German publisher Eichborn staged a clever promotional stunt at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair: they released flies bearing tiny banners attached with wax. Insect rights activists were outraged. Everyone else was amused.
(Thanks to Moldy Chum for the tip)
If anyone wanted to get me a really special present (Hanukkah is just around the corner), they wouldn’t go wrong with one of these. The 7-foot 3-weight model would be perfect for Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountain trout streams.
Once upon a time, I actually considered a career in advertising. I was contemplating dropping out of grad school, and advertising was among the few fields I could think of where someone with graduate training in sociology might be employable. To my surprise, I got interviews with several of the major agencies in Chicago–Leo Burnett, BBDO, DDB/Nedham–and one of them (I won’t say which) appeared genuinely interested, inviting me for multiple callbacks. In the process, however, I decided that I should stick it out in grad school (though I did ultimately drop out and move from sociology to law).
That experience may help explain my obsession with Don Draper. While I maintain the appropriately critical stance toward advertising and marketing for someone of my political and academic ilk, I do find the ad world–or at least the high modern 1950s & 1960s ad world as depicted in Mad Men–tremendously fascinating and rather alluring in the way many things that are bad for you tend to be.
All of which is a long, and perhaps unnecessary, preface to this video. 3banana Notes is a handy little application that I discovered when I got my Android phone. As part of a promotional campaign, I made this video showing how I used 3banana to plan a recent fishing trip. I had fun putting it together (and it earned me a generous gift card to Amazon, which is nice). And I’m happy to help publicize something that I’ve found genuinely useful.
UPDATE (Feb 22, 2011): The name of the individual mentioned in this item has been redacted at the individual’s request.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting look at the world of essay-writing mills. It includes some amusing anecdotes, in some instances identifying the guilty students by name. My favorite example:
[REDACTED] paid Essay Writers $100 to research and write a paper on the parables of Jesus Christ for his New Testament class. Mr. [REDACTED], a senior at James Madison University majoring in philosophy and religion, defends the idea of paying someone else to do your academic work, comparing it to companies that outsource labor. “Like most people in college, you don’t have time to do research on some of these things,” he says. “I was hoping to find a guy to do some good quality writing.”
[UPDATE: 9:30pm March 17 , 2009] [REDACTED] writes, in comments, to contest the Chronicle’s account.
Washington, North Carolina
“Wine of Cardui” was a patent medicine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, marketed as a cure for “female diseases”. In 1916, the Chattanooga Medicine Company, which made Wine of Cardui, won a libel suit against the American Medical Association, which had published an article in its Journal calling the product “a worthless fraud”. While the jury found for the plaintiff, they evidently didn’t think much of the product; instead of the $200,000 in damages requested, the jury awarded one penny.