs/2012/20120202_jonnybecky_chase_me.mp3
102 /songs/2012/20120211_greacen_world_built_for_two.mp3
101 /songs/2012/20120219_artloft805_57_blues_with_harry_o.mp3

There are more of course. This is just the list of files in the triple-digits. Go listen!

03/29/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Blog Syndication Flowchart

Following on the microsyndication theme I mentioned earlier, I decided to map out the events that take place when I put a new post onto this blog.

Here are the basics:

  1. I publish an article on greacen.com. The article appears on the site as well as a (private) url of an RSS feed which...
  2. is polled regularly by feedburner.com which republishes the feed and gives me some basic analytics for how the feed is used and...
  3. is polled by twitterfeed.com. It reads the feed and gets twitter-friendly shorturls for each feed item and updates...
  4. twitter.com with each new article which...
  5. updates my status on facebook.com.

The nice part about this setup is that it's all automatic: the only action I take is posting my idea onto my site. The feeds take it the rest of the way.

Analytics are pretty crude at this point. Any clicks on the feedburner-based feed should offer some basic analytics. If I really wanted details, I think I'd need to generate a separate feed for each microsyndication destination if I wanted to measure twitter clickthroughs vs. facebook clickthroughs (though google analytics should offer a hint about the source of clicks to greacen.com)

Here's the Graphviz drawing of the flow I described above. digraph BlogPost {
size="5,6";
ratio = fill;
node [style="rounded,filled,bold" shape="box" fillcolor="skyblue"];

/* Set up specific shapes */
"RSS Aggregators" [style="rounded" shape="box3d"];
"URL Shortener" [style="" shape="invisible" label="URL Shortener"];
"Analytics" [style="" shape="invisible"];
"greacen.com" [label="greacen.com Publish blog article"];
"feedburner.com" [label="feedburner.com Analytics and scaling"];

/* Box in those 3rd party things */
subgraph cluster_c1 {"Analytics"; "URL Shortener";
label="Other Parties"; style= "dashed";}

/* Show and label relationships */
"greacen.com" -> "feedburner.com" [label="GET RSS" dir="back"];
"feedburner.com" -> "twitterfeed.com" [label="GET RSS" dir="back"];
"feedburner.com" -> "Analytics" [];
"twitterfeed.com" -> "URL Shortener" [label="GET URL" ];
"URL Shortener" -> "twitterfeed.com" [];
"twitterfeed.com" -> "twitter.com" [label="POST twitter api"];
"twitter.com" -> "facebook.com" [label="facebook/twitter bridge"];
"feedburner.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"twitter.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"facebook.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
}

Here's what those instructions become with a click:

publishing flow

This is different from my surf report post. The surf report is the content, whereas with a blog post, my site holds the real content. The RSS feeds publish a pointer to the original content.

Make sense?

03/26/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Surf Report Flowchart

I've been mucking around with Twitter and Facebook lately. There are a few folks who have been using these services to post info about how the surf is. I don't live close to the beach (yet), so I like to see what's happening before I jump into the car and make the trip.

I sent a message from my phone this morning. Even though the surf was lame. The message was published all over the place (microsyndication). Here's how it worked:

  1. I emailed a photo to twitpic.com which...
  2. updates my status on Twitter which...
  3. the @StokeReport user follows. If my tweet contains "SMLM", stokereport will publish my tweet on stokereport.com (and even pull the image off twitpic it seems, nice!).
  4. also, http://greacen.com has that little widgety thing over there on the left. Your browser will pull the image from twitpic and put it onto this page.
  5. also, Twitter will pass my status update on to Facebook.com

Guess what? Most of these nodes along the way have their own RSS feeds for others (services or people) to slurp & read.

Thinking about this plinko-esque publishing flow is a little dizzying. I've been working on web site flows for a few weeks now. It's often helpful to map out a flow to see what's really going on. Graphviz is an open source tool for producing network diagrams and flow charts that I've been using for mapping high-level flows. Here's what a map looks like for the publishing flow I described earlier:

digraph TwitterSurf {
size="6,6";
ratio = fill;
node [style="rounded,filled,bold" shape="box" fillcolor="skyblue"];

/* Set up specific shapes */
Phone [style="rounded,filled" shape="oval" fillcolor="grey"];
"RSS Aggregators" [style="rounded" shape="box3d"];

/* relationships */
Phone -> "twitpic.com" [label="Email with attachment"];
"twitpic.com" -> "twitter.com" [label="twitter api"];
"twitter.com" -> "facebook.com" [label="facebook/twitter bridge"];
"twitter.com" -> "stokereport.com" [label="if post contains 'SMLM'" style="dotted"] ;
"twitpic.com" -> "greacen.com" [label="widget/embed" color="red"] ;
"twitter.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"facebook.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"stokereport.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
}

If you ignore the []s, it looks like a terse version of our list up above. Here's the flowchart those instructions produce:

Surf Report Publishing Flow

Kinda neat, huh? I find the way this goes from text to sitemap really intriguing. This -> that; that -> next; other -> next; makes sense to me. Graphviz does a great job of putting this all together in an easy-to-digest graphic.

There are a few rails front ends to graphviz (demo) that might make a web tool for this possible. I could see this becoming a handy planning tool for our organization.

Questions:

  • Anyone ever use a tool like this for making sitemaps or high-level flows? What tools work well for modeling these interactions?
  • What other publishing tools are you using to propel your tweets? (where's my linkedin hook?)
  • Has anyone run into ownership issues with this plink-esque publishing?
  • Does this have a name? Let's call it microsyndication.
  • What's the best way to get metrics for this kind of publishing? Is there a way to measure in this distributed/microsyndicated system? How many people read my surf report?

Thanks for reading.

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