Ontario-based HBC.com is selling some zany-looking gear for the Beijing Olympics. Loud colours and frightening patterns aside, they appear to be slathered in symbols inspired by the Dharma Initiative in ABC's Lost.
I miss the catchy handcuff motif. What is it about Olympic sponsorship that makes creative people completely insane? (See Adidas cross-cultural flub, NYC's 2012 Olympic logo, London's epileptic nightmare.)
It's like Guitar Hero on your computer! Created by Cake and sponsored by caffeine-fueled Pro Plus, the game promotes Virgin's V Festival in August. Just like Guitar Hero, you use the arrow keys on the keyboard to keep match the moving arrows on the screen. Players who can keep up earn the chance to win free tickets to the festival.
You don't really want to.
Dubbed "The Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments," the Leuwen, Belgium-based event happened on 4/24 and broke the world record for most "exploding" fountains at once: 1500. (The previous record was 973 out of Missouri.)
Not sure where Mentos fits in but it doesn't look like there was a lot of fresh-making going on. Did it sponsor the raincoats or something? Something to contemplate while looking over previous Mentos/Diet Coke collabos. Thanks Influencia for sending this over.
Did you ever see "Christmas Tree" by Clay Weiner? It's this short online film where a dude, impersonating somebody's ultra-New Jersey mom, hustles an invisible family through the dire process of buying a Christmas tree.
That video got Clay nominated for an Emmy.
To spread the love he put together "Make Your Mom Proud," a promotional video for the 2008 Broadband Emmy Awards. The video was commissioned by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
We laughed. And cried. And flashed back to Moonstruck.
- Miller employee James Andorfer has launched The Brew Blog, which is oddly a really good resource for Anheuser-Busch news. Thanks AlexanderGordon for the tip.
- John McCain is pissing people off again, and by "people" I mean MoveOn.org, which is circulating yet another "GRR, ARG, MCCAIN!" petition.
- Saturday Night Magazine is inviting a few lucky bloggers to the Playboy Mansion on May 10th for a debauchery-ridden pajama party. Register at playboypajamaparty.com with the code on the invite. Oh, and cough up $1500. What, you thought the Hef would just open his door to you?!
Last week at ad:tech, Steve and I ran into Marjorie Kase. Kase, in tangent with David Preciado and originator Mike Liskin, is a mastermind behind the Schwaggin' Wagon, whose mission is to gather craploads of SWAG (Stuff We All Get -- but don't actually want) for charity.
The Schwaggin' Wagon will take donations all through the Web 2.0 conference in SF this week. Follow the van's activities on Twitter (caution: psychedelia ahead) or check Facebook for tour updates.
Let's just hope the Schwaggin' Wagon doesn't cross paths with Plaid Tour '08, because the result (AESTHETIC WARFARE!) might give us epilepsy.
This year I got to visit the exhibit hall at ad:tech. Come share my experience, starting with this winning number from the AKQA /Search booth.
I am hipster. Witness the sulk-age against bleak existential black, and my awful white chairs.
Moby tests the limits of your self-esteem with this popularity contest for his new album.
Entrants are competing for control of the guestlist for Moby's entire UK launch party. The trick is to "fill the place with 1500 mates, or mates of mates or their mates." To flood the house, UK players get friends to MMS 63333 with a unique guestlist ID. Back on the website, your audience swells as the messages roll in.
Five ambitious promoters will be awarded "party crasher" tickets for punting the fete in the most original way and posting a video on YouTube. Pretty neat campaign. Seems like a helluva lot of work though. Put together by archibald ingall stretton.
Watch big mean tractors climb hills, lift dirt, pop wheelies and whatnot. Every once in awhile you might see a Vanna White protege in a hard hat.
Brought to you by those crazy kids at John Deere and agency Tattoo, the Smackdown is a promotional event for John Deere's 313 Skid Steer. The real thing goes down on April 15 and will be marketed through dealerships and via online video.
Bring your tractor. Bring your balls. And prepare to showcase your manliness in a ferocious game of tractor tug-o'-war.
Not all advertising for the Beijing Olympics is pretty and nice. Reporters without Borders is disseminating this image to remind Olympic fans how China treats reporters, activists and bloggers.
The home of the Great Firewall is under pressure to open the 'net to journalists during the Games. "I'm satisfied that the Chinese understand the need for this and they will do it," said Vice Chairman Kevan Gospar of the International Olympic Committee's coordinating commission.