Moon: A Film by Duncan Jones

Indie Sci-fi film, Moon, by Duncan Jones. The trailer looks awesome.

“Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his intelligent computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of Helium 3, a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.”

More info | via DF

Simpsons Stamp-Diddly-Amps

The Simpsons Stamps

Woohoo! On May 7th, 2009 the US Postal service will start selling Simpsons Stamps.

“This is the biggest and most adhesive honor The Simpsons has ever received,” said Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons.

You can actually pre-order the stamps now, but I just tried and the online store seems to be having some technical difficulties at the moment. I’m sure they’ll have it back up and running soon.

USPS Press Release | via Neatorama

BumpTop 1.0 – 3D Desktop

I first heard about the BumpTop prototype back in 2006. It looks like they’ve refined it quite a bit since then… to the point where they’ve released it as an actual product. There’s a (limited) free version, and a Pro version that runs $29. Unfortunately, there’s no Mac version at the moment, but there is a little checkbox to let the developers know you want one, on the Downloads page.

Career Evolution in Advertising

Career Evolution

I couldn’t agree more. I learned a long time ago the higher up you go in any organization, the less technically-savvy the people become. I love how the Executive Creative Director only knows how to do email. (That’s the Microsoft Entourage (Mac) icon for all you PC people)

There’s actually another lesson i learned many years ago that directly relates to this… the higher up you go in any organization, the crappier their computers become.

I remember several years ago I was working for a company that was doing a big pitch to The person behind the project was convinced that the Amazon Executives we would be dealing with were very “sophisticated” people, who would have all the latest equipment, and well-versed in how to use it. He decided that our web component should be built at 1024×768, which at the time was considered high resolution. After we sent everything off, we got a call from an Amazon VP who was having trouble viewing the site. It turned out he was using a 640×480 16bit display. Of course, he had no idea that’s what he was using. We had to guide him though checking his monitor resolution over the phone.

I remember another time where we sent a CD-based presentation to the owner of a medium-large size company. When we got him on the phone he said he hadn’t looked at the CD because he didn’t know how to put it into his computer. His secretary normally took care of “computer stuff”, and she was on vacation.

Lessons learned. :)

via Swissmiss

Excellent Sprint Now Commercial

Lets face it, most TV commercials pretty much suck. But, once in a while, one comes out that’s a real gem. This commercial for the Sprint Now Network is a perfect example. It’s extremely well done, and it actually made me laugh out loud when I saw it on TV tonight.

The commercial was produced by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, here in San Francisco. They’ve also built a pretty interesting website to go with the campaign.