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National Lampoon Democratizes Whores, One Diamond at a Time

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For the Spitzer in all of us, National Lampoon debuts Whore Diamonds, a Hot or Not-type site that uses the Emperors Club "diamond" rating system to, well, rate whores. Whore Diamonds joins the Drunk University Network.

Most images and videos are strays from Eros-Vegas and Adult Friend Finder. The pressie says the site "will expand into a forum for breaking news and daily biting commentary on the underground world of politics, pop culture, and entertainment."

Two cents from Sam Elhag, head of strategy for Drunk University Network: "We don't feel that only politicians and Emperors Club members should have an exclusive on rating today's generation of working girls. This opens up the process to the masses. Who knows, a 'five diamond' girl to a Spitzer may only be a 'three diamond' to the rest of the world."

How noble.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Racy, Specialty



Comedy Central Takes Giggles Serious

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To demonstrate how serious Comedy Central takes comedy, kempertrautmann/Hamburg hand-drew a few classic gags. This is the continuation of a campaign that won Comedy Central some love at Cannes.

See bucket over door and thumbtacks on chairs. Also see how I'm struggling not to yawn.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine



Life's Too Short; Don't Get Boxed In

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This is awesome. Jobsintown.de used the "people on display" gimmick (other examples: 1, 2, 3) to drive this point home: "Life's too short for the wrong job!"

Cog-in-the-wheel miserati are trapped inside self-service machines. Catch them toiling away in ATMs, vending machines, photo booths and coin-op washers.

No real people were actually encased; otherwise, this might have been kinda risky.

Part of what I liked about this campaign was the sheer variety in the implementation. It's like somebody saw human hands behind every device we take for granted.

Thanks to the people at influencia for sending it over.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Poster



Parker Pisses, Gloves Sleep, Axe Smells, Lynx Attracts, Advergirl Advises

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- George Parker tells us why political advertising sucks and why doing shots in a local bar doesn't make on "one of the boys."

- Somehow a boxing glove is suppose to induce sleep according to Sominex sleeping aid.

- Axe is doing its "our smelly deodorant will make you a chick magnet" thing in Japan.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Policy, Political, Racy, Strange



From Gopher to Twitter, the Internet Fuels Socialization

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Before the Barbarian Group VIP party which followed the ROFLcon conference held last Friday and Saturday at Cambridge's MIT, the crew from Our American Shelf Life, Amanda Mooney, Amy Yen, Sarah Hutton, Will Wheeler, laura Nelson, Maria Garcia and Patrick Richardson along with myself, met for dinner at Boston's Sonsie restaurant on Newbury Street.

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Between sips of martinis, bites of salmon and appetizer goodness, there was talk of Facebook, Twitter, the origin of Adrants, MySpace angles and why social media really isn't anything more than a shift in the way people use readily available media to interact with others. All of which you will soon see on video.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-08    
Topic: Opinion, Social, Trends and Culture



Barbarian Group Rocks ROFLcon With Closing VIP Party

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On Saturday night, Barbarian Group had the post-ROFLcon VIP party at their Newbury Street offices in Boston. Uber-geekiness ruled. Tron Guy was there. iJustine was there. The Jib Jab crew was there. Evan White was there. MC Frontalot was there. Jason Scott was there. Chuck Norris Fact Generator's Ian Spector was there.

It was like sitting in a high school science lab except every geek was, instead, a star quarterback on the state championship football team.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-08    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Hankook Tires Tame Roads, Drive Emotions and Abuse CGI

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Agency Cheil Communications/Seoul and production company Shilo put together "The Chase" for Hankook Tires. Ad tagline: "Tame the road." Company slogan: "Driving emotion." Two cliches fighting for space.

The spot itself looks a lot like a video game preview. It also contributes to racers' delusion that the streets are a battleground, and every modded import that goes "vroom" is a player.

Validation for stupidity. Greeeeat.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-27-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Television



Dykes Like Ike, Vespa Users Headless, Soulless Businesses Sing, Feminine Mystique for Sale

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- Senior exec Alan Cohen of Interpublic was named US CEO of OMD. Cohen has worked at 20th Century Fox, ABC and NBC.

- Rock stars aren't made. They're mothafuckin' born.

- Here's a Vespa campaign where people's heads are replaced with Vespa S headlights and handlebars. BlotTO gets philosophical about it. And for some reason, we're thinking East London decapitator meets hipster Terminator.

- Think political smear campaigns are bad now? You clearly haven't lived that long. Our favourite: "Millard" is a pussy name. Followed closely by Dykes like Ike. (Look at that smile. How could they not?)

- EPM Comm has published a very expensive brochure to teach marketers about women. Because come on, it's not like you know any real ones.

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Microsoft Shafts Music Patrons Pre-Zune

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As of August 31, Microsoft will stop issuing DRM license keys for songs bought on MSN Music, which was shot down in late '06.

This pretty much means that, unless you back it up, you can expect to lose what you paid for next time you update your OS or change computers.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-27-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands



Adrants and AdPulp Get the Love From Julia Roy

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OMG! It's like viewing one of those personalized "this is really me" Yahoo profile pictures back in the day! Julia Roy from Undercurrent liked the fact Adrants and AdPulp took note of her agency's new website and she hearted us with a cute sign pic. We love the love, Julia.

Oh, and in case I didn't mention it, Julia and I have the coolest glasses.

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-08    
Topic: Social



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