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I guess winter is finally here 
18th-Dec-2008 05:51 pm
Misc - winter tree
They are now calling for us to get 3 to 6 inches of snow tonight, and another 6+ on Saturday night. So this should be a fun weekend.

Tomorrow night my work is taking us all to a Wild game for Christmas, and paying for us to eat at a very good restaurant in the arena too. They've done this three years in a row now and we all love it. Of course, it's also bringing it home to me that ZOMG IT IS ALMOST CHRISTMAS AND I DO NOT HAVE EVERYTHING DONE THAT I NEED TO HAVE DONE.

I'm hoping that the snow will hold off Saturday until we make it to the British Advertising Awards at the Walker Art Center. People, I don't know if you've ever gotten to see the commercials that win these awards, but if you ever get a chance, do it. This is the premiere December event at the Walker; they do multiple screenings a day and most of them sell out, even on weekdays. You might roll your eyes at the thought of watching an hour of commercials that "won awards", but some of them are funnier than entire full-length Hollywood movies. And some are just amazing visual pieces.  Seriously. If they put these commercials out on DVD, I would buy it.  Here's the commercial that won the grand prize last year...

Comments 
19th-Dec-2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I love watching commercials that have won awards. I'm reminded that at times there is actual thought put behind what is created. Yes, I've seen commercials that I don't care about the minute they're over, but there are also ones that stick with me -- whether they're serious or funny or whatnot.
19th-Dec-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
That's what makes the British Ad Awards so great: you get a concentrated dose of the ones that stick with you, without having to endure hours of pap.

You have to watch out for the "Public Service Announcement" portion of the awards, though. Forget about the "Just Say No" commercials that we mocked as kids; these ads pull no punches. There were multiple people in the theater crying by the end of that section.
19th-Dec-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Fun fact- that high-rise block and housing scheme? In the worst part of Glasgow you could ever imagine. They demolished it the day after, which was a bit sad.
19th-Dec-2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Aw...I adore your icon. I want to huggle it. (It's also reminding me of a webcomic I read infrequently called Gunnerkrigg Court, in which the heroine has a malicious-yet-not-100%-evil magical creature trapped in the body of a small white stuffed animal. I think Antimony and Reynardine would get along well with Mo and Snow!Sylar. They've even got the same "You tried to kill me!" vibe going on.)

I wondered if those flats were real or just, like, shells constructed on an abandonded area specifically for the commercial shoot. I drove past the horrific projects in the worst parts of Chicago several times while they were being demolished; too bad they couldn't have been used for something interesting before they were gone, too.
19th-Dec-2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the return-friending. I read your proposal for the continuation of Sylar's storyline with rainbows and unicorns, and I knew I had to get in on it if I could.

Also, I like your mood theme; I am soldiering through very slow streams of BBC Life on Mars at this very moment, and I love it muchly.
19th-Dec-2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed that one! I've just been really frustrated with Sylar's storyline and figured, since it feels like it's being written by a 14-year-old who's in luv with him, we might as well make it as ridiculous as possible...

I love Life on Mars. I found an all-region DVD player on Amazon.com and bought it largely so that I could watch the UK DVDs of the show. John Simm is so wonderful to watch in that role.
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