Volkswagen seems to be upping their advertising ante with commercials that instantly go viral. You may recall their commercial where a little boy dresses up like Darth Vader and uses the Force to turn the car on. This year, Volkswagen stays with the same theme, Star Wars, yet uses dogs to sell their cars. How? By having them bark the Star Wars theme song, genius right? This is exactly what the automotive industry needs to do to attract new customers and Volkswagen is staying with what has worked for them in the past and remaining outside the box at the same time. This commercial is clearly available on YouTube but will be coming to the big tube on Super Bowl Weekend. May this inspire others within the Automotive Industry to get creative with their promotions and marketing campaigns, it goes to show that it grabs attention which creates word of mouth and that turns into selling cars. May the creative force be with you!
Lord of the Rings fans have been waiting to be reunited with Middle Earth for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as we venture back to the beginnings of the brilliant J.R.R. Tolkien’s treasured stories of mystical Elves, Dwarves, Goblin’s and of course the beloved Hobbits.
The countdown has begun as the release of The Hobbit is exactly a year away; it will adorn our screens on December 14 2012. This time we plunge our imaginations into the adventures of Bilbo Baggin’s, a hobbit who is on a quest to reclaim the Lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Bilbo made his appearance in the LOTR trilogies as Frodo’s cousin who adopted him at the age of 21, he also taught the elvish language to Frodo and shared the same birthday with him, as well as long walking trips.
Through the amazing direction of Peter Jackson in the Fellowship of the Ring, we watch as Bilbo leaves the Shire on his one hundred and eleventh birthday and as he departs, he passes forth the Magic Ring and Bag’s End unto Frodo, J.R.R. Tolkien’s main character.
The Hobbit will have us explore the beginning when Bilbo was younger, to when he meets a creature that will change his life forever and takes hold of the “Precious Ring”. Many characters that we have come to love in the Lord of the Ring’s Trilogies will make a return and some will not, we will have to await this journey through a New Year, and four seasons before we will travel back in time upon the captivating voyage through Middle Earth once more.
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Every day we awaken to earn another dollar. To work, is to keep food on our own table, pay bills of necessity and of the things we want, it is what we have been taught from generation to generation which is, working and making money is what keeps the world going round.
Having a career and working is essential to keeping us alive, yes, money is important, however, does it truly keep this world of ours spinning in peace and harmony? No.
As a global society, we may have forgotten or put aside the true meaning of life, paying it forward.
Have we dismissed the quality of life that we want to lead?
Perhaps it is due to the economy, the way we are forced to struggle to earn enough money to keep our lifestyles intact. On the other hand, maybe it is due to the greed of our Governments, of those that are in power, even those who are rich may be the cause or perhaps the excuse of what has become of our world, a sense of emptiness, loneliness; a fight for individual gain.
Although taught that money is the key to happiness, each of us arguably knows that when offered a smile, a courtesy, a genuine thought or words of positivity, we feel different. A sense of warmth overwhelms us; we feel a sensation of love, of being understood, seen or heard. Any of these gifts given by another individual has more power than money could ever buy; it is recognition that we are alive.
Perhaps anger and injustice would not harness our world if we did not live for ourselves, if we were not waking only for personal gain, if in amongst each day we added a little something within the lives of another. Perhaps then and only then, our world could find some peace, tolerance and discover the true meaning of unconditional love.
What will make the world a better place?
Another form of currency, Kindness, a simple act can make a bigger impact if we just pay it forward. Maybe One Day, Could be Today.
The year 2011 was a year of numerous modifications, the world shifted in a variety of ways, as we witnessed uprisings from around the world. Revolutions unfolded amongst countries, people had to overcome adversity and the world grew to 7 billion people.
2011 was a year of hardships, as lives in Japan were changed forever from devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, floods overwhelmed Brazil that rippled effects around the world breaking hearts as each image unfolded. Many other disasters occurred this year as well, although not mentioned does not mean they went unfelt.
2011 was the year to watch the falling of a terrorist, to feel a sense of justice for those immediately affected by 9/11 attacks and the final rise of the last Space Shuttle Program launch.
2011 changed in search and social, adding a new social network, making search more social and uniting people from around the world even closer.
In 2011, the Prince found a Princess, The Oprah Winfrey show said goodbye, many celebrities got divorced, and politicians kept being politicians.
The biggest transformation that made a huge impact globally in 2011 was being an eyewitness, bystander or participant in changing the way we are heard; no longer do countries want to be silenced, controlled or forgotten. This transformation has been so tremendous even enabling Time Magazine to recognize 2011’s person of the year as “The Protester”.
Mom tries to sing “Ave Maria” and cannot seem to get past the first word without baby making a sad face. He curls his lip to the sound of his own mothers’ singing and even at one point sheds a tear. The most entertaining part is that the baby does not make a sound even though he is clearly upset, yet as soon as his mother stops singing, his face goes back to a peaceful one. I can see an Oscar in his future!
Created originally in Japan, Pac-Man is a classic arcade game developed by Namco and through its popularity has become its mascot. This simple yet memorable game’s creator is, Toru Iwatani, who originally named the character “Puck-Man”, but had to change its name due to American vandals defacing an arcade game. Therefore, Iwatani changed the characters name to “Pakkuman”, which is Pac-Man in Japanese for the American version release; this eventually became the official name. Although developed in Japan like many games, Pac-Man became more common in American culture.
The Pac-Man Inspiration
What exactly inspired the creation of Pac-Man? It was Pizza.
That is correct, Toru Iwatani ordered a pizza and when eating the first quarter of the pizza, Iwatani saw a head with its mouth open, hence the first sight of what we know now as, Pac-Man, which was created in May 1980. It was also in the 80’s when Pac-Man made its television debut resembling the Pac-Land and Pac-Man 2 games.
Namco realized that Pac-Man could be developed for a game system after the game company, Atari, reinvented the game in 1981 with unfortunate flickering ghosts and slow motion characters that were not well liked by players.
Pac-Man’s very first story line began in Pac n’ Roll, where the character trained under Pac-Master during his summer vacation. In this game, the Pac-Master trained Pac-Man how to fight power pellets to help defend Pac-Land. This is when the future Ms. Pac-Man (Pac-Master’s daughter) and the ghosts Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde were introduced. Chronologically, Pac-Man was the very first video game that featured some of these characters that Pac-Man would eat within a maze.
Pac-Man did not reach its popular potential until the early nineties, through figures and games and after Namco released Pac-Man World, a game today’s players are more likely to recognize with its 3-Dimensional characters. It was not until the Ms. Pacman game release when Pac-Man received her as a girlfriend and then wife; this is when Pac-Man Junior made his very first appearance. Pac-Man than took on Pac-Land to save fairies who have been taken by ghosts. The following games would follow, Pac- Man world 2, Spectral Realm, Pac-Mania, Pac-Man World Rally, Pac-Man World 3 and many others.
7 Fun Pac-Man Facts
1. Pac-Man loves to munch on a variety of foods such as, green grapes, strawberries, cherries, oranges, peaches, bananas, pears, apples and of course Power Pellets and the well known Pac-Dots.
2. Pac-Man’s biggest rival is Nintendo’s Mario, since Mario’s original name was “Jumpman” sounding very much like Pac-Man. This is not such a huge surprise since the creator of Mario; Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Pac-Man is his favorite video game character.
3. In the original Pac-Man Clyde is the only ghost missing.
4. The ghosts have real names but can only be seen in attract mode.
5. The very first installed coin-machine operated Pac-Man video game was on May 22 1980 in Japan.
6. The name Pac-Man comes from the eating sound paku-paku often heard in Asian cartoons (“paku” is the Japanese sound for “chomp”).
7. Power Pellets power-ups were inspired by Popeye eating spinach.
Pac-Man is still loved by many gamers today and played on new-aged consoles, the latest game is “Pac-Man Party 3D” available on Nintendo 3DS and was just released on November 8 of this year. Below is a highlight of the recent Pac-Man video game to see what you are missing if you have yet to obtain this game. “Wakka, wakka, wakka” dear Pac-Man friends.
As you are well aware, laughter is the only contagious thing we like to catch (especially this time of year) and the more of it, the better. It does not matter if it is Nelson from the Simpsons or Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, laughter makes our days a tad bit brighter.
The maker of well-known music apps such as Touch DJ, OMGuitar and Seline seem to agree that laughter is an important part of life and therefore have released the very first laugh synthesizer for the iPhone and iPad. The first of its kind, Laugh Synth is the ultimate sonic nectar emitter that will have you and your friends chuckling with glee.
Laugh Synth, created by Amidio, takes laughing to the next level, providing the app with enough brainpower for you to produce every imaginable type of laughter. The app itself has 25 hilarious presets for you to begin your laughter supremacy, with the ability to create symphonies of amusement for hours. Sharing your laughs online to Twitter, Facebook, E-mail or other platforms is a cinch furthering the spread of the laughter bug.
You will be LOL’ing with the touch of your fingers in no time. Sound like a zombie, Dracula or customize laughs using your own voice enhancing them with the four provided effects to adjust the pitch that enables you to create even more delicious Lulz.
Muahaha. Let the creative laughter begin.
If you’re not Canadian, you may not be aware of what Kijiji is, it is a site where you can post free ads to rid of your collective stuff. Some have called it the Canadian Craigslist (but Canadians have Craigslist too). In fact, Kijiji is well known for helping people relocate to awesome houses and buy cars that aren’t a pile a junk (amongst many other things, and trust they aren’t all fabulous, all the time). Nevertheless there has never been an Ad so creative and convincing, heck, I wanted to buy it and I don’t shovel snow.
I am sure when this guy posted this amazing ad, he was simply trying to sell his snowblower, however, his quorum jumps off the page and alluring vernacular needs to be shared. Businesses can even use this as an example of how-to market the right way, as he details the snowblower with ease and intertwines the “needing” and “wanting” aspect into a story-like format. (Of course, as a business, you would be a little gentler with your words) But as you can see, it got the job done.
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Let’s Hug it Out.