Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Video game history

This is a complete history of console video games. It's interesting reading some of the behind-the-scenes stuff I was never aware of as a kid.

It's in the details

I can't really do this justice with words. It's artwork created by statistics. Pretty interesting experiement.

Via Coudal Partners.


Here's a collection of the typography from the vintage Batman fight scenes. This will take you back if you grew up watching the 60's Batman TV show.

Note: Yeah, I wasn't alive in the 60's. However, around 1989 when Tim Burton's Batman flick bowed, they began to rerun the original show on TV. My brother and I loved watching it every week.

Via HOW.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Why I hate coupons

So, I'm in line at Wal-Mart, which is probably my least favorite place to be. I've just spent 20 minutes shopping, and another 10 in line is not my idea of fun.

The couple in front of me has just finished checking out $200 worth of groceries. That takes a while.

Just as I see a light at the end of the tunnel, the woman whips out a stack of coupons as thick as the last Harry Potter book. And, of course, as the cashier begins to scan them (after picking her chin up off the floor) most of them have some sort of issue which requires her to punch an elaborate code into the machine. This adds a solid five minutes to the process. I really wish I was kidding.

It saved them a grand total of five dollars. Now, I realize five dollars is a lot of money to some people. In fact, to me it's generally a lot of money. However, at that point I was tempted to offer her five dollars just to leave right then.

There has got to be a better way for stores to handle coupons. It's a pain for the employees, and it's a pain for every customer except the one saving the money.

No computers? Seriously?

March 24th has been declared Shutdown Day. The idea is to shut down everything you have that uses a computer and go 24 hours without it. Seriously? It might be possible, since it's a Saturday, but still, nothing with a computer?

I'm looking around my desk right now. I'd have to do without the following (all of which I use every day): Treo cell phone, Powerbook, PowerMac, regular phone, fire department pager, Xbox 360, camera, and my TV. My beloved TV. That may be going too far.

I may actually give it a shot. It'll be easier if the weather is nice. We can get out with the kids and have some non-technological fun.

If you can still call that fun.

Send the bill to Gucci

This is a great story about a man who designed an ad (featuring himself) and sent it to a Swiss newspaper as a two-page full-color spread. A spread to be billed at $50,000 to Gucci. This is what advertising gets for being such a last-minute business. It makes it possible for things like this to take place.

Via AdFreak.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Fox problems

Fox seems to be having problems with their satelite signal tonight. Because of that, I've missed half of 24. I hope it was a good one.

Kick 'em while they're down

Sony and it's much maligned PS3 seem to be having tons of public relation problems these days. Now everyday folks are even going to a lot of effort to add to their misery. This video is pretty funny.

As promised

Here is the new blog I'll maintain for all the church-related happenings.

Movin' on up

Yesterday at church we had a special service where myself and my friend James Fesser were appointed as associate pastors. This is a big step for each of us and the church. We are the first associate pastors in the short history of the church and I think we each bring things to the table to help the church grow.

I'll be in charge of all children, youth, and college ministries as well as all creative direction and advertising/marketing.

I'll be starting a new blog very soon for all church-related material (I'm expected there to be a lot of it).


Below is the new Apple commercial for the iPhone. It is absolutely one of the best commercials they could have made. It ran during last night's Oscars broadcast. Perfect ad for the audience they were showing it to.

"She thinks she's a chip!"

Last night we were enjoying some of my wife's great hamburgers off the grill. Our family dinners, as is usually the case, degenerate into the boys making goofy faces while we all eat.

Suddenly, our cat Jinxy got a wild hair and jumped on the cabinet and up into the chip cabinet.

"She thinks she's a chip!" Conner screamed.

Maybe you had to be there, but it was really funny at the time.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"That's what she said."

The Office was great tonight. Just so you know.

Monday, February 19, 2007

"Seven billion dollars?"

This ad agency spoof video is shockingly close to reality. Pretty funny stuff.

Courtesy of Cliff Freeman & Partners.


We made it back from Snyder about eight 'o clock last night and I'm still tired. I've got a lot of thoughts on small-town living and going home that I'll post later.

This week we've got a Business Journal issue to finish up and several other deadlines, along with the release of Crackdown, so posting may be kind of slow.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Going home

This weekend, we'll be traveling to Snyder, Texas. I spent the first decade of my life in Snyder so I'm really excited to go back and see my childhood home. We'll be visiting my aunt and uncle's place for the last time. I thought I'd take the opportunity to take my boys back and show them where I grew up.

It will probably be kind of sad. I'd previously written about it here. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Jack Bauer's alarm clock

This has to be what Jack Bauer uses for an alarm clock.

I might just be ordering one of these.


I had to take a muscle relaxer today for the nerve flairing up in my shoulder. I'm pretty much done with the medicine thing. I never take drugs, so the few times I do, they knock me on my butt. It's like I'm walking around in a fog, fighting to stay awake.

I even found a few things to write about today, but can't muster the will to do so.

Oh well, no drugs tomorrow.

Monday, February 12, 2007

37Signals at it again

37Signals is set to introduce a new product known as Highrise.

As a user of their Basecamp and Backpack software, I can't wait to see what they've been up to.

Valentines for the undead

Via the How Magazine blog.

Wil Wheaton on ST:TNG

TV Squad is publishing reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation by series actor Wil Wheaton. He played the much-hated, Wesley Crusher.

What's really great about this is seeing the thoughts of someone who was involved in the making of the series. He doesn't pull any punches either. The reviews are especially fun to read when they are bad episodes. Luckily, they are starting with season one which was pretty much bad with a few moments of goodness sprinkled here and there.

You can read his latest review here, and keep up with his blog here.

His book, Just a Geek, is an incredible look at a rising star, that didn't keep rising so much as it just faded from Hollywood's radar. I'd recommend the audiobook version. It's worth every bit of the purchase price.

Taking it easy

Apparently, I'll be taking it easy today. I somehow pinched a nerve in my shoulder which basically means I have trouble moving or walking without extreme pain. So now, I've taken some Vicoden and muscle relaxers. The thing is, I never take medicine. When I do, it takes me out.

Plus, my nose is producing more snot than I thought humanly possible. Apparantly my body didn't read about what a great week it's going to be.

So here I am, just catching up on some writing and web work. If I don't answer my phone it's because slurred speech isn't very business-like.

The Fame Game

I'm not sure what The Fame Game is, and honestly my shoulder hurts too bad right now to care. However, the guy in the video here is really great.

"It's worth noting at this point that some people like to put fish in the recipe at this stage. Sometimes canned salmon. Sometimes tuna. Don't do it."

Via AdverBox.

Jack Bauergrams

When your kid has a birthday, you can sign up (for I think about $3) and have Dora the Explorer, or any number of other cartoon characters call your child on the phone. It's a prerecorded message, but they love it anyway.

Becca suggested they should do the same thing for grown men, but have a recording of Jack Bauer. I'd call them Jack Bauergrams.

I'm copyrighting that right now Fox. You hear me? I want some cash if you ever do that. Lots of it.

Good week

I'm declaring right now, it's going to be a good week. Wednesday, we should work out a deal for a semi-new account, which should be good for business.

We may also have something big to announce at church. It won't be for a couple of more weeks, but it should be great.

Plus, we'll probably be taking a trip this weekend.

Oh yeah, and my wife tells me I'm going to LOVE Valentine's day.

Should be a good week.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Good as new

Literally, good as new. The Gifford's repairman came out yesterday afternoon (I'm sorry I don't remember his name). Not only did he replace the bulb (under warranty), he calibrated my settings for me. This TV has never looked better, and saved me a lot more than the $200 I thought it was going to be.

It's a good thing too. I refused to tell Becca how much it was going to cost and she asked "Does this mean we'll be having pizza for Valentine's day?"

"And an all-you-can-smooch buffet," I answered.

She didn't think it was very funny then. She'll probably think it's even less funny written here.

So, thank you Gifford's, you restored my TV to life (and made it better than new), and saved our Valentine's day.

If you are in the market for a TV and live in the Stephenville area, give Gifford's a shot. People are always tempted to buy from the big-box stores because of huge sales. They are not going to come close to matching the service of a small locally-owned shop like Gifford's.

Our TV in the bedroom is acting funny, so we'll be in the market for a new one soon (and I'm of the opinion I need one in the office too). Will I be taking my money to Wal-Mart or Best Buy? Nope, Gifford's has earned my business as long as I live here. They've always taken great care of us.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Please, God, no

Dear Lord,

I thank you for finally bringing CHiPs to DVD. It's been much needed and perhaps it will set a few criminals on the straight and narrow.

But now, God, comes news that they may be making a direct-to-DVD version of Jaws 5.

You know I own every Jaws made. I think the first is the greatest film ever. The second is so-so. The third and fourth range from lame to really bad. Do we really need a fifth Jaws film? The answer to that is a very firm no.

So God, I try not to ask for much, but this is important. Really important. Please shut down any ideas related to another Jaws film.


Yes, please

According to The Digital Bits, CHiPS will soon arrive on DVD.

Growing up, this was my absolute favorite show. I think there is a picture somehwere of me riding my tricycle, while wearing my CHiPS helmet and carrying my gun. If I can find it, I'll scan it and put it up here. My mom tell me CHiPs is how I learned to tell time. I never looked at a clock, but I instinctively knew when it was coming on. She said I'd come running into the house screaming "CHiPs is coming on! CHiPs is coming on!" right on time every day.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

We've got a man down!

Just over a year ago:

"Now, this 62" DLP HDTV has a bulb powering it that will eventually burn out. This isn't all bad, though because once you replace it, the TV will look just as good as it did the first time it was turned on," the salesman explained.

"What did he say?" I thought. "Something about a bulb I think. I don't know. I sorta spaced out after I heard the words 62" DLP."

"The bulb will be around $200 to replace," he continued.

"$200! After what I'm about to pay for this thing?"

"Oh well," I comforted myself, "that's somewhere in the future. Yeah, a long way away. Today I get 62 inches of widescreen high-definition glory."

Fast forward to today:

I sit down in my comfortable chair. Time for a quick game to relax after a long day's work.

The TV goes black.

"Dang kids," I think to myself, "They're always hitting the remote."

I look around. Nope, no kids in the room.

"Hey, what's that red light on the front of the TV?"

"Aw crap, it's the one labeled 'bulb'. That's not good."

"We've got a man down!" I scream.

Man I hope Gifford's can fix this quick.

We're screwed

It's my love of the movie Jaws that inspires my abject terror when it comes to sharks.

Hundreds of sharks spotted off Florida coast.

I'm pretty sure they're going to eat us all.

The Office tonight

Don't forget The Office comes on tonight at 7:30. You can watch a two-minute replay of last week's at the site.

Robert Goulet strikes again

"Robert Goulet put gum in my hair"

As a companion to the great Super Bowl commercial for Emerald Nuts, they have more Robert Goulet sightings at

You can view the spot "from that big football game." Don't you think paying millions of dollars for the spot would qualify them to use the term Super Boal without fear of linebacker-sized lawyers descending on them?

You can also view a funny video titled "Victims Speak."

Mr. Goulet even has an official title: Goulet, enemy of natural energy.

Funny stuff via Adfreak.

Geeking out about The Noble

Doing some research this morning I noticed I had a link from

This reminded me I haven't really written much of anything about Perry or Newspring Church. They are located in Anderson, SC and man, do they have it going on. The church has exploded in the past year and just about doubled in size. God's hand is all over their ministry and they, along with a few others, have inspired me to think bigger. We are planning some new things for our church, but it seems like I'm constantly hitting walls of doubtful people. Watching the success of others has helped me get past these doubts and continue to look at what God can do, not what we can do.

On the off chance Perry happened to be the visitor from, I just wanted to say thanks for all you do. I know your mission is to reach the people in your surrounding area, but God is using you to inspire people a long way away to reach our areas too.

And by the way, anyone who's man enough to name his son Boaz is good in my book.

Interview with Lee McDerment

Here is a great interview with Lee McDerment, worship pastor at Newspring Church in Anderson, SC.

Lee has some great thoughts on dealing with the team, changes, staying grounded in the word, and his musical influences.

I'll soon be starting the proccess of searching for members for a worship team, so this is great advice.

Via Tony Morgan Live.

Nerds with swords

This is probably not the safest idea ever conceived.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Onion on Vista

The Onion reveals the major features of Windows Vista.

If you can't say something nice ...

Speaking of "ruining the $50 controller", Cody (who is only 17 months old and unfortunately, too young for the death penalty) threw one of my Xbox 360 controllers into the back yard.

There Indiana, our blood hound, proceeded to chew the top off the left stick. I guess this is what I get for wishing harm on other people's controllers.

Slip of the tongue

During a client meeting today, something vulgar was said. It was a slip of the tongue, and not what was intended.

I'm not saying who it was, or what was said, but it was the funniest thing I'd heard all day.

I promised to write about it, so here you go.

"Cancel or allow?"

This is one of the best and funniest new "Get a Mac" ads to come from Apple.

"You are coming to a sad realization. Cancel or allow?"


A $100 reward for a bag with 31 diamond rings?

This guy deserves a heck of a lot more than that. It's good to see some people still do the right thing.

Too bad the cheapskate who lost the bag didn't.

Red Snapper

The aptly named Tasty Apps makes a great little program called Red Snapper. It's just about the best utility I've seen for taking screenshots if you use Safari. It adds a simple button to the toolbar. With one click, you can take a snapshot of the entire page and save it in any number of formats. This is incredibly handy if you have to take screenshots very often. Well worth the $8.

Thanks to TUAW for the link.

Publishing experiment

Nick Mamatas is releasing his first novel for free. He has his reasons which you can read on the site, but the most interesting fact is that the book is already in print. The hope is that you will enjoy the book enough to purchase it later. I'd be very interested to see how this effects the sales of his book. I haven't read it yet, but how can you not when he's willing to step out like this?

These new forms of publishing are really exciting to me.

Via Whatever.

Almost "14 Days in a Civic"

A funny spoof of the "7 Days in a Sentra" campaign Nissan put on last year.

Via AdFreak.

Bad idea of the day

For anyone who has ever played on Xbox Live, you know it is filled with 14-year-old boys who's language would make a sailor blush. It's hugely annoying. Well, now their inane taunts can be premeditated thanks to the Trash Talk.

Basically, you prerecord your trash talk and then, at the magic push of a button, your probably less-than-intelligent speech is spewed across the internet to fellow players. This brings laziness down to new low thought previously unattainable. If there is any justice in the world, each of these devices will burst into flames permanently ruining the $50 controller it's attached to (and maybe even injuring, though not too severely, the player who saw fit to purchase it).

The best suggestion I've seen is for Microsoft to create an "Ignore All Tards" feature that automatically detects this device and doesn't allow you to hear anything they say.

Via Xbox 360 Fanboy.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Man, I need an editor

After looking back on a few posts, I've found I make one or two mistakes in each post. Usually simple stuff that I don't notice as I'm writing. It's too bad Blogger's spell check feature never seems to work.

I've gotta start working on that.

Look, Up in the Sky!

Look up in the Sky!, the Amazing Story of Superman is a great documentary about the history of Superman. From his first appearance to the latest film, Superman Returns.

Some highlights:

A Superman musical that was probably the biggest train wreck I've ever seen.

An early commercial for Sugar Smacks starring Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Jimmy Olsen. The funny part is that Lois Lane was not to be found in the commercial. At the time, it was considered inappropriate for Lois to be at the breakfast table with Clark. As the documentary points out, Jimmy and Clark waking up together didn't raise any eyebrows however.

The documentary pauses toward the end to discuss 9/11's effect on our country's views towards heroes. I find it interesting how often 9/11 is mentioned if fairly unrelated topics. It's so ingrained itself into our collective psyche.

"Run in slow motion!"

A really creepy tribute to Michael Bay.

Via Ain't It Cool News.

You need it when?

Scott Smith has a good story up about the Super Bowl spot he just directed. The entire thing was started the Monday before the big game and finished just in time.

Advertising has always been a last minute business. It's part of what drives me nuts, but also part of what drives me to try new things. It seems like it's always when you are tired and just about done that you come up with that one last "wouldn't it be cool" ideas. When you take the time to implement those, you usually come out with something great.

These last minute creative marathons are some of the most fun, and yet most draining things you'll ever do.

Three hours

It's always amazing to me the difference three hours can make. We have some good friends that live in Longview, Texas and we visit them a few times a year. From one of these past visits I still have a weather widget set up on my OSX dashboard that gives me updates on Longview's current conditions. Here in Stephenville it will be a sunny 70 degrees today. Three hours away, Longview will be covered in snow and shivering with a high of 16 degrees.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Being a kid

Wil Wheaton has a great post today about the joys of building forts with your kids.

If you have kids, when was the last time you built a fort, or played ball or built Legos with them?

SB highlights

Below are some of the spots I enjoyed from last night.

A pretty good spot for Doritos. I was impressed with the way they equated Dorito flavors with life.

And now a Doritos spot that is totally creepy and wrong, but has some good acting.

Emerald Nuts
There's just enough quirkiness to make this one work. Plus you can't beat watching Robert Goulet eat paper.

This spot has been out a while, but is sheer magic. It even works on people (like my mother-in-law) who had never heard to Grand Theft Auto.
They managed to be great this year ... and without using animals at all.

The love the way this spot is shot.

Another good one for E*Trade. "Save Holland."

Fed EX
"Well said, Mr. Turkeyneck."

Nationwide Insurance
I can't stand the music, but you have to admit this is funny. The best part, though, is the store manager. He was the perfect actor for that two-line role.

Bud LIght
This was one of my favorites. "And a chainsaw!"

One of the few good spots featuring animals.

Bad news for Studio 60

It looks like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip may soon be canceled.

That's really a shame. It seemed to really be hitting it's stride, and was the only show I looked forward to watching every week outside of 24 and The Office.

One of Sorkin's previous efforts, Sports Night, which was also canceled early is probably my favorite TV show of all time.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Talking animals

So far, the SB commercials have been pretty uninteresting. The theme so far seems to be talking animals. While none of these spots are truly great, I am a fan of the Taco Bell spot below.

Mostly because it's funny to hear a lion say Ricardo Montalban.

Friday, February 02, 2007

"We're manly, manly men!"

Dial has a great new site to promote Dial for Men.

It's amost on par with these spots from Old Spice. I like all this new manly man marketing.

Some of the highlights of the site include:

The theme song. "Dial for men. We're manly, manly men. I'm a man, yes I am." (Repeat ... forever). All this backed by a tuba.

The Official Unofficial Rulebook for Man. "Hugs are allowed for old friends. But they must be of the handshake/back-punch variety.

And something I've advocated for a long time: Die Hard is, in fact, the greatest Christmas movie ever made.

Via American Copywriter.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Office

I've been a fan of the original BBC version of The Office since I picked up the complete collection on DVD.

The American version has always been great, but never quite hit the level of the original. I think it finally has. Tonight's episode was incredibly funny. If you're not already watching it, you should be.

Windows Vista review

This is probably the best review of Windows Vista I've read.

Turns out he was right

You know Colton's instinct on not killing the killer fish. Turns out he was right. Becca took the fish back to the store only to find out it was pregnant. This is what turned the normally docile fish into a killing machine.

The interesting thing is we didn't have another kind of that fish (molly) in the tank. In the absence of another molly, it turns out they can mate with a similar type of fish, but this is incredibly rare.