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Here are 3 images of people without their faces visible. Each one has a different effect – though I think the first 2 were created from concept. And that’s okay.

Overall, all 3 images remove emotion from their subjects.

Take for instance, the first image tells a story about a girl whose real, emotional expression is hidden by the cartoon and shallow emotion.

She’s also naked.

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Frat guys, before you high five each other, let’s figure out the intention. Is it conceptual? Maybe…but I think being naked is vulnerability. Yes? Oh, well, but she’s not. The pose is fitting for the concept. She’s naked, but not exposed. (Sorry, bros.)

The only thing that doesn’t connect…rock star J.B.F. hair. I mean…maybe this was an exercise for a hairstylist too.

Now, the second image… I think the second image has two conflicting

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messages. The photographer faced two conflicts: 1) do the same as image one, or 2) connect minimalism to the emotionless. Instead of stating “LESS is MORE,” state an emotion or a passion. That way the emotion is understated, and we SEE that less is more rather than being told less is more.

And the last image makes the biggest impact…and it wasn’t birthed from a concept. It just capture something so interesting.

The soldier, emotionless out of necessity. It makes a statement about man’s best friend.

The last picture is perfect.

It teaches me that sometimes I shouldn’t try. I should just let it be.

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PalinLMAO. According to this post by Rasmussen Report, 55% of polled Republicans want to see the party modeled after Gov. Sarah Palin. She inspires something in them. Hope, perhaps.

She had her limelight. Proved she wasn’t an airhead while proving that she was far behind her political cohorts. She sold soaring Rovian rhetoric to her party, but tripped during interviews. Most of all, she lost McCain the election (though, Republicans think she revived them.)

That’s history.

And really, the Rasmussen Report is only confirming what we’ve known about the G.O.P.’s exaltation of Palin.

The more disturbing fact comes later in the post:

Just 15% of Evangelical Christian voters feel that the Republican Party has been too conservative for the past eight years, while 50% think it has been too moderate.

ONLY 15% of that group thinks the G.O.P has been too conservative during the Bush administration. The last 8 years saw the fight against stem cells and intellectual curiosity, the ideological war against the Muslim faith, and the Bush tax cuts. All of that not enough. These Evangelical Christians believe that we did not reach true conservatism. Bollocks.

There’s the answer to the Palin Paradox. She resides on the far-right boundaries of her party, and Evangelical Christians love it. Huckabee, he was good. But he’s too nice. He doesn’t have the same hunger they saw in the savage Palin in the closing weeks of the election.

She has their hearts, which apparently is all they can offer her…

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picture-2They did it. We didn’t think they’d figure it out, but they did it.

They made fun of George H. W. Bush in Dana Carvey’s impish impersonation. Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond nailed the swagger of Clinton. Will Ferrell lampooned George W. Bush from every angle.

What would they have on Obama? He’s a serious man with a serious agenda. He’s not serious enough to portray him as a stiff. In fact, he’s just a great guy. Who wants to make fun of a great guy.

Enter Comedy 101. Biden is your comedic contrast to Obama, the straight man. Jason Sudeikis creates a Joe Biden that is an anti-Obama: talks before he thinks, bombastic, a gaffe machine.

It’s a great angle on the administration.

On a broader note, SNL is looking good so far. They gained popularity during the election, and it seems they’re taking advantage of their larger audience. Skits are better. New cast members are funny. Plus, I love Pepsuber.

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Football fans tweeted the big game tonight, and with the help of #hashtags the entire game, including moment-to-moment twitter-er commentary was recorded.

Twitter-ers added #superbowl to their tweets about the game. This enabled the site hashtags.org to chronicle the game. You can now browse a total of 8,000+ tweets by clicking here. You can see people’s reactions to all the big moments, as well as people interacting with each other.

The other news is that 3,000+ twitter-ers chose to follow @superbowl to get an experience beyond NBC’s coverage. The twitter-er offered behind the scenese updates as well as some commentary (like below.)

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If anybody knows the man behind the @superbowl twitter curtain, email me.

This was a first attempt. I don’t see most twitter-ers being sports fans, but maybe that’ll change by next year.

// Some people used the #hashtags Cardinals and Steelers. Which one got more tags? Sigh, the Steelers. The Steeler nation tweets…What can be done?

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Budweiser, Coke, and Pepsi dominated tonight’s high priced commercial space, others made a big impact with one commercial. Overall they offered us horse narratives, a sexy Danica in the shower, and the hilarious Pepsuber. Hulu introduced itself to a large audience, and Dreamworks gave us a 3D preview of its new movie, Monsters Vs. Aliens. Mostly, we saw ads for NBC’s programming. Why? Well, it’s tough selling expensive ad space in a ailing economy.

We know that.

Q: Is it worth the millions of dollars to reach us? It’s a question I’m going to ask of each superbowl commercial (and you can watch them all on Hulu.)

Coke vs. Pepsi

These two companies are regulars. Both are constantly trying to attract our thirst, but the two companies have different tastes to their drinks. It truly is subjective, or a matter of situation (i.e. you like Coke, but the place sells Pepsi.)

Pepsi excelled at creating a line of funny and entertaining commercials. Coke, eh.

Really, the impression is that Pepsi is rebranding itself for the Obama generation while Coke says, “Bitch, I still got money to advertise.”

Coke, for millions of dollars, showed us nothing new about their company.

Hulu

Brilliant. It’s new, what a great introduction.

The Car Commercials

Boring. They all looked like car commercials… The auto industry is about to be in shambles. What did we learn? A truck can needlessly drive through a fire ramp thing. Fail. The best North American car comes from a South Korean car maker. Fail. And that Jason Statham drives cars…alot. Sigh, fail.

Budweiser

Horse lovers should love beer as much?

Budlight

Be violent. If you can draw magical trees, kill a skier. If someone doesn’t agree with you, comically (I cracked up) throw them out the window. Drinkability is doucheability.

Cash4gold.com

Story of a company that spent millions to say, “These hack celebs are facing tough times so they sold their gold. You should sell your gold for money because you’re also facing tough times. Uh, and obviously cash4gold.com is not facing tough times because we’re using your gold to buy ads.”

Poor Ed. And it’s fucking MC HAMMER! I laughed at this commercial, but tough times indeed.

Visio

Pure waste.

The job finder commercials

All entertaining to me. And probably the most useful. After all, we need jobs. If someone’s going to compete for our attention it might as well be a useful service.

Go Daddy

I want to see Danica naked, but that has nothing to do with my web hosting needs. Just…other needs.

Denny’s

I barely remember the commercial, but get you a free grand slam on Tuesday : D

Pedigree

Clever. And it really stands alone in its field of competition. Pedigree has more money than its competitors.

(The same can also be said about Kellogs.)

The movie commercials

None of them inspired me to see them. No hype… I’m sure both Star Trek and the Transformer’s sequel hoped to gain momentum. Nothing. I’m not even excited about Up. They were all average trailers that were released hours before the actual game…

Cars.com

Ha! I wish I were that guy. At least, I’m not a putz when buying cars. Though, because of the economy…I’m sticking with my car…that’s in the shop.

// So we were bombarded with alot. Some failed, others made an impact. In the end, the only effective commercials were from the companies that rebranded their image, introduced their services, or offered a deal. Otherwise, what’s the point.

In a weird twist, you’d think that the Hulu presentation of these commercials would be free of advertisements. Wrong. Coke Zero ads played before I saw other ads…

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