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Cool Ad Watch

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 30 2014 @ 8:39pm

Bonus points for the bipod:

SHAKE PUPPIES by Carli Davidson from Carli Davidson on Vimeo.

Below are the finalists we’ve selected for the 2013 Cool Ad Of The Year, please review them and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.


1) Smartphone Glass Coasters:

A clever way to get people put down their fucking iPhones already:

The Offline Glass from Mauricio Perussi on Vimeo.


2) Skype Friends:

And a Cool Ad as well, from Skype:

A reader flagged it:

Sometimes you don’t have to “advertise” a product or brand. You just have to capture really amazing humans and what they’re able to do because your product or brand exists.



3) Beard Illusion:


Michael Zhang double-takes:

To make the point that Garnier Fructis’ hair products are great for both women and men, advertising agency Publicis teamed up with photographers Billy & Hells for a series of creative advertising photographs. Upon first glance, each of the photographs appear to show a tough guy with a massively long beard. However, look a little closer and you’ll realize that things are not what they appeared to be.



4) Kindles On The Beach:

A reader passes along a “remarkably unremarkable” Kindle commercial:



5) Shipping Your Pants:

Kmart, of all places, gets a South Parkian edge:



6) Office Shooting:

Well, not exactly cool, but powerful:

Copyranter wonders if it’s “the best gun control commercial ever produced.”


7) Child Abuse PSA:

A PSA for child abuse designed to only be visible to children in the presence of adult abusers:

(Hat tip: Andrew Liszewski)


8) Off-Roading Smartcar:

It’s smart to be upfront about your product’s strengths and weaknesses:



9) Wheelchair Basketball:

The twist at the end gave Copyranter goosebumps. Likewise:



10) Slow-Motion Shaking Dogs:

Shake it, bitches:

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SHAKE from Variable on Vimeo.

The footage is from the talented and twisted Carli Davidson, whose work the Dish has featured quite a bit over the years. You can order her new coffee-table book Shake, a collection of 61 photos, here.

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Cool Ad Watch archive here. Awards Glossary here. Vote for the rest of our 2013 awards below:

Chart Of The Year
Dick Morris Award
Face Of The Year
Hathos Alert Of The Year
Hewitt Award
Malkin Award
Mental Health Break Of The Year
Moore Award
Poseur Alert Of The Year
Window View Of The Year
Yglesias Award

Dog Doppelgängers

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 25 2013 @ 2:28pm

There’s some science to the old adage that pets look like their owners:

119939095_b88a06e3cc_bResearchers around the world have repeatedly found that strangers can match photos of dogs with photos of their owners at a rate well above chance. Perhaps people are drawn to animals that look like them. In a study of female college students, those with longer hair judged flop-eared dogs—spaniels, beagles—to be more attractive, friendly, and intelligent than dogs with pointy ears; women with shorter hair concluded the opposite. And the apparent affinity between owners and pets is more than fur-deep: One analysis found self-described “dog people” to be less neurotic than “cat people,” who were more curious. Another study, which cross-referenced personality-test scores and breed preferences, noted that disagreeable people favored aggressive dogs.

While the Law of Attraction—like attracts like, or in this case, adopts like—might explain some of these similarities, there’s reason to think pets also emulate their owners.

A 2011 study found that dogs tasked with opening a door preferred whichever of two methods of door-opening they had just observed their owners use (head or hands/paws), even when offered a treat for the opposite choice. Researchers concluded that dogs possess an “automatic imitation” instinct that can override both natural behavior and self-interest. Dogs are also more susceptible to yawn contagion (an indicator of social attachment) when it’s their master, rather than a stranger, doing the yawning.

Wouldn’t you like to meet the owner of this pup?


(Bottom photo from Carli Davidson‘s Shake, a new coffee-table book you can order here. Live-action book preview here. Top photo from Flickr user Anjuli)

Cool Ad Watch

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 22 2013 @ 5:09pm

Shake it, bitches:

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SHAKE from Variable on Vimeo.

The footage is from the talented and twisted Carli Davidson, whose work the Dish has featured quite a bit over the years. You can order her new coffee-table book Shake, a collection of 61 photos, here.


Using Buzzfeed's list of "33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You" as a case study, Alexis Madrigal interviewed the site's founder, Jonah Peretti, about photo memes and copyright issues:

[A] lot of what BuzzFeed traffics in — the fun stuff, that is — emerges on Tumblr or Pinterest or 4chan. Users of those sites surface photos that in some cases have been shared around the Internet for a decade. In those cases, even if BuzzFeed editors try to track down the creator, which Peretti assures me they do, they probably won't find whoever uploaded the photo of every obese cat. … With these kinds of posts, Peretti is willing to make a Fair Use argument that goes like this. First off, the Fair Use limitation and exception to exclusive copyright is notoriously fuzzy. Let's quote from Wikipedia on this one point because the explanation there is reasonable and understandable: 

To justify the use as fair, one must demonstrate how it either advances knowledge or the progress of the arts through the addition of something new. A key consideration is the extent to which the use is interpreted as transformative, as opposed to merely derivative.

So, Peretti told me that he considers a BuzzFeed list — its sequencing, framing, etc — to be a transformative use of photos. That is to say, including that unattributed photo of the otter in that list was OK because its inclusion as an "extremely disappointed" animal transformed the nature of the photo. "It's a question," Peretti said, "of when lots of little things add up to a transformation as opposed to a copyright violation."

Jeremy Stahl questions Buzzfeed's understanding of copyright:

"I would expect an interesting response from a judge if I argued that putting a caption on a photo was transformative use for the purposes of fair use," says UVA professor, copyright expert, and occasional Slate contributor Thomas Nachbar. Nachbar adds that a fair use argument doesn’t simply come down to whether something is transformative—it can also depend on whether the use is commercial or nonprofit and educational, as well as the amount of the original work that’s being used and the likely effect the use has on the original work’s value. A legal proceeding would have to consider all those factors together.

(Photo of a disappointed otter by Carli Davidson, one of the Dish's favorite photogs.)

The Weekly Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 16 2012 @ 10:28pm


By Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Friday on the Dish, Andrew explored Prime Minister Cameron's truly conservative view of Obama, understood Romney's campaign strategy as a Seinfeldian endeavor, matched the campaign directly to its demographics, called for more debates, marvelled at Coulter's sanity, and saw Santorum cross a true Dittohead redline. We delved into the roots of Romney's lies, chomped onsome popcorn while Santorum took the gloves off, checked in on the candidates' Puerto Rico campaigns, and tried to, uh, understand Montana's delegate allocation rules. Dependence on rural populations hurt the GOP, college degrees divided our political parties, anti-Obama racism was real, and debate kept up on the Mississippi racism video here and here. Ad War Update here.

The prospects for an Iran deal looked up, Hamas may – or may not – have decided to stay out of an Israel-Iran war, and the Syria didn't appear to be in store for a happy ending to the violence. Rowan Williams was a true Christian Archbishop (foll0w-up here) and the chronic pain thread continued. We wondered why there were no black Senators, ferreted out consequences of paying congresspeople more, thought through America's fertility rate, and examined whether health care reform could get you a raise. People hated censoring violence in entertainment, dystopia became the new YA vampire, television did psychoanalysis better than film, having the ending spoiled probably was alright, Don Draper went gay, and "Andrew in Drag" was "so post-post gay, it's almost post-trans." Mike Daisey deceived about China on NPR, comment sections on blogs sucked, 4G was oversold, Internet Explorer tried way too hard, and Apple-esque sex male toys hit the market. Moore Nominee here, Quote for the Day here, Chart of the Day here, FOTD here, MHB here, and VFYW here.

Thursday on the Dish, Andrew situated the Cameron and Obama Administrations in the same, intelligently conservative sphere, opened up about last night's dinner at the White House, aired a disturbing video of interviews about Obama in the Deep South (prompting dissent and further discussion here, here, and here), half-heartedly lamented the end of the GOP debates, and parsed Shelly's approach to funding in what remains of the primary. We chronicled an "enough, already" reaction to anyone pretending the GOP contest isn't over, noted that Romney had a good delegate month ahead of him, watched Mitt squirm when pressed on his former love for mandates, wondered whether he'd ever pick Santorum for veep, worried that Santorum's brand of conservatism would come to define the Republican Party, debated zombie Newt's effect on the race, and started a "Get. Out. Now." watch for the ego-maniac. Gingrich's $2.50 gas pledge was ridiculous and the GOP fielded an (un)-Orthodox candidate for Congress in New Jersey. Ad War Update here.

Andrew also explained why no priest could ever come out as gay and mocked the Pope's extravances. We made the conservative case for subsidized birth control, kept up the chronic pain and medical pills discussion, checked out an idea to save money by paying Congresspeople more, worried about our infrastructure, and examined the theory that overtime was counterproductive. Strange things surrounded Zionism and "Zion Square," #Kony2012 educated us on how social media does and doesn't work to advance causes, a screed against online publishing got refudiated, and fictionalizing journalism was not okay. Science explained love of violent movies, sibling rivalry, and a glorious light effect (follow-up here). Cool Ad here, Yglesias Nominee here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew framed the election as a choice about a war over Iran, fit Cameron's state visit into Obama's reelection campaign, parsed the poll suggesting an Obama blowout, and found Santorum's nomination strategy in the video above. We compiled reax to the Deep South primary, wondered if Santorum could win Illinois, debated Rick's chances down the road, pinpointed the difference between a "brokered" and "open" convention, and aired a situational explanation for the "weakest field ever." SuperPACs grew by hurting the GOP candidate's chances and voters failed to grasp that Obama lowered their taxes. Ad War Updates here and here.

Andrew praised one of the most insightful reviews of Charles Murray's new book to date, wished the Derb well during chemo, and previewed tonight's South Park premiere. Syria divided evangelicals and neoconservatives, Assad's chemical weapons threatened both his people and the world, and withdrawing from Afghanistan faster was complicated. We shared another terrible story about gays in Catholic institutions (this time, the choir), noted Roy Moore's victory, thought about the consequences of the spreading anti-Limbaugh campaign, updated you on Balko's pain pill series, and checked McGinniss' experiment in online publishing.

Factory farms and PETA alike made their killing of animals invisible (albeit on different scales), while corpse flowers merely smelled awful. Nerds went mainstream, John Carter's in-the-know trailers destined it for box-office flopdom, and rom-coms weren't necessarily so staid. Encyclopedia Britannica ended print publication, TED turned people into ideas, millenials looked likely to move out (eventually), the waiting population boomed, cellphones outpaced toilets in India, and a man charted his life. Chart of the Day here, Correction of the Day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.


Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 10 am

Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew liveblogged Santorum's Southern resurgence (with no real prediction), guessed evangelicals were punishing Romney for insufficient radicalism, glumly noted that we "live in a country where Obama polls just a few points higher than Rick Santorum as a potential president," recanted his criticism of Game Change, and chuckled at sign language Santorum. Romney won where it counted, the GOP establishment hid out of fear, Newt cleaned up with the demographic who opted to recriminalize interracial marriage in a poll we debated here and here, and Santorum, amusingly enough, lashed out at Fox News for bias. We wondered if immigration would hurt Romney against Obama, thought Obamacare wouldn't really risk its eponymous architecht's reelection, labelled the bully pulpit overrated, and asked for clarification on when the Kenyan Socialist Plot would take over America. Ad War Updates here and here.

Andrew also decried continued participation in the Afghan war by any NATO state, worried about Israel's direction, and raged against Bill Donohue and the Catholic hierarchy's attitude towards sex abuse. We documented pro-gay "Cameron conservatism" in the UK, kept track of the worsening Murdoch scandal over there, flagged some parody AIPAC-friendly tweets, compared Israel's semi-socialist reality to Sheldon Adelson's capitalist ideal, proposed an "odious debt" tactic with respect to Syria, and watched Putin's iron fist rot. The interaction between political dynasty and democracy was complicated around the world, the US probably was more unequal than its global peers, and friends of politicians lobbied them professionally. "Homeless hotspots" created an online ethical uproar, gays went in for terrible treatment under the new management of LA's parochial schools, dogs withstood weed, and science suggested psychoactive drugs (including heroin) to treat heroin. Pundits debated the impact of advances in genomics on the health market, robo-surgery took off, nuclear power went out of style, pink existed, comments created a whole new site in a Community review, and the rom-com felt super-staid. Yglesias Nominee here, Cool Ad here, VFYW Contest Winner here, VFYW here, FOTD here, and MHB here.


By Carli Davidson

Monday on the Dish, Andrew penned an encomium to the Conservative-led drive towards marriage equality in Britain, situated the Cathlolic Church's attitudes towards homosexuality at the heart of its troubles, and noted that the openness of The New Republic's top gay brass was a sign of the times (follow-up on TNR's new direction here). We collected reax to the murder of Afghan civilians by a deranged American soldier, were sickened by Fox Nation's response to the massacre, examined the pschology surrounding the drive to war with Iran, listened to an expert Holocaust historian on whether Iran was a similar level of threat, flagged an amusing cartoon about AIPAC, worried about Syria's long war, and saw tragedy unfold for Iraqi youth.

Andrew also acknowledged the election could well be close, guessed at what motivated Sheldon Adelson to donate the way that he does, and gaped at the above instance of Palinsanity. No one knew who was going to win tomorrow's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi (seriously, no one knew), Deep South bigotry lived on, Santorum attempted to keep Romney under 50% of delegates despite Newt's obstruction, and Mitt dominated the early voting rounds. Ad War Update here.

Finally, Andrew explained the last ever round of Ask Andrew Anything and the new Ask Anything series that would replace it. A cashless world seemed likely to have a middling effect on crime, computers were today's architectural marvels, the GIF (re)took the internet by storm, typing altered our thinking, driverless cars eliminated traffic lights, and the first Monday of Daylight Savings time caused lazy web surfing to surge. DST also didn't cause people to save electricity, fasting offered an end-around past jetlag, band-aids mailed to bone-marrow clinics saved lives, changing routine fixed bad habits, and humans couldn't OD on pot (but dogs could). Victorian London was photographed, a man broke his penis, and a British beard mashup baited the Dish. Malkin Nominee here, VFYA(irplane)W here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

 – Z.B.

Face Of The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 12 2012 @ 6:57pm

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Another morbidly adorable mug by Carli Davidson. Previous FOTDs from the Portland pet photographer here, here, here, here, here and here. If you like Carli's work, Like her FB page.

Face Of The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 15 2011 @ 7:02pm


Our favorite Portland pet photographer, Carli Davidson, captures another priceless visage, reminiscent of Bill the Cat:

I'm totally in love with this little persian kitten! Mushy is a 5 month old foster kitten who will hopefully be available for adoption soon. I'll keep everyone posted!

Follow her on Twitter here and Facebook here.

Face Of The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 8 2011 @ 1:15pm


Carli Davidson's series of shaking dogs is getting lots of buzz. Previous portraits by the Dish's favorite pet photographer here, here and here.

Faces Of The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 1 2011 @ 7:22pm


by Chris Bodenner

Pet photographer Carli Davidson inadvertently adds to one of the most popular Dish threads from 2010.