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Does @KaiRyssdal hate everything?

I’m a fan of National Public Radio, which means I listen to WNYC here in the greater New York City area. On the way home from work, I usually get a dose of Marketplace. Kai Ryssdal is the man who explains the world’s money to me in a way that my feeble brain can understand, and I love him for that… but I am a little concerned about some of his recent reports. Read the rest of this entry

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Every time I log in to Facebook, I think of Demetri Martin

Every time I log in to Facebook, most of the posts make me think of that graph Demetri Martin showed on his now defunct Comedy Central show.

Anyway, wasn’t Important Things with Demetri Martin an awesome show? No idea why it didn’t get picked up for a third season… Well, it probably didn’t make money. What other reason could there be? That show was awesome!

North Jersey Media is going to the clowns

Yesterday, an old post of ours was doing an unusual amount of traffic. That post happened to be Six Flags Great Adventure Skyway cable car photos and the only reason I could think of was that perhaps they were in the news for some reason, so I checked both NJ.com and NorthJersey.com. Neither site answered my question, but both sites underwhelmed me with their headlines – especially NorthJersey.com. Send in the clowns… Read the rest of this entry

My 5 Tips for Losing Weight (that may or may not work for you!)

Now that I’ve lost somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds, I’m coming down from the mountain top to share with you (yes, you!) the secrets of my success. Will they work for you? I have no idea. Are these the reasons I’m losing weight? Again, no clue. But here’s what I’m doing. Read the rest of this entry

Doc’s Draft House Pear Hard Apple Cider and American Fruits Bourbon Barrel Aged 12 Months Apple Liqueur (quick booze roundup)

“I’m drunk!”

It’s all Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery all the time (of Warwick, New York) – over the last few days, we’ve chugged down Doc’s Draft House Pear Hard Apple Cider and American Fruits Bourbon Barrel Aged 12 Months Apple Liqueur. The opinions have been recorded, so we’re ready to talk some booze! Read the rest of this entry

Coca Cola is officially out of advertising ideas (truth in #advertising – #shareacoke)

Singing. Polar Bears. Celebrities. Coca Cola has literally tried it all when it comes to getting you to buy their products. Heck, they’ve even co opted Santa.

Now, they’ve co opted your name.

Yes, Coca Cola’s #shareacoke campaign is banking on the idea that you will buy a product simply because your name, or that of someone you know, is on a bottle of soda. But they’re hoping for more than that – by modifying their labels, they’re sacrificing their precious branding. They’re hoping that their current customers don’t walk past their soda on store shelves, mistaking it for a different brand. They’ve pinned the success of this campaign on the chance that we, the consumer, will recognize their color scheme and font choice. It’s as bold as it is absurd. (Oh, and I guess they’re hoping we go on social media and post things like "I #shareacoke with @creativejamieDC! Because GRAMMAR!"

On the other hand, the campaign got my attention, so maybe they’re doing something right… but of course, I didn’t buy a soda, so I guess the point is moot.

Relax on Germany's World Cup Victory, NY Times!

Given that many countries in Europe and around the world are memorializing World War I on it’s 100th anniversary, maybe it’s fair for me to suggest that the New York Times tone down that headline. I read the article; one guy said he thought this would be good for their economy – that’s it. He didn’t say anything to the tune of "This is proof of Germany’s superiority; it’s the start of a World Cup victory onslaught that will last a thousand years!"

Anyway, relax is all I’m saying.

"Get out of my mouth!" (truth in #advertising)

Today exciting episode of truth in advertising:

The site’s ad vender is experimenting with these image ads that pop up on top of images. In this case, it’s put this blond woman’s head in my mouth. Worse things have happened to me in my life, but this situation is far from ideal. Still, it’s kinda funny looking, though.

Why rehabilitating the swastika will never work

This past weekend, the International Raelian Movement hired a plane to fly over New York beaches towing a banner featuring a peace sign, a heart symbol and the swastika. The idea is that the Nazis co opted the swastika and corrupted it – the symbol is an ancient sign that had been used for generations before World War II. The word swastika literally means "well being" and is a part of common Hindu practices that have nothing to do with the Nazis. Therefore, the symbol deserves to be returned to it’s pre Nazi place in the world.

And that’s just never going to happen.
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Germany Triumphs over Brazil, most Americans have no idea what you’re talking about (2014 World Cup)

american-watching-soccerYesterday, Germany stunned Brazil and their fans by handing them a 7-1 defeat.  That’s as lopsided a score as any you’ll see in children’s soccer game, but Germany’s win is the biggest margin of victory in a semifinal game in World Cup history.

And Americans are generally aware this took place.   Read the rest of this entry

Spammers aren’t fooling anyone


Spam comments are just part of life here on the Web. If you have a website, you’re going to have to deal with it at some point – or every day. Lately, it feels like the situation is worse than usual. I guess you have to admire their tenacity – their comments are so obviously fake (their goal is to get an active URL on the site), but they keep at it despite never getting through.
Here’s to you, spammers – you keep on trucking!
But preferably, somewhere else.

Fourth of July 2014


We celebrated the Fourth of July today in our usual New Jersey suburb of New York City style: end a long parade with as many noisy emergency vehicles as can be had. Hopefully, murders and arsonists never get wind of this tradition!

"pull the goalie" (CreativeJamie.com Dictionary)

creative-jamie-com-dictionary“pull the goalie”

To “pull the goalie” is to intentionally stop using birth control methods in order to produce a child. Believe it or not, some pregnancies are planned, and when you make this decision, feel free to drop this colloquialism.

About the CreativeJamie.com Dictionary:
The CreativeJamie.com Dictionary is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to until now. I had a writing college in class during which one assignment challenged us to make up our own words. I sucked at it (hard), but I loved the idea, so I’m giving it a go now.

Thanks for 1000 Likes!


Thanks so much to everyone for visiting the site, hitting the like button, rating posts, dropping comments, following on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – all that jazz! It may sound  silly, but I greatly appreciate it. Just knowing that people are out there reading the stuff and watching the videos…  It’s great. I can’t verbalize what it means to me, but I did want to take a sec to say thanks.
You folks rock!

The Game Over screen of Friday the 13th (NES game)

The game over screen for Friday the 13th is by far the best of it’s kind. This is a terrible NES game, but they got this one bit right.



That is classic right there. None of that gentle "game over, continue" sort of stuff – this game’s all, "Ya dead, biatch! So are your friends! Now I’m gonna go to your house and burn it to ground after I eat all the food in your fridge and pee on your carpets! I’m gonna push your car into a lake after I fill the gas tank with sugar and drop a number two in the trunk! I’m gonna fill out a credit card application in your name, get the card and run up a bunch of debt that I will NEVER pay off! Kiss your FICO score goodbye, jack-hole!"

Anyway, here it is in it’s original 8 bit glory:

Pulp Friction is the Best Cat Pun EVER

What can you say about a cat scratching post called Pulp Friction? It’s awesome, that’s what! We’ve bot something of a cat theme going this week… hm. It’s probably not going anywhere – unless I get an unbelievable burst of energy and actually edit that cat video I shot several months ago… Stranger things have happened. Anyway, good job, Marketing Team – Pulp Friction is the best name for a product ever. Samuel L. Jackson would be proud.

Daily GIF 6/9/14: The Cat's Meow

You gotta love DJ Cat. I’m a little concerned about the treatment of said cat, but he’s great, no question there. And a Rays fan, to boot! Got to give DJ Cat props for sticking with the Rays, who are 24-40 so far this year. Maybe DJ Cat can get them pumped.

I don’t know a thing about the origin of DJ Cat. Who made this? Where’d it come from? Well, it’s an officially sanctioned Tampa Bay Rays mascot! What an age of wonders we live in! Here’s the video:

Remembering Our Veterans on Memorial Day

This past Memorial Day, we all took a moment to honor our Veterans, but we have a much larger obligation than that.

As has been often reported of late, we, as a country, are not doing a great job of taking care of our Veterans needs after their service is over with specific regard to their medical care. Last Friday, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart briefly outlined a history of America’s unfortunate treatment of it’s Veterans.

This is a corner we all need to turn together. Contact your member of Congress and let them know that our veterans deserve quality and timely care. I’ve included a draft you can paste into the email form after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Eyeglass frames model photoshopped? (truth in advertising)

Photoshopping models is nothing new, but it’s something that’s outside of my experience. I’ve heard about it in the news, but I kinda live in a model free world as I don’t read magazines or observe the sort of still images where the said photoshopped models images exist. That all changed after my How to Buy Eyeglasses post.
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