Monthly Archives: June 2010

Handy AT&T Ads

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Out of all forms of advertising, print remains my favorite. You only get one glance of about two seconds to make it work. These work. Using quite a few flanges and several sets of hands, the creative team behind these ads definitely caught my attention. To see them all, check out Funzug.com.

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How-To: Predict Showers

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Wake up and look in the mirror. If you notice pillow hair, pillow wrinkles, or pillow feathers, then I see a shower in your near future. Similar to your early morning appearance, you can forecast the weather by observing characteristics and actions of the things around you. The sky, plants, animals and even the behavior of campfire smoke. Here are a few of the things I found interesting… Plants release waste in low pressure, so if the air smells like compost you are either standing in it, or rain is on the way. (If it is the former, hope for the latter.) Decreasing air pressure, (usually an indication of an upcoming storm), upsets birds’ ears, so to alleviate discomfort, they fly low. Campfire smoke that swirls and descends is an indication of low pressure – rain is on the way. A red sky at sunset (looking west) indicates there is a high pressure system (i.e. dry air) and because prevailing…

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[Awesome] Road Bike Stunt Ride

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Martyn Ashton, a member of the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame and a British trails legend, takes his carbon Raleigh Avanti Team [bike] on a ride not many road bikes, (or bikers), would attempt. A fellow cyclist once braved a patch of gravel on his road bike, got caught and tipped over. He fell hard. I laughed hard. Learn more about BikeRadar Live 2010.

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Selected, Naturally

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Kid Rock’s two-year endorsement deal with Jim Beam will include incentives for fans [and alcoholics]: sponsored Kid Rock tour dates and free downloads with the purchase of a bottle of Jim Beam. “I’m getting paid to drink whiskey. What part of that is selling out?” Kid Rock went on to comment that he is often approached for potential sponsorships, but only endorses “things that I really believe in, and that are really close to my heart.” Read more about the deal and his album due out in September, Born Free.

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Finally…Free Wi-Fi At Starbucks

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I hope you weren’t expecting much of a narrative here. The next sentence really encapsulates the entire point… “Starbucks will offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi starting July 1.” Dear Starbucks, Thanks a latte! – Ross If you’re bored, here’s the full story.

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Dress Shoe Wine Opener

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It’s exactly what it sounds like; however, unless you speak French, the audible instructions in this short video will sound like a foreign language. Probably because to 99% of American’s that will ever watch this video, it is. VoilĂ ! I don’t suggest you try this over carpet with a bottle of red, rather outside with a cheap bottle of white.

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Looked Like 85 To Me

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..said the officer as he wrote a speeding ticket and handed it to the motorist. New legislation in O-H….I-O!, established that all it takes to get convicted for speeding is the best guess of the police officer who saw you. And, if that isn’t shocking enough, it passed by a 5-to-1 vote. Cut and dry, but if you want to read/view more, it’s all on CNN.com (video & story).

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BP Ads Responsibility

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In an effort to degrease the 5,000 barrels of oil per day spilling into the Gulf [and the news], BP released ads which focus around how they will “make this right”. BP claims the spill will cost taxpayers nothing; unfortunately, it will cost our environment a great deal more. AdvertisingAge.com has the entire article.

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AT&T Drops Unlimited Data

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Fact: 3% of AT&T’s subscribers account for nearly 40% of their data traffic. Fact: 20% of every call I make on my phone is dropped. Fact: My coffee is beginning to cool. Yesterday, AT&T announced that they would no longer have an unlimited option for data plans. Instead, they are migrating into a tiered scheme to accommodate users that utilize fewer than 2 GB of data per month. Current users do not need to switch, but can do so without a contract extension. The new data plans are outlined below: DataPlus – $15/month gives you 200 MB of data, which, according to the carrier, is enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (w/out attachments), plus send/receive 450 w/ attachments, plus view 400 websites, post 50 pics to social networking sites, plus view 20 minutes of streaming video. DataPro – $25/month gives you 2 GB of data. Take the activities above and multiply them by ten. With this plan, users that exceed the…

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