John Cale releases tribute video on anniversary of Lou Reed's death

Today is the one year anniversary of Lou Reed's death. As a tribute former Velvet Underground member and love/hate relationship friend John Cale drops this video for a rework of "If you were still around." The song was originally released by the viola-playing Welshman back in 1982 off the album Music For a New Society. Now it is a tribute to Lou, (and Andy Warhol, and Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison and tragic Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick and Nico.)

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Sir John Hegarty announces results of first kriticalmass competition

Sir John Hegarty announces results of first kriticalmass competition

Full disclosure – I won.

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Sprite "LeBron's first home game" (2014) 1:40 (USA)

Sprite "LeBron's first home game" (2014) 1:40 (USA)

LeBron James is coming back to play for Cleveland and he wants you to know in as many commercials as possible.

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Carhartt "Weatherman" (2014) :60 (USA)

Carhartt "Weatherman" (2014) :60 (USA)

Spending so much time in drought-stricken southern California makes me view this rain-drenched spot for Carhartt's Rain Defender gear with envy. Nice spot that delivers on the durability as well as the technology. It was filmed up in Washington state, too.

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STORY and Accomplice Media Appoint Melissa Thornley to Lead Midwest Sales

CHICAGO—Commercial production company STORY, headquartered in Chicago, and its sister company, Accomplice Media, based in Santa Monica, Calif. have announced the appointment of Melissa Thornley to a new position as head of new business development for the Midwest markets. Thornley will market both companies’ diverse roster of commercial directors and creative talents to advertising and clients in Midwest markets.

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Banner ads are 20 years old today, meet its siblings astroturfing & vine-ads

Wow, time flies when you're watching ads. We were here for the banner ads tenth birthday, and we celebrated the 15th birthday as well, and now banners are all grown up, 20 years old today.

Otto Timmons told us this about the banner ad above, which was one of the first banner ads ever and ran on Hotwired in 1994.

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Gawker is toxic to brands who partner with them

AdAge finally reports on GamerGate, and Alex Kantrowitz quotes an unnamed advertiser's conclusion about this mess, which much like the slow-motion implosion of Britney Spears mental health that Gawker took such mirth in covering, never seems to end.

"You cannot win. This is a lose-lose situation."

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Picpedant: battling copyright infringement, twitter spam and false info with snarky corrections

Picpedant is twitter's photo superhero, swooping down on the countless "Funnypix","Amazingpix","Historyinpix" and similar spammy twitter accounts, that everyone and their aunt can't help but retweet. Please don't retweet that crud, you are only helping spammers get a foothold. The pic-bots bother me, not just for their lazy scraping and copyright infringement, but also for "polluting" otherwise sensible streams with (often false) junk.

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Audi Q3 "Tight parking" (2014) :45 (Canada)

Audi Q3 "Tight parking" (2014) :45 (Canada)

Not sure how it is in other countries but in North America, Audi seems to be the advertising vehicle of choice. I'm not sure why except for the fact that it is expensive and advertising people like to conform.

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Healthy Cat: ökocat litter "Meet Rufus" (2014) 3:00 (USA)

Healthy Cat: ökocat litter "Meet Rufus" (2014) 3:00 (USA)

Healthy Cat's ökocat litter is the cat litter that cats prefer. Or at least what people dressed like cats prefer?

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