So many links, so little time:
Everyone's talking about those UPS whiteboard ads. Slate.com ad critic Seth Stevenson analyzes why they're so compelling. (If you haven't seen them, he includes three videos in his article.) I hadn't known that the ads were directed by the brilliant Errol Morris or that the guy at the whiteboard is The Martin Agency's Andy Azula, who's the campaign's creative director. And I was surprised to learn from Morris's web site that he knows a lot about graphic facilitation (sometimes called graphic reporting), a technique that's about a zillion times more amazing to watch than the very simplified UPS version.
So you've written a novel and you want to know whether it'll be a best-seller? The mojo's in the title, says Titlescorer, which claims to "scientifically" predict your book's chances of success. Not sure how well it works with nonfiction, but it's worth a shot. (Via The Marketing Minute.)
Gimme that old-time, one-size-fits-all religion: Someone apparently believes the world needs Faith Heels, white athletic socks with words like Hope, Grace, and Blessed printed on the ankle ribbing. Wait--shouldn't they be called Faith Ankles? Actually, on the In-Souls ("Stand on the Word of God") web site the socklet is described thus: "Your Faith is displayed just above your heals" [sic and emphasis added]. I think this is not a parody, but I'm not entirely sure. I'd love to see someone counter with Seven Deadly Sins socks. Wear your Pride! (Via Short Takes, a BrandWeek blog.)
The Internet of tomorrow, as envisioned by AT&T in long-ago 1993 and revisited on Paleo-Future. Picturephones? Natch! Link is to Part 5; scroll down for links to previous installments. More are in the offing. (Via BoingBoing.)
Breakfast of the Gods, created by Brendan Douglas-Jones, is a "totally unauthorized, 'Lord of the Rings'-sized epic starring breakfast cereal mascots" such as Cap'n Crunch and Tony the Tiger. Chapter 1, "The Last Good Morning," has been posted; the next two chapters ("O Cap'n, My Cap'n" and "Apocalypse Yum") are in the works. Go here to read about the making of the epic. (Via The Trademark Blog.)
Goes grrrreat with breakfast cereal: Andrew Davidson's corporate gibberish generator. "Think customer-defined. Think out-of-the-box. Think cutting-edge. But don't think all three at the same time."
I've saved the best link for last. Gather round and read the tale of the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel as told by the prodigiously talented Maciej Cegłowski. Never heard of the tunnel? Oh, what you've been missing. When you come back, I'll tell you about the time I toured the Alameda terminus (or is it commencimus?) and was filching a burrito from the pneumatic tube when all of a sudden... (Via Mike's Web Log.)