I got to spend this New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, enjoying the spectacular fireworks show. Actually, I got to see two fireworks shows. The first one was at 9 p.m., at Darling Harbor, and the second one was the famous midnight show. It lasted 12 minutes, and lit up all of Sydney. From our hotel room I saw four sets of fireworks go off, surrounding the Sydney Harbor … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Since Twitter's transformation earlier this year, it has become more and more of a news source (New Twitter Completes Its Transformation into News Source). And it is probably where I get 1/3 or so of my information these days. Today's top trend is Comic Sans. Click on the image above; it'll take you to an entertaining site that promises to help people who are Comic Sans … [Read more...] about Today’s Twitter Trend: Comic Sans Criminal
While working on some galleries this week, I found out a couple interesting facts: 1. Jack Nicholson thought that his grandparents were his parents until he was 37 years old, when a Time reporter writing a feature about Nicholson told him. 2. Morgan Freeman does not approve of Black History Month. He has said, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American … [Read more...] about Facts of LIFE
That's not a terrible thing. I am, after all, in a graduate publishing program and Twitter is a huge part of marketing these days. But finals week starts in T-minus 6 days, and instead of hitting the books, I've been tweeting. Not that procrastination is new to me, but usually right about now is when I'd have the cleanest apartment in the world, with everything neatly … [Read more...] about Twitter is Taking Over My Life
Arguments for Proposition 8 began at the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today at 10 a.m., PST. The ruling will come later, but in the meantime, you can watch live coverage at SF Appeal and read live updates at California Beat. … [Read more...] about Will California’s Prop 8 Finally Be Overturned?
Don't panic. It's just a video. I love everything Douglas Adams, so I was thrilled when my friend sent me the link to TED of Adams giving a talk at UC Santa Barbara (my alma mater!) And then, as I do with everything I'm interested in, I did some research. I knew that Adams had died somewhere in the early 2000s, before the newest Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie … [Read more...] about Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything
I love the show Jeopardy. And lately I've noticed that many of the categories in Jeopardy have coincided with trivia I learned recently researching stories for LIFE. For example, in an episode last week one of the clues was asking for the name of the 1949 musical that won a Pulitzer Prize. And while researching information for a celebrity gallery, I stumbled upon the names … [Read more...] about What I Learned at Life This Week
I used to write science articles, and I miss it. So I'm going to start blogging about it. You're welcome. Lots of interesting stuff going on today. For one, NASA had some exciting but also disappointing news. Yesterday they announced they would hold a press conference, which address how we're going to change the way we look at extraterrestrial life. Of course, everyone … [Read more...] about Science Rules!
Earlier this week, my interactive media class had a guest speaker: Kate Rados. She is currently the marketing director for F&W Media, and for part of her presentation she gave us a case study to test our marketing skills. Earlier this year, she had created a marketing campaign for the book, "Marijuana is Safer." The book is about how marijuana is less dangerous than … [Read more...] about Marketing and Marijuana
Saw this sign at Symposia, the independent bookstore in Hoboken, NJ. … [Read more...] about Spirituality for Sale
I'm taking an online class, via UCLA Extension, called Writing Sex. It's interesting. So far, I've learned that good sex writing revolves around good character development, and bad sex writing relies too much on cliches and the actual sex act. Does sex writing matter? Well, yes. Just like any other type of writing, it is used to convey a deeper meaning. Can it be thoughtful? … [Read more...] about Writing Sex
Today I was supposed to see the office of Time Out New York, a magazine that writes about things to do in New York City. I left my house at 11 a.m., thinking that would be plenty of time to make it to the office by 12:15--maybe I could even grab some lunch on the way. But damn the rain and my hopeless directional sense. I accidentally walked toward 4th Ave instead of 4th St … [Read more...] about Time Out, from New York
Last week, I saw the movie The Switch. Afterwards, I got suckered into taking a couple surveys outside the theater. I was told that I could earn thousands of points just answering questions about TV shows on a machine labeled Nielsen, and I could use those points to pay my gas expenses for the next month. Well maybe not an entire month but at least a few miles. Thanks to my … [Read more...] about Advertisers Are Getting Sneakier