Ho-kay, Taco Bell's saucyscribe competition is "only open to current members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA)" and the winner who jots down a cute "sauce wisdom" not only gets to hone his craft of writing (gag!) but also free Taco Bell food (double gag!) - in the form of one $5 Taco Bell gift check per week for 52 weeks, redeemable at participating Taco Bell® locations). Approximate retail value of each prize is $260.00.

This is so backward. Taco Bell probably in all honesty just created this game meaning to show support for the striking writers. But listen, games where creatives of any kind (photographers, designers, writers, art directors etc) give away the craft that they would normally get paid to do, for the remote possibility of maybe perhaps winning something trivial are a big fat insult to our professions to begin with. Cut it the fuck out. This one is simply twice as insulting as it's going on as support to a strike, which is about the pay all creatives have a hard time getting in the first place (because youknow, being creative isn't really a job).

The backlash has begun, of course and MetroBlogging Los Angeles notes Taco Bell offer STILL better than AMPTP's

Edit: Fast food maven dropped us a line that they wrote about this here Taco Bell seeks saucy slogans from striking Hollywood writers last week, and to let us know that they're soon doing a followup, as soon as Taco Bell responds to their questions.

Breast Cancer Awareness and Saatchi&Saatchi, Malaysia would like to remind us all that you get cancer from pretty much every-dang-thing, ever. Or not.
As scary as this is to read, it won't get me into one of those breast crushing machines. Ever notice that whenever they speak about Breast Cancer on the news they always show some middle-aged woman getting her mammaries crushed in that thing?* You don't see the news showing the doctor snap on a plastic glove and say "now this won't hurt a bit" or the actual embarrasing examination when they talk about prostate cancer. No fair.

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The web ads are 'scary-smart' because they figure out when and where to insert extra ad content, and for who.

"Microsoft Corp.'s online advertising researchers will spend this year teaching computers to be smart about sticking ads into video clips, and to be even smarter about targeting ads to specific Web surfers.

Microsoft showed off a handful of early-stage advertising projects at its headquarters Tuesday that may or may not turn up as part of Microsoft's Web advertising platform."

See the article at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/02/06/microsoft.ads.ap/index.html.

Hubba Bubba wants to "keep Australia beautiful" and to encourage people to do something nice with their used gum rather than just spit it out on the street. So they did this clever wild poster campaign with "paint by numbers"... er, no wait "gum by numbers" art for gum addicts to stick their colorful globs of gum on instead.

Commercials: 

Yesterday was Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and International Pancake Day for a lot of people, even though only 27% of households in Britain planned to make pancakes, and International House of Pancakes in the US decided to move pancake day to feb 12 instead since super Tuesday was overshadowing their pancake fest. Over in Sweden our pre-Lent party is celebrated with a calorie-laden dessert bun called a Semla instead. Still, pancakes are flat and wonder bra changes flat things to be not flat right? Yes, you know where this ad is going - see it inside.

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