My blog just turned 1! and tumblr sent me this super awesome graphic to share with ya’ll.
As a flashback, here is a link to my first tumblr post [actually written a long, long time ago- i should probably proofread it at some point] ‘everything i need to know i learned from soccer’
Johnny Depp is Harry Potter?
Back in 8th or 9th grade we all learned the transitive property, you know:
if a = b and b = c then a = c
When you apply that to pop culture something strange happens. Take Daniel Radcliffe, Elijah Wood and The Mad Hatter. In the past, young Daniel and Elijah have been said to look similar. And today, after I saw the cover of entertainment weekly [and really any ad for Alice in Wonderland] it appears that once again young elijah has a few similarities to a lead character.
By applying the transitive property, we can only conclude that johnny depp is harry potter.
and that concludes today’s application of high school algebra in the real world.
Not sure what i think is more confusing…
That figuring skating treats the olympics like a disney on ice tour and has a ‘fan skate’ after the games are over for them. [that, to me, confirms figure skating is an entertaining show, not really a sport]
That Uncle Joey skated on the canadian team.
Happy Anniversary - 25 Things
before bra colors, scrabbulous, insulting celebrities (doppelganger week) and Farmville…facebook had [arguably] its first big trend– 25 Things. as a tribute, I dusted off my list:
25 things that may or may not be about me
[originally posted: Sunday, February 8, 2009]
My vision is really good. I have 20/80 vision, cat eyes and I can like see through things.
I invented air so every time you breathe you owe me 10 cents
I can breath so deep I can move furniture with my breathe, so I rearranged my whole house that way
I do promotional work for planters. I drive myself in a nut car. Mr peanut on wheels. The windshield is a monocle and the convertible is a top hat
I have a fever of 161
Benjamin button was based on me. I am going to die an old lady baby
I married oprah’s best friend gayle, Stedman and dr. oz, and our wedding was at harpo studios
I used to be a puppet. I was on fraggle rock
my two best friends are a tomato and liza minelli
The only time someone landed a punch to my face was my sister. Subsequently, it was also the only time I walked away from a fight. I probably would have killed her. Patience was/is not my thing.
I have an irrational fear of frogs
once when I went scuba diving, my boat was bitch slapped by a whale
my left knee is 15 years older than my right knee thanks to the ligament from a dead man
I like michael Bolton and have seen him in concert multiple times. And made at least one friend love him… “Girl from Impanema” sung by Michael Bolton, huh, R. Rod?
I have over 90 full wheaties boxes and one corn flakes… thanks phelps.
When I was younger I wanted to change my name to Samantha (inspired by who’s the boss), b/c I wanted a name that could be shortened.
I got kicked off the school bus in kindergarten. The bus is not a playground.
I used to go on midnight runs and fork lawns. With 100’s of plastic forks.
My tivo just turned 9. Happy birthday, tivo.
My favorite xmas tradition is watching sesame street xmas. So good. Oh that and the fact that every year my mom forgets to put one xmas decoration away and it stays out all year. most of the time it is a ceramic goose with santa riding it that gets hung. it doesn’t even make sense.
I have diagnosed myself with C.A.D.D. it stands for Competitive A.D.D. if there is a twinge of winning/competition involved I can pay attention for hours. If not, A.D.D. wins.
Top five movies in no order: High Fidelity, Fight Club, Labyrinth, Spaceballs, Power of One.
I have a very hard time throwing things out. I have a philosophy that large events in life you will always remember, but the little things that make up many moments in life, and who you are, sometimes needs a tangible cue.
Ketchup is the foulest food/condiment ever. Smell, texture, taste.
I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy. And that helps me avoid being serious and confrontations.
10 of these things are not true. Guess or watch
I can only find 9 that aren’t true unless it’s something super lame like you actually have 89 wheaties boxes or your tivo just turned 8. maybe you think your fear of frogs is completely rational?
oh wait… #26. attention to detail is not my thing either.
real time truth trumps premade ads every time.
So toyota keeps putting out these contrived TV spots, hoping that we will believe that they stopped everything to fix their mistakes… it seemed honest, it seemed to be almost believable, that was until the congressional hearings.
You see, when big things happen they tend to hit the airwaves and internet very quickly. in this case, you have TV spots running that are contradictory to the under oath testimony. you can’t hide from the truth, but do you need draw attention to it with a high frequency tv campaign [good thing no one watches that anymore…]
Toyota president Akio Toyoda admitted greed got in the way and they grew too fast… and safety suffered. ‘sales volume over safety and quality’ [which makes me hate the corporate america that pays my bills a little bit…] that’s wasn’t the biggest shocker of the hearing…
apparently, a few witnesses, under oath have stated that even with the recall it may not be enough. and that’s after the tv spots tell us that ‘toyota engineers have rigorously tested the solutions for the recall’ and the ‘dealers are working to repair up to 50,000 a day with confidence.’ 50,000!? with confidence?!?! 50,000 a day is amazing, but what amazes me more is the with confidence part. meaning, if this is true, either:
- they were lied to and told this will fix it
- a copy writer was told to say something about how hard ‘we’ are working and get it on TV quickly and/or marketing/pr has no idea [or chooses to not want to know] the details that could come out during the hearings.
i wonder how quickly they can pull the TV spots? oh, and fix the shitty electrical work before more people die.
i am just going to stick with my ‘99 neon that runs via hamster- not a lick of electricity in my Putter.
holy hollywood stock exchange
wow. 11 years later, HSX is going to start using real money.
I had angelina jolie post hackers and pre-brangelina. I guess I should have kept ‘playing’.
and because I never delete things and have been in the same building for 10 years… here is a screenshot from an online media plan i did in 2001…
and yes, my memory is ridiculous and retains useless information like this. i may explain my theory why in a future post.
LOST- The Easy Way, not the right way
Lost, I am not pleased with you. It has nothing to do with the smoke monster, the seemingly random lines trying to connect stories, lack of Dharma in season 6, nor the 100 new characters in the final season. Nope, I am not pleased because of your 8 | 7c episodes you are running… you know the pop-up video, cliffs notes edition.
At one point, the thing that made you great was there were two ways to watch:
Watch for an hour every week. Great acting, interesting story, compelling enough to come back.
[the way i did it] Watch every week, spend a few hours looking at screen grabs, discussing the meaning of everything, watching interviews from comic con, spend the year breaks between episodes playing your reindeer games, joining the dharma initiative, and buying your limited edition products.
The second option, reward the loyal viewers–the ones who kept the hype going for this long. It gave the loyal viewers a deeper experience with the show.
Many brands are going to struggle with this, especially with this little thing called social marketing. Scale. Brands love it. When do you make the exclusive experiences open to everyone, and should you? I say, no. And this is the consumer me talking.
You don’t have to keep it locked [I let the easy ‘locke’ joke go, almost]. However, respecting early users, or at minimum make new users qualify in some way, needs to be honored. If you are going to offer a deeper experience, don’t slap the loyal [who, lucky you, are also vocal online nerds] in the face by letting everyone in on the secrets so easily. Shame on you, ABC, it makes it hard for me to want to get involved in ‘V’ or ‘Flash Forward’ in the same way. Fool me once…
As a tribute, I have created a few new logo suggestions for you [and this is coming from someone who got through school using cliffs notes]:
Toyota hopes for luck from the Luck Dragon
I am not a fan of the remake rumors. I am not a fan of Toyota holding out on the recall. And I am not really a fan of the casting in this series of ads.
However, I am a fan of the original movie and was [pleasantly] surprised to see Toyota use a screen grab of Falkor the Luck Dragon [from the never ending story] in their commercial.
my reasons why google should pick chicago
Got a tweet from a pretty smart dude asking everyone to “nominate chicago for google’s fiber optic trial (read: really fast internet). because comcast can SUCK IT!!!”
So, go here and do it. If you need reasons why, here are mine- steal away.
Only text, no fun video, if someone makes one, I will resubmit my nomination, feel free to add to the list.
Chicago is a very diverse, populated city. We can prove a test better than other cities due to scale.
Yes, we hate ATT, but not already skewed in opinion like NY and San Fran. We are equally frustrated by everything.
Forward thinking consumers/early adopters
Large ad agency/marketing community - good/loud users
Google has an office here and relationship with many companies
A mix of businesses, colleges, artists- all with enough scale to test usage habits.
our city government will probably work some shady deal to make it worth your while.
oh, and comcast sucks and has an unfair monopoly and plays with bandwidth like it’s a game.
Kia, can you hear me?
Or, was this your plan all along? Your now famous super bowl ad, you refer to as joyride, I now refer to as joyride* [see, asterisks take a little away from it- huh?]
ads now running on TV, post super bowl no longer carry the ‘Built in the USA’ copy [lost dvr’ers check my work if you don’t believe me].
I would like to believe that i hold the power to influence your decisions, but i know TV doesn’t move in real time. So, that means you had strategically planned on using ‘Built in the USA*’ when 100MM people were watching, hoping that it combined with a sock monkey would help you connect with middle america viewers. But now, it’s not needed.
I am not a fan of this*
*nope, don’t like it.