Overnight flights to Europe

Practical tips to avoid jet lag.

First of all, I live in NY so travel to much of Europe usually involves a 6 hour time difference. Starting a week or more before my departure date, I make myself get up and go to bed progressively earlier – usually a half an hour – each day or two. The goal is to be getting up at around 4 am on the day of departure. Now this means to really be awake at 4am, not just to remain in bed with your eyes open, but still semi-comatose! You need to be up and around “pretending” that it’s a normal thing to do. Some people get up very early to begin with so they won’t have too much of a problem with this one.

K2 adventure


“Exceptional natural intelligence and the incurable desire to climb the ladder are necessary.”

Reading this posting for some technology executive position I was pondering more on the lines of the climbing a ladder on some big rock/ice expedition. K2 straddles the border between China and Jammu and Kashmir in a territory currently claimed by Pakistan.

Its name is derived from the fact that it is the second peak (of 35) in the Karakorum Range of the western Himalayas. In 1861 the mountain gained its other well-known (though unofficial) name: Mount Godwin-Austen. Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen, a British soldier and topographer, was the second European to visit the area and research the mountain. Many local names are also used to identify the peak, including Chogori, Lambha Pahar, Dapsang, and Kechu (K2).

Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles

I was lucky enough to met this legendary documentary filmmaker last year at a dinner. Albert captures the fragility of people’s lives. His stories are tales of great courage. Two of America’s foremost non-fiction filmmakers, Albert Maysles and his brother David (1932-1987) are recognized as pioneers of “direct cinema,” the distinctly American version of French “cinema verité.” They earned their distinguished reputations by being the first to make non-fiction feature films – films in which the drama of human life unfolds as is, without scripts, sets, or narration.


Offensive to accepted standards of decency: barnyard, bawdy, broad, coarse, dirty, Fescennine, filthy, foul, gross, lewd, nasty, obscene, profane, ribald, scatologic, scurrilous, smutty, vulgar. Slang : raunchy.

I’ll ping you frequently


“80 percent of success is just showing up” — Woody Allen

In anything you do, people want to know they can count on you. They want to know that those whom they buy from, and associate with, will be there for the long haul. One of the best ways to prove you are the real deal is to always be present. Out of sight is out of mind. People need to know they can count on you. Staying connected, remaining in-touch and ready to respond is a challenge. That is increasingly important in a widely connected, but increasingly impersonal world.

Donald MacKinnon


Creativity, according to Donald MacKinnon, long-time researcher in the field, it is

“a process that is extended in time and characterized by originality, adaptiveness and realization.”

For me, the essence of creativity is “connection” the ability to relate or combine, through flexible persistence and insight, seemingly remote, contradictory or irrational ideas and elements with an elegant, unified and complex simplicity. The creative concept, product or outcome is not only novel but has value and use” (Gorkin).

TV title safe for Vista


Designing a computer application for a TV display requires good judgment and some expertise. Safe area is a term used in television production to describe the areas of the television picture that can be seen on television screens. Older televisions can display less of the safe area than ones made more recently. Flat panel screens, plasma and liquid crystal display screens generally can show the most safe area. Full image here

Margin of error

solo climbing

“Well, when you’re trying to create things that are new, you have to be prepared to be on the edge of risk.” — Michael Eisner

Dear Jenny

Way back when, at AGENCY.COM our creative group collectively made a short film as an internal creative project. I’ll put the movie up again shortly.

The Prophecy

Francis Ford Coppola

In 1991, Francis Ford Coppola said:

“To me the great hope is that now these little video recorders are around and people who normally wouldn’t make movies are going to be making them. And suddenly, one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart and make a beautiful film with her father’s camcorder and for once, the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed, forever, and it will really become an art form.”

This quote should make any self-respecting film buff smile.

Smoke without fire

It was in 1966 that Yves Saint Laurent’s introduced his first “le smoking” – a classic three-button dinner jacket, worn with a frilled white silk blouse, tied with a black ribbon at the neck, and mannish trousers featuring a satin side-stripe.

The look – at once androgynous, mysterious and alluring – was immortalized by the late Helmut Newton in 1975, with his black and white photograph of a model in the rue Aubriot in Paris, wearing that season’s “le smoking”, with her hair slicked back and right hand clutching a cigarette. It became one of YSL’s most recognizable signatures.

Focus groups

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs

Satellite phones.

The monstrous handsets are gone, check out the slender and sleek sat phones. Would they tempt you back now that the original clunky devices have seemingly dropped off the map? During the NY blackouts and the recent London terror campaigns the mobile phone network was knocked out by the instantaneous spike in phone traffic. Expeditions to mountainous regions still rely on these bad boys.


Benjamin Franklin was right: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Most adults require seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night in order to wake up feeling their best. Yet so many people swear they only need 5-6 hours of sleep per night. Are they fooling themselves?

Yes. Many people will say that they only need five to six hours of sleep per night, but they are usually not doing this on a regular sustained basis. Studies have repeatedly showed we need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night in order to function optimally.

Steven Soderbergh on clarity

“The hardest thing in the world is to be good and clear when creating anything. It’s the hardest thing in the world. It’s really easy to be obscure and elliptical and so fucking hard to be good and clear. It breaks people. Because you don’t often get encouragement to do that, to be good and clear.”

This quote came from a great interview with Believer magazine. His version of the 1970’s sci-fi epic Solaris is stunning/complex/sparse. I laugh when I think that might actually be his ordainment movie.

Red text on a black background

A black background should be used in a limited manner though. It can be used as a way to create simple variety in a design, such as the headers on this page. A full page of white text against a black background certainly creates contrast, but seems to be harder to read than black text on white. In addition to black text against white, and white text against black, red text is also a suitable color that creates good contrast against white, and is acceptable to those with visual impairments.” Here’s a red background to ponder the opposite effect (red bg, black foreground image, white text)…

Warm summer breeze

The warm summer was here one day, gone the next. Only to return some weeks later.

Old school classics

The VW camper van was built nearly 60 years ago and is now becoming one of the great vehicles of all times, its nature seems to be one that will never give up. The VW camper van will always turn heads and will always be part of an owners life. The VW camper represents a certain way of life, a life of freedom, a life of youthfulness. Check out the airstream for a new school vibe.

Just do it, write!

Write it, do or don't

Self-consciousness, self-doubt, awkwardness, and overcompensation are perennial hallmarks of the beginning writer. The reason today’s amateurs seem more profoundly un–profound could be a simple matter of exposure.

There used to be impenetrable gatekeepers. Now, CNN round tables, documentaries, independent films, MTV, and the web—which has no gatekeepers in most countries—are broadcasting every poorly crafted phrase and half–cooked idea imaginable. Patience, readers. All is not lost. Great writing can be taught and atrocious writing is entirely preventable.

Promax BDA Panel

Dale Herigstad, our executive creative director is off to London and asked that I cover for him on a panel showing off some creative for AE History Channel. Here’s a sneak peak at some screens, and be sure to attend the session:

Moderator: Marcia Zellers, Director, AFI Digital Content Lab
David Jensen, VP Business Development, ZeTools
Bob Holmes, Founder & CEO, Sudden Industries
Dan Sellars, Creative Director, Schematic New York

Promax BDA New York
New Design For Digital Distribution
Julliard Complex, 5th Floor
June 21 @ 2 p.m.