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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Notes from a Tinseltown Weekend

Okay, so where am I?

Top left and around: Taylor, Seacrest, Nick Jonas, Ludacris,
me, Iggy, the red carpet, Pia Toscano, and my credential.
I'm in Hollywood getting ready to fly out on another top secret media campaign. Well, not so top secret, more of a non-disclosure, which binds my silences. Before the free drinks flow in the Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, I had a little business to wrap up in tinseltown.

With all the hoopla of the iHeart Radio Music Awards (yes, the red carpet was amazing once again), you may have missed a little tidbit on the official release of the video from my Miss Pilot show called "You Gave Me Love." While it's only been watched on my youtube page a few times, a couple of other posts have been watched almost 1,000,000 times combined. I mean, it's no grumpy cat, but for a little Japanese show that could, I will take it any day of the week:

The past few days have been bittersweet as a countdown to the last days of Mad Men (more on that later). In between it all, a ran across some news that may or may note blow you away.

Breakfast Is Not The Most Important Meal Of The Day...No, your parents did not lie to you. They were just misinformed. As with many studies surrounding food, a majority of the research surrounding breakfast was funded by those peddlers of cereal and bacon (side note: don't eat bacon) — unsurprisingly concluding that a complete breakfast was necessary to a healthy lifestyle. But, according to a dietician and a cultural historian interviewed by Hopes & Fears, breakfast, as a structured meal, really doesn't matter. If you're hungry in the morning, eat! If you're not, then don't lay an egg, just eat whenever hunger strikes. The most important thing to remember is that it's not when you eat, but what you eat. 

The Machines Now Decide If You Get That Job, Based On Your Voice...Decades of voice research has revealed that no matter how happy, or inspired, or serious people try to sound — underneath all that inflection lies a telltale "fingerprint" of a person's voice that influences how others perceive you. And when it comes to jobs that rely heavily on putting people at ease, or diffusing anger or winning others over, companies are starting to use algorithms to systematically weed out the good voices from the bad. It's bad news if you're looking to get into sales or work at a call center, but maybe good news that your career isn't in dealing with people all day?

Filed under "every great New York media lunch started with a pastrami sandwich, a good drink and a willing client" comes  BEEF GRIEF...The Price Of Pastrami In New York Is Too Damn High. Imagine this sign:

“Due to the increased price of pastrami,” it began, unpromisingly, “we at the Yankee Tavern apologize for the increase in prices for the pastrami items.” 

This Professor Has Invented A Pill That Eliminates Hangovers...Former chief drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt has answered your sweaty, toilet-bowl-hugging prayers and invented a non-toxic inebriant drug that mimics the effects of alcohol: without the hangover. 

THE END IS NEAR...Mad Men is coming to an end in seven hours of television. I'm a bit broken up about it. Maybe it's because for 99% of the viewing public it is just great television. For me, I lived it. Watching the drama at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, etc. is like a little snippet of my childhood, only the people are prettier and it's set in New York. Virtually everything that happened through the first six and a half seasons occurred in my life. Almost as if they read my diary, er, not that I keep one. So, as Don Draper and company get ready to clock out for good, AMC allows us to get up close and personal with our favorite ad team. I suppose you'll know where I'll be April 5 at 10p EST.

But before you check out the photos and a trailer for the new season below, get a little reading in. Haley Herfurth of Menatl_Floss reports that since its start in 2007, AMC’s Mad Men has mentioned, discussed, or alluded to a considerable amount of classic literature, from authors like Dante to Mark Twain to Edward Gibbon. Each mention or allusion serves a purpose within the show’s plotline, working either to explain a character, set a scene, or provide context for decisions made or actions taken. So if you're going to watch a whole day of television, the least you could do is read one of these 12 classics.
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