Friday, June 30, 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Ticket


I'm not much of a sports enthusiast. In fact, outside of the very very occasional round of golf, the frequent chance to see the Mavericks lose a playoff game, and the occasional nothing-else-on-so-lets-watch-Iran-play-somebody-in-red-shirts World Cup game, I don't watch, care about, participate in or otherwise discuss sports. I grew up in Philadelphia, where, with the exception of a few banner years for the flyers (so I've heard) and a 1980's World Series Pennant, the sports teams have been unremarkable. Sure the 76ers were good. I guess. Who knows. I didn't watch a lot of DR. J-era NBA either.

Anyway, some might find it ironic that I'm a huge fan of "1310 AM The Ticket" - a sports radio show in Dallas. All they talk about (okay 75%) is sports. And yet it is HIGHLY entertaining stuff. Three guys on the morning drive, three different guys on the drive home. All sort of bitter, grouchy, sexist fraternity/odd-fellows types who opine on everything from why Britney Spears shouldn't propogate (a long list, to be sure) to the best way to sneak booze into a sporting event (a flask).

I can listen to thirty minutes of them just sitting there, at some crappy bar in the Mid-Cities, leaning on their arms and commenting on the "talent." Or reinterpretting the morning's headlines through the goggles of three guys who'd much rather be drinking beers, sitting in a recliner in their underwear than reliving yet another Mark Cuban moment.

Those of you tuning in from afar: there's even a webcast.

And check out the kind of crap they discuss. Genius. Pure genius. And sports.

Blog blogging, PT 2


Okay. There are some brilliant blogs out there.

STUFF ON MY CAT

SECRETS

Here are a couple I'd like to see.

coworkers/celebrity-look-alikes

Thumbnail portraits (photographs of people's thumbnails with portraits drawn on them?)

People with the wrong sunglasses

Random uses for coathangers

Broken appliance portraits

Embellished pictures of ex-girlfriends/ex-boyfriends/ex-spouses.

Weird moles and birthmarks

Send me your pictures!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Serious about advertising?

There are a TON of blogs about advertising. Like this one
which is really thoughtfully written and complete with a ton of links to OTHER people's advertising blogs. Advertising has wholeheartedly embraced a medium that was once reserved for kids who were soooo pissed at their parents and nerds swapping code to make their Unreal Tournament characters' boobs bigger.

Why? Why do people who write ads all day go home and write about writing ads all night? Or critiquing ads. Good ads and bad ads. Ads that have been done before. Ads that could have been great. Ads that are indeed great.

Why? Why aren't they out stocking up on Jack Daniels and the latest published works of T. Coraghessan Boyle? Why aren't they opening a bottle of wine with their wives and talking about the fucking barn swallows nesting under the back porch?

I think I know the answer. To be really, truly GREAT at advertising, you have to give everything else up. Wives. Barn Swallows. T.C. Boyle. Everything. Buy yourself a Mini with a Vespa rack and really pour yourself into this business and shop it, write it, talk it, party it and eventually die trying. Then you will be great. At advertising. And I'll be sipping Jack and Gingers with one hand, swatting at the birds with my grilling tongs, humming along with the Steve Miller Band on my 4th generatiion iPod.

My mom called me to tell me that a TV spot I finished about a year ago is finally airing in PA.

You can see this spot (although I can't seem to actually link to it here) if you visit: http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/lib/health/tobacco/Wild_Rabbits_--FINAL.mpg

I think it's pretty terrible, actually. Perhaps if I spent more time thinking about, and writing about advertising, I'd be nailing it with funnier spots. Perhaps if I hadn't let a copywriter bully me into this ugly fucking transfer. DAMN!

Here's another reason why I think adfolk love blogs: We're selling them. We're selling them as one of the great new untapped mediums. And in order to sell it, you have to know it. And keep it alive. No one wants to buy a dead medium.

So here's a great advertising blog for those of you who want to know what great advertising is:

PUCE ATTACK

Be great. Let me know if you want to take a break and be great at something else, too.

Swim dammit!

Two years ago, my agency was inundated by a flooding of the Susquehanna river. Months of sitting in account service-like cubes (aw hell, I shared an office with my partner, who was training for a marathon) wrecked my back and broke my creative spirit in a way that led me to do the best work of my career. Or sort of. Whatever. Anyways, the river is on the rise again, and everyone is waiting to see if the "flood-proofing" will hold up.

You can watch the river rise here.