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Date Italian Style - Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  Visit the Arthur Avenue Market for appetizers and craft beer in The Bronx Beer.  Then dinner at one of the southern Italian restaurants along Arthur Avenue - Emiia’s, Dominick’s and finish with a hand rolled Cigar. 

This may have been one of my favorite dates, and to celebrate effdem's birthday, no less! I'm very into NYC adventure mode. :)


SXSW is made of panels. You knew that, but did you know this?: You, random individual, you get to pick the panels. Panels like the one proposed in the video above. It’s a very good video, and if you pick it, it’ll be an even better panel.

Here’s the panels we’ll be on, if you decide to pick them:

Like the sound of these? Pick them, and we’ll see you in Austin next March. 

Guys, SXSW 2015 is fast approaching and there is literally nothing we can do about it. Nothing but pick panels, that is.

1. Take a quarterly vacation
2. Hold a “retrospective” after projects

3. Write every day

4. Create an “interesting people fund”

5. Keep “tear sheets” to get inspired

6. Nap every day

7. Envision what you will be remembered for

8. Brainstorm at the bar

9. Get out of the building

10. Engage in “morphological synthesis”

99U culls 10 creative habits you should steal from worthy models like Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, and Ze Frank – details on each at the link.

Pair with the daily routines of famous writers and 99U’s field guide to honing your creative routine, then revisit William James on the importance of habit.

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I was on board after “quarterly vacation.”

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"The field is nearly two-thirds female. Is it because of a lack of better options—or is it, in fact, the best possible option?"

A worthwhile read that gets a lot right, though I cringed my way through the assumptions about PR that are endlessly repeated- even as the piece purports to debunk some of them: The idea that PR is easy, glamorous, a replacement for people who really wanted to go into journalism but took the easier or more financially secure route, or apparently the only industry that presents a decent option for women.

The writer’s own description of her (brief) experience in PR is in itself a perfectly-bundled, little stereotype: “I liked being a 21-year-old who wrote speeches for major CEOs. (They were heavily edited, but still.) I liked the challenge of trying to make a company that makes the vacuums that suck the ooze out of diabetic wounds seem sexy. I admired how put-together my female co-workers were, with their pencil skirts and clean hair*. There were always 100-calorie packs of Oreos in the kitchen.”

The more important question that I ask myself often: why is PR the least-understood - and therefore respected- industry out there?

*have you seen my hair most days??