I’m what you might call a closet George Carlin fan. Â I didn’t talk about him much, but if I had an opportunity to listen or watch him, I was there. Â There will be a lot clips dealing with his famous Seven Words skit, but that is not my favorite skit. Â My favorite one is his comparative study between baseball and football words. Â If you have never seen it, or if it has been a while since you’ve seen it, here it is:
I received a newsletter from Globalworks (see my previous post) announcing that they had won three more awards for their beach ads. Â Just thought I’d quote from the newsletter about who created the ad:
A multicultural creative team at GlobalWorks created the spots. The creative director was born in England; the art director is from Venezuela; the producer is from Puerto Rico; and the copywriter is from the Dominican Republic. The directors of the spots hail from Puerto Rico and Argentina, respectively.
Optimum makes me happy honey
’cause I’m savin’ lots of money.
Let’s all get the triple play.
That’s the last line of the latest Optimum Triple Play commercial inundating the airwaves. I think it’s pure genius. Not just this commercial, but the one before it, which starts out:
Optimum Triple Play,
is in the house.
At which point the house is blown up by pirates’ canon fire. If you’re on the east coast, you’ve probably seen one or both of these commercials. Especially the second one I quoted. I was eventually able to track down the company that was responsible for making these ads for Optimum (which is a subsidiary [I think] of Cablevision).
Now before I go any further, let me make clear that I am in no way affiliated with Cablevision or GlobalWorks. In fact, I receive Time Warner Cable service.
Before I get into showing you the commercials, you have to see the opening page for GlobalWorks. I’d suggest you use headphones, but speakers turned up will do just as well.
In preparing to present Louise Log 6, I discovered that each segment has an informational blurb. The blurbs are pretty interesting in themselves because they show how the project has progressed thus far. So here are the logs with their informational blurbs.
Louise Log 1 (01:22)
This is the first in a series. CHRISTINE COOK stars as Louise.
Louise Log 2 (01:32)
The second in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK and written/directed by Anne Flournoy. It takes place at the farmer’s market at Union Square in New York City.
Louise Log 3 (01:26)
This is the third in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK as a self-styled efficiency expert.
Louise Log 4 (02:00)
The fourth in a series starring CHRISTINE COOK and featuring JIM FOURATT as her former professor from art school.
Louise Log 5 (04:16)
This is the fifth in a comedy series starring CHRISTINE COOK and introducing CATHERINE SIRACUSA, TALULAH MEI BARNI, and AIDAN BROGAN. Special thanks to JAYNE HAYNES. To see all five episodes, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/anneflournoy
Louise Log 6 (05:48)
This is the SIXTH episode in a comedy series about a New York City wife/mother/artist who has low self-esteem, a high-maintenance husband, substance problems, and an overactive inner voice. Starring CHRISTINE COOK, introducing KENNETH B. GOLDBERG and featuring AIDAN BROGAN and TALULAH MEI BARNI. Distributed by Tubemogul.
I’ll be presenting number 6 on Sunday, but if you can’t wait, you can find it here.
I was feeling a little sad that this would be the last of the logs for now, since when this series started there were five Louise Logs. My recent foray into YouTube, however, has revealed Anne Flournoy has presented us with another one. So, here is this week’s (and not final) Louise journey.
As racism becomes less overt and more hidden, our examination of the language (along with the society) must become more stringent in detecting its remnants. Mr. Shipler examines the recent flurry of charges against Barack Obama for being elitist. From the Shipler article:
Whether by calculation or coincidence, Hillary Clinton and Republicans who have attacked Barack Obama for elitism have struck a chord in a long-standing symphony of racial codes.
I was sitting in the dialysis chair yesterday and watching the story that was on every channel. So I really had no choice but to get bombed with the information (over and over) that three police officers, who had fired 50 times at an unarmed group of young men and killing one of them (who happened to be scheduled to be married the next morning), were acquitted of all charges.
What was most shocking to me, was that once again, I was surprised! Why would I be surprised? It’s not like there’s no pattern. You would think, I would know what the outcome would be by now.
It’s not right. It’s more than not right,… it’s criminal.
I got this link in my email the other day. For lack of anything better to do, I followed the instructions. Turns out I’m something like 62% Dixie even though I was raised in NYC. Kinda interesting and fun. Try it.
Today marks the 5th year that American troops have been in Iraq because of lies perpetuated by the bush administration. Salon.com has an article contrasting the speeches between two Senators entitled, “Today I weep for my country.” The editors note:
Exactly five years ago, on the afternoon of March 19, 2003, mere hours before bombs began falling in Baghdad, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate condemning the use of military force in Iraq. As soon as Byrd was finished speaking, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivered a response defending the Bush administration’s decision to go to war.
It is worth a read. Meanwhile, back in February of that year, thousands of people all over the world had protests marches to stop the inevitable carnage. This slide presentation is from the New York City rally.