Thursday, December 30, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Seattle 10th-Best in U.S. for Business

Seattle comes in at a healthy #10 for business climate in 2010. PSBJ provides link to MarketWatch study.

Seattle 10th-best in U.S. for business: Report | Puget Sound Business Journal

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Another Chance to Save “Terriers”

Another chance to save the FX show "Terriers" shot locally in OB and around San Diego. OB Rag provides info and a link.

OB Businesses Hurting After “Terriers” Canceled

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The 2010 Black List: Hollywood's Hottest Unproduced Scripts

How an email sent out of frustration went viral. The Black List pulls together the best original, unproduced scripts (Juno, The Social Network) and gives them life. Like we need another sequel.

The 2010 Black List: Hollywood's Hottest Unproduced Scripts | Fast Company

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

YouTube "Gitcha Goomsba Up!"

Hot, new adv campaign for the ancient and authentic Bavarian village of Leavenworth, WA.

YouTube - Woody Goomsba- "Gitcha Goomsba Up!"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing

Article from Fast Company on Boing Boing's profitable business model or lack thereof. Boing Boing is good read if you like random, scattered, eclectic posts about nonsense.

Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing | Fast Company

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Borowitz Report

Clinton refuses to leave White House.

Borowitz Report

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Start-Ups On A Shoestring

Three successful entrepreneurs who started their businesses for under $150. From the WSJ.

Entrepreneurs Who Launched Companies for Under $150 -

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Help save Terriers

If you liked the first season of Terriers on FX, please see Cathy Anderson's suggestions for how to make sure it comes back for a second season. Actually filmed on location in OB and around San Diego (not Vancouver or Shreveport), it's a smart show that's brought in millions of dollars of direct revenue and local, it makes up for HBO's god-awful John From Cincinnati debacle from a few years back.

Help save Terriers! | Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association

Friday, December 3, 2010

Donna's Gone Surfing

Love her or hate her, Donna Frye was a force on the San Diego City Council for the last decade. Now the surf shop owner turned lightning rod is stepping back again after a memorable ten years in San Diego's Byzantine political scene. From CityBeat.

Donna's done

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Life Lessons from Seattle's Duff McKagan

G&R's Duff talks about trying to fit it all in. From his Seattle Weekly column.

Traveling Leaves No Cure for the Aching Heart - Seattle Music - Reverb

Apple's Success Formula

How Apple stays relevant after 34 years.

Amid economic doldrums, Apple has a spectacular year -

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Television Writer Andy Borowitz's Rise and Reflection

CBS Sunday Morning interview with satirist Andy Borowitz. Andy talks about his mid-stream career move.

Television Writer Andy Borowitz's Rise and Reflection - CBS News Video

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Atticus!

To Kill a Mockingbird's 50th Anniversary.

Bar Bulletin

Friday, November 26, 2010

California tops nation with 'powerful' brands

With a 12% unemployment rate and a $25B budget deficit Cali still leads the nation for innovative, creative tech companies. Nice to see some good news for the golden state.

California tops nation with 'powerful' brands | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lenin Lighting Kicks Off Fremont's X-Mas

Nothing quite says Christmas in Seattle like the lighting of the 30-foot tall, granite statue of communist leader Vlady Lenin. Strain yourself a delicious glass of homemade potato vodka, grab a street vendor pirogi and you're all set for this Fremont tradition on Dec. 3rd.

Lenin Lighting Kicks Off December’s Fremont Friday Art Walk » Fremont Universe

Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

The Hollywood Reporter's top 35 under 35 deal maker list for 2010. Some interesting, non-linear paths for how these creatives got where they are today.

Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns - The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Clean Cluster | San Diego Business Journal

Good news for San Diego's growing clean-tech biz.

Clean Cluster | San Diego Business Journal

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ari Emanuel Argues Over Piracy at Web Summit (Video)

Ari Emanual, Rahm's bro and inspiration for the Ari Gold character, blows up at a question on pricing and copyright piracy. Ari tactfully tells him to cut down on the booze.

Ari Emanuel Argues Over Piracy at Web Summit (Video) - THR, Esq.

Friday, November 19, 2010

How to Make a Scene

Seattle's Ace Hotel - Advice on creating a unique user experience.

How to Make a Scene

Babysitters for urban farmers' backyard chickens

In step with "keeping Portland weird" here's the first chicken sitting biz for urban farmers.

Babysitters for urban farmers' backyard chickens - Jul. 23, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Burning Question: Just Who Is T-Mobile's New 4G Girl

The LA Times answers the question on everyone's mind: just who is the new T-Mobile on to the economy.

Burning Questions: Just who is T-Mobile's stylish new 4G girl, and who made that pink-and-white dress? | All The Rage | Los Angeles Times

Monday, November 15, 2010

Top 10 Tips to Getting Web 2.0 Buzz

Quick online marketing tips from Fast Company.

Top 10 Tips to Getting Web 2.0 Buzz | Fast Company

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

'How to Beat Up Anybody' - Fox News Video

Funny interview on Red Eye of Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock.

'How to Beat Up Anybody' - Fox News Video -

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bacon-Flavored Jones Soda

Nothing good can come from "bacon-flavored" soda. I believe this is what first set off Native Americans at the original Thanksgiving table.

Bacon-flavored Jones Soda, ewwww -

Friday, November 5, 2010

Downtown Bellingham - Art Walk

Bellingham's art walk info for tonight.

Downtown Bellingham

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

San Diego Beer Week - Nov 5th - 14th

Yes, that would be 10 days, 35 breweries and over 500 events scheduled...

San Diego Beer Week, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening?!?!

Yes, it had to happen at some point. The small-batch, hand-crafted artisanal movement (wine, bread, cheese, coffee, soap...) just jumped the shark with this first (and only) pencil-sharpening business. Hilarious website.

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Success Story - Seattle's PopCap

Seattle's PopCap. Not bad for a kid with a 1.67 gpa to drop out and create a $100M online gaming company. From Inc. magazine.

How I Did It: John Vechey, Founder of PopCap

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Harris Poll: Most Popular US Cities

San Diego comes in at #2 and Seattle #4 for the place people want to live most in the US. NYC ranked #1 for most popular and least popular city.

Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > New York City, San Diego and Las Vegas Top List of Cities People Would Like to Live In or Near

Interview of Seattle's Rainn Wilson

Video interview of Rainn Wilson from The Office...and how he got his name. His folks were Seattle hippies. Shocker.

See 'The Office’s' Rainn Wilson this weekend | KING 5 TV | Seattle News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Evening Magazine

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bill Walton and S.D. Sport Innovators

George Chamberlin's video interview of Bill Walton re: the Connect San Diego Sport Innovators biz group. From the San Diego Daily Transcript. Media: Bill Walton and S.D. Sport Innovators

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Picasso Plays Seattle

Quick video from Evening Magazine re: the new and very rare Picasso exhibit at SAM. Chance to get in for free on select days and times. | Seattle News Video on Demand

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Steve Jobs's Strategy? "Get Rid of the Crappy Stuff"

Nice little article about focus and niching down to create a great customer experience and brand loyalty. Pretty incredible that Apple has built a $30B company on such a small line of products.

Steve Jobs's Strategy? "Get Rid of the Crappy Stuff" | Fast Company

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Small Towns In WA - Wanderlust

Some good small towns off the beaten path for weekend get-aways. From Seattle Met magazine.

Seattle Met Magazine / Travel & Outdoors / Travel & Outdoors Articles / Detail

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Worst Ads of 2011 | Fast Company

So damn bad these ads are worth watching again. Had to know Flo was in the mix.

The Worst Ads of 2011 | Fast Company

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ms. White Trash Pageant - Portland

Ah yes, in step with the tradition of "keeping Portland weird" this is a short video of Portland's Ms. White Trash pageant. Winner makes appearances traveling around in an RV.

Title of Miss White Trash up for grabs | KING 5 TV | Seattle News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Evening Magazine

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America - GQ

The Zig Zig Cafe in Pike Place Market wins GQ's top honors for America's best cocktail bar.

The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America: Restaurants + Bars: GQ

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NW Entrepreneur Finds Success With Comic Books

...can't say I've ever read a comic book but this is a good article from the WSJ about taking risks and creating a successful business.

An Artful Entrepreneur Finds Comic Book Success -

Fall Hikes in Okanogan County, WA

From Outoors NW.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Failing Forward

Good summary of operating within the strength zone and outside the comfort zone...

Why Failure Is Good for Success | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Tours and Festivals

Pick a pumpkin, try a corn maze and get your Octoberfest drink-on wearing your finest lederhosen - list of farm fests and fall events around Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Fall tours and festivals: Top spots for seasonal fun around our Northwest corner - Grow Northwest

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld

The Greg-Alogue about aging gracefully...or not. One can only hope Lady Ga-Ga puts away the meat suit when she hits the big 3-0

Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld -

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jersey Shore comes to Ocean beach

Jersey Shores meets Seattle meets OB...for a good cause.

Jersey Shore comes to Ocean beach -

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jake Locker - Column Magazine

Nice article from the UW's Column magazine about Jake Locker's off-field contributions.

First and 10 | Columns Magazine, September 2010 | The University of Washington Alumni Magazine

Friday, September 10, 2010

Use of Backstory

Good article from Author magazine about how to use backstory without burying the reader in exposition. - an on-line magazine for writers and readers...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Sex Pistols perfume" launched

Quite possibly a sign of the end of civilization as we know it: ladies and gentlemen, introducing Sex Pistols perfume. Yes, that's right. So step right up at only $51 bucks a bottle.

Pungent punk: "Sex Pistols perfume" launched -

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bike Snob NYC

This is a fun humor blog to follow if you like biking but not the "elitist" bike culture that sprung up overnight without an invitation.

Bike Snob NYC

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Web Series - Fall TV

Article from Fast Company about some of the creative, innovative web series for the fall season.

Television on the Web Is Redefining Must-See Viewing | Fast Company

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Terriers" is good for San Diego

Alrighty we go again with a new FX show called "Terriers" using SD as the backdrop. So far so good with the reviews. It's been hit or miss lately with shows based in San Diego: "Veronica Mars" - a hit, HBO's "John From Cincinnati" - a big miss. And never forget the atrocious Friday night attempt "The Ex-List" which lasted a full three episodes before CBS mercifully pulled the plug.

"Terriers" is good for San Diego and good for TV -

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dick's Drive-In -- Seattle's oldest, continuously operating fast-food restaurant for where Dick's should open their new drive-in. Vote right and vote often or else Sir Mix Alot will return from Dick's on Broadway circa 1988 and punish you.

Dick's Drive-In -- Seattle's oldest, continuously operating fast-food restaurant

Finding Customer Advocates

Quick ideas on locating customer advocates as you grow your biz. Google Alerts is a great way to keep up to date on your company's reputation, industry trends and competition. From Inc.

8 Places To Find Advocates for Your Business - Marketing - Sales - Word of Mouth

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Top Hollywood Earners of 2009 | Vanity Fair

Hollywood's top money makers for 2009. How does Nicholas Cage gross $28M in one year while going B/K and getting forclosed on...must be nice.

Top Hollywood Earners of 2009 | Vanity Fair

Monday, August 30, 2010

IB - So Cal's Last Forgotten Beach

Hit up IB if you get the chance. Strange scene with TJ's beachside bull ring off in the distance.

The Battle for Imperial Beach - San Diego Magazine

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OB Rag publisher in flap with beach town's rules

Shocking news out of OB with locals arguing with other locals over who qualifies as a "local."

OB Rag publisher in flap with beach town's rules -

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Big Brother - A Summer Avoiding Reality

Article (Big Brother - A Summer Avoiding Reality) I wrote for the King County Bar Bulletin's August 2010 issue.

Bar Bulletin

Back To School...Already?

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho...back to school they go. Quick backpack advice from the SDUT.

How can I choose the right backpack for my child? -

Sunday, August 15, 2010

San Diego's Meals On Wheels

Contact info on San Diego's food trucks from the SDUT.

Gourmet meals from food trucks -

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Seattle's Dead Baby Bike Race - They'll Explain

Short video from Evening Magazine. Another one of those quirky Seattle traditions - The Dead Baby Bike Race...they'll explain the odd name...

'Dead Baby Bike Race' not how it sounds | KING 5 TV | Seattle News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Evening Magazine

Friday, August 6, 2010

Forbes’ Coolest Cities List 2010

Well, how about that. After a highly scientific study, Seattle came in 3rd in Forbes' 2010 "coolest city" list...must be the torn cartigans and Converse kicks. San Diego comes in at respectable no. 7.

Haute & Cool in the USA: Las Vegas and New York City Top Forbes’ Coolest Cities List | Haute Living Magazine

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Funny Or Die - Making Money

What the what...a creative, profitable internet business model. If you haven't watched The Landlord yet check it out.

How Funny or Die Comedy Videos Became a Celebri - Flash Player Installation

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Undercover Karaoke with Jewel - Funny Or Die Video

Good stuff. Jewel goes undercover as mild-mannered "Karen, the frozen produce sales person."

Undercover Karaoke with Jewel from Jewel, Eric Appel, Antonio Scarlata, and FOD Team - Video

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

NYC's Naked Cowboy Sues Naked Cowgirl

Possibly the all-time greatest trademark lawsuit ever. Got to protect your branding. Only in NYC...

1-Man Rodeo - NYC's Naked Cowboy Sues Naked Cowgirl -

Friday, July 23, 2010

Power Lawyers Top 100 | The Hollywood Reporter

List of the top 100 entertainment law lawyers according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Power Lawyers Top 100 | The Hollywood Reporter

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SAG TV: Digital Content Creation And Delivery

Video: great two-part SAG panel discussion regarding digital content development and distribution.

The Actor-Producer Panel: Digital Deals, Development, and Distribution - Part 1 | Screen Actors Guild

Friday, July 16, 2010

Freemium Biz Model

Article from Fast Company covering Evernote, a web and mobile app. company, that's created a successful biz model in the freemium world.

Evernote CEO Phil Libin Shares the Power of the Freemium Model | Fast Company

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cyrus’ Jay and Mark Duplass

Interview of the Duplass bro's - writers and directors of the indie film Cyrus. The Duplass brothers are part of the new "mumblecore" filmmaker set where the creators sketch out the characters and storyline and then let the actors rip. Article is from the Writers Guild and covers their creative process.

Cyrus’ Jay and Mark Duplass

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

World's Worst Dating Site Ever

The world's worst idea and dating site ever. Video from Red Eye.

Matchmaker Moms Move to Internet - Video -

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Whatcom County Farm Guide

...good resource for the 100 + local farms and wineries in Whatcom County - tours, tastings, festivals and local, organic foodie articles.

NW Farms & Food | News, Local Food and Farms in the Pacific Northwest

Monday, July 12, 2010

Only in Hollywood...

Pretty funny article and video presentation on how so many god-awful movies get the greenlight in Hollywood. Hard to believe that every year 50,000 works are registered with the Writers' Guild. There's got to be something good in there...

Superstorm: The Worst Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Never Made | Fast Company

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Duff McKagan: Leave It to Bieber

What goes better together than peanut butter and chocolate? How about Guns & Roses' Duff Mcagan and Justin Bieber? Yes, the Seattle native and former bass player for G&R writes a column at Seattle Weekly and he's just tackled the most mystifying, controversial, polarizing issue of our time: the rise of the Bieber. Well, enjoy the hell out of this one.

Duff McKagan: Leave It to Bieber - Page 1 - Music - Seattle - Seattle Weekly

Friday, July 9, 2010

Author Magazine - An Interview with Louis Sachar

...good little v-cast interview with former attorney turned author Louis Sachar. He talks about hitting the crossroads after investing so much time and money in law school only to discover that he really wanted to write books.

Once you get over the fact that he looks just like Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David it is a good interview!

Author Magazine - An Interview with Louis Sachar

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Iconic Symbols of Summer in America

Short article from Inc. magazine covering the "light bulb" moment in the development of iconic and nostalgic inventions in America. Includes Seattle's REI.

Summer Fun!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Indie Filmmakers: 'Life in a Day'

Check out Ridley Scott's new project called "A Day in a life" which will be collecting indie filmmakers' documentary shorts from around the world on July 24th. Details in the article if you want to jump in...

Ridley Scott, YouTube prep for 'Life in a Day'

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pickford Film Center | Home

...if you get up to Bellingham for a weekend getaway, check out the Pickford Theatre for indie flicks...

Pickford Film Center | Home

Moosefest: Northern Exposure Fan Festival

Need some sun this summer? If you were a fan of Northern Exposure or like small, funky towns, head over to Roslyn for the weekend of July 23-25 for the Northern Exposure fan fest. Get a beer at the Brick, check out Chris's streetside radio studio and get another beer at the Brick.

Moosefest™.org Northern Exposure Fan Festival

Friday, July 2, 2010

Write Without Wanting To Be Published...

Podcast from Author Magazine. It's an interview with author Laura Munson who wrote 14 novels before getting published. She was also going thru a tough divorce during this time as well...pretty interesting story of how she stayed flexible and stopped worrying about results and all the BS that she couldn't control. Once she let go and stayed focused on the process of her writing, good things started to happen.

Author Magazine - An Interview with Julia Quinn

Friday, June 25, 2010

Better Than a Facebook Blast

Maybe you've been there before - late night, a couple cocktails in ya and you just want to vent something regrettable on Facebook or Twitter. Well, get some sleep and head down to the Ballard Farmer's Market and try this stress release option instead. Gotta love street side art in real time...another one of those "only in Seattle" stories that make this a unique, creative city.

Commercial Verse - Seattle, June 2010 | City Arts Magazine

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Nobody Knows Anything..."

Good article about perseverance, dealing with BS and attitude from the hyper-competitive world of screenwriting.

Writers Store: Tales From the Script: 5 Things I Learned Interviewing Screenwriters by Peter Hanson

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Veg Express offers quick vegetarian fix

Cool little story from Bellingham about someone who found a niche/need and took a risk. A veggie/vegan stand...only in Bellingham!

Veg Express offers quick vegetarian fix | BBJ Today

Friday, June 18, 2010

How Much For An Edsel?

If you like classic cars, take a gander at the current values for these former lemons.

Cars: Flops then, collectible now - Edsel (1958-60) (1) -

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ride The Wave

Quick article on resilience from Mel Robbins, a columnist for Success magazine and a former attorney.

Billionaire to Bankrupt Every Day | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read

Monday, June 14, 2010

I Can Has Cheezburger - Seattle Escapism

Great story from the NYT on a Seattle guy who took a risk and saw it pay off. The blog network he's created is a nice little dose of daily escapism...

I Can Has Cheezburger Blog Leads to a Web Empire -

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Penn Jillette on 'Red Eye' - Video -

Short interview of Penn Jillette on a recent episode of Red Eye. Conservative, liberal, don't really care at this point? Tivo Red Eye at midnight on Fox. Good stuff if you like Bill Mahr, The Daily Show, etc.

Penn Jillette on 'Red Eye' - Video -

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Zombies In Seattle...

Ah yes, only in Fremont. What better way to blow off some steam than take part in Fremont's upcoming "Red, White and Dead" Zombie Walk on July 3rd. Organizers are hellbent on taking back the world title from England this year with upwards of 10,000 sun-starved Seattle zombies roaming the streets...

Fremont Outdoor Movies | RED, WHITE & DEAD ZOMBIE Block Party

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Second Acts

...great little story of a guy hitting the crossroads in his career and learning to follow his passion.

A programmer starts a small business giving hiking tours - May. 28, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kiplinger Ranks Seattle High!

Kiplinger just ranked Seattle as the second best city for economic growth over the coming decade...a bright spot for those facing transition on an otherwise rainy Memorial Day weekend...

Best Cities 2010: Seattle, Wash. - Kiplinger

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bounce Back

Pretty incredible story about working thru adversity when life hits the fan.

Your Personal Best: Bethany Hamilton is Back on the Board | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Biking Thru Baja California

Need to get away for a week? Even if you can't, here's a fun article on biking the 745-mile Mexico Baja peninsula on the cheap.

Healthy Optons During Stressful Times


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