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Blogs in Spaaaaaaaace!

Well, as soon as we heard about it we simply had to do it, we signed up over at Blogs in space and supposedly this posting is being blipped out into deep space via a "powerful earth-based satellite broadcast" so that aliens may read this blog.
The press release states:

"I've always believed that other intelligent life forms are out there, and now, for the first time, they will be able to peer into the life of average Homo sapiens," explained Ted Murphy, President and CEO of MindComet. "We are giving bloggers the opportunity to send a piece of their lives into space to potentially connect with extraterrestrials."

Right, well it's a clever way to get hundreds if not thousands of bloggers to mention the StudlyCapped brand name MindComet. ;) Ted also says "refrain from language or content designed to provoke our alien neighbors".. Uh-huh, well lets hope that our earthly ads don't offend as many aliens as they do little old ladies in Hastings.

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Divine Typos

Not all copywriters are super proficient spellers or grammar scholars. But that's why it's important to have a good proof reader on your team. Or at least a second pair of eyes to double check copy you might have been staring at for days or weeks. Spellcheckers can sometimes only help so much.

Want to see why proof readers are important to keeping your brand from looking like a fool? Read on.

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Tivoing past the ads now banned in Japan?

News.com own ad blog widget posts: Skipping TV ads illegal in Japan?

That anxiety is spreading to Japan, where broadcasters are now saying that skipping commercials is actually a violation of that country's Copyright Law.

it reads, linking to a page that Yahoo Asia seems to have removed so I really can't tell if it is illegal or might become illegal.
Why this is beginning to sound just like that we posted about in '04, which reads:

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"Nazis stole my idea!" (for VW logo)

Nikolai Borg, 86 years old, retired ad agency owner and graphic designer has filed suit against VW claiming that the Nazis stole his logo. Almost 60 years later Mr Borg will finally meet VW in court next month to settle the score. From the Telegraph

Mr Borg claims that his involvement with VW began in June 1939 - six years after Adolf Hitler met Ferdinand Porsche to discuss his idea for a "people's car" that could carry five people, cruise at up to 62mph, return 33 mpg and cost only 1,000 Reichmarks.

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Ryan Air ad bombs

The ad with Winston Churchill showing the "victory" sign and the headline "London Fights Back" which first ran last Friday, a week after the London bombings, pulled in 192 complaints to the ASA by the end of the day. This must be some kind of record. No stranger to controversy, Ryanair has had two ads banned by the ASA back in 2001, as they were a bit naughty. One read: "Blow me! These fares are hard to swallow", and another "Satisfaction guaranteed", the ads promoted Valentines day prices.

The speecbubble reads: "We shall fly them to the beaches, we shall fly them to the hills, we shall fly them to London!"

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Crazy Frog the Movie!

Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide - there are plans on making more annoying crazy frog films - including a TV series and perhaps a feature film! Yikes!
SVD Sweden that has interviewed the creator behind the animation (not the sound) Erik Wernquist at Kaktus film, where ideas for the frog run rampant. They've already made him a pop-star that kicked Coldplay off the top spot of the charts, The Crazy frog song sold in 150 000 copies only in it's first week of release in the UK.

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Corus Entertainment Inc. Gets $19.4M Advertising Sales Boost

Both television and radio advertising sales proved to be a big financial win for Corus Entertainment Inc. to the amount of CAN $19.4 million dollars.

Advertising sales boost Corus Q3 profit to $19.4M

Strong growth in radio and television advertising boosted Corus Entertainment Inc.'s third-quarter profit to $19.4 million, the company reported Thursday.

The earnings, which amounted to 45 cents a share, compared with a loss of $51.2 million or $1.20 a share for the same period a year ago, when Corus took a write-down of $85 million on the value of its film library.

The results beat the average estimate of 41 cents a share by analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.

Radio advertising sales were strong at a time when Canadians are listening to the radio less.

An example of the power of advertising.

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Is non-traditional media going mainstream?

From streakers to tattoos to crop circles, it seems in recent years there's been a big increase in using what was once considered non-mainstream art in advertising. Sometimes it's the whole concept. Sometimes it's the just media.

Recently Time had graffiti artist Cope2 create an outdoor ad for the magazine in Soho. (above)

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