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Bloggers Rapped, Fonts Focused, Flickr Adds Vid, Butt Doubled

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- Remember Neil French? The man who created a miniature shit storm a year or two ago is back mugging with his fellow judges for his World Press Awards.

- Deep Focus' Ian Schafer comments on the oddity of similarly fonted (yes, I just made up that word) Geico and Casio Shea stadium signage placed so close to each other. Yes, that is what ad people think about when they go to a baseball game.

- Twitter-like site Pownce has added RSS and video/photo support for YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, CollegeHumor, Zooomr, Photobucket, Ustream.tv, Viddler, Qik, Google video, Metacafe, Revver, and Viddyou.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Outdoor, Poster



Scott's Knows 'All in One' is the Way to Go For Guys

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It's true. All guys are like this. We want simplicity in our lives. We want everything at our fingertips. We want to be coddled in luxury. We want it all. All at once. We want...All in One. Actually, truth be told, we're just lazy. So if we can cut the lawn while simultaneously barbecuing and watching the game, that's what we'll do. And we love that Scott's appreciates that.

MDC Partner agency zig created the spot, it's first work for the brand since winning the account last year. The spot is running in Canada.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Adrants Adds Staff, Serves Up Social Media Savvy

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Adrants is pleased to announce the addition of a squad of writers who will join Angela and me to bring you more of what you've come to love. Five social media junkies who all met at Emerson College in Boston and now work/intern at Schneider Associates will contribute to Adrants on a semi-regular basis.

Each will bring their own flavor of editorial prowess to Adrants. Mostly, they'll focus on the proliferation of social media and what that means both to people who have embedded themselves within the increasing social aspects of online life and to marketers trying to reach this hyper-connected, digitally-distributed, socially-savvy crowd.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Announcements, Social



Ladies. You Only Have One Beaver so Take Care Down There

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Camp Beaver Lake. Camp Beaver. Camp Beaver Fork. Beaver Cross Camp. Beaver Creek Youth Camp. Beaver lake nature Center Camp. Friendly Beaver Camp Ground. Beaver Cove Camp. camp Beaver View. The list goes on. And on and on and on. And you know you can't come across a list like this without cracking a smile. You know it.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Zombies Dance Thriller-Style For Zune

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From agency 72andSunny and production company Green Dot Films comes this new Thriller-themed commercial for Zune caled "Piece of Me, Piece of You."In the spot, custom created characters named Lead Skater Zombie, Lead Zombie Girl, Business Man and Elderly Couple dance to a Thriller-like tune "Fancy Footwork" from Chromeo. It's very un-Microsoft-like and actually fun to watch. Never gonna get us to give up the iPod though.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



McCain Girls Not Helping McCain

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Who knew? McCain has his own bevy of Obama Girls. Well, sort of. These girls aren't exactly in the same hotness category as Obama Girl nor do they appear all that excited about their candidate. Nor can they sing. Not that looks or singing ability mean anything when it comes to supporting a presidential candidate.

The McCain Girls first did Raining McCain. Now they're out with Here Comes McCain Again. The effort is the polar opposite of the Obama Girl effort. It makes the candidate looks as exciting as watching paint dry. Is this some sort of "uncool is the new cool" sort of thing?

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Political



Gambling Success Insured With Life-Altering Rule Breaking

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Here's a good one. When gambling, most people like a sure thing. Trouble is, gambling is far from a sure thing. Unless, of course, you break the rues and insure your own success as illustrated in this commercial for allshots.com

by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Come On. Deforestation is JUST LIKE Plucking Out Earth's Chest Hair.

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Here's a video that will make you think about deforestation in a painful, deeply personal way. Try not to cry.

Except this metaphor doesn't really hold. Because after that virgin pluck session, you get all rhino-skinned and totally impervious to the pain of losing your hair, one at a time, in an agonizingly slow manner.

I know this. I have conducted studies on my own anatomy.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Online, Strange, Video



Apparently T3 Wants to Raise Your Kids

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Austin-based agency T3, The Think Tank, was recently featured in USA Today for its communal approach to raising kids. "It takes an agency to raise a child," the employees say.

Here is where you do the collective Awwwwwww.

Caretakers are permitted to bring infants to work and even take them into meetings with strap-on carriers. At T3, new parents get private offices. Kids are welcome daily until they're about nine months old, at which point you better find yourself an au pair, because the boss ain't havin' it.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Never Trust a Stranger, Especially the Kind with Long Black Mandibles

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Roaches and termites aren't just pesky. They're sly. And malevolent. And they'll take any opportunity they get to sneak inside your house.

Even deliver you pizza. Or ask to use the phone.

That's why there's the Orkin Man, who isn't so much an exterminator as he is a khaki-clad cowboy who happens to know a lot about bugs.

The spots were put together by The Richards Group in Dallas. We find them feel-goodish and funny.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



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