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Want to See a Random Selfie?

Show Me A SelfieDaniel Blaser, friend of JD Beebe, and collaborator on projects like “Instead of Awesome” and the Hipstertest, is behind the new site showmeaselfie.com.

Blaser, in his own words, “realized how a simple selfie, decontextualized, actually has the power to spark a lot of questions and thoughts about the subject of the photo; why this pose? Where are they? Who did they expect to see this? Potential as a thought catalyst aside, there’s just something fun about seeing a randomly selfie one at a time.”

The site currently randomly generates a selfie from a database of 98 Instagram photos, but Blaser plans to update with new photo sets from time to time. It’s good for a quick chuckle, and saves you the trouble of sifting through Instagram for funny self-portraits. Check out the site for yourself, and let us know what you think of this continuation of the selfie trend in the comments section, if you’re so inclined.

 

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‘Beard-Selling’ Creative Jumps on Google Glass Gag Bandwagon

The best part of the following video occurs in the first few seconds, when a woman’s jaw drops as she’s told she can buy Google Glass for 40 times the price of her Slurpie ($40.00). It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, for a product that normally sells for 1500 times the price of a Slurpie. Too bad the product on offer is obviously-knockoff “GooOgle Glass,” sold earnestly by comic Ian Fridance in a project by GS+P alum/man of many projects JD Beebe and Translation copywriter, Deanna Director.

I barely cracked a smile during this anti-ad. Maybe it’s just my sense of humor, but I think this idea is tired, and it’s hard to believe that anyone in NY has heard of Google Glass and believes they are the eyewear equivalent of an interstellar propeller hat.  If you want to poke fun of the new technology, check out whitemenwearingoogleglass.tumblr.com or watch SNL. Those comedic attempts are a bit more nuanced, and at least rooted in reality.

Here’s Jeff Goodby’s Memo Regarding Today’s Cuts

Numbers have not been revealed but all day, we’ve been hearing from multiple tipsters that anywhere from 50-100 staffers have been affected by reductions today at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. But from what those familiar with the matter tell us, the numbers skew to the lower side and are not in the realm of the Sprint cuts. Anyways, read the San Francisco agency’s co-founder Jeff Goodby‘s note that was just sent to staff verbatim:

“You’ve heard the financial reasons for reducing our staff.  I just want to talk a bit about the human side of it all.

Please be assured: No one takes this process lightly.

As we often say, advertising is all about people and accounts.  David Ogilvy wrote, ‘The assets go up and down in our elevator every day.’  It is so true.  We value our people, and our humanistic environment, more than anything.

Strangely, that’s why, when we lose business or have cuts in fee, it is important to react thoughtfully, but expeditiously.  Companies that don’t are not prepared for the future, and they don’t serve the people who are still on staff.  They endanger present and future jobs.

We are optimistic about our plan to move forward, in terms of serving present accounts and getting new ones, and will share details next week. But we are also thankful for and deeply appreciative of the contributions of people who are leaving.

We will do everything to find them new situations.  And if history is any indication, we will find ourselves welcoming some of them back in the future.

Thanks for your patience about all this.

JG”

Perhaps JD Beebe can create a follow-up to this?

RPA Lists its Displaced Staffers, Tries to Help Them Land New Gigs

 

Sorry for the small image size folks, but shitty photo-editing software will do that to you. Anyhow, perhaps taking a cue from JD Beebe and his quest to land displaced Goodby staffers post-Sprint loss a new gig, Santa Monica-based RPA is doing the same with “RPA Recruitable.”

This is the verbatim copy on the homepage: “It’s been a transformative 2013 for us, and while we look to the rest of the year and beyond with great hope and anticipation, there are some who unfortunately cannot make the journey with us. There is no community like the ad community. Let’s come together to help place the displaced. Browse our displaced associates by department and/or location and click or tap their tile for more info.” We’re determining how real deal Holyfield this is, but if true, it’s nice of an agency itself to help out their own former staffers, who range from broadcast to strategy to experiential. Your move, recruiters.

‘Beard-Selling’ Creative Aims to Curb the Word ‘Awesome’

And now, your ideal Friday item courtesy JD Beebe, the former Saatchi LA copywriter who over the last couple of years has helped launch dating sites for liberals and conservatives, has a side career in beard-selling, tried to help out laid-off Goodby staffers and is now on a mission to cut the word “awesome” out of the creative’s lexicon. Beebe tells us that “as many copywriters and creative directors can attest, [the word] is the bain of the English language,” adding, that “awesome” is “a lazy fall back phrase to describe anything that has an ounce of positivity.”

So, Beebe along with fellow writers  Andrew Vuilleumier and Daniel Blaser came up with 100 or so alternatives to the apparently dreadful word. Play around on the “Instead of Awesome” site if you have some time to kill as the week winds down. We’ll always fall back on “rad.”

‘Beard-Selling’ Creative Offers Dating Services for Liberals, Conservatives

While JetBlue is capitalizing on the Election Day hype with its “Election Protection” program, which awards free flights depending on which candidate wins, JD Beebe is doing his part on a, shall we say, more intimate scale via two dating sites. Beebe, who you may remember from his beard-selling venture or “Grab Some Goodby” effort, has launched both RedStateDate.com and BlueStateDate.com, which perhaps go to show that someone’s politics do play a big role in determining whether they’re right for you.

Yes, folks, these are legit dating sites, and Beebe and his team are currently offering an election special: sign up for a premium account on your preferred site before Election Day and if your candidate, you get the next four years free. That should give you plenty of time to find your perfect political soulmate or switch parties, whatever works. Even if you don’t care to take part, the exaggerated promo clips above and below to promote the sites might give you a few chuckles.

Laid-Off GS+P Employees Implore Other Agencies to “Grab Some Goodby”

Last week, sweeping layoffs at GS+P left, by some estimates, hundreds jobless. As one commenter noted on our post last week,”Great. This just made the freelance market in SF about a billion times tougher.” No, it probably wasn’t most sensitive of statements, but it undoubtedly carries a good amount of truth with it. When that many people are let go in a market the size of San Francisco, it’s an uphill battle.

But, resolute recent ex-Goodby employees are attempting to turn lemons into lemonade. JD Beebe, an NYC-based copywriter/strategist/producer/consultant and GS+P alum created “Grab Some Goodby,” a site dedicated to finding his fallen comrades new jobs. To get the word out, Beebe’s enlisted the help of NYC’S Goodby alumni group on Facebook.

So, how about it, agency recruiters? If you want to find some recently jobless San Franciscans with experience working at one of the country’s most well-known creative shops, look no further. And, ex-GS+P employees, feel free to upload your mugshot and relevant info to the site.

Saatchi Scribe Hears True Calling, Leaves Agency World for Beard-Selling

If you haven’t heard the story of JD Beebe before, well here you go. Though he’s been at it for a couple of years now, Beebe, who spent the last year or so as a copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi LA, bid adieu to agency life a month back in order to realize his dreams of, yes, selling wigs and fake facial hair. As a result, he moved cross-country, though he tells us, “I’m still wondering why I exchanged driving an El Camino down the Pacific Coast for the humid trash-stink of NYC.”

It’s safe to say that Beebe’s time in agencies was rather brief, whether spending eight months at the now-defunct Modernista! or completing two yearlong tours of duty at Goodby. Beebe seems more like a budding entrepreneur, which can explain why two years ago while at GS&P, he decided as a joke to himself to create a facsimile of Zach Galifianikis’s now well-known beard. We take it he’s a Hangover fan. Anyhow, Beebe, who got some promotion in write-ups by the Los Angeles Times and MTV.com, says that he had “…so many more facial hair-themed ideas to pitch [at Saatchi] but the dream was calling me.”

The “dream” he’s referring to is HeadlineCostumes.com, which Beebe say supplies “relevant and topical costumes of the people, characters and memes that made the news this last year.” Yes, the calling of “Justin Bieber wigs, Kardashian hair and Snooki poofs” was too overwhelming for Beebe not to split from Saatchi and pounce, though he tells us he left the agency with “a heavy heart.” See, there is life post-advertising after all.