arrested development

No no, they’re totally serious this time. . .

On the internet, there’s been talk of a return of Arrested Development for a long ass time. This post by one of the writers of the show was getting passed around yesterday and it does sorta mean that this chinese democracy will finally be released…

We’re really doing this thing. Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of ARRESTED to premiere on Netflix in 2013. The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year. I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps. But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show. More later as it becomes okay to release further details…

I’ll definitely want to re-watch the series at least five times this year to really re-aquatint myself to all of the jokes. Can’t wait.


Watch the Super Bowl Ferris Bueller Ad

Ah, Super Bowl week. This is usually that week that annoyed me culturally until I joined the advertising business, and given the attention it brings to the industry and how I’ve been surrounded by that the past few years, I actually quite enjoy the annual lead up to the frenzied media blitz that will happen on Sunday night and next Monday morning. This week some of the commercials are already leaking ahead of the big-dollar money shots that you’ll see during the big game on Sunday night.

Today the official Honda YouTube channel posted the commercial that everyone will at least mention once at the water cooler next Monday — “Hey, did you see that Ferris Bueller ad…” — and it’s definitely charming. Continue reading

My new jam: SBTRKT – “Atomic Peace”

SBTRKT – “Atomic Peace” [Pretty Much Amazing]

On his 2011 self-titled record and the assorted non-album tracks he’s been dropping left and right since then, anonymous, genre-busting London producer SBTRKT is giving the UK’s art-dubstep trend a poppy, maximalist run for its money – to great effect, judging by the insane number of gushing timed comments on the stream of his latest leaked banger, “Atomic Peace,” which was just released on SBTRKT’s Soundcloud page though it was recorded in 2009.

Happy Monday, everyone.

sbtrkt – atomic peace (2009) by sbtrkt

The closest I've gotten to Burning Man was my local brunch spot...

Baby I’m going to Burning Man

After a few years of living in the Bay Area, I think I can officially declare that the good vibes have rubbed off on me — I’m going to be at Burning Man 2012. My friends have been telling me to get on this for a while and I just haven’t been committed to the idea at all until last year’s festivities were upon us, and now with plenty of time to plan and a crew of us already signed up for the ticket lottery, it was time for me to nut up and go all-in on this party in the desert. Can’t wait.

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Summify has been acquired by Twitter

Congrats to the team at Summify on their recent acquisition by Twitter.

Our long-term vision at Summify has always been to connect people with the most relevant news for them, in the most time efficient manner. As hundreds of millions of people worldwide are signing up and consuming Twitter, we realized it’s the best platform to execute our vision at a truly global scale. Since Twitter shared this vision with us, joining the company made perfect sense.

I was turned onto this product because I saw that my old boss at FeedBurner, Steve Olechowski, was one of the investors and advisors in its development. And the problem they’re trying to solve of sorting through Twitter to bring you the most relevant news is one that I’ve been following for a while since I was with Digg a few years back. Good to see the team at Twitter putting resources and money behind this to solve it at a scale that matters for most users. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of it.

Don’t settle with success


Despite adoration from both crowds and critics, Carrie Brownstein resists the urge to get too comfortable with her success, and instead hopes to build upon it. “The notion that you’ve arrived, I think, is–first of all, it’s probably false–but it’s also a bad place to make any kind of art,” she says. “To have a sense of yourself as an impostor or an outsider kind of pushes you to not settle for something.”

Great feature article for any Portlandia or Carrie Brownstein fans…