Advertising, scepticism and zombies

Friday, 30 April 2010

Tim Minchin - Pope Song

This song wins the internet. Someone give Minchin a stuffed golden lolcat

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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Zombie Combat Manual

If you spend as much time as I do worrying about the coming zombie apocalypse (and let’s face it, you’re reading GeekDad so in all likelihood it’s at least in the back of your mind), clear some space on your bookshelf beside Dr.Spock and pick up a copy of The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide To Fighting The Living Dead, by Roger Ma. Not only will you learn how to defend yourself against the shuffling menace, but Ma dedicates a chapter of his book to the critical topic of protecting your children during a zombie outbreak.

Book cover copyright the Penguin Group

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

In the Future, You Will Know Everything You Wish to Know

Today, information is an abundant commodity traveling around the world at lightning speed. (For example, the full translation of the code of Justinian is available for free here.) Many of us spend increasingly large amounts of our time trying to stanch or at least organize the rush of information. But it might also be useful to think about how this abundance of information can work to transform learning—the collective production of knowledge, and by extension, new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.  

Interesting speculative article on the evolution of knowledge sharing and its role in solving mankind's big problems

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Street fighting

Monday, 19 April 2010

The Zombie Velocity Test

Some shuffle while others run at a clip that couldn’t be maintained by most marathon runners. So which is it? Which one instills a greater sense of fear deep in the cockles of your heart? The shuffling zombie or the hyper-speed zombie?

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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Keith Stone... Always Smooth

I used to have dreams that began like this, circa 1970.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The danger of science denial

This TED talk by a staff writer on the New Yorker is a perfect takedown of my sceptical bugbears: people who trust anecdotal evidence to support anti-science views; people who are intent on putting the brakes on scientific progress; and people who are so blind to evidence that they're content to let hundreds of thousands of people die.

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Jimmy Carr hijacks an ad break

I missed this on Monday, but what a cracking idea: to hijack the real ads during C4's Comedy Gala, showing the brands/agencies as good sports. Of course, the mickey taking is on the gentle side but at least the GoCompare guy experienced some pain...

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Best Direct Mail ever

Like, yeah


“I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather... Not screaming and yelling like his passengers.” - Will Shriner

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Embrace Life

Road safety videos are frequently grim affairs notable for either their gleeful goriness or preachy paternalism. This one rises above that sorry heap by pressing the right emotional buttons without any of the nasty stuff. I'd even dare say it's elegant.

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