Love Comes a-Calling on Halo 3

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Shake Well Before Use pointed us to a proposal that took place on Halo 3. To win over his girlfriend, some dude spelled "Will you marry me?" out with weapons.

Everybody heard those geeky but true stories about people proposing to each other and getting married over that Halo 2 "i love bees" scavenger hunt orchestrated by 42 Entertainment. So it's probably fair to say love has always been always been part of Halo's architecture.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Games, Online



Facebook is No Friend to Daft White Collar Slackers

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Under the banner "Your privacy is an illusion," ValleyWag published this story about a careless intern at Anglo Irish Bank. After frequent absences from work, the kid requested off for Halloween weekend due to an issue at home.

That same night the intern posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook of the Halloween party he apparently ditched work for. The next day, his boss responded to his email and attached an incriminating image of him in costume, then BCC'ed the rest of the office.

"Cool wand," he added in parenthesis.

Burn, baby, burn. But at least his fashion sense didn't go unnoticed.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Word of Mouth



Vibrisse Libri -- if You Can Spell That -- Helps Publish Hopeless Writers (We Think)

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We're not really sure what these cheesy and somewhat sonically taxing videos (silent film version; red pill; blue pill) are about, but we do know they were put together by Grenar Labs for a company called Vibrisse Libri.

As far as we can tell, those people publish books. Bad ones, if the ads are any indication. And possibly online. Possibly.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video



'Mariah Carey' Winner of Photobucket Celebrity Chick Contest

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Photobucket has announced the winner of its month long Celebrity Chick contest which asked people to send in images of themselves if they thought they looked like a celebrity. It was a promotion for the record label Disturbing Tha Peace and the label's recent single, Celebrity Chic with Ludacris, Chingy, Steph Jones and Small World.

Laura Pasqualoni was the winner with judges deeming her the best look-a-like to Mariah Carey. You can check out all the contestants here as well as the Celebrity Chick single.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Social, Video



Firebrand Goes Beta, Still Leaves Us Flummoxed

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Maybe we're stupid. Maybe we're dumb. Maybe we're old school but we simply can't understand why the creators of Firebrand believe it will amount to anything more than a great resource for the ad community to see each other's commercials. Really. Do you know anyone outside of advertising that would actively seek out a website or a cable channel to view commercials, the very thing they are so blissfully skipping with their DVRs? Please. Tell us. We want to meet one of these gluttons for punishment.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Online, Worst



In the Year 2033, Svedka Vodka Will Make You a Monster!

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We continue to feel confused about Svedka Vodka's interpretations of the future. But confusion from arm's length is way better than getting dragged headlong into Svedka's Fem-bot world, which is exactly they're trying to do with Find Your Future You, a bewildering new marketing effort.

Grow Interactive, the interactive agency that put the site together, said we can upload our pictures and find out what we'll look like in the future. Our future selves can also send us witty text messages lending insight on what all's going down beyond the realms of trackable time.

Messages include the following example: "Hey It's Gender Bender You, mostly we date republican senators and televangelists now."

WTF, Svedka?

Anyway, we were having a little trouble finding pictures that matched the criteria for the site so we have no examples to show you. But the agency guy did send us this future-shot of a person called Chrystal.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



Shoe Designer Gives Poetic License to Customers

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Adhering to its company mantra, "Any company that takes poetic license with its shoe designs ought to allow consumers poetic license with its website," UK-based woman's shoe company, Poetic Licence, has handed over website design responsibilities to site visitors who, with a set of tools, can craft a personalized version of the site which can also be used as the person's desktop.

Durhan, NC-based The Republik did the work for the U.S. launch of the shoe company

by Steve Hall    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Good, Online



TomTom Reveals Totally Inaccessible Book of Secrets

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This is a little maddening. Black Magic Marker brought our attention to TomTom's latest effort, a book of secrets that "highlights the unexpected features of their device."

That all sounds promising but after blowing eight minutes waiting for the TomTom Secrets site to load, we're convinced we can do without this particular mystery.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Bad, Online



Pen Cures Restless Mind Syndrome, Reveals Office Secrets

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So you're sitting in the lecture hall listening to the professor drone on endlessly about some inane topic that you'll never have use for during your lifetime. All good, right? Just rest your head on your hand and take a little nap until it's all over, right?

Yet another pointless class you have to take just for credit until...wait...what was that? Was that a thong? A thong?? The professor wearing a thong? OMG, that just doesn't happen. And a strategically placed tattoo...that talks? That never happens. Well, except, of course, in commercials which is exactly what this is; a promotional video for the Livescribe pen which promises to cure Restless Mind Syndrome otherwise known as thong-induced blackouts.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Red Bull Launches Writing Contest in Britain

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Red Bull has added yet another promo to its growing line of user-created forrays.

The company that brought us the annual flying wonder-ridden Flugtag and Art of Can contests is now asking UK consumers to write its next TV ad.

Called the Red Bull Tall Story Contest, the brand artfully positions yet another CGM pandering campaign as an a kind of literary contest, by asking consumers to write a "witty short story."

Entries should follow in the spirit of its long-running cartoon spots, where someone gets wings after downing a Red Bull.

Adverblog says Red Bull will be promoting the contest with half a million pounds using radio, print and online advertising, in addition to on-campus student promos.

by Albert Kugel    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Consumer Created, Online, Promotions, Television








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