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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

BandAidDilemma.net - Your conscience is clear

* Buy as many copies of Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid 20 as you can afford.
* Destroy them in amusing ways, on camera.
* Send us the pictures.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:12 pm ::link to this entry



Monday, November 22, 2004

Hitherby Dragons

Rebecca Borgstrom & her wonderful, deranged stories.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:05 pm ::link to this entry



Thursday, November 18, 2004

The persuaders

Interview with Clotaire Rapaille, a psychiatrist turned marketeer who looks for 'codes' in the human brain that advertisers can exploit.

And the campaign for the Hummer -- the Hummer is a car with a strong identity. It's a car in a uniform. I told them, put four stars on the shoulder of the Hummer, you will sell better. If you look at the campaign, brilliant. I have no credit for it, just so you know, but brilliant. They say, "You give us the money, we give you the car, nobody gets hurt." I love it! It's like the mafia speaking to you. For women, they say it's a new way to scare men. Wow. And women love the Hummer. They're not telling you, "Buy a Hummer because you get better gas mileage." You don't. This is cortex things. They address your reptilian brain.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:17 pm ::link to this entry



Monday, November 15, 2004

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn

When memes collide...

Posted by: Stuart / 11:35 am ::link to this entry



Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The Great Old Pumpkin, by John Aegard

Peanuts vs Lovecraft.

As you are no doubt aware, I am the issue of solid Dutch stockā€”the prosperous Van Pelt family of St. Paul. Mine was a comfortable and happy childhood, and I spent much of it in the devoted service of the Great Old Pumpkin.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:59 am ::link to this entry



Monday, November 01, 2004

Human Universals

A list of attributes shared by all human cultures.

Posted by: Stuart / 3:18 pm ::link to this entry



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