The Power of Genetics

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

It seems I’ve passed down the rare crooked helmet gene to my son.

Crooked Helmet WCrooked Helmet Eevin

 

(That’s W scooting in the park this weekend and me on a bicycle trip in 2006. Our big smiles just make our crooked helmets all the more ridiculous)

Sorry, kid.

Beautiful Summer Snow Storm

June 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

Today is a Snow Day.

The meeting I had – and was dreading – was cancelled this morning due to illness.  It’s tantamount to an extension on a big paper – gorgeous relief.  It also meant I got to spend the morning with my husband and boy, going to the park and soccer and the cute new bakery we discovered and back to the park.  We wore ourselves out with sunshine and walking around.

After the boy went down for his nap, eyes rolling back in my head, I took a nap too.  I never do this; there is no time to nap.  There is no time to stop working for a second because there is too much to care about getting done.  But today is a Snow Day, as it turns out, so I napped and I read, did some teeny-tiny chores that hardly took a second.

Then, just a minute ago – in the middle of all of that – the doorbell rang and it was our neighbor.  Last weekend, he and his college-age girls had been looking for their favorite childhood book.  They couldn’t find it so he’d gone to the store to buy a new copy – they love this book that much – and he got one for us, too.  (I read it right away and it’s pretty great.)

Soon I will go to a meeting that I have been looking forward to for weeks and for which I am fully prepared.  It hasn’t happened yet, but I know it’s going to be great.

When I come home there will be take-out sushi.  We will read the new book all together and put the boy to bed.  Then there will be more resting and relaxing ‘ till bedtime.

Snow Day.  On the first day of summer.

Who will have the Last Laugh?!? (I’m not telling)

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

So, here’s a cool thing:

Two weeks ago (5/31) I spent a loooong day shooting a short film as part of the 48 hour film project.  My friend Matt Scott directed and it was absolutely the most fun I’ve had all year.  (Here’s his winning entry from last year which also took him to Cannes this year!)

Less than a week later (6/6) the film screened in NYC. It was one of about a dozen short films in its screening package which was one of four packages – so roughly one in fifty.

Now the film has made it to the BEST OF screening this coming Thursday (6/19).  I had to miss the screening on the 6th, so I’m excited to go see the other “best of” shorts and celebrate with other members of the cast and crew.  Here’s the cool movie poster they made:

Last Laugh Poster

Making stuff with great people is awesome.

 

But it’s people . . . IT’S PEOPLE!!

June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

You guys. Do you know that there is an actual product being sold called Soylent that is a food-replacement product that got its name from the same book that inspired the 1973 film Soylent Green named for the food-replacement product featured in the story? The real-life product just started shipping commercially this past May.

If you’re not agog and incredulous at this moment, I’m guessing it’s because you’re not familiar with the big reveal in the film:

What boggles my mind is that anyone thought giving the new product the same name, in light of these past associations, was a good idea. The current enterprise seems to be run by the company founder who developed the product and the initial production was crowd-funded so I guess there were no investors or outside marketing folks weighing in . . . ?

I have no particular agenda against the real Soylent (although I enjoy actual food too much to want to use it myself), I just can’t get over what seems like a total denial of/obliviousness to the pop-cultural association with the name. To me it feels like naming your brand new bed and breakfast the Bates Motel.

What do you think? Can I get an “Amen?” Or do you think I’m being silly – that the pop-culture association is meaningless? What’s your take on this particular branding issue? Leave a comment!

Highlight Reel

June 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

This weekend I . . .

  • Saw Wil Eno’s The Realistic Joneses on Broadway (RECOMMEND!!).
  • Shot a short film as part of the 48 hour film fest (up ’till 4am! tired!) which screens this coming Friday (click link for details; I’m in Group A). The script was great. Everyone on the project was wonderful. I’m really excited about the film.
  • Went out to dinner with my husband and son (simply delightful).
  • Hung out with my brother, talking social media and making the hashtag symbol with our hands WAY too often.

Hope your weekend was also excellent.  What were your highlights?

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