Clever & Funny Advertising

Those who know me well know that I detest advertising. The advertisements for the new Ant-Man movie are a rare exception. Just the right size for the ants (an important target market for the film), the billboards are clever and made me laugh. Hat tip to Cameron for calling my attention to them. Related articles These Tiny Ant-Man Billboards Are… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Facebook No Better Than the NSA!

y now everyone knows that our own government is spying on us all—hundreds of millions of innocent Americans. Astonishingly to me, no one seems to much care. I do, actually. Facebook seems to be spying on us too1, even speaking on our behalf. Here are some recent examples I have experienced personally: 1. About 3 years ago I was house… Continue reading

Getting a Divorce

Yes, it’s true. I’m getting a divorce: from Facebook. We are in the “separation” phase. I’ve moved Facebook out: off of my iPad and my iPhone. I’m no longer going to use it from my iOS devices because those apps seem oppressively laden by Facebook’s marketing machine. So, I’m still checking my account from my computer, but I’m minimizing the… Continue reading

The Onslaught of the Fiaticians

Everyone who knows me knows of my complete disdain for advertising, but this commercial is special. I love the design sensibilities and size of the new Fiat 500s. Their marketing campaign is crafty to say the least. This commercial is very well done on several levels. It’s cleverly deceptive. The last thing Fiat wants you to know is that their… Continue reading

Can I Lease My Rooftop?

So, this is going to be really, really annoying! Apparently a startup in San Francisco is selling your daily routes to work and back to companies willing to post advertisements on your car. The car owner gets paid about $100 per month to have the advertisements stuck to their car. “This car runs on advertising.” The daily route you take… Continue reading

In Spam Hell!

No, it’s bigger than that! I’m in electronic spam hell! I completely killed text messaging on my iPhone* because I began getting an untold number of marketing text messages. I can think of nothing I loathe more than unsolicited advertising, especially when I’m the one paying for it! On a quest for a solution, I called @AT&T. Yes, I had… Continue reading

Capitalism and the Essence of Place

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of place, especially how physical place relates to creativity and production through psychological space. (You can read my first post, back in 2004, on this topic: here.) A few months ago I read an incredibly fascinating series of articles on the essence of place and how it is changing, rapidly. But, I digress…… Continue reading