Remember advent calendars, with the chocolate or tiny toy for each day? When I was in 1st grade we made a vertical one with lollipops - their sticks sticking out on one side. I came across this internet version of an advent calendar today. Enjoy!
This will be of interest to very few people (thankfully, most of them are readers of this blog). I have built a new Grubb-centric picture blog called grubbweek. (by "built" I mean I clicked the appropriate boxes on typepad and they built it). It's just a beginning - but I hope it will turn into a repository for all Grubb-based photo images on the web. I've named it grubbweek after our yearly family reunion, which will be held this August in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. For those of you not hip to the new hotness - Sea Isle is sooooo much better than the Hamptons and much, much more exclusive. So check out the pics - post some comments - and, if you're not a Grubb, forget about it immediately afterwords. And if you are a Grubb (or married to one) send more photos.
I came across this site a while ago and bookmarked it because I thought it was a great idea. Screen shots of movie montages - sorted by type, like training (Rocky, Dirty Dancing), building (One Crazy Summer, Real Genius) and dating (Better Off Dead, Mannequin). And there, in the Rocy II montage - was Madeline - my babysitter when I was little. It's been part of my family's lore that Madeline was one of the kids in the Rocky II movie who run after Slyvester Stallone when he runs around South Philly, and that she was wearing a red sweatshirt. I can't really see this kids face, but if exaggerated, 20 year old stories are to be belived, then there she is.
It's beenheavilyreported that the New York Post will soon (tomorrow!) be requiring you to register in order to access their content. While I have no problem with this - it's worth the extra spam to be able to read my beloved Post online - they should really hire some competent people to design the website and registration process. So far, I've only gotten as far as giving them my name and e-mail address before I get the above message. Will we wake up tomorrow to a different, Post-less world? Will there be rioting in the streets? We may have to actually buy a paper...
In a convergence of new technology finds, I've signed up for a flickr account and made use of the new camera phone I had to buy last week when Frankie dropped my cell phone in a puddle. The end result? The three photos you see on the right column and a link to my flickr page. I'm really psyched about this new feature, because it allows me to take a picture on my camera phone (while I'm out and about), email it to flickr - who automatically posts it to my photo page and thanks to the wonderful html code-writing dohicky they have I've added it to this blog where the three most recent pictures will appear without me being anywhere near a computer. Instant image updates on this site. I'm sure you're all thrilled...
I always get excited when somebody else "publishes" me. (If you can call a few links from curbed as being "published"). MUG (Manhattan Users Guide) is a daily e-mail you can sign up for that's SO MUCH BETTER than Daily Candy. Anyway, a few days ago they reviewed a bag they had dubbed the clear winner in their search for the perfect laptop conveyance. And I felt the need to tell them about my new work bag. Being one who always "thinks outside the box" (a necessary attribute to succeed in corporate drudgery or on The Apprentice), I've been using an ingeniuosly designed diaper bag, the skiphop, for my computer. I can't say enough about how great a laptop bag this thing is. It's so cool - I'm thinking of buying another one for FTM's diapers. Well, they recognized my trendsetting ways and put me in todays MUG - last line in the second item.
So this isn't just a self lauditory post - although I do sometimes like to toot my own horn - it's a shameless promotion for MUG. I find their service invaluable (like their review of moving companies or their list of hotels for under $200) and the more readers - the more advertising dollars they can make - the longer they stay around. We'll all be happy - as long as they don't go all Dana Levy on us and sell out.
No one was more excited than I was when I read about MaxDelivery.com on Curbed earlier this week. I thought Kozmo.com was so cool, I even went to work there. So my excitement was tinged by a little jealousy - the same feeling I get when I go to my video store (wedelivervideos.com) or order from fresh direct and mourn for the loss of that 1999, start-up, "we can do anything" vibe. I now work for a huge, bureaucratic media conglomerate that's as old as the hills. Or at least as old as this guy.
So I've signed up to be notified when they get to my neck of the woods (currently they're only making deliveries south of 14th street). And I called a friend from my Kozmo days. Lo and behold - it's not just a bunch of no-name kids trying their hand at the "from the internet to your door in under an hour" game. It's Chris Siragusa - the former CTO at Kozmo. You can read an interview with him here where he describes what it's like to work for Kozmo... in 1999.
So, Chris, I'm sure the free advice is going to pour in. (In fact, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures offers some here). Don't listen to them. (Besides - Union Square Ventures sounds too much like Flatiron Partners - and we all know how that worked out.) Make us proud. And if you do make it really big, hire us back.