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Oct. 25th, 2016

The Best Campaign Ad Ever

Oct. 24th, 2016

Tales Of The Peculiar - Book Review

Man, Ransom Riggs must hate Tim Burton with the fire of a thousand suns.

This fourth book about the world of Peculiars is so diverse it's astounding. Pretty much any race you can think of is included. One story is about trans acceptance, another is a metaphor about loving your gay child. We even get a story where the one percent create a housing crisis and get eaten alive as a result.

Tales Of The Peculiar is a stand alone book. There's no Emma and no need to know about Emma or her story. While I miss reading about Emma, I do think this is the best of the books (and the most child friendly.) The short story format gives him a chance to introduce us to lots of cool Peculiars who are super fun.

Overall, he's mostly poking fun at Grimm's Fairytales (the original ones where things don't always turn out for the best, but where there is a lesson to be learned even without a happy ending.)

My favorite story is the one with cannibals as the heroes. I suspect the favorite of most people will be the Narnia satire - kind, friendly talking animals and giants and a witch turning people into stone is sort of a proven story.

The creepiest one is about a girl who can pull nightmares out of people's heads. I leave it to your imagination what some people might end up like if nothing they did ever gave them nightmares.

The most interesting one is him making fun of a certain Kafka story most of us had to read in school.

The book design itself is beautiful and makes it worth getting a dead tree version and not going for Kindle.

If you haven't visited the world of the Peculiars yet I'd suggest starting with this one. It's a quick read and fairly inexpensive and will give you an overall sense of his writing style.

5 Stars

Oct. 20th, 2016

People - Particularly Women - Are Masturbating To Clowns Now

Given all the clown stuff going on in America, PornHub decided to see if this has caused people to masturbate to clown videos.

The answer is "yes" and most of these people are women.

Oct. 18th, 2016

2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees - Guessing Who Will Get In

Shit, they just announced the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees and I'm nearly baffled as to which five or six will get in because it's a tough crowd this year. Anyway, here's the list with my feelings on which ones will get in.

Pearl Jam - Nearly a lock. Well known, beloved by tons of people and will perform and help sell tickets.

Tupac - Yeah. They can't not put him in and it lets them have a memorial section to the show.

Depeche Mode - Probably not. You have to throw the older crowd a bone and the older voters won't have any idea who they are.

ELO - No. Maybe in a year with a weaker field, but I just don't see it going against this group.

Jane's Addiction - Not as strong a contender as Pear Jam and Pearl Jam is going to lock up all the recent band votes.

Janet Jackson - No. She hasn't done enough to put herself enough on the radar in this field.

Journey - Please god, save me.

The Cars - 50/50. Lot of influence but still a tough field.

The Zombies - If half the voters have to Google your band, not so much.

YES - While I hate them lots of people love them and the industry loves them so they have a good shot.

Bad Brains - In a year without Pearl Jam and Jane's Addiction why not. But this isnt' that year.

Chacka Khan - Yes. They got a world of shit for having no women in last year and she's cool.

J. Geils Band - No way in hell this year.

Joan Baez - Every older voter will vote for her and she'll get in.

Joe Tex - No.

Kraftwerk - Not in this field.

MC5 - I don't think so but I could see this being a surprise one getting in.

Steppenwolf - Probably. Old voters will like them and a lot of new voters think they are cool.

Oct. 15th, 2016

BBC Poll

When You See "BBC" Online You Think Of..

Something Sexual
I Have No Clue What You Are Talking About

Oct. 13th, 2016

Campaign URLs That Are Still Available

Went to GoDaddy last night to see if all the possible presidential campaign URLs have been snapped up by now. Found some that are still available including:








Oct. 10th, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Movie Review

Up until about halfway through this steaming pile of rotting dogshit I was willing to give it a pass as "well, not very much like the book, but Burton has his own vision" but then the movie went completely off the rails and left nothing but a festering sense of despair and sadness in anyone unlucky enough to be in the movie theater.

"It's films like this that make me hate waking up and spending eight bucks," my companion, who had not read the books said as we left. We stayed until the end. Several other people at the movie did not make it that far and started walking out in the middle of the putrid third act.

I don't know what happened here.

The book had a female hero. The movie makes the boy the hero.

The book has an internal logic. The movie has none.

The book is an adult love story. The movie is aimed at five year olds.

I guess the most ridiculous scene is the peculiars getting into a snowball fight with the monsters.

The most depressing thing is that in the books the peculiars are not children and don't act like children. They simply look like children.

In the movie the y are very childlike actual children.

All agency is removed from all of the female characters.

Even the scenes set in 2016 are whitewashed.

There is a scene in the book where "This Is Why" comes up and it's by far the fan favorite, but that never makes it to the screen because it would have had to include the love story they for some reason delete.

This is a film that wants you to believe a 16 year old with really good eyesight is somehow more powerful than a 66 year old woman who can throw fireballs from her hands.

It's also a film that asks you to suspend all sense of logic and flow and prays you will simply jump over Grand Canyon sized plot holes.

The film makes the entire concept of going to the movies a grim experience.

The book is sad because the peculiars have hope even though they are trapped in a version of Eden that grinds on and on and on.

The movie is sad simply because it exists.

Oct. 6th, 2016

Why Branding Differential Matters

A while ago I talked about why branding matters

That's the basics of branding. What it didn't get into is another mistake companies make - failing to create brand differential under their branding.

Yes. Your products need to have a common branding message. But you can't make it too common. You have to make each of your products branding slightly unique from each other?

Why? Because it's always possible that one of your products will become a fuck up. Face it, mistakes happen. And you don't want a fuck up with one product to hurt other products.

Take Samsung for example.

Their overall branding for their phones is great. And the Galaxy name is great and should be used in their entire branding process, because it re-enforces the overall brand.

But... that's as much common branding as you need. Any more than that is dangerous. Which is why releasing two phones at the same time - one called a Galaxy S7 and one a Galaxy 7 Note is a super bad idea.

I just got a Galaxy S7 and people constantly ask me if I'm worried about it blowing up - because that's what happened with the Note 7 fuck up. People look astonished that the S7 is a different phone, because Samsung did not create enough branding differential between the two products.

What people remember is "Galaxy" and "7" so the problem with the Note 7 is fucking up their branding for the S7. And that's bad news given that the S7 is one of the best phones on the market but is now doomed to fail.

This is why, if you look at the poster for Rogue One, the words "Star Wars" are in very small letters under the name, rather then in the giant letters they are in for trilogy films. Disney doesn't want the general public to blow off Episode 8 if Rogue One is a stinker.

So, remember that when you are trying to market stuff. Keep some common branding elements, but find someway to separate the products in the mind of the consumer. It could save your business.

My Contribution To National Poetry Day

If You Are An MRA
You Are Secretly Gay
Go Find A Cock
And Make It Spray

Oct. 4th, 2016

Westworld Women And Sex Poll

In the pilot episode of Westworld we are shown a park where rich people can go to a recreation of the old west and do pretty much whatever they want with super realistic robots.

In the episode we see some young wealthy women go there who are very excited to be able to fuck realistic cowboy robots. "That one's too perfect looking! I want to ride a bad guy!"

The commentators on Jezebel and some other sites I've seen have been like "no way would women ever pay money for that."

But, given the number of cowboys I've seen on the cover of romance novels I suspect some might. It also occurs to me that today most sex toys are marketed towards women. Why wouldn't a dildo that looked and acted like a hot dude or a hot western bar maid be popular?

That said, I'm not a woman, so I'm asking you what you think.

Poll #2055021 Westworld Women And Sex Poll

Woudl A Fair Amount Of Women Fuck The Robots

I think so
I think not

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