Monday, March 30, 2009
Inspired by the twitter style of updating, here are some bite sized opinions
iPhone launch in Malaysia
Too expensive. Look overseas. Feel ripped.
Actually pretty decent. Lots of time in the studio/post-house.
I NEEDS IT
Monday, March 23, 2009
If you never work for something, it isn't going to come to you
I think a lot of us (myself included) assume that because we want something, it will eventually come to us. Either because someone will randomly give it to us, or we will somehow find the time to get it. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. I've been meaning to learn a foreign language, and for some reason I don't wake up knowing more Japanese every day.
Love is quite bollocks
I may be saying this because I don't have a clear perception of what is. If you do, please contact me so I can belittle you. Storybook romance dictates that every single moment you gaze into the eyes of your lover, you're meant to be overcome by a wave of happiness, horniness, satisfaction and what have you. But I think most of us can count on one hand how often this happens in a relationship. Maybe more than one hand (and feet) in the first month, but how quickly does this fizzle-pop into something more complacent. Not that I'm complaining, but COME ON you promised me more.
And now some advertising related stuff.
Scams and the like
Adfest is over, and no surprise the poster section has once again been dominated by Malaysia. I have never understood scams and I hope that I never do*. It is such a bane to the industry and I truly commend BBH for pulling out a full-page press condemning this act. How sad is it that our local industry has welcomed this heinous act with open-arms, comparing creative penis size & girth based on the amount of fake work that has won metal. Even worse, there are many agencies paying good money if you're capable of being a scam-meister. I may not be the most amazing ad-man in the world, but at least I'm not a lying whore. I'm also thankful that the people I've worked with/for share the same notion.
I've really come to appreciate having a partner that is as capable with words/selling. Not just that, Amir's a great guy and we've grown to become really good friends before we're colleagues. I really think better work is created when you're having more fun and you have great rapport. I honestly don't know if I'll find a partner I get along with more.
*Brings in business blablabla sure, but I could argue the exact opposite just as well. This is open for debate and has been for the last two decades. Scams and Asia are synonymous. I just wish more people would do something about it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
1) Hot girls will always have guys hitting on em
In your noobie years, you will assume this to be the girl's fault. "Why is she not turning them away?" you may ask. Well, it's not that easy to tell someone to just FUCK OFF. Eventually it just gets tiring to turn down everything with a penis and they put up with the annoyance. Yessir, you're annoying.
2)Hot guys will eventually cheat on you
A man that knows he can get laid is a dangerous thing. The more success he gets, the more ravenous he becomes. Even in relationships, this one gets bored eventually, and moves on to the next sweet thing as if it were nothing in the world. And trust me darling, he will do it.
3)Boys want tits and ass, girls want the ching ching
If you're ugly, I'm sorry. If you're broke, don't be mad when she steps into that guys BMW.
4) I love you (sometimes)
Good old refrigerator lights only come on when you open the door. Much like your relationship that you think feels fantastic all the time. But honestly, how many times can you remember thinking to yourself, "Oh my Lord, I love this person so0o0o0o much". Because if you don't do it constantly, I'm calling bluff.
5)It won't last
We're biologically engineered to spread our seed and populate the world with our personal DNA. If you're not planning on having kids, good luck. If you do have kids, it'll be a great few years followed by 2 decades of prepping your spawn for world domination.*
On a last note, I envy those who are oblivious. Much like religion, it seems that these people are unfairly happy.
So if you think I'm snarky fucker that can't know love, be assured that I'm jealous of your capability to believe in something non-existent.
*I kinda like kids. But despite thousands of years of evolution why do our genes tell us this is the best way to get ahead?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Why do people need to get married anyway?Because it's romantic? Because you've always had that little fantasy of walking down the aisle hoping everyone in the room wishes they were you?
The notion of marriage to me, at this point, is ridiculous. This archaic contract that's forced upon us time and time again because of archaic organisations called religion.
I feel the only time one should sign anything resembling a contract is when there are children involved, and even then things should be absolved once the kid is capable of mature thought and doesn't require a family unit to ensure stable growth .
Should you DESIRE the decadent ceremony of matrimony for exhibition's sake and tax breaks, the license should only last 5 years. If a renewal is wanted, then so be it. If there's any doubt, then don't get a new one.
I suppose I am an advocate of free love. Or perhaps womankind has proven to me time and time again their instability due to hormonal imbalances forces heavy consideration when something long-term is brought to thought*.
However, I'm not a defiler of romance. I love unecessary acts of love that lead to steamy bedroom activity.
I just don't believe in unecessary pieces of paper. Love is love baby, and I don't need anything to prove it but me and you.
I'm just saying.
*I still love all of y'all, but really, you're batshit crazy sometimes
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I hope this helps.
1. Read in the toilet
2. Carry your books with you
In your bag/man-bag*. Pull it out whenever you have some time. Or if the person talking to you is a complete moron. (If I do this, be certain that you are a complete moron)
3. Get a kindle!
If you're often interrupted or lose bookmarks, the kindle is perfect for you. Also it's lighter than lugging 3-4 books around. One dedicated device and you don't have to loan shit out with the fear that you'll never get them back (HINT HINT HINT YOU FUCKERS)
4. Start reading graphic novels
There's always been a misconception that comics are for kids. That's changing a bit nowadays with the mass influx of comic-cinema adapatations. However there are a few titles that any adult can enjoy. They're easier to read, and the artwork is often mesmerising.
5. Less TV more books
It's a trade-off I'm willing to make. Or combine the two and read between commercials.
*Or laptop bag, whatever, you metro hating homophobe.
Monday, March 9, 2009
It's been awhile since I've had a full weekend to myself. The month of February was rather lacking in the "time off" segment.
-Chivas party w/colleagues
On Saturday night I wondered out loud to myself, "What does one do on the weekend?"
I then rediscovered the joy of watching a movie in bed without falling asleep 10 minutes into the show. It's quite nice, isn't it?
Sunday was spent taking Mr.Zac man-shopping before going to a Sunday TAG.
Being happy in these times
I've received even more news of people getting laid off. I think a lot of us fear this possibility even more now. Despite this adversity, I think many of us will eventually discover opportunities to be happier.
Recently, it has become more apparent to me how many of us work in careers that have been determined for us by fates we have not even considered. There is far too much emphasis on education and far too little on guidance.
I doubt I will ever be able to comprehend the desire to cram a child's head full of knowledge, most of which he will never be able to use. I understand the importance of general information such as history, math and your basic sciences but what effort is being made in guiding a child into the career of his choice.
This is something your child will have to dedicate his entire life to. And I really do mean his entire life. Imagine graduating at 23, spending maybe 3 years at your job. Then you realise you don't like what you do. But wait, you're 26 now. You can't afford to jump ship. Besides, your parents paid ALL THIS MONEY for your education. Do you even have the necessary skills available for the career that you really want to do? So what now? I guess you stay and work at something that you despise. Until you retire 30+ years from now.
Yes, that's how long you'll be doing it.
So how fair is it to ask someone who's been capable of mature thought for maybe 2 years, "So what would you like to dedicate your being to?"
Ask yourself, are you really happy at your job?
And if so, is it because of what you do, or is it the money?
So to those who have been let go, stop, and reconsider.
To those who haven't been, also stop, and maybe reconsider.
Maybe what you want to do won't pay as much as that white-collar-corporate-company-that-is-currently-sinking-into-the-depths-of-financial-disaster-does.
I'll tell you what though, I wake up everyday and I go to work. And I'm happy.
If this happens to you, then I'm happy for you too.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
1)Keep it brief
Write hot, cut cold
2)Don't use big words
Unless necessary. You're meant to communicate, not condescend.
Start a blog or something similar. Write articles for magazines. Writing is a muscle you can train.
4)Start a portfolio if you haven't already
This is an industry that doesn't care if you have a Harvard degree. If the other guy has a better book, he's in.
5)Keep working at it
It's a hard industry to break into.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is the ez-fix bloggers solution. For when people have no time or could not be arsed.
I also find it very hard to write about all the little things that make an agency the living breathing organism that it is.
Mainly because all the stories are self-contained and happen in short bursts.
So there you go. I'm on twitter.