Back to the Funk

Over the past number of days the posts have erred on the serious side. Every revolution needs its break, even the participants of The Long March took a chill pill once in a while. In this vein I wanted to point out Scottish record label Redhook Recordings. I first heard of them when Parisonic licenced and remixed Brothers and Sisters by the Butch Cassidy Sound System – their remixes (think Phish or the Dead playing dub reggae with a house tempo was on of my records of last summer along with DJ Spinna feat. Rich Medina – Reality and the Street Choir house bootlegs of Robert Cray’s Phone Booth). Anyway you can pick up the original version of Brothers and Sisters here together with Second Crusade – What I had to do (a latin orientated feel good house track if ever I heard one)

The real Spiderman blockbuster

Spite Your Face Productions made this Lego epic to tie in with Spiderman 2, its really cool. Check it out here in MPEG4 (get Quicktime to play it).

Jargon Watch: Tanorexic, Speedophiles, Barney Release

Found these two on the email list:

Tanorexic – people who use tanning salons excessively. Tanorexics are said to have the same kind of compulsion based around self image as people with eating disorders

Speedophiles – people who break the speed limit, made up by the pro speed camera lobby in the UK. The careful choice of wording designed to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drunk driving or child abuse.

From one of my clients:

Barney Release – a partnership press release involving a larger/more respected/bigger brand (usually technology companies) named after the signature song of the big purple dinosaur I love you You love me We’re a happy family With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you Won’t you say you love me too? I love you You love me We’re best friends Like friends should be With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you Won’t you say you love me too? (Lyrics by Lee Bernstein [BMI])

Virtual Drunk

Flash game from some sort of Swiss German drinking festival here. Use the arrow keys to control your drunkard.

Ain’t No Burn Like a Boiler Room Burn

Interesting article in Bambi Francisco of CBSMarketwatch’s regular email. It seems despite the dot.bang people are still up for getting burned.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) – Sometimes, you do what you can to stay afloat.As many market watchers have already observed, there are companies out there that appear to be promising candidates in a hot business area, but make their money off of something entirely non-related.

Some investors may have heard of a company called Mace Security International, whose shares traded to a recent high of $6.68 in mid-June after trading below $2 earlier this year. The stock went gangbusters because the company’s been touting its anti-terrorist, surveillance security products.

One would think Mace housed a number of technologists in cubicles. Yet those techies weren’t techies at all, unless washing cars requires an engineering degree. Apparently, Mace generated 85 percent of its sales this year from being a car wash.

Mace shares eventually got washed up a bit as its true colors were exposed. Let’s face it, being a car wash isn’t a competitive advantage for a security company. (Now, if they were impersonating a car wash but were really a security company — I’d say that was impressive.)

But here’s what we can learn from Mace. Sometimes you have to be creative if you want to stay in business.