Step 1: Water her fab live rendition of Frozen’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”.
Step 2: Fall in love.
Step 3: Spend the next 2 hours watching Frozen clips.
…maybe that’ll just be me.
As posted on the Experiences for Mankind Blog
I had never heard of Austin Kleon before this year’s South by Southwest – but now I have, and for that I am glad.
Austin is a writer who draws. What does that mean, you ask? Well, he is perhaps most famous for taking New York Times articles and blacking out everything except carefully chosen words, thereby forming print/sharpie clad poems. As an early blog adopter and aficionado of words, doodles and humanity, his was the first keynote I attended in Austin this year and, in addition to wanting to be his new best friend, I really enjoyed what he had to say.
Here’s an example of one he showed during this presentation.
He talked about, wait for it, Vampires and Human Spam. Allow me to elaborate. These tragic creatures were once lovely humans, existing on planet earth just like you and me. Somewhere along the way though, something went awry and they were given the very false life manual where competition and self promotion rule. When you spend time with vampires, they suck your energy stores dry, use them for their own selfish, vampirey benefit and leave you lifeless. Jerks. Human spam, conversely, ramtheir stuff- projects, events, whatever- down your throat as hard as spamingly possible, forever shoving harder if you, by some miracle, evade them during the first go around. Once they’re in, don’t expect even a flicker of reciprocity. It’s simply not in their nature.
Austin went on to discuss the more human like qualities of creativity and it’s purest derivative: collaboration. He noted we are all part of a ‘scenious’ – or a group of like minded people, consistently fostering and encouraging one another toward a common goal. In theory, our goal as artists is to get noticed. In practice, our mindset should be how we can contribute to our scenious – as opposed to standing out as a genius. A scenious is nurtured by collaborative sharing. You cannot have a healthy scenious with the presence of Vampires or Human Spam.
nice photo, I know.
How can we then, make the transition to effectively contribute to our scenious – to better serve it, ourselves and one another? Let me count the ways:
1. Listen. Pay attention and take stock. Find gaps worth filling and find ways to fill them. Improve scenious efficiency and wholeness. Become a citizen of any community before you attempt to influence it.
Find gaps aka opportunities in your scenious. Fill them.
2. Don’t be a hoarder. Share your stuff. Similar interests will be attracted to it – and you.
3. Share. Other people do awesome things. Share them and make a habit of it- but give credit. Steal like an artist - don’t be a Vampirey or Spam-like.
4. Find people of like minds. <insert sports analogy here> In baseball, all pitchers are competitive. No one shares their secrets for fear of falling short on the mound. This is true for all but one: the knuckleball pitcher. This unruly pitch is so unpredictable that like-pitchers have formed a brotherhood of sorts. Knuckleball pitchers share experiences, secrets and share a cross team bond unlike any other position in the sport. Find your knuckleballers, teach what you know, learn what you hear.
All in all, Austin jives very well with a concept we’ve been working a lot on at EFM and that is the idea of ‘collective intelligence’. Essentially, this concept reflects our belief that like minded people with similar beliefs can do more. They can do good. They can harness a usually ignored energy that comes from within. This energy is selfness, it is non competitive, it is purpose driven and it is unbelievably powerful.
No matter what scenious of which we are a part, or what purpose we have committed to, we should always live to contribute, share, embrace and flourish for we can, as Margaret Mead once said, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Follow Austin on Twitter if you feel so inclined. I highly recommend it.
Try as I might to keep my musical loving self at bay, it has no choice but to creep out on this fine March day. Watch as these awesome parents absolutely crush Disney’s Frozen and their cute daughter literally gives zero cares.
I dare you not to have a better day after watching it.
A new tag, tone and target for America’s favorite mayonnaise.
Miracle Whip, while arguably the most widely known mayo on the market, has certainly experienced a bit of brand confusion in past years. They hope to eliminate that confusion now though, with what is perhaps their most drastic deviation to date and sorry, they’re not sorry – about it.
Read the full story on EFM’s blog.
Happy Opening Ceremonies All.
To combat the less than glam conditions in Sochi, I thought I’d offer a few ‘Merican Pride themed gems I’m rocking to show my unwavering devotion to the land of the free, home of the brave. Now, I know what you’re thinking – who the heck dresses up for the Winter Olympics? Well, riddle me this fare skeptics – when have you ever been let down by showing your devotion to this here US of A. That’s right – never. #FollowSuit
1. Merica Onesy by Extreme80s. While Maria is donning a classed up version of ye old American patriotism, I am rocking the most awesome onesie to ever grace God’s green earth. No – and I’m so sorry – they’re not on sale yet, but you bet your bottom US American dollar I’ll tell you as soon as they are.
2. Merica Fanny Pack. This gem is in stock and you should probably own it. Get it.
3. Merica Knockarounds. These limited edition were made specifically for Chubbies and unfortunately, can’t be purchased online at this time.
In the mean time, these bad boys are ready and rearin’ to go. Get em.
3. Merica Chubbies. I had to. Get em.
4. Stars and Bars Chucks. For days. Get them so I can borrow them. Do it.
And there you have it. You’re welcome America. #sochi2014 #teamUSA #Merica
Took a little break here from blogging land there for a minute. Pardon the hiatus. What better way to take 2014 content creation by storm though, than this. I very literally can’t make this stuff up.
Spotted at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, “Penis Prisons” to keep your member locked, loaded and at bay.
Oh and yea, they come in camo. Gotta trick those sneaky skanks who strategically hunt for d’s set against camouflage backdrops. Also this will be very useful for both the Tin-man and Pinocchio to maintain their angelic v cards.
“No, YOU lock it up” … I mean Him.
So. Many. Questions.
Then there’s this: a bra that’s, and I quote: “Here to save women from guys“. First and foremost, it should be noted that this was invented by a dude. Nuf said.
What it lacks in boob support, it makes up for in moral support, apparently. – Buzzfeed
Sorry sweetie, looks like you aren’t ‘the one’. Pantomime bra tug away.
How does it work you ask? Well turns out, “a built in sensor reads the woman’s heart rate signal and sends it to a special app via Bluetooth for analysis.” Then it calibrates the “True Love Rate” over time and decides whether or not Lady Luck is on Romeo’s side. Smart ass app.
This is what the math looks like. Clearly they nailed every hope, dream and desire any woman has ever had. After all, ALL I do is jog, flirt, shop, flirt, jog …and eat Sriracha. Obviously.
The best part of this though is the moment of truth when the app decides you’re in love. Where might you be at that magical moment – in a meeting, at lunch, perhaps living any of the 99% of moments where a magical bra unclasp might be deemed socially inappropriate? Yea. The odds don’t really seem to be in our favor on this one.
In member armor and computerized chastity bras,
No, I’m not making this up. The following are actual lyrics from B Spear’ new song entitled “Perfume”.
“While I wait I put on my perfume / yeah I want it all over you / I gotta mark my territory.”
Turns out homegirl does NOT understand the meaning of subliminal advertising and strives to mark her territory like a, well, like a dog. The personal product placement in this here video is as suffocating as the near opaque cloud of Fantasy, Spears’ white trash fragrance. So glad they shot this at a motel. That, coupled with the hair extensions set against a plaid shirt backdrop absolutely makes me want to convert to brand advocacy.
Also, she’s singing really loud while on top of her clearly monogamous dude in bed. Is he dead? Brit – did you kill him for hooking up with the brunette? That wasn’t nice Brit.
In all serious though, it’s actually pretty funny what they did here. They wrote a terrible song and turned around a full length visual jingle in order to sell a fragrance that kills every ounce of class and drive that exists in her target market.
Well played Brit. Fooled us all.
In case you missed the viral snowstorm recently, Pentatonix recently came out with their own acapella version of The Little Drummer Boy (yea, that link was a hint hint to watch it if you haven’t already). It blew up overnight and I’d be lying if I didn’t divulge the fact that I listened to it … let’s just say more than once. I shared that sh*t with all my co Pitch Perfect aficionados (#represent) (#proudofit) and got lost in the magic of their soothing ass voices and hauntingly beautiful harmonies.
It wasn’t until the <insert unembarassing number here> time watching it that I realized how absolutely ridiculous this video is and that, to agree with the ol Huff Post, it was just begging for a parody.
Thanks to Chubbies – we need beg no more.
From consistent typography and whimsically authentic expressions, to short ass santa shorts set against a picturesque sunlit backdrop and of course the classic beer chug… this is golden. Enjoy.
Not many ads bring tears to my eyes… but this one did. Well played WestJet. Well played indeed.
No ifs, ands or buts about it, this brilliantly LOL worthy move by Burger King deserves some acclaim. Watch it.