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.

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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.

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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.

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PPC Cement - Brick - print, South Africa

You can do (almost) anything with cement, and to bring this point home, the Jupiter Drawing room made a cement Lego block to remind you that your imagination is the limit.

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Google's left hand doesn't know what the right one does.

As you may have heard Google mistook some lingerie ads on adland for "adult content" and shut down our ad serving quite abruptly. This was very similar to last years Google freakout over the Sloggi ads I was ranting against.

Like I said then, it makes no sense if Google holds publishers to a higher standard than advertisers, and this is exactly what I told Google when I appealed. Now I have this reply:

 

Ad Chat - Fernanda Romano

In todays Ad Chat we get to pick the brains of Fernanda Romano, the self-described geek and all-round creative who has been Creative Director at JWT, Global Creative Director Digital and Experiential at Euro RSCG, and even spotted in Madrid as Global Creative Director at Lola Lowe. Starting her ad career in Brazil she's been bouncing around the world ever since, and she did us the solid of replying to questions while on a flight somewhere above a large body of water. Dedication. She has it. You can track her down by following her twitter at @fefaromano

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?

When I got into university, as it's customary in Brasil, I had to go asking for money in the streets to buy the senior students booze (yes, we do that).

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Play spent - find a job and try to survive on the meager paycheck you get.

If you fancy getting really down this morning, try and play a game of Spent. In the scenario you are presented with, you haven't a dime to your name and need a job fast. Try taking one and see how long you last with all your expense while kids need school outings, insurance needs to be paid and your rent is outrageous. I lasted 14 hypothetical days before I was spent.

Created by McKinney for the urban ministries of Durham.

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G+ moves into meme-generating territory with new text on images feature

G+ is like the huge, rich, unpopular kid on the schoolyard, trying every trick in the book at every recess to gain popular status. This includes doing what everyone else is doing, and nicking other peoples lunch boxes. Now G+ announces a new feature 'adding funny text to photos', and we can generate meme-images without having to go to the likes of meme generator. I'm sure it'll be popular, but I'm probably not the only one who cringes every time I see Google steamroll over the smaller guys. Like when they poached customers from Mocality in Kenya, and from a more personal p.o.v. when they keep shutting adland's adsense off because they think lingerie is pornography so perfectly timed right before the super bowl as well. Do no evil, just act like that huge rich, unpopular kid in the schoolyard that everyone hates. Once school is over, you're a social pariah, enjoy.

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Dabitch answers Goons & Loons loony Qs

Goons and Loons asks three questions and I do my best balancing on the line between dead serious and yanking your chain when replying. My cats new name is Lord Launch Lunch, though. That's dead serious. Oh yeah.

1. If the career you’re in now didn’t exist what would you be doing?
Inventing said career.

 

Come to North Dakota, where women have one thing on their mind.

The North Dakota Tourism agency has hired an agency based somewhere in 1977 to produce this ad, where two men in a bar sporting high fashion items such a teal shirt with the collar popped out on the blazer and those fancy zip-up boots ogle giggling women parading outside on the street. The headlines - there's two of them - reads

Dinner. Drinks. Decisions. Arrive a guest, leave a legend.

Since I don't even know where to begin pointing out the many wrongs here, I'll just point out the really funny. The lass on the left is clearly thinking "PENIS" in neon lights. Apparently, there are no men in North Dakota. Unless of course the women are the visitors and they hail from a place where one shops for men in windows. Sortof like the opposite of the red-light district in Amsterdam. A place where men are placed beind glass, frozen in fashion time, and fed beers until a lady pops by to use him for the evening. I'd like to see the tourism ad for that place actually.

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