Democracy in Perspective: What Would Obi Wan Kenobi Do?

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Ever see those Advent Day calendars that count down to Christmas, and with each new day you can pop open another part of the calendar to reveal a wooden toy or a piece of chocolate?

Gerrymander, a company that produces political oddities, worked with Ignited/LA to release an election day calendar that does pretty much the same thing. Buy one for $12.98. Then, starting from October 1st, pop open each of the cut-out doors to find neither chocolate nor choking hazards, but non-partisan political wisdom, like what's listed below.

Guess who said what!*

o "I never vote for anybody, I always vote against."
o "Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to untiring effort."
o "Who's more foolish; the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

I like how when you Google "advent day calendar," the "2008 Election Day Advent Calendar by Gerrymander" is the first organic result that comes up. Way to usurp the old-school kitsch kings!

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-08    
Topic: Packaging, Political, Strange



Creative Crooner Matt Maxwell Is Out With New Tunes

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Crazy crooner Matt Maxwell is at it again. Following his five songs about Flash, design and web technology, Maxwell is out with some new tunes about the heated inter-relationship between left-brained account managers and right-brained creatives as well as the difficulty in preparing for client presentations. It's goofy stuff but it does highlight the pain points only someone who works in the business can know.

Maxwell admits he's not such a great singer but he did have the opportunity last month to perform one of his songs in front of an audience of 800 in San Francisco at FlashForward. That can't be all bad.

by Steve Hall    Sep-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video



No, Those Are Not Goatees

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When it comes to educating the public about sex, nobody beats the French for racy content and entertainment value. But RFSU, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, comes pretty close.

Visit Shave the Pussy, a promotional "intimate care guide" for, uh, trimming Fiffi. Style you own, name it too (the one at left is called "KFC"), or just rate the designs of others. Get this: for entering a unique design, you could win your own barber set.

Fun times in the bathroom!

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Racy, Strange



More Hygiene Faux-Pas from Your Business Hotel of Choice!

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In Extended Stay Hotels' latest ad, a sizable breeze blows out of clients' asses, effectively enabling them to slam doors from 10 feet away. The premise is, Extended Stay Hotel will make you just that comfortable.

More coherent than its last effort, where a girl wanders around licking stuff. I respect that ESH will make you feel comfortable enough to pass gas, but do I want to be in the building when everybody's sharing what their insides smell like?

Just the thought of strangers ambling about in robes, passing gas and licking shit ... ugh, I wish I hadn't just had Chee-Tos. Way to turn tummies, Toy/New York.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Strange



Shoot Clays, Cure Leukemia; LiveBar for Lifeless Websites; Pink Palin Kippahs; Crest Slogan Contest

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- LiveBar makes static websites instantly interactive. Hooray! No work for you.

- Twenis. Hilarity.

- Yahoo tries hard to be kooky. "That's the problem with Yahoo: It thinks it's an iPod -- universally loved and carried around. But it's really a Mac -- a fine product nevertheless rejected by many."

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Crispin Exchanges MSFT/Seinfeld Ads for Potentially Worse Idea

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Well, everyone got what they wanted. Those zany Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads (see 1 and 2) are out of the picture and now we'll never see what they were building up to. That upsets me. Then again, I didn't whip out the $10 million for Seinfeld.

In their stead, Crispin's hired a dead-ringer for John Hodgman, the stodgy but lovable "humorist" who personifies PC in Apple's "Mac vs. PC" ads. (See Hodgman pose as free pizza in the most recent spot. He's so cute!)

According to Engadget, the new effort is a direct rebuttal to the "Mac vs. PC" ads, which have become part of popular culture. One even starts out with the John Hodgman lookalike saying, "Hello, I'm a PC, and I've been made into a stereotype."

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Microsoft Boots Jerry Seinfeld From Campaign

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While Microsoft claims it was always part of the plan, the software giant is bidding farewell to Jerry Seinfeld after just two commercials. After all that hype? After spending a reported $10 million? After just a few weeks on air? Yea right, it was always part of the plan. The ads sucked and Jerry Seinfeld was a poor choice. Someone finally woke up and smelled the stench.

It seems the outcry against the ads and the overwhelming WTFness they generated has caused Microsoft to question the direction of the campaign and, perhaps, realize Seinfeld was not, in fact, the right choice for the company's Save Vista effort.

On Thursday, Microsoft will make the announcement official and introduce what they are calling phase two of the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Strange



Metallica Album Cover Art Not What It Seems

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Brandweek reported the album cover design work Coke agency Turner Duckworth did for the new Metalica album Death Magnetic with perfect journalistic integrity. In our coverage, we aren't going to display such perfect manners because, well, we're Adrants, not Brandweek.

Falling squarely into the What Were They Thinking category, the work brings to mind something very different from the intended imagery of a hole with a coffin in it. Yes, look at the picture and if an entirely different kind of hole doesn't come to mind then you are to be applauded for your fine, upstanding Beaver Cleaver mindset. Oops. Poor choice of words. In today's world, Beaver Cleaver doesn't exactly represent what it did 40 years ago. Now it sounds like some kind of gruesome horror movie title doesn't it?

Wait. What were we talking about? Oh yea. Holes. Hairy holes. While hairy holes do have several very important functions, selling albums was not thought to be one of them. Until now. The band sold half a million copies of the Death Magnetic album in three days.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-08    
Topic: Strange



Direct Mail Musing, Infiltrating McCain, Toothpaste Autopsies, Ironic Artstuffs

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- GI Direct hopes to inspire direct mail marketers with Creative Formats, a visul muse that makes direct mail seem rad as scrapbooking. Search by feature, format, market sector or size of run.

- MoveOn.org goes behind enemy lines in hopes of, I don't know, making McCain implode. Meet Billy Mires, bus driver of the "Straight Talk Express." He'll pass on charming yet ironic factoids like how John McCain invented the BlackBerry.

- The anatomy of toothpaste. What you see at left is Colgate Total Mint Stripe. Was it Andy Warhol who said art is whatever you can get away with?

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-16-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



Carlton's Woman Whisperer Saves Man From Overbearing Bitch

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It would be sexist to assume it's always the woman who wants to leave the bar first, dragging her man by the balls out of the bar as his friends utter phrases like "pussy whipped" and "wimp," right? Of course it would which is why I'm not saying it. I'm just pointing you to a commercial that does it for me.

From Australia's Carlton Mid, comes "The Woman Whisperer" who rescues a poor schlub from his bitchy little cutie...until The Woman Whisperer makes his dramatic entrance and puts the whiny woman in her place.

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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