— Nike is back with another epic, jaw dropping commercial. This time it’s pimping Kobe Bryant’s shoes in a Robert Rodriguez-directed piece. Enjoy “The Black Mamba”.
— There’s a comic about Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg. Canadian comic production company Bluewater Productions released the it written by Jerome Maida and illustrated by Sal Field. No comment because he could buy me 500 times over. Via mashable.com.
— The only way to be memorialized (Note: this actually happened). Thanks to Geekologie:
— Saw this on Chase Jarvis’ Blog. It’s a photo project from Irina Werning that recreates childhood photos with the subject all grown up. It’s a great idea with so much attention to detail it frustrates me I can’t be that focused.
— Had this emailed to me…It’s three old French guys dueling with lightsabers. You might want to take precaution with the bad language…That is, if you speak French.
— Finally, another incredible video by Freddy Wong. This time, he brings Mario Kart (if you had a Nintendo 64, then you had this game) to life with great special effects. Somebody give this guy a Hollywood movie to direct! Thanks to FStoppers.
As Turkey Day gets nearer, we can smell the stuffing and pies, but we don’t always remember the meaning of the holiday. Amongst food, football and shopping, we lose sight that the day is meant to be a moment where we take stock of our lives and give thanks for what we appreciate, cherish, or respect.
Therefore, today we’re going to take a moment to get serious and tell the world what we are grateful for.
God’s Grace — It is what keeps me alive, because I’m a sinner and the wages of sin are death.
My family — Because they bring light into my dark days and laughter to my sad moments. They give me something to work and strive for and I love them very much.
Apple Computer — It is what allows me to do what I do and I know others say you could do it on a PC but that wouldn’t be quite right, because an Apple computer is
Football — Because it keeps me entertained and gives me something to do in my spare time, both watching and playing.
Family — They are always there for me when my spirits need lifting or share in moments of joy.
My Mom — My mom rocks. She has sacrificed so much for me over the years and given me so much that I can never repay her. She always made sure I had what I needed and what I wanted. And I know I can tell her anything and hear back what I need to hear.
My Friends — I have a very close set of friends that I’ve collected over the years and I try to stay in touch, but even if I don’t do a great job of it, I always pick up right where I left off when I see them again. I don’t have a much of a family anymore, so they are my family.
My Job — I have an awesome job that allows me to be creative and gives me the space and time I need to be creative. Plus, in this economy, I’m grateful to have a job at all. I look forward to seeing what each day holds when I get up and go to work, how many people can say that?
LSU is in the Top 5 of the BCS — I love football and it means that LSU will get the BCS at large berth for the SEC as long as Auburn wins out. It also means a big game with a lot at stake and something to watch on New Year’s Day.
Kleinpeter Egg Nog — It’s delicious. Everybody who thinks Egg Nog is gross can be sent back to Soviet Russia.
Via imjustcreative, here’s a brief lesson on branding from Apple CEO Steve Jobs circa 1997. If you want to know how to market yourself or your product, then check this out.
Another lesson in marketing has to do with web design. Canadian indie rockers The Arcade Fire have joined forces with Google Chrome to launch a unique, and I think revolutionary, website for their new album “The Suburbs”. The site has you enter your childhood address (but of course it can be any address) and it turns a music video for their song “We Used to Wait” into a virtual tour of your old neighborhood complete with multiple windows featuring interactive graphics.
The personal touch of this approach combined with the execution of the graphics and ability to interact is a new idea that I think will change the way we view music videos. As more and more viewers watch television shows and movies online and the obvious success of YouTube, the natural mode of choice for viewing music videos is through a computer scree. Considering the success of social sites such as Facebook, there is an obvious desire to have a person touch on websites. Marry this with the ability to not be passive anymore but interact with the media at hand and tie up the loose end by having it look great — and you have a new way to reach an audience.
While not the pinnacle of what can be accomplished with it, I think this sets a fresh, interesting template for artists to promote themselves. See if you agree with my ramblings by checking it out here.
Our videographer, Matt, ran across this while strolling through the Internet: www.logitech.com/google/googletv
Apple tried something similar to this with its “Apple TV” device and it never really took off. But that was several years ago and the way we watch television has changed thanks to DVRs and websites like Hulu. If this can do all the things the website says and gets all the Google loyalists fired up, we could have a new model for how we watch TV.
Let us know what you think. Is the market ready for this? Will everyone want to adapt to a new method for the tried and true staple of the American home? Or should we invest in Google stock?