Look at the page above. A quick glance would lead readers to believe this is a dating website for vegetarians, and that's how Veggie Dates UK initially advertised itself as. But now notice the tagline: "If you are someone looking to meet single people who lead a healthy lifestyle why not join.... ... More >>
Got milk? Yeah, we know, that marketing slogan stopped being effective, and started being annoying, about a decade ago. The milk industry needed its next big ad campaign and it looks like they just might have found it. The San Clemente-based California Milk Processor Board rec ... More >>
In response to the lawsuit, Taco Bell ran full-page newspaper ads headlined, "Thank you for suing us."Four months and $4 million in counter-advertising later, the lawsuit against Taco Bell's beef has been voluntarily withdrawn. High five? Anyone? As you may remember, an Alabama law fi ... More >>
Michael F. Harrah's towering project swallows a Viagra.You may recall the last time I addressed the issue of real-estate developer Mike Harrah's contentious efforts to build Orange County's largest commercial building, the proposed 37-story One Broadway Plaza in Santa Ana.Here was my July 22, 201 ... More >>
California State University Long Beach students were so worked up over the school refusing to promote the play Night of the Tribades that they held a special kind of protest in front of Brotman Hall last Wednesday.
Above is the first commercial for the Frito Bandito, the ad campaign that launched a thousand PC pendejos. The campaign was totally offensive--but let's save those arguments for the publication of my book. What I want to concentrate on is the voice, that gravelly, slow-witted, mispronouncing tone ... More >>
UPDATED with the official status of the restaurant."Didn't you say Chimayo closed?" asked my wife."Yeah, Edwin blogged about it. They closed right before Christmas.""So why would they buy a print ad for New Year's Eve?"Sure enough, on page 19 of the New Year's Eve guide in this week's print editi ... More >>
I thought I'd seen every infomercial on the airwaves until Slate's Seth Stevenson set me straight with his Brow Beat blog post "Don't Believe the Wipe." His reportage concerns Comfort Wipe, "an
18-inch plastic stick to which you may attach a clump of toilet paper,
thus easing the arduous task o ... More >>
Over the years, John Jaeger has kept an eye on the signs posted around central Orange County for units available at Arnel Management Co. properties as well as OC Weekly's voluminous coverage of Arnel's owner, Newport Beach self-made businessman, developer, GOP power broker and former ambassador to S ... More >>
Last month, I took issue with The Filling Station in Orange because I felt they overcharged for merely good food. Over the weekend, owner John Hughes (not the same genius behind all those Brat Pack films) left this humdinger of a comment:I always found it funny that OCweekly [sic] gives great review ... More >>
This guy next to me is eating a baked potato. That's like the weirdest thing you can eat at a concert. Well, in the realm of possibility, at least. I guess like, elf meat would be weirder. Because elves are fictional, natch.They're playing all sorts of goofy videos between sets, like thinly veiled c ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Kalesa Grill in Anaheim, misspelling the Filipino restaurant's name as Kasela but not misrepresenting its great take on the archipelago's turo-turo buffet tradition. I visited again last weekend, only to find the dive is now named Pinoy Fiesta. Everything remains ... More >>
Remember those Sunday mornings when the LA Times magazine was something to look forward to? Terrific profiles/color pieces/semi-newsy features—in-depth stuff you went back and read a second time (and, admit it, clipped and filed in your battered ol’ copy of Websters, under the appropriate word)? ... More >>
Here's the advertisement:
The executive producer of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The World Series of Pop Culture is looking for contestants for Season 1 of a new, "groundbreaking game show" premiering on CBS this summer.
Contestants will compete for $10 million in prizes by predicting how A ... More >>
"More bars in more places. That's what people have come to expect from Cingular."
Bullshit. That's what my parents have come to expect from ME. Shame on Cingular for appealing to alcoholics. Sorry, but I just hate commercials these days. If it's not ambiguous word usage, it's terrifying paranoia- ... More >>
Los Angeles County Sheriff's commander Ralph Martin, who is trying to unseat third-term-seeking Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, has apparently made a huge cable television advertising buy so he can broadcast the following campaign commerical (Windows Media) into local homes.
The beauty of the ad ... More >>
Today. Friday, March 10, 2006. Los Angeles Times. Page A8. Along the thinnest of news holes, with just enough room all six columns to tuck in an inch of type per column and this headline in, eyeballing it, what appears to be 30-point type across four of those columns: "United Nations Report Says 1.1 ... More >>
The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>
We don't know whether to be proud, repulsed, jealous--all three? Chapman University grad stud Rosemary Lambert's short film The Reel Monkey won the Grand Prize in a film competition. So far, so good--until you discover it's the 2006 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Competition. You see, student filmma ... More >>