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Bank Ads – A response

I have covered this before, and probably will again.

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SMH on Underbelly Razor

I have yet to see the new Underbelly series called Razor which is supposed to be set during the razor gang wars for the 1920s. The Sydney Morning Herald has a review of it, I did like this dig:

Time in Razor is marked by gradual construction of the Harbour Bridge. But you really know it’s yesteryear when they show Sydney with a live music scene.

Ouch!

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Bad to the Bone



Bad to the Bone, originally uploaded by Avanaut.

Haven’t shared a flickr pic in a while but I like the atmosphere of this one.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Hollywood Motel

I haven’t seen this clip in years. An aussie guy by the name of Lee Perry does one of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonations. I haven’t seen any work from him in years, I think this video dates from 2004 as least, but I think I have heard him on some ads on TV, Cherokee Jeep maybe?

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Emperor’s New Clothes

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.

Dream, in Sandman #60: “The Kindly Ones: 4”

I was reminded of the above quote with the internet furore over the forthright speech of a trader who was interviewed on BBC. He said of all things that the finaicial markets are only in it for the money and that we is looking forward to a recession. People are up in arms about it but don’t realise that he is in no way unique (except that he went on TV and said it). These are the people who profit from our success and failure.

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Toy Story Lego (wha?)

Ok it has been just over a year since Toy Story 3 came out. I went to see it in the cinema, which is not something I do regularly any more.  I loved it, they ending almost brought a tear to my eye (I said almost).  But another scene of note was the first scene.  If you don’t remember exactly it’s more of a prequel to the movie as it has Andy still as a kid playing with all his toys and using a kids imagination to create a story where “The Evil Dr. Porkchop has trapped Rex in a boxcar packed with dynamite aboard a runaway train, and it’s up to his friends to save him! As Woody bravely battles Porkchop on top of the train, Jessie rides Bullseye in hot pursuit and Buzz flies in for a last-second rescue!“.

The scene is excellently executed, but it also worked on another level for me and showed how nothing can beat a child imagination provided it has the time to run wild.  I remember as a kid we used to wait for toilet rolls and yogurt cartons to build bases for out G.I. Joes (well it was Action Force for us) that scene seemed to catch that intrinsic essense of making do with what you have and enjoying it.

Which is why I was slightly appalled to see that Lego brought out a Toy Story 3 range one which is called the Western Train Chase (7597) (the italicised portion above is it product description), it took me a while to understand, construct and verbalise what my problem with it was.  Then a realised they had taken something that was celebrating unbridled imagination a kid putting together cowboys and aliens (huh?) and dinosaurs and evil pigs, boxing it and selling that specific adventure to kids.  It comes with a lego Woody, Buzz and Hamm, but to me it just screams “Don’t use your imagination kids, we’ve done it for you.” See what happens if you click this link: Google “toy story 3 western train chase”

I have enjoyed some of the output from the lego range, I am the prode owner of a lego AT-AT (here is one of my highest rated flicker pics) but it this what we have to look forward in the new generation of kids?  I am waiting for the time when the next big Christmas toy will be “Cardboard Box”and there will be news items in the run up to Christmas with parent pummeling the crap out of each other hoping to get a certified  “Cardboard Box”. and there are kids bawling their eyes out because they parents couldn’t get one. This should be one of the seven signs of the apocalypse. However in this apocalypse we don’t end in some Mad Max Thunder Dome distopia more likely it will be the Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World taking upper and downers so that we can manage the world (mildly alluded to in Wall-E).  However if that does happen you’ll find me holed up in a lighthouse outside London with some sticky backed plastic and some lolly pop sticks, good luck.

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Why the financial market is so screwed up!

Want to know why the financial market is so screwed up? Here is what the banks in Australia put out as ads to shore up consumer confidence, because, you know that is kinda important right now:

BankWest

(This is only one of a whole slew of ads where bank managers are get banking advice from midget horse, teddy bears and they ride around on space hoppers)

ING Direct

(This used to be Billy Connellys gig until he, a comedian, was considered too serious)

ANZ

(from a security perspective this was a complete waste of money, he bypassed all the expensive stuff by knocking on the glass)

Commonwealth Bank


(Yeah, now these dudes have just wrecked international relations with New Zealand)

All I want is a ad with an accountant looking fellow in a boring grey suit standing in front of a white background pointing to a sign saying 8%, the bank that does that will get all my money.

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Before the Punchline

This is an interesting video discussing the hows and whys of getting into stand-up. It is a bit London centric but largely correct. In short get out there and perform and do it often.

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Uhura versus Slave Leia


Presented without comment (except that I’m geeking out right now!) [via]

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Kevin Myers on Peig

Growing up in Ireland wasn’t too bad, but having the sword of damocles that was having to pass Irish to get into University was some thing that filled me with dread (and still does). I personally think that the government places too much emphasis on Irish and not enough on other languages that they might actually use, especially now that Ireland has moved back into the exporting it’s talent overseas.

One thing that I thankfully dodged by downgrading to pass Irish for the leaving was Peig, her shadow loomed over our lives. Kevin Myers column recently captured the sentiment in a way I never could:

Several generations of poor blameless citizens had their childhoods ruined by the imposition of the demented reminiscences of Peig Sayers, a pipe-smoking old mad woman from the Blaskets.

This female Fred West, not content with having her own life filled with misery, was determined to spread it as far as she possibly could. In this ambition she was assisted by a lunatic from England named Robin Flowers and several Scandinavians with straws in their hair and a berserker look in their eyes, who between them turned her geriatric babblings into an educational purgatory for hundreds of thousands of children.

Nuff said!