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Monday miscellany


  1. wrm
    wrm November 28, 2011 4:52 am

    That’s the one minute version Nando’s ad. I actually like the 46 second one better. They’re both gorgeous.

    Nando’s started off with these excellent ad campaigns, then went off for a bit, but are now back better than before.

    Our government is trying to push through the “secrecy bill” which will make it illegal to report on government corruption unless they OK it first*. Nando’s came up with

    And I don’t think any of these are in bad taste. This one however…

    … yup. Definitely bad taste.

    * Condensed version.

  2. Claire
    Claire November 28, 2011 7:42 am

    wrm — Thanks for the on-site report on Nandos. Yup … definitely in even worse taste than the “breast” one I linked to. 🙂

    That secrecy bill. Nando’s print ad was sadly funny. But please don’t tell U.S. politicians about the proposed South African bill; they don’t need any new ideas.

    Since you’re there maybe you can tell me something I wondered about while watching those commercials. How do South Africans in general take to those ads? Here — OMG, I can’t even imagine a company daring to make them, let alone put them out for people to see.

  3. R.L. Wurdack
    R.L. Wurdack November 28, 2011 8:09 am

    There’s something frightening about Sony monopolizing “”Atlas Shrugged…””

  4. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal November 28, 2011 9:32 am

    The “urban situational awareness” thing: the same awareness that lets you notice the bad guy lurking in the alley also lets you notice the flower blooming in the sidewalk crack. It isn’t all about staying aware so you don’t get hurt; it is also about staying aware so you see the good stuff around you, too. Zombies miss a lot.

  5. Laird
    Laird November 28, 2011 10:15 am

    The Reardon Metal case: brilliant.

  6. Ellendra
    Ellendra November 28, 2011 12:38 pm

    Thank you Kent! I’ve noticed that too. There are entire worlds people miss every day.

  7. Claire
    Claire November 28, 2011 12:43 pm

    Yeah, Kent. Really good point. And one I would never have thought of. Funny, I always think of “condition white” as being more conducive to seeing the flowers in the cracks. Now I’ll have to look at it differently.

  8. Gary
    Gary November 28, 2011 9:09 pm

    Kent is right. In ‘condition yellow’ which is the minimum condition level you should be in when out and about, you should be noticing *everything*.

  9. Jim B.
    Jim B. November 28, 2011 11:30 pm

    Tick Tock Tick Tock!

    I get the feeling of watching a generic time bomb ticking down the time til Boom! Except, instead of the movies and TV shows which shows you exactly how much time have past, there’s absolutely no indication when the clock will strike 00:00 and Boom!

    While we may have more time to prepare, in many ways, it can be worse, for the waiting. We may find out we ran out of time all of a sudden.

  10. wrm
    wrm November 29, 2011 4:46 am

    We love ’em. What do you mean? People crying foul because of political correctness or something?

    Every now and then people complain and ads get pulled, but not very often.

    If you’re sort of up to speed with the SA political scene, check out Madam & Eve and Zapiro. The former is about a white woman with a black maid in the new South Africa — they get away with it by role reversal and ripping everyone off equally. Zapiro is a cartoonist who is occasionally hauled to court for sailing to close to the edge — he hits hard.

    But actually I don’t know if I’m answering your question… maybe move it to email — you have my address 🙂

  11. Claire
    Claire November 29, 2011 1:44 pm

    wrm — Yep, you answered it. I was thinking of political correctness.

    Thanks for the tips on Madam & Eve and Zapiro. I can’t really say I’m up on South African politics, but those both sound interesting.

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