Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, kiddies.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ads // Halloween :: Culture, Not Costume

This straight forward and simply designed campaign addresses highly glossed over (and easily accepted) racist Halloween costumes seen every year in increasing numbers.  I stumbled upon it at this Tumblr account claiming to be run by the President of student organization, S.T.A.R.S (Students Teaching About Racism in Society).

The group's goal is:
"To educate and facilitate discussion about racism and to promote racial harmony and to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings."
 Despite the fact I can't locate any more information on the group, this is a surprising & effective campaign I've yet to see appear anywhere or garner any publicity other than 14,000 reblogs on Tumblr.

Last night I was at a Halloween social with the author of The Daily Hope.

I pointed out that there was a tall white guy in a middle eastern looking headscarf and white robe, wearing (probably knock off) Birkenstock sandals.  We discussed at length whether he was dressed as Muammar Gaddafi.  Amanda seemed aghast, but I joked that "He was bad, and now he's dead.  So, I'm not sure whether it's OK or not..." (a la The Simpsons' "Brush With Greatness")  

I've since changed my opinion. 

The sign around the classy guy in the costume reads 'Me wantum piece ....not war'.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Video :: Never Met A Monster I Didn't Like

This is effectively everything I love in life.
(PS: T-minus 14 days 'til Halloween)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Video :: Muppets Bluegrass Players

[ shared by a good blogger friend of mine, Joel Nickel @ Guerrilla Ontology ]

An oldie but a goodie from the Muppet Show.  All of those puppets faces should look familiar to die-hard fans.

The banjo player looks like & was voiced by Jim Henson himself (creator of The Muppets, the voice of Kermit the Frog & many more),
Jerry Nelson on guitar (who worked on Sesame Street & Muppet Workshop productions since the '60s)  and Frank Oz on the double bass (Jim's right hand man, playing Fozzie The Bear & Miss Piggy, to name a few).

I've always been a huge fan of Jim Henson's work on Sesame Street to make it the fun, vibrant cornucopia of fuzzy faces it is today & The Muppets in general.  It's nice to know that the men behind the puppets got some 'face time' in one way or another.

Honestly, this is like seeing all of my childhood heroes in a band.  (But they don't want my luuuuuuv)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ads :: Reporters Without Borders

Copy: In Eritrea, journalists can't report what is happening.  They are all in jail.
Help us to free information from it's chains.
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Madrid, Spain
Published: September 2011
via Ads of the World

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween 2011 :: Spirit Halloween- A Ghost From Halloween's Past Gets New Sheets

I have sung the praises of Spirit Halloween for the past 2 years, 2010 marking the first year stores began popping up around Winnipeg. 

Spirit Halloween is, for those unfamiliar with the horrors & delights that lay inside, an amazing seasonal store that features high end costumes & animatronic yard decor (basically everything I love in life).

Their advertising has been the butt of my jokes before, but they've redeemed themselves in my eyes with a  that effectively showcases a few of their better products

My glee mostly is directed towards what a vast transformation this year's Spirit Halloween YouTube Channel has gone through.  Even the Minnesota's Spirit Halloween promo video is miles away from the previous dubious attempt at a 2010 Minnesota's Spirit Halloween promo video (which looked like a horrifying seizure. I think I saw a nun in a Pinhead mask.  Clive Barker could only be so proud).

They've employed a hokey tactic that could be a hit in future years if refined a bit.  The fake news reporter is a scare tactic to record spooky events used a thousand times over in horror movies & is an easy way to showcase the more 'jump scare' items on sale.

Admittedly, it looks like it look 10 minutes to film each video.  I still like 'em.

Maybe I'm just in love with the guy that comes out of the stall.


Their props are sensational.  One of my shopping cohorts was legitimately disturbed by the woman clawing through the glass, thinking back upon how many times we'd played 'Bloody Mary' in the bathroom at school or as a late night sleep over activity, thinking we'd seen something or anything staring back.

Maybe it was / is just a girl thing.  I'd never heard the boys chattering on Monday morning that they'd seen a 'Bloody Murray'.  Sounds less sinister & more like a butcher from Yonkers.

It's only the 11th day of October
and I've only just begun to discuss the best and worst
of Halloween advertising from the past & present.  Happy haunting.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SNOTM :: This Is My Only Health Regime

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Journey To C4 :: Oh Wait, My Life Is Over

I have not yet even begun to fan girl over C4 this year & I'm already a waste.

I am sad to announce that Leonard Nimoy has announced his retirement  from the comic convention circuit indefinitely, to focus his time and energy on his (bizarrely busty and erotic) photography.

In other words, all of my hopes and dreams of having both Spock and Kirk's autographs are bust.

On the plus side, in case you're been living under a rock for the last few months (or have been serving the United Federation of Planets on a star base somewhere, which is excusable in my books), The Shat is coming to Winnipeg & spending his Saturday at the Central Canadian Comic Convention.  This is the only reason I am not weeping into my Tribble right now.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs :: How To Live Before You Die

 We watched this graduation speech by Steve Jobs in our second year of Creative Communications & I remember how I wondered if it would still be as inspiring the next day, and every subsequent time I remembered it. If I would remember it a year later.

 It was, I did, and I will forever.  Steve Jobs inspired not only a nation but an entire planet.  He accomplished so much through his endless positivity and creativity.  He modelled his life after those successes that tackled adversity with dignity & gave so much of himself.  The world is a better place because of him.

Apple changed my life & the way I work.
It changed the way I design, organize and live my everyday life.
I'll always be thankful for his vision.

RIP Steve Jobs [1955-2011]

This is the sight that greeted me when I started a new Safari window just now. 

 He changed the way I listen to music.  He changed the way I interact with the world around me. 

 RIP Steve Jobs.

SNOTM :: Multitalented

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Monday, October 3, 2011

250 Too Many

A beautifully done video in honour of those who have taken their life
or have had it taken from them because of prejudice & hate.

With the recent suicide of a 14-year old boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, the public has been reminded of the devastating effects of bullying. Jamey was not a voiceless bystander and instead was an active pro-gay youth, keeping a video diary of his anti-bullying messages and even offering hope to other LGBT* youth as part of the It Gets Better campaign.

According to ABCnews.go, the rate of victimization among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students has remained constant between 1999 and 2009, the latest date for which there are statistics, according to the National Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

It's heartbreaking that the age of victims boxed in and harassed for who they are is increasingly younger and younger. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover's death brings to question where the ten-year-old's classmates learned the hateful slurs and taunts that caused him to commit suicide.

I know that people can change with the right education as to how damaging LGBT* hate is, but I also believe that younger generations are impacted by our actions and how we treat people.  I've heard arguments that tolerance itself isn't good enough & still leads to others devaluing the LGBT* community as less-than members of society.  Stories like Jamey's make it painfully clear that the next generation of youth have the tools and the resources to speak out, but why do their classmates and peers still have the opportunity to torment others?  There is currently no anti-bullying law in New York State & many are taking up the cause to have one legislated in memory of Jamey.