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My son's "paper" arrived on Sunday morning. My little guy turned seven yesterday and ever since he's been able to speak, he's referred to the Christmas toy ads as his "paper."
This morning he had a Sharpie and was circling EVERYTHING he wanted for Christmas this year. And he's very practical... he saved some toys for his sister and cousins.
Back when I was a little guy, my younger brother and I would fight over the Sears Christmas Catalog for weeks. We'd tag our "wish lists" with our initials, then fight over every item the other brother had claimed. Looking back, this tradition was BIG part of Christmas growing up. We'd spend hours talking about what we wanted, what we circled, and what we were hoping to open on Christmas morning. The weeks leading up to the holiday were such torture. How many times were you caught shaking or trying to pick a small hole in the corner to catch a glimpse of the package?
Ah, the excitement of anticipation only to be met with the sadness of reality when you grabbed the biggest box under the tree, ripped off the paper in one move, teared open the box to find... three packages of socks, underwear, and undershirts.
Now, as an adult, I actually look forward to that gift every year!
Because starting on November 1st, you will begin seeing these. At least this one for Best Buy is funny...
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One week until Movember! November is the month that MILLIONS of mustaches appear on men's faces around the works to raise money to fight prostate and testicular cancer. Guys, if you want to register, click here.
One cool thing about Movember, aside from the sweet mustache, is that Nick Offerman is serving as the "unofficial spokesman" of the global event, starring in another series of videos to promote the cause. Enjoy!
In honor of Halloween... movies that are so much scarier, thanks to a cat!
Full disclosure: I still sleep with a night light. And if I can't find mine, I will take the one out of my kids room.
With that said, there are people who like the idea of staying in a haunted house or room. This time of year, if you're looking for a "Haunted Hotel," Booking.com is the site you need to visit!
The hotel in this commercial is real. It's the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, a hotel that was formerly a school, known to be haunted by its headmistress, Miss Mary.
Stay with me on this one… I'm beginning to think Miley Cyrus recent "breakdown" is a very well-calculated media move - one that would put any conspiracy theory or advertising campaign to shame.
Let's start with the MTV Video Music Award show and the twerking. The giant foam finger, the skin-tight outfit - it accomplished the goal of getting our attention. We started talking about "Miley" instead of "Hannah Montana." All of her previous attempts to rebrand herself had failed. She needed to make a BIGGER impact and the MTV Award Show was the perfect opportunity.
It didn't take long after the MTV performance that we were watching her ride naked on that wrecking ball, while she's holding back the tears and generating MILLIONS of views on YouTube. Miley went from being "cute" to "weird." We stopped talking about her "annoying music." Suddenly she had this new found talent…
Like many others, I said Miley was acting out, like a toddler desperate of getting attention. "I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen," is how Elton John put it. But now I think the meltdown was more of an image makeover, one that was brilliantly executed. Check out this tweet from Bradley Kay, he's the Presdient of SSK, a creative agency.
So what if her website looks like a high-school teens book cover? Miley has a very defined marketing strategy right now and we are ALL playing into it.
LEGO has launched a new collection of wristwatches for adults! The watches go on sale next month and the cool thing is, you can build your watch however you like. Hopefully it won't fall apart as easy as the creations we made as a kid and we get yelled when all of the pieces get sucked up into the vacuum.
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You probably wouldn't buy a car from Will Ferrell but everyone loves him as Ron Burgundy. Dodge scores some "funny points" with this campaign that ties in with the new Anchorman sequel, before the movie hits theaters in December.
The cool thing about these ads: Will Ferell was handed almost COMPLETE control of the scripts and concept. And the commercials were directed by one of Will's "Funny or Die" friends, Jake Syzmanski.
Forget about the Government Shutdown… the BIG question everyone is asking this week is, "what are you going to be for Halloween this year?"
We're having a costume party this year, so I actually HAVE to come up with something. While I was net surfing this week, I saw this funny tweet from Conan…
Halloween is just a month away, and I still haven’t picked out my excuse for not dressing up.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 2, 2013
What's disturbs me is that today's party costumes now are getting more… adult. Take a look at what our grandparents wore to Halloween Parties back in the day.