life lesson:. blog pause.

Ok kids...in an effort to stay honest and increase my ability to help myself...I have decided to share. New York has a 10% unemployment. And I was just recently added to it through no fault of my own. Yes...this blogging fool has fallin victim to today's economy. I'm out on my ass. Living in NY....ridiculous rent....and hours of "free" time.

So...I'm putting this blogging thing on a hold. I'm gonna try to get my life together. If I see something truly inspiring, I'll post it. And more on "being let go" later. Promise.

Oh....and as a side note....when Bush was president....I always had a job. 
Ha! How many of you just lost respect for me? lol

Seeya soon.



It's in honor of our new president...

The Eyebrow dance.

Its got nothing to do with Chocolate...but it sure did make me smile. And I needed to do that so... 

Agency: Fallon, London

Happy Belated.

Last week was Apple's 25th Birthday. I'm a little late but congrats dude!
25 years of straight diggin creative types out.

That's a whole lotta Love.

In preparation for V-Day.


Bill O'Reilly vs. Jay Z.

1. There is still such thing as freedom of speech.

2. You're both hypocrites sitting their talking about major media coverage of  statements,  when just 3 months ago the Republican platform was a hotpan of hate and American separation, and discrimination... all of which none of the media circuits confronted or covered. 

3. Who knew Dennis Miller was such a douchebag

VIA broccolicity

"He had it all; looks, fame, money, an Airship but it all turned sour when Teddy Ruxpin turned to meth. Now he's a ghost of his former self and he's turning tricks; blowing strange bears in broad daylight just to keep up his habit. This is The E True Hollywood Story: Teddy Ruxpin." 
- Kevette
a dlisted reader in a caption contest for this picture of a rare baby Lemur

The Lemur is super cute...but kinda gross at the same time. But the caption is what dreams are made of.


Suck It Ads.

Let's get ready to rumble!!!! (but fyi Dominos...I know what two to one means).

VIA theconsumerist

Hat tip to Aoife

I Like This.

I'm a sucker for stop animation. And this is a fun one for V Water.

VIA guerillamarketing

Vampires and fashion?

Fashion continues its violent streak with a new editorial shoot for an upcoming issue of Vogue France. Photographer Steven Klein was hoping to "pay homage to the Joker and vampires."


I am always interested in fashion photography. But in support of vampires...I think they have a bit more decency than these photos portray. Has no one seen Trueblood (or more historically, Buffy the WB series)?  


They do what?

Hat tip to Kelly (my ghost post info finder).

UPDATE: Ok, they meant giving each other a pound. I really couldn't wrap my brain around that so thanks to oneplusinfinity for the verification.

LOST. It's back.

Alright...now I can give my Wednesdays back to TV. Forget friends and family. Forget social activities. Forget everything. LOST is on it's 5th season and they are playing the time travel card. I had a roommate in college who wanted to be a screen writer and we had an intense discussion about the logistics of time travel. So...I'm a bit of a skeptic when things enter into that realm. But I will suspend my disbelief, because I know I need to keep my brain clear for the other curve balls J.J. Abrams is going to throw at me. 

But you know what? I am still awaiting an explanation for the smoke monster....

Other shows that occupy my winter life (aka embarassing, I guess I'll share anyway): 90210, Bad Girls Club, Real World, Nip/Tuck, Mommas Boys, Big Love, Dexter, Tool Academy and very new to the list....Degrassi-Canada's youth (Jane)!

Delinquency or Toys.

In what appears to be a fake campaign from DDB (just DDB in general, apparently) , the print ads boast that Legos will keep your kids from becoming sluts, alcoholics and/or suicidal. They will watch less tv and build stuff in their rooms instead. Sounds like some first semester portfolio school logic to me. 

Dinner wear with some tude.

Get yourself a set. I can't because I wouldn't want anyone to use them. 

Inauguration After Party.

Why is Beyonce every f*ckin where?
I really wish Michelle was doing the Bogle here in this pic.

My mother asked me if I watched any of the post Inaguration balls. I told her that I barely had enough concentration to get through the ex-president's helicopter ride. She claimed that I was un-American. So here I am...posting pictures of the multiple balls (ha ha). Celebrity Orgy aside...it seems very nice. Personally, it's the picture below that is really inspiring. 
pictures via blacksnob and stufflypeoplelike

When your "E" should an "A".

Somewhere in our lovely nation, a Burger King shut down for their lack of  "Meet." I was going to ask which one was more sad; the fact that a brand ran out of meat in 2009 or the fact that someone (probably a manager) could not spell the word meat?

But as I was typing...I realized the answer. 

Pepsi vs. Coke (an epic battle).

Pepsi sure has been working hard to push their Logo down our throats.  In the meantime, I've have taken to convincing the world, starting with  my roommate on the B train, that it was indeed intended by Pepsi to look like a butt crack (without the crack). As Kelly pointed out...they have decided to ride the Hope Wave, like many other brands. But they also have this evolution thing going on. Check their new spot. 

They seem to be trying to make the consumer forget what the logo use to look like (which I guess is kinda smart). Has the evolution idea been done before? Yes, it's been beaten to death and done better...especially by soft drinks. In comparison...a new Coke spot says a whole lot with no words. 

It's unfortunate that both teens now have ink poisoning....but come on. There is brilliance behind this spot. I don't agree with everything that happens within the minute, but there is some serious consumer connection. 

So to the point of this blog post: Pepsi is loosing ground creatively-in my opinion. In the midst of trying to affirm their new logo and justify it's presence...emotional connections are being lost through their light hearted "we've been drinking Pepsi for years." Pepsi is loosing ground simply because they had the bright idea to redo their logo. So, as I sit on the "B", bombarded by type ads in which the letter "O" has simply been replaced by a new logo, I don't feel bad asking strangers next to me if they a plumber's ass crack. I've got no connection to the brand. But boy oh boy is that one good looking logo. Oh yeah...and your new bottle still looks like a penis

via makethelogobigger (where i saw the spots)

Information every man should know: On Orgasms.

A new study reveals that men with large incomes give women more orgasms than men with smaller ones. About 5,000 Chinese people were interviewed about their personal lives... including questions about their sex lives, income and other factors. The psychologist behind the research believes the phenomenon is an “evolutionary adaptation.”

Women’s orgasm frequency increases with the income of their partner,” said Dr Thomas Pollet, the Newcastle University psychologist behind the research.

Thoughts? Opinions? Are women predisposed to being gold diggers? A "Gotcha Bitch" evolutionary trait hard wired into their brains?

Are we just talking crazy, oppressed Asians talkin gibberish?


Lego Inauguration.

Lego Land in Cali made a fake Inauguration out of Legos. Complete with every single character that will be (was) at the Capitol, including all the big wigs from Senator McCain to Maliyah and Sasha to Lego Oprah...it's pretty cool. 

Sidenote: I told you...Oprah rules the world. She's up there with Starbucks and Apple. 
Sidenote 2: I'm not sure if they have a lego big enough to represent Aretha Franklyn (certainly not one for her hat).
Sidenote 3: Lego seems to think that there is only one shade of brown. I'll give them a pass.

"[Obama is not black because he is not a descendant of a slave]... the person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and her momma.

- Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks
states on MKL day during an appearance at some college in Richmond, VA.

If being African American were that simple.


Oh man....I laughed so hard at this, I had to stop playing it in my office. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a weirdo but that cat has to know how Neo feels in Matrix Reloaded.

P.S. Why did I laready have a label for the 'The Matrix'? I take this blogging thing much too serious.

Porn/fashion ads. Nope...just Porn ads.

Now, I've talked about American Apparel's racy approach to marketing before. While the street ads always made me a little uncomfortable, their website made me feel like a voyeur. Well, it appears that they have taken it "to the next level." They are now simply putting out porn. The general assumption made about the ad above is that it is for thigh high socks. But the one thing you should be clear on is that those pink boxes covering the models no, no (or yes, yes depending who, where and what you're up to) are not actually part of the ad. Evilbeet did some censoring for us. You will have to read more about it there...and see the nakey pictures that go with it. This is a family friendly blog (today). 

Distasteful? Maybe. Crude? Perhaps. Porn. Most definitely
And who would want thigh high socks


Ad Spots happening in real life.

This is new T-mobile spot which was filmed at 11am on Thursday 15th January 2009 at Liverpool Street station, London. Its cool. But if I were caught in the middle of the dancing...I probabaly would've fell to my knees weeping. Sometimes reality is too real (ie reality in sync).

VIA swissmiss

The Inauguration.

I kinda got the abbreviated version of the inauguration. I will spend the remainder of the day piecing together what I missed inbetween the "Live Online Coverage" aka "FAILURE" , radio (yes, I said radio) and these pictures. But in the mean time...a photo montage. If all else fails...DVR, as usual, has got my back at home.  

Sully the Pilot.

Meet Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III. He is our person of the day. I didnt get a chance to talk about it before the weekend (I went to Virginia...yet some how found myself  back upnorth before the Inauguration). But as the entire world knows by now, a US Airways jet went down in the Hudson last Thursday and this dude piloted the plane safely into the water. Miraculously, all 155 passengers lived to see another day. 
Personally, I would've given my left testicle to see that plane fly over my head while I was minding my business and doing what people do on the West Side (shop and drink and shop). But hearing the instant buzz that occurred in my office and the internet "twitter" (I still hate twitter) flurry that followed was pretty entertaining too. But let's be honest here...when the airline Stewardess is telling me the proper safety procedures for crash landing in the water, I usually think of the first episode of "LOST." Everyone is f*cked. I will steal a 3 year old's life vest. And I may just end my own life as we are going down. 

This man has given me a whole new perspective. He is a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 40 years of flying experience. On his resume, he describes himself as providing "technical expertise and strategic vision and direction to improve safety and reliability in a variety of high risk industries." <<

This guy is a hero. I mean look at those inflatable door thingys...who really thought the little cartoon magazine in the back pockets of the seats were telling the truth about those. 

UPDATE: There actually were a few casualties (despite media coverage). Please pour one out for the geese nation.

What a Coincidence.

The writer over at Advertising is Good for You found this little gem of an advert in yesterday's New York Times. He/she inquires about whether the happenstance media buy was in celebration of MLK's bday or the Obama Inauguration

Ralph: "Hey, remember that ad we have of that colored kid? Yeah, the one that's propping up the coffee table. Run that one...it's socially conscious."



...I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident:
 that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

...And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when
 we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

It would be a mistake to think that equality is completely upon us. But it would be more of a mistake to ignore the monumental strides that are occurring in our nation right now. It's true, some "dreams" are coming true...but alot more are still lying on side lines. And that is something we must not forget. 


Not Weird Enough Ads.

What the hell does "reflect the Rainbow" mean? This a complete and utter fail. TBWA\Chiat\Day has their first strike out in this campaign. 

How sad.

VIA adfreak


All Types of Wrong.

More muppets...this time they are a little naughty. 

Muppet Cinema

Worth 1000 (???) had contest that somehow had something to do with the muppets being photoshopped. So you knew it was gonna be on this blog right? Anyway, our beloved Muppets friends have been infused into famous movie posters-something I would've gladly given up half of my day to do, if I knew about it. Check out more here


A Little Bear.

Vern Troyer was "forced" to dress up like a honey bear for UK Big Brother. Need I say more?

Pantless in the City.

I didnt see any pantless people on the 10th. And I was out and about on the Subway. Did anyone expereince this epic and yet uselss stunt by Improve Everywhere. I hate that these things happen around me, and I dont see it.

"Labels are for cans of tuna, not people."

-Nip/Tuck (Season 5)


More Condom Ads.

I laughed (but I'm also delusional right now). Work is working me. But that's a good thing seeing as how an account person got the axe yesterday. But yea...condom ads.

Agency: Fitzgerald+CO, Atlanta

VIA thedenveregoist

UPDATE: oneplusinfinity has dug deeper and found outtakes...that are pretty genius.

Bush Ads (I mean Satire Ads).

This print campaign for a Belgian satire magazine called HUMO may not be timely, funny or original, but there is something just right about including Bush in the line up with some of the world's bestest bad guys. Can I get an Amen?