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New America

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After making some observations and having some discussions with friends, I realized America has completely evolved. It’s no longer a country wrapped by Canada, Mexico and two giant oceans. Instead, it is simply a concept and worldwide phenomena.

Rewind 5 years ago and I would have told you I was embarrassed to be an American. America was all about borders and definition. It was completely lost. But now I couldn’t be more proud. A kid in Antwerp could be American if he thinks a certain way and an old Chinese lady in Zhengzhou could be totally American while still upholding her Chinese traditions. It’s more about the way we think that defines “American.”

This place is nothing more than a mental ball of ideas and desires to make the world a better place for humanity. Sometimes that means being a little selfish, other times it means helping large groups. In the end, we’re moving forward.

Borders are dead.

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Written by Michael Donovan

31/03/2010 at 5:29 pm

Posted in Culture

Die Antwoord vs John Lequizamo

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I finally figured it out! I’ve been listening to Die Antwoord for a little while and trying to figure out where I’ve heard their music. Then it hit me… they’re pulling from the intro scene of The Pest. Here are the two vids for comparison:

DIE ANTWOORD

THE PEST:

Sidenote: I think Yo-Landi Vi$$er is bad ass and makes my “Top 10 list of Hottest Women in Music” alongside artists like Karen O, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Carli Bruni and a few others.

Written by Michael Donovan

30/03/2010 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Culture, Music

Luna Bar: Most Obnoxious Marketing campaign

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Since i’ve been riding my bike I’ve been carrying nutrition bars so I can get a boost of energy when I’m in the middle of nowhere. My favorite bar are the Lemon Zest Luna Bars. My beef with them is: their packaging clearly says “nutrition bar for women.” Really, that is just plain retarded. It’s not like they’re pumping it with estrogen and it doesn’t come with a break-away tampon.

The thing is, they’re distributed by Cliff Bar (who also makes great tasting bars). There is nothing that makes them gender specific. It’s just food!!! I can’t recall a single fruit in the world that only markets itself to women or men. But some genius at Cliff said “Hey! This has less calories! Let’s sell it to chicks!” (The website says it was an idea of the women at Cliff… so it appears Goodwill isn’t the only group hiring retards)

If anyone knows of a lemon flavored bar that is made “just for men,” please tell me. Until then: I’ll eat the Luna bars and say “Fuck you, Luna, for your shitty marketing strategy.”

Written by Michael Donovan

30/03/2010 at 11:25 am

Earth From Space

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Here is a piece I did using satellite images to create a different view of how our world could look considering wars, raising sea levels, technological advancements, networking and more. This smaller image shows you some details but the hi-rez image is much more emotional.

In case you forgot,here is what earth really looks like from space:

Written by Michael Donovan

29/03/2010 at 12:31 am

Posted in art

Best Music & Best Places to Live

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I am known by friends for having a very good music collection. Finding good music is a serious hobby of mine (that is not an exaggeration… I spend 3-8 hours each week after work looking for music). Here is my list of 10 of my top 20 artists (I’m not including the ultra-pop bands like MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Nirvana or the bands who are on the cusp like Matisyahu, French Kicks, or The Frames):

1. Brightblack Morning Light
2. Fleet Foxes
3. M83
4. Passion Pit
5. Phoenix
6. Serge Gainsbourg
7. Sleigh Bells
8. Vampire Weekend
9. Yacht
10. Yeasayer

One thing I noticed: most of the bands come from France, The Pacific Northwest or Brooklyn. I’ve lived in various parts of the country (Including the Pac NW and NY) and I’ve been happiest in the PacNW as well as NY. I read these survey’s by magazines detailing the “best Places in America to live” and I would NEVER consider moving to Charlotte for the bike trails or Cleveland just for the museum.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the music and livability have a much tighter correlation to the enjoyability of a community than the number of ice cream shops or cost of living.

Think about it: if people are comfortable enough to sing whatever they want and expose and express themselves through art, wouldn’t THAT be the happiest and more safe place to live? Ask a girl living in NY if they feel more comfortable walking alone at night in Portland, New York or Chicago, LA, Miami, Tulsa or Dallas.. most women I know who have experienced these cities will always say “NY or Portland!”

Also, wouldn’t you want to live in an environment where people are singing in the streets or producing cultural elements? And the idea that these communities make an environment that supports the arts also helps a lot.

Written by Michael Donovan

28/03/2010 at 11:01 am

Posted in art, Culture

Situational Leadership

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Situational Leadership has been my favorite way of making progress and developing people in my teams. I haven’t applied Situational Leadership to my work in several years and, to be honest, I have NO idea how I would even do it at this point with creative individuals who are already strong and enthusiastic about learning/growing but I figure I’ll probably start using it again and should brush up on it in advance.

Written by Michael Donovan

27/03/2010 at 12:16 am

Posted in Business

Performing Comedy Again

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I decided to go back on stage to perform comedy. I haven’t been on stage in a couple years so this should be exciting. I make my first performance tomorrow night (Saturday) at an open mic (you have to start somewhere, right?!). I’ll let the audience decide what they want me to talk about: Fashion, Art, or Black People (odd… I’m pretty confident I know which choice the audience will make)

Here are the details:
Lorena Bobbitt’s Dick
Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St
New York, NY

Comedy + Art + Fashion + Business + Cycling + ………
Why am I suddenly feeling like my life is just starting?!

EDIT: It looks like i had to push this back to next week. :/

Written by Michael Donovan

27/03/2010 at 12:12 am

Posted in art