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DIY Democracy launches last-minute effort to get out to vote in the USA

DIYdemocracy.org has got links to help people get better informed, discussion boards to voice opinions, a vote predictor that shows the current (projected) electoral vote count and downloadable posters so people can take part in a little do-it-yourself democracy.

Even Eminem wants you to vote. His new video Mosh is out, animated and mad. Viewable @ Gnn.tv, archive.org and pharyngula.

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Banner ads tenth birthday!

Banner ads turn ten years old. They've evolved, become flashy, carry sound, blink worse than the blink tag ever did and given birth to far more discreet things called TextAds.

So what did the first banner look like? Appropriately enough it was a future-predicting ad from AT&T in their "you will" campaign from 1994, according to the website that collects old banners and celebrates the tenth anniversary 10jahreonlinewerbung.

Otto gives more info about this banner in the comments;

For the record: the "Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE?" ad was created for Modem Media/AT&T by TANGENT Design/Communications of Westport, CT.
Principal Creators:
Copy Writer: Joe McCambley, Creative Director, Modem Media
Graphic Design: Craig Kanarick, Associate, TANGENT Design (pre-razorfish)
Executive Producer & Art Director: Otto Timmons, VP, TANGENT Design
Contributors:
Brent Hood, CEO, TANGENT Design
Research Intern, Tangent Design (I will have to track his name down)
The Client, AT&T (a great guy and ditto on tracking the name down)
Although we had the most popular ad on Hotwired (according to Brian and Matt...) there were at least five or six other banner ads that launched at the same time and they too should get credit for being "first". I can remember Club Med, AT&T, ZIMA. Last but not least, O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator, GNN, started accepting paid advertising at the same time (one banner ad on the home page, as I recall).

Care to see the commercials that go with it? Robblink gathered them together - knock yourselves out.

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Mint Condition Copywriter for sale on Ebay

They've sold Gold Lions, SuperBowl ads and even Alex the art director.

Now is the time for a mint condition copywriter to be auctioned off, she even comes with accessories! The alfapet board game (this is an untranslatable Swedish copywriter joke) a citybike and a cool guitar! Ingenious strategic mind included, and an Art Director sidekick can be arranged.

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SLOTHMORE INSTITUTE

STAGED PROTEST FOR MORE FREE TIME FAILS WHEN NO ONE SHOWS UP.

Chicago, IL - Slothmore Institute, a national organization supplying responsibility shirkers with excuses to stay home and the tools to negate the need to ever leave the couch, announced last month that its members would execute a large scale work no-show and sit-in.

The protest was scheduled to occur last week around the very immobile Picasso sculpture in downtown Chicago. The movement, or lack thereof, wanted to forward the cause of not having to work, to demand more home delivery of food, and argue that Chicagos garbage collectors be required to remove the trash from the garbage cans under members sinks. The organization can claim a 50% success rate, as members across the greater metro, failed to show up for work that monday, but also failed to show up for the protest.

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Designers want you to vote, creating catalogs.

This US election is getting everyone involved it seems, from swift boat people to slow truck drivers. Even designers are using their skills to poke fun at and enlighten.

The latest designers have done catalogs. Yes, like a Crew catalog, but this one is for flip-flops. What should a fashionable prez be wearing when he talks about WMD? Sean Bonner has done the G.W: Crew Flip Flop catalog. There's even a .pdf version in case you'd like to print it and hand it out to people who need flip-flops.
Not quite as elaborate is Jestmags Banana Republican Fall Catalog.

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Crispin Porter and Bogusky chickenfight.

Yet another game of chicken from CP+B, as Claymore noted called chickenfight "...because not even CP+B would dare call it cockfighting". If you have a camera and microphone attached to your computer you can even control the chicken by screaming "peck"! Lacking a mike old fashioned mouse-control is an option. The dirtier you fight, the more likely it is that you win.

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Spray gives away free screensaver that DDoSes spam-sites

Spray.se, a Swedish portal, search engine, internet place to hang and the second widest used free email host has begun a new campaign to attract more Spray users.

The evil geniuses at Starring have put together a campaign that doubles as a DDos attack. Seriously.

Banners on all large Swedish site declare: "Make love not Spam" and take people to spray.se/makelovenotspam where punters can download a screensaver. The screensaver 'visits' (hits) well-known spam sites whenever it's in use. Sites that sell dildos, porn and Vigra are targeted. The more people that download and use the screensaver, the more often these sites will be 'hit', creating the effect that the targeted sites will be very slow to surf as their servers work overtime to answer all requests.

"We don't make it so that any of the sites crash, we just slow them down and make them difficult to surf. With more people using the screensavers, the slower their sites gets, and then we hope they might understand that it's just not worth using Spam as they do." Said Calle Sjönell to Resumé.

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Sega Launch New Viral Ad Campaign

The Viral Advertising Agency ASABAILEY has launched it's first viral campaign for SEGA Football Manager 2005. The ad was produced by Maverick Media and directed by Seamus Masterson, for SEGA Europe.

Available in two versions, the first version comes complete with more colourful language, and it is being seeded as, The Banned Country Sports Video http://www.asabailey.com/minty , for the enjoyment of the 18 - 30 online gaming community; who, those at the agency say, will get the humour and will not be offended by the language.

The softer, yet still funny version http://www.footballmanager.net/everyonesafootballmanager.html has also been seeded, but this ones been let out to the younger, and more morally considered communities. Who will undoubtedly just search out the adult one anyway.

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Grrrgame sells Honda Diesel

Somehow a cute fluffy rabbit game created by w+k for Honda UK is supposed to sell diesel engines. Search me how, as I just wasted all my billable hours on this.

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A little music while you pee?

Is there some strange fasination with advertising to men in the loo? It seems like it with all the urinal advertising making the press lately, like Twist on bathroom advertising. This time, the ads on the urinal cakes take a unusual twist- they have recorded messages and music which is activated by motion.
(read on for more...)

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