Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roger Flippen Federer. Hmm...


I'm not a huge fan of Roger Federer's. I'm for Rafa any day of the week, but this shot is amazing. What's more amazing is it's not the first time he's done this at the US Open.

Unhear That Annoying Song. Hmm...

Get that horribly poppy song out of your head using what some, and by that I mean the guys that came up with this, call the latest techniques in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology. Now, I don't see how "unhearing" an annoying song by listening to another annoying song is going to make things better, but I'm willing to give it a shot when I have a sec to spare. If you wanna give it a try, click here.

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm off to the gym, which runs on money and makes me phat.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Your Childhood Home In A Music Video. Hmm...

To see what I'm talking about go to http://thewildernessdowntown.com using Google Chrome (other browsers are too slow it seems), type in your childhood address when prompted and voila, your childhood home will appear in the latest Arcade Fire music video.

Everyone's Collaborating. Hmm...


This time it's author extraordinaire, Nick Hornby, who wrote all the lyrics and one of my favourite musicians, Ben Folds, who wrote all the music and produced everything. The 11-track album, Lonely Avenue, drops September 28th. I hear it also includes 4 short stories by Hornby in the liner notes. How cool is that? Two creative masters birthing a new way to enjoy their art. Looks like "togetherness" is the next big thing. 

Monday. Hmm...

So far so good. Woke up at 6. Worked out for 45 minutes. My heart rate monitor kept screaming at me. I burned up 756 calories, so in your face heart rate monitor. Proceeded to the kitchen, ignoring the "treats" section. Gulped down a delicious protein shake with added espresso. Pondered, umm, stuff. Now to amp myself up for another week of work... 

This might take a while.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and George Harrison's Son, Dhani, Form A Band. Hmm...


They're called Fistful of Mercy. They got together in a studio in LA over 3 days and recorded an entire album of acoustic tracks. I cannot wait to hear the record. Could this be the revival of acoustic music? Please world, say YES!

Weeds Season 6. Hmm...






















I'm two episodes in and I have to say, it's better than ever. It's so flippen great that the American summer is almost at its end. Why? Because that means no more reruns and a slew of great new shows should be coming our way soon enough.

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Fridays are so promising. The next two days are yours to do with as you please and sighs of relief high-five around the globe. Then suddenly it's Sunday evening and, even if you had a rad Saturday, you feel you should have done so much more. I was saying to someone today how weekends are never, ever long enough, but even if they (and by they I mean the CIA who control everything) were to add two more days to our weekends, we'd waste those ones too. You know I'm right. That said, I should probably go and do something productive now. Monday is six hours away. Sigh.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

120 Seconds. Hmm...


So there's this unbelievably awesome blog I found recently called Friends We Love. They have a section on their site called 120 Seconds, which is all the time they give an artist, activist, musician, whomever... to fill with stories, advice, insights, thoughts or anything interesting for the world to hear. Such a cool idea. If you have the time, and you do, go there and have a look around. You may even go, "hmm..."

Hello Brooklyn. Hmm...


Jay Z - "Hello Brooklyn" from Greg Solenström on Vimeo.
More like Hello Flippen Awesome! Jay-Z’s classic “Hello Brooklyn” just got better with a rad video by Greg Solenström. It's an incredible marriage of picture, text and music and if it doesn’t leave you looking for words to shoot across your favorite buildings in your city, watch it again, you're not looking hard enough.

Oh, and if you're interested, here's the making of:


Making of "Hello Brooklyn" Video from Greg Solenström on Vimeo.

The latest from Scare Tactics. Hmm...


For those of you who don't know the show Scare Tactics, it's basically Punked on acid. The idea is to scare the crap out of an innocent, sweet and seemingly effeminate guy (with the help of his best friends, of course) and then broadcast it around the world. Doesn't really make for good friends but it does make for a good laugh. Their most famous one has to be "Rat Monster." Enjoy.

Yes, I'll Have A Skinny Cappuccino From 1985 Please. Hmm...


I lived in Chicago many, many years ago, albeit for only a few months interning at Leo Burnett. It was super awesome. It was also radonkulously freezing. To this day I've never been so cold. But there were 6 of us living in our very own "MTV Real World-styled" house in Wicker Park, courtesy of Miami Ad School. And man, did we party up a storm. Back then the neighbourhood was only starting to become gentrified in an attempt to move it from an old Polish/Mexican barrio to one where young, trendy people would love to live. I guess they succeeded. They now have a coffee shop dedicated to the 80's with its very own Delorian in it. Great flippen Scott!

This Could Be The Start Of A Beautiful Weekend. Hmm...

Holy crappola, what a week. Deadlines. Recordings. Resignations... Nothing two days of massages, friend-filled lunches, beer, rugby, shopping, a Garrison Keillor podcast or two and looking spastic at the gym in bicycle shorts can't remedy. Here's to the weekend. It took you a while to get here but I'm glad you made it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Meanwhile, An Informercial Is Given A Nice, New Spoof Voiceover. Hmm...

 
Thank you, comedian Nick Stevens. Internet, thank you most of all.

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Perfect Friday Song. Hmm...


For making it through the week, I give you Pearl Jam. Be sure to crank the volume up to 11!

Gmail. Why Chat When You Can Call? Hmm...

 
Thank you Google. Not that I hate Skype. Quite the opposite. I just like that there's another option now. It's innovation like this that tends to keep big business on its toes. Which is always good for consumers. What sucks though is that this is only free if you live in the US or Canada, so it'll probably still be Skype for the rest of us earthlings. Either way, it's a step in the right direction. Learn more here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hmm... of the day

Don't allow anything to stand in the way of your happiness. Get out there, look around and hopefully you'll realise that your life is exactly that, yours. It's a shame to waste it waiting around for others to make things happen. Roll up your sleeves, crack your knuckles and do it yourself. I'm not saying it'll be easy, the big stuff never is, but it'll be a lot harder in the long run if you don't. So take every opportunity to better yourself, to better your environment but always remember to avoid putting your heart into promises unless you're the one making them. The only person you owe anything to is yourself.

Words. Hmm...



From the wonderful people that brought you MOMENTS comes WORDS, a visual feast designed to accompany WNYC's recent podcast where they try to imagine a world without words. Check it here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Future That Never Happened. Hmm...



2010 isn't exactly what people of the past had envisaged. No jet packs. No smart dust. No homes on the moon... What we do have however, is Will Ferrel. And Wired magazine used him to explain their take on why the future never happened. Read the article here. Oh, and though Will Ferrel isn't part of it, there's also this rad podcast: http://downloads.wired.com/podcasts/xml/Storyboard.xml


Happiness Now Please. Hmm...

You know the posters. This, dear readers, is the Keep Calm And Carry On book. 
For years I lived in the future, in the many promises of what was to be... And for years I waited, eventually wilting into a shell of the person I once was. A few months ago I called "bullshit!" I wised up. I vowed never to sit by hoping for happiness to magically arrive. I ventured out to find it for myself. And now, I'm proud to announce, the annoying, optimistic me is on his way back. In fact, I think he'll be here in time for the weekend. Awwww yeaaaah!!!!!

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Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The New Ray Lamontange Album. Hmm...

Ray Lamontagne is back with an album that's both soulful and eerie, and filled with just the right amount of melancholy. You won't be jumping up and down. You won't be dancing. You'll be sitting somewhere thinking about your life. Which is a good thing to do from time to time. So all that's left is for you to download it. It comes with 10 awesome tracks that will play with your heartstrings till the bottle of whiskey runs dry. The lump in your throat is free.

Golf. Suddenly Entertaining. Hmm...

Old But Apt For Today. Hmm...

How You Can Help Some Friends Of Mine Win Music Video Of The Year. Hmm...






















So a while back my pals, Ray Ray and Saki, shot a rad music video for TKZEE. It fast became one of the most popular videos on TV and now it's nominated for VIDEO OF THE YEAR at the Channel O Video Music Awards 2010! How awesome is that? The answer is: very flippen awesome!  I really want them to win. To do that, they need votes. Lots of them. So, if you have a mo' go here: http://mva.channelo.tv/nominations/most-gifted-video-of-the-year/ and vote for their video. It's the one on the bottom right. Rocking!

Monday, August 23, 2010

What You've Always Wanted To Say. Hmm...

 
We've all been dumped, broken up with, teased and down right stomped on by love at some point. Well, here's the perfect song for such an occasion, filled with all the things you really wanted to say but didn't.

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When To Take My Name Off The Door. Hmm...


Leo Burnett delivered this speech on December 1st, 1967 to a hall packed with staff and board members. I had to watch it when I was an intern at their Chicago office back in 2002. At the time I didn't fully grasp its significance, of a creative leader way past his prime getting up and telling those around him what's what, how it's gonna be or else. They were just the mad ramblings of a tough old man. But not today. No sirree. Not today. 


Do What You Gotta Do. Hmm...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hmm... of the day


On Wednesday, August 18th, Mother NY helped their client, Target, to take over The Standard Hotel in NYC and put on what they call the "Target Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular." Taking advantage of the glass walls of the hotel, they placed LED lights and a super hot dancer in each of the 66 windows and turned the typical fashion show on its head, leaving people's jaws on the floor. Granted, probably not the best place to have your jaw in NYC, but given the circumstances, it's totally worth it. I'm still amazed that it was for Target. What?

Freakonomics The Movie. Hmm...


Sure, it's going to be a great movie. After all, it's based on a fantastic book of the same name. Perhaps what's most impressive is that it's debuting on iTunes instead of in cinemas. That's freakonmics for you I guess.

Christopher Walken Does Lady Gaga. Hmm...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pixar's Day & Night. Hmm...

If you saw Toy Story 3, and unless you hate joy, laughter and all things good you probably did, you'll remember Pixar's short film that preceded the movie: Day & Night. Well, for both those of you who want to watch it again and those of you who never got to see it the first time because you were waiting in line for popcorn like me and the tard behind the counter moved about as fast as a fat kid would to a plate of steamed vegetables causing you to miss said awesome short film, click here. It's rad!

Gary The Tooth Fairy Live On Stage. Hmm...


One Fairy. One Tooth. One Mission. To eat your teeth before your head explodes. At least that's what the poster says. Yes, it's Gary the Tooth Fairy Live on stage and I'm going to see him tonight at the Lyric Theatre (thank you Serg and Martina). Why am I going? Very good question. The way I see it, I'll either laugh with Gary or at Gary, but laugh my face off, I will and these days, everyone needs a good giggle. Yes, I said giggle. Don't judge me, world! He he he...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Free Wine. Oh, And Some Flippen Awesome Art By My Friend Thabang. Hmm...








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A PSA That Doesn't Point Fingers. Hmm...


Heal the Bay, an environmental watchdog organization that promotes safe, clean and healthy coastal waters has released mockumentary charting the "lifecycle" of a plastic bag to promote awareness of plastic pollution in California and beyond. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, it tracks the "migration" of a plastic bag from a grocery store parking lot to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, it doesn't shout at you, criticize or lecture you. It lets those of us with a conscience make our own decision. More ads should do that these days, no?

Good Fortune. Hmm...

Some days you're the bird. Others, the schmuck standing directly below one.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Playful New Agency in Dublin. Hmm...



They call themselves Boys And Girls. They like Lego. A lot. So they took 22,742 pieces and built a boardroom table, complete with their logo. Now, I don't know about you, but anything to make meetings more fun deserves a high five in my book. High five Boys And Girls!

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beautifully Written Copy Meets Amazing Direction. Hmm...

 
Droga 5 have come up with one of the most superbly written ads I've seen in a very, very long time. It's for Puma Social and it makes me very, very jealous.

Roger "William Tell" Federer. Hmm...


Who thinks this is fake? I know he's Roger Federer and all, but it's just a little too "staged" no?

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Power to the people. Creative people, that is.

Bacon Is Good For You. Hmm...

 
































Click the image to enlarge.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Journalism Warning Labels. Hmm...







Tom Scott, a self-proclaimed geek comedian from the UK, wants to save mankind from badly written newspapers. As such, he had this notion that just as TV shows, music and internet sites have warnings all over them, perhaps newspapers should follow suit. So he made some and he's been sticking them on newspapers all over the London underground for weeks. He encourages you to do the same in your neck of the woods. Just use this PDF template. Awesome. I love it when people do shit like this. Makes me wonder why I do ads at all.

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Those of you who know me personally know I'm a sucker for vinyl toys and that I'm severely addicted to ketchup. So one would think that something like this, a vinyl toy condiment set, would have me foaming at the mouth. And you're flippen right. Holy crap. Designed by Sket, this custom condiment Dunny series will apparently be given away by select retailers to those purchasing a case of Series 2010 Dunnies, which go on sale this Thursday. Hmm... I may have to suddenly become ill, bribe my GP for a doctor's note, take a whole bunch of leave and head to Europe to find these mystery "retailers." These babies cost $475 a piece on Sket's site otherwise. Maybe therapy is cheaper? Doubt it.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Moments. Hmm...


Moments from Everynone on Vimeo.

A Humble Ad That's Actually Infuriating. Hmm...

This is an ad from 1962. It appeared, ironically, in LIFE magazine. It's for Humble Oil which later became Exxon Mobil. Here's what is says:
EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!

This giant glacier has remained unmelted for centuries. Yet, the petroleum energy Humble supplies- if converted into heat- could melt it at the rate of 80 tons each second! To meet the nation's growing needs for energy, Humble has applied science to nature's resources to become America's Leading Energy Company. Working wonders with oil through research, Humble provides energy in many forms- to help heat our homes, power our transportation, and to furnish industry with a great variety of versatile chemicals. Stop at a Humble station for new Enco Extra gasoline, and see why the "Happy Motoring" sign is the World's First Choice!

I don't know about you, but words can't begin to describe what I'm feeling right now after reading this ad, but I'm sure a lot of what I have to say to oil companies begin with F and end in UCKYOU.

What Will Tomorrow Bring? Hmm...






















If only Elvis had taken his own advice. He wouldn't have allowed his life to become the downward spiral it became, culminating in toilet death while choking on a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. He should have seen the signs, sucked his enormous gut in and driven away from that old heartbreak hotel in one of his many Cadillacs. 

As for me, well, the past year, especially the recent few weeks, have been rather trying. While I've managed to enjoy my life outside of work quite successfully, my work life has seen better days. It's just one disappointing day after the next and I wish I could say I had any control over it. At work, you're in the hands of so many other people who, if they don't give a shit, and most don't... if the just want to go home early and fuck anyone else in the equation, and they do... if your clients start becoming tyrants and the agency says "more please" and they are... you have three options:

1) Do the right thing and stay put, while trying to initiate positive change for everyone's benefit.

2) Realise that even though you've been trying for years, option 1 is a bust. Time to walk to the kitchen to start preparing a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, thereafter heading to the shitter where you'll hope for the best.

3) Make a radical shift that will enrich your life while at the same time causing many a penny to drop.

Let's see what happens.

A Perfect Monday Song. Hmm...

Hmm... of the day

It's Monday. Remember to breathe.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

iPad Of The Tiger. Hmm...


Okay, Apple. You've had your fun. Now, please release the new iPad, 'cos I wanna jam!!

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Talk about making lemonade. Holy crap this is amazing.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

How Top Gear Responds To Criticism. Hmm...


So it seems that the fine folks at Top Gear were sent an angry email from an angry man who angrily feels that they are doing a disservice to its viewers (the entire world basically) by never actually properly reviewing normal, everyday cars on their show. This is Jeremy Clarkson's response. Classic!

Attack Of ZapZilla! Hmm...











Yesterday, we threw a farewell party for two amazing people who've moved on to happier, healthier lives; my good friends Jeff and Jelena. We invited faces old and new. There was cake and booze and rad indie music bouncing off the walls. And then an unexpected guest arrived: Gareth's photo-bombing middle finger that shall now and forever be known as ZapZilla!

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Of this I can attest. The past week has been super shit on so many levels, but now everything seems to be coming up roses.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The South African Blog Awards 2010. Hmm...

The Copenhagen Wheel. Hmm...


This is the James Dyson Award-winning Copenhagen Wheel from MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. It instantly transforms any standard bicycle into a “hybrid electric-bike” capable of offering a smart cycling experience complete with real-time exercise analysis, traffic data, and environmental conditions. It also charges your iPhone.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Only in China.

Calling All Comic Geeks. Hmm...



This. Is. Awesome.

My first trip to Soccer City. Hmm...

Doesn't really look like anything of this Earth, does it?
As you can see, they've maintained the field rather well.
This is what I like to call a human Polaroid. He takes photos of you and prints them out immediately for R40. Nice idea. Just wish he was see-through. Get out  the way, dude. Bafana just scored!
Looking at this pic now, it should have been a sign of flippen annoying things to come, but we were having such a rad time, there was no reason to think the night would end badly.

And then we got on The Rea Vaya bus where the driver decided, after about an hour driving all over Joburg, that he didn't feel like taking us back to Ellis Park and forced us out at midnight in the middle of town. Awesome, hey? So there we are, about 10 pissed off people, waiting in the cold for another bus - one we hoped would arrive with a driver who gave a shit. That said, it wasn't all bad. Saki (pictured here looking super grumpy) really needed to pee the entire time we were trapped on the bus, so this "inconvenience" was a welcomed relief for him. Oh, how we laughed. The other bus eventually arrived and I ended up getting home at about 12:45AM. The game ended at 11:00PM. Ridiculous. At least Bafana won!