Melissa Rose Bickerstaff to appear in cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model

Back on March of 2006, I received this email from model and fashion designer Melissa Rose (“Melrose”) Bickerstaff.

This is Mel Rose and I am writing to you for two reasons. The first is to eventually order some prints from you from the effections healing show you shot in 2004 – I also need a favor from you. I am trying to get a job with a company that needs me to take all of my photos off of the internet. I can go into further details after June but I am needing to take some photos off of your Web site.

My first thought was that she was auditioning for Project Runway since she is a talented designer who took home the “Best of Show” honors and “Most Creative” award for her work in the Art Institutes’ student fashion show in 2003. March 2006 was right around the time Project Runway was holding open calls for the next season and a few other designers I knew including Sari Pace and Bruce Beasley had gone down to the Los Angeles auditions. But when Project Runway debuted, there was no sign of Melrose so I knew it wasn’t that show.

Fast forward a few months and I’m having lunch with one of Melrose’s friends and she tells me that Melrose had indeed landed on a reality T.V. show which had already been filmed. Since the show had not been announced yet, the embargo was still in effect. Well, just last week I received this link showing where Melrose had landed. Melrose will appear in season 7 of America’s Next Top Model. If you click on the more info tab, there’s a video preview clip. From the looks of the other models, I think Melrose will do well. America’s Next Top Model debuts on September 20th on the CW network.

Here’s a shot of Melrose (right) backstage at a fashion show in 2003.

Images of Melrose’s fashion design can be seen here. Use the drop down menu and select Fashion-Melrose.

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IcerAir returns to San Francisco on November 4th

ICERAIR returns to San Francisco and it’s bigger than ever. While not as radical as last year’s ski jump down the steep hills of San Francisco, this year’s event will feature bigger jumps down a 100-foot high ski and snowboard ramp descending from the scoreboard at AT&T Park (formerly SBC Park, formerly PacBell Park). The ramp will extend over 350 feet in length and will be covered with over 200 tons of snow. ICER AIR is scheduled to take place on SaturdaY, November 4th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. In addition, ICER AIR will feature the inauguaral San Francisco Ski and Snowboard Festival. The SF Ski Fest, co-organized with SnowBomb.com, will feature the best new gear from industry leaders such as Head Skis, Ride Snowboards, The North Face and many others on the promenade level of the stadium. Every major ski resort from the Lake Tahoe area will be on hand with special promotions for ICER AIR attendees.

Read this PDF for more info

Check out last year’s historic ICER AIR photos

Hidden feature of iTunes 7 now works with multiple music libraries

Apple released a major release of iTunes on September 12th. Among the major features is hard to find feature that allows you to manage multiple music libraries. After starting iTunes, hold down the option key on the Mac or Alt key in Windows. The Shift key also works in Windows. You will be prompted to ‘Create a new library’ or ‘Choose a library’. The feature comes in handy if you want to sort your music by iPod models or simply create a separate library for iPod synching vs another one that will not be synced to the iPod.

Check here for more information of the new features of iTunes 7.

Even more features.

Gen Art Launch Party For ‘Fresh Faces In Fashion’

Launch Party for Fresh Faces in Fashion

Gen Art Platinum & Higher Level Members and Fresh Faces in Fashion Ticket Holders

Monday, September 11th, 2006
7:00 – 10:00pm

W Hotel
181 Third Street
San Francisco, CA

Gen Art is proud to invite Platinum and Associate Producer members and Fresh Faces in Fashion ticket holders to the launch party for Fresh Faces hosted by the W Hotel. Come join us for this private reception and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres compliments of the W Hotel, and get ready for the big event on the September 16th, 2006.

Check out my gallery from last year’s launch party here.

Social bookmarking. An interview with del.icio.us creator Joshua Schachter

Like for so many, bookmarking web pages has always been a chore for me. With multiple computers and browsers, it’s a never ending battle to maintain bookmarks across platforms. One option is to add the bookmark to the Yahoo home page but that involves multiple steps and is cumbersome. So I recently stumbled upon del.icio.us. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site. According to Wiki, “Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags.” At first, I had no idea what the spelling of del.icio.us stood for. It wasn’t until I heard this interview with creator Joshua Schachter that I realized that it was pronounced “delicious”. Being a new user, I haven’t really explored all the features of the site yet but I have moved many of my bookmarks off my browser. One feature I would like to see is the ability to sort bookmarks by popularity. For example, when I search for bookmarks for photography, I get almost 282,000 results presented in seemingly random order. The home page does have a ‘hot list’ button but that only shows recent bookmarks. They should take a page out of Digg.com and YouTube and offer an option of presenting the results in a format selectable by recent, today, this week, this month, and this year.

Yahoo acquired del.icio.us last year and Joshua Schachter now works at Yahoo as the director of engineering in the social search group at Yahoo.

See a list of my bookmarks on del.icio.us