I’ve seen a few of these types of things in my time, but this is the best I’ve ever seen!
Having posted the OK Go video a couple of days ago, I thought I’d share this one with you too
Before I go any further I should inform you, that I’m entirely apolitical, I honestly couldn’t care less about politics, or which political party is in power, but I do believe in democracy, and care about equal rights and fairness
As the Conservatives campaign slogan states “It’s Time For Change”
And they’re not wrong, but it’s not necessarily the government that needed changing, but the way they were elected! Look at the figures below, Conservatives get 36% of votes, but that equates to 47% of the House of Commons seats, Labour’s 29% of votes equates to 40%, the Liberals 23% only equals 9%, while the remaining 12% of votes only equals 4% of seats.
1 Conservative vote = 1.3
1 Labour vote = 1.37
1 Liberal vote = 0.39
1 Others vote = 0.33
That means every Conservative vote was 3.33 times that of a Liberal vote!
It may be democratic, but it’s hardly fair!
Keeping with the Hitler in advertising theme, I thought I’d post this mock up
I know it’s been around a long time and there’s been a few copycat TV adverts, but you can’t help watching this all the way through and admiring the originality and imagining the time taken to rehearse it, so as to do it in one take!
I’ve been meaning to post a link to this site for over a month, but I forgot.
As someone that’s only had 2-3 dreams in my entire life (yep that’s true by the way, I don’t dream!), I can’t imagine what’s going through this guys head at night. The basic premise of the site, he talks in his sleep, his wife records him, then blogs about it the following morning, there’s audio clips as well. Some of this stuff is hilarious, and the put downs are wonderful!
“Oh, I could be rummaging around in here for ages, I’m never going to find some zebra ears!”
“Garlic cheese! Double death to you, you lactose intolerant vamp man!”
“Of course blue dogs are more expensive. Pink dogs are shite.”
“Next time I lend out my chest hair, it won’t be to a dick-face like you. You’ve got it covered in lots of stuff. It’ll take ages to clean up. One hair at a time.”
“Stand further away. You can’t possibly appreciate my greatness this close up.”
“You’re right, elephants in thongs is not something you see every day. Enjoy it.”
“Oh, don’t worry, dear. The spot doesn’t make you ugly. No no no. The rest of your face, now THAT makes you ugly. The spot’s just a highlight.”
“It’s a good thing your breath smells of shit. It colors your words beautifully. Gives it an edge.”
“Imagine waking up next to you every day… One chunder-bucket moment after another.”
Contains expletives, but it’s f***ing hilarious, can’t say I didn’t warn you!
Is it just me, or do you also think this looks like David Cameron?
I guess life isn’t so black and white after all. I’ve always lived my life and given my opinion based on ruthless truth and openness, and to hell with the consequences.
But, not everyone is like me, in fact most people aren’t, that’s a good thing, not everyone wants or can take hearing the cold facts or the whole truth 100% of the time. Most prefer to live in a world wrapped under a safety blanket with many shades of grey.
I’ve always perceived that as open to misinterpretation, misunderstanding and mistrust, plus I find it very difficult to hold back from being straight with someone… so more often than not I’d rather not say anything than not be completely truthful. But having realised I’ve been on the receiving end of white lies and not having felt betrayed by them, in fact benefited enormously, I wish I had done the same when it mattered the most.
Like the saying “The one thing I can give yet still keep is my word”, but if you lose someone so precious and all you’re left with are your words, then what’s the point?
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Now I know how I’ll be spending the next couple of months, transferring my DVD collection to the hard drive that’s hanging out the back of the Mac Mini I have connected to my flat screen! Now if only the Mac Mini could connect properly to my surround sound and I’d be sorted!
Too many ideas, too little time!
That may sound a little arrogant, but it’s actually a genuine problem, and I’m not the only one. Some may say it’s a good problem, but I’m not so sure.
It’s frustrating as hell to have an idea or a solution, that you know you have to let go or forget about, as you have 20 more waiting in the wings to be fulfilled. And if that’s not frustrating enough, when I pass on and explain a really good idea to someone else, someone that I know could do great things with my concept, they unfortunately, are too short sighted to see the full potential to do anything with it! So at the end of the day, I simply have to do it myself.
As Friedrich Engels said, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory”
A few months ago I decided I’m going to change the world… well I never said my ideas were small, or easy… if they were, I guess anyone would take up the task and do it… but they’re not, so I might as well do them myself. I’ve set a time frame of ten years… that may seem like a long time, but it’s not really, as when you think about it, the world’s a pretty big place!
After five years of speculation and 15 years after The Steve canned the Newton (still have my three in the attic!), Apple have announced the iPad.
I have mixed feelings on the iPad, from a business & user perspective, I think it’s great, it’s been well thought through and it looks gorgeous, sure the big black area that surrounds the touch screen area is a bit too much, but hey, I’m sure there’s a lot of electronics in that thing, you’ve got to put them somewhere!
No multi-tasking! so no background apps like Skype or Facebook running while you do something else. This is a major gripe, it’s the one thing that will kill the iPhone if they don’t sort that out soon.
No camera! WTF (so no using it for Skype or video based instant messaging), talking of which, come on Apple, where the hell is iChat for your mobile devices!
No proper display output! (not even Apple’s own mini DVI?!) the iPad would be the most amazing presentation device for any road warrior, if it had a proper way to output the display! (although we all know these things can do it, as how else does The Steve demo these at these events, so who knows, maybe they’ll finally make a proper cable that connects to that 32 pin connector!)
No Near Field or RFID!? OK that may sound a bit strange, but that’s becoming more and more prevalent, why it hasn’t been incorporated into the iPhone yet I’m at a loss… sure you can add RFID to SIM cards (so fine for the iPhone), but that’s no good for the iPod Touch or iPad, so hardware integration is a must. I’m positive the next iPhone will have it built in, which will be great, no more Oyster cards to travel on London Underground, simply swipe your phone and the database picks up your ID, and if no account is recognised, an App on your iPhone engages and you pay there and then… or no more credit cards, place your iPhone near a terminal, an App launches, enter your pin et voila, all paid, you could even send your receipt to your no paper account!
These are all things that will come in version 2 no doubt, but they should be in version 1… although none of this will stop me ordering one straight away 🙂 which I shall of course put down to requiring for testing & development purposes for no paper
Damn you Mr Jobs, Damn you to hell 😉
not quite what I was expecting from Apple!
Staying with the Augmented Reality theme, BrightKite announced last month that their partnership with Layar to offer AR of your BrightKite friends posts over live video on your mobile, is now available on the iPhone (originally only available for Android)
Another AR app recently launched on the iPhone is Wikitude, that overlays live video with Qype information. This is another area that AR has enormous potential, aggregating your various data streams and combining them into a single place. The more collaboration there are amongst these types of services the better a user experience for everyone!
I stumbled across these pieces this morning. First a business card and a video ident sting for E4, both of which use the popular method of using a pattern encased in a square, but the third example uses a different approach, whereby the camera recognises any pre-stored image, in this case a photograph on a postcard.
Having already tested the water with an issue using e-Ink technology, it’s interesting to see Esquire extending the user experience of their paper based magazine with online media, I see this as a terrific medium for marketeers & advertisers, but also educational titles or children’s books where the story or information can be brought to life in a way that cannot be achieved using print media alone.
At Vision360 we created numerous projects for live events using Augmented Reality that allowed delegates to control screens and access further information, plus additional languages, but it’s an interesting development to see AR being utilised in mainstream magazine publishing, hopefully it won’t be long before we see more of this type of thing.
more info about the Esquire project here here
Here’s a couple more examples of AR, the first is a simple 3D flash file, the second is an iPhone App.
The best things in life aren’t things
Working flat out? Have too much to do? What can you do about it? Put your prices up, because you’re under charging!
You’ll probably lose some clients, but with the extra capacity you’ll be able to deliver higher quality solutions, thus better value for the clients you retain. A good balance is 80% capacity, but you decide. You’ll have the same overall profit, your clients will benefit from you doing this and so will you!
It’s not your home, your car, your stocks, your shares or your money… it’s your time. It’s the one thing you can never get back, don’t waste it.
You can spend it, or you can invest it… it’s your choice, choose wisely
No matter what you’re trying to market or sell, people buy into stories. If you want your idea to spread make it easy for others to spread it, a story or something they can be passionate about is the best way… so make it memorable, better yet, make it unforgettable.
How most entrepreneurs initially present their idea to a Venture Capitalist.
Me Me Me!
2 mins Introduction: why they’re amazing
5 mins The Problem: why everyone else is wrong (why they’re amazing)
15 mins My Solution: passionately explaining their solution in depth (why they’re amazing)
5 mins Capital Expenditure: whiz through what they will spend the money on
2 mins The Plan: Blue sky 5 year plan on how the business will grow exponentially
Then they wonder why it didn’t work. The ask, “is it because they didn’t explain their vision clearly enough? mmmm, surely not… it must be because the VC is short sighted and doesn’t like or understand their idea?” So, the entrepreneur asks how can they get the VC to be as passionate about their idea, as once they do, surely they’ll invest?
It won’t work and they won’t (except in rare occasions), they’re only investing with the entrepreneur for one reason, to make money! They’re not interested in the problem, or the solution, or what the entrepreneur does, so the entrepreneur shouldn’t waste their time and effort trying to get the VC interested. The entrepreneur has to think like the VC! so if you’re presenting to a VC here’s the way to do it.
Show Me The Money!
5 mins ROI: What is their return and when will they receive it
10 mins Capital Expenditure: How much investment you need, time frame, phases and why
10 mins Risk Assessment: Company structure, detailing assets, IP, tangibles etc
2 mins The Idea: The product
2 mins You: Your background and history, contact details
This doesn’t only work on VC’s, try this approach with your next client presentation, get all the guess work, the money & nitty gritty details out of the way at the beginning, then show them where there money is being invested, that way you’ll know right from the start whether you’re wasting your time or not, and if they’re really interested they’ll extend the meeting to talk through your ideas.
This video, filmed over the course of 15 months, depicts a man doing some bus stop dancing while waiting for public transport. During the video, the man shows off his best Michael Jackson moves to the world.
To promote their exhibition stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Eichborn the publisher with the fly prepared 200 flies with an ultra light banner. The banner was attached with natural wax. After a short time the banner dropped off by itself. And the flies were not harmed.
The concept is certainly remarkable, if not unforgettable, but whether those experiencing this viral campaign remember the company name as well or just the fact that they saw flies with adverts attached to them is another question?
I first saw this on the Unionversity website
I saw this on Jodi’s Blog the other day and thought what a brilliant way of showing how approaching an issue in a new or fun way can have terrific results by engaging the user in a visceral experience (see Anne’s blog for more on that). What’s also interesting is that this is entirely a marketing exercise by Volkswagon.
more info at The Fun Theory
is it a stringed instrument? is it a keyboard? is it wind instrument? the answer is yes!
The EigenHarp is weird looking instrument, but very interesting, it’s the sort of instrument that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chalmun’s Catina in Tatooine… expect it to appear at a Peter Gabriel, or Jan Hammer revival concert near you soon 😉
Like that ever worked! Can you even imagine the world of grief you’d get trying that one out!! Although they maybe right, she might follow, but only so she can see which car you arrived in, so she can scrawl dickhead in your paintwork… More outrageous cigarette adverts from a bygone era here
You have to admire Verizon’s audacity in creating this advert to try and snag AT&T customers over to their network, by playing upon Apple’s “There’s an App for That” tagline used in their iPhone & App Store adverts (in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’ll find plenty of them here).
But it’s not just Verizon that’s brand jacking Apple’s App Store advert, Pepsi have created a chat up application named “AMP UP Before You Score“… No doubt this will offend some, but that’s the whole point, they’ll get plenty of free publicity that way… anyway it’s an amusing and nicely designed iPhone app, plus it’s coded well.
Download AMP UP Before you Score
This morning I was sent an interesting video demonstrating a conceptual approach to a Multi-Touch GUI (Graphic User Interface). The concept has been well thought through and the video speaks for itself, so I won’t go into detail here, but they also touch upon (no pun intended), the notion of a 3D OS (Operating System). Personally I don’t see 3D OS GUI’s as the future (I don’t think 10/GUI do either), as no matter what you do, you’ll only have a 2D screen as your display interface (horizontal & vertical only, no real world depth).
I couldn’t help but be reminded of a website that demonstrates the exact opposite to multi-touch, don’t click it, whereby you navigate around without a single click! OK, it’s not a full OS concept, but it’s worth a look, it’s a little weird at first, but you’ll get used to it after a few seconds.
Of course you could really go out on a limb and consider simply looking at the computer screen to navigate! Sound a little too Minority Report & far fetched? think again! With the majority of laptops and more & more screens containing built in webcams, it’s unlikely to be long, before navigating around a screen like a fighter pilot is common place, plus the advantages for the physically handicapped are obvious.
I was having dinner with friends last night when one of them asked if I’d seen the images of Poodles below (yes these are all Poodles). I thought maybe it was the affect of two bottles of red that had made this appear so funny last night, but au contraire, looking at it again this morning resulted in the same response of laughing out loud… hand over mouth… oh my god… how would… why would… who would do… hey you seen this!
I love the simplicity of this video and even though it has a U2 soundtrack, it still works really well at capturing the essence of New York.
I know it’s very immature but what the hell, it made me laugh (especially 3 minutes in). Although it’s worth bearing in mind that this is actually quite funny even without the dubbing (f*cking scary actually!). Special thanks to Ed Alves for posting this on his Facebook wall, what terrific friends I have!
Marie has entered the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009 Competition. Your support & comments would be appreciated.