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iTunes 9’s Sexy Volume Bar

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on September 9, 2009
iTunes 9 Volume Bar
iTunes 9 Volume Bar

How spectacularly fresh. If there’s one thing the guys at Apple consistently get right, it’s aesthetics. Compare to the old volume bar:

Old iTunes Volume Bar

Old iTunes Volume Bar

The song progress bar also has a nice two-tone look:

iTunes 9 Song Progress
iTunes 9 Song Progress

Versus the old one:

Old iTunes Song Progress
Old iTunes Song Progress
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Is Hulu’s show expiration script quick on the draw?

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on July 11, 2009

I’ve been catching up on season 1 and season 2 of American Dad on Hulu the past few days. They were set to expire tonight, apparently before 2:00 am (Central Time), which was when the site showed that the episode was to expire. There was even one period in time where the timer said “Expires in One Hour,” but the video wouldn’t play. I took this screenshot – the timers are located under the thumbnails near the bottom.

Hulu removes American Dad before timer expires

Hulu removes American Dad before timer expires

It may simply be that the timer script uses a different time zone than the script that actually pulls the video. Hulu engineers also probably didn’t expect anyone to be counting down the hours until a show expires. But it’s broken, and – for a company with about $500 million in venture capital – it should be a quick fix.

Collins English Dictionary’s big publicity stunt

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on July 9, 2009

The Collins English Dictionary lost all authority earlier this week when it announced that Twitter (both as a noun and a verb), Twitterati, and Twitterverse will become entries alongside such conventional and long-established terminology as ‘Google.’

collins entry on google - twitter

Collins English Dictionary on Google - Twitter

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Craigslist Spammers

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on July 3, 2009

Even with Craigslist’s strong flagging and removal function, spam posts make using the site a pain from a buyer’s perspective.

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Old school posts

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on June 29, 2009

As you can see, there are some posts from back in April 2007. Without getting into any time travel jokes, this is a simple announcement that I’ve added the few advertising related posts from my old Blogger account. They aren’t relevant to anything really going on in 2009 – I just secretly consider it good writing.

Dove – Evolution

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on April 29, 2007

I hope you’ve already seen this. I’ve caught it in class, on Good Morning America, as a TV spot and online at Dove.com.

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IKEA – Spike Jonze’s Lamp

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on April 29, 2007

This is the ad that made me decide to major in advertising.

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Hyundai Sante Fe (TV Spot) – Baby Driver

Posted in tv spot, Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on April 28, 2007


Props to this Hyundai ad out of New Zealand.

An ad like this would fall under heavy regulatory exposure in America. Federal Trade Commission pulled the Bud ad because it it featured referees who stole beer. Apparently, though, the Center for Science in the Public Interest complained to the FTC about this one, and they have a special anti-alcohol advocacy group of sorts.

Maybe there’s not any active anti-baby driver advocacy groups to stop one this one in the States… Maybe.

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