K-Fed has suspected heart attack while taping 'Excess Baggage', spells un-good PR for fast weightloss

K-fed, also known as well-fed and Britney Spears ex-husband Kevin Federline is recording Excess Baggage, a celebrity weight loss series, in Australia. Yes TV has gotten that bad, aren't you glad you set fire to your set years ago? Back in December he was taken to hospital with signs of heat stress, and yesterday he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains that some feared was a heart attack.


The BeanCast 185: A Picture With Guy

I was on the Beancast last night, sans caffeine which apparently makes me extra sarcastic, in the episode called A picture with Guy. Yes, that was the Kodak moment. Had a grand old time with Natalie Zmuda, ( @nzmuda ) reporter at AdAge , Ian Sohn, Group Director at SVP ( @iansohn ) and Dave Haan, the Executive Director at the Creative Circus. We talked about Cause Marketing, crowd-sourced beer, The death of Kodak and Paula Deen's diabetes spin. All in all, a pretty chatty episode, tune in now via this link or subscribe via iTunes.

Ms. Brown for M&Ms is just one of the many ads to air during Super Bowl XLVI

The Super Bowl of Advertising 2012 - SPOILER ALERT

Super Bowl XLVI is just around the corner. This year NBC is charging an average of $3.5 million for each 30 second spot. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see in addition to a ton of NBC self-promo and most likely considering this is an election year, some political ads.


Hyundai Veloster Turbo and/or Genesis Coupe R-Spec: Spot will use testosterone to “play up the performance side of Hyundai”. Actor Jeff Bridges does the voiceover. The brand will also have a 60-second spot before kickoff.
Created by: Innocean Worldwide Americas

M&Ms: The 30-second spot introduces Ms. Brown, the new character in its line of animated spokescandies. Will Ms. Green and her engage in a cat fight? Who knows. She is described as “Ms. Brown is an intelligent woman with a sharp wit who finally decided to reveal herself after working for decades behind the scenes as “chief chocolate officer.”
Created by: BBDO

UPDATED Coca-Cola: The polar bears are coming as part of the "Open Happiness" campaign. One ad in either 1st or 2nd quarter is a 30-second animated "Superstition" shows one of the bears watching the game with his fingers, toes, arms, legs and even his scarf crossed. The other is a 60-second "The Catch" has two versions. The bear cheering for the team that is losing at the time the commercial airs -- assuming the game is not tied at the time -- will make a gravity-defying catch of a flying bottle of Coke. The bears will be featured on the website throughout the game. As they sit on their "snowfa" in an Arctic cave, they will react to plays on the field, referees' calls and even commercials. At the same time, viewers can send tweets and emails to the bears with questions and comments, getting the bears responses at www.CokePolarBowl.com.
Created by: Wieden + Kennedy


Santorum acronym fail: Just launched "CUM"

Poor Rick Santorum, first he's hounded so long on the internet by Dan Savage that his name has become synonymous with a dirty sex acts side-effects when you google it.. And now he's launched Conservatives Unite Moneybomb.. ie: CUM

Clearly, nobody who works for him ever thought of what the acronym spelled. Or did they and are just after the side-effect of extra eyeballs looking at the page garnered when the entire internet passes a link around and laughs? They might actually have learned something from Dan Savages campaign. Please tell me this is the case, I refuse to believe people are this stupid.


Samsung goes after apple-fanboys in their super bowl commercials campaign

Samsung have been trying so hard for so long to let people know that they too have a smartphone. It's got a huge screen and all sorts of apps and I still don't care. In this ad, which is according to gizmodo.com, ready to air on the superbowl (I am not convinced as nobody told me yet), they discreetly mock Apple-fanboys who queue up for the latest gadget and watch unboxing videos because they are....... Lemmings. Yeah like the IBM lemmings back in 1985 that Apple mocked with a whistling ad everyone hated.

My personal favorite? "I don't like your roommate very much". My god, you're mid-thirties and you can't afford your own home, but you can buy all sorts of expensive tech-gear, and you'll even camp in a line for it, and nobody seems to find this super-wrong in any way. In fact it's so ingrained in the culture right now, it's in ads. That's kinda sad, people. Sadder than your lust for Apple-gear and Samsung's want to be on top.


Why America is fucked (graphically, that is)

Aaron Draplin has a bit of a problem, he loves design a little too much, like so many talented designers out there. He loves it so hard he'll drunk-buy old motel signs and cry a little at their destruction. Hand on your heart, all designers, art directors, typographers, illustrators and yes, even copywriters out there. Haven't we all collected retro ketchup wrappers, flea market postcards, old key-chains, random empty boxes (yes that's mine) and thingie-mah-bobs just because they are a little piece of design pretty? I feel for Aaron Draplin, I really do, and I too weep a little at the destruction of our design history. I might even swear as much and use Futura in the titles. Check draplin.com for more.


HIV Foundation/AIDS Council Finland - Places - Woman, Man and butt - (2012)

Beware of the many people who have checked in before you. That's the thought McCann Helsinki shows with these images, where a woman's va-jay-jay, a mans trouser snake and even a mans ass are "place" where you can "check in". Lets face it, you know you're not the first.


Barbarian Group celebrates ten years in business - with a site full of injokes (and some work).

Barbarian Group celebrates ten years of shaking things up -- and those leg garters are still quite nice -- by showing off on a subsite aptly placed at x.barbariangroup.com. On the site you'll find genius weirdness like when Jenna the Intern decided to invite the entire company into a massive iChat. The reason for "Oh hey Tobu. Yo baby ugly." company meme, the history of their 404 pages, why they call the Irish Car Bomb cocktail The Car Baum and more. It might not be a "how is babby formed", but it's still funny. Oh, and in between the digital hijinks is some digital work. They do actually work sometimes too, you know.


Star Wars Bark - dogs get ready for Superbowl XLVI

Superbowl XLVI is soon upon us and Volkswagen are already barking up their own hype by getting a canine chorus to howl-bark the Imperial March theme. They promise this will all make sense come game day, meanwhile the intergalactic invite site will ensure you don't miss anything if you are inclined to sign up. Former Star Wars fans are all rotating in their mother's basement right now, whimpering about the horrors of prequels "... and little dogs too!" as we speak.


How to sell a book in this day&age: make a swearing youtube video

Simon Spurrier is just a tad ticked off that his novel released last year, "A Serpent Uncoiled", has barely moved despite raving reviews. So now that it's also out in paperback and Kindle edition he has decided to give it a proper viral sendoff with a video containing more made-up swear-words than anything else on the intarwebs today. Well played, you mono-buttocked buggernaut.