Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why Work Doesn't Work At Work. Hmm...


Jason Fried has a radical theory about work, namely that the office really isn’t a good place to get any done. I couldn't agree more. I usually have to leave the office to get away from all the annoying ringing phones, pointless meetings about meetings, etc... in order to get anything worthwhile out. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the what he thinks are the main problems and offers three suggestions to make work, well... uh... work.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Why I Can't Stop Playing The Star Wars Augmented Reality iPhone Game. Hmm...


Uhhhh... It's awesome! Helllllooooooo? Download it now, people!!!!

A Food, Wine & Design Fair. Hmm...

There were robots made from lamps...



And urban chic home wares...

A hanging bicycle book shelf...

And these sweet hanging pot plants...

Pastries and cupcakes...

Kielbasa, chorizo and dry wors...

Delicious Spanish olives...

And of course, yummy beer and wine... and friends... gotta have those.

Here's Hoping Monday Doesn't Start Off Like This. Hmm...


It's an old ad but it makes me laugh every time.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

U2 Creates Spiderman The Musical. Hmm...


From the director of The Lion King Musical and with U2's Bono and Edge writing the music and lyrics, it's no wonder this cost $65million to put on. Let's just hope people flock to see it. I know I would if I lived in NYC. Hell, even if I didn't, I'd fly in. Hmm...

Johnnie Walker Pays Tribute To Haile Gebreselassie. Hmm...


The TV spot is okay. Not amazing. But the fact that Johnnie Walker is venturing into Africa to pay homage to the great people here makes me very happy. Watch the making of below. Done by King James, Cape Town.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Through The Looking Glass, I Mean Door Knob. Hmm...






















I don't know if this is cool or creepy. Architect Hideyuki Nakayama teamed up with door handles and levers manufacturer UNION to develop a glass globe doorknob that lets you peer into the goings-on of the room behind it. Denitely creepy.

A Fun Way To Demonstrate Space. Hmm...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So I Just Got My Dad An iPad. Hmm...


And while he's still learning how to use the darn thing, perhaps one day he'll be able to do awesome stuff like this. Or maybe I'll steal it and try it out myself.

Life Through The Eyes Of A Footballer. Hmm...

 
I AM PLAYR is the first game to let you experience the life of a footballer, through the eyes of a footballer. Played on its own dedicated website and across social networks, it mixes up first person perspective gameplay, interactive video and storytelling through different media to create a unique game experience. Check it out on their site: www.iamplayr.com on Facebook: http://facebook.com/iamplayr or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamplayr

Augemented Reality Billboard In Times Square. Hmm...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

W+K's OFF-ON Initiative. Hmm...


A few months ago my radonkulously talented friend, Daniel Hirschmann, started working on a project with W+K London. This is what they created: The  OFF-ON initiative - encouraging employees to turn off energy consuming appliances, and using the money saved to 'turn on' an orphanage in Nairobi with solar power. How friggen cool?

Michael Bierut Talks About The C-Word. Hmm...



Clients! And, of course, how to get the best creative out no matter who they may be. If any of you were at Design Indaba this year, you'll know who Michael Bierut is. For those of you who don't, he's been in the design business for over 30 years and he's regarded as one of the greatest and most insightful. I must warn you, this vid is almost an hour long... but worth a watch.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Honda Takes You Into The Unknown. Hmm...


This is a fascinating documentary series about how far humans push themselves, be into space, on earth or beneath it. There's even a part where Honda enables humans to control their ASIMO robot using only, wait for it... their minds. Yes. Mind control. Jeepers! More at http://dreams.honda.com

Something Truly Rad's Happening On Sunday Dec 5th At Wolves. Hmm...

Audi's Robotic TTS Climbs Pike's Peak. Hmm...


Big deal, right? Here's the kicker: THERE'S NO DRIVER! It's all done via robots. No remote. No pesky human controlling the car. Nada! Just gizmos and doodads. According to an article on Wired, the car uses differential GPS to track its location to within 2 centimeters. Wheel-speed sensors and an accelerometer measure its velocity and a gyroscope controls equilibrium and direction. The algorithms that make it all work run on hardware developed by Sun Microsystems. What does all that mean? Umm... I think it means the machines are about to take over. That, or some rich kid's gonna be getting one hell of a Christmas present this year!

In a related story, BMW did this over a year ago. Check it out!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Why Has No One Done This Until Now? Hmm...


Another one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" iPhone apps. Nice one Publicis, Brazil.

Your Very Own Facebook Book. Hmm...


French mobile phone and Internet service provider, Bouygues Télécom together with their agency DDB, Paris launched a new app that lets you save your favorite online moments in a personal book. Two days after launching the app, they had 15,000 fans and the limited edition of 1,000 books was gone in only an hour.

Spike Jones Masterfully Directs Arcade Fire's New Video. Hmm...

Getting Your Read On 5 Minutes A Day. Hmm...


If you're like me, your days are pretty hectic. Which means your nights and weekends are set aside for catching up on the remainder of your life and perhaps some sleep if you can fit it in. Reading, sadly, is probably only lightly penciled into your "things to do if only I had a billion hours in a day" list. Which is perhaps why some smart people from, wait for it, Mamaroneck, NY (Yes, it's a real place) created DailyLit, a service that let’s you read books by email or RSS (so on your laptop, iPad or smartphone) in under 5 minutes a day. They have bestselling and award winning titles, from literary fiction and cooking to business, autobiographies, science fiction and more. The beauty of this service is that you can set when to get your installment sent to you. Did I mention it's 100% FREE? Yup, pretty awesome. I think my first stab will be Stewart Copeland's Autobiography Strange Things HappenWhat'll yours be?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Awesomeness That Is Music By Andrew Zuckerman. Hmm...


Music is the latest work by much admired, NYC based photographer and film maker, Andrew Zuckerman. You'll find fifty portraits of musicians of all ages, from across all genres, providing perspective on one of the most universal and yet unexplainable art forms. You can buy the book, which includes portraits and interviews as well as access to a feature-length film; or even the iPad app, with text and portraits from the book as well as individual films for each contributor exclusive to the app. I refer you to the title of this entry. Awesome!

A Truly Inspiring NY Marathon Campaign. Hmm...


I'm no runner. I'd much rather drive. It's way more comfy not to mention faster and I get to not look like a panting idiot who probably shouldn't have had that last doughnut. But if I were a runner and if I chose to enter a marathon like the NY Marathon, this may be just what I would need to help push me over the finish line. Nice one, Asics.

An Amazing Theory On Beauty Ala TED Talks. Hmm...


TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

30 Seconds To Mars Live At The Dome. Hmm...

Jared Leto takes the stage after a full-on African drumming band wow the audience.

Confetti showered down upon 18000 screaming fans!
At the end, they pulled a ton of people up on stage for the final song. Epic!
It was one of the best live acts I've ever seen and I'm lucky to be able to say I've seen a ton of concerts. 18,000 screaming fans and a seemingly unstoppable band lit up The Dome tonight. There were ballads. There were epic scream-alongs. They even made a rad YouTube video with us (hopefully they upload it soon). Oh and get this, they told us how they wrote a lot of their greatest songs here in South Africa the last time they were here! Of course, the crowd went mad. I think I felt my brain detach a bit from my skull as I jumped around like a lunatic. I'm also mildly aware that my voice will be hurting tomorrow. As will my feet and probably my head. Golden Circle tickets were totally worth it!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Japan's Holographic Rock Star. Hmm...


The world's gone 3D crazy. Films, books, entire magazines... even concerts. This video is really making the rounds on the net. People are oooing and aaahing... And while it's cool and all, let's not forget who did it first. The Gorillaz in 2005. Sorry Japan. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

You're Not A Whore If It's For Chairty. Hmm...

 

"The End" For Jim Morrison? Hmm...

The poster child for every nonconformist out there and legendary front-man for The Doors, may finally have the chance to rest in peace. The current governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, says he will be pursuing a posthumous pardon for two criminal convictions that Jim Morrison received after some very "alleged" bad behavior at a 1969 concert in Miami. 

More here.

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There's a 5,700–word opus on "The Future of Advertising" in the latest Fast Company about what lies in store for the old guard. The short version: less TV, less money, more digital, more collaboration. Oh, and apparently ad agencies are totally screwed. They're lambasted for a slew of well-known problems: that they have terrible compensation models and misaligned incentives, and that they're over-reliant on TV, commoditized and sometimes rendered obsolete by technology. Sound familiar to anyone? Yup.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cowboys & Aliens. Hmm...

 
First official teaser trailer for Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.

Speed Camera Lottery. Hmm...


So this is Kevin Richardson, the winner of the Volkswagen Fun Theory contest. His idea? "Speed Camera Lottery." Basically, he thought that the fines from speeders should become rewards for those who don't speed. So Volkswagen is now using speed cameras to randomly select non-speeders and then give them cash as a thank you. Pretty cool, no? It's currently being tried out in Stockholm, Sweden. Let's hope it comes here. Oh, wait. There would have to be at least one South African driver who doesn't speed. Hmm... More at http://www.facebook.com/thefuntheory

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diesel Dupes Brooklyn Law School. Hmm...


Brooklyn Law School officials rented Diesel its library expecting a tasteful photo shoot for a jeans ad but what they got was a steamy display of writhing young models in skimpy lingerie grinding against books and computers. Who says libraries are boring? Click here.

Car Free Friday. Hmm...






















 Wanna win free Vida coffee for each day of 2011? Visit Pure Planet and pledge to keep the 3rd of December a Car Free Friday. Each pledge is counted and calculated. So far the planet will have 347.976 KG less carbon dioxide equivalent emitted. We can do better. 

A Runner's Mind Games. Hmm...


Nike's release of director Casey Neistat's new short movie 'Mind Games'. Written years ago when Casey first started running, this 2.5 minute short explores the mind games runners face and the ideas one focuses on while the body is giving it all. his film was commissioned to be made while he trained in NYC for the New York Marathon this year, to help celebrate the Nike way of showing creativity through sport. Casey carried a small HD video camera with him on runs for 3 weeks to shoot the movie and the music was done by Jordan Galland, a good friend and long time collaborator of Casey's

OK Go & Range Rover Want You To Dance Through Your City. Hmm...


OK Go, which recently debuted its animated toast video for Last Leaf, is going a little more high tech with its latest project, Dance Through Your City, where they'll be creating a massive digital OK Go sign over Los Angeles using GPS, and the Land Rover Pulse Of The City app. It all happens this Wednesday, November 17. The band will be taking off on an 8-mile concert/street parade through the streets of L.A. The group will carry their instruments and amplifiers through the streets of their home city, as fans log on to follow them via Facebook and Twitter as they walk and play. As the band moves around the city they will be tracking their movements with the above mentioned app, which lets you create amazing data visualizations your journeys using GPS. They'll use it to spell out the band’s name. Oh and they're also asking fans to download the free app and create your own GPS artwork, the best of which they'll use in their new video launching January 2011. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Solve The Impossible Brief & Win A Trip To Cannes 2011. Hmm...























Saatchi & Saatchi Israel, like most of us, have had enough of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. So much so, they plan on solving the crisis, with the help of the global creative community of course. Impossible? Perhaps. But if you think about it, they could be onto something. We spend every day solving problems for the most trivial of things: banks, bleach, chewing gum... Why not use our brains to solve something worthwhile? Of course, a trip to Cannes 2011 as incentive doesn't hurt either. Find out more at theimpossiblebrief.com

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Is A Good Day To, Umm, Do Good. Hmm...

I joined some friends of mine at Baragwanath Hospital today to help paint the walls of Ward 13. At the end of the month they're going to use that ward for patients recovering from cleft palate operations - which sadly means lots of kids. Anyone who knows the hopsital, the biggest of its kind in the world btw, knows it's a pretty depressing place to be. So, Network BBDO and their client, The Smile Foundation, saw an opportunity to make a difference. Tons of folks pulled in yesterday and today and the results say it all. The walls are flippen awesome. Let's hope they bring a little bit of happiness where and when needed. Go on, smile. You know you want to. 






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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Gorillaz Plan To Record An Album On Their iPads. Hmm...

So word on the street is that the members of the cartoon supergroup Gorillaz have been busy touring this year, but they could already have a new album out before Christmas — recorded on an iPad. Flippen amazing!

Sony Mixes Music & Navigation. Hmm...


This is totally awesome!

Every Time You Shave A Moustache Dies. Hmm...


So, we're almost halfway through Movember. Which means men around the world have joined the push to grow a mustache to support awareness of men's health. To support the cause, a slew of videos have been created, including this one —a little ditty called "Every Time You Shave, a Mustache Dies," by Dead Cat Bounce, a comedy band from Ireland. Snag it on iTunes to support men's health, and sign up to grow your own 'stache. Then download the iPhone app to track your progress. Me? Well, last year I looked like a truck-driving pedo (see pic below) so I'm opting out for the greater good. Seriously. 

Turn Your iPhone Into A Stun Gun. Hmm...


Is there anything you can't do with these phones? Crazy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Best Things Happen Slowly. Hmm...


Tempus II from Philip Heron on Vimeo.

Because We Only Live Once. Hmm...

Awesome Urban Street Art Archive. Hmm...





My good friend Greg found this awesome archive of urban street art pics and video... and now I bring it to you. http://www.unurth.com/index

Ralph Lauren Goes 4D. Hmm...


Yawn, right? We've seen these before, over and over...  but this time there's a twist - not only is is the typical feast of sight and sound, they've now added smell. A mist of Ralph Lauren fragrance fills the air as the projected images of giant models and polo players tower over the crowds four stories tall. People, we finally have smell-o-vision.

A Get Your Feet Moving Friday Song. Hmm...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Absolute Heads Home. Hmm...


The Swedish government, who owns the Absolut Art Collection, recently gave the Historical Museum of Wine and Spirits the responsibility to administrate and show the Absolut Art Collection for a Swedish and international public. To do justice to the collection, the Museum of Wine and Spirits will move into new premises at Djurgården in Stockholm. The unique items from the brand visual heritage, ranging from paining and prints to furniture and installations, will be on display starting late 2011 or early 2012.

                                             - http://popsop.com/40273

JamBox by JawBone. Hmm...


 You know you want one. I know I do.

A Life On Facebook. Hmm...

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Hermès Does Fingerboarding. Hmm...


Pretty cool way to show product, no? Not sure it fits Hermès though...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Controversial Book Launch At Randlords. Hmm...

Set above the lights of Joburg and with a 360 degree view of the city from it's highest point, is Randlords - Injozi's most exclusive venue and tonight, the scene for a rather controversial book launch: BIRTH by Peter Harris about how the 94' election almost never happened. 

Henry By Daniel Levi. Hmm...

 
Creative Review compares him to Michel Gondry. He's directed music videos for the likes of Massive Attack, Interpol and Prodigy. He's also been shooting amazing commercials in the UK, the US and now back in South Africa. Of course I'm talking about Daniel Levi. This is his latest project, a short film called Henry. For more of his work click here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Lip Syncing YouTube Star Earns Some Much Needed Cred. Hmm...


His name is Keenan Cahill and he's made tons of bad lip syncing videos to hit songs that have somehow sprouted a huge following on YouTube. Now, he's finally earned some mad props from a rather unlikely source. So friggen cool!

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See if you can name all of them. Click the image to enlarge. Or go here to see individual musician posters.

Not So Happy Meals. Hmm...

So, get this. San Francisco is the first city in America to ban toys in meals for kids. The law doesn't go into effect until December 2011, but once it does, all restaurants (not just Micky D's) will only be able to include plastic kid's crap in meals that have less than 600 calories and no more than 35 percent of the calories can come from fat. It's no solution for child obesity, but hey, it's a start. Sorry Ronald. You'll have to sling your shit elsewhere, like in your "salads"  - you know, the ones that are higher in calories than your double chesseburger meals... They are delicious though. 

Clint Eastwood's The Man. Hmm...

Esquire magazine recently commissioned a survey of twenty- and fifty-year-old American men, and when asked to name the coolest man in the country, both groups chose Clint Eastwood. No fancy pants sports stars. No rock stars. Not even a certain cat named Obama. No. They chose an 80-year-old tough guy who's blazed a trail of success and manly inspiration for well over 5 decades the likes no one has even come close to. Good choice America, though I'm sure Clint Eastwood probably doesn't give a damn.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/thousand-words-on-culture/clint-eastwood-masculinity-1110#ixzz14l08hiMT

Monday, November 8, 2010

The New Cassius Music Video. Hmm...



A Little Misdirection. Hmm...

Monday Morning Rap. Hmm...

 
I blogged about Childish Gambino a while back. This is one of my favorite songs off his album, CULDESAC. His real name is Donald Glover. You probably recognise him as one of the funnier cast members from Community. If you don't, well, you need to watch the series. It's amazing! He's also a writer for 30 Rock. Yup, I hate him too. Oh, and he can bust some dope rhymes, as they say. Download his album for free here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Write On Transkei. Hmm...

 
Made possible by Write on Africa, The Scrutinize national HIV campaign, Mat©hboxology and /A WORD OF ART, five artists set out on a road trip to the Transkei to paint art for the unsuspecting public. Here's a vid explaining more.

New Smashing Pumpkins. Hmm...


Days Like Yesterday. Hmm...







I'd like more of them please. Slept in a little. Okay, a lot thanks to an unexpected celebration of my birthday. I woke up around 11. Had a rad lunch at the always amazing Vovo Telo Bakery at 44 Stanley, followed by a 3-hour treatment at Ville D'Este - a health spa housed in a 1920's Italian Villa. A pit stop at Wolves for some delicious brownies, thereafter watching some awesome rugby with my dad, followed by a chilled Italian dinner with some old friends of mine that went sorta late into the night. It's been fantastic. I really can't complain. Which, as I'm sure you know, is hard for a Jew to say. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

What Can I Say To 137 Awesome Birthday Messages? Hmm...


You all rock! Thanks for a rad birthday!

A Night At Madame Zingara. Hmm...

A big thank you to Craig and Paul from Audio Militia who invited a bunch of us out to Madame Zingara tonight. It was decadent. It was debaucherous. It was a carnival burlesque freakshow fun-for-all set amongst drag queens, acrobats and chili chocolate steak with a trio of desserts enjoyed beneath an 80-year-old velvet big top, one of the last in the world.

It was a silly, silly lovely time.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In Contrast To My Previous Post. Hmm...

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Nike brings us the story of the Defiant Dozen that put American track and field back on the map and sparked running as we know it today.

www.nikesportswear.com/defiant

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

T-Mobile Welcomes People At Heathrow. Hmm...

 
T-Mobile is no stranger to flashmob stunes. Their latest one involves an a cappella concert welcoming travelers arriving at London's Heathrow Airport. The performers bust out a diverse array of lyrics, ranging from Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy to Mel Tormé and Etta James. That said, "Welcome Back" was clearly inspired by the merry pranksters at Improv Everywhere. But T-Mobile again proves that ad hacks can take someone else's idea to a higher level instead of simply rehashing it and calling the result a viral video. Did they succeed? I'll leave that up to you.

One Heck Of A Shark Tale. Hmm...

This is tough guy/ad guru Jose Molla - my first advertising mentor.
This is his leg after a Lemon Shark bit the heck out of it in the Bahamas.

The words, "No way, Jose!" have never been more apt. After being bit by the Lemon Shark, Jose somehow made it back to shore and into a crappy plane only to be flown to a hospital/condmemned room with rusty bed in Nassua. Sounds like something out of a movie. Anyway, you'll find the full story on Jose's blog. It's crazy and inspiring, just like his work. Glad to know he'll be okay. If I were the shark though, I'd be shitting myself. If I know Jose, he'll be back in the Bahamas spearfishing as soon as he can.

Burger Grease Art. Hmm...


I posted this "viral" on my old blog about a year and a half ago and it seems to be creeping around the net again. If you haven't seen it before, it's a swipe at McDonalds, Burger King, etc... from their wannabe rival, Arby's - who claim to only roast their burgers, never fry them. Hence no grease. Sure, guys. Either way, if anything, this video should teach all of us to just stay the heck away from all fast food. Unless you feel like recreating the Sistine Chapel out of grease or something. That would be awesome.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Inspiring Monday Music Video. Hmm...


Because it's Monday. Because the year's almost over. Because it's simply time to. Let's all be like the kid in this Foals video for Blue Blood and do something that absolutely scares the heck out of us. You'll thank yourself later.

Not Your Typical Holiday Idea. Hmm...

The Dec holidays are almost upon us and I, for one, don't want to do the same old thing. So I've been scouring the net trying to find something unusual, something inspiring. I happened upon Seaventures - an oil rig turned dive resort in Borneo. With programs for beginners and elite divers, it's a great place to spot giant turtles, schools of pretty fish and say you spent your vacation using an oil rig for good, sipping beers in the Borneo sun.