Category Archives: television

Volkswagen turns everyone into a dude?

Alright. So it’s been a while… probably way too long since I last posted… and I’d be lying if I said that today marks the beginning of the revival of regular posting on this here blog. I’d like to think that’s the case, but realistically, working 70+ hours a week in retail isn’t exactly giving me a whole lot of free time (although working in a shoe store is certainly increasing my footwear collection fairly rapidly).

Anyway, in the limited time I have to scour the net, I rarely come across things that I fall in love with. This is one of them:

I know (and you may know) of my love for volkswagens and much of their advertising, but there’s definitely a reason for it. Something quirky without being over-the-top crazy. something familiar and a relaxing-without-annoying quality about the music (a-la the infamous trio infused da da da spot), and just plain fun. Simple, to the point, and effective. I’m sold. now i just need the money to afford one.  (full credits if you click through to youtube).

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Bizarre video clip-o-the-weekend: A sumo great and Brad Pitt

Last I checked, it’s the weekend, thus an artificially constructed reasoning for posting random and bizarre video clips. Often, some of the most random and bizarre come as a result of celebrities staring in commercials in other countries. These spots for cell service SoftBank feature Sumo great Musashimaru and Brad Pitt. oddly humorous… well beyond the obvious intended humor, I’d say.

When YouTube suggests commercials for me… or… “A Nissan and dog tail”

I’m always intrigued when YouTube recommends videos for me. I always get a few funky and random things. And this morning’s recommendations were no different.

I amm kind of digging the overall feel, and the parallel images… but… Admittedly, I don’t speak the language, but I’m not sure when comparing your vehicle to bull dog ass is a good thing.

Powerful ads for banking firms are tough to come by

Most bank ads, even the ones that attempt to be clever, always seem to bore me to death (or changing the channel, which is about the same). Every now and again, one shows up that kind of flips things on it’s head. This Venebles Bell & Partners spot for Barclay is just flat out stunning.

Really? Dancing babies and Rapper’s Delight?

I really don’t know what to say about this. The Dancing Baby craze was so long ago, I had hoped I wouldn’t have to see it again (although ballparks seem to have held on to the fad for some unfathomable reason). For some reason, Evian water decided to revisit the craze… and just might have succeeded?

What seems almost more bizarre is using the new Dan The Automator remix of the Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight featuring Chali 2na (jurrasic 5) and Domino and Casual from Hieroglyphics. I’m a fan of all of ’em, but the connection with rollerbabies seems a bit more of a stretch than the original Sugarhill version. Just weird. Not to mention the lost connection between french water, babies in diapers, and a 70’s hip hop classic.

In Memoriam Part II: Remembering Billy

While the King Of Pop passing is quite the story, crippling the internet and captivating the 24 hour news channels, there’s another shocking loss to the world: the venerable king of the sales pitch, Billy Mays. His sudden death sent shockwaves through the infomercial circles and his enthusiasm and outside voice will be greatly missed. He’d just got into promoting his new Discovery channel show, Pitchmen.

While any of his many pitches would make a fitting tribute video, the following clip shows him in both an innocent and mischevious character that was rarely seen in his polished pitches.

Clip-o-the-weekend: trying to answer trivia on roller coaster?

I can’t pass this one up. Cartoon Network is launching a subsegment entitled “Cartoon Network Real,” however oxymoronic it may be, and one of their flagship shows, Brain Rush, which combines a trivia show with a rollercoaster. Incidentally, it debuts tonight. Check out this preview video:

More info at Cartoon Network This Summer.