Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Santa Porn

so. I'm working on several Crayola product launches for the holiday shopping season and I'm googling for images of elves and I come across the images below. Whack. Can anything be pornified???

Click here for Lego porn

Brian Eno

Brian Eno 77 Million Paintings Interview.

Brian Eno addresses an anti-war demo originally banned by the UK government.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Pentagon's New Map

Thomas Barnett speaking at the TED conference. Provactive and entertaining as hell.

Itambe Yogurt

A series of print ads for Itambe Yogurt, out of Brasil.

The Power of Nightmares

An excellent BBC documentary on "The rise fo the politics of fear". The political right has harnessed the fear of terrorism and violence (the bogeyman) to control their constituencies, the left uses the environmental gloom and doom of global warming (chicken little). I've embedded just the first part but I believe it is all available on YouTube.

Monsters (The New Yorker Festival)

To celebrate Halloween! (From the most recent New Yorker Festival) A fascinating conversation between Martin Amis, Ian Buruma and Bill Buford on "monsters" in literature as well as life. (Stalin, Hitler, Hannibal Lecter, the assasination of Theo Van Gogh). I love the way Amis uses language and desribes things.

Here is the iTunes link for the video. It's free. If I can get to it today I will upload and embedd it directly.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

On Color/Off Color: Black Toilet Paper

We were in a Brazilian restaurant on Saturday and I saw the black toilet paper in the photo below. I wasn't sure if it was a Halloween thing or just they way they roll.

Apparently, I'm a little behind. The Times and Gizmodo have both covered off on this already. (Sorry for the bad puns, I couldn't resist.)

NY Times: This Season's Must-Have: The Little Black Roll

Gizmodo: Black Toilet Paper

My big question when I saw it was how do you know when to stop wiping? For more on the art of wiping and the moist towelette personal care category read: Recognizing untouched market needs in unexpected places, from The Sherman Foundation archieves.

Name that facial expression

I think there is a lot to be learned by studing the subtle nuances of non-verbal signals cast off in fashion photography. Fashion photography in particular becuase it of often involves the model starring at and confronting YOU. What is the message here? Anyone care to venture a guess?

See: Emotional Forcasting, from The Foundation archieves.

Sherman Foundation Halloween: The Ghosts of Posts Past

Holiday Mash-ups: The blending of traditions.

Job Posting: Master of the Macabre: Honoring the late, great Vincent Price.

Sweet, Sweet Repulsion: Gross-out as aesthetic experience.

"Regular" Repulsion: On candy corn.

Agency Spy

I just wanted to give a little shout out and a thank you to Agency Spy for picking up on and referencing my piece on Helio's capaign earlier this month: Helio + Deutsch LA … Tsk. Tsk.

If you aren't familiar with the blog, check it out, they do a great job of lurking around the industry's watercooler.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Feed My Halloween

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Don't be the bunny

Get yourself a Cast 'N Blast

Monday, October 22, 2007

On Facebook

I've never really gotten into social networking sites very deeply. I used to joke that the Frienster model was "fuck your friend's friends (because you can't fuck your friends)". I use LinkedIn for professional networking, and I setup a Myspace page to see what is was about but never really got into it. It seemed to skew a bit young for me and I don't troll the singles scene.

I created a Facebook page a few months back and am pretty happy with the space it occupies somewhere between LinkedIn and MySpace. I've also started to explore the many applications that are available for it, very cool.

The group feature also has a lot of potential. I've joined several like the AIGA and MyHome 2.0. I am a charter member of Ad Bloggers.

Would love to hear any perspectives on Facebook and about any applications that people are particulary pleased with.

This morning's commute

I am not a commuter but this morning I spent Sunday night at a friends house in Maplewood NJ. This morning I got to experience what it is like to train in with the Jersey folk. The train broke down for a brief period, we got in about 45 mins late.

The other interesting thing about the ride in was the man sitting next to me. He had a coke nail on each pinky. I haven't seen that in a while.

Is About: Jailhouse Rock

The Tarantino clips that I posted got me thinking that it would be fun to do a recurring series on the topic of "Is About" and explore the true meanings of movies, songs, works of art etc. (For the other posts in this series click "is about" at the bottom of this post)

Here is one that people always respond incredulously when I lay it on them.

Jailhouse Rock is about Homosexuality (in the prison context it is often refered to as adaptive sexuality).

First of all it is important to not that Rock n' Roll is slang for having sex.

I will let the lyrics for the song speak for the rest.

(words & music by jerry leiber - mike stoller)
The warden threw a party in the county jail.
The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin and the joint began to swing.
You shouldve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Spider murphy played the tenor saxophone,
Little joe was blowin on the slide trombone.
The drummer boy from illinois went crash, boom, bang,
The whole rhythm section was the purple gang.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Number forty-seven said to number three:
Youre the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
I sure would be delighted with your company,
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me.

Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

The sad sack was a sittin on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin all alone.
The warden said, hey, buddy, dont you be no square.
If you cant find a partner use a wooden chair.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Shifty henry said to bugs, for heavens sake,
No ones lookin, nows our chance to make a break.
Bugsy turned to shifty and he said, nix nix,
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

On Demographics: The Ugliest People in the U.S.

VIA Reuters: Looking for attractive people? Don't go to...

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia is home to the least attractive people in the United States, a survey of visitors and residents showed on Friday.

The city of more than 1.5 million people was also found to be among the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly, according to the "America's Favorite Cities" survey by Travel & Leisure magazine and CNN Headline News.

About 60,000 people responded to the online survey -- at www.travelandleisure.com -- which ranked 25 cities in categories including shopping, food, culture, and cityscape, said Amy Farley, senior editor at the magazine.

For unattractiveness, Philadelphia just beat out Washington DC and Dallas/Fort Worth for the bottom spot. Miami and San Diego are home to the most attractive people, the poll found.

But Farley pointed out the results don't mean people in Philadelphia are ugly or the city is a bad place to visit.

"We were asking people to vote on attractiveness, not unattractiveness. Travel & Leisure editors believe there are a lot of attractive people in Philadelphia," she said.

"The relative attractiveness of its residents is only a minuscule factor in evaluating a city's merit."

Philadelphians' self-esteem has been undermined by national surveys showing they are among the fattest people in the United States. The American Obesity Association ranked the city in the top 10 for overweight people every year between 2000 and 2005.

And sporting pride in a city known for the fierce loyalty of its fans has been hurt by not having had a national champion in any of its four main sports since the 76ers won the National Basketball Association title in 1983.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Wire

The Wire, on HBO is one of the greatest and most overlooked television shows of all time. For those among you who have never seen it, check out this ciip.

For those of you that have seen it there is an oustanding piece in a recent issue of

The New Yorker called: Stealing Life.

Is About: Like a Virgin

The Dirtbombs Rock!

I saw The Dirtbombs last night at Sowpaw in Brooklyn. They opened with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" then continued to rock the crowd through an amazing set. 2 drummer, 2 bass players and a god by the name of Mick Collins!!!

I actually attended the show with 2 guys I went to The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. It was a great Detroit on Detroit night.

Here is another Detroit original Ghetto Rag T-Shirts

See my previous post on The Dirtbombs

The Sherman Foundation salutes Steve McQueen

Is About: Top Gun (Homosexuality)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Talbots Looks at 4 Shops

BOSTON Havas' Arnold here is out of the review for Talbots' estimated $20 million ad account, as the retailer prepares to hear pitches from four agencies, per sources.

Set to present to the Hingham, Mass.-based client the week of Nov. 9 are: independent The Richards Group in Dallas; Publicis Groupe's Publicis and The Kaplan Thaler Group, both in New York; and Omnicom Group's GSD&M Idea City in Austin, Texas, sources said. A decision is slated for on or around Nov. 12.

Talbots, you can call off the review. The Sherman Foundation has your new tagline: Talbots. For women that want to look that way.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Widex: Interactive Packaging

Packaging for a hearing device that uses a plastic sleeve around the box to create the illusion of an animated soundwave. Brilliant.

VIAThe Dieline

Auto Lust

This magnificent automobile is the second grey/chrome, late 60s Benz convertable I've seen come up for aution in recent months.

Look at the parings of textures on the interior. Every deatail is amazing... its truly a work of art.

Speaking of art here is Chris Bangle of BMW at the TED conference speaking about cars as works of art.

And finally, a little road rage. The GT40

SEE my post Muscle Cars Now Worth Millions

Slightly Less Special K

From Brand Republic

LONDON - A TV ad for Kellogg's Special K Sustain cereal has been banned by the ASA for misleading viewers into thinking the product contained more protein and fibre than original Special K.

The ad, created by JWT, received three complaints from viewers who challenged the claim that Special K Sustain "contains extra protein and fibre", because the product contained less protein than Special K original, with which they believed it was being compared.

The TV ad featured a woman making a presentation in a meeting room and losing concentration as she imagined that the diagram she was pointing to was a real pie. The woman then imagined that the dots on the dress of a colleague had turned into cakes and a female voiceover said: "If you've only got one thing on your mind before lunch, you should try new Special K Sustain."

And the least special of all Ks, The Reliant k

The 12 Stations (For Member Only)

I'm sitting across from this girl on the bus and I notice her jacket, a cream colored Members Only.

There was something about her, or her outfit or the coat that perplexed me that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Then it hit me. It was the presence of sincerity. It was the first time since the early 80s (I was alive when Members Only jackets first hit the streets, I had a black one) that I've seen one worn without irony. You seen tedious hipsters in them downtown but it's with the same sort of adopted discard/cool of rejection, aesthetic irony that accompanies the wearing of a Pabst Blue Ribbon ball cap. This was different, this girl a dirty downtown troll. Her ensemble was deliberate and thoughtful in its assembly. Her brown leather boots, her purse and the cream colored Members Only jacket "worked" together.

The other thing I noticed is that I didn't recoil when I saw the jacket. I didn't cringe at the site of what, for a long time, carried the stigma of fashion leper from the 80s. I've done a lot of time shopping and window shopping over the past few weeks and I've seen a lot of jackets that are stylistically similar to the members only in places like Hugo Boss. The nylon cuffs and the goofy things on the shoulders are back if full effect.

It wasn't that long ago when Gweneth Paltrows character in the movie Shallow Hal quips "Is that a Members Only Jacket? What are you, like, the last member?"

Is it possible that the Members Only Jacket had come full circle, back from fashion exile? Risen like some fashion Lazarus to walk the high streets again. Is there a process here that can be articulated, a fashion life-cycle that includes a Promethean rebirth? A 12 stations of the cross of the Members Only Jacket?

Remember, season six of the Sopranos opens with an episode titled "Members Only" in which Tony is shot and has a near death experience. (More references to death and resurrection)

The show's finale also features and ominous character in the final diner scene wearing a members only jacket. The spectre of death. Remember kids, eventually everything, even the reborn, have their end.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The internet and podcasting explained.

Sacarmouche posted this on YESbutNObutYES and the Ask a Ninja is old as shit, but I couldn't resist putting these two gems together and reposting. Both of these are brilliant.

Richard Emmanuel

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with my dear friend and artist Richard Emmanuel. Recently several pieces of his were selected for a show titled "All FAiths Beautiful" at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum.

Rev. Emmanuel’s artwork chosen for ‘All Faiths Beautiful’ exhibit

You can see a images of his space, "The Church" on my flickr site.

15 Minutes of Shame

Seeing this headline yesterday: IMUS BACK IN SADDLE, has me thinking that the self-life for shame (and social repercussion) is shortening just as it is for fame. (Looks like Imus's 15 minutes are up and he's out of time out.)
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
-Andy Warhol

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Slow Mo

This is a dope little video

Helen Fisher on Lust, Romantic Love, Deep Attachment

I came across Helen Fishers talk on the TED website. Her talk on Lust, Romantic Love, Deep Attachment is a fascinating 20 minutes. Watch till the end, her take on antidepressants and love is very interesting. This woman blows me away, you rock Helen.

Helen on "beer goggles".

On Antidepressants and Sex Drive

On Aphrodisiacs

Monday, October 15, 2007

Run Forest Run

When I saw the picture below from this NY Times artice, Gore Supporters’ Movement Lacks a Candidate

This is what popped into my cranium


Bunnies are everywhere

Strangely enough, I began spotting them shortly after the beautiful Tiphaine began calling me "bunny".

Here is a run-down of what went into the making of this spot from the Bravia website.

2.5 tonnes of plasticine on set
40 animators
3 weeks
189 2ft bunnies
150 1ft cubes
10ft x 20ft purple wave
30ft giant rabbit.
6 cameras.
40 animators working through 4 hours generated 4 seconds of footage.
40 animators working on the same scene had never been attempted before.
The 60 second spot will be constructed of approximately 100,000 stills.

My Skitles addiction is a well known public fact:

Product Concept: The Cast 'n Blast

Monster Rabbit Stalks U.K. Village (But No Sign of Wallace or Gromit)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Golf War

The Golf War is a new series coming to TV in Novemebr. Unfortunately it will be on E4 in the UK. :(

The show is described as follows: Follow Captain Stuart Ogilvy as he attempts to turn his scruffy, ramshackle Peterford Golf Club into a pristine oasis of middle classness like their illustrious neighbour, The Greenacres Country Club.

Check out this video: Golf War Trailer

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The show features Rich Fulcher who plays Bob Fossil the psychotically homosexual manager of the Zooniverse on the most brilliant of TV shows "The Mighty Boosh".

Kenichi Ebina is Badass

Friday, October 12, 2007

Queens of the Stone Age

The cool thing about working in advertising, other than being paid (well) to "make shit up" are all the fun little perks that pop up. Like having Queens of the Stone Age pop into the office and play a set for you. (As they did yesterday.)

Foie Gras Survey: Casa Mono

Popped into Casa Mono for a snack last night.

The Frois Gras, Sweetbreads with fennel al mono, Duck Hearts with lentils were all outstanding.

The Foie Gras was seared and drizzled with truffle oil..... Magnificent, as was everything. I give it a 9.

Is that a Porpicorn in your pocket????

I normally don't post stuff like this but.... what the hell. Submitted by King Friday.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Porpicorn

Yesterday the network went down at the agency I work for.

The free time gave me the opportunity to invent a new mythical creature. Ladies and gentlemen. I introduce to you, The Porpicorn. Part Porpoise, part Unitcorn.

What does Marsellus Wallace look like

A Sherman Foundation thank you to the girl of my dreams, TG, for passing this along.

Click here to see a higher quality QT version.

You know who you are

for Crickets (TG)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Hmmm... I wonder how all those fires in California start?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Stay thirsty

I was banging out a tv script with my friend BH in LA this evening and he turns me on to this gem of a spot for Dos Equis.

Smells great in here but your sexy parts are a mess

An analysis of more than a dozen common household air fresheners found that most contain chemicals that may affect hormones and reproductive development, particularly in babies, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said today. The federal government does not currently test air fresheners for safety or require manufacturers to meet any specific safety standards. The study offers both consumers and officials new information on the risks certain air fresheners pose.

READ: New Study: Common Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals That May Affect Human Reproductive Development
Environmental Group Calls for Additional Testing, Consumer Awareness to Prevent Risky Exposure.

Time Magazine Article: How "Fresh" Is Air Freshener?

An unreserved way of saying "resevered"

A friend of mine took this snaphot in a bar this weekend.

Huffin' ad has advocates puffin'

Prevention Advocates Fight Wendy’s Helium Huffing Ad
A commercial airing nationally by fast food chain Wendy´s has sparked concern among prevention advocates, who say it sends the wrong message to kids about inhalants and normalizes something that has proved deadly for some teens.

Read the entire article here.

It's how you cook the meat

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Will Ferrell as Harry Caray

DG just turned me on to this... hilarious. I think Ferrel must have deviated quite a bit from the script because Goldbloom seems bewildered and confused.

"It's not rocket science dr just say yes and we'll move on".

Foie Gras Survey: Nobu 57

Last night I had the Kobe Beef/Fois Gras dumplings at Nobu 57 (NYC). I don't see them on the online menu and I apologize for not being able to give a just description of them. Let's just say they were the best things I've put in my mouth in a long time.

I've give them a 9 (bleeding on 10).

God bless beautiful Tiphaine for knowing how much I would enjoy those and ordering them for us.

Friday, October 05, 2007

It's not part of it, but it's important

It's Friday!, Let's celebrate with a little Business Time from The Flight of The Concords

Foie Gras Survey: Red Cat

Last night I had the foie gras appetizer at Red Cat (Chelsea, 227 Tenth Ave).

It was served sauteed with caramelized apples, hot honeyed onions, candied walnuts.
It was good but the was apples and onions were piled over a very small piece of foie gras.
The idiom "don't hide your light under a bushel" comes to mind.

I give it a 6.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ka Kaw!

Anyone who knows me knows the phrase "ka kaw!". I fell out of my chair when I heard it pop up in this playtext ad.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Maybe a little too strong...

given the recent demise of Marcel Marceau. I'm not syaing Altoids had anything to do with it (my understanding is that the mime was trapped in a box and it air ran out), it's just an unfortunate ad coincidence.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Links for kids

While working on Crayola ad concepts this week I came across some nutty stuff online.

This video

And from thebestpageintheuniverse.net More crappy children's art work. A few example of the art showcased there:

The caption with this one read: Ding Ding! Here comes the shit-mobile. I've never seen a fire truck that needed to be shaved. I would rather be burned to death than be saved by this hairy piece of shit.

First of all, I don't even know what this is. If it's supposed to be a dog, then it's the shittiest dog I've ever seen.