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Paris Sidekick hacked, and sales go through the roof

Remember when Paris Hilton T-mobile account was cracked and I suspected that it might be marketing?

Well, that old saying there is no such thing as bad publicity has come true again, as Technews reports that: "Hacked Hilton a Boon for Telco". Shops in New York are selling out of sidekicks faster than anyone can say hotel-chain heiress. That the recent leak online of and X-rated video with Fred Durst also came from a hacked sidekick isn't stopping people from queing up to get their insecure devices. Weird.


Pimp My Burger - BK Germany

Burger King in Germany are closing in on the subservient chickens fame, with their spoof of the TV show "Pimp my Ride". Instead of rides, they're pimping burgers. The attention to detail in this spoof is excellent.


John Cleese at the Institute of Backuptrauma

At the Institute of backuptrauma John Cleese plays Dr. Twain Weck in the film where he educates the unwashed masses on the horrors of using tape backup. Hat Tip to Clayton.


Pop-ups suck, declares wired underneath a pop-up

You can't make stuff like this up.

Wired writes a op-ed piece about surfers extreme dislike for those annoying pop-ups, but you can't read it because it's obscured by a bloody pop-up!
Oh yeah, see the screendump here. Spotted by LondonYank at Metafilter.


Fast Company: Best Business Blogs: Advertising, March 2005

Fast Company writes about Best Business Blogs: Advertising. An expanded list of thier favorites.
Blog: AdLand
Who Writes It: A community Web log, AdLand allows posts from anyone who registers. The site’s proprietress, Åsk Wäppling*, a freelance art director known on the site as Dabitch, seems to write most often.

Why You Should Read It: The group blog approach generates a more diverse array of insight and opinions from registered users, called "adgrunts," who can view and post comments. The well-designed blog, created in 2000, also offers forums and an ad archive, the latter available for a small fee.


Wisconsin State Journal "Burger King ad stirs buzz with racy camp"

WSJ Features: Burger King ad stirs buzz with racy camp
"Like an Old Navy ad on acid, with some Playboy and Penthouse thrown in," writes Jane Goldman, a Boston-based ad copywriter, on the advertising weblog ( she helps run.


Spec Sucks For Everyone

Drew Davies at has a great rant on why you should say no to spec work.

If the entire business community understood the value of good design, and saw the effect we can actually have on their bottom line, there wouldn't be nearly enough design firms to handle all of the business. But when any creative firm reiterates to a business client that it's okay to give away what we do on a gamble of a big payoff, it's a huge setback. So I'm raising the horn again and sounding the rallying cry- if we all band together and tell the business community that, like any other professional service, we provide something of great value that is worth paying for, only then can we win the war. Fellow designers, please join me in saying no to spec work.

There are quite a few good links about the arguement against spec at the beginning of the post as well as in the comments.


Branded Culture on European Stamps

Just read at European Stamps about a "sneaky" advertising on Dutch stamps.

“Stamp no. 20 (in the right corner below) features a little boy on a sleigh wearing shoes with the famous Adidas logo: three vertical, slanting stripes.”

PR? Proven advertising ROI? Just coincidence? Or maybe just Jung's collective unconscious in action? Mysteries.