Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Jeffrey Lee Simons pointed me to two worthwhile ads in his posting "Admit It--You Love the Shamwow Commercial." The first is the Shamwow commercial itself, spawner of parodies, a zippy, simple ad that Simons himself says makes him want to call and chuck out the twenty bucks.
The other is a classic ad that I vaguely remember seeing before, one for music lessons. Here they both are.
The third I ran into looking for the Shamwow ad again on Youtube. It's long (four minutes!), but a good use of storytelling, and you can't tell what it's for until near the end.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This kind of event spawns an entire host of responses, including a version of the audio flight recording that features a foul-tongued Christian Bale as the flight controller.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I love this article, "Amish Space Heater: Is That an Oxymoron?" in the NYTimes about the crazy Amish mantle advertisements I've been seeing everywhere lately. I love this picture that's included with the ad, where everyone it is polishing away at a fireplace that's got a roaring fire going (apparently). It's gotten a lot of attention, with some videos on Youtube. One shows the impressive-looking fire that it produces. Another provides a signing commentary on the product and its producers.
The article itself though delves into the commentary on various web sites and discussion threads that address the concerns that people have about the Amish, their use of electricity, and other "knowledge" that people have about them.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The New York Times online just keeps impressing me with the work they do to provide texts with analytical tools. The latest is the offering of all presidential speeches with word clouds and frequency indicators, all in a timeline and links to the speeches, with words you select in context. Check it out here: "Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present." Meanwhile, the link to it, while on the front page, is simply a tiny bit of text with an even tinier icon. How do you make money doing this? I don't know.