Friday, January 24, 2014
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Madison Avenue Is Moving To Wall Street
"I had somebody in my office who's been in the advertising industry for literally 50 years. And he said this is the best view he's seen from any agency in his lifetime," Barker said.
He thinks that the District is going to be associated with the ad culture of Madison Avenue very soon.
While New York's Financial District is still home to giants like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche , and American Express, it has been making plenty of room for the creative services industry.
The neighborhood offers ad agencies cost-effective space to create the large, interesting offices advertising creatives desire.
Since 2005, 18 ad agencies have moved downtown. Consolidating financial companies have left millions of square feet of office space in recent years, and the public and private sector have worked in unison to attract creative and media companies to take their place.
"I really believe that advertising is a terrific barometer of the next hot neighborhood," Barker said. Ad agencies want hip offices in hip places because, as Barker said, their clients rely on them to be monitoring the pulse of what is trending in culture.
And in addition to impressing corporate marketers, he said that spacious and interesting offices are necessary for creating a creative culture that drives the industry.
Because his agency's 10-year lease on its SoHo offices was running out at the end of last year, Barker looked for new office space last year in Chelsea, the Flatiron district, and even Brooklyn. But he said that after checking out the benefits of the Financial District, he immediately knew it was the best choice.
Barker said his feeling that the Financial District was the new place to be was confirmed when he competed with the hot agency Droga5 for space.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Check out this video and a few others that highlight the work of our classmate, Ira Sachs, and his latest movie, Love is Strange. Love is Strange has been really well received at the Sundance Film Festival. Congratulations Ira!
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Going through the college application process with our son this year has been interesting, and makes the following discussion from the Yale Alumni Magazine much less abstract. Read the article and let me know what you think:
Wanted: smart students from poor families
The families of Yale College students, on average, are substantially richer than the American norm. How much can the university change this? How much should it?
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Feb Club Emeritus -- a Yale Class of 1987 creation -- is about to kick off its seventh blockbuster year. We have parties from New York to Hong Kong and everywhere in between. We have Amman throwing a party, London, Miami, Milan, Hobart and many, many more. Check out the calendar at www.febclubemeritus.com.
A few facts about Feb Club Emeritus:
A few facts about Feb Club Emeritus:
- Since it's inception, Feb Club events have had more than 30,000 guests. Wow. What started as a joke between two classmates has become a phenomenon.
- We have had over 500 parties around the world.
- We have had parties on every continent.
- We've had only one party where a guest brought a rocket launcher.
- We've had a number of parties on beaches.
- We've had a party in a Monogolian mine.
What is your favorite Feb Club story? Hope to see you this year!
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An interesting post by website IvyGate. What do you think?
BY ANDREA VILLENA | JANUARY 17, 2014 AT 2:24 PM
Though having been available for the last three semesters, Yale Bluebook+, an application-based website similar to Yale’s current course selection site, was blocked from Yale University servers on the first day of shopping period (the two week, somewhat stressful process when students pick their classes). Designed by seniors Peter Xu and Harry Yu, Yale Bluebook+ emphasizes course rankings, assigning a numerical evaluation to each class based on an arithmetic mean, derived from the current scale of “Poor” to “Excellent.”
The co-developers were contacted by the Registrar’s office via email last Tuesday, citing concerns that course information (including evaluations) could be seen by unauthorized members of the Yale community; though only accessible via a network ID, the authentication device Xu and Yu employed can be used by any Yale employee. A violation of Yale’s trademark and other Yale-copyright materials were also mentioned as possible reasons for disciplinary action. The official response from Information Technology Services (ITS) to those students who filed complaints about being unable to access the site:
The site was using the Yale name, course selection information, and course evaluation information without permission. Also, the design of the site focused on a few ratings never intended to be used for this purpose. Yale takes advising and course selection seriously and has given students digital resources to help them design their schedules, such as syllabi, course descriptions, and thoughtful narrative responses written by students.
The official course selection website for Yale students is clunky and ugly, and its inefficiency was the inspiration for the original Yale Bluebook (no plus) application. Bought by Yale—and now the go-to course-shopping site for most students—the developers of that first Bluebook faced similar problems. Like them, Xu and Yu were also hoping to reach a resolution.
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Lionsgate Films and Hammer Film Productions have released the first trailer for John Pogue's The Quiet Ones (2014), starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, and Erin Richards. Currently, the film is set to open in cinemas across the United Kingdom on April 11th. The U.S. theatrical release date is April April 25th.
Official synopsis: A university student (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment -- to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.
Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.
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There is a great deal of excitement about Chang Rae Lee's latest book. The reviews have been terrific. Part of the buzz has also been about the fact that it is available with a 3D cover. Read on:
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