Advertising, scepticism and zombies

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

The powerlessness of pink

This is a page from a Toys 'R Us catalog, illustrating some science toys, and note the odd distinctions being made. Both the telescope and the microscope come in special pink versions, just for the girl who is apparently more interested in getting an instrument that matches her nail polish than being functional, and note also (you may have to click through to see the larger image) that in every case the pink model is less powerful than the black and gray model

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Swamp monster snuggie

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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Your Inner Fish

In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria. We have compiled the figures from the book into a deck of PowerPoint slides for use in the classroom.

I don't know when I'd be inclined to use these, but they are wonderful Powerpoint slides illustrating evolutionary evidence.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Disney Zombies

Alice with the severed rabbit's head... lovely touch.

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Gillette announces identities of new brand spokesthings

Although the one on the back row, second left, looks decidedly dodgy.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Sure looks like a good deal....

One day last week I was struggling with the dilemma of Jeremy Kyle's TV show clashing with Matthew Wright's when, simultaneously, both shows went to an ad break. While the dark magic from these media giants was sucking my soul out of my ears, I noticed this extraordinarily ordinary ad offering easy loans. I'm not showing the whole video because that's 30 valuable seconds of your life that you'll never get back. It was the highly informative text across the bottom of the screen that nearly made me choke on my tea.

Obama vs Zombies

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Give a fuck

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