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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Trick Dat Fish

Yo, I just laid down this hot new track on GarageBand solo under my MC moniker MC U Nex 2zday. It's a new single for Storm brand fishing lures called "Trick Dat Fish" from my upcoming release Weatherin' Da Storm. We want to reach the previously untapped urban fishing market. Hope y'all enjoy.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Great ad placement

This is what hitting your target market where they are is all about:

Man, Google AdSense is getting really good at this advertising thing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Grammar A Go-Go

Now you all know it.

I’m a huge dork for grammar. And as proof, I present you with three of my favorite grammar-based blogs that I’ve recently discovered:

Apostrophe Abuse
The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks
lowercase L

Wonderful treats such as the following examples await you.

I am humbled by their sheer lapse of any sense of grammatical obligation demonstrated here.

In semi-related news, watching ABC News this evening I learned that in my old hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, one out of every five residents are completely or nearly completely illiterate. That’s insane! It's the second most populous city in the state. How could that even happen? I guess I’m just glad that I’m one of the other four.

Go grammar.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Axe Marks the Spot

While I generally find most ads for Axe (Lynx, Tag, etc., take your pick) juvenile, tasteless, redundant and flat-out bad, I was pleasantly surprised by this spot for Axe Quake out of Buenos Aires. Even if the benefit is a severe over-promise, the spot is pulled off an a very unexpected and artistic manner. ¡Felicitaciones, VegaOlmosPonce!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Full-Tiltin' that Tatse

Ah yes, this point in the quarter.

Production has jumped into high gear just a little earlier than usual. (Thanks One Show and D&AD's.) Questions of adequacy arise hourly. Exhaustion, tempers, uncontrollable urges to drink beer, this is the stuff creativity is made of.

At this moment, I'm sitting in my apartment which reeks of skunky weed and burnt coffee (neither of which are my doing), sipping on a entirely too tall mug of lemongrass green tea and listening to old school Deftones. The observant reader will notice that nowhere did I say "and writing lines for the Sweet Auburn Curb Market presentation tomorrow." That's because I'm not. I need to.

The thing is, we're not quite at that point of panic yet--2 1/2 weeks left--but there's still a unsettling cloud of anxiety hanging above all our heads. This gray area sometimes it makes it difficult to focus forward.

I realized yesterday that I hadn't done anything creative in a while. That's not true; I do creative things every day. That's what the Circus is all about. What I mean is that I haven't done anything creative for no other reason than creativity's sake in a long time. So, last night, rather than spend another hour writing lines, I went to Michael's, bought some blank colored t-shirts and stenciled/spray painted some more of my own style of tees. Very therapeutic. A much needed release.

It's funny. I remember coming into school in my first and second quarters and seeing all these crazy upper-quarter kids running around. They were doing bizarre things, making odd noises sometimes, not wearing shoes and just generally being weird. I thought to myself, "Wow, these people are pretty weird."

And now, a year later, I completely understand their mania. You spend that much time at school and concentrating on this stuff all the time that you're bound to start going a little crazy. Then, you start doing things to keep life interesting. (Isn't it odd to think that we need to do even weirder things to keep our already very creative lives from getting stale?)

I stepped back the other day and thought about all this. Now it's me, running around, fake humping people, going shoeless, making silly noises, sketching strange words on my hands, growing unconventional facial hair. Yet, in some not entirely understandable way it's all kind of exciting.

Really, I'm not sure what this all means. Or what the end of this quarter will hold. Or even tomorrow. But I'm excited.

P.S. You should probably check this blog out: The FAIL Blog. New favorite internet destination.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Homeless Vets Posters

As part of the first ever One Show student design brief, I worked on two posters for the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans. (Additional credits go to writer Trey Tyler, art director Billy Simkiss and photographer Bobby Prokenpeck.) Click to enlarge.

"Today, 26% of all homeless in America served in the armed forces before being deserted in our streets."

"'The flag should never be embroidered on anything designed for temporary use and discard.' - United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 10, Section 8.

After they risk their lives protecting our nation abroad, many soldiers are left for dead in our streets. Today, veterans make up 26% of all homeless in America, and each day more and more join the ranks. We owe them better. Learn how you can give back to those who have already given so much by visiting the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans at"

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Weiner Poopie and Missing Jesus

For lack of actual content, I'm continuing to substitute funny videos.

Things at school are nuts with the One Show and D&AD deadlines coming up very soon. But at least it'll mean lots of ads soon. Promise.

In the meantime, here's some some really hard-hitting journalism from Michigan. Really remarkable.

Weiner Poopie and Missing Jesus