I had lunch with inspirational, super-friendly, culture journalist Daniel Rolnik. We scarfed down Swingers-burgers between mouthfuls of art and rock talk. This photo is an accurate representation of how charming and fun he is. I hope you are lucky enough to hear, "Hi, I'm Daniel" someday too!
I can't believe we've been hosting our summer kick off barbecue for nine years now! But there you have it. Nine years of post-E3 fun. The crowd has changed from electronic entertainment industry folks-only to a big ass party for our creative cabal.
Thanks to Toby and Michael for hosting our party for the third year in a row. Thanks to Kiino and Matt for hooking us up with tunes. And thanks to all our friends that made the day fun and special. We are looking forward to the 10 year anniversary party, next year! See you then.
The best part about dropping by Shepard's annual holiday party was meeting Nate Shaw and Brian Bell of the recently formed rock group, The Relationship. Nate described The Relationship's music as very rock and roll, emphasizing roll. For someone who's been writing music and performing live since he was a young teenager, he was excitedly talking about the new band like it was something totally different and fresh. His infectious enthusiasm definitely made me want to check out the music. Brian's best known venture was probably playing guitar for alternative rock act, Weezer. He performed with The Space Twins and even tinkered a wee bit with Ringside, eventually forming The Relationship -- a band described as a new music group made up of old friends. Sean Lennon was mentioned as someone who might be guest appearing on the debut album. The Relationship say they're looking for a record deal. I say, have a listen. If you like what you hear, check back, I know I will. I'm told there's more music coming soon.
"You don't know Skampy? Dana Robinson? You should meet her!" Since SXSW, I heard this over and again a few times by our mutual friends. And I'm happy to say, Skampy is da bomb. Funny, smart, and the best one-up witty remarkist in the posse. Many thanks to supercollider, Molly for hooking us up. I'm always down to meet another SmartGirl. Especially one in Burbank, as now I've got a new lunch mate!
My amazing friends, Ben Cerveny, Jen Bekman, Matt Jones, and last minute addition, Molly Steenson honored me with their insight, humor, and knowledge at the panel I moderated, "The Supercollider: A Hero of the Social Network" today. Aside from me totally flubbing the intro, my peers were able to entertain the audience with what they do and how they function as supercolliders -- hyperconnectors of people, places, and ideas. I only wish that we could've gone on longer and discussed more process. That said, I'd like to thank my panelists for their time and enthusiasm. Until next year!
w00t! I mean, tw33t, tw33t! CommonCraft's gone ahead and explained Twitter in simple English for the technology-layman. I no longer have to explain Twitter to others as, "It's similar to the status message under your IM handle."
I'm on Twitter. But my posts are set to private. Sorry folks, but unless we're buddies in real life, no access for you!
Not since running for class office in elementary, junior high, and high school have I felt the urge for me to say to you, "You can't go wrong, vote for Hong!"
Dear fellow Hustler of Culture readers/supporters, the 2008 SXSW Panel Picker launched last week and I need you to vote for my panel so I can attend SXSW and eat more Salt Lick Barbecue get the what's haps in interactive media.
I'm so down with conferences in Austin, the nerd herd, and film geeks. Sorry music heads, you are too hardcore for me. But whatevs, I want to play with you, and you, and you! Here is my proposed panel:
The Supercollider: A Hero of the Social Network.
We all know what kind of person a Connector is. A Supercollider goes beyond mere connections, throwing people together at high speed to generate the excitement and creative energy needed to force change. This panel will look at how Supercolliders use technology to accelerate the particles of their lives.
So it would super suck if I couldn't get enough votes to host this panel! Save me from shame! Please vote for me! All you've got to do is register and show me love (comments are welcomed). If you enjoy reading my blog, please consider supporting me in the offline world. Big ups and thanks for your support!
What happens around the world in one day? In a word – life. Here on Flickr, our members are sharing the world that they see: snapping daily moments, recording history, telling stories, capturing beauty.
To celebrate this global community, we invite you to join us in 24 Hours of Flickr, a day-long global photo project. On May 5 2007, grab your camera and whatever else you need, and chronicle your day in pictures.
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Instead of finishing my taxes, I'm trolling through my friends' MySpace accounts. I stumbled upon one of Marxy's "top friends", writer/actor B.J. Novak's profile from hella funny import sitcom, "The Office". Marxy and I used to work together at Tokion. Once, way before "bj" was nothing more than a reason to laugh in the 7th grade, B.J. dropped by our very own sweatshop to say hi to his fellow Lampoon buddy. Not too long after his visit, B.J. was on MTV's Punk'd and well, now I don't need to tell you how he's doing (Emmy winner).
So enough of my r-tard explanation for a back story. I'm here to share with you B.J.'s Miis found in his MySpace photo section. I don't know if he created all of these himself, but dammit some of them are pretty good. Like, scary good. And I thought you, the nerd herd, would smile upon seeing them. Did you smile? Thought so!
I met uber producer and musician Rupert Hine at Mileece's studio opening last night. Rupert was charming, had a sweet British accent and a twinkle in his eyes. From the company it was safe to assume he worked in the music industry. After about five minutes of banter, I was able to determine that he was very close to my family friends. I can't go out and meet totally unrelated strangers anymore. But obvs, in some cases, I don't mind!
You guys should meet my friend, Bort. He is so popular. And he has more friends than anyone I know. He was the first and only person to tell me that AIM had a limit for adding friends, because he reached that limit! Bort also had to upgrade his cell phone for the same reason. I didn't like that he was deleting my home, work, and pager numbers to fit in all the new girls' digits he met through Sean and James. We always got along because we come from very large families. He's one of the few people I know who lived through second generation hand-me-downs.
Bort and I like to play one-on-one ball when I visit the Bronx. It's no fun though cause I'm only 4'11" and he thinks playing smart is slamming the ball out of my hands every time I go for a lay up. He thinks playing tough will make me a better baller. It's okay though cause when we have handstand contests he always loses, so I win with him sometimes. We always celebrate our victories with Baskin Robbins French Vanilla ice cream cones. Some routines are just too precious to quit.
Please bear with me while I clean up this site. If anyone wants to make a banner for me, rock! I'll rotate them until I finish a new one. Banner dimensions are 900 x 175. My color palette is what you see now but I'm open to whatever you want to make up. And of course I'll give a shout out if I use it. Thanks, yo!
To all the nice people who link to Hustler of Culture, please update my URL to http://www.hustlerofculture.com. And dump the old hustlerofculture.typepad.com addy. Thank you for your continued support and for helping me out with this OCD issue. Peace out.