After 3 Weeks on a String, Gum Thief Proves Decidedly Worthy of Perusal

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Final reactions to the last installment of the Crush, Toronto campaign for Douglas Coupland's The Gum Thief:

- Roger, pt 3: If people wore costumes 365 days of the year, it wouldn't be cool, it would just be Second Life
- Bethany, pt 3: This clip was chillingly short. We think she is going to kill herself, or at least try, for attention's sake
- Glove Pond, the novel within the novel, pt 3: Gloria and her husband bond over dinner party sadism. We like where this is going

And we have no idea why these ads are now compelling us to buy this book. Maybe it's because we actually did wait anxiously for each installment. Or maybe the thought of poisoning people at a dinner party -- or at least making their tummies hurt -- is almost appealing. Or maybe, once upon a time, we did scribble Anarchy symbols onto office supply shop property with felt pens.

It's anybody's guess, really.

Catch parts one and two here.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-22-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Publishing, Video



Effies Offers Tips on Award Show Behavior

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To hype the 2008 Effies, the organization has created a three-video series which offers tips for effective awards show behavior. The first is, well, obvious: don't steal an award. Earn it. The two other videos will follow as the show approaches. The entry deadline of October 19 has passed but has been extended to November 7.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Video



Pam Ann Takes Flight With British Airways

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Getting cheeky, the usually highbrow British Airways campaign goes for camp with a new site featuring comedian Pam Ann. Like that flight attendant you'd wish would wipe that annoyed look off her face, Pam Ann lightens things up a bit with mumbles, stumbles and pratfalls and she "auditions" to become a British Airlines flight attendant. Of course, she fails miserably but not before offering up a few laughs.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Video



LG Goes UGC to Describe 'Life's Good'

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For about $18,000 worth of electronics, LG is running a video contest where users finish the sentence, "Life's good when..."

It's a fairly interesting theme but the entries we've seen thus far have a suspiciously professional veneer and cheesy premises. There's Young at Heart, Grandma Rocks! and You Reminisce.

It all feels very Full House.

This is a more than ample opportunity to blow LG's minds. It won't be hard. And the prize seems more than worthy - our LG 22-inch screen rocks well, and it only cost a fraction of that 18 grand.

We'd shoot for it ourselves but we can't think of anything more imaginative than "Life's good when somebody sends us a super-awesome ad that isn't shrouded in press hyperbole or ripped off somebody else's idea," but that probably won't warm Danny Tanner's heart.

UPDATE: The folk at LG have informed us that the YouTube videos we saw were promotional spots. See the real stuff here. There's stuff like "Life's good when your appliances work" and "Life's good when you get retakes." Sounds sufficiently jaded to be realistic.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-19-07    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Video



Nokia: Not Just a Phone; a Cathartic Evolutionary Tool

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This short video was gleaned from Nokia's Go:Play press material.

Under the premise that three screens have dramatically changed human interaction and understanding, Nokia contends that its Nseries represents the fourth such screen. Charming (could be the organ music, though). Definitely more compelling than what came out of this, and let's not even talk about that maiming-computer thing they had going on.

Props to Fresh Creation for pointing it out.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-19-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Video



It's Not Studio 54 But It's Just As Bad (Good?)

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Back in the day a guy named Aarif Smaks (or not) was a famed dance instructor. In Finland. Far, far from Studio 54. Diesel has taken (or created) this bit of geriatric disco fever and created a sneaker ad out of it for the brand's Diesel Freezy Sneaker.

Complete with seemingly planted comments like this, "love it... I danced the same way until I put my back out many years ago doing the disco boogie woogie will try again once I get to the diesel store that sell those sneakers. I'll tell my dance troupe on Facebook... love you," the video has achieved 11,768 views on YouTube since being posted yesterday.

Anachronistic video footage + catchy old-school dance music gone techno = seemingly successful viral video.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-07    
Topic: Good, Video, Viral



Hooking Up Loses Appeal with Chlamydia on the Lurk

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This spot for raising STD awareness made us kind of sick, mainly because the guy in the chlamydia suit actually looks like somebody we dated. (It's amazing how unforgiving memory can be.)

Check out the STD Monster subsite to see more chlamydia behaving badly.

"Can I crash in your fallopian tube tonight?" God damn.

The spots were put together by the cats at SecretSauce.tv. There's also a contest where you can vote for your favourite chlamydia spot to win a free STD combo pack. (That's a series of tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hepatitis and HIV.)

The only thing we can think of that's cooler than a jam-pack of STD tests is a gift basket of microbe stuffed animals. Ebola never looked more cuddly, especially under the unattractive highlights of the chlamydia monster.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Cause, Online, Strange, Video



'28 Seconds Later' Makes Us Want to Watch Campy Horror

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28 Seconds Later is a (completely left-field!) short film promoting the DVD release of 28 Weeks Later. It makes fun of -- but also revels in -- the gratuitous bloodshed and flimsy premises of zombie tribute movies.

It blew our minds. And then we ate them.

See the other three here. The shorts and website were designed by Kulavortex.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video



Canadians -- of All People -- Put the Bridle on Seduction

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Few things are funner on a Sunday than the prospect of watching 10 Canadian shorts on seduction. (Apparently Canada's inherited more from the French than just a moody passel of Quebecois.) But there's more to do on the Sundance Channel's Art of Seduction site than sit around watching politicians lie, pretty people lamenting their genetic burden, and devious webcammers (all of which we did).

The seduction style quiz was among the funner surveys we've taken in awhile. As an added incentive to blowing 20 minutes on 40 questions, the site strokes your ego with an illustrated seduction guide for your type. Yum.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-14-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Video



WPP's Cole & Weber Instructs Employees on Proper Workspace Behavior

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Seattle agency Cole & Weber recently moved to new offices and wanted to make employees comfortable with their new surroundings. To do so, the agency created a video which illustrates how to best work in an open workspace environment. From the Federal United Cubicle Konsortium (yes, that does spell what you think it does) comes several tips and benefits to working in a cube farm. From cubicle size to Prairie Dogging to odor control to proper eating habits, the video promises to make cubicle life enjoyable for all.

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video








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