Coffee Shops, Canada Horrifies, Workplace Defaces, Dell Over Tries

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- Get your free, steaming cup of Eight O' Clock Coffee when the brand gives the stuff away at nine U.S. malls on black Friday, the perennial number one shopping day of the year.

- Jesus fucking Christ! Could this spot....and this one be any more blunt in delivering its "prevent accidents" message? Via.

- Dell's got some weird shit going on with its IT Room viral wannabe project.

- Advertising or Peanuts has re-branded and re-focused and will leave behind what it claims to be a "creepy advertising house of mirrors" that is the world ob advertising blogs in favor of a daily column written by "a different advertising big-brain for every day of the week." Nice but it might be nice to add a "home" link to individual story pages to easily get to the main page without the hassle of cutting the URL. Link your header logo. It's the easiest solution. Oh, there's a link at the bottom of the page. Not so obvious.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Best, Promotions, Video



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



Strangely, Hitler's Star Shines at ad:tech

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Hitler Gets Banned, or the best XBox ad never made, had execs and journalists alike laughing to tears in the press room at ad:tech.

Its three-minute length made us iffy about watching it but we're glad we did. It gets really funny when he starts talking crap about Super Mario and spitting all over the place.

If the responses on YouTube are any indication, Hitler tapped a prominent fear when he lamented being left with only "a shitty N64" to comfort him.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Spoofs, Video



LG "Life's Good" Contest Approaches Deadline, Entries Could Use Some Sparkle

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The deadline for the LG "Life's good when..." video contest is fast approaching. In fact, it's Saturday at midnight. If you think you can beat a dancing baby and a Lego man that can't read packaging instructions, you have a pretty good chance of winning $18K in electronics.

The clock's ticking. Ready, set, record.

Submit 11th-hour oeuvres here.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 9-07    
Topic: Games, Online, Video



SENZ Viral Brings Umbrella on 180 MPH Skydive

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If you've ever been stuck in Manhattan with the wind blowing and the rain pouring down, you know your umbrella usually breaks around the 12th minute: at the muddy street corner, while a line of taken cabs power down the street.

Broken and defeated by life, you walk a quarter mile for the rain-soaked subway ride.

To both empathize with you and save you, SENZ Umbrella uploaded a would-be viral video showing its umbrellas are tough.

And we mean tough.

Saying "sucks" to bad luck, an open umbrella is thrown out of a plane with a skydiver, only to remain intact when they both hit the ground. The spot is the elemental soul-sister to Will It Blend? -- a series of spots about a really hardy blender.

(Thanks core77 for bringing it to our attention.)

by Albert Kugel    Nov- 8-07    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange, Video



VFX Guru Directs Short Film Exploring the Drudgery of Work

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Trevor Cawood, the visual effects guy behind Citroen Transformer and Nike Evolution, is now a full-on commercial director. Having recently been signed to Biscuit Filmworks, he was kind enough to upload his first short film: Terminus.

In appropriate VFX short film fashion, it opens with a concrete-like creature harassing a "1970s businessman." As the 8-minute film progresses, the businessman finds that colleagues are also being picked on by inanimate objects from the corporate setting: luggage conveyor belts, bland abstract art sculptures, etc., etc.

Is this a commentary on our growing intimacy with the office, resulting from new technology? Or is it a bleak view on how passive we've become? Whatever your take, criticism sure gets more interesting served with a large dose of CG.

Cawood also co-founded Vancouver-based Embassy VFX, the digital effects studio responsible for the Tetra Vaal short film that duped everyone into thinking military occupation droids were being shipped out to South Africa.

by Albert Kugel    Nov- 6-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video



Why Steal Time from a Feature When You Can Obscure It Instead?

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Unilever's Cup-a-Soup is running a campaign on a Netherlands-based video site called Dumpert. Instead of a typical pre-roll, a little banner-pulling plane flies into the video between 3 and 4 PM each day. (Cup-a-Soup's slogan is "4 o'clock? Cup-a-Soup."

The little plane banner thing is a response by Adjustables to pre-roll and ordinary banner advertising. The idea is to be less annoying than pre-roll while remaining eye-catching.

You can check out Adjustables' other advertising offerings: a logo, a banner, a ticker or a PiP (a little ad in one corner), which appear right on the video content.

We'd hate this.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 5-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Video



Kajeet Launches Malfunctioning Pets Mystery to Get Text-Happy Kids on the Hook

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For its client Kajeet, Philly-based Red Tettemer launched an 8-part webisode campaign called The Mysterious Mystery of the Malfunctioning Pets. One episode will be unveiled every week on Dudeworld.

Kajeet provides pay-as-you-go cell phone service for kids. Participating tweens will be able to help decide the ending.

A few seconds into the first episode we heard this high-pitched scream, the likes of which we haven't experienced since Sailor Moon.

After you cross the threshold of age 13, you just can't process that kind of sound anymore. Some small part of us died.

Anyway, the episode was cute. If our pets malfunctioned, we'd probably just sell them.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 5-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Video



Agency Life Making You Twitchy? Game On!

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Ever have one of those days where you just snap and kick the living shit out of something? Chances are you've had a few over the past few months, and so have your other agency chums.

Riester has an elegant solution: kickball! Check out the video for the Riester kickball tourney, which happens tomorrow. The spot is loaded with situations that will motivate your kicking leg.

This actually brings a spark of life into the room. Kickball is one of the few games we'll actually get off our asses to play, alongside four-square, double-dutch and tetherball.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-31-07    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Good, Social, Video



Creative Poaches, Coulter Obama'd, Cleavage Examined, Faces Pumpkin'd

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- Yawn. Another creative sets up shop and poaches creatives from his former shop.

- Anne Coulter gets Obama Girl treatment.

- We have no idea what this skeleton sitting in a chair in London is for but since it was sent to us by a marketer, no doubt it's some stunt we'll soon be hearing more about.

- Donny Deutsch talks about cleavage in the workplace on the Today Show. He mocks the puritanical view of it. He's our new friend.

- If you've got a webcam and you like to fool around with pumpkins, this Indusblue-created Halloween time waster is for you.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-30-07    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Spoofs, Video








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