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Steph and me at the Street Project benefit last night

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Steph and me at the Street Project Benefit

My sister is a rockstar

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Last night my parents and I hosted a small group of Mal’s friends at 1107 for her 23rd birthday. This is the invitation that I wrote to the guests:

Hey All You Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl here with a pop quiz: Which private school teacher’s bday soiree at her former Fifth Avenue residence will have Manhattan’s most exclusive guestlist celebrating until the sun comes up? Gossip Girl spots a Blair in her name, but a Waldorf this lifelong Lion is definitely not.

Only the fortunate few can score invites to this darling diva’s bday bash. Wanna get past the velvet lobby? Careful B. Hell hath no fury like a private school teacher scorned.

Lucky for you, this host with the most is asking you to be her special guests. But throw on your fanciest garments, boys and girls, because this swank gala is strictly denim-free.

Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head, and remind yourself of who you are. And where you want to be. So who is this furtive femme demanding your presence? That’s for you to decide.

And who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell.

You know you love me.

1107 5th Avenue
Attire: Formal

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so in typical Stuchin family style, thousands of words were spoken and no pictures were taken. My parents and I each gave toasts celebrating my sister’s spirit and character. It was a wonderful night and it was a pleasure to spend it with such a warm group of people. Mal, you may have jokingly said “you know you love me,” but of course we do. And it was a joy to celebrate 23 years of Mallory with others who feel the same way. Happy bday, sis.

Listen to the man, he’s a genius

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

“I looked for a woman who could bail me out of a third-world jail,” Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday night at a chat held at Stern. “Because I can’t stand to be around people who aren’t resourceful.”

This delightful insight into the mind of the Amazon founder was one of the many that Jeff Bezos shared during his chat with a few hundred Stern students and alums on Tuesday night. Bezos covered an array of mostly topics. Here are a few points that were on particular interest to me:

  • On organic growth: Bezos talked about the need to be patient in growing business units like electronics, which was initially introduced in 1999 and has only recently become one of the strongest performing units at Amazon.
  • On measurement: Bezos kept mum on individual sales figures by media, noting that Amazon’s policy is to release figures only by business unit. They keep books, music, and movies all in one unit, which is the clearest the company’s largest revenue producer, but I’m quite interested to see how those three groups have performed individually over the last 10 years, and particularly over the last 5. CD sales, as Bezos mentioned, are dying, and movies will eventually get there, too. I think, however, that it’s going to take several more years of technological improvements both with video compression and with bandwidth availability in order for consumers to embrace the concept with the same zeal that they have embraced mp3.
  • On failure: Bezos cited the failure of A9, the search engine whose existence I remember only because it had sweet mapping software, as a great learning experience and as an example of the company’s staying consistent with their promise to try bold new ideas. His best line: “Companies are rarely criticized for the things they fail to try; but they’re often criticized for the things they try that fail.”
  • On the future: Bezos gushed about Kindle, the e-book reader that has generated getting great reviews and nearly made me want to get one, despite my continued resistance to e-books. Consistent with his approach to everything else with Amazon, he described the years of research his team poured into coming up with a device that would embrace the potential of cloud computing for data, while not losing any of the appeal of a medium - printed books - that has stood the test of 500 years of use. Anytime a design has resisted change for 500 years, he suggested, it’s probably a pretty good design.

For more coverage of the event, check out the excellent post at FutureThinkTank. They’re professionals, I just talk about what I’m learning.

Welcome to Stern… check out our sweet connections

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

nyse in the 60's During one of the early episodes of Idol this season, Simon asked annoyingly adorable Brooke White if she was “always going to be this nice?” In a very pleasant way, I’m feeling that way about Stern.

This weekend is Stern Previews, which is basically like Prefrosh weekend for b school. Last night’s kickoff was a cocktail reception held on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a killer venue for a party and a pretty sweet reminder of Stern’s amazing access to NYC. About 250 showed up and virtually everyone I spoke with seemed eager, interesting, and bright. Plus there was this admissions counselor who was a dead ringer for Andy Bernard. Word.

Straphangers Do the Darndest Things

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Eyelash curlerFor the last two days in a row, I’ve seen the same woman curling her eyelashes while seated on the subway. It’s bad enough that that thing looks like a small samurai weapon in the wrong hands, but how is this not uncomfortable when the 6 train is shortstopping its way along Lex? This reminds me of that scene in the John Waters film Pecker when Eddie Furlong sits next to a woman dryshaving her legs on a public bus in Baltimore. Speaking of John Waters, New York Magazine’s recent feature on him is particularly good. Unlike say, its reporting of other things.

From the same set as the Jerome Walton rookie card

Monday, March 31st, 2008


This was in my elevator’s mirror when I got home tonight. What is it? That’s right - it’s a 1989 Topps Atlee Hammaker card.

Random? Yes.

Awesome? Totally.

flex announcers

Friday, March 28th, 2008

You know how the NFL has those flex games in the schedule to ensure that the Sunday night game late in the season is always the best matchup of the week? The same should be done for Gus Johnson. Gus Johnson is the best announcer in sports, and just about every blogger, columnist, and blogger-slash-columnist whose work I care about agrees with me. Unlike the expected blandness that we get from most announcers, Gus Johnson’s genuine enthusiasm is a joy to hear.

Thankfully, Gus is covering the Davidson game tonight, and by the looks of it the Wildcats are going to win, meaning that we’re getting a full dose of Gus Johnson Excited Voice. But for future Tourney games, why not book him on whatever the biggest game is of the night, and if that game turns out to be a dud, make him watch the better game on satellite and have him scream while calling the feed? Texas-Stanford getting close? Call in Gus Johnson!

He can even do spot duty. When Western Kentucky pulled close to UCLA in the second half last night, Gus could have been there. When UCLA finally put the game away, return to the regular announcers. Or just keep Gus. He’s better anyway.

Absurd? Yes. Awesome? Kinda.

Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Elvis stamp When I went to summer camp, I used to send letters to my parents in Access Capital postage paid Business Reply Envelopes so that I didn’t need to put a stamp on them. My parents taught me that we could write off the cost of my postage that way. I was 10 years old and training for a lifetime as a value player. Also, it meant I got to keep my totally sweet Elvis stamps.

Sort of a grownup

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

The three people who read this blog have encouraged me to be more expressive about myself and not merely my penchant for writing javascript while listening to retro Britpop. Even if Duran Duran’s newest album is quite good. But I digress.

This fall, I’ll be returning full-time to school to pursue an MBA at NYU Stern. Many things have changed since I entered college eight years ago. I’ve changed. Communication has changed. Blackboard has not.

Two weeks ago, I went to a happy hour organized by a group of my future classmates at The Fat Black Pussycat. The awful choice of venue notwithstanding, it was great to meet so many new, seemingly eager people. People were so excitedly talking about their interests and career goals. Not surprisingly I didn’t meet anyone interested in technology or web-based services, but I loved being surrounded by so much optimism.

By the time I enter b school, I will have been away from college for as long as I attended it, but I’m still not entirely comfortable with the idea that I’m sort of a grownup now. And while I’m also not entirely comfortable sharing real thoughts on a blog (it’s just so laughably emo to me), I’m embracing what’s ahead. Even if that means my friends probably aren’t hanging out with high school girls anymore.

Web2.0 Applications I Couldn’t Live Without

Friday, January 4th, 2008

I love Michael Arrington’s 2008 Web2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without list, so here’s mine in response. With the exception of Kayak, which is a lifesaver for trip planning but I only use it a few times a year, I use all of the items on this list daily. Some thoughts:

- Without Google, I’d basically be incapable of functioning
- And it’s really close to the same with SeamlessWeb, too
- I love Twitter even despite my failed efforts to get my friends to adopt it
- Speaking of one trick ponies, SimpleWeather is indispensible for its effortlessness
- As my regular readers know (hi sam!), my avid delicious use is far greater than my propensity for blogging
- Blogger, Picnik and Flickr are the backbone of this blog, although that will likely change in 2008
- At times, woot! is as much responsible for my lack of sleep as business school applications

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