Archive for April, 2007

Curse of the Serpent – Who are these guys?

Do you know who these guys are?

Actually I do. I am super impressed with what can be acheived with a common video camera, windows movie maker, and a brain. Also, you must have friends. Don’t forget friends.

Thanks to those involved. I am green with envy of your achievement.

April 30, 2007 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

GoaFest – Advertising Agencies Association of India

Wow – Sometimes you just think that your world is the only one that exists.

  1. The guy that “tipped me off” on the “GoaFest” is a blogger I have been reading for a year.
  2. I had no idea he wasn’t American – never read the profile. I never looked.
  3.  This festival is so much more impressive than the “drab” conferences that we attend at hotels and convention centers.
  4. I want to go to India next year.

Check out the setup of the tents for this advertising conference with 2000 attenders.

GoaFest

April 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm 1 comment

Bias – Are you presenting the brutal facts?

I read a post from Andy Hines of Change Waves…. and it talked about realizing your own bias and making sure that you are aware of your own views and how they effect your presentation of data.

In getting down to the core of truth, I think it is important that you are being honest with yourself. And like “Admiral Jim Stockdale” says,

“This is a very important lesson.  You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end –which you can never afford to lose –  with the discipline to confront the brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.”

I also think it is easy for people to get wrapped up in the “Oh shit it’s raining trap.” In the movie Cold Mountain, Ruby says,

“They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say ‘Shit, it’s raining!’  “

Often times we create our own problems and realities. Can we face the brutal fact that we made the rain? And can we get past it to the discipline to confront the truth and prevail in the end?

Or, will we present our own bias and feed the storm?

April 18, 2007 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Volkswagen is Moving in the Right Direction

VW has announced the revival of their 200mpg car project. Five years ago the company had produced a car that got 222mpg on an 8.5 horsepower engine. 8.5 horsepower isn’t practical for todays driving, but the company believes the time is right to create a car that can reach those numbers and still be usable at an entry level price. You can read more at Jalopnik.

200 mpg Volkswagen

This is in pretty sharp contrast to the 2009 Dodge Challenger with a 425 hp Hemi Engine. Who will be able to afford to drive this car at $4 dollar a gallon gas? Or a Ford F350 for that matter?

2009  Dodge Challenger

I do realize the entry level Challenger will come with a six cylinder engine…But I am saying, “so what”. Can’t we have horsepower and mpg too? The Mazdaspeed 3 gets 263 hourses out of a 4 cylinder. I bet with a little adjustment it could get 30 mpg (it is 20/28 right now)?

Also, I expected more improvement?

Here is a chart from  an article in MSN that shows our fuel economy per model has changed little in the last 15 years:

15-Year Flashback, Same Model Comparison [city/hwy]

Vehicle 1992 2007 Difference
Honda Civic 42 / 48 30 / 40 -12 / -8
Honda Accord 24 / 30 26 / 34 +2 / +4
Nissan Sentra 29 / 39 29 / 36 0 / -3
Toyota Corolla 31 / 35 32 / 41 +1 / +6
Toyota Camry 22 / 29 24 / 34 +2 / +5
Chevrolet Corvette 17 / 25 18 / 28 +1 / +3
Ford Explorer 4WD 15 / 19 15 / 20 0 / +1

April 18, 2007 at 2:19 pm 1 comment

What if the Beatles Were Irish?

April 17, 2007 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

SMS Bandi

This guy has created a site that allows you to text message (SMS) a subject that “Bandi” will write a song about. So far he has composed 1700 songs live.

Watch the video for a minute. I badly wish that I understood what he was saying, as it seems hilarious. I believe that “djuice” is paying for the composition work and is clearly advertised on the site. I would like to see costs behind the campaign?

http://www.smsbandi.hu/

SMS Bandi

April 17, 2007 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

SAABs Rawk. I just got a 9-3

In honor of the 9-3 experience I am linking you a nice advertisement that paints a pretty imaginary pallete of the reason convertible’s exist.

SAAB Ad

April 16, 2007 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

600 Square Miles Houston Photo Contest

Monica Danna sent me the Houstonist photo contest information for the 600 sq mi: Photos from Houston Contest.

600 sq mi

The details are listed here and I find it is an excellent chance to step outside of Flickr to the real world of Galleries and hanging art. You can only enter three pictures… so make them good. Thanks Moni Mo.

April 16, 2007 at 10:37 pm 1 comment


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