Category Archives: advertising

small notebook or big arse?

Large hands.

That’s the question which distracts me when I look at this ad for the new Vaio Tiny Machine Whateveritsactuallycalled.

I think they have digitally enlarged her hands too. They look enormous compared to the rest of her. [Via Popgadget.]

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Topshop and podcast irritations

I just had my usual email newsletter from TopShop – you never know what you don’t actually need – and was interested to see the Kate Moss collection preview. UK papers, and especially our great-for-toilet-reading magazines such as Heat, have been full of “exclusive” previews of the clothes. This is the line she has famously “helped to design”.*

Anyway, the point is, there was a link to a video podcast of what looked like Kate talking/modelling the gear. But when you get to the page you have no option to download or subscribe to the podcast unless you have an iPod. ie it just automatically launches iTunes. It is as if they don’t know care that anything else exists. Or else they assume that the people they appeal to, who like fashion, have an iPod as a rite of passage.

Just ticks me off. I don’t have a video iPod, but I have an Archos. And I would quite like to see it please. I am sure I can eventually find the feed by subscribing to it via iTunes, but that is not quite the point now is it?

*She has pulled out stuff from her wardrobe and said “do that”.

Photojacked

So this is a photo of Kosso’s feet with rum punch, the sunset and the Caribbean ocean.

If you clicked on the photo about 10 minutes ago, you would have noticed a Flickr “user”, who has uploaded one photo, has added a note directly linking to a holiday site. At least I think it is, because I don’t want to go there and give them my hit.* It could well be something totally innocent. But I hope Yahoo gets any smart ideas about doing this with ads. I feel jacked. It might be a great little service for someone, but not me.

*By blogging about this, I wondered if they would probably get loads of bloomin’ hits so I have now removed the link.

Zebro on Boston’s Aqua Teen Blinking Bomb Scare

Somebody has been watching a little bit too much of the new 24 series methinks.

The things that shut down Boston today, because everyone assumed these blinking things must be bombs, were in fact part of a marketing campaign by a Turner Broadcasting company,

… in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia…

… says NBC11.com.

See Zebro’s account above.

Turner said “oops”.