Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sell the Dream Not the Product

The Aussie creative team at George Patterson Young and Rubicam works their 90s J. Peterman copywriting skills on Ebay for a 500% profit, a Ken Wheaton plug in Ad Age, and the resentment of the commentariat.

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Diagnosed With Cancer

Timeline check: Generation X  reach their cancer-prone years.

Monday, July 20, 2009

When Gay Penguins Go Straight

Harry, one half of San Francisco's famous gay penguin couple, leaves Pepper for a newly wealthy widow who can afford keep him in better style. Mercenary Opportunism or Nature's Righteous Way? Please feel free to project your favored belief system onto this most perfect tabula rasa of flightless waterfowl.

'War's stupid. Nobody wins. You might as well talk first. You have to talk last, anyway.'

Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last remaining First World War vets, dies at age 113.

Susan Estrich Openly Worries About ObamaCare

Surprising even for a strong Hillary supporter. I would question the timing, but I'm not in the mood for conspiracy theories.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Good Evening, Patriots. Please Rise.

"And now may we direct your attention to in front of the pitcher's mound. To honor America in the singing of our National Anthem: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Vince Welnick, San Francisco's Own, The Grateful Dead:"

Teaming up with the Viet Nam Vets Color Guard Unit 400 and soldiers from the 6th U.S. Army Presidio of San Francisco at Candlestick Park in 1993, members of the Grateful Dead sing a surprisingly effective rendition of the Star Spangled Banner complete with fussy old-timey harmonies, facial hair, and locks flying in the wind for an oddly Libertarian feel.

Happy Fourth.

Friday, July 3, 2009