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Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Blaser’

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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Do You Watch Movies on Netflix? Then You’re a Hipster, New Test Reveals

These days, it’s easy being hip. You think waffles taste good? You should probably just put on your Ray-Bans and bang your head against your bird-wallpapered wall because you’re a f*cking hipster. You went to college? Might want to reconsider the granola in your cupboard and the tattered Converse in your closet, because your hipster is already showing. Find out what else makes you a candidate for hipster-shaming via Hipstertest.com, a side project from Noise Marketing copywriter Daniel Blaser and designer Keith Maneri. Blaser’s last public service was banning the word awesome from the agency lexicon.

Answer yes to the Hipstertest, and you’ll get affirmation (“You are a hipster!”), accessorized with a mustache, glasses, and bird. Answer no, and the site simply serves you the next question. In the latter case, I’d love to get some other snarky response, like “You must wear only Brooks Brothers loafers,” or “Do you own a gun?”

Hipstertest is an on-point reminder that the hipster label now means nothing, and those who use it acerbically are stuck in 2011. But if it’s hurled ironically? We need another test for that “hipster.”

‘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.”