Where’s Rob: I’ve been omitted

Everyone loves those Where’s Waldo books. Well, if your good at them: I NEED YOUR HELP.

That’s right. Apparently I’m either missing, or out of place in the Ad. There are reports of a few names not in alphabetical order, as well as a few inverted (Lastname Firstname).

Your odds are about 1 in 10,000.

So: Who here can find me? The PDF is here. You can use anything at your disposal to perform this task, eyes, supercomputer, etc. provided it’s legal ;-).



FIREFOX AD IS OUT: 2 Full Pages!

Sweet. 2X the glory, 2X the fun, 2X the exposure. Stinks being in school, if I was working in the city, and on the train, tomorrow would be a fun ride seeing all the NYT papers open on the ride in!

Oh well… back to studying.


Rob Rants: Christmas Commercials

And now to start one of the new categories here, a “Rob Rants”. We’ll start with Christmas Commercials.

Best Of

OfficeMaxRubber Band Man (OfficeMax) – This is a great example of how cool an advertisement can be. Retro, classy, catchy, fun. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s fun. And I don’t even like OfficeMax. I’ll miss this ad after the holidays. It’s one of the few tunes that doesn’t get on my nerves. Not to mention the animation is pretty cool. It’s also not overplayed. I see it maybe a few times a week, not bad. I can live with this one.

Chrismahanukwanzakah (Virgin Mobile) – This commercial isn’t bad. I don’t mind watching it, it’s catchy (it even sticks in your head), it’s not overdone, it’s funny. I’ve yet to find anyone who didn’t get a good laugh from it. This ad really did make this Chrismahanukwanzakah season the best one ever! Also not overplayed. I think this is one I’ll remember years from now, since it’s was creative. Hopefully they will bring it back next year. Kind of wish they did more with props though. I love how they combined all the holidays into 1 lump, but they didn’t really combine decorations and props. Would be interesting to see a MenorahTree :-D, I’m sure there are many other wacky things people can come up with… perhaps a Fark photoshop contest?

Worst Of

Old NavyOld Navy Caroler’s (Old Navy) – I’ll admit they all make great models I’m sure, and perhaps they even have vocal talent (who knows if there voices are real in the commercial or done Ashley Simpson style)… but this ad is by far the most annoying ad of the year, and just when one ends, they put on yet another one. They apparently decided doing it on TV wasn’t enough, so they decided to pollute Time Square with this one. Not to mention this article takes commercializing Christmas to a whole new low. Sorry, but this ad gets the award for most annoying commercial of Holiday Season 2004. Please Old Navy, if you love America, you’ll dump this campaign in the sea.

So what are your favorites/least favorites?

Disagree? Agree? Want more ads with Monkey’s in Santa costumes? Leave a comment.

Funny In The News

Advertising and the media

“We all leave our doors unlocked. We can run around in our nighties. It’s all girls and we feel really safe and that will change,” said student Starbuck Hersey.

A hearing on the lawsuit against the school is scheduled for Dec. 16. Until then, the school is actively recruiting male applicants.

[Source: @ 12/8/2004 1:20 PM EST]

Think they will have trouble recruiting male applicants after that quote? That’s about as great advertising as it gets!


NY Times Ad

I originally heard it was looking like sometime towards the end of November…

Anyone know when it’s set to happen? Has it been set?


If you haven’t already: donate to the Firefox Newspaper Campaign

It costs as little as $10 to do, and can really help promote Firefox. It’s a great way to help promote the Fox. Not to mention the extra cash helps out the Mozilla Foundation. They make some great software.

Think about it:

How many other products are useful, innovative, stable, and low cost? Not many. With a few bucks you can help ensure Firefox gets some great exposure and more users. If only a small percentage donate some cash, that results in more fuel to continue development. The results are cyclical. You can start the positive cycle.

It takes as little as $10, and only a minute or two of your time. Spread the fox:

Donate Today

(as usual, I’d appreciate anyone who uses my link, so I get some referral credit).


New York Times Ad for Firefox

That’s right. Want your name in the Firefox ad? In the New York Times? Well, it can happen. Donate $30 ($10 for students), and you’ll have your name in the ad! It’s that simple. Signup through my link, and you can put me on my way towards being a “Community Champion”

You know you want to show your mother your name in the New York Times. So why not help a great cause while achieving that goal?

Put Firefox and YOU in the New York Times

(signup through that link and help your buddy Rob out!)

And yes! You can donate internationally, it supports multiple credit cards, and PayPals!

You know, a little while back I did a project that involved looking at New York Times on Microfiche from 1940’s… ads for wool underwear among other fun stuff. Imagine 100 years from now people seeing a Firefox ad with your name on it!



Well, I finally did it, after months of debate. There’s a tiny ad towards the bottom of the pages on this blog now.

Not sure if this will stay or not, but it could help pay for more development time on other stuff I’m working on, so I guess it’s worth it.

Anyway, if you have a comments on it, let me know. It shouldn’t be to offensive, or in your face. They are text only too (to make sure they are unobtrusive). Hopefully you won’t even know they are there… though if you see something your interested in, give that advertiser a chance 😉

In The News Politics

Do not call list

They better get the Do Not Call List working soon. Apparently there have been some legal issues.

I can’t stand telemarketers. They drive me nuts. Don’t want to buy anything from some con-artist over the phone. The fact that a company uses telemarketing makes it an invalid company in my mind.

There’s no need to call, because I will not pay, buy, or vote for anything telemarketed. It just crosses you off my list.



Apple Ads

Lately I’ve been seeing quite a few Apple ads on Since it’s done through an ad broker, I don’t know exactly what’s up. But I hope they keep it up.

With the relaunch, I hope to have things churning real soon. Unfortunately things are going a bit slower than I wanted. But they are moving. should be ported to the new system within the next 6-8 weeks. The rest of the site (with the exception of a few seconds) should follow soon after. By years end Mac PR should move to the new system.

The new system is nice… believe me. It’s worth the wait.

Mac 4.0 “Daemon of the Abiss” WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT!

That is my promise. It will be worth the wait.

Thanks to all who have been so supportive of the site. It’s coming back, and I will be making up for lost time. The new system will be managable, meaning I could give the site the treatment it deserves. The old system required to much manual effort. It was a losing battle. Rather than suffer and die, I killed the old system, in hopes of a new one. One that is turning out to be pretty dang good if you ask me.

It’s going to be something. A lot has changed already behind the scenes. And quite a bit more will be changing in the near future.