Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Chilling video interview with Iraq veteran who killed children.
I'm wondering, at what point will our government turn the guns on those of us who are against the war at home?
After you've watched the interview, please support the members of IVAW by visiting the IVAW site and supporting them in any way you can. This war MUST end.
Monday, May 22, 2006
If you have Morgellons Disease, read this.
Now...aside from the fact that one of the comments on Steve's site seems a little fishy and the same comment is posted twice by two different people....I have to say that I think people overreacted a little bit and need to reread what I initially wrote. I specifically say that I believe it is possible that this is an existing disease that was so obscure and had such mystery around it was "hijacked" for purposes of this viral campaign.
By that I mean that they possibly added some new speculation and links to "studies". I in no way meant to imply that the disease is fictional, nor did I intend to anger anybody who is diagnosed with it. All I'm saying is that I think your disease was hijacked for marketing purposes.
Of course...who knows, maybe the people who are leaving comments are actually working for an agency....I mean, its kind of random that SEVERAL sufferers the disease all posted on Ad Rants, most within a 5 minute time span between 1:10 and 1:15 this morning. Not to mention the fact that two of the comments are the same comment but posted by different people.
And as I mentioned in the comments on the Ad Rants story, I think it might be worthwhile to see what the referral links for those IP addresses are for those who posted claiming to have the disease. I'm willing to guess that they're all from the same subnet. I mean, which is more likely....that several people with this rare and mysterious disease all suddenly post at the same time on Ad Rants....an extremely popular website amongst the very companies who do this sort of viral marketing for a living....or that someone in the industry read the story, and thought "Oh crap! If word gets out about this I'm fired! Better try to draw attention away from it...."
Anyway, again, not meaning to piss off people who actually have this disease. Having any disease sucks and my heart goes out to you. But there is a large chance this is part of a viral campaign, so I need to look at every possible angle, as we all know that there are some marketers who aren't below hijacking a disease for a marketing campaign.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Morgellons Disease....Viral marketing for A Scanner Darkly movie?
In a recent Slashdot story concerning Morgellons Disease it has been suggested that the recent buzz about Morgellons Disease has all been part of a viral marketing ploy for the upcoming movie A Scanner Darkly which is based on the Phillip K. Dick book by the same name.
The Wikipedia entry linked above cites the evidence for this as follows:
- The website claims that a "national news broadcast" will occur in June or July. The release date for the film is July 7.
- Morgellons.org and Morgellonusa.com (currently down) are both registered by a proxy company and contain no contact info.
- The first Morgellon's article on Wikipedia was created in February as a link to one of the above websites.
Even though initial research did not uncover which ad agency or PR firm is working with Warner Bros. on this, I'd have to say when you connect the dots this makes a lot of sense. Something similar was done before King Kong was released which amounted to a lot of popular internet news sites carrying stories about giant apes right before the movie was released. There didn't seem to be much evidence of this but it was fairly obvious to most readers of these sites that it was one big viral campaign, since while the stories were real, having that many published in such a short amount of time during that particular time is just too many coincidences.
I wouldn't be surprised if their plan for building awareness of this Morgellons Disease goes as follows:
- Step 1: Find some obscure idea that has a relation to the movie and has been researched by and baffled scientists in the past.
- Step 2: Create websites for this idea using anonymous registrars.
- Step 3: Generate buzz by seeding press releases of the story on popular internet news sites.
- Step 4: Get story picked up by TV stations as a result of PR contacts and network interest from the internet popularity.
- Step 5: Release movie July 7th of this year.
- Step 6: ?????
- Step 7: PROFIT!!!
If this does indeed turn out to be a viral campaign for the release of the movie, then more power to them because I have to say it was one of the stealthier campaigns done. Of course part of the fun behind viral marketing is what I am coining "The Discovery Phase".
The Discovery Phase is the part of the viral campaign where the viral hook used has built up so much steam that people are actively trying to learn all they can about it. This leads to a discovery of the true nature of the viral campaign. While there is a potential for negative response to this, as long as it is done in a good natured, ethical way then the response tends to be positive, and can generate a surge of interest in what the viral campaign is promoting.
This is largely due to increased web traffic to the website of what is being promoted. While the internet is not the only placed people will seek information (many will ask their peers), it is the most likely and provides the best opportunities for capitalizing on the response of the surge generated by the viral campaign.
Since being written up on Ad Rants both the Ad Rants site and mine have received several comments from people claiming to suffer from this disease. While I am slightly skeptical about the people posting those comments due to some red flags that were raised...I am sorry if I had offended anybody all the same. I have written a response to those who commented claiming to have the disease, and since many of you are jumping directly to this story from another site, you can find the direct link to my response here.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
DJ/VJ creates system for generating visuals from scratching!
Personally, what I'm dying for is a drum machine that makes drum & bass beats based on the rhythms of your fingers tapping. Of course I'd rely on software to turn it into something listenable.
Monday, May 15, 2006
PoTD: The man with a bicycle helmet for a head.
Perhaps he has a symbiotic relationship with a bicycle helmet whereby it protects his head in exchange for nutrients?
This image is from a Chicago talent agency called Stewart Talent.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Hey Chicago, stop staring at my tits!
So if you take a look at the searches they tested this with:
balls, dick, cock, penis, vagina, g-spot, boobs, breasts, tits, facials, blowjobs, naked women, sex, anal sex, oral sex, nude pictures, porn, child porn, masturbation, masturbation tips, orgasm, orgy, girl next door, suck, lesbian, fetish, slut, whore, Jenna Jameson, Tiffany Towers, Brianna Banks, John Holmes, Peter North, Devon Michaels, Mandy Michaels, murder, kill, rape, and torture methods…
you see that you can't honestly make an assumption about some of these search terms since many of them could be someone searching for anything not necessarily perverted.....balls....murder....kill....torture methods...
But then you see search terms like Jenna Jameson, Briana Banks, masturbation tips, g-spot and facial.
All I know is I'm not entirely surprised. Yay us.
Fake Testimonials? Is this for real?
But it was incredibly ridiculous so I thought I'd share it. And don't worry, that isn't a referral link. Whats funny though is how much they try to fluff up the wording of the Affiliates Section of their website. Its almost like they want people to think this is serious!
The site is registered to a company called: Domains by Proxy, Inc. which lets you register a domain name anonymously. Wow....real surprised they used that...
Too bad, I was about to make a witty remark about what kind of stereotype their name and address conjured up. In any event, whoever made this site is a fucking moron. I don't say that because I feel that this kind of crap doesn't belong on the net...because I don't care either way honestly...I say that because if you go through the trouble of using Domans by Proxy for your scamming activities, don't you think you might want to put a little thought into actually coming up with a halfway decent scam?! Why not sell Jesus Crackers® as "Your one true chance at salvation, getting there one bite at a time."™Least people might consider it for the novelty value.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Your monkey wants a cold one.
How cute...monkeys can be closet alchoholics too!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Plasma Pong. Best. Pong. Ever.
Play the regular game until you feel you have mastered the arcane complexities of what is essentially Pong on Shrooms and then play the Sandbox mode and you will be evilly amused.
Steve Taylor has taken pong, and placed the paddles in the realm of real-time fluid dynamics. You can alter these settings to adjust how the fluid environment the game takes place in reacts to movement in the fluid. This directly affects gameplay in the regular Pong mode but the Sandbox mode offers different tools that affect the plasma fluid environment in different ways. Your "brushes" are on the bottom row of the screen. The top row consists of different viewing methods that transform the screen using real scientific visualizations that are awesome to watch.
Move the paddle like in pong.
Left-mouse button: shoots plasma out of the paddle
Right-mouse button: draws in the plasma and ball to the paddle, then release to use a shockwave that will send the ball to the opponent.
What did I think?
Overall: Sucks if you don't have a Mac because it is PC only. If you have a PC and did not listen to me at the beginning when I told you to download the game, you should smack yourself and click this link here for the direct download. I'm nice enough not to make you scroll back up to the top.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
New E3 Spore Video....RELEASE THE DAMN GAME ALREADY!
But anyway, back to the video....so this time its not Will Wright himself taking you through it, so there is no interesting commentary explaining why the stuff he's showing us is so cool from a feature perspective....like how the game is pretty much procedurally generated.
Did one creature smack the others ass with a whip partway through? I like how even when you have a spaceship and are pretty much an omnipotent space-faring, planet-creating race, if you go to an enemy planet and they have good technology, they can and WILL beat you like a red-headed stepchild.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Super Soaker Oozinator...ready for its money shot.
Thank you Ad Rants for both making and ruining my day, simultaneously. BTW, make sure you check the Amazon/Toys 'R' Us listing for it after you watch it and read the comments....I almost wet myself.
3D Holographic Ads. The new pop-ups of reality.
I tried to find a video link to embed but had no luck so unfortunately you will have to click on the image below or this link to view the Flash video on the company website. I'm still debating whether those are actual live shots or if the video was doctored for presentation purposes...but it does seem like it must be real since they are partnered with some pretty big companies such as Viacom and 3M among others.
So yes, this is pretty cool, unfortunately the same people who thought pop-up ads weren't intrusive and well worth whatever backlash they drew are the same people who will be demanding that their agencies jump all over this new tech. And yes, there are plenty of cool uses for this, but you can guarantee that this will tech will saturate the market so badly if it takes off that people will begin automatically ignoring it in record time. Unless of course marketers resort to scare tactics like the Jaws ad in Back To The Future II...but they'd never do that....
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Teddy bear gun...only from Japan.
Well...where's the fun in just tossing a stuffed bear into the air? No, the Japanese recognize the lameness of this, and so have created the ULTIMATE SUPER MEGA TEDDY BEAR CANNON!!!10101011!
This cannon launches the teddy bear cartridge at high velocity into the crowd, thrilling the wedding attendees and disabling ninjas all with the pull of a trigger. Looks like it will go on sale later this month.
Whilst doing a Google search for them I discovered that apparently the company also offers some Jewish products as well...Shalom Jew-san! Be sure to check out the other sections of their website as they are filled with typical crazy Japanese humor. God I love the Japanese.
"Shaving adds an extra inch" & other truthful advertising!
But I have to say, this definitely got me thinking...what if more advertisers were truthful? Maybe we'd see some more interesting, politically incorrect headlines...