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Palin Rap

I got a kick out of this on Saturday night. Way to go SNL. – DAD? - Dad?
GET MORE AT! broke one of my ribs. Thanks Luke!


Wall-e I had the opportunity to see Pixar’s new animated movie WALL-E over the July 4th weekend. The movie was an absolute pleasure to watch for me and my kids. Hancock was good but WALL-E was better.

WALL-E has it all – a great story, amazing animation, great sound, robot love, and creativity packed into every second. WALL-E is also a delivery platform for an important message. The movie makes it very clear that if we don’t do something to change our “Buy Everything Large” way of living that we’re going to destroy our planet. The movie makers aren’t subtle about delivering this message. Earth is a trash pit no longer capable of supporting life, humans are so large they can’t walk anymore, we’ve lost the ability to read and communicate, and robots have to do just about everything for us. The message is presented in a fun way, targeted more at the adults in the theater, so my kids didn’t quite get it but it gave us something to talk about later. It’s a scary message and I think the timing for it is perfect. I applaud the makers of WALL-E for using their success to get this message out. I just hope people listen.

SIDE NOTE: I wonder if the makers of the movie signed-off on the cheap WALL-E watches the theaters were giving out to the kids opening weekend? I’m guessing that more than 1/2 of them are already in the trash headed for a landfill.

South Park Internet Stars Massacre

Internet Stars slaughtered in South Park episode. Farewell Tron Guy.

Update: Bummer, they pulled the video.

Iron Maiden 757

My 1st concert experience – Iron Maiden at the Cow Palace in Daily City CA. I was frankly surprised to find out that the guys are still touring and in a big way. Good post over on the Laughing Squid about their customized 757 Ed Force One. Bruce Dickinson, the lead rocker, is the pilot. Can you believe that! blogTO has more pictures of the plane up in Canada. Oh, you can book a fligh on Ed Force One if you feel like flying with Bruce.

Eddie Vedder – Into The Wild

Eddie Vedder - Into TheWild

My high school days blew past me with Pearl Jam in the driver’s seat so Eddie Vedder, Pear Jam’s lead singer, is firmly rooted in my heart strings. A couple of weeks ago I was reminded of just how much I love his vocal work when I went to see Into the Wild with a good friend of mine. Vedder laid down tracks for the movie exclusively (as far as I can tell) and it made the movie just that much better. A great soundtrack for a great movie – I highly recommend both. I promptly downloaded it from the iTunes music store. Thanks for making that easy Steve.

Trunk Monkey

I love the Trunck Monkey series of advertisements developed by Sean Sosik-Hamor and Subaru. Guaranteed to make you laugh a little. Here’s a complete list of “monkey” videos.

Suburban Auto Group released a series of Trunk Monkey Super Bowl commercials for 2003 and 2004. The ad agency that produced these commercials is R/West. Although the Suburban Auto Group popularized the Trunkmonkey with their Trunk Monkey commercials, Sean Sosik-Hamor and the Subaru community were responsible for creating the concept back in 2000. —

Happy Halloween Eve

The JibJab crew, famous for their political satires, is still at it. This jab at pumpkins, pun [def.] intended, had me rolling – again, pun intended.

Drug-Resistant Staph


Drug-Resistant Staph is getting a lot of attention these days. The recent death of a 17-year-old high school student in VA pushed the nasty bacteria back into the spotlight. MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is now an enemy of the state, like a Bin Laden, and on the minds of most anxious parents and primetime news show producers. The New York Times put together a good MRSA overview yesterday – Drug-Resistant Staph: What You Need to Know.

Now would be a good time to invest in companies that deal in anti-bacterial hand wash products. Now would be a bad time to be a Pediatrician or a school custodian. Wash your hands, don’t touch the door handle in public bathrooms, and don’t touch other people ; ) Most don’t wash their hands in the bathroom.

My 2007 Tech Predictions

  • Windows Vista will be hugely popular.
  • Apple’s growth in the personal computer space will slow as a result of Vista’s success and the next generation hardware that will support it.
  • RIA apps., powered by WPF/WPFE and similar technologies, will start to get traction as the line between client-side software and web-based software continues to soften.
  • Yahoo! will continue to loose momentum as Google and nimble Web X.0 companies continue to eat away at it.
  • Wi-fi everywhere and geo-based advertising will start to catch hold and Google’s early efforts in this space will pay off – securing their dominance in the ad space for the near future.
  • Microsoft will establish multi-media beach-heads in more American living rooms this year using the xBox 360 platform – re-configuring the gaming system into a Media Center replacement via free updates as unsuspecting users sleep.
  • Apples’s cell phone will change the way we think about cell phones and cell service forever.

Read what everybody else is predicting for 2007.

NOTE: I reserve the right to add to this list for the remainder of this week ; )

NBC – SNL – A Special Christmas Box // Un-censored

Me thinks NBC is on to viral marketing and I think they’re using YouTube to get around the FCC censorship problem. Good for NBC.
Related: Ikea instructions for making Dick in the box

demoreel postproded

Discovered at Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection whiile surfing the bits.

Crazy Frog Bros

Crazy Frog Bros! The kid in the red shirt dances just like me! 998,848 views as of 10/20/06 – did they make any money from this? 50 cents a view and they’d be rich – that’s 1/6 the cost of a ringtone. A lot of companies are profitting from citizen journalism.

Jack Links – Messing with Sasquatch

Sasquatch jokes crack me up. Jack Links put together a cool campaign here

Here’s a spoof on the Salt Shaker episode where the Sasquatch gets the upper hand.

Falling Woman Flash Toy

Flash toys, Flashtoys, Flash

Ted Stevens’ – Tubes

It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material. – Ted Steven’s – Internet famous.

Transcript of his now historical Internet “Tubes” speach.

The Internet is a Series of Tubes song – temporarily pulled by MySpace.

and it continues …

and it continues … Flickr’s Error Page


The Lost MAC Ads


I was just shocked, visually accosted, and I think I’m going to need to see my Dr. for burned retnas. A set of stickers from was part of my May ValleySchwag schwag bag and I just found out what the whole Goatse thing is all about. Find out for yourself. Start and, you’ll end up at Wikepedia and if you follow the rabbit down the rabbit hole you’ll end up shocked and wishing you had a delete key for the .jpgs in your head – like me. Yuck! I can’t believe ValleySchwag put this in my schwag bag – classy.

Guy Kawasaki Interviews Kathleen Gasperini of Label Networks

Interesting perspectives on why young people (they don’t like the "teens" label) like MySpace and Facebook in Guy Kawasaki’s recent interview with Kathleen Gasperini of Label Networks – a research firm that helps brands like Apple and Pepsi keep up with the younger crowd. The interview pointed me towards the popular and expressive  MySpace Movie – funny stuff.

The Omen – how do you let your kid star in something like this?

The Omen
The Omen, a supernatural thriller staring the antichrist himself, opened 06/06/06. This is the remake of the 1976 original starring Gregory Peck. I haven’t seen the movie yet but watching the trailer recently, it occurred to me, what kind of parent lets their seven year old star in a film like The Omen? How does this not mess with the kid’s head?

NOTE: If your child is born 06/06/06   /

Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, a seven year old 1st grader from New York was selected by director John Moore for his ability to "look evil." Jim Fitzpatrick, Seamus’ father, also has this ability and has put it to use in a few scary flicks of his own 1, 2, 3. Jim has a starring role in the upcoming  The Belly of the Beast Satan flick. Can you imagine the conversations Jim and Seamus must have? "Dad, I just can’t get the demon voice right. How do I make it sound really evil."

I’m sure Jim is very proud of his son and I’m sure they have a lot to talk about but is a role like this really in Seamus’ best interests? Maybe the family has good sense of humor about it, maybe Seamus is super smart and this kind of thing just roles off him, but as the parent of a four year old I can’t see this not messing with the kid’s head. Getting "into character" at seven years old and back out probably isn’t as easy as it sounds. Go kill your "pretend" parents Seamus and look evil doing it! Take 1, Take 2, Take 3 – can’t be easy to just put behind you at seven. I’ll end this post with a quote from Seamus’ grandmother Margaret Davey (80).

‘I know there are parts where I’ll keep my eyes closed,” Davey says. ”He kills his mother and his father, but at least he doesn’t kill his grandmother.” [source]


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