Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Knuckledraggers going stealth

The Whip by Cheetah Ultra Sports

source: Cool Hunting

If the Navy SEALs were to ever have an official snowboard, it would have to be The Whip F-117, so named because it draws inspiration from the F-117 St… more

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Stash at Killington: Rough Cut and Interview

source: Cool Hunting

Last week we were invited by our friends at Burton to go up to Killington, VT to try out the new Stash trail which opened early this year. Taking ridi… more

Monday, January 19, 2009


No sour grapes...as those cats in Miami and Boulder do some clever work (my agency isn't even an ad agency). But any organization that employes a hack like Bob Garfield has no biz handing out awards. Like the conversations regarding the MLB Hall of Fame...why does the press decide who wins? Shouldn't it be the clients and their peers? And shouldn't results matter? I mean, clever work and great strategy only matter if it moves the needle. Maybe it is...I haven't eaten at a BK in 5 years...but I see a lot of them around so I'm sure they must be doing something right.

Anyway...i just find odd humor in self-serving industry awards. Although I'm sure I'd have a different POV if I was holding my Lion on the beaches of Cannes with bubbly near by and a bevey of local beauties keeping me company (sorry wife).

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr!

Pac-Man, Astroids and...


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Great video...just in time for the double-derby week for Everton. It's put up or shut up for my Toffees...they can talk Europe all they want, but if they cannot do something in these two trips to Anfield then they will get nowhere on the continent.

Other than seeing that mutant Rooney in here...this is pretty good.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

remember this kids...

...something to remember that posted:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Now's the Time

Is it me...or does it strike anyone else in the marketing/design/communications industry that now is the time to make bold moves?

One, no one else is...everyone is hanging onto the "o shyt" handle and being ever so conservative. Consumers are scared shytless...but still spending money like it's going out of business. I got dragged to Target this weekend by my wife, and other than wanting to cut my own head off, I was amazed at the amount of people out and about buying crap. And yes, it's crap...low cost crap...but they're still spending money.

You can quickly ID some recession-proof industries...beer, anything with a little "i" infront of it...but there is a chance for someone somewhere to make a splash. Retail space is available EVERYWHERE, both traditional and non-traditional.

And while banks aren't throwing money to everyone...a smart, disruptive and authentic business plan will standout and give someone a chance to steal thunder that usually takes years to build.

Detriot Don't Git It...

There's an article on Ad Age's web site discussing the lack of "takers" for a 50MM campaign to save the US Auto Industry. The folks at this "forward thinking" ad agency, made up of a bunch of (you guessed it) guys who used to work on auto biz, feel the problem isnt the quality of the product Detriot is peddling...it's the perception of the auto industry itself. They say the campaign will show Americans how important the auto industry is...

I can't say I disagree with the perception of Detriot...massive 'bonus' structures for executives regardless of profitability, embarrassing innovation, outdated sales structures, and a less than motivated work force supported by less than competitive union puppets.

The bigger issue, that advertising cannot solve, is that the American people aren't interested in saving this Detriot. The American people don't want the American auto industry, as it is, to be saved.

Before you start trying to change perceptions of the auto industry, the entire system, from executives thru mfg and sales need a shake up. Someone with vision needs to take a good look at the future of the industry...honestly assess what the market will bear, both here an abroad, and move forward. Everyone involved with Big Auto needs to reshape that industry with an eye to the future and avoid dragging the past with them.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Robbie...you are a bad mofo...


Flyover Skiing Part II

Caught this on Thrillist this morning...pretty effing sweet. Not all that confident in the "breaking" it describes...but hell with it...would be awesome if we could just get some effing snow around here...and if someone could lend me $2500 bucks.