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My Christmas wish

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It’s a wonderful Ad agency life as George fights the good fight for all art directors everywhere who stand up against the big logos

Don’t forget about this great art director escape

God bless us, everyone!

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December 26, 2007 at 3:23 am

Share (good content) with the whole class

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As the designated audio / visual technician for all documentation of family gatherings I’ve become more intimate with online tools that let you share, distribute, mix, mash-up, compile, organize, and do other things you may never ever want to do.

Over the last decade we’ve seen the rise of photo sharing and printing sites like Shutterfly, for whom I just designed the full screen gallery player for and Kodak EasyShare, where I was on the team that branded, advertised, and designed the launch of the whole product line. Since that time we’ve seen the rise of youtube.com who Youtube.com video remixer/editor

just released a video remixer tool powered by Adobe Premiere Express. This follows the trend of such early sites as Dj Spooky’s Absolut DJ where you could upload mp3’s and mix tracks in real time and further realized by Old Spice’s Whensheshot.com commercial remixer, which I designed some advertising and promotion for.

So before and especially after uploading Christmas videos, photos, and music it seems there are alot of new companies in this space and all seem to be heading in the same direction. Here are just a few…

Vimeo

Blip.tv

Eyespot

Odeo

Bright Cove

Etc…

This brings me to my point, and I do have one, why are people trying to invent there own player, uploader, sharer, finder, aggregator, or whatever. The ship has sailed on this race so lets try focusing on what content we’re uploading versus the mechanism.

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December 26, 2007 at 1:39 am

Christmas lists

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Santa isn’t the only one putting lists together. Every year this time there are cultural tastemakers giving us the best of the year list. This year is no different. That being said here is my list of lists but there are to many to list.

Pitchfork’s top 100 tracks of 07

Discover’s top 100 science stories

Top 100 Mac apps

Top 100 interactive agencies

Best Movies of 2007

The 100 Best Videogames

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December 24, 2007 at 2:50 am

Western wares

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Ever since The Virgin Suicides title graphics Geoff Mcfetridge has been making more than just “cool” stuff. “Cause it’s really easy to make things cool, it’s really really easy, I see cool stuff everyday, ya know, and so it becomes uninteresting.” — Geoff Mcfetridge

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December 19, 2007 at 3:49 am

Posted in Respect

Sony, Clio? No it’s 42 below.

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42 Below

I’ll drink to this. 42 Below vodka wins grand Clio for this step-by-step ad. Sure Saatchi & Saatchi is a giant global ad agency which usually means there creative is as exciting as rice cakes.But they really knocked this out of the park.

Link courtesy of Neatorama

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December 19, 2007 at 3:05 am

Culture Chameleon

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Dr. Henry Jenkins

Dr. Henry Jenkins of MIT, likes cookies with water and he likes to stop by Williams street to drop some knowledge on the convergence of culture. Henry is recognized as an expert in the influence of digital popular culture on behavior, especially political behavior in a participatory media age. Say wha?

Just check out his 2006 book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide if you wanna know more.

If you are ADD check out his official blog.

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December 15, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Splendid American, Toby Radloff

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Toby Radloff

Over Turkey Day I subjected myself to blizzards and large amounts of liquor. That wasn’t enough to protect me from genuine nerd, Toby Radloff and Wayne Alan Harold. Check out my interview and photos I did with him and his partner in crime Wayne Alan Harold.Wish Toby a happy half a century birthday!

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December 12, 2007 at 7:15 pm