Friday, February 29, 2008

how cool is this? it's wii-tarded [groan]!!!

holy crap this is cool (as found on

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote:

Tracking Your Fingers with the Wiimote:

Low-Cost Multi-point Interactive Whiteboards Using the Wiimote:

johny lee is amazing [my new hero]. you can see more about his work on his blog, procrastineering.

i wish i was smarter [i HAD to close this entry on a more highbrow note]:

now if only jason would let me mess with his wii.

i wish.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

time to go, tide to go?

on one of the brands we work on - Tide to Go - we've been hosting a "make your own ad spoof" contest, that was kicked off w/ the following superbowl ad:

the results of the campaign have been off-the-charts. if i shared any actual numbers though, i would have to kill you. i take no credit though, this is all on my boss/friend mandy (not to be confused / my sister mandi). ANYWHO, to date, this is my personal favorite ad spoof (+ the real reason i would bring something about work into my blog). so random. so hilarious:

see more about the contest on the
official youtube channel, or embed yourself in the original commercial at

this message was brought to you in part by Tide (a Procter & Gamble brand) , who ultimately pays for my life...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

who is...the master debater?

had my laptop up during the democratic national debates (from Cleveland) last night. here's a snapshot of my thinking, as reflected via my Facebook status*:

9:19pm Raman thinks hillary is acting like a kid in the ohio debates.
9:48pm Raman thinks brian williams just laid the SMACK DOWN on hillary.
9:52pm Raman thinks the john glenn ad got the SMACK DOWN from nbc.
9:58pm Raman doesn't think hillary cited the most efficient driving route thru ohio.
10:07pm Raman wonders where they got their $5MM...
10:15pm Raman thinks farrakhan just got the SMACK DOWN.
10:22pm Raman thinks H just gave Putin the SMACK DOWN.
10:57pm Raman thinks tim russert won the debate.

*[a note for my loyal readership (hi mom!) - if you look on the right side of the blog, you can see a REALTIME update of my FB status, so you can know what i'm doing/thinking at any given moment...bearing in mind there is a SLIGHT time delay (i have yet to adopt twitter). RSS is brilliant in so many ways...]

NET - while my respect for Hillary is growing (and i AM starting to notice how the media IS picking on her a bit much), i still think she's not acting "big enough," as made evident by her abrasive nature, contrasted to Obama's calm + rationale demeanor. if you missed out [and want more context for the above commentary], check it out on YouTube:
part 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8 :: 9 :: 10

and if you're too lazy, you can just watch my favorite part below:

Monday, February 25, 2008

baby on board.

spent the past weekend in Madison, WI visiting my childhood friend Raj, his wife Emily, and they're new baby boy Deven (<4>Barun (of Montgomery, Boston, bunny, China + Nepal fame) came out as well.

due to popular demand (hi mom!), below is a link to a few pictures of Deven the ridiculously cute (and zen-like) baby:

Sunday, February 24, 2008

"i'm the leprechaun!"*

hard to believe i actually went to highschool in downtown Mobile, AL, where this shit is apparantly going down:

my favorite part is the guy who's grandfather was irish. that's funny. bc i'm also part irish.

*[inside joke from highschool]

Friday, February 22, 2008

not just style, substance.

credit to my friend stefan and thinkonthesethings for picking this up. basically a pretty abrasive reporter tries picking on a "slacker youth's" political interest, only to find said youth actually knew what he was talking about:

also see:
“Obama Supporter, Derrick, Responds to Video and Explains the Emotional View“

here's what our friends at the Economist had to say:

ONE of the most interesting political videos on YouTube features a young Obama supporter, Derrick Ashong. A camera-wielding interviewer collars Mr Ashong in the street and starts to pepper him with questions. The interviewer assumes that his victim’s casual appearance—he is wearing a baseball hat, a shell necklace and is chewing gum—betokens an equally casual approach to politics. “Do you have any specifics?” he demands aggressively. “What are their policies?” Mr Ashong delivers a series of carefully argued replies that could form the basis of an editorial in a serious newspaper. The interviewer is increasingly abashed. But, having delivered his defence of Barack Obama, Mr Ashong concludes the interview by saying “I’m independent. I’m not a Democrat. I might vote for McCain.”

and finally, if my political preferences weren't already readily apparent, i also found this somewhat interesting

go vote already. but make sure you know what you're voting for.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

fry boy, & how i feel today.

[wait until 1:46 to fully appreciate my situation]:

to make matters worse, i'm NOT going to the gym. sorry Meg (and Megan).

"They tell me it's cool, but i just don't believe it
Sell out, with me oh yea,
Sell out with me tonight,
The [record] company's gonna give me lots of money
And everything's gonna be [alright]
I don't think it'll be so bad
And I know it won't be so bad
'Cause the man said 'that's the way it is'
And the man said 'it don't get better than this'
No no no"

Monday, February 18, 2008

dead presidents, & getting shit done .

on this snowy President's day (which i get off but apparently no one else does), i was [more] productive [than usual] and:
net observation - the internet is a wonderful thing. with the exception of playing Mario, everything was enabled by/done online (though it should be noted that the Wii is an internet-enabled device).

man, what will they think of next?

Monday, February 11, 2008

is nothing sacred?

apparantly there have been many changes in the US while i was gone. today i'm going to write about what to me, has been, by far, the most outrageous egregious (there are actually many more "real" ones, which i will write about in a more serious tone, but for now, have fun with this one, i sure did):

the other day i was just catching up on ANOTHER crossover of "World War Hulk" (the Irredeemable Ant-Man* #10 to be exact), and i noticed something funny:
surely that's just a coincidence. just a few familiar-looking letters, or was it?

believe it or not, "the stupidest thing i've ever done" are not the words you should be paying attention to in the above frame (though i think the artist Phil Hester was probably thinking that has he put the finishes on this page). still though, some minor branding aside, this all seemed innocent enough, but as i turned the page...

WHUDD! it hit me, and kept getting worse, and WORSE:

i mean, seriously? in the bowels of a gamma irradiated monster, we find the all-too-familar bottle of bodywash? one of my favorites: a close up of THE In-FREAKING-credible Hulk getting knocked out by Iron Man (who was sporting some pretty sweet HulkBuster armor BTW, the overall "World War Hulk" storyline, and the preceding "Planet Hulk" arc are really a testament to Marvel's willingness to take on some pretty intense issues like prisoner treatment, etc), and there just HAPPENS to be a bottle of Old Spice Body Wash flailing through the air with all the debris?

i'm going to have to agree with Ant-Man on this one:

it was almost enough to make me go...

but i guess this was to be expected. when i take off my corporate/marketing hat + put on my "in touch" consumer hat, i AM a pretty hard guy to reach with traditional advertising. for TV - i DVR/slingbox. i only read a few specific magazines (Wired, Economist, Rolling Stone), and i dabble w/ online ad-blockers (so long as you don't mess w/ my Scrabulous). so how exactly is Old Spice (a brand i use, and to be clear, owned by the same guys who write my paycheck) supposed to reach me? once again, Ant-Man sums it up for me...

all in all, this was pretty ridonkulous. shame on you Old Spice**.
Wrakkathoom indeed.

*don't make fun of me for reading Ant-Man, OK, it was a Hulk crossover. don't make Raman angry. when Raman angry, Raman SMASH.
**but of course, maybe Phil Hester (the artist of attached comic) is really into Old Spice, in which case, it's OK, and i retract above curse)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

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