★ My Day Yesterday

My contribution to the My Day, Yesterday pool.

I actually picked a good day to do this. I did this Thursday, Oct. 15 which is still a work day but unofficially the start of my weekend. I made my rounds to clients in the morning, worked at a coffee shop in the afternoon, the world was captivated by Balloon Boy and barhopped around Orange County at night.

I shot it with my iPhone 3GS and screen capture with Quicktime X.

"Yesterday, in video. Shot throughout the day, put together and uploaded today. You should do the same. And when you do, put it in the My Day, Yesterday group. Don’t add any music or anything, only what’s recorded via the camera."

★ The Best Camera

There’s a saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. That means the best camera I have is my iPhone. And with the 3GS, the camera has a decent megapixel count, records video and can upload to the Internet immediately because of my 3G signal. Every once in awhile, I run across stuff in my daily life that actually inspires me to take a picture. Here are a couple of my favorites from the past few months.

Fourth and Broadway

Sunset

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Crosby

PCH

Beads of Light

Santa Ana

★ Disney and Apple Sitting in a Tree

Disney Plans Extensive Overhaul of Mall Stores

Disney plans to advise with Apple and Steve Jobs on revamping their Disney Stores.

The involvement of Mr. Jobs, the Apple chief executive who joined the Disney board with the 2006 acquisition of Pixar, is particularly notable. For the first time, Mr. Jobs’s fingerprints can be seen on Disney strategy, in the same way that he influenced the look and feel of Apple’s own immensely popular retail chain. While Mr. Jobs did not personally toil on the Imagination Park concept, he pushed Disney to move far past a refurbishment.

“Dream bigger — that was Steve’s message,” said Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products.

Having worked at an Apple Store and seeing how an Apple Store is run, I can only see this as nothing but a win for Disney. Now that Steve Jobs is the largest private shareholder in Disney, it’s great to see him directly influence one of Disney’s business decisions.

Mr. Jobs provided access to proprietary information about the development and operation of Apple’s highly successful stores, and Disney executives visited Apple’s research operation in Cupertino, Calif. Mr. Jobs, who declined to comment, also insisted that Disney build a prototype store to work out kinks, a costly endeavor that most retailers skip.

The company followed his advice, working for the last year on a full-scale, fully stocked store inside an unmarked warehouse in Glendale, Calif. The prototype was crucial to shaping an overall philosophy, Mr. Fielding said, noting that he discovered the shops needed more “Pixar-esque winks and nods.” To that end, one sales area is now labeled “WWTD: What Would Tinker Bell Do?”

Apple did the same thing right before they opened their first two retail stores in Glendale, CA and Tyson’s Corner VA. Apple now has 273 stores worldwide.

Via Daring Fireball.

★ Washington DC and $100K Dream Weddings

Last week I had the privilege of watching my good friend Van get married in Washington, D.C.  Now this was no ordinary wedding.  Van and her fiance Eric were the winners of US Magazine and WeddingChannel.com’s Dream Wedding.  I was planning to attend her wedding before she ever won the contest but after news of her selection as the winners made me even more excited.  I was also excited to visit DC since it’s been almost twenty *gasp* years since I’ve visited.  It would be more meaningful to visit all the monuments and museums since I’m old enough to appreciate them.

The highlight of my trip was the wedding.  I have never been to a more “elegant” wedding.  Everything about wedding from the venue to the service to the reception was jaw dropping.  I’m so glad that I was able to watch one of my closer friends get married.  After the wedding, I would have to admit that the museums were the next best highlight.  When I was younger, I was ALWAYS fascinated with science so I basically reverted to an 8 year old boy when I visited the National Air and Space and Natural History museums.  I spent the majority of my Saturday in those two museums.  I did so much walking that my legs had basically given up halfway through the American History Museum.

I posted all my pictures to Flickr but here are some of the highlights of the trip.

LincolnTowards Washington MonumentTriceratopsIMG_0937ReceptionMe and Van