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Things that don't exist.

At the website things that don't exist, one of the non-existant things is close to home for us adgrunts, namely A career that will support me, after I graduate from art school.. Someone on the page comments: "I graduated Art School 10 years ago and make an awful lot of money in advertising." Bo-yah! This never seems to work when you graduate from portfolio school, mind you. ;)

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Svedka - the blogging Vodka

Svedka vodka is being ultra hip as they blog their culty stuff over at gardenofsweden.com, they tout it as: "your latest source in adult entertainment. Explore our voyeristic playground that uncovers the underground side of pop culture you won't read elsewhere.".

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Dear Dabitch, did Springer & Jacoby paint over street art?

So I got this PM yesterday, and thought I'd report my findings to ze world since, well, I can.

A year ago, 180 Amsterdam moved offices down the street. German agency Springer-Jacoby moved into their old place. In 180's old creative dept room, there was a huge ceiling mural that they commissioned the well-known, highly celebrated street artists The London Police to paint. Well, rumour has it, that when Springer Jacoby moved in, they proceeded to paint their entire office in a white wash paint. Which included painting over the mural. Amazing. Unbelievable. And I thought their $5 fines for a messy desk was scary. I think a lack of understanding true creativity is even scarier.

So, with all of your industry connections, you must know if this rumour is true or false?


Ah yes, The London Police who's stencil art appeared in Amsterdam way back in 1998. I remember noticing the stencils around my copywriters neighborhood and the mystery of who might be behind it was driving me mad for a few months, then the local hipster mags started pointing out the stencils coolness and their fame rolled on from there. See this interview with Garrett over at woostercollective.

Yes, sadly Springer and Jacoby did paint over the mural as soon as they took over the 180 offices but as a source at S&J said "it wasn't that good really", and street art isn't permanent to begin with. Stencils get painted over or removed or fade away like old polaroids. Part of it's charm if you ask me. However, that rumor about the $5 fine is totally bogus, there isn't even a 5€ fine, so whomever told you that is having you on my friend.
The London Police

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Creative Commons and Bzzagent broke up.

Lawrence Lessig listened to the comments and roar of outrage that happened when they announced that BzzAgent has partnered with Creative Commons, and have now reconsidered. They decided to not take BzzAgent up on their offer of free WOM for a month. See the Lessig Blog for his "Advice taken" post.

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Bud's Leon to actually become a baseball player!

Leon, or Nigel Thatch when he's not acting his role as the obnoxious baseball player for Budweiser, has signed to play baseball with minor league baseball with the Schaumburg Flyers Baseball Club.

"I’ve been playing baseball since I was six years old," said Thatch, a native of East St. Louis, IL. "Everyone who knew me when I was growing up knew me as someone that loved baseball and sports. My acting career took things in a different direction but I’m more settled now and this was an opportunity to follow my heart."
via Our Sports Central.
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CP+B to do sitcoms?

Will the subservient chicken appear in his own version of Days of our lives? Aye, maybe, as Fox Television has signed a deal with Crispin Porter + Bogusky for new programme ideas.

"CP+B is universally recognized for its cutting edge campaigns and highly successful approach to branded content," explained FtvS president Angela Shapiro-Mathes, " unique creativity and out-of-the-box thinking will complement our development across all media."

"Our goal is to create franchises and find innovative ways of reaching the audience," she added. "To do that, we're bringing in the most talented people we can identify from all over the world. The relationship with CP+B underscores our commitment to reach out into varied arenas to effectively execute that strategy."


sidenote: Joroen Bakker former CD at FHV/BBDO Amsterdam back in 1997 is probably green with envy now as he was really keen on a such a deal back then and pep-talked the creative department with it constantly, before leaving BBDO to start his own thing called "Only". Afaik, he has yet to score such a contract.
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Blue Chip firms fund spyware

The LATimes reports that Fortune 500 companies are among the unwitting backers of software that sneaks into computers and watches your online moves and/or pops open banners straight on your desktop, a.k.a spyware. Because ad-buying on the internet is often several steps removed, clients dole out a big lump of money to an agency who then passes this on to smaller agencies and buyers, who in turn pass it on to affiliates. The affiliates usually work on commision in a way, getting paid by clicks that they generate, so they'll try and generate clicks and viewings any way that they can - including by popping the ads into spyware. This is why Mercedes ads are mysteriously apperaing on your desktop when you never asked for it.

"The whole system seems like it's been designed to reduce accountability," said Ben Edelman, a Harvard graduate student who has testified before Congress on spyware practices. "It's a nightmare of backroom deals."
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British Airways "English to English" dictionary.

BA has done all Americans a favor and created an "English to English" dictionary so that US tourists in London can confidently ask for the "loo" (restroom), the "lift" (elevator), the "blower" (telephone) or the "bin" (trash can). This way US tourists will have a smashing time in the UK as long as their name isn't Randy. ;)
The dictionary can be found online in flash format at london.ba.com, created by NYC Agency.com and is also the basis of a poster campaign currently running in New York. I reckon that anglophiles are going to love this one.

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