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April 27, 2008

OOPS.

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"It's not often that a logo this stolid and minimal inspires schoolboy chuckles, so you have to feel for the U.K.’s Office of Government Commerce. Tilt your head 90 degrees to the left to see why ... The recently redesigned mark seemed to be going smoothly until it was shown to the OGC staff, which is obviously filled with perverts."

AdFreak: Finally, a logo that’s happy to see you


GETTING THE POINT ACROSS ABOUT GETTING OUR POINT ACROSS.

COULD I HAVE A NEW DODGE WITH A MINIMUM OF RACISM PLEASE?

WE ALL HAVE OUR LIMITS.

VERY NICE.

THIS JUST IN FROM THE US/THEM PROGRESS REPORT.

“Ideology and partisanship used to be completely unrelated to the television news people consumed,” said study author Barry Hollander, associate professor of journalism in the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “But they’ve become significant factors in the last five years.”

University of Georgia: News & Information

YOU STAY CLASSY, CORPORATE AMERICA.

Sprint: Sprint Reps No Longer Allowed To Quote Customer In Quotes In Case Of Subpoena?

A GOOD POINT.

Corporate America's most-overlooked environmental crime. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine


INTERESTING ANALOGY.

"In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn’t work. It is there mainly to make you think it works. (It does work if, say, a fireman needs to take control. But you need a key, and a fire, to do that.) Once you know this, it can be illuminating to watch people compulsively press the door-close button. That the door eventually closes reinforces their belief in the button’s power. It’s a little like prayer. Elevator design is rooted in deception—to disguise not only the bare fact of the box hanging by ropes but also the tethering of tenants to a system over which they have no command."

Elevator Design Rooted in Deception - Advertising Lab

April 24, 2008

DOING WARHOL PROUD.

Video surfaces of man stuck in elevator for 41 hours | Seattle Times Newspaper

SOME BRANDS JUST GET IT.

"Last week, IKEA offered fatigued Stockholm shoppers a similar form of respite by installing a Sovhotell (sleep hotel) in one of the city's downtown shopping centres. After checking in at Sovhotell's front desk, guests were asked whether they normally sleep on their stomach, side or back, and were given a pillow to suit their personal sleeping style. In addition to single and double beds, the Sovhotell also featured a bridal suite."

Springwise: IKEA builds nap hotel in Stockholm shopping mall


I'M JUST GETTING OVER MY DEPRESSION FROM THE LAST ONE.

Al Gore Readies Sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth"

MAKE SURE YOU'RE AVATAR DRESSES APPROPRIATELY.

IBM's Code of Conduct for Virtual Worlds - Advertising Lab

GET 'EM WHILST THEY'RE YOUNG.

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Springwise: Merlot & other premium grape juices

WOW - WHAT A FABULOUS MESSAGE FOR OUR KIDS.

"Acosta told Salzhauer that she wasn't sure how to talk to her son about the procedures she was considering. That's when he showed her the manuscript for his children's picture book, "My Beautiful Mommy" (Big Tent Books), out this Mother's Day. It features a perky mother explaining to her child why she's having cosmetic surgery (a nose job and tummy tuck). Naturally, it has a happy ending: mommy winds up "even more" beautiful than before, and her daughter is thrilled."

Kids’ Book on Plastic Surgery | Newsweek.com


April 20, 2008

DIVORCE DECREE TWO DOT OH.

IS THERE NOTHING WE WON'T OUTSOURSE?

"Chicago's Hush-a-Bye Baby Nanny Service specializes in helping infants snooze through the night so Mom and Dad can get a little rest."

Iconoculture - Consumer Research Service: Trend Observation


'COS NOTHING SAYS GANGSTA LIKE A FRUITLOOPS SHIRT.

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Under The Hood Register

ADS AND REALITY MEET EUROPEAN FOOD PRODUCTS.

THE AMERICAN TALIBAN CONTINUES TO BE HARD AT WORK.

Hallmark card yanked from shelves after woman claims it promotes teen sex

IT JUST GETS CLASSIER AND CLASSIER.

"James Raymond lost the hearing in his left ear while fighting in Afghanistan. The former U.S. Army specialist later suffered a knee injury that required him to be flown back home for surgery. In September 2004, he was given an honorable discharge and the Department of Veterans Affairs determined that he was 10 percent disabled, enabling him to receive $120 a month for the rest of his life. So it was much to his surprise Thursday when Raymond — now a University at Buffalo student — got a call from his stepfather that he was being deployed again — to Iraq."

The Buffalo News: City & Region: Honorably discharged vet ordered back to Iraq despite disability


THE LATEST SIGN.

ABC News: Sweet Smell of Flowers Is Being Polluted

DAMN THIS GUY'S GOOD.

SOME THOUGHTS ON WATER.

TRIAL SIZE WINE.

Springwise: Wine by the trial-sized tube

TODAY IN MASHUPS.

The First Ever Hip Hop Ballet 

April 19, 2008

SUDDENLY, GUITAR HERO LOOKS LIKE AN ADVANCED COURSE AT JULIARD.

IT'S ON.

"The truckers who organized the protests – by CB radio and internet – have a specific goal: reducing the price of diesel fuel. They are owner-operators, meaning they are also businesspeople, and they can’t break even with current fuel costs. They want the government to release its fuel reserves. They want an investigation into oil company profits and government subsidies of the oil companies. Of the drivers I talked to, all were acutely aware that the government had found, in the course of a weekend, $30 billion to bail out Bear Stearns, while their own businesses are in a tailspin."

Barbara's Blog: Truckers Protest, the Resistance Begins


MOBY'S KINDA SERIOUS ABOUT THIS WHOLE NOT EATING CHICKEN THING.

GREAT TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS.

April 18, 2008

TURNS OUT NOT ALL THE FRENCH HATE US.

SOME BRANDS DON'T GET THIS WHOLE "INTERNETS" THING.

April 17, 2008

MCSWEENEY'S STRIKES AGAIN.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: If Horton Lived in My Neighborhood.

April 14, 2008

STOCK PHOTO NARRATIVE.

"If you’ve ever worried about photos from your past coming back to haunt you, get to know the story of the Everywhere Girl. Over a decade ago she was a young actress posing for a series of stock photos. While she’s no Mona Lisa, in recent years her photos have made their way into royalty-free collections and crept into print and web designs the world over. First chronicled in Paul Hales’ technology blog The Inquirier and later by Id�e’s own CEO Leila, the Everywhere Girl now even has her own blog."

Everywhere Girl, The Book


MCCAIN APPEALS TO THE BASE.

"McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, has regularly called Washington Satan's City over the past 10 years. He did so twice last month, including during a visit to the Atlanta headquarters of Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain whose founder is such a devoted Baptist he keeps the eateries closed on Sundays. "It's harder and harder trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan," McCain said, according to an Associated Press account."

McCain and conspiracy theorists agree that Washington is Satanic - Boing Boing


GRIEF TWO DOT OH.

"Russell Buckley comments on a news story about an elderly gentlemen who for years has called his late wife's Verizon voicemail just to hear her voice."

Man repeatedly calls late wife's voicemail - Boing Boing


I'M GOING TO START WRITING ALL MY DOCUMENTS IN THIS FONT.

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The best font ever!

JOE QUEENAN REVIEWS "THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE."

"Anyone can make a bad movie; Kate Hudson and Adam Sandler make them by the fistful. Anyone can make a sickening movie; we are already up to Saw IV. Anyone can make an unwatchable movie; Jack Black and Martin Lawrence do it every week. And anyone can make a comedy that is not funny; Jack Black and Martin Lawrence do it every week. But to make a movie that destroys a studio, wrecks careers, bankrupts investors, and turns everyone connected with it into a laughing stock requires a level of moxie, self-involvement, lack of taste, obliviousness to reality and general contempt for mankind that the average director, producer and movie star can only dream of attaining. A generically appalling film like The Hottie and the Nottie is a scab that looks revolting while it is freshly coagulated; but once it festers, hardens and falls off the skin, it leaves no scar. By contrast, a truly bad movie, a bad movie for the ages, a bad movie made on an epic, lavish scale, is the cultural equivalent of leprosy: you can't stand looking at it, but at the same time you can't take your eyes off it. You are horrified by it, repelled by it, yet you are simultaneously mesmerised by its enticing hideousness. A monstrously bad movie is like the Medusa: those who gaze on its hideous countenance are doomed, but who can resist taking a gander?"

From hell | Features | guardian.co.uk Film


WHAT?

7 Video Game Currencies Stronger Than the US Dollar

IT'S COME TO THIS.

"Use our on-time prediction engine to help you book your flights. We’ve built mathematical models of the U.S. air transportation system to predict delays and cancellations. If you need to make that meeting on time or are afraid of missing a connection, don’t book until you check out the predictions here!"

Delaycast

HEY - WHY NOT?

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Springwise: Stylish fire protection kits

April 13, 2008

PIZZLE AND GAZIZZLE.

Procter & Gamble, Def Jam launch hip-hop record label 

April 12, 2008

AXL ROSE LOOKS JUST TERRIBLE.

THE JOY THAT WAS 1977.

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15 Minute Lunch: Strap in, shut up and hold on. We're going back.

OOH THE PAIN.

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Map of Misery

SHE KINDA IS.

SHOUT OUT TO THE ANN ARBOR PIZZA COMMUNITY.

best of craigslist : To The Stoner Who Works At Cottage Inn Pizza

GOOD ADVICE FOR ALL OF US FRANKLY.

"A group of Masai warriors are going to be running the London Marathon this year, which could be enough to get a mention here, but it gets better. To avoid any potential culture clash problems (so funny in films, so unfunny if you happen to stick a spear in someone’s pet goat, and rather lacking in humour in Crocodile Dundee 2) a charity has prepared a useful guide for them, which contains some handy tips we’d all be advised to bear in mind (especially the French): * “Even though some [Brits] may look like they have a frown on their face, they are very friendly people - many of them just work in offices, jobs they don’t enjoy, and so they do not smile as much as they should."

Neatorama � Blog Archive � The Masai Warriors’ Guide to Britain


YUM. AGAIN - YUM.

Exclusive Candy Review: Sausage and Pickle Flavored Harry Potter Jellybeans

YOU STAY CLASSY, WALMART.

"The latest of the company’s moral lapses is the story of Debbie Shank, a former employee who was hit by a truck, is severely brain-damaged, and who won a lawsuit to help pay for her very expensive care. Wal-Mart wanted a piece of that suit. Wal-Mart’s health care plan lets the retail giant recoup the cost of its expenses if an employee collects damages in a lawsuit. And Wal-Mart set out to do just that after Shank and her husband, Jim, won $1 million after suing the trucking company involved in the wreck. After legal fees, the couple received $417,000. Wal-Mart sued the Shanks to recoup $470,000 it paid for her medical care. However, a court ruled that the company could only recoup about $275,000 — the amount that was left in a trust fund for her care."

BuzzMachine � Blog Archive � What PR won’t fix


AND OF COURSE...HE'LL BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE EATEN.

Ted Turner: global warming could lead to cannibalism - Boing Boing

HIP HOP AWAY.

Kanye Travel Ventures

April 11, 2008

YOU KNOW, THEY SAY...DUDE MIGHT GO BLIND.

ODDLY ENDEARING AND DISTURBING ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT "PROGRAMMING."

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In most countries the world over, Gallup data show that people who have televisions in their homes report greater well-being than do those who do not have televisions in their homes."

TV Ownership May Be Good for Well-Being


UGH.

"Political scientists at Texas A&M recently published an article arguing that public campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of global warming may make people less, not more, worried about climate change."

IFTF's Future Now: Climate change knowledge and action: Less connection than we would expect?


April 10, 2008

TODAY IN INNOVATION FOR DRIVING.

visual road temperature warning - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics

JUNK MAIL FOR JUNK MAILERS.

Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers

ASKING THE QUESTION THAT'S BEGGING TO BE ASKED.

John Tepper Marlin: Survey: "19% Say USA on Right Track." Who ARE These People? - Politics on The Huffington Post

April 08, 2008

HARMONY IN AISLE FOUR.

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"Brand Republic reports on a new scheme being trialled by UK supermarket chain Asda and mobile network Orange that allows live streaming of football matches to handily kitted-out shopping trolleys equipped with mobile phones. Currently only available in the Wembley store although potentially to be rolled out further soon, the scheme highlights Orange’s deal to be the first mobile operator to offer live coverage of every Barclays Premier league game."

Keeping Couples Together: Asda Lets Shoppers Watch Football From Their Shopping Trolley on PSFK


NOW THAT'S JUST MEAN.

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Indian Jeans Brand Craps on America � Adrants

April 06, 2008

TODAY IN INGENUITY.

"Homeless people flock to London's Heathrow airport by the dozen, camouflaging themselves with Hawai'ian shirts and bum-bags and pretending to be stranded tourists so that they can sleep a warm night on an airport bench:"

Homeless people disguised as stranded tourists sleep on Heathrow's benches - Boing Boing


April 05, 2008

SOME DEVICES DRAMATICALLY CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR.

"The results, from a January survey of more than 10,000 adults, are somewhat dramatic. 84.8 percent of iPhone users report accessing news and information from the hand-held device. That compares to 13.1 percent of the overall mobile phone market and 58.2 percent of total smartphone owners – which include those poor saps with BlackBerries and devices that run Windows. The study found that 58.6 percent of iPhone users visited a search engine on their phones, compared with 37 percent of smartphone users in general and a scant 6.1 percent of mobile phone users."

IPhone Users Love That Mobile Web - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog


April 04, 2008

ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THE TRUTH ISN'T MUCH, MUCH WORSE.

"Some of the common assumptions it wanted to correct: that its hamburgers and chicken nuggets are made of "leftover parts"; that its milk shakes and ice cream contain lard; that its sausage patties contain additives that make people want to eat more; and that its cheese contains meat product."

McDonald's Wants to Clear Its Food Rep - Advertising Age - News


THE BENGALS HAVE SEEN ENOUGH.

"Noting Henry's previous arrests involving drugs, guns and alcohol, the judge called Henry "a one-man crime wave."

Troubled WR Chris Henry gets the old heave-ho | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press



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