norad santa tracker 2011

Yet Another year has past and once again, Santa is getting ready for his big night of delivering gifts to all the good girls and boys around the world. Every Year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) got its best and brightest workers together to ensure Santa’s airspace remains clear and safe. As in past years, the NORAD Santa Tracker has a placed all of the Santa tracking onto Google Earth on your computer and on your mobile device! That is right, there has been an app developed for the Apple iOS and Android Marketplace! As well, there are also videos and other fun games for kids and kids at heart to play in the Countdown Village.

www.noradsanta.org

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who were the 2010 super ad winners?

Congrats to the Saints for the win tonight, but who was the real winner in the ad war? Well, my opinion may not matter, but what do you think? Even if you didn’t see the game, you can still see the ads at youtube. Below are my thoughts and who i think were the winners this year.

First, I noticed that Sprite and 7up were not in the ads at all this year. Hyundai had a strong showing this year, and there was only one U.S. car maker in the commercials, Dodge (I assume the U.S. government-owned GM needed to spend its money a bit more wisely, so no Cadillac this time.)

Another trend that I piked-up on this year was the one of lifetime progressions. Cars.com, Dove, Dodge, Google and Monster.com all used the lifetime progression to sell their products.

Last thing I thought was that Bud Light seemed to be running on empty. One, there were fewer ads from them and nothing really hit me as great. What did you think?

Now for my winners. Bud Light, Budweiser, Coke and Doritos seemed to have the most ad dollars this year and to me, Doritos (Underdog), Budweiser (Bridge), Doritos (Snack Attack Samurai), Hyundai (Brett Favre), Coke (Hard Times), Budweiser (Fence) were clear winners. And for the loosers . . . Boost Mobile, Go Daddy, Taco Bell and 2010 Census (thanks for spending my money wisely though).

Please note that I did not consider any CBS or Movie ads in my thoughts, although the Leno, Oprah, Letterman ad was a good laugh.

In all, the days of crazy, great ads like the lat 90’s really seem to be over with. Please feel free to share your thoughts. What were your favorites and the ones you pan—and were you really offended by the Focus On Family ad that had Tim Teibow and his mother in it? One thing for sure is i registered to get a free pair of pants. I’ll let you know if I actually won a pair tomorrow.

See the ads on youtube.com/superbowl.

embrace life commercial

Every once in a while public service announcements (PSAs) actually grab your attention. This PSA for Sussex Safer Roads in the UK is artfully done and rather simple in the message; “Embrace Life. Always wear your seat belt.” This simple style also tugs at a personal level which I think is the most effective way to get this style of message across to a broad audience. It is rare to see such well done PSAs, but this one is a clear winner!

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the decade in review . . .

OK, I admit that this is really not a design post, but I am interested in your comments as to what the biggest tech, social and overall story was for the past decade. Let me take you back a while and help jog your mind.

In somewhat chronological order here are some bullet points on what went on in the past decade. Sorry if these are more U.S. Centric, but you get what you pay for. In the end, post comments as to what you think were the top stories of this decade. I am interested in your thoughts, not just politically, but also tech-wise.

  1. Y2K or Bust
  2. Tech stock bubble bursts
  3. USS Cole is attacked
  4. Human genome deciphered
  5. Mad Cow Disease
  6. NEAR spacecraft becomes first to orbit an asteroid
  7. “I Love You” computer virus
  8. 2000 Election (the year of the hanging chad)
  9. 9/11
  10. iPod debuts
  11. 3 megapixel cameras
  12. I.R.A. Disarms
  13. U.S. attacks Afghanistan
  14. Anthrax
  15. Enron
  16. Shoe bomber
  17. U.S. attack Iraq
  18. D.C. Sniper
  19. Saddam Hussein Captured
  20. Space Shuttle Columbia explodes on re-entry
  21. Spain terrorist attack
  22. Google goes public
  23. WiFi
  24. Olympics return to Greece
  25. Water on Mars
  26. SpaceShipOne
  27. Pope John Paul II Dies
  28. Web 2.0
  29. iPhone
  30. Hurricane Katrina
  31. HDTV conversion
  32. Mars rovers land on Mars
  33. Saddam Hussein convicted and hung
  34. Green Movement
  35. Hybrid vehicles
  36. Facebook and Myspace
  37. Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft as CEO
  38. Pluto loses its status as a planet
  39. Cloud computing
  40. HD-DVD vs Blu-ray
  41. Bejing Olympics
  42. Twitter
  43. HDTV conversion 2
  44. Housing bubble-Credit crunch
  45. Barack Obama elected president
  46. Stock market crash, DOW to 6,547
  47. HDTV conversion 3- . . .
  48. M.J. no more
  49. H1N1
  50. Hubble repaired for last time
  51. Water on the moon

Remember to post a comment of your thoughts.

norad santa tracker 2009

Another year has past and once again, Santa is on his way. Every Year, Santa is tracked by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to ensure Santa’s airspace remains clear and safe. As in past years, the NORAD Santa Tracker has a special site where you can track him in real-time. There are also videos and other fun games for kids and kids at heart to play.

www.noradsanta.org