thinglets: The Stolen Scream

A great example about why a Creative Commons approach to copyright is so functional and versatile with the web. In this 10 minute doc, you are introduced to the content creator of an archetypal set of photos that was repurposed all over the world. He enjoys seeing his work used for non-commercial uses, but balks at those trying to make money from them. A very tight example of the inevitability of mashups and the proper concern about control over intellectual property.

thinglets: I'm the guy who buys the shampoo that's on sale...

pictured above: Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo at $107 ON SALE for the 12oz. bottle. Their website has a gift section for men. Ladies, I would guess that most men, upon receiving a $100 bottle of shampoo, may require you to use the bottle as smelling salts after they pass out on the bathroom floor.

Remind me to shoot the next person who comes up with ideas for shampoo sales. Here's a pitch if you want to win me over. SHAMPOO - GETS HAIR CLEAN. DOESN'T SMELL LIKE SHIT! That's really all I want. Apparently, others disagree, because Amazon is actually selling the following:

[I could only make it through the first 15 pages out of 9000 shampoos before wanting to slit my wrists and pour Jojoba Coconut Keylime Pie Ice Cream Shampoo over them.]


  • Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo for Frequent Use
  • Alterna Caviar Seasilk Moisture Shampoo
  • Bed Head Self Absorbed Shampoo
  • Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Aubrey Organics - Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo
  • American Crew Refreshing Shampoo, Citrus Mint
  • Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo
  • Dove Shampoo, Cool Moisture, Cucumber & Green Tea Scent
  • Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo
  • Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo-Relax Smoothing Shampoo for Dry and Rebellious Hair
  • Bumble and Bumble Shampoo, Seaweed
  • Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo plus Conditioner
  • Canus Li'l Goat's Milk Body Wash/ Tearless Shampoo
  • DHS Tar Shampoo
  • Tigi Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-free Shampoo
  • Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo
  • JASON Natural Cosmetics Dandruff Relief Shampoo, Rosemary, Neem & Tea Tree
  • Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo
  • Avalon Organics Moisturizing Shampoo, Awapuhi Mango
  • Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo
  • Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
  • Nature's Gate Organics Shampoo, Chamomile & Lemon Verbena
  • WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  • Suave Naturals Shampoo, Fresh Mountain Strawberry
  • Lily of the Desert Aloe 80 Organics Shampoo, Daily, Aloe, Lemon & Rosemary
  • Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo
  • Burt's Bees Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo
  • Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Non-Aerosol Spray
  • Tigi Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
  • Rusk Sensories Purify Cucurbita & Tea Tree Oil Deep Cleansing Shampoo
  • Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract
  • Nutrine Garlic Shampoo
  • PHYTO Phytoprogenium Intelligent Shampoo
  • Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo
  • Tigi Bed Head Brunette Goddess Shampoo

I would have commented on some of the above, but I believe the list speaks for itself. Now I have to go tame my rebellious hair.

thinglets: 10 Signs of a Great 70's Van Print Ad

Signs of a great 70s van print ad:

1) All the girls are wearing bikini tops.

2) All the guys are stoned or on their way there.

3 The Sun is smiling.

4) Speech bubbles pop up with great quotes like: "Did you know Street Van spelled backwards is Teerts Nav?"

5) The air is full of psychedelic rainbows.

6) You can clip a fill-in form to send for FREE INFORMATION.

7) It comes with a "Customizing Idea Kit" to help the guys... who are on their way.

8) Retro Terms: high-back buckets, ve-ry hea-vy, seat freak, do it yourself porthole, fat Polyglas Tires.

9) Van roofs are for sunbathing.

10) You get a free one year membership in the "Van Clan"... 'nuff said.

thinglets: Tasting the Awesome!

I don't know that, if I was ever the owner of a major restaurant chain, I would ever want to ask my customers to come and "Taste the Awesome". If I'm offering something for a limited time, does that mean that the awesome hasn't existed in my eateries before, and that soon it won't anymore.

If the former, I would think it may a slap in the face to my loyal customers who have been frequenting the establishments for years, sucking down greaseball chunks of cow carcass adorned with "American" cheese that is far more suited to being garish than garnish. It's giving the ultimate FU! to all the fine folks who've been telling their friends for years how "awesome" my restaurant was and then pulling out the rug of sinewy lettuce and watching them fall on the ketchup-stained floor while I sit back in some corporate office with my feet up on a desk adorned with a WalMart frame containing a holiday portrait of my wife and 1.8 children wearing clothes from the GAP and Old Navy laughing gleefully to myself watching porn on the web after office hours thinking of drinking myself into a stupor and taking a long walk off a short overpass.

If the latter, it's a flailing testament to your organization's lack of ability to conceive of anything to capture the hearts and minds of the shuffling automatons that are one thread removed from just repeatedly bumping into the plate glass like a moth to a porch light until they summon up millennia of evolutionary Jungian percepts to grasp the handle of the door and pull while you raise a cold Miller Genuine Daft with your marketing team at putting another one over on the folks who thought that your regular burger/double burger/double cheeseburger/quarter pounder with cheese/triple cheeseburger and applewood smoked bacon artery hardening confection wasn't good enough... of course it wasn't good enough. If it was good enough, there would be no room for awesome.

But it's only for a limited time! Crap! You mean I'll never be able to savour the bourbon soaked ketchup sauce and sponge-nion rings that make up this colossus of awesomeness? I better hop in practical yet affordable sports utility vehicle and buy one of these right away, because someday when I write my novel, I'll never be able to complete this chapter on my life unless I can say I tasted the awesome. In fact, that's what I'm going to name that chapter of the autobiography. It's going rest somewhere between "Where's the Beef" and "Two All Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onions on a Sesame Seed Bun". The title of the entire book will be called Had it MY Way! I'll be the most awesomest writer in the world!

thinglets: Truth in (Television) Advertising

[Coca Cola, IBM, Microsoft, General Electric] Considering that 20 minutes of every 60 minute [Nokia, McDonald's, Google, Toyota] television show is advertising, that means that there [Intel, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Mercedes Benz] is only 40 minutes of programming. And that a [Gillette, Cisco, BMW, Honda] 40 to 20 minute ratio scales right down [Samsung, Apple, American Express, Pepsi] to 2 minutes of content for every 1 [Oracle, Nescafe, Nike, Ikea] minute of advertising. As most 60 minute dramas [Sony, Budweiser, UPS, HSBC] parse that down to 8 minute content and [Canon, Kellogg's, Dell, Citi] 4 minute commercial blocks, it's not hard to [Nintendo, Gucci, Philips, Amazon] picture what such a model would look like [L'Oreal, Heinz, Ford, Wrigley] for blog posts.

And people wonder why I [Colgate, Volkswagen, Morgan Stanley, Nestle] get my content from the net. [KFC, Adidas, Blackberry, Yahoo]