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"You already know how to use it"

May 13, 2010

A new iPad ad breaks the mold and tells us exactly what the iPad is: a screen capable of showing any kind of data at any time. I think that's quite incredible. We take for granted that computers can do anything: now you can take that with you. When was the last time you saw […]

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Adobe strikes back

May 13, 2010

Responding to Steve Job's first public shot in the Flash Wars (apart from the whole not-including-Flash-in-his-mobile-empire thing), Adobe is running a direct set of ads on major sites like the NYT. The campaign pairs a somewhat surprising banner: With a more direct sidebar ad: I predict that within a year, HTML5/Java editing tools will be […]

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Don Draper would be proud

October 28, 2009

Recently, there have been countless ads for auto insurance all making a similar claim: drivers who switch to that firm save significant amounts of money. How can every major insurance company make a similar statement? They can't all be cheaper than every other company, on average. As a particularly egregious example, Allstate's website declares it […]

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Land speed

September 2, 2009

I saw this ad for the new Cadillac lineup, in particular the CTS coupe, on Sunday night and was left with the feeling that I had seen something almost-but-not-quite-like it before. The sand, the straight-line speed, the radio-quality voices, the ambient nothingness... and finally, I remembered. Here's the Cadillac ad: And here's the classic BMW […]

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Top Gear season 13 is coming!!

June 19, 2009

This is the second trailer, and I like it a bit more than the first: Truth be told, the first trailer really is worth watching if only for the way mini-James yells "Clarkson, you great oaf!" near the end. ...All right, you've talked me into it:

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Damn the physicists, full speed ahead!

June 3, 2009

Banners for WWDC are starting to go up at Moscone West. The main banner reads, "One year later. Light years ahead." Never mind the implication that Apple travels faster than light (or has a Time Machine). The laws of physics can not contain Steve Jobs!

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Sponsored by GM

June 1, 2009

I was searching for "GM" (in Bing) and a sponsored ad came up at the top of the results. It said: Official GM Site: Change at GM is Under Way. Visit the Official Site to See How. I assumed the ad was an outdated one referencing GM's (well, Chevrolet's) "An American Revolution" campaign, and […]

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"Why do we live together?"

May 18, 2009

This hilarious spot for Nike aired last night - the simple premise (established in the slightly-less-funny "Chalk" ad) is that Kobe and LeBron are inexplicably roommates. Also, they are muppets.

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Fire safety

April 21, 2009

Via Modern Mechanix.

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BMW: Checkmate

April 17, 2009

Amazing ads in Santa Monica, as a sign for the new Audi A4 is countered by BMW's new M3:

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The Credit Fairy

March 3, 2009

This ad played ahead of the Japanese Office clip below, and during the whole thing I was waiting for Obama to pop out and yell "I'm the credit fairy!"

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