SomePeopleThink Top 10 Albums of the Year Can Be Explained with 10 or Less Words Each

So I have been reading all the year end top 10 lists and I think it is time to throw mine in the ring with the experts. But I am gonna one up them. They spend hours writing their long narratives on why one is better than the other but nobody cares or even agrees with them about. In response, my top 10 will only be accompanied by 10 (or so) words or less on the thoughts each album immediately put in my head. SomePeopleThink is for the people and we aren’t here to waste your time, start the debate:

10. Rick Ross- Teflon Don

“Remember when this guy used to suck? Still fat though”

9. Broken Bells- Broken Bells

“Cool, the guy from the Shins and Jew from Gnarls Barkley”

8. Sleigh Bells- Treats

“This is really loud but I can’t turn it down”

7. Best Coast- Crazy for You

“This song is catcy. So is this one. Look at that cat”

6. Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More

“I am definitely a Little Lion Man.”

5. The Arcade Fire- Suburbs

“How many people are in this fucking group? Noises everywhere”

4. Janelle Monae- The ArchAndroid

“It’s cool to put every different genre on one album”

3. Vampire Weekend- Contra

“I would never hang out with them but I love them”

2. The Black Keys- Brothers

“OMG, this actually might be better than what Kanye is gonna put out in December”

1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark twisted Fantasy

“Sorry Black Keys, this album can’t be touched”

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SomePeopleThink Combining Two of the Best Albums of the Year can Make a Dope Mixtape

The Black Keys and Big Boi of Outkast both released a classic album this year so it’s about time someone mashes them up into one mixtape. Take a sample, download it, or go get the actual albums for your friend this Christmas and have them burn it for you. (And yes I used the word dope in the title. Sue me)

Some People Think Everyone Could Use Some Inspiration

It’s now December 23rd. This has always been one of my favorite days.  Partly because today is really the eve of the big holiday in my family (us Italians celebrate Christmas Eve much more than Christmas itself ) and the anticipatory excitement is becoming unbridled. I get that way before rice balls and escarole cakes. But mostly the reason is that the day itself – December 23rd – is important to me. Of the 23 December 23rd’s I’ve lived through, over a third of them are marked by major life events – mostly good and a few bad.  I have always been curious and slightly inspired by the power and influence of this day in my life. Whatever the cause of this anomaly may be, this day is inspiring to me in hopes that something major will occur. Therefore, I figured I’d post some great inspirational quotes I came across while looking through great design work.  Some are better than others, but I am sure you can find one that rings true to you. These are a couple that I really enjoyed or  found hilarious. Here’s the gallery of the entire set of quotes, as I posted just a few. Enjoy. ( There’s a link at the bottom for the source page)

here is the blog that I found it on  (www.fromupnorth.com ) literally hours of inspiration…. enter at your own risk of getting addicted and not getting last minute christmas errands done. It’s thats good.

Some People Think the Holiday Season is a Great Time for the Cinnamon Challenge

Cinnamon.

Delicious. Nutritious. oh so bootylicious.

Everyone’s favorite spice can be used to liven up the weakest holiday parties. Complete chaos will ensue. I’m sure most have heard of this or have tried it at some point. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it anymore. Call me old-school. This one’s a classic.

Challenge your local coward to a simple task: Consume one measly tablespoon of delicious, nutritious cinnamon. No more needs to be said. It’s at least good for 1-3 mintues of solid laughter and good times. and that’s all i’m here for. I’m just tryin to spread some holiday cheer. 1-3 mintues at a time. baby steps.

 

cinnamon challenges are much better when she ^ is involved.

 

SomePeopleThink David Beckham Has Brady Fever

Sorry Becks. The Tom Brady haircut doesn’t work for everyone. I’m surprised Peyton Manning hasn’t tried this yet though. I know it’s far fetched but just picture Peyton with long hair, winning games in cold weather.

Sidebar: When Barstool posts this exact same thing in 4 hours, remember some people thought about it first

Some People Think This is How You Piss People Off

enjoy…

  1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
  2. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for sexual favors.”
  3. Specify that your drive-through order is “TO-GO.”
  4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
  5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
  6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions “to keep them tuned up.”
  7. Reply to everything someone says with “that’s what you think.”
  8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
  9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and “cc” them to your boss.
  10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
  11. Finish all your sentences with the words “in accordance with prophesy.”
  12. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
  13. Disassemble your pen and “accidentally” flip the ink cartridge across the room.
  14. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
  15. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you “like it that way.”
  16. Staple pages in the middle of the page.
  17. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
  18. Honk and wave to strangers.
  19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
  20. TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
  21. type only in lowercase.
  22. dont use any punctuation either
  23. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
  24. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
    “DO YOU HEAR THAT?”
    “What?”
    “Never mind, it’s gone now.”
  25. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
  26. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce “No, wait, I messed it up,” and repeat.
  27. Ask people what gender they are.
  28. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
  29. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
  30. Sing along at the opera.
  31. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn’t rhyme.
  32. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about “psychological profiles.”

thanks to Joe Crawford for this…

Some People Think Social Gaming is the Michael Vick of the Advertising World

Reach, Targeting and Performance. RTP. GET EM. These three words get advertisers salivating behind their desks in their fancy-pants offices.  And they damn well should be. It is a lethal, yet rare, combination in the advertising world. Its like being a football coach and having a quarterback with the speed of Michael Vick, the arm strength of Michael Vick, and the accuracy of…umm…well, Michael Vick. Just like Vick makes his fat ass coach look like the top dog smart, a branded RTP campaign makes an advertiser look like a genius.

I bring all of this up because there is a new advertising environment that has advertisers getting as hyped as this guy:

I am talking about the world of social gaming – The world of Farmville, Mafia Wars, and really annoying facebook messages from people you haven’t talked to since you were the man in high school. Ahem. Social gaming is sweeping mainstream America, in large part due to the rapid adoption of smartphones and Facebook. In the words of Robert Tomkinson, Playfish’s senior director of global marketing, “[The] iPhone put a gaming device in everybody’s pocket and massively expanded the market…And of course, free-to-play social games massively expand the market to bigger than all the console games combined. This is something that anybody can use.” What was once stereotyped to 36 year old Dungeon and Dragon enthusiasts living in their parents basement, is now dominated by 43-year-old woman. Grow those crops ladies, get that payper.

Here is an RTP analysis to show just how powerful this new channel can be for brands:

Reach

56 million Americans are playing social games and the numbers are growing by the thousands everyday. Maybe even more astonishing, online games just passed email as the second most popular activity online, second to only social networking. Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Do people have jobs anymore? I mean I know the economy is struggling, but that’s kind of pathetic people. Still though, many companies now know what’s up:

  • Ad spending on social gaming increased 60% since 2009.
  • Google is reportedly in talks with social-game companies to start a site called Google Games, having noticed that on Facebook, 40% of the company’s 500 million users regularly play social games.

Need another jaw-dropping stat to rattle off to your Inferiors coworkers? Check out the chart below. Many social games are outperforming the most popular television shows on cable. According to Mashable, 30 million players per day play the most popular social game, FarmVille. The most popular prime time television show last week, Dancing With the Stars, had about 24 million viewers. Obviously, the reach is MASSIVE. CAPS LOCK MASSIVE.

Targeting

What is so special and unique about social gaming is not the reach, but rather the conducive environment that exists in these games. In social gaming, brands can do wayyyy wayyyy more than make crappy commercials (this commercial is awesome tho) and corny billboards; they can actually make themselves apart of the game. Cascadian Farm (who?) took full advantage of this. Over the summer, they set up an agreement with Farmville to give the online players an option to plant their branded crop, Cascadian Farm blueberries, on their virtual farms. Remember, we are talking about 43 year old women. Big blueberry fans. Some people think they are at least.

Performance

So what ever happened with that blueberry company? Well, In total, 310 million Cascadian Farm organic blueberries have been planted by FarmVille players instead of the other stupid crops that i guess you can plant on a virtual farm. According to research firm Zynga, brand awareness for Cascadian Farms increased by 550%. And this is just one example of the several social gaming campaigns that have paid off big time for the respective brand. I am sure there will be many more to come. To all the companies that are skeptical: Time to get on the bandwagon! Social gaming transactions will generate $150 million in 2013 and reach an annual revenue of $318 million by 2015.

RTP. GOT EM. The perfect combination. Social Gaming is the Michael Vick of the Advertising World. Damnit why is he on the Eagles…

Some People Think Wikipedia is the Most Powerful Tool on Earth

Wikipedia is pretty incredible really. They created a system for effectively collecting all the knowledge in the world and allowing anyone to access it at their fingertips, within an instant. Imagine trying to explain that concept to someone 50 years ago. You’d be ridiculed. And yet, humans, with all this power , still spend time on things like this…

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo

then assholes like me waste hours of their time trying to understand it … sigh… I’m not angry with myself… just disappointed….ok maybe a little angry….

Some People Think 2011 is Lil Wayne’s Year – Carter IV Track Leaked

Carter 4…I am getting shivers. Welcome back Weezy. I am sure there is a lot more of this to come…

Some People Think These Are the Top 5 Songs We’re Bumpin’ (or jinglin’) to This Week

Among other things, this time of year is inevitably marked by christmas music on every radio station and department store entryway. I am a big fan of Christmas music  (not quite sure why, but its seems to have become cool to hate christmas music of recent for some reason…) but I love it nonetheless. In those four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I can’t get enough. After a heated debate between the authors of this blog, I decided to post what are my personal 5 favorite christmas songs. I encourage anybody to comment with their own opinions and preferences, but no scrooges please- its Christmas time after all!

5) I can’t help but think of my grandparents without thinking of Frank Sinatra on the radio. And if nothing else,  Christmas is about family to me. Not to mention that this song melts most peoples heart quicker than Frosty’s bottom ball. Sinatra=Nan & Pop= Family = Christmas.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra

4 ) This song is filled with pop and cheer;  and although is simply cheesy its also   reminds me of simply having a wonderful Christmas time…

Wonderful christmas time – Paul McCartney

3) This song is number three maybe because I’ve been belting it (terribly) since I was 9. Maybe because its filled with so much true emotion and power it hits home, unlike some fun but whimsical xmas tunes. Truthfully though, it’s probably because my fiancee’s rendition of this song makes Rosario Dawson look like an American Idol wannabe… no joke…

Seasons Of Love – Rent (Original Cast)

2) I mean, does any song in the history of music get away with so much sexual tension so subtly. The guy in this song seems like he is one more sip of whiskey away from committing a felony but for some reason, that kind of makes me like it more. Not that I condone rape in anyway, but tangible lust and budding romance  is what every single person dreams of this time of year. Not too mention the beautiful duet and melody… I prefer the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey version,  respect to Dean, but this version just sounds less 19040’s-radio-ish to me.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Duet w_Nick Lachey)

1) And my top choice, is of course, Mariah. It a scientific fact that this song increases the hormones in humans that cause them to dance in their underwear and put on a santa hat. (Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) I frickin’ love this song. I have no shame turning this song up, rolling down my windows and singing it like a diva. Some People Think it’s xmas baby, and all I want is this song! ( maybe some ginerbread cookies and a crackling fire as well…. and a new iPod in case Santa reads this…) Merry Christmas!

All I Want for Christmas Is You (Original Version) – Mariah Carey

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