Monday, March 23, 2009

the future?



alright, all Conan jokes aside this post has a somewhat interesting topic: the future.

i was catching up on some marketing posts (shudder) i had been avoiding, when i stumbled on a video my friend Dave shared about Microsoft's vision of the future (2019). but before we go there, i want to share something it reminded me of (by our friends at AT&T, from 1993):



and now, i give you Microsoft's vision of 2019:
<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-GB&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:a517b260-bb6b-48b9-87ac-8e2743a28ec5&showPlaylist=true&from=shared" target="_new" title="Future Vision Montage">Video: Future Vision Montage</a>


hot stuff, eh?
while i usually digest my "near future" predictions with a healthy dose of skepticism, considering, the AT&T spot was about ~80% there, the Microsoft spot is seriously inspiring (that, and i'm a sucker for cute asian kids). your thoughts?

bringing this post back to the highbrow, since we were talking about AT&T, what about AT-AT? an entertaining (& PotA/BSG inspired, IMHO) picture gallery after the jump.



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

it's not easy...



green is my favorite color (and i'm part irish) so from the entire team at ramancoke.com, have a happy (and sober?) st.patty's day






Monday, March 16, 2009

it's a wonder i have a girlfriend. really.

in an effort to organize the random pictures i've spied in recent weeks on the interwebs + in person, i'll try to bunch them into certain themes. let the games begin...

the devil IS cool:


Peanuts is (are?) darker than i seem to have recalled:




big green monsters:



Star Wars geeks outnumber all others at comic book conventions:




the new Star Trek film is going to be SO BOSS:




i can really get into art, literally:


that's all for this installment. hopefully i'll work up the courage to write something of value here next time!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

snckrz = not snacklish (or snackulous)



lately in NYC, i've been seeing cabs w/ related terms in the Snickers logo. i thought nothing of this, until i today discovered that they had a campaign promoting the use of "Snacklish. some examples:




sadly, that's not where i made the connection. i randomly landed on Snckrz.com (via a Tweet) - which is (was) a consumer-made (not necessarily a fan made) Snickers logo generator (NOT created by Snickers). sadly, it is being shut down in ~2 hours of this post:




much like
Scrabulous, a missed opportunity (by a big corporation).

and that's really all i have to say.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

why the left is right (and pancakes & sausage on a stick is wrong).

last night, as i curled up to enjoy the Daily Show with my lady-friend (a post dinner routine we have), a thought occurred to me: WHY is there no poignant, intelligent humor coming from the Right?

let's be clear, even though Jon Stewart and his cohorts poke fun at quite a lot - the government, the media, Democrats, Republicans (of course),
Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick - it is perceived, by many on the Left AND Right alike, to be a very LEFT-leaning show. in fact,
TDS hardly denies such a thing (contrary to a certain political commentator host on the Fox News Network, which claims to be "fair and balanced").

i would go as far as to argue, that regardless of your leanings on the political spectrum, left, right, moderate, moderate right-leaning, moderate left-leaning, wookie, etc ...ANY fan of intelligent commentary/humor can ENJOY the Daily Show.

but still, WHY isn't this kind of humor appearing on the Right?
(warning...this is
where my post takes a hard left)

because a large majority of the stuff Jon Stewart + friends are spouting (in a quasi-intelligent, tongue-in-cheek sort of manner) about the right/media is TRUE. and there's hardly a plausible defense/counter-offense that can be offered by the Right.
a GREAT example of this is, most recently, TDS's recent coverage of CPAC:


people go on and on about a "liberal bias" in the media (completely discounting the fact that Fox News, who has 1/3 the research & media budget of CNN continues, to give Ted Turner's + James Earl Jones' cable news network of choice a run for their money), a point to which i'll somewhat concede. but doesn't that bias exists FOR A REASON?

the marketplace (of news + intelligent consuming viewers) demands and rewards that which caters to their media palette. i'm not defending American media (if anything, i am one of it's harshest critics), but if it does indeed lean Left, than perhaps it is because, in many cases, the Left side of the argument (from an "in practice" standpoint) is more in the moral right ("correct"...you know what i mean) than the Right has been in MANY recent years.

seriously. market forces would have to otherwise dictate that there is a audience who WANTS to consume a right-leaning, humorous, intelligent commentary on the left/media. but to my knowledge, nothing exists to the same level of prominence that the Daily Show does?
or am i so far entrenched in my lefty leftliness that i am just completely unaware of such a gem?

am i suggesting that America is a nation of mostly left-leaning ideals? despite our current political + economic climate, i would still argue NO (sadly), quite the opposite. but then again, those on either end of the spectrum usually argues in a paniced, Chicken-Little, call-to-arms, sort of way that the scales are tipping in "the other" direction. i'm just claiming that a majority of those that consume media IS left-leaning, and most of the TV-news coverage caters to that (albeit, either side of spectrum reporting in this country does it in a sensationalist, lowest-common-denominator sort of way).

in summary, i've really said nothing new (or of value) here. if anything, i've made a very sloppy argument that makes very little sense. but to be clear, i've just made my own opinionated observation.


the Daily Show is still quite funny, smart, and entertaining. you should watch it already. but make sure you get your ACTUAL news (with a healthy does of cynicism) from somewhere else. go READ it in print or online (and always from multiple sources). after all, reading takes more mental energy/thinking on your part...allowing you to make your own decision, VS being told what to think by the talking heads on the TV,

so what was the point of this post again? oh yeah, Jon Stewart is funny. i'd appreciate something just as good from the Right.

*(interesting anecdote on the side here. my dAd watches + enjoys BOTH the Daily Show AND the O'Reilly Factor. i have no idea how his head doesn't explode.)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

(more to come)

i know, i know, it's been a while since ANY decent posts of substance. for now you'll have to deal with a few cool nerdy images i've pulled down in recent weeks.

this one simply blew me away:



this one left the Trekker in me smiling:




this one re-educated me on the capital of Poland from 1038-1596:




this one reminded me, that as much as i'm a big fan of
President Barry, even HE has to deal with the real devils that are out there in our system:


there are some real posts coming, i promise. in fact, i've gotten several thoughts/premises scribbled down (yea, i know you've heard THAT one before). here's a taste of what's most recently been on on my mind:
-examining the multi-generational appeal of bed & breakfasts
-kookie inventions that i predict we will see in our lives
-examining the supposed collapse of the printed media

until then, enjoy a slow-mo walk thru NYC (not as provocative as the still below would indicate, honest!):


Monday, March 02, 2009

oh, the places you'll go.


today is Dr.Seuss' 50th birthday, of which was paid homage by one of my favorite company's (seen above).

as i was recently in Springfield, MA's Quadrangle (home to the National Dr.Seuss Memorial), i thought i'd share a few pictures in tribute (more here).





and fear not, dear reader, while i have more than a few more lengthy posts up my sleeve, i leave you with the following Seuss-ian thought (which yours truly would clearly do well to take heed):

"so the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads."
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