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Windstream Puts the T&A In Telecom

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When we receive a reader tip with the subject line "putting the T&A in telecom," our journalistic duty forces us to check things out. Windstream, a spinoff of Alltel has put up a game called The Big Air Jump in which you drive a green truck over a jump monster truck-style and get scored by the ubiquitous hottie holding a score card. As you can see from the image, we didn't do so well. You give it a try.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    




Scion Wants Us All 2 B Square Really, Really Badly

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For their ongoing Want 2 B Square campaign (whose Boy Meets Girl video we're still fawning over), Scion throws out the last of its six worlds, The Beat. It's music-themed and contains a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, which we like but are ashamed of liking.

We've grown fond of Want 2 B Square and are even starting to think the xB's aren't bad on the eyes. But sentimentality aside, Scion has done a good job of using alternative forms of marketing and subculture inclusions to push the weird customizable vehicle. Which is more than what we can say for some.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Events, Good, Guerilla, Online



Porsche Highlights Trophy Girls

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This is a really nice retrospective of Porsche's racing history. Firstborn and Carmichael Lynch have created new website for the Porsche Cayenne that contains a video which highlights the automaker's Trophy Girls who narrate the video and talk about their past involvement. A nice piece of work.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Nice Legs Don't Tell the Whole Story

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Some things are creepy and then there's just cringe worthy gagginess. Keta Keta is up to its tricks again, this time for 21clips. This guy gets much more than a birthday cake for his 21st birthday.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



MySpace to Host Presidential Primary

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MySpace will host its own presidential primary on January 1-2, 2008. Advance polls will be conducted as well. If the number of friends is any indication of who will win, Barack Obama, by far, will crush the competition. He's got over 90,000 friends. The next closest is John Edwards with 17,070. Separately, the thought of MySpace actually influencing a Presidential election is, well, odd to say the least. Or not. Depending upon how you view social media and its impact.

One could argue MySpace is just a collection of teens uploading risque photos of themselves for middle aged horny men to slather over. Conversely, one could argue that's just a bad generalization and MySpace members are socially connected people and representative of society in general. If you ask us, we'd like nothing more than the convenience of voting for President from the comfort of home without having to deal with crowds and grumpy local officials.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Online, Social, Trends and Culture



'Boston Legal' Shines With Fifty Year Old Footage of William Shatner

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Boston Legal has always been a particularly good show, even if it has become so by positively highlighting some characters while treating others as lame ass idiots. One has to feel for the plight of Mark Valley's Brad Chase on the series who's gone from formidable fixture of strength of bumbling buffoon spending no time in the courtroom and the entire last episode stuck in an air vent. And for Julie Bowen's Denise Bauer who's gone from ass-kicking, intern-belittling powerhouse to sappy second string softie. Even Rene Auberjonis has taken a back seat at crane Poole $ Schmidt.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Television



Discs Spark Sciolistic Swaggering Swordfighters

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We really dig Rethink, Canada's clever means of paper-passing for the 2006 BC Fencing Championships. Instead of boring us all with ads of padded men parrying in masks, the go-getters slid discs onto car antennas to make them look like fencing swords.

That makes us ALL fencers! Now excuse us while we tear our own antennae off and play Inigo-and-six-fingered-man with them.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Direct, Good



Keith Richards Snorts Daddy!

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The raucous George Parker points us to news about Keith Richards, who told British magazine NME that he mixed the ashes of his father in blow and snorted it.

There's this South Park episode where Cartman mistakes Kenny's ashes for chocolate milk mix and drinks him. For the rest of the episode he spiritually channels him and suffers flashbacks of Kenny's last memories.

We doubt Keith Richards is channeling his pops, but he might be manifesting his would-be age. We feel an almost mythological fear of him.

UPDATE: a reader does some homework and learns Richards was jesting. Small relief.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



Maytag Gets Repairman, CG Horrified, Google Optimizes

- Maytag gets new repairman.

- Spin Thicket points out some "truly horrific" CGI in this Sleep Center of the Southwest commercial. Quite horrid, indeed.

- kirshenbaum bond + partners announced today that Creative Director Joseph Mazzaferro has been named Partner.

- Cynopsis reports, "Showtime's premiere of The Tudors drew a 869,000 total viewers on Sunday night at 10p, and another 404,000 for its 11pm airing, marking the pay-TV network's biggest premiere night in the past three years. Showtime currently has 14.5 million subscribed nationwide."

- Google has launched Website Optimizer, a tool website publishers can use to determine which combination of page elements perform best. As will all Google products, it's free.

- On the heels of Google launching its TV buy bid system, DoubleClick - which may end up being bought by Google - announce it will develop a digital marketing exchange for buying and selling online inventory.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials



David Lynch Speaks Truth on Product Placement in Films

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Freakazoid filmmaker David Lynch minces no words when asked his opinion on product placement in movies. Just watch. There's nothing else to say. Classic. Simply classic.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Product Placement



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