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Big Ass Party...Uh...ad-tech Conference Hits Chicago in August

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Yes, it's time to pimp ad:tech. This time it's in Chicago and this time, aside from the fact there will be some decent keynotes from Google's Kevin Kells and author Clay Shirky as well as panels with Edelman President Rick Murray, Nielsen Online's Pete Blackshaw, Starcom's Chris Allen, NBC Universal's Peter Naylor and BlogHer's Jory Des Jardins among others, there will be great parties. After all, that's why you go, right? To get drunk and inappropriately fawn all over industry hotties...uh...I mean network with fellow industry colleagues.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Playboy Capitalizes on Boing Boing Frenzy With Hot Blogger Contest

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So in reaction to that stupid move Boing Boing pulled deleting content published on the site by Violet Blue, Playboy thought they'd cash in on the media frenzy by hosting a hottest blogger contest including, of course, Violet Blue herself and Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin among others.

Ariel Waldman, who, herself, was nominated a list of the Top 20 Bloggers We Want To See In Bikinis, points us to the contest in which Sometimes Daily hottie Amanda Congdon battles it out with Tekzilla cutie Veronica Belmont, dirty joke lover Julie Alexandria, video blogging cutie Brigitte Dale, Pop17 babe Sarah Austin, CNET Loaded's beauty Natali Del Conte and...Holy Mad Men boobs!...Business Week's Sarah Lacy of the famed SXSW interview debacle with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

Yes, people, In our world, this is what matters. The hotness quotient. The hotter you are, the more likely you are to succeed in life. OK, so maybe that;s not entirely true but what fun would a list of the top ten bloggers ranked by the number of hard-to-spell, SAT-like words be?

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Promotions, Racy



Automated Language Translation Can Yield Humorous Results

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No advertisement for a (human-powered) translation service could possibly do a better job than this image of a sign in China that was produced even though, apparently, the automated translation service used failed epically. For those in China who do not speak English, making an error like this is entirely feasible. After all, if the tables were turned, would an\ English speaking person with no knowledge of Chinese language be able to discern the difference between one hieroglyphic-like Chinese symbol over another?

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Bad, Outdoor, Tools



Hey, Kids! Fight Smoking with Sampled Beats.

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Fans of the irony-soaked music from the Sunny Side of Truth campaign can now mash them up, courtesy of a new Truth project called "ReMix."

Actual DJs and artists on the spin include Cobra Starship, Diplo, DJ Kaskade, Mix Master MIke and DJ Sega. Users can share tracks via mobile and download a complete album from the link above. So go do that, because you know you love yourself some free shit.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online



Grassvertising at Wimbledon, Green Patriots in Cleveland, SAG Deluges Idaho, Coca-Cola Rents-a-Blog

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- To jazz up its Wimbledon sponsorship, HSBC commissioned two artists to make photographs out of growing grass. Brings a freakish new angle to "watching grass grow."

- Cleveland-based? Go be a patriot. A green patriot.

- Former CEO Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard is among the contenders for VP under McCain. George Parker is hella bummed.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Newspaper, Political, Promotions



Because Your University Should Affect Your Choice of Razor

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Right-slap on the back of the current issue of UC Berkeley's California magazine is an ad for an officially licensed Cal Berkeley Gillette Fusion Power Razor. (That's the one with five blades for your most comfortable shave.)

Feeling nostalgic? Pick the right alma mater Gillette for you!

Damn. They're just giving those licenses away.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Strange



Dr. Scholl's: The Insole of Choice for the Table Dancer In You!

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In addition to an out-of-control Yaya DaCosta (the smart one from America's Next Top Model), this Dr. Scholl's spot sports dancing insoles and a shadow that never found its Peter Pan.

How far we've come from Papa's trusty, slightly soggy shoe inserts.

Tip o' the noggin to MultiCultClassics.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



University Of Phoenix Allies Itself to Bloggers

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Awhile ago, The Economist published an article about digital nomads, a growing class of workers that aren't anchored to an office. (Typically they're anchored to wi-fi, possibly the cruelest micro-manager of all.) People like this now constitute 30 percent of the US workforce.

I don't think most people think all-online professions are very realistic ("Clearly she's a trustafarian!"), so articles like The Economist's are a big step toward legitimizing them to pinstriped peers and bummed-out parents.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Packaging



What's That? It's a Phone Charger, Powered By My Mooooves.

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European mobile carrier Orange has launched a phone charger powered by dance energy.

"The Orange Dance Charge is the result of months of research into alternate, sustainable energy sources to power mobile phones during summer music festivals," says the pressie with a straight face.

The unit was developed with help from GotWind, whose unfortunate name refers to renewable energy research, not the thing that happens when you pull Uncle's finger. The charger's system of weights and magnets provides an electrical current when a person flails about.

Orange Dance Charge was tested at the Glastonbury Festival last month. A promotional Dance Charging Man helped newbs charge phones in exchange for a dance.

Yeah, I've fallen for that one before. Just one dance, baby ... and I'll give you a charge, all right.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Cause, Events, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Packaging, Promotions, Strange



WPP Bids $2.2 Billion For TNS, Agency Dating Examined, Pig Spews

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- What is that white stuff on the back of the woman in this Trojan ad? It's not what you think but pigs and white stuff do make a compelling condom ad.

- WPP has made a $2.2 billion hostile takeover bid for research company Taylor Nelson Sofres.

- Want some more IKEA website freakiness? Check out this new site where two dudes dance backwards and do other weird things inside a closet the size of a room.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Research



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