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.
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.
The latest stunt from Sofa Experience Communications who are apparently a bunch of nutters having a great time in Barcelona, is the Boomerang Superhero / God. A man who invents the Ultima Pizza. One that won't burn your mouth, can travel across the earth, cut off the penises of flashers - wait, what? - and return back to the God still suitably hot and al dente to boot. Not that I'd wanna eat any pizza that's been through all that but it takes all kinds, and that song sticks to your head like pizza dough does to your hair.
@JesseRosten mocks every single beauty product out there and Adobe with his sleek spook ad for
Fotoshop by Adobé. He explains "this commercial isn't real, neither are society's standards of beauty." just to make sure none of the spoofed trademarked products and taglines come after him for this parody.
adlandsanta has had Beth from DDB UK Ltd, Sammy from Tribal DDB , Alexandra from Agency Republic, Darren from Tribal DDB, Danny from DDB UK Ltd and a whole bunch more folks download the app and sign up for the santa giving fun. Your turn now. Do it. Do it. I double triple dare ya.
Yes, you read that headline right. MC Hammer is launching a search engine called WireDoo.com. Can he compete with the likes of Google and Bing (not to mention Yahoo!, Ask.com, and all the rest?) I find it hard to believe that this will go anywhere, but I've been surprised by much less.
Here's a clip from Web 2.0 of Hammer talking about it.
I dare you to take this lollipop. It'll connect via your facebook account and suddenly you're spying on a very creepy dude who is.. spying on you. Points for the extra creepy detail of a tricycle in the corner of creepy dudes room. Everything is better with tricycles.
You don't have to be a zombie fan to know that AMC's The Walking Dead season 2 premiers this weekend! I'm really exciting, especially with all the ads everywhere. How can you miss the teasers on TV and the banners plastered all across the NYC Subway system
For those who don't know about the show, the second season is scheduled to premiere on October 16, 2011 and will feature 13 episodes and the story focuses on a group of survivors in Atlanta trying to make sense of WTF happened.
And beyond AMC's ads, other companies are getting into the mix as well. Sears launched its Sears Zombie Apocalypse that is supposed to cater to both humans and zombies. The human section features athletic shoes for you to run faster I supposed and groceries to replenish your supplies.
Even if we here at adland are firm supporters of stop the choddy, we have to admit that this 30 second clip from the heart of #occupywallstreet / #OWS asking the people in the park what they want works very well. If you want to see an unfiltered image-view of what is happening down there turn to occupyweb.org/photos which gathers all the Flickr images uploaded with the right hashtag.
There's a few neat tricks over at youtube, for example shortcut scrubbing where your keypad numbers will shortcut to specific areas of a video - press 1 = 10% 2 = 20% and so on. Razorfish put their thinking cap on and wrote a script for Lynx around this little trick. Watch the film below, if you press 5, 7, 3, 8 the reporter will reveal ‘The Lynx Effect’, which I'm sure you've already figured out by now. It might amuse the type of people who will press 3 repeatedly while giggling, but I'm not one of them. Then again, I also don't buy Lynx / Axe, so I guess it doesn't matter that I think this is predictable and unfunny.
How clever. Andre Torrez has just launched "Later, Spam!" which makes reporting twitter-spam a bit more fun, or like game. Say you suddenly have an @-feed full of mentions from Britney Spear lookalikes... Simply log in to Laterspam.org with your twitter account and you can see if twitter has confirmed it as spam, and if you already reported it as spam. "What's so game-like about that" you say, unimpressed. Ah, that's the fun part. You'll get points. See it all started when Torrez tweeted this idea that "If I had the time, I'd make an app where you can report twitter spammers and get a point when they're deactivated.
Tokyo-based editorial photographer Irwin Wong channels Justin Beiber in this music video where he croons "pay me pay me pay ooooh, pay me" to all those who won't cease and desist.
This song goes out to all my photographer homies who have had their copyright infringed!
On Irwin's own blog he launched this song as "the long awaited single from washed-up pop artist Irwin W. is out. Irwin W. - who is not me although he incidentally looks and sounds exactly like me, is actually the Scottish-Japanese former-frontman for the 80′s photography-based rock band High ISO." Ha!
Anthony is a well groomed, handsomely fit and very curious man who wants to know what do women look at when they first meet him. So, he dressed up with four hidden cameras placed on his body to conduct this very important market research/experiment. He is armed (hehe, pun) with a crotch cam, a bicep cam, a butt cam, and a glasses cam. The cameras record his "I'm a lost tourist" interactions with women around New York City, and unsurprisingly his biceps, butt and crotch is being checked out at each interaction. By the end of the experiment two lovely young ladies decide to walk with him half a mile to his destination. Wonder what perfume he was wearing.
Outdoor gear clothing company Patagonia and online auction house eBay have announced a new partnership, the Common Threads Initiative. If you join them on eBay, you can buy, sell, repair and re-use old durable and much loved Patagonia gear. Yes, that's right a clothing brand is asking you not to buy their new clothes. Makes complete sense for this outdoor clothing brand to encourage less throw-away consumption which we all know isn't good for mother earth, provider of the great outdoors where Patagonia is worn. Still, an interesting move. Check out this search where you can find lots of used Patagonia gear.
We are red on 9/11 is created by creative team Arild Orholm & Rafael Andrade with the help of Arik Fraimovich. It's an easy one-click button that changes your twitter avatar to wear a red 9/11 banner today.
Of course you can also find them on twitter : @wearredon911
Aniboom Virtual Studio, partnered with leading Communication Artist Gideon Amichay to honor the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 by bringing together animators from all over the world. Amichay envisioned that each participant would create a ten-second animation inspired by the title: 9/11. It’s been ten years. To see all the clips, which vary greatly in mood and style, head over to Aniboom's youtube channel and browser from there.
SVT reports about yet another case of someone who got their facebook account deleted without warning. This time it's Roman Pixell. His "crime"? Like any other parent he snaps pictures of the offspring when they are in the cutest state... ie: sleeping. He posted the above image of his then 5 year old daughter fast asleep on a trendy 'nail mat', and she's not wearing a shirt in the photograph, heaven forbid!
Zdnet reports that German website Heise has created a two-click facebook "like" button. You have to 'slide' the button on before you can click it to like on Facebook, only then will all the facebook tracking scripts be loaded into the page.
In short: if you don’t click anything, Facebook can’t track your visit to Heise.
Unsurprisingly, Facebook didn’t like this change. A spokesperson told the German publication that the way it has implemented the Facebook Like button violates the Facebook Platform Policies, specifically quoting this clause:
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.
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
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