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The Man Purse Debate …continues….The IPAD Saves the Day!!

Posted in Apple, Comedy, Print Media, The Hangover, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Shouts out to Ben Ullman for putting me up on this great Gizmodo article,

Does the iPad Make Man Purses Okay Now?

The iPad isn’t crazy big. But it’s too big for a pocket. That means one thing: a bag. Not too big of a bag. More like a purse.

I have no inherent distaste for the man purse.* In fact I’ve been waiting for years for my literally closeted obsession with small bags to become socially acceptable. If the arbitrating metric for men’s accessories is utility without gaudiness, the man purse falls comfortably within acceptable boundaries. It lacks the practicality of the backpack, perhaps the most versatile option, but doesn’t dress down a suit. Nothing looks more tacky than a man in business attire with a backpack.

The larger options, attaché cases or messenger bags, are excellent compromises when one must carry a laptop. But one of the beautiful things about the iPad is that it can ably replace a laptop in many situations. Sitting in a coffee shop browsing the web. Reading an ebook on a train. Watching pornography in a hotel room. To slip the relatively small iPad into a laptop-sized bag is inelegant.

Of course this presumes that we’ll want to carry around our iPads at all times, just in case. Our New York contingent claims they’ll rarely take their iPads out of their tiny apartments, content to use them as coffee table portals to their media. Why take an iPad out on the town when an iPhone does nearly the same stuff? A fair point for city dwellers, yet I would challenge with this: What about keyboards?

One of the most exciting thing about the iPad for writers is that we’ll finally be able to use 2002’s most exciting technology with our Apple portable: the Bluetooth keyboard. Even if Apple allows the iPhone the same Bluetooth keyboard access as they do for iPad—a dream come true for this dork—you’ll want to keep a small keyboard on your person. That brings us right back to the man purse.

Although I’m not sure how much you can read into the pre-release offerings from iPad accessory manufacturers, clearly at least a few of them have considered the man purse—or more commonly, “satchel”—as the optimal size for toting an iPad. Even the cases sold without straps are only a couple of D-rings away from being dashing little man purses.

I’ll cop to being too concerned with the question. I’m the sort of man who has nearly as many bags of varying sizes as he does things to put in them. I’ve been in search of the perfect leather satchel for years, resigned that I’ll never find perfection until I pick up the awl and punch and captive-bolt pistol and craft my own

I’ve refrained from the man purse over the years primarily because its primary proponents tend to look like total twats. “What do you have in the purse that you can’t keep in your pockets, Nancy?” A phone in the pocket, never the belt holster—and a huge bag for everything else.

But maybe the mainstream success of the iPad—I’m thinking it’s a lock, if that weren’t already clear—will finally give the varnish of utility to the man purse, finally making it acceptable for even the sweatiest sweatpants stallion to toss his shit into a tiny ballistic nylon satchel and get back to the really important things in life: arguing whether using Apple products in the first place make you look like a total homo.**..

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The Man Purse Debate

Posted in Accessory, Comedy, Fashion, Soundbites, The Hangover, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

"Its A Satchel"

So I am walking into my building yesterday and I see one of my door guys who I always talk to. The conversation is pretty standard for tenant/ building personnel relationships, Sports and women (not  always in that order depending on who happens to be in the lobby)

Yeah I Rock it...so what????

But as I am beginning to make my way for the elevator my buddy/door man says……

“Whats with the man purse?”

Now my very VERY first thought was of Zach Galifiankis from “THE HANGOVER”  :

Click the link to hear the audio

Indiana Jones Wears One

Phil: You’re not really wearin that are you?
Alan: Wearing what?
Phil: The man purse. You’re actually gonna wear that or are you guys just fuckin with me?
Alan: It’s where I keep all my things. I get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it’s not a man purse, it’s called a sachel. Indiana Jones wears one
Phil: So does Joy Behar.

But then I started thinking does my Louis V messenger bag look like a man purse, is it actually a man purse?

Now I am pretty comfortable with my ability to rock the LV and pull it off just fine , but clearly the haters are everywhere, even in my own building. Clearly there is an ongoing  debate regarding the Man Purse because I found a website dedicated to the subject .

Oh then I realized this site has a very clever name particularly for baseball freaks like me, the site is called THE SATCHEL PAGES (Satchel Paige being the oldest rookie to ever play major league baseball and one of the earliest players to break the color barrier

But I digress.

Please note the only reason I wrote this post was so I could use the word SATCHEL and reference “THE HANGOVER”

Thanks for listening.

Google Vowel Outage – Happy April Fools Day

Posted in Google, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 1, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I use google and gmail like everyone else, pretty much constantly, so today as I am logging on I noticed that on the main gmail login page, there were no vowels being used in any of the text. I know from time to time google does some funky stuff and I assumed they were just playing around with instant messaging lingo (Omg, lol, lmao, etc)

As I did some more research it looked as if this might be an actual problem, The corporate arm at Google was officially calling this a VOWEL OUTAGE!

It did not even occur to me for a second that today is April 1st and this is probably one of many little practicle jokes that the good peeps at google were pulling to celebrate April Fools Day.

As it turns out every department at google is encouraged to go crazy on April Fools day and post some wild and crazy stuff.  Even crazier than the Vowel outage might be the rumour today that google had changed its name to TOPEKA

Read Below..Pretty Funny.

Today’s vowel outage

Thursday, April 01, 2010 6:49 AM

Posted by Sam Schillace, Gmail Engineering Director

If you logged into Gmail over the last hour (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing. We realize this makes things difficult for all of you who rely on Gmail — whether at home or at work — and we’re incredibly sorry. We take morphological issues like this extremely seriously, so we want to let you all know what happened and what we’re doing about it.

At 6:01 am Pacific Time, during routine maintenance at one of our datacenters, the frontend web servers in that particular datacenter started failing to render the letter ‘a’ for a subset of users. As error rates escalated, the strain spread to other datacenters. We worked quickly to avoid a cascading failure of the entire alphabet by implementing a stopgap solution that limited the damage to the letters ‘a,’ ‘e,’ ‘i,’ ‘o,’ and ‘u.’ As a result, we’re experiencing Gmail’s first temporary vowel outage. (We’re still investigating whether the letter ‘y’ is impacted and will post an update here shortly.)

Over the last hour we’ve received numerous reports of this issue via our help forums, from colleagues at Google, and via email you’ve sent us. Some of you have already found creative workarounds for communicating without vowels, like Aaron, who sent us this:


Having 80.8% of the alphabet available is significantly below the 99.9% full letter uptime reliability we strive for. Since identifying the root case of this issue, we’ve started bringing vowels back to Gmail, so you should see them back in your account within the next few hours if you don’t already. In the meantime, while you may still see this issue in Gmail’s web interface, both IMAP and POP access are functioning normally. We’ll post an update as soon as things are fully resolved and, again, we’re v3ry s0rry.

Update (7:30 am): We’ve determined that the letter ‘y’ is not impacted.\

Oh Google Happy April Fools Day!

John DeLorean x Cutty Sark

Posted in Collectibles, Design, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Passover is a great time , family and friends get together every spring and celebrate a wonderful Jewish holiday. So yesterday as my mother was slaving in the kitchen (along with the catering staff) my father showed me some new pieces we acquired in our constantly expanding NY Yankee memorabilia collection. Some late 1970’s and early 1980’s World Series programs.

Of course looking at the line ups and the old school team photos are great, but the real treasure in these classic programs are the advertisements. Ads have a way a capturing a moment in time and a glimpse into our pop culture past.

I came across some gems in these three programs, but one really took the cake : The infamous renegade car designer John DeLorean in an ad for Cutty Sark , yes Cutty Sark the brand of liquor. And it’s not like Mr. DeLorean is simply featured as a celebrity endorsing his favorite alcoholic beverage , but there also appears the image of the iconic DeLorean car (most people would not it as Doc Browns time machine in “Back To The Future”)

Now anything related to DeLorean has always fascinated me, there was a family down the block from me growing up that owned a DeLorean and it was a sick looking car that always stuck with me. That fact coupled with the Delorean FBI drug sting story (which is  a whole other blog post entirely) makes Mr. DeLorean a unique and fascinating american entrepeneur.

But the true greatness of this Ad is that , it is a car company blatantly endorsing an alcohol brand complete with an image of both a drink and a car on the same page. How would the organization M.A.D.D. feel about this piece and would it even be legal in todays landscape?

Drinking and Driving is no joke, but again this ad gives a great look into what society was like in 1981, the crusade against drunk driving had clearly not gained steam at this point, but John Delorean was definitely making some hot looking rides!

Social Distancing???

Posted in Fashion, Uncategorized with tags , on March 11, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I like surprises!

Today I was surprised to see an interesting  sign in the reception area at a very prominent fashion house. I found it so funny, that i snapped a flick. Not exactly appropriate for a business meeting, but hey I gots to get the information to my peoples.

As you can see above the picture is a bit blurry (yes the camera function on the blackberry is terrible)

The signs says….

DURING THE FLU SEASON PLEASE LIMIT

HAND SHAKES & OTHER SOCIAL GREETINGS

Help Support  SOCIAL DISTANCING to stop the spread of seasonal germs

Now I get the whole swine flu thing and I understand that the spread of germs is a legit concern for everyone, but how do you react to such a thing. When my potential client came out to greet me, I was confused as to how I should conduct myself, clearly I was not giving this lady a hug (since we never met) but should I shake her hand? Clearly her company is very into the whole social distancing thing.

Maybe I should just hit her with the Obama/Howie Mandell fist bump, or perhaps I should have  just thrown her an elbow or just go full Japanese and bow! Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame actually coined the term “el bump” (for the elbow greeting )

Luckily , this girl was cool and we shook hands and when I asked her about the sign , she too thought it was ridiculous.

Giving people a high five, a pound, a handshake…call it what you will, is part of being human. It’s a way to show affection and to be polite. A nice greeting can make a persons day (ok maybe not a whole day, but you get the point)

For an individual I suppose social distancing is fine, that is your prerogative. But for a company to have a sign in their lobby and waiting room suggesting you don’t shake hands is just plain crazy talk and cant be terribly good for business either.

So next time you see me forget the social distancing and Lets Just Hug It Out!!!!!!!!!

Edwards / Paterson 2012

Posted in History, NY Times, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Edwards/Paterson 2012

Our political system has grinded to a bi-partisan stand still. Our leaders of government need some real introspection as to what they are doing in Washington,  but more  importantly why they became public servants in the first place. Most would state that they entered government because they to wanted to make a difference and improve the quality of life in our nation.

Well the only thing our leaders are doing right in this day and age is SCANDAL. Our leaders have SCANDAL down pat and guess where they do scandal best? Where else but NYC baby! In New York City scandal is a team sport and like the Yankees our politicians play it well. All the while the history of New York and national politics is unfolding daily right before our eyes.

David Paterson is a goner, I have him out of the Governors mansion in Albany by the weekend, but David Paterson will have a lasting effect on national politics for years to come.

What are the chances two men are forced to resign from the same post in one single term due to scandal or personal misconduct. This has got to be a first …of course it is. How hard is it TO NOT get bounced when you basically are only serving half the term? How dumb do you have to be? I love these guys.

And oh how the web of politics works..who would have thought that David Paterson who if nothing else will leave office as a joke and interesting footnote in NY politics would have such a profound effect on the political aspirations of Harold Ford Jr. , and I will go a step further and say that perhaps Hilary Clinton and The President are intimately involved.

Try and follow me here , When Odrama tapped Hilary to be the Secretary of State, she was forced to vacate her NY senate seat, thus allowing the Governor to select a replacement to finish out the term. Keep in mind Paterson had just slid into the job cuz Spitzer was Spitzin in DC with some high-priced lady friends. Suddenly this legally blind guy is Governor and he is appointing Senators. I am not sure this guy should have even been appointing the kid to run the Batman ride at six flags… and what does Paterson do..He picks Christine Gillibrand ,  who at the time was an unpopular choice and it looked briefly like Caroline Kennedy might seek the seat her Uncle Bobby held in the 1960’s (now I am just showing off)

But Paterson picks Gillibrand, Scott Brown (a republican) wins Teddy Kennedy’s seat  in Massachusetts and the Democrats are reeling. Suddenly The Democratic party can’t stand to have the boat rocked any more than it is….so Gillibrand is in and Harold Ford is a non starter.

Listen, no one is worse than John Edwards. But I gotta give my boy David Paterson some props, sicking the state police on an innocent female victim of domestic abuse (by your closest staffer) is right up there.

But honestly Washington is so screwed up at this point nothing would ever surprise me, not even an Edwards/Paterson 2012 ticket!

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“The Politician” by Andrew Young (Recap)

Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Where do I even start, I don’t recall ever reading a non fiction book and shaking my head in utter disbelief with every turn of the page. The scandal surrounding one time Presidential hopeful John Edwards is nothing short of COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. Before I even get into my deeper thoughts on the subject all I can say is that it’s a MUST read. The media has simply not done the story justice , but really how could they? Nothing short of reading this story can describe to the public , as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin states “the sheer freakiness of Mr. Edward’s hubris, ambition and dishonesty”

Let me begin by saying this, there are no heroes in this book, I dont feel bad for any of the players (with exception of the innocent child) who has a nut job for a mother and perhaps the KING of all dirt bags as a father. I pretty much think that they all have gotten what they deserve, if you read “The Politician” I believe you will agree.

The person I really want to start with though is the author. Andrew Young, thank god you cashed out with a “tell all”, because after reading your book Andrew, I think you are a huge DOUCHER and simply not that bright. Oh and your wife is no genius either, she should have left you from jump street. Blind loyalty is not an admirable quality, particularly when you are dealing with and covering for a man who was trying to win our lands highest office. Not to get high and mighty but you both should be ashamed.

But the story in a nutshell is just difficult to wrap your head around, in the book Mr. Young “Describes how he , hi wife Cheri; his children ; and Mr. Edwards pregnant girlfriend , Rielle Hunter , all moved in together, while Andrew Young allowed himself to be falsely named as the Baby’s father-to-be.” This adventure is as strange as science fiction.

What kind of person would admit to having an affair and fathering a child, all in hopes of landing a job in the white house, assuming this candidate could even weather the scandal.  “Young joked that he would deliver the Edward’s groceries in hopes they would some day spend 16 years in the White House-during a vice presidency and a presidency”

Andrew Young redefines the term FALL GUY.

But if for no other reason read this book so you can see the “astonishing degree of either cynicism or delusional thinking on the part of John Edwards”

America we dodged a bullet.