I’m about to spend A$30 on Oh Henry bars, Twizzlers and Reese Peanut Butter cups. Canadians reading this might think I’m insane (so might Australians, for that matter), but it’s a bit of a treat for me. A company, based in Moorabbin (just south of Melbourne), imports Canadian stuff and sells it online. I’ve known about them a while now, but they’ve been out of Peanut Butter Cups every time I checked. They’re in stock now, and I’m ordering some. Hopefully, they’ll arrive at my office on Monday. I’m so excited. Red Twizzlers!!
Take one part history teacher, one part media analyst, one part Adbusters and one part … Eddie Izzard … and you get Robert Newman and his history of oil.
This is long – 45 minutes – but if you’ve got the time, it’s both enlightening and really funny. This ought to be required viewing in secondary school. Watch it and learn the link between Salvador Dalí and the US Federal Reserve Bank…
The other day, Mica and I were discussing product packaging. The powers that be at her place of employment are pushing really complex packaging, with stickers and bows and all kinds of rickety-rackety all over the place. I think that’s a terrible approach, especially on a high-end product (or a product that needs to look high end). I was reminded of the following clip, where Microsoft (a company somewhat lacking in taste) take the box from the original Apple iPod and remakes it in their own image. It’s a great visual for the idea of “less is more” (sorry Hilary, I know how you hate that phrase…).