Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day…a green river and square watermelons?

Some ingenious advertising from a few years ago in Chicago: That’s a classic example of “outside the box” advertising, and you can find numerous other examples at this blog. They are fanciful and sometimes delightful. Like this billboard for Bic razors: Or this: See ‘em all. Advertising—even something as simple as a billboard—doesn’t have to be [Read More...]

Even the media are feeling “The Francis Effect”

From The Wall Street Journal: Francis mania is lifting up the religious media. As Pope Francis approaches the first anniversary of his election this week , his popularity is generating a boom for a media niche that rarely gathers much notice. “We are just working night and day to satisfy demand,” said Monsignor Dario Vigano, head of [Read More...]

If Jesus had a “Look Back” Facebook video

Someone was bound to do it, and here it is. The LA Times explains:  What would Jesus do if he were on Facebook? Make “A Look Back” video, naturally. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Facebook let users create their own cornball videos featuring their photos, status updates and major life events. Hundreds of millions have done [Read More...]

Great moments in broadcasting: mom’s hate-filled RSVP was a hoax

This story got a lot of attention on social media earlier in the week. The image above, and the shock and outrage it inspired, cropped up again and again on my Facebook feed a few days ago. Well, what do you know? Turns out it wasn’t true:  The alleged homophobic note sent by a mother in [Read More...]

Best snow day school announcement. Ever.

What did we do before we had the Internet? My childhood was deprived of things like this: a rap number performed by school administrators to inform the student body that school would be closed the next day. This comes from North Carolina’s Durham Academy. Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and his assistant appropriately performed an [Read More...]

Get something free for Lent—besides the ashes

My pal Brandon Vogt dropped by my office yesterday and in between catching up on the weather in Orlando (very warm) and Chicago (very cold) he said, “Hey, I wanted to tell you about something we’re doing at Word on Fire for Lent.” He sent me an email this morning with a link:  Would you [Read More...]

Want to understand the Mass? There’s an app for that.

Miami is promoting an app that helps everyone to understand the Mass better: Called “Mass Explained,” it was created by a local Catholic, Dan Gonzalez, who made it completely interactive, with pictures, sounds and links to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, church documents and much more. Want to hear the Jewish blessing that precedes the [Read More...]

Getting ready for Lent? There’s an app for that

Believe it or not, Lent starts just a month from now, on March 5. And the folks at CRS Rice Bowl are already on top of it. They’ve got an app for Lent—available for both Android and iPhone—to help make Lent more meaningful. According to their publicist, the app includes: Prayerful reflection for each day [Read More...]

What can you do with an iPhone?

This. To mark the 30th birthday of the Mac, Apple created this astonishing video. And the whole thing was shot in one day, in various locations around the world, on an iPhone. And some people think it’s just for making phone calls. [Read more...]

My favorite Super Bowl ad

No, it wasn’t the Budweiser commercial with the puppy. It’s this, from Coca-Cola. This is the longer, extended version, with a 30-second prelude that I think is worth every second. Check it out below. UPDATE: A friend pointed out that not everybody loved it, and sent me this piece from Business Insider:  Coca-Cola kept one [Read More...]