As anyone who listens to Watch What Crappens knows, I recently took a trip to the Costco of Inglewood. At the time, it seemed like a prudent decision, and after witnessing a fight in the parking lot upon exiting, I realized it was actually a HILARIOUS decision too. A lot of weaves were pulled that day.
I’m proud to report that despite accidentally wearing gang colors (red), I survived my Inglewood adventure with my weave intact. Even more exciting: I emerged with two pounds of cherry tomatoes. Why? Well, why not? But truth be told, there was a method to my madness. I bought the tomatoes in bulk because I was eager to try yet another recipe from Rick Bayless’s Mexican Everyday: Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco, Pan Roasted Green Onions, and Guajillo Chile Dressing.
Unless you’re familiar with the brand Humanic and unless you can understand the German title of this YouTube video, you might have a difficult time figuring out what this circa 1970 German commercial is about. One thing is for certain: it clearly provided some of the inspiration for Sprockets.
Take your guesses as to what the ad is selling in the comments!
Over the summer, my friend Meeshie visited me here in Los Angeles and humbly requested that we make ice cream. I handed her David Lebovitz’s seminal ice cream bible The Perfect Scoop and told her to pick out the flavor of her choice (as long as it wasn’t something vile that involved berries — eww). Anyway, after much browsing and deliberation, Meeshie decided on one of her all time favorite ice creams: rum raisin. A trip to the grocery store later, we were ready to make ice cream!
If there’s one thing we know about women, it’s that they can’t brew a good cup of Joe. Amiright? At least that’s the conclusion one might reach when watching this supercut of coffee commercials from the 1950s.
European DJ act Justice has a new single coming out on April 4th, but we fans can get a sneak peak via this new Adidas spot that just hit the Internets. It features the usual sports montage images (hardship, triumph, pain, victory) as well as a few bonus touches (Katy Perry, B.O.B.), but really all I care about is the music. From what I can tell, it sounds like more of the same, which is always a good thing…
The dust has settled. Green Bay has won the Super Bowl, and football season has come to an end. I no longer have to check BetUS for Super Bowl Odds and can return to my normal life of pontificating about pop culture. This, of course, means weighing in on Super Bowl commercials. Overall, this year’s offerings were generally solid. Pepsi, Budweiser, and Doritos all offered up their usual mixed bag of fare — cheap animal jokes mixed with occasionally clever concepts — while stars such as Eminem and Justin Bieber popped up to shill for the likes of Lipton Iced Tea and Best Buy, among others.
After the jump, a list of many (but not all) the spots that made an impression on me for better or worse…
Now that NBC Universal has gone through the ringer with Comcast, we have a new logo. First things first: NBC Universal is now NBCUniversal (goodbye infernal spaces, hello corporate kerning efficiency); secondly, the NBC peacock is gone (only from NBCU logos, not NBCU); thirdly, no more Universal globe; fourthly, purple – lots of it; and fifthly, a bizarre font that looks not unlike some Nick-At-Nite remnant. I’m not sure I love the look, and the only thing keeping it from the hall of design missteps is that the original logo wasn’t as commonplace or recognized as the likes of Tropicana, Gap, or Comedy Central.