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dwell is not for me

This won’t be much of a shock­er for peo­ple who know me and know dwell mag­a­zine. I like to style myself a designey, mod­ern, cool-stuff kind of guy (and I am, real­ly), so I nat­u­ral­ly thought dwell would be for me. I sub­scribed, cheap, and got a year’s worth. This last week, I man­aged to […]

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Of this you are sure

Think­ing of Valen­tine’s Day, I remem­bered this bill­board I saw a num­ber of years ago in Oma­ha. It’s for a jew­el­ry store in town, the world-famous Bor­sheim’s, and it’s the first jew­el­ry ad I’ve seen that I find at all com­pelling. The imagery is greet­ing card trite, but the tag line, “Of this you are […]

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Powered by Gravity: Hot Wheels and Line Rider

While on vaca­tion in Flori­da, we passed a bill­board that had a very cool car on it, at a down­ward angle, and the tag line read, “Real Cars are Pow­ered by Grav­i­ty.” In the cor­ner was a Hot Wheels logo. I thought that was awe­some. Then, a few days lat­er I saw some­thing pass by […]

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No more AdSense on this blog

I know, you’re not all torn up about this. As a fur­ther refine­ment of my blog­ging efforts, I’ve decid­ed to stop host­ing ads on this site. Espe­cial­ly Google’s con­­text-sen­si­­tive AdSense ads. Turns out that a blog as eclec­tic as this one is a bad fit for con­tex­tu­al adver­tis­ing. I’m open to ads in the future, […]

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The last memorable commercial: United’s use of Rhapsody in Blue

Just heard George Gersh­win’s Rhap­sody in Blue on the radio, and I imme­di­ate­ly won­dered what a Unit­ed Air­lines com­mer­cial was doing on NPR. Sec­onds lat­er I real­ized that it was a per­for­mance of the Gersh­win piece, not an ad. I don’t watch com­mer­cials any­more, with TiVo in the house, but Unit­ed’s cam­paign pre­dat­ed my TiVo […]