Thursday, October 25, 2007

Apple Envy, In Advertising




Well, it looks like Apple got a taste of their own medicine. Sony placed this ad. and completely ripped off Apple. I won't even debate this, because the Sony ad is an exact replica of the Apple ad. Apple, of coures is not innocent of the exact same lack of creativity. What I don't understand is how and why companies do this.


I see one of 2 possibilities, and neither have anything to do with coincidence, so don't even try to suggest that crap.


1. The company knowingly rips the other off and just hopes no one notices or cares. What's confusing is, they could have changed the order of the colors of any 2 cameras and you might possibly have somewhat reasonable ground to stand on to almost suggest the slightest chance of this being a coincidence to me, if you caught me right when I woke up, and before I got have a morning pee. The fact is, they blatantly copied every color of product, and placement in the ad. Why? Why not just change 2 colors and you could suddenly give me the slightest pause in thinking you ripped Apple off.


2. Some rookie advertising co-op didn't have any good ideas, so he, without Sony's knowledge, made the ad, ripping off the Apple ad and taking credit for it without the company's knowledge. The reason this scenario is so unlikely is that the cameras come in the EXACT SAME COLORS as the iPods. It would take more than one marketing flunky to have that happen.


The way I see it, Sony just basically rolled the dice and got caught. I just have no idea why they would. It's not like colors flying through the air with a grey background is such an amazing idea, and all the colors were in the PERFECT spot that they had no choice but to copy it exactly.


Sony, please explain why you are so dumb.

Barbie/GTA Basically the Same Game



I just received an email from Amazon.com that said the following:


"Dear Amazon.com Customer,
As someone who has purchased adventure games at Amazon.com, you may be interested to know that the "Barbie Island Princess" video game is coming soon. Barbie as The Island Princess follows the storyline of the popular DVD in a fun party-style format. You'll play as Rosella the shipwrecked princess who is raised by a family of animal friends and rescued by Prince Antonio from her tropical island.Available for Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PC, and Game Boy Advance."

Last year, I bought Grand Theft Auto, Vice City and San Andreas from Amazon. Something tells me they need to work on their "market targeting" algorithm.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Dear Santa, or Jesus, Grant Me a Flying Suit

http://www.geekologie.com/2007/10/new_vampire_2_wingsuit_for_sky.php

Follow that link to Geekologie's article on, and more importantly, videos of an amazing flying suit. The second video is way better than the first, but is not a youtube video, and for some reason would not embed properly in my post. Watch how close this crazy bastard flies by a ridge of road on the side of a mountain. Yes please, I'll have 2.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Aida Review

Ok, people, shameless plug time. My show, Aida, (and I) got a glowing review from the Canton Repository, and I must tell the world.

Read it here:
http://www.cantonrep.com/new/index.php?ID=381527

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Aida



If you live in the Canton/Massillon area, and like musical theatre, and are generally awesome, check out this post...