Friday, January 26, 2007

Alright, I'm going to admit up front that this is a cheap shot, pure and simple. I don't have a righteous leg to stand on here, nor is this noble or helpful in any way, shape, or form.

But I'm still gonna post it.

I plugged the word "idiocy" into Google to make sure I was spelling it correctly for an email subject line. When the result returned, I clicked on the definition link out of curiosity.

Here's what I saw:

See what I mean? Cheap shot. And it's not even accurate. You can call the Vice President a lot of things (and I have), but "idiot" is not one of them. Still, it made me laugh.

And I'm betting a few of you will, too.
Posted @ 7:18 AM

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I love me the unintentionally funny headlines. This one caught my eye today:

Crowded House return official

My first thought when I saw that? "Crowded House is now a criminal gang?!? I know times must be tough for an 80s band trying to make a living, but I can't believe they've turned to kidnapping! I wonder who they held hostage..."

Nothing that dramatic, it turns out; just the band getting back together, announcing tour and album plans.

So while I was wrong about the meaning of the headline, at least I got a cool mini-movie out of it (even if it'll only ever run inside my own head). I pictured some random mid-aged New Zealander, let's say the Minister of Finance, disshevled but otherwise none the worse for wear, embracing his crying family.

The music playing under this scene? "Don't Dream It's Over," naturally.
Posted @ 1:26 PM

Friday, January 19, 2007

I've only seen them two or three times, but I've already had it up to here ::indicates ear-level:: with the the new UPS "Whiteboard" ads. Call me crazy, but evoking the feel of a meeting where a condescending prick explains concepts to his audience as if they're a bunch of kindergartners may not be the way to go. And it's this guy wielding the Dry Erase marker that really sets my teeth on edge.

Turns out the guy in question is Andy Azula, the creative director of the agency that came up with the campaign. I'm sure he's a fine human being, loves his family, is kind to animals great and small, volunteers time and money to worthy charities, etc. However, if I had to judge him solely based on these commercials (and that is, indeed, all I have to go on), I wouldn't cross the street to give him the righteous beating he so richly deserves.

Too harsh? Probably. But as a nascent advertising icon, Azula is sadly lacking. I know of only one case where an ad agency staffer was used successfully as the face of a campaign, and that's the old Rusty Jones rustproofing commercials. Remember those, Chicagoans?

I knew Rusty Jones. Rusty Jones was a friend of my mine. Mr. Azula, you're no Rusty Jones.
Posted @ 8:30 AM

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Kevin Federline will be in an ad premiering during the Super Bowl. Sadly, it won't be for FedEx. I guess that would have been too much to ask for.

Instead, it'll be one of Nationwide Insurance's "Life Comes At You Fast" ads. From the description, it sounds like it could be pretty funny.

But Mr. Federline? Please don't think of this as a reprieve. Your fame clock is running, and rapidly at that. I'd put you at about ten seconds left on your fifteen minutes.
Posted @ 1:33 PM

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Why I Love the Internet, Part MMMCXXXIV

On the way in to work this morning, I heard about Senator Chris Dodd's announcement that he'll run for the Democratic nomination for president in '08. How nice for him, I thought. He hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of getting the nod, but it'll be a nice break for him from the rigors of the Senate. And who knows? This could put him in the running for the Veepstakes.

Firing up my browser at the office, I saw a link to the AP story about Dodd on my My Way page. Realizing that his relatively low profile means the average American probably couldn't pick Chris Dodd out of a line-up, I hoped for his sake that the story included a picture of him. Curious, I clicked the link to check.

As happens with so many of the news aggregators (I'm looking at you, Google News), My Way occasionally will have a mismatch between news subject and the accompanying photo. Sadly for Senator Dodd, this story was one of those cases.

Here's what I saw:

Yeah. Not the way you want your presidential bid to start. I think I may have overestimated his chances.
Posted @ 1:20 PM

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I'm in the midst of a project at the moment, and I could use some help. I'm looking for songs that inspire and engender hope.

I don't much care about genre, time period, or performer. My only real criteria are that they be readily available for purchase or free download and that they not be much longer than a longish pop song, say five minutes.

If you've got suggestions, send 'em on in to me at my regular email addy, jack aaaatt jackscheer daht com.
Posted @ 6:27 PM


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