Every Day in May

Just for fun, I thought that  I would try to post something new every day in May. It wasn’t a part of any official NaBloPoMo or anything, but here we are on May 31 and I’ve got 30 posts up.

I’ve had some decent posts and some bad ones.

But I did it.

Possible upcoming topics for June:

  • Another redesign
  • Another post inspired by Micah Baldwin about My Greatest Moment
  • A review of Phoenix in June (preview: it’s hot)
  • Summer movie reviews (seriously looking forward to seeing Up, Transformers 2, GI Joe)

What would you like to see or read?

Dear Rockfest

I hate you.

Signed,
Shane

P.S. Thanks for the fundraising money. 

P.S. Really? Korn as your headliner? That’s the best you can do for “the midwest’s best rock festival!”??? Horrible.

P.S. My favorite part of the whole day was the giant pile of trash that I got to clean up because instead of taking five steps and throwing things in the trash can next to our tent, they found it fun to build a pile of trash on the other side. On the ground. At my feet. How lazy and disgusting are you people?

P.S. It was hot today giving out wristbands and checking IDs for the first four hours of the festival in the blazing sun. Could have done without that.

Listen to Greg Laswell

Several months ago, my friend Suzanne changed her Google Talk status to the title of this post: Listen to Greg Laswell. 

I thought it was a little strange and didn’t really think anything of it.

A few months later, I posted this status update to Facebook:

Shane is looking for some new music.

Once again, Suzanne came back with the same message: Listen to Greg Laswell.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally took her advice and listened to Greg Laswell. I finally realized what she’d been talking about all along.

You see, Suzanne is married to one of my good friends who is extremely into electronic and house music, particularly a guy named Bill Laswell. I had mistakingly believed that the two were either related or the same guy. And I’m not so down with the house trance music. It’s OK in certain situations (read: never when I’m around), but I’m much more up with sad bastard music like Elliott Smith, Coldplay and Iron & Wine.

When I finally got around to listening to Greg Laswell, I found that he fit perfectly into my wheelhouse of sad bastards. I started with his rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” from the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack. Then I bought his latest album, three flights from alto nido (iTunes link). Then I bought everything else that was available.

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve listened to his albums on repeat and I just can’t stop. Combine Laswell with Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes (which I really just discovered a month ago) and I’ve hit the sad bastard musical trifecta.

So seriously. Take Suzanne’s advice and listen to Greg Laswell.

On Failure and Boldness

As I’ve already discussed at length, I attended Big Omaha earlier this month. One of the major themes of the day was the concept of failure. Apparently in the entrepreneurial world, failure is something that people talk about a lot.

Jason Fried started off the day by claiming that he didn’t understand the whole concept of “fail early and often”. Micah “Me-ha” Baldwin had a whole session (and accompanying blog) dedicated to the concept of failure that I just didn’t get initially. After discussing the topic with him further via e-mail, I began to understand the purpose of his talk:

But since I accept failure as part of the process, I just adjust and move on.

His intent with the talk was to make failure less scary. My focus as a corporate marketer has always been failure aversion. Bottom lines can speak volumes and one failure in the corporate world can be devastating to your career, but ultimately, to be truly successful you have to be willing to take chances. You may fail. But you might also succeed wildly.

This concept reminds me of one of Sally Hogshead’s brilliant pieces of advice in her book, Radical Careering, which I read and reviewed back in 2006 as I went into a major career transition:

#85: Jump, and a net will appear.

Boldness is something that many people struggle with. Those who have met me or know me well would probably argue that I have little issues with boldness, but that would be untrue. In my career, I’ve played it safe much more than I’ve been bold.

I’d like to change that.

That’s not to say that I’m going to start being a loose cannon at the office, fearless of failure because “it doesn’t matter — and this was my main point with my initial opposition to Micah’s point — you should still strive to succeed every time you get the chance. If you put yourself in situations where you can succeed, always make that effort.

Just don’t be afraid of failure. Be bold and confident. Success will follow.

Re-casting Cheers

One of the things that the internet is great for is completely great ideas that will likely never happen. Earlier today, Twitterers @kcklo63 and @bullevard73 were discussing recasting the classic sitcom Cheers, but instead of it being based in Boston, moving to Chicago. The idea originated as a part of The Sports Guy Bill Simmons’ podcast and we added the hashtag #cheersreboot to try and get it to trend on Twitter. The premise of the discussion was that Simmons and his guest wanted to spend a ton of money to bring in Vince Vaughn to be Sam Malone, the bar owner originally portrayed by Ted Danson and Rosie Perez as Carla (originally played by Rhea Perlman, Mrs. Danny DeVito).

My casting ideas:

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Jerry O’Connell as Sam Malone

I know he’s cheesy. But I truly believe that when he has good writing, he’s funny. He’s charismatic and good-looking and audiences would totally buy him as a former athlete. Vince Vaughn would be an impossible get for TV. I think you could get O’Connell and surround him with funny people and good writers and the show would be good. Plus, he was really funny on Carpoolers, even though it got cancelled.

Alternatives: John Krasinski, Joshua Jackson

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Jayma Mays as Diane Chambers

There are probably better alternatives, but Mays is fresh in my mind after seeing her in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, I think that she will do. For some reason, I thought she was on Saturday Night Live too, but I guess that was someone else.

Alternative: Elizabeth Banks

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Maggie Wheeler as Rebecca Howe

Think Janice from Friends, without the voice. Maggie Wheeler is a great actress and she’s hilarious. Honestly, Rebecca was brought in later when Shelley Long left the show to give Sam a love interest. Maybe she’s a part of the show from the get go.

Alternative: Carla Gugino

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Wanda Sykes as Carla Tortelli

Maybe Tortelli isn’t the right last name, although it would be funny if she were married to a Tortelli. Sykes is the perfect balance of self-deprecating and vicious. I would love to see her as the sharp-witted waitress.

Alternative: Rosie Perez

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Zach Galifianakis as Woody Boyd

I’m a huge fanboy of Galifianakis since I saw him in The Hangover. He is so hilarious and I wanted to find a place for him somewhere. I think the dimwitted bartender Woody would be a terrific place for him to be some supporting funny.

Alternative: Matthew McConaughey

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Craig Robinson as Norm Peterson

I can’t take credit for this one. @kcklo63 came up with this one and I think it’s genius. I love Daryl From The Warehouse. He would be great as Norm. Just an awesome call.

Alternative: Greg Grunberg

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David Koechner as Cliff Clavin

Probably best known for his work as Champ Kind in Anchorman or as Todd Packer on The Office, Koechner brings a very specific brand of comedy and would be so funny as mailman Clavin.

Alternative: That guy who played Newman on Seinfeld

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John “PC” Hodgman as Frasier Crane

I also can’t take credit for this one, although I wish I could. Hodgman’s delivery and timing are so great. I would love to see him in a regular role, although that might bring down his hipster street cred.

Alternative: Merlin Mann

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Rachael Harris as Lilith Sternin

This is really my crowning jewel. I can’t think of anyone more perfect to play a refreshed version of Frasier’s uptight ex-wife. Rachael Harris may not be a name you are familiar with, but if you’ve seen her in anything, I bet you thought she was funny. She made the nearly unwatchable show Notes from the Underbelly totally funny.

So what do you think?