SummerMash SF


Last night, July 15, 2008, I attended mashable.coms SummerMash SF, and the event was a smashing success! I went with my entourage, of course. That consisted of Angela.

SummerMash was held at the club, Mighty, in San Francisco. Mighty was the perfect spot for it, except for the tiny step you had to watch out for mid-floor! A DJ was spinning the night away for atmosphere, though no dancing occurred until the end of the night and it was scattered at best. Tables were set up around the room by the sponsors, which included Mashable(naturally), speakTECH, Sun Startup Essentials, Yoono, MySites, Pubmatic, Yuku, SocialRadi.us.com, and Stickam. Author, Rohit Bhargava, was also on hand signing copies of his book, *Personality not included, the ultimate guide to marketing with authenticity.

Many of the booths were handing out schwag! woo! I scored a nice big coffee mug from PubMatic, the leader in ad network optimization. A lazer and LED pen from, I think, SocialRadi.us.com. Sun Startup Essentials were giving away luggage tags and OpenSolaris and NetBeans 6.1 CD’s. Mashable was serving the drinks in their logo printed plastic cups that changed color with cold, kind of like a mood ring! Yoono.com handed out stickers and yoono blue armbands. My favorite score was a webcam given to me by adorable Steven Fruchter, CEO of Stickam.com. The webcam has a built in microphone and light!

The event invite on eventbrite.com had mentioned food and drinks included. My only disappointment of the night was that this did not exactly turn out to be the case. The only food available was a bowl of candy at one of the booths. Near the end of the night it was announced that the booths had free drink tickets to give away, but by that time I had my limit, since I was driving, and ended up giving them away.

All in all Angela and I had a fantastic time. I met and took pictures with many of the CEO’s, including mashable.com’s Pete Cashmere. (Who I voted for in Jane Porricelli’s blog on the hottest male blogger’s on the net: http://www.momgenerations.com/blogs/jane/index.php/2008/07/10/who-is-the-hottest-male-blogger-its-double-standard-time/) Pete didn’t win, but I would date him if he was 20 years older.

I was interviewed by Stickam.com about my soon to beta launch site, http://thesmartmomsnetwork.com and also about this blog. THAT was fun! I can get used to that! The interview hasn’t been uploaded yet, but I will post the link here when it is.

The night was fun and best of all I met some fantastic people. It was a great networking event. I payed $22 for my ticket, and $6 a piece + $1 tip for my two Mashable cups of white wine, but it was well worth it. If Mashable does another event in the SF area, count me in!

(And someone find out if Pete Cashmore’s father is single.)

More pics of the event can be found here: http://flickr.com/photos/mashable/sets/72157606202125941/

All pictures above can be clicked to enlarge w/further descriptions.

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Laura Enjoys the 2008 MTV Movie Awards

The RED Carpet![What a view!waving at the fans!arriving at awards night

Laura arrived for the night in the chic new Honda Civic mini limosine! As she exited the car the paparazzi bulbs flashed and fans cheered! Entertainment Tonight hosts begged for an interview as she strutted down the RED (ish) carpet (looked a bit like a kitchen rug)! Laura signed a few autographs for her fans and gave a quick interview to ET, saying, “I’m so excited to be here, it’s going to be a fabulous night! Has anyone seen Jane Porricelli yet?” and then was wisked inside by her entourage to watch the show. During the show she enjoyed some expensive French bubbly champagne (or was it Ocean Spray White Cran Peach?) as she sat and chatted with the other celebrities (or maybe she was home alone).

Laura was thrilled to see little tiny Ellen Page win for best actress for her perfomance in Juno and was shocked to see Iron Man win best summer movie? “What were they thinking? I’ve never even heard of Iron Man? Naturally it should have been Sex in the City!” she exclaimed. Laura thought SJP and Jennifer Hudson were smashing as they announced Will Smith as the Best Actor for I Am Legend. Their outfits, their shoes! Oh YES! And Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page must be about the same height, little tiny!!!

For best comedic performance Anne Hathaway announced the winner, “YEEEAH! JOHNNY DEPP!”, as he walked out from behind the stage casually chewing gum, the crowd was almost in shock! Laura wondered if he had been backstage and people didn’t realize he was in the theater? He wore jeans with a striped cap tucked in the back pocket and a brown leather belt buckled on the side, a black short sleeved button up shirt with rolled up sleeves, Charlie Chaplin type hair, looking very clean cut and handsome and hot! He looked so young, just like he did back in his 21 Jump Street days. The crowd erupted! Laura Iriarte and Lindsey Lohan were the only two celebrities to give him a standing ovation! Diablo Cody seemed ready to swoon as she touched her heart! Chris Brown and Rhianna oddly seemed unimpressed? Jonah Hill from Superbad, another nominee, gave him a joking two thumbs down. Johnny won once again in the Best Villian category for his performance in Sweeney Todd. Tila Tequila was thrilled! Johnny said, “wow, this is nutty, two times in one night!” and proceeded to thank one and all. He ended by pointing at Laura and saying, “Hey Laura, I must say you look amazing darling!” (or maybe he SHOULD have dammit!).

Tom Cruise, in a very preppy look, black slacks, white button down shirt with a black v-neck sweater over it and very shiny black shoes, presented the MTV Generation Award, an award presented to someone who has given us significant cinematic achievement. The award this year was presented to Adam Sandler! Tom Cruise calls him The Sandman and reminds us of all the films Adam has been in, then a montage of clips follows, including some Saturday Night Live clips. Finally as Adam is announced he slowly rises up through the floor of the stage and sings, “Nobody Does It Better”, his own version, as women in gold bikinis pose (a tribute to James Bond’s Goldfinger). After Adam acknowledges that his song was the most arrogant thing he’s ever done, he then gives a heartfelt acceptance speech.

Best Breakthrough Performance went to Zach Efron for Hairspray. Best Kiss went to Brianna Evigan and Robert Hoffman from Step Up to the Streets. Laura didn’t see the movie, but after their steamy re-creation on stage Laura could see why they won! The evening concluded with Transformers winning best picture. Laura saw Transformers and agreed it was a very good movie, much better than expected. But having seen both, Laura would have picked Juno. She thought it was much more original.

The standout performances throughout the night were Coldplay, The Pussycat Dolls, and Wayne’s World. Coldplay and their new song were amazing, but there were just too many rose petals or big confetti thingys fluttering around and getting on the lead singer and even on Laura in the audience. The Pussycat Dolls did a sexy, energetic, choreographed performance, and host Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey recreated their Waynes World skit! Party On Dudes! Excellent!

Laura’s posse snuck(?) her out of the auditorium through a secret back door, dodging the paparazzi, then the Honda Civic Mini-Limo took her off into a night of celebrity parties (or maybe she went to bed). What a life!

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Twitter Marraige Proposal

No, no, no, not to me, but it happened! I think it’s a first too! Not the most traditional romantic way to propose. But definitely a geeky romantic way to propose! This put a smile on my face from ear to ear and I had to share it with everyone. Spread the good news!

Here is the proposal:

markdavidson: @DaisyAvenue Will you marry me? Please DM me with your response. Thank you.

For those of you not members of the Twitter.com community, DM stands for Direct Message. So we weren’t privy to her response, but it looks like it was a yes from the following twitters (note~ FB stands for Facebook.com, IM stands for Instant Message):

DaisyAvenue @jeanettejoy Yerp- we met on Twitter, added each other on FB, courted on IM first, then phone. Love at first sight when we met finally. 🙂

DaisyAvenue EMAIL: Mark said on Facebook that you two are engaged. We need you to confirm that you are, in fact, engaged to Mark. To confirm…

DaisyAvenue @jfritsche Thanks so much! @markdavidson just changed his FB profile to say engaged and it is making me confirm LOL!!

DaisyAvenue Ques. just in: Celebrating your engagement. Wondering since you met him online and he proposed online does your ring come from online too?

DaisyAvenue Answer: @markdavidson says that the ring is on its way from Amazon. Zappos doesn’t sell rings. Yet.

Their friends react:

jpostman @QueenofSpain @markdavidson proposed to @daisyavenue and she accepted

GreenSmith @DaisyAvenue N E R D S! Sending tweetulations….

jpostman @DaisyAvenue @markdavidson love you guys, congratulations!

mousewords @DaisyAvenue I’m totally presuming there will be a designated Twitterer during the wedding ceremony. 😉

jpostman @mousewords Will you be seated on the following or followers side of the aisle?

Some were not so kind:

monnie @marvlove PROPOSED ON TWITTER? WHAT A BLOODY PUBLICITY STUNT! OMGOSH ILL GET MORE FRIENDS IF I PROPSE!

But me? I believe in love, I believe in romance. And the happy couple?

DaisyAvenue @GreenSmith TY!! We are so nerdy that not only was the proposal & answer here but we both bet on Twitter not getting our tweets out right!

DaisyAvenue What does a newly engaged couple do? Come home, go thru Summize, fav the reactions and beam at each other. 🙂 And what a reaction!

DaisyAvenue BTW- Love does drive traffic. 46 new followers just since @markdavidson proposed to me. Does that mean that you will all be at the wedding?

Love, love, love! It comes it all types, shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? Congratulations @DaisyAvenue and @markdavidson. I wish you both every happiness! From, @lauralovesart.

In a sidenote I received a message from @markdavidson about my blog:

markdavidson @lauralovesart Thank you very much and thank you for the blog post. We’re saving that one to a flash stick. 🙂

correction :
markdavidson Re-blurbed: http://twitter.com/lauralov… (Actually @kosso and @01000101 were engaged almost a full year ahead of us.

1000101 replied ~ @markdavidson WHOA! You’re engaged?!!! Congrats! No @kosso didn’t propose to me via twitter – we “met” on twitter 🙂

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