The List


Jonathan, amateur jungle MC, self styled ladies man, Raffleseque cad and aspiring accountant who hails from the mean streets of bourgeois Balham sent through this list from GQ magazine entitled How often should I…. courtesy of the style editors.

The Holy Grail of the Kitchen

A Ged-proof cook book:

Precise wording and instructions

  • Easy to read layout
  • Geek cred
  • No poncy pictures or pukka geezers (sorry Jamie, I just can’t cope with those Sainsburys ads, despite the charity work with aspiring catering careerists)

Cooking For Engineers is a no-nonsense guide to fancy food from Crème Brûlée to the best way to cook fish in a pan.

Technology Marketing


Silicon.com moves away from its tech roots, editor Tony Hallett takes time out to look at BT’s new business marketing campaign, the article is a bit shallow on analysis all truth being told, but quite readable none the less. Technology visionary and ex BT Labs head honcho Peter Cochrane raise the possiblity of a new dark side to the future of marketing, holding out the possiblity of internet telephony spam calls: nice (not).

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss…


But does interview Gerry Trudeau. Trudeau is not well known, but his work as creator and prime mover behind the Doonesbury cartoon strip is. Rolling Stone magazine has managed to secure a rare interview with Trudeau here. My favourite Doonesbury character is Duke, loosely based on the writer and pioneering gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson. Incidently Thompson’s Fear & Loathing on the Campaign trail is one of my favourite books.

R U Xperienced?

I clicked on a link whilst surfing CNet’s News.com site reading some of the opinion pieces being written about the new iMac and came across Harvard Business School Working Knowledge a portal containing great articles on business and personal career management.

 

My favourite part of the site was the very readable business histories here. As you would expect from a website from one of the world’s leading business schools the standards of writing is very high, but also easy to read and digest.

Alright Chuck, you smell right nice

After taking Oliver Cheatham’s 1982 soul classic Saturday night and making it CHAV (council house & violent) friendly Lynx have made amends with this clever advertisement currently doing the rounds in the cinema and on television.

Cinema is particularly important to help Lynx reach the important 18 – 30 something demographic.

Shaolin Coke


Great advert in Quicktime ‘Pepsi Can Fu’

K-Tel beats the Smithsonian Institute

Had to share this 1970’s mock up cover for The Onion with you. Pure class; Jimmy Carter and Congress speaking via CB radio and KTel petitioning politicans to save 1970s pop music forever. Super dope stylin’, check it out

Cool Stuff

Get yourself a golden parachute: you know that you are leaving a firm, go to My Resignation and sell the information to executive recruiters the Kickstart Consultancy. For more information contact Paul Chatfield.

The pay scale is:

500GBP for positions with basic salaries from …..40,000 to 60,000GBP

750GBP for positions with basic salaries from …..60,001 to 80,000GBP

1,000GBP for positions with basic salaries from … 80,001 to 100,000GBP

1,500 for positions with basic salaries above 100,000GBP

Talk to the hand (this is soooo cool)

Came across this on Wired News: papernapkin.net an email rejection service for those sticky moments. The service sends out a standard rejection to those you spurn. What’s even funnier is the blog that they catalogue the best emails received.

Text of their standard response

Subject: Nice to hear from you

Ha ha, just kidding. Actually, this is a rejection letter. The person who gave you this email address does not want to have anything to do with you.

 

This is probably bad news, and many people cope with bad news in phases: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Let us help you through these:

“It must be a mistake”: Nope. You got an address in the form anyname@papernapkin.net or anyname@paamail.com, right? Well, all we here at papernapkin.net do is send rejection notices. If you got this email address, it wasn’t an accident. No, you’ve definitely been rejected.

 

“Why is this happening to me?”: Well, there are two main points. First, the person you wrote to obviously had this email address ready to give you, so they probably get hit on a lot. Second, for whatever reason, that person would rather let you get this rejection letter than reject you in person. So who should you be mad at: all the other creeps who have hit on this person before you, ruining your chances; or you yourself for being too intense or scary to be let down gently? Either way, you really shouldn’t be “angry” at anyone – what good does that do?

 

“I promise I’ll do better next time”: Fine, great, but just not with this same person, okay? The message being sent here is pretty clear. Besides, it may not even be your “fault” – as we pointed out above, this person was hit on enough to memorize anyname@papernapkin.net long before you came along. Maybe you’re just out of your league here. Maybe this person’s has built up walls around themselves that are just too thick to breach. Either way, don’t try again. If you do, you’re just going seem like a stalker… or worse! Go ahead an clean up your act if you think you should – just be sure to find a different audience to try it out on.

 

“I don’t care anymore”: Aw, we can’t leave it like that! Buck up, little nipper! It isn’t all bad! At least you were rejected in the privacy of your own email account; you had no chance to do or say anything that you would later regret; and you’ve saved the time and effort of pursuing a no-chance relationship.

 

Besides, you didn’t just get rejected – you’ve learned about a great new tool: papernapkin.net. After all, this is nothing personal to us. We have no beef with you, and we’d be just as pleased to serve your rejection needs as we are to serve anybody else. So if you ever need to reject somebody, be sure to tell them to write to you at anyname@papernapkin.net.

 

How’s that? All better now? Good. And good luck to you, buddy. Maybe next time you will get a real email address!

Sincerely,-PN: http://papernapkin.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Howlers


First up old black and white TV spot for Winston’s cigarettes which must have sponsored the Flintstones cartoon on US television. Now repeat after me children “Winstons taste good, like a cigarette should” (beats the pants off Barney the Dinosaur).

The second one: well lets just say that no introduction can do this film clip from the marketing people at Rockwell Automation justice. Unbelievable.

Windoze Meeja Playa req’d

Big shout out to Ebaums World.

Dating Tips


US mobile phone company Cingular has come up with an Escape-A-Date service. An example, from their press release:

Hey, this is your escape-a-date call. If you’re looking for an excuse, I got it. Just repeat after me, and you’ll be on your way! “Not again! Why does that always happen to you? … Alright, I’ll be right there.” Now tell ’em that your roommate got locked out, and you have to go let them in. Good luck!

Maybe this should be best aimed at people who find their loved ones online at Girls Behind Bars.

Eurobandits


A new webzine with an unfortunate title that brings to mind the lunatics of the UK Independence Party. The fanzine aims to bring together the best and latest happenings in European culture. It will be published in a number of European languages on a monthly basis. You can find it here.

Out-Law Posse

Masons are a large and respected legal firm. What on earth are they doing with a kick-ass website? Out-Law.com is their online presence, as well as a weekly news round up, a quarterly magazine and helpful guides they even have some cool online games in their fun section.

The site is a classic example of the way a website should interact with prospective customers rather than the starched-collar brochureware you see elsewhere in the legal sector.