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September 25, 2003

On vacation

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The Jay/Day website will not be updated (at least by me) until Oct. 8th due to the editor's vacation in Washington State.

Ted Nelson

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Even the severe cropping of this photo lifted from Mullen Advertising website cannot disguise the irrepressibly good-natured identity of this Chiat/Day alum. It's Ted Nelson! And what is Ted up to these days?

"I'm living in the North Shore seaside town of Newburyport with my wife Jenny (of 13 years) and my two kids: Kate (9) and Carl-Robert (6). We've spent the past seven years restoring our 200 year old Federal house, which is both our blessing and curse. Beyond family, my current passion is the water. I've become a nut for saltwater fly fishing and sailing. So with the old house, fishing and sailing, I'm pretty much stuck at Mullen. There's no place else that lets me have as active a life and still do great work at the end of the day. I've got three Chiat/Day and Jay memorabilia pieces on my office wall, and my Chiat/Day t-shirt collection is a prized possession."

Orion

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Pictured (left to right) Orion Delwaterman today, Orion Delwaterman after you've hired him.

Richard O'Connell contacted me last week and asked me to talk to the nephew of a good friend of his who is looking for a job working in IT (that's corporate lingo for "Computer Dept.") I spoke with him and he did indeed sound like just the type of IT person I would have hired at Chiat/Day. And so I suggested he send me a blurb, a photo, and a resume. And now, let me turn the page over to Orion ...

Hello! My name is Orion Delwaterman and I am a recent graduate of Skidmore College. I grew up in San Francisco, but decided that I needed to see the rest of the country. I now live in Brooklyn.

I was a double major in Theater and Computer Science, but also managed to find the time to take classes in philosophy, government, science fiction, and even jazz dance (imagine a tall lanky boy, trying to be "cool" and "smooth"). And yes I even managed to go out and have a few beers (well, more than a few) with friends.

I am a problem solver and I love to tackle difficult quandries (<--look at my vocabulary). Whether its considering Plato's cave metaphor, the best structure for a relational database, or how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop, I enjoy challenging myself. I've worked in the theater all my life (and still work with a cool small theater company too), so I can interact diplomatically with all kinds of people (translation: I am used to working with divas). And while anyone who saw my apartment would not think that I am organized, I did manage in my last semester of college to write a thesis, act in two shows, and hold down a normal academic semester. So believe me when I tell you, I can manage multiple projects.

Anyways I am a well rounded chap who happens to know a little about computers. And if you hire me, I might even do some jazz dance for you.

To read Orion's resume, click here

Better Off Without E-Mail?

David Pogue writes a regular column for the New York Times "Circuits" section. I subscribe to an addendum to that column, which he distributes via email. Here is a segment of that newsletter. I think Jay would have loved this:

From the Desk of David Pogue: Better Off Without E-Mail? ===========================================

You already know that individuals and businesses worldwide are struggling to fix e-mail. The spam, the viruses, the irrelevant forwarding, the insipid joke mailing lists . . . whatever productivity gains e-mail once offered are rapidly being offset by the time we spend weeding through the chaff.

So far, though, nobody has gone as far as suggesting that we're better off without e-mail entirely. Until now. John Caudwell is the millionaire head of Phones 4U, a chain of high-end cellphone stores in the U.K. Last week, in a move that's causing shockwaves among, well, just about everybody, he banned all internal e-mail among his 2,500 employees. (They're still allowed to correspond with customers, suppliers, their repair division and so on.) Mr. Caudwell says he wants his company to conduct their transactions by phone or face to face.

"Management and staff at HQ and in the stores were beginning to show signs of being constrained by e-mail proliferation," Mr. Caudwell told reporters. "The ban brought an instant, dramatic and positive effect."

How instant and how dramatic? He says that he'll save three hours per day per employee, and over $1.6 million per month. That's a huge productivity boost by any company's standards.

Still, my first reaction was that Mr. Caudwell is, well, not the sharpest knife in the drawer. E-mail does sap away time, but it also saves massive amounts of time. You can conduct an e-mail transaction in a fraction of the time you'd need for a phone call -- meanwhile, you get a permanent record of the exchange, one that you can search, sort and share with people who weren't present.

But then I began to wonder. Have we reached the tipping point, where the time we save and the time we waste are canceling each other out?

I couldn't help but fantasize about what I'd do with two free hours a day (that's about how much time I spend on e- mail, and I'm still thousands of responses behind). I could spend more time with my kids, do a better job of staying fit, get more sleep . . . I could be a better man! I could lead a better, longer life!

But that's only the beginning. E-mail is a real productivity sapper, sure, but what about the telephone? Talk about time- wasters! It takes you 10 times as long to say the same thing, plus you're spending it with only one person. What an incredible time drain!

Ban phone calls too, I say. Mr. Caudwell would save another three hours a day per employee.

- David Pogue

September 22, 2003

Grand Canyon

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Here's a new toy to liven up your new business presentations!

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Mystery House

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Many of you no doubt use Google to search for text on the Internet, but have you ever tried it to search for images? The photo above was found by typing in the name of a very famous and beloved alum of Chiat/Day. Find out whose house this is by clicking here.

To try out Google's image search engine yourself, click here and type in the name of a friend or colleague.

September 18, 2003

Vicki Blucher

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Jay Chiat always said "No lateral moves." So guess what Vicki Blucher, the queen of broadcast production, is doing these days? She lives in Beacon, NY, and works for Corporate Angels, a not-for-profit organization that flies cancer patients for free on corporate jets that are flying on business trips with empty seats.

Says Vicki: "I'm working with the same corporations that I used to in the 'ad-world,' but now it's with their flight departments, and the philanthropic side of
their souls! No money, but lots of blessings from grateful patients everyday
(just like all the creative teams and account people!...ho-ho-ho) Miss the old daze some days, but mostly I'm happy to be out and about in the country."

Here's a piece the in-house Corporate Angels newsletter did about Vicki ...

Staff Members in Focus:
Vicki Blucher, Patient Registrar

As Patient Registrar, Vicki Blucher is the first point of contact at Corporate Angel Network. With a great deal of compassion and a gentle sense of humor, Vicki guides new patients through the initial registration and explains the process of obtaining a flight or accessing other resources.

Vicki worked for 35 years in advertising as an executive producer, coordinating all the elements of a production. Using her many organizational and artistic skills, she has become an integral part of the Corporate Angel family, with both staff and patients enjoying her presence. “The best part of my job,” she says, “is being able to help someone.” Vicki is pleased that her enthusiasm for Corporate Angel Network is shared by some of her contacts in the advertising industry, and she is very grateful to those friends who have already offered their help.

Prior to joining Corporate Angel Network in 2001, Vicki managed broadcast departments for Chiat/Day Advertising in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

September 17, 2003

Bob Jeffrey

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Former C/D Account Exec. Bob Jeffrey has been named CEO of J. Walter Thompson. He is the ninth chief executive of Thompson since 1864. (Yes, you read that right: 1864!)

One thing troubles me. Notice how Bob still looks as young as he did when he was at Chiat/Day? The man simply does not age. I myself have seen him once or twice in the flesh over the last few years, so I can testify that the photo has not been Photoshopped. I harbor suspicions that the agency he really works for is Dorian/Gray!

September 16, 2003

Alison Norris

If you don't remember the story of how I worked on an off-Broadway show this spring with Philip Seymour Hoffman, let me take this opportunity to rub it in. (Look for the posting "Me and Phil" on June 6th.)

One of my take-aways from that experience is that THE key person on the production team is the stage manager. Why? Because they are all smart, hard-working, diplomatic, anal, and are used to working under pressure with creative divas. In other words, a stage manager would make a perfect employee at an ad agency.

I happen to know of a stage manager who is looking for a job, so I volunteered to post her resume here. Her name is Alison Norris.


Alison says ...

"I'm looking for a position as a human resources assistant, or
admin within an HR department. The plan is to go back to school for my
master's in HR in 2005, and I'd like to hit the ground running with
some experience under my belt. I'm good under deadlines, efficient at
multi-tasking, pleasant to be around and a fast learner. I've worked
with people in tense situations for the past seven years, and am used
to the stress that implies. I know how to differentiate between
putting out a real fire and every day chaos.

"I'd also be a solid executive assistant, since I know how to work with
highly sensitive material, and how to answer or deflect questions with
tact and discretion. All this, besides my stellar computer skills, of
course."

If you'd like to read Alison's resume, just click here.

Light Cycle

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Here is a photo from last night's fireworks in Central Park. The whole event was a rather soggy fizzle. Once again, no one in the Chiat/Day ex-patriot community showed up (Vicki Blucher, bless her heart, tried) but my stage manager friend, Monica, brought along several people, a pizza and a plastic blanket.

The fireworks were scheduled to go off at precisely 7:45 pm. At precisely 7:42 pm, a drenching rain began. At 7:45, there were several bursts of light coming from various ends of the park which, because of the cloud cover, were more like "heavy glowing" and sort of looked like the alien ship as it is about to land in "Close Encounters." There was another burst of fireworks over the reservoir, which Monica's boyfriend Geoff insisted was the promised "Light Cycle," but looked to me like the lid to a tub of margarine.

There were a lot of small white sparkly bursts, followed by silence. Everyone on the Great Lawn sort of stood there, looked at each other and said “Is that it?” And then we all went home.

(Note to self: do not plan any more Chiat/Day reunion events. They're just not responding.)

September 14, 2003

CD DNA (preferably pre OMC) wanted

You'd better sit down before reading this. Ready? Ok, here's the scoop: an ad agency is actually hiring people! Yes, unbelievable but true! Here's the email I received from Joe Naporano, former CFO of the New York office:

We are the sixth largest agency in the US here at Campbell Ewald in Warren Michigan. We are a well kept secret (agency is over 90 years old) in that we can actually provide clients with full integration having a full complement of below the line services all under one roof-built and not purchased.

We are doing well and looking for some smart, energetic folk. People and clients are really nice. The CD fashion will need some toning down (sorry Jay), but ability/energy wanted. We need people for all departments including BTL units.

The heartland is the place for quality of life and raising kids. Boy, would I like to see Maroun, Arado, Greenberg, Lipsky, Howell, Jamie Barrett, the Marties, Mike and John, Bob Zach, Sue Katzen, Bob Perkins, and other CDers working here.

Let me know.

Regards,

Joe

If you are interested, contact Joe at
jnaporan@campbell-ewald.com

Note that Campbell-Ewald was voted Adweek's "Agency of the Year Midwest" in 2003. You can visit their website by clicking here.

September 11, 2003

In memoriam

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Read a transcript of Attorney General John Ashcroft's remarks on the Patriot Act.

Read the ACLU's position on the expansion of the Patriot Act.

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 05, 2003

The impact of camera phones

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This fascinating article on the impact of camera phones on photography is a thinly-veiled justification for showing a picture of me taken by my friend Dale with his newest toy, a Sony Ericsson T610.

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Global Rich List

How does your salary compare to that of everyone else on the entire planet?

Find out here.

Making the world safe for design

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The author of "The Joy of Style" says "Having spent a century or more focused primarily on other goals—solving manufacturing problems, lowering costs, making goods and services widely available ... we are increasingly engaged in making our world special.... "

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September 04, 2003

Brainpop

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If only school was this beautifully designed! Brainpop is an educational site offering content on over 300 different subjects. The site is used by 15% percent of U.S. school districts. Two million children watch BrainPOP movies each month. Teachers and parents love the site, as it's a great "homework helper."

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September 03, 2003

Shut up!

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Since Eve has started a train of thought about Southern colloquilisms (see below), I thought I'd follow a related track. Just how many times has Fox's Chris O'Reilley used the words "shut up?"

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September 02, 2003

Well Shut My Mouth

Southerner's really to have a gift for turning a phrase. I am impressed with how long a southern will take to reply to "How are you?" Here are some I've heard with my own ears

"I couldn't be any better if I were twins."

''If I felt any better, it would be against the law"

and my all time favorite:

"I couldn't be any better if I were a peach hangin on a tree in July."

Last week I was watching a southern cooking show, where the hostess exclaimed,

"It tastes so good, it's gonna make your tongue slap your brains out."