Sunday, November 16, 2008

The weekend links

I'm holed-up today at home with a pinched nerve in my back. I can't twist, bend over, or pick things up. It's seriously painful, but the six Krispy Kreme doughnuts I ate this morning and the Tylenol 3s are really doing the trick. On with the links:

Kotex reminds you to take care of your beaver. Lol, yes, this ad for Kotex tampons in Australia has caused somewhat of a fuss (150 complaints....that's it??) but I think it's actually kinda cute and clever. However, as we all know from Janet Jackson's Superbowl indecency stunt, one complaint equals 1 billion angered viewers. Therefore 150 billion people were offended by this ad, see below.


An amazing Ferrari concept - looks so sexual with the curves and humps.

Forget Obama, Bhutan has a new King. Check out this set of beautiful photographs from this remote place, said to be the ancient site of Xanadu.

I haven't ever read Malcolm Gladwell, so I really don't know what all the fuss is about. But he talked about stickiness and influential people in social groups (tribes, really). Now everyone is using the words 'stickiness' and 'tribes' like it's going out of style. It's time for new words already. So I like this new concept - slippiness - coined by the team at Nickelodeon, a kids channel in the States to refer to the maleability of content across a variety of different mediums. They don't want content to stick, the want it to slip. Cool.

So you know i've ralied before on the blog about how everything is going to a free model? Free content, unlimited server capacity, fast broadband - it's all supported by the media model and greater targetability of ad messages. It's also supported by tchnological sophistication and increasing convergence of separate mobile platforms. This article on in-game advertising for games for the iPhone is a great example of all these new paradigms. Now, remind me again why mass advertising (tv and print) still get all the attention and hoopla?

Droga5 gets the Puma global ad account. See, this is the kind of role I'm lusting after. Top AOR and direct access to the client's ear. Good for them. (Btw, did you know that Puma and Adidas were started by two German brothers who became bitter rivals?)

The Icon aircraft is the world's first 'sport aircraft', an amphibious two seater that's more reminiscent of a sports car than an ultra-light plane. Check out the video and the gorgeous cockpit interior. Anyone still thinking of Christmas ideas for me, take note...

I'm all too familiar with the link between psychology and torture, but this article puts it in an interesting new spin. I guess it's hypocritical for the APA to refuse to condone the use of psychological techniques for torture when, as a practice, it's so often used for other less nefarious and compensated means.

Honestly, I've only ever seen Japanese schoolgirls using erasers. Cool designs though.

Weird new language that someone with a lot of time on their hands invented.

If you click on one link today, click this It's a really awesome interactive timeline of all the popular internet memes. It's got all your favourites: 'Ken Lee', 'Spaghetti Cat', 'Leave Britny Alone', 'Sneezing Panda', 'Dick in a box', all the way back to 'Dancing Baby' in 1996.

I like the lamp that looks like the intestinal tract (below). This and other cool lamp designs

Required reading for B!G Associates: Canadian Gen Y television viewing habits study has just been released by Forrester Research. Some key insights: "This generation will watch shows on a computer screen, multi-task while watching TV or do “time shifting” to record shows and watch them when it’s convenient" Yep, I couldn't agree more.

And finally, some really close up photography of stuff way too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Have a great week, all!

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