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We Had A Tiff, Now He’s Got One With Conan O’Brien, But Newark Mayor Cory Booker Is My Friday Follow On Twitter

October 2, 2009 — 2

It's hard not to be inspired by what Newark Mayor Cory Booker's accomplished so far in the city I grew up next to and terrified of. Did you catch Mark Levin's Sundance Channel documentary on Cory last week? Last I remember, Newark's where my grandpa got mugged in the pharmacy he owned.  The new Newark =  tough on crime, community revitalization, Kenneth Cole, public-private partnerships and economic development.  Nice! I follow Cory on Twitter because he's mostly a great twittererer. For example, he recently used Twitter and YouTube to launch a manhunt for a suspect who shot a 4 year-old girl on a playground in Newark: And it worked: The next day, "due to enormous public pressure," the suspect turned himself in. By making his leadership transparent, Cory stands in stark contrast to his predecessors (many of whom have gone to jail after being mayor), keeping us invested in Newark's progress as it struggles to become a safer place and rediscover its old glory. Twitter means the passion -- and the tactics -- of Cory Booker are visible, measureable and real. And he doesn't back down. Like, for example, the thing with Conan O'Brien. You wanna treat Newark as a punchline? Cory punches back: So after further consideration (and some Yom Kippur), I feel badly for getting on Cory about his flirtation with Kenneth Cole, a few weeks ago. It started when Cory began quoting Kenneth Cole on twitter. No one should ever quote Kenneth Cole, he does enough of that on his own stupid bilboards for the last decade. So I had to interject. Here's our exchange, word for word, starting with his tweet: From Cory Booker: Before u judge, walk a mile in the person's shoes, & if u still don't like them, at least your a mile away & have their shoes (via Ken Cole) 8:43 PM From Ross Martin: You're a brilliant guy, @CoryBooker, a true leader. Many of us are already backing you. So you don't need to quote someone like Kenneth Cole 8:52PM From Cory Booker: He is a good friend and a leader in many important causes. Proud of him and proud to quote him. 8:55 PM Then, not hours later, Kenneth Cole himself started following me on twitter. Creepy! Ok, Cory -- I'm sorry I ragged on your friend Ken Cole. Listen, I'll make it up to you. I've been meaning to tell you how much I love the Newark Public Library, which is actually an awesome place. We can go have coffee in the special collections section, which is surprisingly terrific, and talk about doing a reality show. Wait, did you just call me?

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My Hands Are Bananas

July 27, 2009 — 2

Nick Andrews is a student filmmaker at Montana State. Here's what Nick looks like: I first saw Nick's work when he starting posting films in mtvU's BEST FILM ON CAMPUS (aka BFOC), an incubator for college student filmmakers. Best Film On Campus is wall to wall with amazing young writers and directors. When they start blowing up in here, we hook them up with series deals, feature film development deals, music video productions, etc. Here are some great examples of music videos made by college kids via BFOC... Antonio Campos' (NYU) music video for The Shins Lauren Simpson's (Texas A&M) music video for Motion City Soundtrack Joe Stakum's (Temple University) music video for Modest Mouse All 3 of these videos went to the national college top ten from the moment they premiered. Anyway, Nick posted his film "MY HANDS ARE BANANAS," which is one of those shorts that's so hilarious and original, you have no choice but to send it all your friends. I even sent it to my mom. Then we signed Nick up to star in a short-form series mtvU did with Ford, called the mtvU College 500. He was brilliant in it. MY HANDS ARE BANANAS didn't just do well...it blew up. Now 6MM people have watched this sucker. Here it is on youtube: And it's provoked some pretty great tributes and responses. Like this one, using machinima via Halo 2: Girls tried it: And then there's this girl, who made her parents proud: Check out this totally a Capella version... Would love to work more with Nick Andrews, and I know I'm not alone in that. And I can't wait to see what new talent we discover next in BFOC.

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United Airlines Broke His Guitar

July 13, 2009 — 6

Ok I wasn't going to post anything about this because EVERYONE ELSE has. But fuck it, it's just too good. And the subject's too relevant to what I kinda think I am supposed to be doing. United Airlines broke Dave Carroll's guitar, so he wrote a song about it: I've heard all your excuses and I've chased your wild gooses and this attitude of yours I say must go. United, United you broke my Taylor guitar. United, United some big help you are. You broke it, you should fix it. You're liable just admit it. I should have flown with someone else Or just have gone by car. Because United breaks guitars. Then he posted this video that now 2.5MM people have watched: Taylor guitars uploaded a classy response, supporting Dave and guitarists everywhere: This is what you see when you go to Taylor Guitars' site: Then this opportunistic fellow named Steven, from a local music shop, chimed in to support Dave. He announces he is canceling two flights he has scheduled on United. He even offers to lend Dave his own acoustic guitar. Finally, United Airlines agrees to reimburse Dave for the guitar (and to evolve its customer service practices). And Dave issues this statement: Dave's making a new music video about this, coming any day now. I emailed United to ask them about their new policy regarding Taylor guitars. That was a few hours ago. No response yet. Can you imagine what Jeff Hayzlett would do if he ran marketing for United? I did get a response to my blog post about NeuroDrinks...from NeuroDrinks. I'll share it soon. For now, I gotta go, this conference call is ending...