Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The wilderness downtown

You'll need to download Google Chrome to watch this interactive film for Arcade Fire's song 'We used to wait' (that's half the point).

Even if you're not a fan of either the band or the browser I'd say download the latter and interact with the music video from the former.

You can always delete the browser later (sorry Google, still love ya).

As for the song and the experience - I think that they will stay with you for longer.

Check out The Wilderness Downtown, the interactive music video for Arcade Fire's 'We used to wait'

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Like button top ten

Everyone's gone 'like' button crazy.

Here's my like it top ten.

Well it's a top six actually. Can you help me find another four?

You're allowed some creative licence. For example, Shimmy Shimmy Ya doesn't have 'like' in the title but sings 'ooh baby I like it raw'...

How do you like it?

Do you like it?

In no particular order:

1. I think I like it - Fake Blood

2. I wanna see you freak (like this)

3. That's the way I like it - KC and the Sunshine Band

4. DJ Pied Piper and the MCs - Do you really like it?

5. Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Ol Dirty Bastard

6. I like it - Enrique Iglesias ft Pitbull

(Video not working? Click the song title)

7. I like to move it - Reel 2 Real (via @Iamfakeblood)

8. I like it - Gerry & The Pacemakers (via @nickfaber's mum!)

9. Like I love you - Justin Timberlake (via @Iamfakeblood)

10. Smells like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (via @Iamfakeblood)

Over to you.

Suggestions in the comments please...

PS. Yes I could have shared a Spotify playlist but with no 'wanna see you freak' my list would be like so incomplete (like a date without a kiss). If you want to find it, go ahead. And let me know how you get on with that.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NA (new acronym)


UT = untweet.

I just coined this myself (I know, aren't I clever?)

The inspiration?

People on twitter mentioning names under the heading 'RT gratitude'.

No need, really, even if you do work in PR.

As if that wasn't bad enough (the RT gratitude tweets), then you see people RTing the RT gratitude tweets.

Enough already!



Friday, August 13, 2010

There's no excuse to talk like a twat any more

It's never been very hard to write good brand copy guidelines.

One helpful tip for any organisation is for someone to sit down with an example of written business communication and write down some of the bullshit words you see.

Bullshit words like 'going forward', 'facilitate' and 'in addition'.

You then list these as 'what not to say' and translate them into plain English.

For example, 'in the future', 'help' and, well, 'and'.

Now, you don't even have to do the translation.

Awesomists at Mule Design in San Francisco have done it for you.

Type in your terrible business jargon into UNSUCK-IT and let this miracle of word wise webery do its magic.

Thanks to @crispinheath for sharing this.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Don't go zombie

Business brains used to take Virgin Trains.

Do they still? I don't know. All I know is that zombies don't.

At least, that's what Virgin Trains' advertising says.

I liked the posters. The comic book illustrations caught my eye.

Now, Marketing magazine direct agency of the year 2008, Elvis, has made a game that lets you kill zombies in your postcode. On Google street view.

High scores win prizes.

Get zombiefied and facebook friends can come and rescue you.

Go to 'Don't go zombie'