Open up and say ahhh - All agape over Skechers.

I was flippin' through last week's Entertainment Weekly and happened upon a Skechers ad - a sequel of sorts to a she-spy action ad from a few months ago. Since there were considerable amounts of midriff, decolletage and legs to be seen and enjoyed, and maybe even a shoe or two, it caught my attention as it was designed to do. After a bit of gawking (for professional reasons, of course), I then checked out the action shots in the background of the ad, and noticed something curious...


cingular ad a twin towers reminder?

Anyone else heard any buzz about this?
Cingular ads as twin tower reminders?

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Newspaper Marketing agency ad steps out of line, gets banned.

The Newspaper Marketing Agency ad nicknamed "killer heels", created by TBWA London, which shows a man spiked on a stiletto has been banned by the ever vigilant watchdog ASA.
The ad received 81 complaints it was offensively sexist and overly violent. The ASA said about the ad "featuring an oversized stiletto-heeled shoe skewering a businessman in a pool of blood was offensive because it trivialised and stylised violence." Despite the visual pun being 'cartoon-like' to avoid offence, people objected to the ad. "The advertisers claimed that, because the image was removed from reality and in a fashion context, it would not be seen to condone or encourage violence or homicide" the ASA said... And probably added under their breath "boy we're they wrong..." (to see it, read more as usual)


Toyota Tundra Takes The Choo-Choo

All aboard... The Toyota Tundra express.... Yup, to make people notice the Toyota Tundra Double-Cab they've painted it larger than life on the sides of Amtrak locomotives. The painted locomotives run between Chicago and San Antonio, and the other from Washington, D.C. to Miami. Saatchi & Saatchi hatched the paint idea which is sure to spice up a trainspotters life.

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The new wave of net films might predict their demise

The only danger is that Net films will become as ubiquitous as TV ads. If that happens, the sheer volume would mean that not even the good ones will stand out. For now though, most Net films beat the heck out of 99% of the ads we have to endure on TV -- and even stand up pretty well as short-form cinema.

From The new wave of Net Films (also at businessweek)

The filmic websites in the article are BMW films, Dr Marten's mini documentaries, Ford's Mercury brand films Meet the Lucky Ones, Jaguars live action/anime hybrids at x-ingover, and of course those Amazon Theatre films we recently discussed here.

Do you think that too much of a good thing will kill the net-film idea? Do you like the films? If not why not, and if you do - would you buy the product that sponsored it? Hat tip to Claymore. Hope to hear what y'all think about this.


Victoria's Secret - Shaping Demi (2004) 0:30 (USA)

Victoria's Secret - Shaping Demi (2004) 0:30 (USA)

NetZero's AOL bashing ad spoof

Slate, after already criticising AOL's lame "You got it" ads, goes on to praise NetZero's parodies of AOL's ads.

"In the last 'Ad Report Card,' I chided AOL for its lame new campaign (and lamer business model). I said AOL was screwed because other dial-up providers, such as NetZero, offer a near-identical service for much less money. Apparently, NetZero's not at all afraid to kick a brand when it's down."

The ads are in the archive: AOLs "Kimberly" (Mom), NetZeros Mom. AOL's "All of them", Netzero's "All of them".


AIDS day banner tells it like it is - you can display it on your site.

All you fine folks who have blogs or websites of your own, and would like to honor World Aids day tomorrow should have a look at this banner put together by the viewropa posse. The banner itself will only appear at every 157th time the banner its called, mirroring the number of people who have the AIDS virus on the planet, yes that's right, 1 in 157 people carry the virus.

Go here for complete instructions and code to place on your page. All who use the banners, thank you, much appreciated, the more who use them, the more that see them (the more calls the banner gets, the more often that 157 number shows up).


Stanford peddles their research comparing it to the subliminal hoax

Caffeinegoddess has found an article about a study done at Stanford, this study on environment and the objects in that environment effecting busniess attitudes that sounded both interesting a


Spray DDoS screensaver launches worldwide

The crazy "make love not spam" screen saver which we wrote about here: Spray gives away free screensaver that DDoSes spam-sites is a success, 9800 downloads so far in Sweden alone, lots of gigabytes of traffic has hit the spammers servers, and now they'll take over the world with it. Lycos Europe has joined the make love not spam revolution and offers the screensaver to anyone on the planet. Comes in these flavors: Italian, Spanish, English and German.
Not everyone is so keen on the idea the Register ends their "When is a DDoS attack not a DDoS attack?" report on a concerned note:

A spokesman for Lycos in Germany told The Register he believed that the tool could generate 3.4MB in traffic on a daily basis. When 10m screensavers are downloaded and used, the numbers quickly add up, to 33TB of 'useless' IP traffic. Seems Lycos may hurt not just spammers