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July 7, 2012
Six-year-old Zachary, who is fighting leukemia, had a wish: ”To meet and become Hellboy.” Fortunately, Ron Perlman was available. (ht Micah Pearson)

Six-year-old Zachary, who is fighting leukemia, had a wish: ”To meet and become Hellboy.” Fortunately, Ron Perlman was available. (ht Micah Pearson)

21:29 // 2 years ago
June 7, 2012
thedailywhat:

Billboard of the Day: Aretha Swift needs a kidney, but she’s buried deep on the donor transplant list. So she coordinated a fundraiser to buy ad space, and now has 24 billboards plastered around Pennsylvania and in Times Square that send people to AKidneyForAretha.com, where they can find out whether they are a match for Swift.
If Swift’s billboards manage to land her a kidney, expect others desperate for organs to get similarly creative. But at least they’re a major improvement on the billboard recently erected by a Texas mom to get her daughter voted prom queen, and the billboard in Chicago that compared global warming believers to the Unabomber.
[adweek]

Smart idea. We wonder if anyone’s considered a similar idea for the Web. Say, a Kickstarter for organ donations. There has to be a way to encourage more of this.

thedailywhat:

Billboard of the Day: Aretha Swift needs a kidney, but she’s buried deep on the donor transplant list. So she coordinated a fundraiser to buy ad space, and now has 24 billboards plastered around Pennsylvania and in Times Square that send people to AKidneyForAretha.com, where they can find out whether they are a match for Swift.

If Swift’s billboards manage to land her a kidney, expect others desperate for organs to get similarly creative. But at least they’re a major improvement on the billboard recently erected by a Texas mom to get her daughter voted prom queen, and the billboard in Chicago that compared global warming believers to the Unabomber.

[adweek]

Smart idea. We wonder if anyone’s considered a similar idea for the Web. Say, a Kickstarter for organ donations. There has to be a way to encourage more of this.

(via thedailywhat)

12:19 // 2 years ago
June 5, 2012
Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet
Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet

Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

10:34 // 2 years ago
March 15, 2012
Stop everything you’re doing. Fill this out. This is the only bracket that matters this year. Basketball is so 1987. Diplomacy is where it’s at, brah. When you’re done, paste your link here. Here’s some of the SFB staff’s picks: Ernie Smith, Seth Millstein, Scott Craft. What are you waiting for?

Stop everything you’re doing. Fill this out. This is the only bracket that matters this year. Basketball is so 1987. Diplomacy is where it’s at, brah. When you’re done, paste your link here. Here’s some of the SFB staff’s picks: Ernie Smith, Seth Millstein, Scott Craft. What are you waiting for?

0:40 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012

Genius Supreme Court suggestion of the day

Inspired by Josh's tweet above, a question for you guys: If Stephen Colbert were to argue this case in front of the Supreme Court, what should he say to keep corporate influence in politics alive? He’s been running a comedy SuperPAC for months, so he’d be perfect for this case. What sort of line of argument would you imagine him taking?

12:18 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011

The one thing the iPad was missing, finally accounted for: This Kickstarter project, Touchfire, promises tactile keyboard functionality. And wow, does it deliver. The cost is perhaps a little high — $45 for a pre-order — but for people who wish they had a keyboard on the iPad, this might actually be your dream piece of latex.

19:09 // 2 years ago
October 22, 2011
Livin’ on a prayer? Jon Bon Jovi’s new restaurant will still take care of you: Inspired by the same model Panera’s been using for some of their restaurants, the ’80s hair-metal dude launched his very own pay-what-you want soul food restaurant. Class act. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Livin’ on a prayer? Jon Bon Jovi’s new restaurant will still take care of you: Inspired by the same model Panera’s been using for some of their restaurants, the ’80s hair-metal dude launched his very own pay-what-you want soul food restaurant. Class act. source

Follow ShortFormBlog

18:09 // 2 years ago
October 20, 2011
WOW. This is awesome. TheNextWeb just put up this mind-blowing content-copying tool called Clipboard, and we totally recommend you grab it. (It’s invite-only, but TNW has a link to an invite site.) This tool is like a combination of copy-paste and taking screenshots. Totally painless, seriously. (Our public profile is over here.) This is what content curation SHOULD be.

WOW. This is awesome. TheNextWeb just put up this mind-blowing content-copying tool called Clipboard, and we totally recommend you grab it. (It’s invite-only, but TNW has a link to an invite site.) This tool is like a combination of copy-paste and taking screenshots. Totally painless, seriously. (Our public profile is over here.) This is what content curation SHOULD be.

0:40 // 2 years ago
August 24, 2011
Excellent idea. Our mascot Julius will don a black turtleneck all day tomorrow. Let’s make this a thing, guys. We should call it #BlackTurtleneckDay.

Excellent idea. Our mascot Julius will don a black turtleneck all day tomorrow. Let’s make this a thing, guys. We should call it #BlackTurtleneckDay.

22:06 // 3 years ago
June 15, 2011
Right now, searches are proceeding under the object of preventing terrorist activities. But we’ve got to draw a line. You’ve got to have reasonable cause to touch people’s private parts.
Texas State Rep. David Simpson • Discussing his bill to prevent the TSA from intrusively groping people in the name of national security. (Which, as you might know, is kind of a pet issue for us.) The bill actually went somewhere last month — it passed the state’s legislature. However, it stalled in the senate because the state got pushback from the federal government, who threatened to stop flights into Texas if the bill became law. Simpson (a Republican), however, notes that the law doesn’t prevent these searches, but forces a good reason for them to happen: “But what we’re basically saying is, ‘Show me the law that says you can touch my private parts in order to travel and I’ll let you do it.’” This guy deserves a high-five. source (viafollow)
11:32 // 3 years ago