Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bum Rush the Charts

From Spin Magazine:

Grassroots bloggers attempt to launch tune to top of charts proving power of new media to RIAA record companies.

Yesterday, bloggers and music fans alike participated in Bum Rush the Charts, a campaign attempting to launch "Mine Again," a tune by industry shunned alternative rockers Black Lab, to the top of the iTunes charts thus proving the non-necessity of conventional music consumption and illustrate the power of podcasting and new media. Today, charts confirm that the initiative didn't reach its goal: "Mine Again" peaked at No. 67 in the U.S. but fared well in the Netherlands and Sweden, hitting the No. 5 and No. 9 spots respectively.

And although the initiative failed to reach its predetermined target, many bloggers deem the Bum Rush the Charts campaign a success for new media and are sounding off on the initiative's affects.


Joseph Jaffe has a grreat interview with one of the Bum Rush organizers, Christopher Penn on Across the Sound, Podcast #73.

Here is the link to Blacklabs website.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Good times at sea

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Punani Punji Trap

A new anti-tape device, reminiscent of the punji traps created by the Viet Cong hits the market soon.

Anti-rape Device to Hit the Market

Anti-rape device created by South-African inventor Sonnet Ehlers is about to hit the market after a long time of waiting for patent verification.

The female condom-like device called Rapex has fish-like teeth that attach to the penis.

Eshler insists on the fact that the main advantage of her invention is that it could give a woman attacked by a rapist some vital seconds to escape the criminal while he is busy dealing with pain caused by the device. This would be great pain as 25 teeth of the device that is inserted in the vagina attach themselves to the head and the shaft of the penis. What is more, she says the device will help with proving the crime as the rapist will have to go to a doctor to have the fish-like teeth removed.

RapeX web site

Monday, March 19, 2007

In this week's US Weekly

The MasterCard ad writes itself for this one: Bag of cocaine, designer tuxedo, shit eating grin... priceless.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Abortion e-cards

Exhale, an "after-abortion counseling talkline" offers a variety of e-cards for when you can't find the right words to reach out to someone you care about after their abortion. I'm sure their intentions are noble and that it is an underserved group but I just can't shake the creepy feeling I get when I look at these. I've always been a big fan of sub-contracting, even emotion sub-contracting but this maight be taking it too far. Can you imagine Shoebox doing a post-abortion section?

Copy from the website:

Do you know someone who’s had an abortion?
Are you having trouble knowing what to say?
Do you want to let them know you care?

Send them an e-card.

Remember, each person’s experience with abortion is unique. These e-cards were created to address the range of experiences people can have with abortion. As you consider which e-card to send, think about the person you are sending it to. What do they need to know? What are they feeling? What message will provide the most comfort?

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Irish Riviera

I'm at the Jersey Shore this weekend not far from the Spring Lake region that is known as The Irish Riviera. We actually went swimming in the ocean yesterday. Cold, but not as bad as you might think. The only real pain was experienced by the toes, which I thought might come off. All ten pigs are still attached and wiggiling just fine. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

One other quick aside. A friend of mine used to own his own business. One of his employees was a sweet guy but his use of the english language was a bit challenged. One night my friend phoned into the office to see how an overnight job was progressing. The employee on the other end of the phone replied "The whole place is in Shamrocks!!!". The word we believe he meant to use was "shambles".

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Karl Lagerfeld

There is an outstanding piece in the past week's issues of The New Yorker on Karl Lagerfeld

I've always been a huge fan of his work for Chanel but in the past year came to appreciate him for being the creative juggernaut that he is.

Until recently, Lagerfeld produced eight collections a year for Chanel (both ready-to-wear and haute couture), five for the Italian luxury label Fendi, and several for labels under his own name—a staggering workload. In 2002, he added an extra Chanel show to his schedule: a high-end ready-to-wear collection designed to profile the work of the Paris m├ętiers d’art, the ateliers that create, by hand, the embroideries, beading, tulle flowers, hats, and shoes on which couture designers rely.

One of the most interesting aspects of his personallity that the article discusses is the relentless manner in which he keeps up with everything going on in culture.

Lagerfeld’s determination to stay current requires ruthlessness and a lack of sentimentality. He periodically rids himself of art, objects, and places that, previously, had been sources of inspiration and pleasure. People are not exempt. “He kind of passes on, because he doesn’t like the past,” one of the people who travels in Lagerfeld’s circle says. “So then he decides you’re the past and then he just puts you in the trash.” Lagerfeld says, “I have an entourage of people of today. Because people can work with me for a hundred years but they have to stay informed. And no regrets, no remove, not saying, ‘Oh, things were better then.’ ” According to his publishing partner, Gerhard Steidl, whenLagerfeld reads a thick paperback, he tears out the pages as he finishes them.

“I throw everything away!” he declared. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing! I am supposed to do, I’m not supposed to remember!”

My favorite quote from him is his descriptions of news headlines:

Daily headlines, he says, “give the air of the moment. It is like music, which is like the coloration of the air. It puts you in a mood. It’s for the attitude, for the feeling. That’s why it’s important.”

See also: Charlie Rose interview with Karl Lagerfeld

Tuning Japanese

A blog I came across called TVinJapan is exactly that, what TV is like in Japan. The folllowing video was featured in a post called Sushi is Made of People!

The Japan TechToys Video Podcast is also quite good if you're interested in keeping up with those wacky Japanese.

Manufacturing Dissent

Documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine have chosen a fascinating subject for their film Manufacting Dissent, Michael Moore and the tactics he uses in making his films. The filmmakers claim to be admirers of Moore but their film appears to be quite critical.

I've always found it helpful to be seperate what might be the reality of a person like Michael Moore and the the role performed by their public persona. I don't like all of his films and often find myself cringing at his use of "the ambush", but at the same time I'm greatful that he is playing the role that he is. We need dissenting voices and a few Chicken Littles running around screaming that the sky is falling because, sometimes, it is.

Wired news article: Film Questions Michael Moore's Tactic.

Then they tried to do a documentary of their own about him - and ran into the same sort of resistance Moore himself famously faces in his own films.

The result is "Manufacturing Dissent," which turns the camera on the confrontational documentarian and examines some of his methods. Among their revelations in the movie, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the South by Southwest film festival: That Moore actually did speak with then-General Motors chairman Roger Smith, the evasive subject of his 1989 debut "Roger & Me," but chose to withhold that footage from the final cut.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Kitchen Diaries

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Those who can't do... sue

New York Times article: Viacom Sues Google Over YouTube Video Clips

Viacom, the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, sued Google and YouTube in federal court today, citing “massive intentional copyright infringement.”

Viacom, which has feuded publicly with YouTube and its parent Google about the unauthorized posting of its programming online, said it was seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Viacom’s suit is the most aggressive move so far by an old-line media company against the highly popular but legally questionable practice of posting copyrighted media content online.

Monday, March 12, 2007

F*** for Forest

A group of young, sexual, entrepreneurial folks have decided to harness the power of pornography to save the rainforest.
You can even contribute your own porn to help the cause. Fuck For Forest

A Foundation thank you to Roland Andrijauskas for sending me this one.

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Glamour of Flight

An amazing image gallery from a time when the aviation industry wasn't so gross.

R-Rated Trailer for 300.

Sweet baby jesus! This is badass.

Subway Hygiene

Clorox is the latest advertiser to do a station domination in New York's Union Square subway station. What is actually surprising is how restrained they were in the branding the materials. Many of the headlines don't reference Clorox or contain the logo. Many of the images are just shots of happy kids. It's kind of interesting how the messaging unfolds as you walk through the station. What they missed was the oppportunity to do a dramatic demo. They could have scruubed, redetailed and repainted a section of the subway so that it was hospital sanitary and sparkling clean. It would have been a huge effort to maintain it over the course of the ad run, but so what.

I just don't get the branding of condoms with the NYC Subway logo. What's the connection? Dirty holes?
They even built a site for this wack idea.

The 23rd Steet partnership branded themselves some fancy trash cans.

A classic spot from Tide.


I swung by Eyebeam last night, caught the scrrening of State Your Name, checked out the stuff on exhibit there. All of it great.

My big takeaway from the evening is that the roch 'n roll spirit of rebellion is a alive and kicking.

State Your Name. (A documentary about graffiti and the strret bombers that create it.)

Graffiti Writer, a remote control rig that spraypaints text. By Applied Autonomy.

First Person Shooter Glasses by Aram Bartholl

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Apology Bot

Is there someone you've slighted, someone you've hurt, hurt right in the feelings.... The

Bud Light Apology Bot 3000 can help. Yes, it's yet another message generator you can use to pester your friends and unwittingly serve as a telemarketer.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Grafiti Research lab

The kids over at Graffiti Research Lab have taken the game to the next level. There are some incredible videos documenting things like a laser tagging system (shown in the screen snap below) and Throwies (LEDs powered by lithium batteries attached to magnets).

There are also links to "How To" documentation. The How To for "Throwies" is hosted on www.instructables.com where I came across the instructions for turning an Operation game set into a Paris Hilton Operation.

The GRL will be screening the definitive street bombing documentary, STATE YOUR NAME, this Thursday, March 8th, at Eyebeam as part of the Open City Exhibition.

Disintermediation, Sexy Time

Back during the internet boom, The Industry Standard, that great but short-lived magazine did a piece on the porn industry. Specifically, on how far in advance they were in the areas of e-commerce, online marketing, and their sophisticated networking of content by players in that space. I looked for the piece online but didn't have any luck tracking it down.

Consumer-generated has hit the world of online porn, sites like PornTube and YouPorn are popping up daily.

There's so much talk about the disruptive shifts happening in the advertising and media worlds as a result of consumer generated content but there isn't much discussion about the porn industry in major media, even from a strick business perspective. Are the captains of industry in porn fretting like the ad and media guys?

Seeing Red

I remember seeing a Looney Tunes cartoon as a child in which a giant tree goes in one end of a machine and out of the other pops a toothpick or a baseball ball. That was my initial fear when I saw the Product Red charity.

It seems that that may indeed be the case. AdWeek reports that the advertising has cost about $100 million thus far, the amout to charity $18 million:

"The tally raised worldwide is $18 million.

The disproportionate ratio between the marketing outlay and the money raised is drawing concern among nonprofit watchdogs, cause-marketing experts and even executives in the ad business. It threatens to spur a backlash, not just against the Red campaign -- which ambitiously set out to change the cause-marketing model by allowing partners to profit from charity -- but also for the brands involved.

Enormous outlay
By any measure, the buzz has been extraordinary and the collective marketing outlay by Gap, Apple and Motorola has been enormous, with some estimates as high as $100 million. Gap alone spent $7.8 million of its $58 million outlay on Red during last year's fourth quarter, according to Nielsen Media Research's Nielsen Adviews."

See my post on "diet charity":
Diet Charity. Full, self-satisfying validation without any of the sacrifice.

Information Design: An Epic History of Snack Culture.

On the Wired website, as part of the "Snack Culture" issue, they created a timeline called An Epic History of Snack Culture.