Because It's Obligatory for Moms to Be Like, 'No, Don't Get Me Anything'

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I read somewhere that Mother's Day is more important to mothers than any other holiday. And while we may suspect that's true, moms are constantly trying to downplay it -- which is a dirty trick you should never fall for.

Seriously. I fell for the "It's just a day, don't bother" speech two years ago. The next time I saw my mother, she tossed my gift aside and snarled, "I didn't want your presents. I wanted your presence." It was clear she'd been practicing that line for days.

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by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Good, Spoofs, Video



Vespa Wheatpasted, fauxreel Projects, GOP Promotes Panic Drug, and Republican Goes Obama Way

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- Check out the projections on the fauxreel website. Not quite sure what they're all about, but watching people alter billboards at high speed can easily kill about four minutes. Without regrets.

- Dentsu Canada's got fauxreel plastering Vespa Squareheads -- Millennials with headlights and mirrored antennae, essentially -- all over Canada.

- MoveOn has finally tapped a winner for its Obama in 30 Seconds campaign. It lacks the flair of the will.i.am mashup, and it's obvious the video was picked because the subject is a converted Republican. Also, MoveOn wants $200,000 from you to help air it.

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Video Advocates Creation of Cannes Humanitarian Lion

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About a week ago, a video appeared on YouTube that advocates the creation of the Cannes Humanitarian Lion, an award honoring the agency which submitted the best idea and action plan to solve one of several pre-determined worldwide humanitarian issues. Each agency that submitted work to Cannes for any category would be required to also provide one Humanitarian Lion idea. Finalists would then be selected and have until the next year's Festival to execute the work at which time the work would be judged and the winner awarded the Humanitarian Lion.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Industry Events, Video



Optical Allusions Amuse, Confuse, Promote Non-Existent Site

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This
was probably fun to film but, um, huh? OK, so it's kind of fun but to promote a new phone, the Samsung Soul? Two minutes later, you don't even care what it's for. Oh the not so minor detail the Song site is down doesn't help.

by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Video



Numa Numa Dude Blocks iJustine From Chat

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You know her from that iPhone bill video. You love her for all the weirdly wacky videos she's made since. Justine Ezarik a.k.a iJustine, famous for, well, being internet famous, in another weirdly wacky video takes on, Gary Brolsma a.k.a. Numa Numa for booting her out of a chat room.

Apparently, Gary didn't like what Justine had to say in the chat room so she was slapped with the message "ijustine was blocked from the chat for inappropriate behavior." Ouch.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Games, Social, Strange, Video



Screw Consumers and User-Generated Content! Win $25,000 Yourself

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You'd think with $25,000 up for grabs and with industry creatives having a "leg up" on the competition, there'd be a flood of industry types entering Budget's Flip for Budget video contest. It's so simple. Easy money. Just whip up a concept explaining how to travel on a budget, grab the video camera, film the thing, submit it and cross your fingers for the $25,000.

Come on people! This is easy money! Screw all those non-industry types trying to cash in on the user-generated content craze when we ad people are the ones who are supposed to be making this stuff...and getting paid for it. Don't let consumers steal your job!

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Consumer Created, Promotions, Video



Bidet Gives Enema, MSN Googles

- This Korean bidet commercial looks more like some freakish S&M high colonic fantasy than the toilet ad it is supposed to be.

- Love this! Coolspotters is a new site that tracks which products are used by which celebrities so you, too, can choose your cool.

- MSN Sync video review of $299 v-book laptop explains how Windows XP can be installed using a USB stick with instructions found on Google...oops...MSN Live Search.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Strange, Video



Conversations with People that Did Not Win One Show College Competition

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Tonight was the awards ceremony for the One Show College Competition, for which schools nationwide turned in their top student portolios. See some here.

Doritos -- which in the last couple of years has devoted much of its promotional budget to lobbing cash at "creative" users (1, 2, 3) -- also solicited a campaign brief seeking "Doritos advertising that is iconic as Doritos."

The word "iconic" sparked interesting conversation after the show. Links to video below.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Industry Events, Promotions, Video



GM's Aveo Robot Beats Old Joke to Death

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OK so BMW did the Mini robot thing. Then Citroen did it. Then it got spoofed. Then Sony spoofed it to promote a game. Then some kid spoofed the Sony Spoof. Then Citroen returned with a skating robot. Then...nothing happend for two years.

Now, moving only as quickly as GM can, Chevrolet is out with its own nod to the roof top dancing car robot thing turning the whole thing into a lame, two years too late joke. OK, so it's a little bit funny. Strawberry Frog Amsterdam created it.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Good, Video



MTV Explains How Babies Are Made

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Remember the first time you asked your parents how you were born and they went into this awkward explanation that made you feel all freaked out? Well, now there's therapy to rid you of those nagging memories and it comes in the form of a "video" for MTV.

While everyone is clothed in the video, all the humping, grinding and moaning might not be the sort of thing you want to view anywhere near that director of yours who thinks you're busy at work crafting the next great Cannes-worthy piece of work.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-08    
Topic: Cable, Racy, Strange, Video








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