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December 29, 2008

A New Year's Thought ...



... courtesy of everyone's favorite Christmas elf, Darren Isabelle!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!!!!

This is something that came to me and I thought more people should read it.


Go placidly amid the noise & haste & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others. even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercises caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrender the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


December 23, 2008

A Charlie Brown Ad Agency

Happy Holidays, everyone!


December 11, 2008


Jeff Sitting

What if everyone in the U.S., instead of buying Christmas presents for their loved ones, spent that money on some form of philanthropy instead. I'm sure our new President would support this idea.

Put an EDAR on your gift list. EDAR is short for Everyone Deserves a Roof. They are portable mobile shelters for the homeless. Here's the philanthropy's website and here's a great article from the LA Times about the project's impact in Los Angeles.

December 05, 2008

The Mojave Experiment

This has to rank as one of the most bizarre campaigns ever created. The launch of WIndows Vista was an unmitigated disaster. The new operating system, designed to replace Windows XP, was bloated and annoying. To address this issue, Microsoft has created a commercial for a "fake" new operating system called "Mojave." In the commercial, they hold focus groups to demo the "new" operating system. Everybody loves it. The researchers reveal that the users are actually using Vista!

The focus group users are understandably overjoyed.

It's like the White House running a commercial about a fake President named "Rex Stevenson." Focus groups discover that "Rex" is actually George Bush! And guess what, they love him now!

December 04, 2008

Newfound alums

Welcome in from the cold:

David Lubars, who worked on the Apple account.

Also, Shane Ankeney ...

I am actually on my third tour of duty with Chiat. I worked in LA from 1996-2001 (with a brief hiatus in ‘97) and now I’m in the NY office since last year. Sorry I missed out on the 40th anniversary party but a few folks have shared stories from it. Sounds like it was a great time. Thanks! =
Shane has one of the best job titles I've ever seen: Executive Director, Audience Planning & Media Arts. Sounds very Harry Potterish.

December 03, 2008

Canadian Coup

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper

In case you're not following the news in Canada, the country has their hockey pants in a knot. They had an election in Oct. which returned Stephen Harper and the Conservatives as the controlling party.

This week, the spurned parties decided to form a coalition to effectively overthrow the elected government.

I asked Chiat/Day alum and foreign correspondent Scot Blakely to explain the situation up North. On Monday, the Prime Minister (Harper) is expected to ask the Governor-General to suspend Parliament.

Over to you, Scot ...

Things are really going nuts up here with all of this.

Here's how it works: The Governor General is appointed by the Prime Minister. She (the first woman to have this title) reports to the Queen. The Queen is notified of every policy before it is approved. Normally she just says ok. Right now, the three main opposing parties (which have more seats together then the governing party) have banded together to oust Harper by creating a coalition government of all three parties governing! Its historic and never happened before!

If the majority of Parliament is not the governing party, and the majority of them disagree with Harper's planned policies and block him, he then can call for a national election to try and gain more seats to approve his policies! BUT since all 3 opposing parties disagree with him they have banded together! We have already had three elections this year! So its doubtful Harper will call another election until next year (if he is not unseated) Harper called an election last month and his party won more seats again, by a small margin. But because we have 4 main parties its not a 50/51 issue. The party who wins has the most seats BUT with the 3 other main parties having more seats together and by deciding to band together, they become one and therefore can create this coalition government and pick a new Prime Minister who's party has the most seats amongst the 3 parties. This coalition government would be for 2 years. Have I lost you yet?

Also, In Canada, we have the Vote of confidence. If the majority of the government disagrees with the Prime Minister they can call for an election. Sometimes he loses but sometimes he wins So.. generally a Prime Minister has 4 years but if a speacial election is called and he wins, he gets another 2 years. And so on.

The reason for all of this is because the opposing parties disagree with Harpers proposed budget. So... Harper and his governing party can call to close down Parliament until the next session in January and call for a new election (which the Govorner General has to approve as well) or call for another election now and hope to win more seats.

We think the Governor-General will go with Harper on this and not allow the coalition government because then the new Prime Minister would be appointed by the coalition and not voted by the people. Canada is a democracy not a republic so the popular votes is what counts. However, some think she may go with this idea because its never been done before, too much money has been spent on elections this year already, and its really the first time her position has been challenged in such an authoritative way. The Queen must be pissing her pants right now! LOL

This is the most historic and evolving moment in Canada's history!

You are right about Harper the sweater boy with demon eyes (that's what we call him) His policies and ideals are very similar to Bush's. If you noticed in his speech he used codes words such as Separatist, Socialism, and Liberal many times. Sound familiar? These are the three opposing parties: The Bloc Quebecois, The NDP (The New Democratic Party) and the Liberals. The Bloc party is the party of the die hard Quebecers who want to secede from Canada The New Democrats are like the US Liberals The Liberals are like the US Democrats.

The conservatives of the west hate the Bloc. The Bloc hates all Anglos and the NDP and Liberals love everyone! LOL

It is quite complicated to say the least and very interesting indeed!



Sid Salinger

Sid Salinger

When I posted the excellent article from the 1968 LA Times, I forgot to publish the "then and now" photo of Sid Salinger, who sent me the article.

Thanks again Sid!!

December 01, 2008

Chiat/Day - There at the beginning

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Sid Salinger, one of the first employees at Chiat/Day, sent me this incredible find. It's an article from the Los Angeles Times which reports on the creation of Chiat/Day.

The date of the article is September 16, 1968.

(When the date for the 40th Reunion was set, I was assured that the founding date was Oct. 7th.)

One day, someone will eventually uncover the official city documents which certify the business' incorporation. That will be fun. It will be like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls!