Archives for November 2005

Caption It #12

Toy Maker Or Military Contractor? is showcasing an innovative (and very serious) use for Silly String. American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are using the cans of amusement to detect trip wires. The brightly-colored string gets draped over even the finest tripwire, making it easy to spot. First introduced in 1969 by Julius Samann, Silly String is non-toxic, non-flammable, […]

Vanilla And Coke To Separate

USA Today: Coca-Cola said Friday it would phase out its Vanilla Coke, Vanilla Diet Coke and Diet Coke With Lemon beverages in the United States by end of this year. The announcement came a day after the world’s largest soft drink maker said it would phase out Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Diet Coke in the […]

Crispin Gets Big–Big Enough For A NYT Story

Jay Chiat used to ask “How big can we get before we get bad?” Today, The New York Times asks that question about CB&P. Some skeptics see Crispin and like-minded agencies as a temporary blip. “The big agencies are saying that being big doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, and they’re going to prove it,” […]

It’s Weird How Weird Makes Money

John Warner, a.k.a. The Swamp Fox, is a Greenville, SC-based venture capitalist. On his blog, he writes about the Greenville Chamber’s recent visit to Austin, TX–a city that has emerged as an entrepreneurial haven with the third-most venture capital investment in the country. In other words, the money is flowing in Austin. Warner asks why […]

Amazon To Sell Chapters Like iTunes Sells Songs

Through a service called Amazon Pages, Amazon will allow people to “inexpensively” buy chapters from a book and read them online. Customers will get complete online access to the book through another service called Amazon Upgrade. Both services are an extension of Amazon’s existing search within a book program. “Amazon Pages and Amazon Upgrade leverage […]

Casting For Dollars

Fruitcast is a new service with the aim of commercializing podcasts. Their logo is also strangely reminiscent, but that’s another story. We make it ridiculously easy to put ads on your podcast. All you have to do is sign up for an account, and post the new feed URL we create for you on your […]

If We Don’t Measure Their Impact Maybe They’ll Go Away

Ad Age: Terrestrial broadcasters insist they’re not nervous about satellite radio’s 7 million subscribers, but they’ve successfully stalled Arbitron’s plan to add satellite and online radio listening to its diary measurement system. Arbitron was originally scheduled to instruct its diary keepers to record their satellite and online radio listening in the fall 2005 book. Instead, […]