Bits & Bites

by Matt on February 27, 2009

You know it’s been forever and then some since I’ve done any Bits & Bites. I think I’ll change that by posting on Fridays and give you senseless information you couldn’t possibly need. What do ya think? It’s ok, you can groan and roll your eyes.

A Homemade Life

molly-bookOne of the best things about being a blogger is that you get to beg, moan, cry, throw a tantrum or two and drunk-email until the object of your affection responds sometimes get advance copies of books. I know it doesn’t come out until next Tuesday but right now I’m reading Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life. Like many others the world over she has captured my heart and mind with her angelic words.  I told her last month it’s pretty remarkable when you finally meet a writer and they match the sensibility and beauty of their work; it’s like a double-whammy and it makes you love them even more. So yea, that’s Molly. I get goosebumps when I read anything she writes.

And Confidential To Ms. Wizenberg: The Pointer Sisters have nothing on me. Wait til I see you next time. AUTOMATIC.

So These Chinese, Jewish, Mexican and Vietnamese Food Bloggers Walk Into A Bar…

bahamas11I’ll be gone for a week somewhere sunny on an Island with my boo and a selection of my favorite bloggers (including one who claims he’ll be wearing a speedo and if you don’t think I’ll have like 4 cameras nearby to capture that then you clearly don’t know me well enough).  I’m sure we’ll all be writing about at some point. I don’t want to reveal too much but I wouldn’t be surprised if a) we return 25 lbs heavier b) no one ever speaks to me again after I try to do the electric slide post-daiquiri or c) the entire island boards up and flees after seeing me in a bathing suit on the beach. Latin Blubber, that’s all I’m sayin.

Ok, maybe I won’t take a camera after all.

Now offering Repentance:  Spring, Purified or Mineral Varieties Available.

Ok, so no one has actually written to complain about a joke I made on Twitter about ditching my job(s) as an art director and photographer to become a Water Sommelier. That’s right, I said WATER SOMMELIER. But afterwards I felt really bad and low about it. I shouldn’t make fun of something as important as the job of someone who educates the public about the merits and differences of bottled water. And if you could see my face right now you’d know exactly how I feel about this.

Clearly I’ll Never Be Hip Enough, Tall Enough, Or Bearded Enough To Live In Brooklyn

nytimesBut that doesn’t mean I don’t want to taste everything mentioned in this New York Times article.

Pork, pickles, chocolate? Yes please.

If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Juice It

tropicana-284I have mad respect for package designers. To me it’s one of the most difficult areas of graphic design. Yes, I’ve designed many a package in my day and no, I never liked it. You have to balance the design with a buttload of legal requirements while trying to make clients and the public happy. No thank you! Having said that I don’t take pleasure in seeing a brand relaunched only to be taken down a few months later. Did I like the Tropicana redo? A bit, yes. Did it look like a generic store brand? Absolutely. But I don’t drink orange juice so what do I know.

It’s Like Me Sending You A Christmas Card Addressed To Mary When Your Name Is Lisa

Dear PR Lady: I am sure you are absolutely lovely, I really am. And I know you value what you do. That’s why I’m telling you that you absolutely cannot send cut-n-paste press releases to me. Why? Because it shows you don’t really read my site and that 5 of my other blogger friends received the exact same email, probably more. I know this because we share emails and chat regularly. You know how that makes feel? Cruddy. So don’t do it. If you want any of us to pay attention to your brand and/or client then please make it personal. Class dismissed.

I’m Totally Digging My Canon 5D Mk II Because It’s So Rad.

canonI’ve joined the cool kids club! Lara loves hers. Matt loves his. Even Charles loves his. Now I can say I’ve joined the cool kats club and have my own 5D Mk II. Now let me say that I’m a firm believer that it’s not the camera that makes the photographer so don’t think you have to rely on technology to be creative. But this camera is sweet with its 21-megapixel full frame and live view and a bunch of other cool features.  And that high definition video feature everyone’s going ga ga over? Pretty damn incredible.

Tell me: would you like me to post more photo stuff on mattbites.com? I’d be happy to write about tips and tricks if it doesn’t bore you to death. I tend to be a photo geek sometimes all the time.