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Sunday, January 02, 2021

If your mentality doesn’t allow for you to absorb motion pictures unless they’re half a minute long — and composed of squeaky-voiced cartoon bunnies — then Angry Alien‘s “30-Second Bunnies Theatre” is tailor-made for you.

I admit, it’s a helluva time-saver.

The above screen capture is from the reinterpretation of Alien. I particularly like the tied-on fake bunny ears on the chest-burster alien; it ratchets up the motif to an extra-quirky level.

If Alien isn’t your cup of tea, check out the long-eared critters in Titanic, Scream, and It’s a Wonderful Life, instead.

(Via Unscathed Corpse)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/02/2021 08:15pm
Category: Comedy, Internet, Movies
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The calendar tells me it’s 2005. But after watching today’s craptacular 12-7 Cardinals win over the Buccaneers, I’m starting to wonder if I haven’t been sucked into some weird time-space wormhole that’s deposited me back into 1994 or thereabouts.

Today’s version of the Tampa Bay and Arizona teams played very reminiscent of the squads of that era. In fact, because both franchises were perennial cellar-dwellers back then, they often met up to produce horrendous games like this.

For the Cards, it’s just more of the same in a largely unbroken string of ineptness. For the Bucs, it’s an unwelcomed return to the Yuccaneers experience.

For the record, Tampa Bay’s five wins this season was just about where I predicted they’d end up this year. I figured all the past-their-prime free-agent imports would never jell, and I was right. Good luck to One Buc Place in lopping off the $10-15 million salary cap overflow they’ll have for next season.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/02/2021 07:26pm
Category: Football
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Some ad exec is due for a whipping.

I’ve seen new TV spots today, during NFL broadcasts, for both Internet-based telephone service provider Vonage and for carmaker Chevrolet. Both spots use the exact same background music, a jittery pop ballad with nonsensical lyrics “do-do, do-do-do / do-do, do-do-do” sung in a high-pitched voice. The song currently might be on the pop singles charts; if so, I haven’t heard it anywhere else yet.

I’m curious how this came about. Vonage is just starting to run commercials, having tapped Arnold Worldwide as its agency of record. I don’t know if Arnold does any work for Chevy — I doubt it. It could be an innocent coincidence. Given that the two companies are in such drastically different businesses, I don’t see how either side could claim any big damage from this copying effort.

Still, this is another instance of what seems to be a particularly rampant amount of imitation within the adveristing of late. The cases with NetZero-AOL and Bud Light-Miller Lite were well-documented and seen as calculated, with dubious benefit; but those involved actual rivals in the same business. Beyond those, the more subtle co-opting of Old Navy holiday carollers spots by Honda, and of the Lexus holiday ads by rival carmaker Jaguar, point to an awful lot of insular groupthink within the ad industry. Is this the natural result of all the consolidation into super-agencies over the past several years?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/02/2021 06:46pm
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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America Online is making a big to-do over the decreasing amount of spam on their system, from 2.4 billion junk emails in 2003 to 1.2 billion this year.

The company is subtly attributing that decline to their new spam-filtering techniques. I think a more subtle reason is the decline of subscribers — naturally, if there are fewer people on AOL, there are going to be fewer spams, and complaints of spam.

It’s not that AOL is suddenly insignificant. With 29 million subscribers, it’s still a big chunk of the online nation. While the decline is there, it’s not dramatic, and as long as a lot of those customers are shifting to Time Warner’s Roadrunner service — part of the same company — the dollars are still going into the same corporate coffers. But I think it’s funny how AOL is still trying to present itself as the bellweather service of the Web, as though this is still 1997.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/02/2021 11:35am
Category: Internet
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