Thursday, February 25, 2010
As you may know, I produce the DC chapter of a national art project called *
Mortified* (*www.getmortified.com*). Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by
Newsweek, and celebrated by the likes of This American Life, The Washington
Post, The Onion AV Club, and Entertainment Weekly, *Mortified* is a comic
excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. Witness
adults sharing their own adolescent journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home
movies, stories and more!
Mortified DC is gearing up for future shows and looking for new content.
I've enclosed information about the project and details on how to submit.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested
in participating. Also please help us get the word out by forwarding this
information to family and friends located in the DC area.
Thanks again for your support. We look forward to hearing from you!
Producer, Mortified DC
*Dear Angsty People in Washington DC,*
- Did you write lame-ass love letters as a kid?
- Did you write angsty lyrics as a teenager?
- Did you spend high school writing melodramatic journals?
So did the people behind *Mortified*. And they want you to join them. Dust
off that diary! Whip out that Trapper Keeper! Yep, *Mortified DC *is
actively looking for new readers to join the fun. If you or someone you
know would like to read aloud utterly embarrassing childhood relics in front
of total strangers ... we'd LOVE to hear from you. Open to anyone from
politicians to accountants. Please note you must be 21+.
*WHAT: MORTIFIED - WASHINGTON DC AREA*
Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek, *Mortified* is a comic
excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. Part
group therapy, part storytelling hilarity, and completely cringe-worthy, *
Mortified* inspires grown adults to share their own adolescent journals,
letters, poems, lyrics, home movies and stories and more!
*Real Stories. Real People. Share the Shame. Get Mortified!*
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is a short little game for all the DC Metro folks stuck in the 2010 blizzard that is easy to play. You can incorporate alcohol if you don't have to work today, but if you are still online and working (like I am) just take a swig of coffee instead. Ready?
Just take a drink or give yourself a point if you have thought of the following during the past week of snow:
- Global warming
- Those commercials with the snowman that walks into a house and melts to become a little kid again (is that for soup?)
- Dr. Zhivago (movie & book)
- Napolean in Russia
- Hitler in Russia
- Anything in Russia
- Cavemen huddled in animal skins
- Hot chocolate
- Buying more canned goods
- How awesome webcams and the internet are
- The end of humanity
- The Donner Party
- The Ice Storm (movie)
- The condition of our nation's homeless
- The condition of the structure you are sitting in right now
- The location of your first aid kit
- Snow blindness
- The situation in Haiti (now that the news is focused on something else, what's happening over there?)
- Moisturizer and/or chapstick
Bonus points (drinks) for the following:
- You are accutely aware of exactly how many rolls of toilet paper you have in the house.
- You are accutely aware of the charging status of all of your electronic devices.
- You are accutely aware of exactly how much coffee you have in the house (including the "emergency instant" in the back of the cabinet).
How did you do? Maxed out on points? Drunk?
Feel free to add rules and/or items to add to the list. We aren't going anywhere for a while! ;-)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Blog Chat (#blogchat) is a regular chat happening on Sunday nights from 9-10 pm ET (although, I caught it on a rare, rescheduled Monday night because of the Super Bowl over the weekend). Mack Collier (@MackCollier on Twitter) founded the chat "to discuss blogs and best practices" and had a well-educated and spirited group of participants on the chat last night, including Chris Brogan (author of Trust Agents) and Curt Smith (founder of Tears for Fears).
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the chat and usually find other things to keep me occupied at 9 pm at night. However, I thought I would check it out for a bit and vary up my online activity. That decision helped me to stumble across a dynamic conversation that will have me coming back for more next Sunday at nine o'clock.
Why was this such a discovery? Because it has inspired me! Because we are creatures of habit.
I am hard pressed for time and keep myself pretty busy at all moments of the day. Did I mention I have a two-year-old? Did I mention I am studying for an important exam? Right. We're ALL busy, so it is super easy to skip what we don't know or what we are not already involved in. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't still explore occasionally. Check out a chat we don't usually participate in...listen to a podcast that is new and different...crack open a book (or Kindle) for something a little different. We should look for opportunities to get inspired!
Other things I've done that are not the norm this week:
- Played with my daughter in an enormous amount of snow
- Participated in #blogchat
- Filed my old docs that have been waiting for organization since I introduced my new filing system to my office
- I tried bacon bits in my omelette (NOT a good choice for inspiration)
- I listened to 2 BlogTalkRadio broadcasts that I've never listened to before
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Maggie McGary, author of the mizz information blog and regular contributor to the weekly Association Chat on Twitter, shared her favorite funny comment someone had made about the chat's hashtag #assnchat (regularly (mis)pronounced "ass n' chat").
With a name so regularly commented on by those out- and inside of the association world, one might assume the group would want to rename it - to avoid such salty comments. However, knowing the regular personalities in the chats, I believe "ass-n-chat" is even more beloved by its participants because of its easy-to-pick-on name.
Is that indicative of the creative and carefully rebellious association people I see in the online community? I'm not sure, but I'd love it if that were the case.
I've been listening to Seth Godin's Linchpin book (usually while I'm trying to review other things...) and his argument about the importance of the indispensable talent versus the old-fashioned workhorse cog fits in well with what I've been seeing. Happily, I see amazing, talented people all around me online and in the association community - people who are bucking ordinary job constraints and paving the way to do work that is not only inspired, but necessary for their organizations to evolve.
That's it. that's all I have to share today. Just that I know a bunch of really smart and talented people who aren't afraid of silly names - as long as the content is good.
But, it didn't feel right. I'm guessing I will test ChipIn when it comes time to try and raise money for my alma mater's International Fund, but for now I just feel a little ridiculous putting my virtual hand out for money. Sure, women pay for breast jobs and all kinds of stuff by putting their request for funding out there, but where does it end? I would never pay for someone else's boob job and although I probably would donate to help someone take the CAE Immersion Course, I just feel a little...uncomfortable with this idea.
What do you think? At any rate, I think ChipIn looks like a great way to coordinate funds...whether for a group gift or for a charity.