Friday, July 31, 2009
One of our ongoing side projects here at TA2 is the Mammontastic admetal band Burn Back. The driving musical force behind these anthems is hard-rock outfit Peeler. Frontman and songwriter Craig Peeling has been working with us on (yet another) comeback single for Burn Back, and the demo sounds amazingly evil! Peeler just released their debut album Evils Of The Modern Pleasure Dance. Check it out on iTunes.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Keira Knightley has been accused of being anorexic by the media, along with other actresses, and actually fought and won a settlement in a lawsuit which implied her slender body may have been the cause of a teenage girl who died from anorexia.
Anyway, a contest was conducted a while back that had contestants photoshop actresses and make them look anorexic, to see what they would look like if they were.
Of course with all the negative publicity around Keira Knightley being anorexic, many images and photos came in showing her that way. Here are a couple of them which look very weird, so say the least.
First are these fantastic salt and pepper shakers:
Second is a David Shrigley playlist. Brought to us by our friends at DazedDigital.com
And here's a couple of Shrigley cartoons for an LOL.
In an effort to go back to their original company manifesto of being a funky indie coffeeshop, Starbucks is set to open one of three unbranded stores in the chain's birthplace of Seattle. The first - to be called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea - will serve alcohol, stock unbranded coffee and have space for running poetry evenings and open mic nights.
All is an experiment by head office to debrand and deglobalize... the question is why.
Pedestrian traffic has been down for Starbucks since the recession hit, and consumer tastes are changing to be more receptive to something that supports both the local community and the environment instead of a tie in with Chapters Indigo.
Head office's turn back to the funk is proving to be a hilarious Office Space esque quest for "flare". An excerpt from the Seattle Times:
'Sebastian Simsch, co-owner of Seattle Coffee Works near Pike Place Market, became frustrated last year after large groups of Starbucks employees kept crowding into his 300-square-foot store to look around. "I thought it was funny," he said. "We're this little store, and I thought Starbucks didn't need to learn from me."
During the third group's visit, Simsch let them know what he thought. "I said, 'If you want to buy something that's great, but just to look, that's not cool,' " he recounted. "I called the PR department and said, 'Never again.' " They did not come back, even after he moved into a much larger store next door.
Victrola Coffee Roasters saw the Starbucks people a lot more often. "They spent the last 12 months in our store up on 15th [Avenue] with these obnoxious folders that said, 'Observation,' " said Victrola owner Dan Ollis.
He thinks it's interesting that they spent all that time in his shop, which serves wine and beer, then applied for a liquor license to sell wine and beer at 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea.'
How's about leaving the local business to the local businesses and spending the debranding money and research on improving the existing brand instead? Consumers are well aware of being marketed to. If you want to appear more environmentally friendly, Starbucks, then let's try and do it properly. Have you heard of these?
Let's get them in your stores. I assure you that the public will be much more receptive to this than a weekly poetry reading.
And on the poetry reading rant, why don't we lift up our sleeves and move some chairs and use those funky chalkboards in your existing spaces to do so? Did we really need to print up "Observation binders" to think of this?
I am fully supportive of the debranding if it leads to more environmentally friendly rebranding of all Starbucks. For that, I say debrand away. Unfortunately, I don't believe the heart in this scenerio. Debranding in order to rebrand as being quirky and independent is only a scheme to be making more money and paving the way to exactly the same corporate trap they found themselves fall into in the first place. It's the Britney Spears syndrome. They won't be able to help themselves.
To see the Seattle Times article, click here.
Also, a great article from Marketing Mag here.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Now we have the Grim Reaper starring in his own tattoo, with his harvested souls behind him looking to see who's next in line.
Also when you look down his robe, near the bottom you see more souls that aren't as easy to pick out. It's like he's in a soul harvesting mode and he's getting a whole bunch at once.
But as far as the tattoo goes, this is really well done, as many Grim Reaper tattoos surprisingly are. As an overall group, they're among the best I've seen; as far as each individual tattoo and its quality.
See a nice batch of Grim Reaper tattoos here.
Saullo is set to star in an upcoming TV series "Cobras & Lagartos". He attended a course in Physical Education in Cruzeiro/SP for about a year, but the professional commitments of his career as a model interrupted his studies. He plans to pursue the course of Business Administration in the future.
He is simple, and likes to have fun. He loves parties, dancing and hanging out with his friends. He is a good cook, as a matter of fact, he was able to show-off his talent in the house of BBB6 making gourme and the requintada culinaria.
One of the things he enjoys to do is take a waterfall bath in the Green River. He's also into volleyball, soccer and video games.
Brent has done the cover of Men’s Fitness and countless swimwear pictorals and fashion shoots. From the cover of Men’s Fitness to his hot swimwear spread in the February issue of Aussie mag DNA, decked out in Aussie Bum undies, Brent has killer abs and a gorgeous look that’s almost too much to handle.
Brent continues to work in Europe and Australia doing print modeling. But like most models, Brent has acting on the horizon — he’s giving the stage a go first.
Bizarre Behavior and Action
Now this is a first for me, and looking at this guy roller skating down a roller coaster makes me a little queasy.
But if you've got the stomach for it, this would be a blast, and I bet the speeds he attains are extraordinary.
No matter, you won't find me following in his footsteps, but it would be a lot of fun to watch, as he would be moving in a way that would be really entertaining to see.
Bizarre Behavior and Action
The baby presented no problems when it came into the world with the help of midwives on May 27, 2008, at the Hejian Maternity Center, which is part of Tianjin Children’s Hospital.
What seemed like a routine birth, however, soon turned into a story from Ripley’s Believe it or Not, as midwives and medical staff could not have been more surprised to see a little boy endowed with a second penis in the middle of his back.
Born to farmer dad, Li Jun, 30, and his wife, who live in Central China’s Henan Province, the extra penis was safely removed.
There are complicated theories about this condition that relate to the abnormal formation of twins in utero (parasitic twin theory), but this manifestation is just too weird for any of the medical books.
For now, doctors are content to say that after three hours of surgery, the extra penis is gone and the little boy is doing fine.