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My daily read Jezebel, per usual, presented a thought-provoking analysis of Queen Latifah’s weight loss on the Jenny Craig program and the messages behind the accompanying advertising that she’s reached a “magic number” that doesn’t denote size (they’ve been pushing “I’m a size fitter!  I’m a size healthier!” lately with all of their spokesladies) but rather reducing cholesterol.  While not perfect (the commenters are left to hash out the messages, and there are some great insights there), it’s at least a step in the right direction, and infinitely more edifying than, say, the wedding ads they put on Facebook.

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Images from a commute, or Layover in Bridgeport, Wednesday, August 13, 7:10 PM:

This is actually in South Norwalk–this train is always sitting, its engine running, and I’m always fooled into thinking that it’s my train and I’m late for it.  Clearly, the MTA takes delight in vexing me sometimes.

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For the last year and a half, I’ve had this somewhat secret obsession with an accessory type, and for once it’s not jewelry.  It was, however, a little off my beaten trail and therefore I was slightly timid in testing it out…drumming up the nerve to do so every so often, then chickening out because something didn’t seem right.

And chicken is an apt description, because the accessory type in question are feather headpieces…insert rim-shot here.

Yes, I realize that not only was it a pun, but a lame pun.  Carry on anyway:

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Garden State Parkway near Elizabeth NJ, 8/12/08, 10:14 AM.  It’s likely not technically Helvetica, but what the hell–I like it anyway.

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Given that it’s August, it’s natural for the new fall collections to start trickling out to stores (because everyone I know, especially Michael, LOVES shopping for sweaters when it’s 90-fuck degrees out).  That said, I have gotten a few pieces that I’m completely in love with..which isn’t terribly surprising.  I have a tendency to find these things in August.

What is so surprising is that they’re from the Gap.

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Perhaps it’s my cynicism kicking in, but the more I hear about Web 2.0, the more I want to respond “Web 2.0?  More like Web two-point-eh.”

A recent project at work that circled around the topic really got me thinking about this apparent need within Millenials to be seen as influencers or vanguards of some sort–so many of us have a rich Internet presence between social networks, personal websites, blogs, tumblelogs, photo/video/140-character text/whatever-sharing sites…I think you catch my drift.  Perhaps it’s an offshoot of a very common phrase so many of us (especially those in upwardly-mobile-middle-class-suburban communities) heard growing up–“you can be whatever you want to be, and YOU can make a difference!”  Hell, Time’s Person of the Year in 2006 was YOU, complete with shiny paper meant to act as a mirror so you could gaze adoringly at yourself.  It’s as if it’s our duty to have a presence on the Internet, lest we be branded as terminally uncool and clearly not with the program.

It’s also a way for us to, in theory at least, fulfill our dreams of reaching some level of celebrity–but the legitimate kind, of course.  The thinkers, the artistes, the people who change things–those are the titles we aspire to, though some will happily take the mantle of “notorious” if it’s a way to eventually reach legitimacy (which, in my view, seems it would probably be as successful as Michael Corleone’s plan of turning his family’s buisness legitimate in The Godfather Part II).  Some have seen some success from being a boundary-pusher, but enjoying a year or two of blog success is by no means a indicator of future gains or losses.

Though the project was the initial provocation for mulling over this topic, a few examples of aspiring for “influencer” status have jumped out at me and really made me ponder: (more…)

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Catching up on season one of Mad Men via the glory that is Comcast OnDemand.

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