Advertising, scepticism and zombies

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Attack of the Zombies!


Quick quiz: Guess how many zombie movies are being produced in the US and around the world this year – 15? 20? Guess again.

The answer: At least 40. The undead feature in 33 movies in 2011 according to the Zombie Zone News website. And that doesn’t include a bunch of other zombie films being developed or produced in the US and Europe.

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A Dark and Epic Music Video Battle


"This beautiful clip is the newest creation of the multi-talented director Yoann Lemoine. Besides proving himself with this dark, tense and captivating clip, he also composed the title track “Iron” under his sudonym (sic) Woodkid. Lemoine continues to put out high quality everything, making him something of a one-man-band of creativity"

A touch of These New Puritans about this, but captivating nevertheless

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Letters of Note: Don't get pompous with me

October, 1996. Having recently been interviewed for Rolling Stone, an angry Hunter S. Thompson writes a heated letter to his good friend and long-time collaborator, illustrator Ralph Steadman, and threatens to sever their relationship. Steadman's sturdy response, in which he essentially refuses to roll over, is golden.

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70s Porn Posters

Souperman, 1976
Germany’s Der Spiegel posted a pretty good collection of porn posters from the 70s and 80s with a detailed breakdown of each film. To see more posters, go to Der Spiegel and use Google Translate.

Oh, and here are a few I found amusing:

Flesh Gordon, 1972
Alice in Wonderland, 1976
Blue Jungle, 1978
Marilyn and the Senator, 1975

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011



Are you one of those folks who complains that zombies do not speak when the increasing legions of zombie fanatics yell 'Braaaaaiiiins!' during festival screenings? Or perhaps you are one of those higher-on-the-geek-scale types that cites Return of the Living Dead as the origin of that particular trend? (Editors Note: Guilty!) Do you debate with your friends about the nature of running zombies vs. shambling zombies, or whether or not Danny Boyle's 28 Weeks Later even qualifies as a zombie film? Jovanka Vuckovic is here to make sure that we can all just get along by educating expert and novice alike in Z-lore, according to history, legend and the ever increasing swell of popular culture. The horror-subgenre, (i.e. the zombie movie) has had a long and elastic history in literature and folklore, from The Bible to Haitian Voodoo, and in past couple of years was/is at its cultural zenith, particularly in the movies. Thus, Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead arrives with some pretty impressive release timing to bring everyone up-to-speed (so to speak.)

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Friday, 4 March 2011

Where Children Sleep: A Diverse World of Homes


When photographer James Mollison was asked to do a project on children’s rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poiniently clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Make Serendipity Work for You - Harvard Business Review

Serendipity has been voted one of the most popular words in the English language. It is also one of the hardest to translate. Conversationally, it is used as tantamount to luck, providence or chance. It has brought us Aspirin, the Pill, insulin, Viagra, penicillin, antihistamines and the smallpox vaccine, Scotchgard, Teflon, Velcro, Nylon, Ivory Soap, the Post-It note, and the technology behind the HP Inkjet printer. Google outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt liked to think of his online search tool as a "serendipity engine."

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