Sunday, November 29, 2015

No Facebook

Nancy and I are going Facebook free this week. Hopefully it will last longer. Yes my blog posts will still turn up there but I will not be.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Movie Review


This movie was very cool.

Good acting, good music, good writing, good plot and very hot girls in it.

The basic plot is 3 geeky friends who live in the hood are into 90s hip hop music,culture and fashion. They get int trouble when they mistakenly end up with a drug dealers drugs.

While it goes some expected places, it also surprises you at several points.

At first I thought it went on a bit too much after where I felt it should have ended, but then it redeemed itself.

This movie is well worth seeing. I really dug it.

This had some major power behind it with Forest Whitaker, Pharrell Williams and Sean Combs all producers on this movie.

 Trivia- Dope became the first movie to accept bitcoin for ticket purchases at over 900 theatres in the USA via

Friday, November 27, 2015

Movie Review

The Final Girls-

A very funny original take on the horror comedy genre.

A girl and her friends find themselves stuck in an 80’s horror movie that the main characters mom had starred in.

Has some good acting and some cool shots in it.

This is well worth checking out, no matter if you are a horror movie fan or not.

Some interesting trivia:
The film was conceived and co-written by Joshua John Miller as a way of dealing with the death of his dad, Jason Miller, who had starred as Father Karras in The Exorcist (1973).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I Like This

This is a cool idea against bullying.

A new ordinance in Plover, Wisconsin, allows police to notify parents in writing of a bullying incident, and then ticket them if their kid is caught bullying again within 90 days. Including court costs, multiple infractions could amount to a fine of $124.

The problem here is it has to have been reported and involve the police. But this is very interesting.

Maybe not as interesting as the idea I posted about in 2014 about a vigilante group that bullies the parents of bullies.

But anything to get rid of the bully idiocy is a good thing.

[Read here]

Star Wars Trailer Sweded

This is insanely awesome.


I went to a Digital Symposium yesterday.

I won't really go into what I thought about it right now. But it did make me wonder about the entire future of digital media, etc. and how agencies will treat it.

I find it odd that we are still separating digital out as a separate thing in agencies. Sure you need developers. But that's no different than if you are doing broadcast needing editors.

There is nothing I hate more than the title Digital Creative Director. Are there TV Creative Directors? Promotions Creative Directors? Print Creative Directors? You get the point.

Just like with any medium one should understand what is possible. But knowing technically how to do it is completely not a requirement.

I think technology will continue to evolve so quickly and new platforms continue to arise, that for the majority of agencies it will not be wise to try and keep digital focused people on staff. Yes there will be digital shops. Just as there are above the line focused shops.

But I also think there could be a digital version of a production studio that becomes far more frequent.

And I would think that once the new shininess of digital media wears off on most clients/brands they will realize that most of it is the digital version of the Value-Pack coupon crap you get in the mail that goes directly into the recycle bin without ever getting opened.

Sure people click on banner ads, video views are supposedly high. But it's all how you measure the "data" Was that banner clicked on by mistake because it was some annoying page takeover? Did the video view count because it was an auto play once the page loaded and you scrolled down the page and never actually saw it?

I could be wrong, but I would say I am not wrong that there will be some drastic change.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Not Sure

I don't think I can walk away from this blog after having it go for 8 years. But I know that I need to figure out how and how often I want to post here nowadays.

It's partly because I am social media'd out.

Yes I have it set up that if I post here it goes to both my twitter account as well as Facebook and Linkedin.

I have been posting less here because I have been using Instagram more. I like the simplicity of it. But would it work to do movie reviews? And just share dumb things I find?


But I do hate instagram posts with way too much copy. But it's not like my reviews are long.

And I realize that none of this really matters.

But there is a part of me that would like to strip away some social media options.

So many platforms. All doing pretty much the same thing.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Movie Review

Inside Out-

As with all Pixar movies I had little interest in seeing this at the theater, even though I know they are always good and I always like them.

This movie was awesome.

It had me laughing out loud and tearing up at times too.

Such an interesting look at how the human mind works.

Great movie for kids and adults alike.

Can’t believe I waited all this time to see it.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fire Pit Tonight!

Perfect night to sit by the fire and have a few drinks.

Come on over.


I have things for s’mores and some hot dogs.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hate Hate Hate

When will brands, agencies and media companies learn, that just because you can put an ad somewhere doesn't mean it's a good idea. The pre-roll crap before videos is bad enough. I just hover over the button waiting till I can skip it. If it is one of the horrible ones that you can't skip, I open another tab in my browser and look at something else till the ad is over.

But I am so sick of these pop ups on videos.

Does anyone ever click them on purpose? Or are their only clicks from people trying to close them who click in the slightly wrong spot.

Same thing with the multiple choice questions that STLtoday makes you answer before being able to see the story you are there for in the first place. I don't read your question or answers. I just click to get your crap out of my way.

I understand it is all this crap that keeps the content free to we the consumer.

But these all interrupt my experience. They detract from what I really want to do. I don't feel this way about print ads in magazines, or billboards.

So how can we help brands advertise without it being pure distracting annoying crap?


I am a sucker for cops and robbers movies. And with this cast, I am super interested.

Monday, November 9, 2015

What I Did

Had a crazy bizarre Friday between 4pm-6pm. You’ll have to ask me about it. No typing the story.
Went to the Famous Fictional show at Mad art.
Bought outdoor lights.
Once it got dark it turned out they flashed multi colors.
Returned said lights.
Bought different less shitty lights.
Watched lots of bad TV.
Grilled filets.
Went to Target.
Jett had friends over both weekend days.
Went to the park.
Sold my The Wire dvds.

Friday, November 6, 2015

For Sale

The complete series of The Wire.
All 5 seasons on dvd.
Own the best show ever to be on TV.

Who wants it?
Get a hold of me.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

For Jary

Spec Work Is Dumb.

Ad and design agencies pretty much always sink to the lowest common denominator. They live on the fear that if they don't do it, someone will come along and do it cheaper.

And rather than being glad they dodged a bullet, that would be a project that would not be profitable or even lose them money, they jump at the opportunity, just so they can be the one to do it.

And often it is because of the "it will lead to more projects" crap.

Even if it does, why do you think that a client who wanted to not pay what things cost to begin with, will be a good client to have for longer term?

The above video by Zulu does a good job of showing how ridiculous spec work is.

The majority of other industries do not operate in this inane way. When I was going to have a pool built, I had to look at the companies previous projects, meet with them, get an estimate, then trust my decision of who I went with. And understood if it didn't go exactly how I wanted then I would need to work with them to adjust, or use someone else afterward.

I love what I do for a living. But our industry is so stupid.

These are So Cool

I wish they were real.
[Read more here]

[see more work at the artist's site]