Archive | July, 2010

Markets of Britain, a new film

31 Jul

A lovely short film by Lee Titt, which also happens to be a Lee Titt production. It needs no commentary, just watch it and you will be pleased you did.

Thanks to Simon McNally for the tip, and boingboing.

New Daft Punk TRON soundtrack = amazing

31 Jul

You guys, you guys – the soundtrack to the new TRON movie has been uploaded by this youtube user. You should listen to it.

This one is my favorite.

Daft Punk, you are my heroes. I will try not to dwell on why you might have possibly let this leak even though it’s the soundtrack of a DISNEY MOVIE (Disney who is notorious with their lawyers for um, stuff I won’t write because the law might get me).

New obsession: The Daily Stat

30 Jul

I can’t believe I didn’t discover it sooner, but I’m kind of obsessed with The Daily Stat, a subscription I receive in my inbox every day from the Harvard Business Review.

Just this week, I’ve learned that blond women and their husbands earn more money than brunettes, gay couples save more money for their retirement, and more people die from medication mistakes in July than any other month.

My favorite blond!

If you want to annoy your family and friends and spout random facts too, you can subscribe here. You can also subscribe for daily management tips, but if you want to be a better manager you should just keep reading my post on Jack Donaghy’s management skillz over and over again.

Is subscribe a verb? Login is not. Treatise is here. Thanks to KPR for that tip.

The Depression was in colour?

29 Jul

I don’t know about you, but in my imagination, the whole world was in black and white before the prevalence of colour photography. Which is why these photos – a handful of the few colour photos taken of the Great Depression – kind of blow my mind. They’re really beautiful, but they also don’t make sense. It looks like a bunch of people circa 1970 decided to switch up their usual civil war re-enactment hobby time in favour of a ‘great depression’ theme.

In tangential news, depression (as in the mental illness) really does make everything look grey.

Thanks to Sara Knelman and Bryan Wendorf for the links.

What should you make for dinner?

25 Jul

If you’re not sure what to make to eat today, you should make something like this.

Please beware that there are swears on this website and that the url also contains swears. I would apologize for this but I did not make the website. I am only suggesting that you read it, and assume that you are an adult who is not overly offended by swear words.

But the good news is that small children who should not be reading swears should also not be cooking things. So they would have no use for this website.

Thank you to lifehacker/gizmodo for the link.

ArtStars* catches up with the ROM bomber

23 Jul

Everyone’s favorite Toronto art scene agitateurs (I made that word up) ArtStars* go to Iceland to interview the dude who pretended to plant a (fake) bomb at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2007. Apparently he fled to the land of ice and moonshine and sadface currency issues after he got kicked out of school and went to court and stuff.

I wish I did projects in art school that were so insane that they forced me to leave the country. Of course, I also wish I were a cat and had a trampoline.

Thanks ArtStars*! You are my favorite journalism sometimes.

UPDATE – part two of this interview is here.

Management lessons from Jack Donaghy

21 Jul

There’s little discussion on the interweb, it seems, on the management style of 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy. (Not using my impatient Wednesday google-fu, anyway.)

This is kind of shocking to me.

I mean, there’s so much to love about the man! And hate! But mostly love. If you are Liz Lemon.

So as I wrap up the last few weeks of my MBA degree, I would like to reflect on a few lessons I’ve learned from Jack through the seasons of 30 Rock episodes I’ve played in the background as I mind-numbingly format power point presentations or plug formulas into excel, wishing that I worked for NBC (so I could eat the Sno-cone cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery around the corner every day).

Jack looks so sassy and jaunty here. I think it's the graceful hand-on-hip.

1. Care about your people – who they are and what they do.

I learned this lesson in one of my MBA leadership classes and I think Jack does a decent job here. He truly wants to be involved in Liz’s life both at work and outside work. He is concerned about Liz’s single life. He is interested in meeting her family when they come to visit. And he doles out advice to Liz on how she should manage her subordinates ONLY when she comes to him for help, like any effective coach should. His door is open to her. AND he helped Liz get her own talk show when he saw it was something she might be good at. (So what if it didn’t work out?)

Okay. Maybe it was kind of shitty that he pretended to be in love with her because he couldn’t handle sharing the new cast member with her, but the new cast member was just a fling who touched the back of her knees a lot. And maybe he doesn’t care about his personal assistant Jonathan. Or Lutz. But nobody cares about Lutz.

Love Will Arnett. So. Much.

2. Be afraid of the man who hates to lose, not the man who loves to win.

Full disclosure: I stole this lesson from my entrepreneurship professor. But I think it applies to Jack. He thrives in crisis mode. He’s a man who loves to win, surely, but he hates to lose a million times more. Look at his feud with Devon! That thing got ugly so quickly. And so sparkly. And shiny. And unicorny. Thanks to Kathy Geiss. (This lesson/mindset also applies to Devon, obviously.)

I have no clever caption for these hands. I just want to touch them, put them inside my hands, and perhaps make them clap.

3. You are your brand. Manage it well and be consistent about your message.

When Jack left a drunken answering machine message to now ex-girlfriend Nancy, he knew that the right thing to do was break into her house with Kenneth to delete it. Jack asks Liz for advice on what picture best represents him before that big Six Sigma retreat thingee where Liz did the ‘bra lady went crazy’ dance to distract from the broadcast of Jack calling himself a turd backstage. When he had a heart attack, he hid it from everyone because he knew it was a sign of weakness. (Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit here. But you get the point.)

I'm always a sucker for a miniature, especially in fun-cooker format.

4. Innovent.

Jack is dedicated to the idea that anything can be improved, revised, improvised, revolutionized. Yeah, maybe it sounds a bit pointless to change things that don’t obviously need revolutionizing. But he understands that the status quo needs to challenged otherwise there will never be growth, efficiency or any of those other great positive business-y things. No drive to innovent = complacency.

Some MBAers would argue that Jack D has too much love for Jack W

5. You CAN bounce back from your mistakes, as long as you admit them and show you’ve learned something from them.

When Jack messed up with that whole fireworks presentation in downtown Manhattan thing, he didn’t let it get him down. He built a strategy to get his life back. When Devon (I mean Kathy Geiss) stepped into the big position Jack wanted and then Devin pushed Jack out of the organization, Jack was willing to start at the bottom all over again and work in the mailroom. He’s persistent, and some of the time, humble. Another nice quality in a leader, which I learned in my leadership class last semester.

When I did a Jack Donaghy google search, this kitten came up.

I am not suggesting Jack Donaghy is flawless. Or even the most amazing manager ever. But he’s someone that I would probably be pretty happy to work for one day if I ended up being in the same position as Liz Lemon. And as awesome/not awesome as Liz. If I ended up being in the same position as Jonathan or Kenneth, however? Probably not so happy.