Christian billboard campaign threatens to kill you if you don't believe in God

Fine, so the headline might be a tad hyperbolic, but how do you interpret the billboard currently running in Texas? The headline reads: "If God doesn't matter to him, do you?" and shows a young boy holding a gun aimed straight at the viewer.


The stuff we missed: Fluid hair defends 'abuse ad' with "I was abused" - links & more

Bat boy wins a tomorrow award. He won't if you beat him to it, remember deadline is October 3rd, if you've created something that points to the future of advertising, get on it. It's not about media, it's about groundbreaking ideas.


Googles Doodles - now a patented idea.

Reading at Creative Review: Why Google has oodles of doodles a paragraph jumps out at me and tries to stab me.

In March of this year, the US Patent and Trademark office granted Google a patent for its doodles but, surprisingly, that patent does not cover the individual doodle designs, instead, it relates to the invention of the idea and method of periodically changing the logo to entice people to the website. You might wonder how a company could be granted exclusive rights to the concept of frequently varying its logo, but that seems to be what has happened.


Lighting Plus turns public egg-art into ads, are accused of vandalism

Art 'vandalised' by adverts down in Auckland, check out the many photos of the Newmarket art installation on Osbourne St which has changed from eggs to lightbulbs. Neither the Arts Trust, which owns the fibreglass sculptures, or the artist were notified about the proposed alterations, and they're not happy about it.

Emma Fox from Newmarket Arts Trust says the damage from the advertising "beggars belief".
"This is not just something you can fix in situ - they will have to be recoated. And I don't know what damage the screw tops have done but it doesn't look good," she says.
"No artist wants their artwork to be used in that flippant way. It's defacement."


Dear marketers, girls just wanna have fun, not pink.

The oldest advertising trick in the book to attract the straight male buyer is to drape a half-naked lady across the product. The second oldest is to color something pink, when your advertising target is a woman.


Cannes Lions 2012 reverts back to original date: 17 to 23 June 2012

Change of plans folks! My Birthday will not be held in Cannes next year (crowd roars with DISAPPOINT!), as it has just been announced the Lions festival is moving back to it's original date. Quick, get on the horn and re-schedule that team of former rugby-players now turned exotic dancers to come and party with me at my house instead. What do you mean you didn't book them in the first place? Son, I am disappoint.

We have just been informed by the city of Cannes that for various internal and external reasons the proposed improvement works to the Palais des Festivals have now been postponed.
Therefore, to avoid a crossover with the end of the Cannes Film Festival, we are reverting to our usual dates in the third week of June – 17-23 June 2012.


Odds & Ends: JoeLaPompe does interview, @Irene gives up her twitter, Lars og Helle no longer discussing politics

It's hilarious when you interview the badlanding Ninja behind He won't show his face. We did our little chat with him while in Cannes 2009. In this fresh (French) JoeLaPompe interview from Paris Joe is wearing a full balaclava. Way to keep up the Ninja-tude, dude.


Web 3.0 is collecting you.

Is web 3.0 the gathering of data? Marcus Michaels writes "Klout: Passing Trend or Web 3.0?"

The way I see it is that Klout confidently fits into the category of Web 3.0 as a solid vision base of future technologies. If you’re going to embrace it, do so with an open mind. If not, know it’s there, and it’s watching you with more judgement than HAL 9000.

I don't know about you, while the 'gamification' of using Klout-score brag rights to gain perks such as crap Spotify invites, it's also rather easy to game Klout itself. For a while there I was very influential about unicorns, a running joke that never got old. But as Klout tweaks and adds other networks, it matures and instead of looking like some random numbers pulled out of a hat, it looks like it's starting to know what it is actually measuring.

My hobby is to try and get Adland's Klout Score higher than Dabitch's, and vice versa when the situation is reversed. I'm easily amused.

If web 3.0 is the collecting of social network data into a hub, making a fingerprint of you all over the web, how comfortable are you with that idea? Despite Google understanding nyms in their post "freedom to be who you want", they insist and I quote from here, you use your legal name - which may or may not be the name you are known as:

He replied by saying that G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they’re going to build future products that leverage that information