You all may remember Will Ferrell’s wildly popular Funny or DieLandlord sketch from a few months ago, in which he was hilariously berated by his landlord Pearl, who is played by a toddler. Well, the two are back, reprising their roles in a video called Good Cop, Baby Cop - which is equally funny. Sadly, according to the video, this will be Pearl’s “final comedic performance.”
The airline industry has been under massive scrutiny for the past few years - on top of bankruptcies you have nightmares like the Jet Blue crisis last Valentine’s Day, as well as Congress calling for a Passenger’s Bill of Rights.
Chalk another creative one up to the Obama campaign. If you donate any amount of money to the campaign between now and next Wednesday you automatically get entered in a drawing to be one of four people to dine with Barack. (Note, I’d pay to be a fly on the wall the night of the dinner. You know there will be like one normal person, one Trekie, one feminist tree hugger, and one militant activist. Check please!)
I have often noted how difficult it is to ensure that something will “go viral.” While there are certainly some key boxes to check which can help get you going on the right path, a viral campaign’s ultimate success often (but not always) rests on something more intangible - a consumer’s willingness to independently send the content on to someone else.
Have you ever read through the Craig’s List Missed Connections for your city? The Missed Connections areas of Craig’s List allows one to post in search another who was seen from a distance, or briefly encountered.
I caught wind of this incident a few days ago as my friends know that I occasionally blog on Michigan topics of interest. I held back from posting it because of its drug related content, but after seeing this video I simply cannot NOT share it with the world.
Washington Post had an article yesterday on the Food Stamp Challenge, in which four members of Congress are attempting to eat on $21/week - the average per person allotment for food stamps in this country. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA.) and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO.), who co-chair the House Hunger Caucus, called on all law makers to take the challenge though only two Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) stepped up to the plate.
Twitter certainly seems to be the Social Media platform du jour. Candidates for the 2008 Presidential election are jumpingon board offering followers campaign missives, and Joseph Jaffe reported on Friday that even Delta is Twittering. While it’s no surprise that some of the leading Dems, who have been so quick to embrace social media, are on the Twitter bandwagon, a large corporation like Delta jumping into the fray is certainly noteworthy. (Especially when that corporation is an industry that generally incites hatred from its customers - think the JetBlue Hostage
A few days go I went to log onto MySpace and got a good chuckle because one of the “Cool New People” highlighted on the home page was Dennis Kucinich. We know that Dennis is one lucky dude (check out his wifefor Christ’s sake), so I just figured this luck extended to randomly ending up in the Cool New People slot.
Jose Cuervo (god I can’t even type that without dry heaving), has announced their latest kitschy promotion - the world’s longest shot chain. Now, I’m not really sure what a shot chain technically is, but it appears to involve you sending in videos of yourself doing shots of Cuervo (gagging again).
Curious about how your candidate if faring on MySpace? YouTube? Technorati tracks? Check out techPresident, a site that tracks how candidates, and voters are using new Web 2.0 platforms like social networking and video sharing sites.
The Web 2.0 conference is in full swing in San Francisco this week and there are tons of goodies coming out of it. CNet has a great video highlighting the Top 5 Best in Show for the conference. spock (which is still in Beta) is apparently the run away winner of the show.
It seems that everyone is divided on how 24 is going this season. While it remains a very compelling hour of television, there is certainly a subset of people that have dropped the show, or are growing tired of the totally ludicrous and unbelievable plot lines.
The results of a new Pew Survey report are in, and it turns out that those watching Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, along with those who read newspapers every day, are the most knowledgeable on current events - with 54% answering 2 out of the 3 questions correctly. PBS’ News Hour viewers fell just behind this set. Shockingly, viewers of Fox News programs were at the bottom of the barrel, along with those who get their news from network morning show programs. (Next up, The Big Story with Kelly Ripa?)
As Jon Stewart famously quipped, the onus isn’t on him to facilitate public discourse because, “The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls” - yet it looks like he’s doing his part nonetheless.
AdFreak posts what may be the final salvo in the whole politically correct ad protests that started not too long ago with the GM assembly line robot faux-suicide. I say “final” because this one is just so ABSURD that I hope we’ve been pushed to the brink of tolerance for people with these stupid complaints aimed the most innocuous of ads. (Wishful thinking I know…)
Google, and GMail in particular has a storied April Fools’ Day lineage.The email service was actually launched on April 1, 2004 - a date which lead many to speculate that their 1GB of free storage was a farce. (Remember back then we still used things like “hotmail” and “yahoo”, and we were too busy sorting through spam to even realize that we’d exceeded our storage allotment.) The Gmail ” prank” had the internet aflurry for two reasons. One, the subheading on the actual press release apparently read, “Search is Number Two Online Activity — Email is Number One: ‘Heck, Yeah,’ Say Google Founders,” which seemed too absurd to be real. And two, it was posted in tandem with a job listing for an engineer position - “Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (GCHEESE)” - which was located at Google’s “lunar outpost.” It may have taken us lay people awhile, but we all figured out what the joke was. (Hopefully fast enough to secure an Gmail address with no numbers or symbols in it).
In a situation reminiscent of when GM’s make-your-own Chevy Tahoe commercial was used by environmentalists to protest gas guzzling SUVs, Kleenex recently incurred the wrath of GreenPeace at a Manhattan “Kleenex Let It Out” event in Times Square.
The New York Times announced on Sunday that MySpace is starting a section wholly dedicated to politics called Impact Channel. The page will have direct links to all the candidates official pages, as well as an overabundance of political-oriented content, such as links to videos, news, events and voter registration (obvi).
Exclusivity sells! Taking a page out of the Boston Red Sox’ play book, Barack Obama is offering a limited edition St. Patrick’s Day campaign t-shirt, for the Irish Catholic in all of us. The Boston Red Sox are one of a handful of standout MLB teams that don special green jerseys for St. Patrick’s Day games.
If you listened quietly during last nights Oscar telecast, you could hear the collective questioning by every Democrat in America (including myself) as they watched Al Gore seamlessly navigate the red carpet and Oscar telecast with humor and ease – where the hell was this guy six years ago?
Ok, now I know that I grew up in Michigan and lived in Boston for six years so I am perhaps better equipped to deal with foul weather of the winter variety than most. However, Washington, DC’s chronic inability to deal with any of the elements never ceases to amaze me. I mean, it’s not Atlanta, it’s not like it never snows here - we get a handful of storms a year, which is par for the course in this day and age of global warming.