Philips and Their Insane Clown Fosse.

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It's like getting your heart set on going somewhere, but the trip along the way turns out to be far better than the destination. As it is with Philips Carousel, a cool as hell stop-motion one-shot trip through tightly choreographed clown bank heist madness. [ Post-jump ] Even though I can't figure out what it's for at the end unless I'd read the background, it's an amazing piece. (Or, maybe no explanation needed as to who it's for because people will just pass it around: "Hey, did you see this clip from Philips?") It's the first cinema-scaled screen at 21:9, hence the "cinematic" vibe. Hurray end to letterbox! Yea! The microsite though takes it to another level. Scroll back and forth inside the scene and watch extra commentary as you move through by clicking on the blue icons in the timeline. (Via Corey.)

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




I'm a Little Short, Can You Spot Me a Hug?

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In an Absolute world, we wouldn't need money. At least in London with this latest promotion where Absolute exchanged hugs for real stuff. (Clip post-jump, Twitter here.) Not sure it would fly here, maybe though:

"Hello? Yes, this is he. Yes, I know. Two months late. No, yeah, we were going to send a check out soon as we can. Yeah, I understand. Looks bad on our credit history, yep. Collections? Whoa, hang on for a sec... sorry, had to check with my wife. You guys take hugs? You do? OH, but not over the phone. Gotcha. Yeah, makes sense. So then, guess smiles are out. HEY. What about jokes. You take jokes? You do? Awesome. Okay, two bill collectors walk into a bar."

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Press Room Hijinks: Duck9's Sensual Revenge on The Marketess

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It's impossible to get work done in the ad:tech SF press room, and this is one of the reasons why. Witness while Krista Neher (The Marketess) tries telling an Extremely Boring Traveling-to-ad:tech Story. And Larry Chiang of Duck9 tries detracting her with tantric massage.

Then they reflect on their recent Jedi marketing battle and how they couldn't have been SO DAMN AWESOME! without each other.

Be advised: there are bad words, and this video is of no practical value whatsoever. Although Krista does lend valuable insight on how to get out of speeding tickets in Toronto.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Events, Industry Events



There Has to be a French Blogger Into Jerry Lewis, No?

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When Angela isn't busy interviewing famous Wikipedians in San Fran, she's hanging back in Paris. Not sure if she's fully converted yet and become an American tourist-hating local, but I recently got to talking with her about the differences between internet life there and here in the U.S. Jerry Lewis never did come up, but David at AdPulp was kind enough to give us free room and board while we talked about the other differences between Al Gore's Internet and the Euronet version.
by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




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Press Room Hijinks: The Marketess Blocks Duck9's Self-Promo Game

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This casual ad:tech SF press room convo takes place between Brent Terrazas of Everything's Better with Brentter, Krista Neher of The Marketess and Larry Chiang.

Larry runs a company called Duck9, which helps college kids improve their FICO scores. He also explains the premise behind (read: plugs the living dickens out of) his BusinessWeek column, What They Don't Teach You At Stanford Business School.

Krista, never one to resist an opp to antagonize, loudly observes Larry never actually went to business school.

Witness with awe how a (too) smooth operator eases out of that snagglety-snaggle.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Events, Industry Events, Promotions



Beards, Not Bears.

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Bears not your thing? Try growing one for the team. If, your team is the Boston Bruins. Sorry Ranger fans. More info on this Cenergy work at Beardathon.com/bruins and in the clip below.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Shark Attack in Britain Claims Sidewalks.

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For, like, two hours. CURB and SEA LIFE London Aquarium went around spraying through stencils with salt water to temporarily promote their recent facility refurbishment. Great way to get attention without destroying the environment, innit? *Ponders as only I do* Like futbol in England needs promoting, but I was thinking, maybe another all-natural use for the stencils involves one with an EPL logo and a pack of very drunk hooligans in select locations. What. It washes off. Eventually.

*cue angry EPL representative emailing Steve and Adrants about disgusting brand association*

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Guerilla



Woman Gives Birth To Drug-free Teen Without Drugs.

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8 lbs. hurts from what I've been told. Full-size teen though? Yikes. Wondering what she's on because hardly a scream is heard in this drugfree.org spot after the jump from Martin Williams. Oh, and if slimy teens aren't your thing, try the print. It's much cleaner and safer! Sokay, apparently either there's an outbreak of SWSM (single white soccer moms) or only white suburban moms can keep a child off drugs. That shit takes two parents, planners. It takes two.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Cool Tools For Non-Tools.

Because everyone needs tools, right?

- Level with me, you do be liking the new Stanley Tools iPhone app for their level. (From Mullen with Aurnhammer.)

- Hey, Tommy Boy, hit a deer? Make a claim on your iPhone with Nationwide's new app. (From Rosetta.)

- While not an iPhone app yet, mugshot finder should be.

- If only Powerpoint were this cool.

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless



Contextual Sadness.

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This stuff writes itself, doesn't it. *sigh* What's the penalty for being subhuman again? Oh yeah, eight years with time served. *double sigh*

(Via.)

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Online, Strange



What the Un**** is This?

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Free millions of something if you can figure this site out. Described as "In The Netherlands, Lily Allen's new single is called F*ck You!, a kind of tribute to former president Bush. You will probably never hear this song on the radio in the US and UK, so I guess that's why they came up with the Lily Allen Unf**ker, a online tool to manually censor or uncensor her new hit single."

I suppose. It's also NSFW.

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Strange



Every YouTube Clip Ever Now in One Music Video.

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Sorta. Using YouTube's annotation editor, director Dennis Liu and Krystalline Armendariz animated basically every clip they could find for this Kyle Andrews music video called Sushi. It's all technique tied to the rhythm of the song more than anything relating to the song's lyrical meaning. Wait, unless the feels so real lyrics actually does play off the artificial world of YouTube. But, YouTube is real I thought. Hmmm. So maybe there is a deeper meaning at work. Yeah, know what, just shut up and watch. Why?

Because that's a sick amount of editing here and sometimes a cool video is just that.

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Can't We All Just Get a Blog?

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There's decent amount of back and forth talk about a post Alan Wolk had over at Agency Spy. I came away thinking there are a lot of issues at work there lumped together under the single banner of why are ad people so damn angry. In talking offline with a few creatives about it, even more points were raised. At the risk of continuing the separation of church and state between creatives and the rest of the world, the focus for me becomes:

1) Why are anonymous comments overwhelmingly bitter/negative on ad blogs? (The flipside to why are ad people so damn angry.) Are we talking in the workplace? Or online. Two different things. If I was stuck in a lousy shop, I'd be angry too. I might even go online to vent about it anonymously. What if they're tired of reading fluff pieces about someone they know to be a prick. Sure beats the mall and rifle approach.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    










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