The best in tablets

The only seven tablets worth owning right now.  Who knew there were even seven?  Bet you can’t name them…

A Christopher Guest TV series? Don’t tease me…

Christopher Guest is getting the band back together for an HBO series. No more waiting for *years* between movies like Waiting for Guffman (personal fave), Best In Show, and, the mother of them all, This Is Spinal Tap. Proof there is a TV god.

Back to Life, Back to Reality…

Greetings and salutations…

It’s been a crazy long time since I posted.  I won’t go into the details, mostly because they’re not very interesting.  I did, however, have an epiphany of sorts, courtesy of my friend Jason, that every post doesn’t need to be a treatise requiring a full day of writing, editing and re-editing.  Rather, I can offer up some interesting (at least to me, and hopefully to you) tidbits several times throughout the day and week, and maybe do some serious pontificating once a week or so.  Thank you, Jason, for liberating me from my compulsive editing – I’m going to give it a try because while some people need an outlet for their creativity, I need one for my opinions.

Since this a back to school/work/real life day for just about everyone, I thought I’d ease us all back in with a toast of sorts to one person and one ad agency with two important things in common – they not only entertained us enormously over the years, but they also succeeded (judging by the volume of me-too’s, wannabe’s and copy cats they collectively generated) in altering the pop culture landscape.  The first is Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 65 yesterday and is the subject of today’s excellent Google doodle (although I think I would have chosen Killer Queen).  The second is Minneapolis-based agency Petersen Milla Hooks, which is best known for the iconic work they did for Target.  While client and agency parted ways this past spring (and the chain’s advertising has suffered significantly for it, IMHO), the last campaign they did together – for Target’s Missoni line, which debuts later this month – is vintage PMH and the kind of advertising that so successfully set Target apart from their competitors.  (Think Missoni would ever do a line for Wal-Mart?  JC Penney?  Hell, I bet they wouldn’t even do one for Macy’s.)  So what better time to take a look back, courtesy of Ad Age, at some of the great work they’ve done together.

PS:  2 points to whoever identifies the musical reference in the title – band AND CD.


Hello world!

So…my first post.  Feeling some pressure to be erudite, funny and memorable.  Probably not gonna happen this go-round.

Truth is, several people have suggested over the years that I start a blog, largely because I tend to be very opinionated, and while even I would never insist that my POVs are always right (although I do think that Charles Barkley’s “I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It” may be the best book title ever), they generally are pretty well substantiated.  So there’s the motivation – ego.

The subject matter?  Well, that could cover a lot of areas.  A bit of background first – I have spent my career in media and entertainment.  I’m rather proud of my status as a “digital pioneer” (my own designation) since I’ve been toiling in this arena since the early 90s.  More specifically, I’ve worked at the nexus of content and technology.  And most importantly, I get so jazzed to see that so many things I’ve dreamt about/planned for/tried to build businesses around are becoming realities.  I also get really turned on by the chaos the current environment engenders – an inability to look past stodgy old business models is like nails on a blackboard to me, especially when the best reason someone can come up with for sticking with the tried and true is “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.”  So, expect me to dissect deals and announcements and generally point out good and bad business behavior where ever I find it.  I also love food – eating it and cooking it (especially baking), so I may wax rhapsodic over a chocolate croissant bread pudding every now and again.  I’m also a big, giant liberal (as a Jewish woman from NY I see that as my birthright), so I may get a little political on your asses.

The blog name?  That’s from the sixth grade.  Mr. Schneider, my teacher, had a nickname for everyone in the class, and that was mine.  Since then, Spam has been a nickname my nearest and dearest have used in some form for years.  However, while the likelihood of confusion between me and a can of questionable meat products (the most basic test used by the US Patent and Trademark Office in determining trademark infringement) is highly unlikely, I really didn’t want to get into it with Hormel.  Besides, if this blog thing works out, my swag will be way cuter than anything offered at the Spam Store (trust me – I own most of it).

So there you have it.  I promise to try and be topical and insightful in my musings.  Oh yeah, and pointed.  Because I’m not running for public office.

PS – If you spot any grammatical errors in my postings, please feel free to let me know.  I abhor improper use of the English language, and am wide open to improving my usage of it.  And as long as we’re on the subject, please feel free to comment on anything I post.  I love a good debate.  And I love to learn something new.  But remember….as Charles says, I may be wrong, but I doubt it.