Man Creates Slick Ad to Sell 1999 Car

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.12.10 AMSYDNEY — What do you do if you have a bomb of a car that you just can’t get rid of?

If you are David Johns, you make the slickest video of your life, and wait for the offers to come rolling in.

On Sunday, Johns posted a video on YouTube titled “Buy My Barina” to sell his 1999 Holden Barina hatchback.

But this is no ordinary car ad. Johns is the digital director of Australian agency Chimney, so he got his colleagues on board, and made the used-car ad to beat all used-car ads.

The beautifully constructed footage is like a scene out of The Fast and the Furious. The blue Barina is shown speeding through city roads in all its glory, with flames shooting out from behind the wheels.

“This is driving, redefined,” the video declares, as various slogans pop up on screen, demanding your attention. “Style redefined. Performance redefined. Luxury redefined.” This is a crappy three-door car totally redefined. And it can be yours.

The car has only had one owner, comes with 10 months rego and as a bonus, includes matching seats. If that isn’t enough to get you to line up, how about 20th-century extras thrown in? There’s an AM/FM radio, auto-stop cassette player and an internal fan. This is a ride like no other. [read]

About Lyme Disease

This list was taken from a blog “lyme is a four letter word

Fact 1: Only 1/2 of people bitten (some estimates are even lower) develop the ‘tell-tale’ bulls-eye rash or recall being bitten.

Fact 2: Children are most commonly infected with Lyme Disease, so if you have little ones, please check them each and every time they come in from outdoors. Know where their moles are… Ticks can be the size of a poppyseed and look like a mole (mine did). The CDC says that Lyme Disease is most common among boys aged 5-19. This age group is affected at three times the average rate of all other age groups. Around 25% of all reported cases are children…the infection rate of children is likely much higher- probably because Lyme is frequently misdiagnosed or remains undiagnosed for many years.

Fact 3: Ticks can detect carbon dioxide and heat given off by warm blooded animals/humans. When they detect a host, they drop from trees or latch on from tall grasses.

Fact 4: Ticks secrete a numbing chemical so the host doesn’t feel their hard, stabbing mandibles pierce the skin.

Fact 5: Lyme Disease-carrying ticks have been found in every single state in the US, and on every continent other than Antarctia.

Fact 6: “There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), over 100 strains in the US alone, and 300 worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete (Lyme Disease bacteria) and its ability to evade the immune system AND antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection.” -ILADS

Fact 7: Wearing light colored clothing can make ticks easier to spot, and tucking pants into socks can help protect feet and legs…plus, it looks really sexy!

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Lyme Disease A Silent Epidemic

This disease called Lyme is horrific. Having a family member stricken with this disease, I’m ANGRY and FRUSTRATED with the medical and insurance industries, many who remain aloof to its existence and treatment.  There is even one so-called “prominent” doctor who is actively speaking out against it.  For what reason, who knows. I truly pray that he or his family doesn’t get infected.  I don’t wish this disease on my worst enemy.

I’m afraid that until more celebrities get infected, the needed media pressure would arise.

PLEASE educate yourself about Lyme.  It can strike anyone, of any age and if one gets it, unless treated within a week or two, it will ruin the life of the one infected.

LYME DISEASE A SILENT EPIDEMIC PRODUCED BY FRANCE 5 PUBLIC NETWORK AND GRAND ANGLE DIRECTED BY CHANTAL PERRIN from Chantal Perrin on Vimeo.

Also – check out the documentary Under Our Skin (www.underourskin.com)

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James Bond 24 Orders Rewrites, Which Delays Production

Having been a fan from the moment I saw my first James Bond film, I haven’t missed the ‘funny’ in the latest installments.  Personally, I think it will hurt more than help.  Then again, I’m not John Cleese. Then again they are not making another Monty Python film either.

James Bond always has had a license to kill. But does he also have a license to be funny?

The last James Bond adventure, Skyfall, had a brilliant mixture of danger, thrills and humor – particularly in the colorful interplay between 007 (Daniel Craig) and the menacing Silva (Javier Bardem). And with Sam Mendes back in the director’s chair for the announced James Bond 24, you can see why he’d like to tap into some of the same magic. Which is why The Daily Mail reports that Mendes has brought Skyfall original writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade back to Bond 24 to punch up the screenplay turned in by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan.

Specifically, according to reports, Purvis and Wade were asked to “sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty repartee between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes’ M.” It can’t be coincidence that these reports are surfacing days after one-time James Bond co-star John Cleese criticized the current franchise for being far too serious and intent on delivering long, boring action sequences to appease Asian audiences. [read]

Music Sales Continue to Plummet for Albums and Digital Downloads

Music sales continued their free-fall during the first six months of 2014, as both albums and digital downloads again showed double-digit losses.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data released Wednesday for the year to date through June 29, total album sales in all formats plunged nearly 15%, with sales of almost 121 million, versus 142 million sold in the first six months of 2013.

To put the steepness of the decline in perspective: Just 18 months ago, Adele’s Grammy-winning “21” – the bestselling album of 2011 and 2012 — finished the latter year with sales in excess of 10 million. It is conceivable that such a phenomenon will not be seen in the industry again.

Digital track sales dropped 13% to 593.6 million, in comparison to 682.2 million moved in the same period last year.

On-demand streaming continued to boom, soaring 42% to almost 70.3 million streams (compared to 49.5 million in the same period last year). However, revenues derived from streaming are a fraction of those derived from physical and digital album sales on a per-unit basis.

Once again, vinyl albums showed a potent gain, up more than 40% to 4 million units (compared to 2.9 million in the first half of 2013), though the format remains a sliver of the industry’s overall business. Jack White’s “Lazaretto,” which was issued in a special holographic LP edition, was the bestselling title at 49,000 units. [read]

A Great Example Of How To Handle Police As A Photographer

You will, very likely, get questioned by law enforcement at some point in your photography career, especially if you’re photographing anything in public. It actually happened to me this weekend. There’s just something about a visual recording device used by citizens (photographers) that seems to cause a general unrest among the widespread umbrella of ‘law enforcement.’

Why that is, one can really only speculate. Speaking of speculations, some of the more common suppositions are that many police officers are actually unaware of the real laws and fear being recorded to prove that, or that simply, they neither know nor care if they do, and don’t want their actions recorded. The list continues, but no need to dwell on it here. Suffice to say that interactions with police can often be jarring and unnerving, and there appears to be a fine line between nobly standing your ground, and being arrested or worse. [read & watch]

How To Mute Your Negative Inner Dialogue

You’ve heard that voice in your head. You’ve lived with it for so long, you probably don’t even notice it anymore. What you do know is that this voice drives you crazy because it just won’t stop. It’s incessant, and has an opinion about everything.

If you’re someone who is always “in your head,” you have difficulty being present even when you’re surrounded by people because you’re drowned in your own thoughts.

Constantly being in your head also stops you from living a full life. Instead you are just an observer of your life. You are just watching it while the voice inside you narrates the world. You’re basically re-creating the outside world inside of yourself and then you live it in your mind. [read]

How Addicted Are You To Your iPhone?

Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage, and offers “occasional nudges” when you’re approaching those limits.

The app’s creator, Kevin Holesh, says he built Moment for himself after realizing how much his digital addictions were affecting his real-world relationships.

After moving in with his fiancée and settling into their new lives together, they both started whipping out their iPhones at the end of the day to unwind, Holesh explains via a blog post. And while that’s okay to a point, for him, it was becoming a serious problem.

“We stopped doing fun and productive things and chose the path of least resistance,” he writes.

Sometimes, too much of a good thing is just too much, it seems.

As an iOS developer himself, Holesh decided to build a solution – yes, in the form of an iPhone app. But this app isn’t meant to be actively used. Instead, it’s “designed to be invisible,” says Holesh. That is, after you set up Moment the first time, you never need to open it up again. The app will just run in the background, alerting you as to when you’re going over your daily limits. [read]

When Lyme Disease Won’t Quit, a Controversy Simmers

LymeJust a few months ago, Elise Graham, 24, believed she was going to die.

“It hit a point where I became at peace with it,” she told weather.com. “[My health] was completely out of my control.”

Now, Graham knows through a clinical diagnosis that she has chronic Lyme, a controversial syndrome believed to be a more progressed version of the better known tick-borne disease.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year, but experts believe around 300,000 are actually infected with the disease annually. For most Lyme patients, a blood test is conducted to confirm infection, and they are treated with antibiotics. But some develop chronic Lyme that either isn’t detected by the routine blood test, or they never receive a test, typically because they aren’t in a Lyme-endemic region. [read]