social \ social graces

No One Wears Khaki Pants

Pink Pants
I was asked if I were a hipster. That made me laugh. Maybe I am. Maybe I just know people who are or know people who make things that appeal to hipsters. Hipsters are the same as millennials. Some millennials are decidedly basic. They are normcore-wearing people who are averse to student loan debt and wearing pants. Seriously, no one wears pants anymore. It is either skinny jeans, leggings or shorts. I worry about the sales of khaki pants. I don’t wear pants often either, but I have some.

Anyway, there are way too many people living on this earth. There are so many generations alive right now and because of technology and internet-sharing, you can have access to all of their thoughts and dreams. This is an excellent time to be a sociologist who can use big data to provide insights into what is the culture now and what will happen in the future.

I am more interested in learning what we can do to change anti-social behavior online and offline. Sometimes it seems that the world is so mean. It makes me sad. However, it could be that I see it more with social media and the 24-hour news cycle.

What I do know is this, “intent does not absolve you from impact”. If you have offended someone with your words and actions, then recognize that even if your intentions were good, it doesn’t matter if someone was offended. We can’t please everyone, but we can be contrite if we fail.


Social Media Week. A Week To Remember If You Didn’t Drink Too Much

The second annual Social Media Week was a success. There were lots of good panels and interesting people. I heard people got job interviews, made business deals and garnered new friends and followers.

Monday, I attended the Branding The Future With Social Engagement panel which was sponsored by Pepsi Refresh. Kelly from Media Post covered the event.

Wednesday, I was like chasing a dragon but there were no drugs involved. Four stops in one night started with Next New Networks party, Women in Social Media panel, Sound CTRL event and drinks with Brian Solis.

Lunch with Jeff Pulver and 50 people at the Roger Smith was fun. I met MWW’s Alex Payne. I also metĀ  Joe Mulligan and Art Jones. Thursday evening, I went to Keen Kong party and Obliterati.

Friday’s food and social media panel at Whole Foods was good. I stuck around afterward to hang out with @db @joemull and @rklas for sushi. Joe created the Bowery Roll.

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Thrillist 3rd Anniversary Party

PB249059, originally uploaded by Logged Hours.

Since I am all about pre-gaming for my birthday, my friends and I stopped by the Thrillist party after the Agency Spy party last night. When we got there, the line outside was almost around the block, but luckily Flavie, Thrillist’s wonderful Director of Communications, got us in quickly. It was good to see old friends and a new one, Marlo from Sweet Revenge. She was there because her delicious cupcakes were there. I just wish that the were not displayed in plastic cups, but the party people were probably too busy dancingĀ  and/or hooking up to notice. The party was crazy crowded which facilitated a cameo appearance by us before dashing out to grab dinner at Mr. Dennehy’s. The server there was nice and the food was pretty tasty. Carmine Street is quickly becoming one of my new favorite places in the Village.

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Delicious Sandwich Social and Cupcake Picnic

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tim the golden ticket winner, originally uploaded by nichellest.

The 4th Annual Delicious Sandwich Social was yesterday at Prospect Park. It was so much fun. The weather was beautiful, and I got to see comedian friends that I haven’t seen in ages.

The point of the social is to meet other people who made the sandwiches that are exchanged. I made a portobello mushroom sandwich with muenster cheese pepperjack cheese and green pepper. Eliot Glazer got my sandwich and he loved it. We also ate cupcakes from Ivy Bakery. The butter pecan onces were my favorite.

Tim won the golden ticket which means he got a bag of cool stuff including a pretty black and white polka dot apron and glove set from Carolyn’s Kitchen. Yay!

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This Week in People

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kim and me, originally uploaded by nichellest.

Here’s my first post in a new weekly feature where I highlight the folks I have met in the past week. Starting with last night and rewinding back to Monday, I have met and hung out with so many cool people. Last night I stopped by the launch party for Glam’s new lifestyle blog network, Black Life and I caught up with Kim. Kim (pictured above) and I met briefly four years ago at a AfroPunk event where Stiffed played. The lead singer of Stiffed is now Santogold. Kim works at a cool arts nonprofit, Making Books Sing. Kim introduced me to her friend Kelly who is an event producer from Ubiquita NYC. Before the Glam party, I went to a clothing swap at St. Margaret’s House and was interviewed by meteorologist Elise Finch from WCBS News Channel 2. Hopefully, my comments about being green and ecologically correct will air on the news.

After the Glam party, I met Marissa, stylist and owner of Ke Haas Salon on Clinton Street on the Lower East Side.

During the day, I interviewed two dynamic CEOs. I met with Aaron Patzer of Mint in person and talked to Karen Northrup of Corefino over the phone.

Tuesday, I stopped by Ladies Lotto briefly, and I met Tina who is the founder/designer of Laid Back Home.

Monday, I went to a networking happy hour sponsored by American Business Media. I met Vikas Sapra who recognized me from Twitter. He is a techie and a turntablist.