Archive for May, 2010

Milky minutes

May 11, 2010

OK folks, I’ve been creating ads for more than 20 years.  Had commercials on the Super Bowl.  Along the way, snagged a Clio for Best Copywriting in the United States.  BFD. Please worship me when I find a cure for cancer.

Remember the milky minutes series from AT&T? http://youtube.com/watch?v=KgFw7o5hQtc To quote from the commercial: “For the last time, these minutes don’t expire.” If I were to  focus group this messaging, 100 out of 100 people would net out that AT&T minutes don’t expire.  Well, now I guess I have the equivalent of Telephonic Salmonella. Because if you look at the nifty exhibit here, I’m about to lose 726 minutes.  Yes the minutes have soured and I’m about to suffer the following symptoms:

Symptoms of Salmonella gastroenteritis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting. In mild cases diarrhea may be non-bloody, occur several times per day, and not be very voluminous; in severe cases it may be frequent, bloody and/or mucoid, and of high volume.

I guess that’s what I get for not reading the fine print as it streamed by on their commercial. I may not be the first to tell you but there is such a thing as milky minutes and they do expire.

Anyone know a good e-Gastroenterologist? ~Mike

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Oil Spill

May 1, 2010

Everyone and their cousin is all freaked out now that the oil spill has “hit land.”  I freaked out when it hit the water.

As a former scholarship swimmer, I have always been fascinated the way things move in the water.  Always been jealous of Dolphins.  Love how shrimp swim backwards. And I have  dreams that I can fly like a bird. But this post is not about me, how well I can write or how funny I can be.  It’s about you and how you can help.

Start with yourself and work your way out.  But to help immediately, I have stolen these outlets from the Huff Post:

•You can register through OilSpillVolunteers.com to volunteer or join a cleanup organization.
•The BP Volunteer Hotline has set up numbers if you need to report injured wildlife or damage related to the spill. You can also request volunteer information at 866-448-5816  866-448-5816
•The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is providing volunteer information, though help from private citizens is not being requested at this time.
CrisisCamp set up a conference call for Friday afternoon — follow the notes of this meeting, containing volunteer information with nonprofits and information from government organizations. You can also follow the CrisisCamp oil spill Twitter list for updates.
•The National Wildlife Federation has a message you can send to President Obama to urge restoration of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands. They’re also asking for residents to upload photos to flickr and tag them SPILL_NW10.

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It’s a little late to spew vitriol at the people who let this happen.  There’s plenty of time for that later. Now is the time to help.  I found 646 articles on what this will trigger in terms of future impact.  Simply put, there’s nothing this one won’t touch. Please if you have any other ways to help, post it on up.  Comment. RT. This needs your attention. Like yesterday.  Thank you. ~Mike