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First up is The Creative Confessional. It's already blowing up the internet. Most likely because it is a tired and true Post Secret rip-off. Also there are already a few repeats. And the creative entries are already trying to one up themselves in goofiness. For every one that could be true, like "I flew to New York to oversee a voiceover session that could have been handled from my car on the way to work." We also have ones like "While we were having sex, the only thing I was thinking about was which modernist, condensed, serif typeface I should use for his wedding announcements." har har har.

I'm predicting this will jump the shark by Friday.


Poetica Adds Managing Director Rachelle Madden

Poetica – the Soho-based studio that specializes in award-winning live-action and post-production for commercials, music videos, web content and more – has added Managing Director Rachelle Madden to its team. She joins a rich roster of creative and directorial talent, including Director Anthony Furlong, Photographer/Director Brian Cross, CD Steve Tozzi, Sr. VFX Artist Aaron Vasquez, Director of CGI John Clausing, Sr. VFX Artist David Elkins, Flame Artist Amanda Amalfi and two new talent signings to be announced later this month.


From my cold dead hands, Groupon

Groupon will no longer be offering gun-related deals. According to Julie Mossler, Groupon Spokesman:

All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature...The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback."


Kim Dotcom launches Privacy Company that is anything but private

This weekend journalists were tripping over themselves to be first in line to breathlessly announce Kim Dotcom's launch of his new cloud storage site. The truncated name Mega, launched almost a year to the day his previous illegal file sharing site Megaupload was shut down, promised to be a different venture.


Beertone - the beer color reference guide

What happens if you team up Swiss and Brazilian creatives? They come up with Beertone the beer color reference guide, and then they hustle you for money so they can buy a lot of beer, make this brilliant thing happen. Of course they'll buy beer for the money, how else can they photograph and catalogue each bubbly hue of brew? This is scientific, each beertone page will look like this, have a photograph of the beer, the bottled and color Information, RGB, CMYK, Web, SRM ( that's the beer color scale). This is beergeekery on an epic level. Pre-order now and you'll even get a old school postcard from Switzerland mailed to you.


How To Kill Innovation

The Wall Street Journal careers blog section has a post called Want to Kill Innovation at Your Company? Go Public. It suggests the tech entrepreneurs' quest for a bigger cash cow ends up killing the sacred cow of innovation.

A study by Shai Bernstein, an assistant finance professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, analyzed 1500 companies between 1985 and 2003. Some of the companies went public during this period, and some decided against it. The study measured the rate of patents and their content. While the rate didn't change between public and private companies, the study found that the awesomeness did.

Robert H. 1929 -2013

Bob Levenson of DDB fame has joined the agency in the sky.

Sad news adgrunts, Bob Levenson writer of DDB fame who was inducted to the One Club Hall of fame way back in 1972, has put his pen down. Few have tweeted about this, prompting adgrunts in the UK to ponder (much like Bob's ad above) Is this ad some kind of trick? .

Jerry Della Femina confirms the news on his facebook page.

The copy of the ad above is as relevant today as it was when Bob submitted it to to TIME magazine in 1960.


American airlines reveal their new logo, the flag gets bigger, the eagle more stylistic

The new American Airlines logo revealed in a film here that looks back at AA history and logos too, is a clean crisp update withe the eagle intact but abstract. The tail of American Airline planes look decidedly patriotic as they are drenched in the red white & blue stripes.

So while the logo update may be the most modern facelift they ever had, will it be able to yank AMerican Airlines away from the bankruptcy protection they are in?

The unions are not impressed, as a spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association told the Chicago tribune