Archive for November, 2006

Initiative production…

November 30, 2006

Ever wondered how the Government manages to churn out so many eyecatching, creatively titled initiatives every other day? Well, wonder no more. Their secret is out, and here’s the device now increasingly being used by everyone from the Prime Minister to junior civil servants.

Rumor has it that the Conservatives under Cameron looking into using a similar device, in which case we are surely in for a most terrible ordeal on the months to come…


Breaking News: Someone’s bombing Google!

November 30, 2006

I concider myself reasonably on the ball when it comes to the internet. Google is probably among the seven most important tools of my job. Yet this evening I realized that the concept of Google bombing has bypassed me completely! I’ve heard i mentioned, but never actually listened long enough to learn what it is.

I needed some reference for “poodle” today, so I Googled it. Tony Blair was the number 1 result.
Which made me laugh.
…and investigate.
Turns out that the world has been Google bombing for years without me knowing! Since April 2001 in fact. I learned that Blair also is the top result when you search for “liar” and that George W. Bush is so for “Miserable failure”. However, the BBC reported that in 2003!
John Prescott is first on the list if you search for “f**ckwit”, but I’m not entirely sure whether that’s a result of Google bombing, or more natural causes.

I feel a bit strange now. Like I’ve missed out.
Like I’ve been to a party where everyone knew something that I didn’t, and didn’t tell me until the end…AFTER I’d made that joke about infidelity that got so few laughs…
Infidelity of course also being the reason why the host’s partner did not attend the party…

I feel a bit like that.

Or maybe I feel a bit like the Tory who came up with the idea of doing an ad about how everyone who gets into a lot of debt are tossers, just days before someone told him/her and the rest of the country that the Tory Party itself owe no less than £35.3m.

As statements go…

November 27, 2006

Slave trade

…Blair’s statement on the slave trade was one which didn’t include a lot of stating.
And he didn’t mention the Scottish, which I thought was a tad disrespectful. They’re of course not yet completely free…or so they like to believe…

gaaaargh, it’s a dull debate, the Scottish independence one…

The end of ze world!…thank goodness.

November 26, 2006

Great excitement.
“The End of the World” is already an old classic in web flash animation terms, and most people have probably hopefully seen it several times before!
I keep coming back to it again and again…year after year.
It’s just stunningly funny.


It seems a lot of you are coming here looking for this film. If you’re interested in reading some more about Jason Windor’s little masterpiece, and see some corporate work he got as a result of this film, look here.
Scroll down on the page to read more about this and several other quality Flash animations.

The art of Propaganda…

November 25, 2006

I came across this while doing some research on early animation. If you have 27 minutes to spare, I sincerely suggest you have a look. It is a fabulous insight into how the Soviet propaganda machine worked.
Read more about the film here.

Update: Put my order in for the whole DVD set today. Can’t wait.

The pen might be mightier, but the sword sure does get you noticed!

November 25, 2006

Most cartoonists do their work every day with a belief that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that every day is the day when the world stops and takes notice of our view! Yet despite all our pen wielding and vitriol, the reality is that the world rarely complies…
For Jose Varela, cartoonist for El Nuevo Herald – the Spanish sister paper to the Miami Herald – the pen approach to making a difference, became too slow. If people were going to take notice, he would have go for the sword.
Or a gun more precisely.

Looking at his recent work does make you wonder whether perhaps someone should have read the signs..?

The Ten Types of Republicans…

November 18, 2006

Nicely done this one. Republicans categorized Mr.Men style.

Disney explains Marx…

November 17, 2006

I came across this fabulous, animated Communist Manifesto at Harry’s Place.

Fiore fun again…

November 17, 2006

Here’s a newMark Fiore animation on the post election mood in the US.

Cartoon round-up…

November 17, 2006

Peter Brookes and Steve Bell has both grabbed the chance to draw a dancing, dress-clad Gordon Brown surrounded by hills that are coming to life with the sound of his name. A beautiful scene, undeniably.

Staying with Gordon, Dave Brownhas a visually wonderful piece in the Indy. Well worth a look, and then another one.