McDonalds’ Freakout

I’ve got no clue what’s going on… Comment is all pure guesswork. If you can clarify please do…

Is this an ad from Japan?

Is this a really mentalist remix of an ad from Japan (it really gets going about 2/3 the way in)?

This really does look like an ad (featuring Ronald’s freaky trance-soundtracked clown-spawn…)

And daughter of Ronald (also likes Jap-trance)…

2nd clip via Mike Laurie’s ‘Ships Biscuit’ blog. The rest was just a bunch of horrible accidents…

One Of Those Days…

Aaaaargh...

I’m sure everyone has those days. But I proper feel like I’ve just had one.

I’m not sure why I feel that way. I just do. I’ve had a couple of good meetings. In fact a couple of really good meetings. And some pretty good news too.

I’ve just got this horrible nagging feeling that we all need to do more stuff better. And quickly. All the time. Starting yesterday.

Clients are caring more and more about what we do. And real people are caring less and less. And it’s getting more like that every day.

Anyone else know what I mean? Or should I just have a nice cup of tea and a lie down?

Last.fm Goes Fulltracktastic

Big news. Last.fm gets full track listening capabilities.

As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website.

Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.

Interestingly you can play each track 3 times, then you get an alert about their forthcoming ‘subscription service’. But I think that sounds pretty fair. If I want to listen to something on-demand, more than 3 times, I think it’s about time I started to make some commitment to it.

The more you play stuff the more the artist gets paid. That sounds pretty fair to me too.

Nice one chaps. Good luck with it.

Tutortainment or Entertorials

Connected to the entertaining demos post the other day. I love the way that these Photoshop Tutorials manage to tell a story of marital breakdown and infidelity through a bunch of nerdy design-tip-screencasts.

I was laughing out loud at them last night. And now I’ve seen them on Photojojo too so I know it’s OK to confess my love for them in public.

They wouldn’t work if the balance of tutorial vs comedy wasn’t spot on. But it is. So that’s OK.

Warning: contains painful comedy and associated swearwords.

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 1

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 2

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 3

Originally via Lifehacker – it’s nice to see that productivity geeks have a sense of humour too ;-)

What The World Needs Now

Is thing-a-day 2!

Thing A Day

Get over the winter blues and commit to creating something every day in February. I’m going to do it. It’s just what I need to force me into some mindless creativity for a month.

Inspired by a an idea by Ze Frank, so how could it be wrong? Read all about it

For the Twitter Haters

If I didn’t have Twitter I wouldn’t have had these nuggets delivered to me. Two of the most important things I’ve read in some time…

tweet from Hugh MacLeod

Russell on Time

You can’t say that Twitter’s useless now. This proves it.

I hope Russell and Hugh don’t mind me posting these, I figured that they’re out in the public Twittersphere (or whatever it’s called).

Mac Software Bundle

Mac Heist

If you’re a Mac-head it’d have been hard not to have noticed MacHeist over the last couple of weeks. Basically it’s a bunch of small software makers who’ve joined together to bundle up their software at a too-good-to-miss price point. You can get 14 different packages for the princely sum of $49 (for us UK’ers that’s a double-good deal at the moment). But it’s only available for the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

Plus they’re giving away 25% of the proceeds to charities you can choose which one(s) you support.

It’s worth it just for Snapz Pro and Appzapper alone. I’m just trying out some of the others and think that 1password could be a total blinder, and Pixelmator looks like a great photo editing package for those of us that can’t justify spending lots on Photoshop. Plus there’s some games in there and some other handy apps I’ve not dug into yet.

I like MacHeist both as a bundle of software. And as a promotional mechanic too. Not sure how the economics work for the individual publishers, but it’s certainly a great way of getting their stuff out there and creating a wide and deep online footprint for their products.