Actually, I know very little about the Cthulu mythology as first created by H.P. Lovecraft. The catalyst behind this piece, besides the simple urge to create something yesterday, was the ‘board’ game Cthulu Dice from Steve Jackson Games. Recently, a friend of mine who has discovered an interest in tabletop games, shared this game with me. In a nutshell, each player starts with all of their marbles (3) intact. Then the designated player (the caster) picks another player to attack. Depending on how the die lands, you either lose or gain sanity, from the victim or from Cthulu….
This year for Christmas, I realized that most of the people I gift have everything they need (or what they need is more than I can afford) so I decided to give them the gift of my time. However, I couldn’t go in empty-handed (even when all of these carry with them a monetary component) so I made these ‘tickets’ as symbols of the gift I was giving.
This is fantastic, and believe it or not: real, public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia. I don’t know how effective something like this would actually be in convincing the target market (people who might not be safe) to be safer around railroad tracks, but the end-result is certainly a catchy, and amusing piece of animation, song, and online marketing.
UPDATE: There’s a little more in-depth look at the campaign on ViralBlog, which also points out the related Tumblr blog.
My face was freezing this morning in the 36° weather we currently find ourselves in. It wasn’t solely because of the temperature though; it was because, other than a few brief moments, I haven’t been clean-shaven in about 5 years or so. It’s a foreign feeling not having whiskers, but it’s for a good cause: men’s health issues.
If you aren’t already aware, the Movember Foundation raises awareness, and money, for men’s health issues, focusing on testicular and prostate cancer. From their website:
It has been almost two months now but Aaron Draplin, of Draplin Design Co., visited Louisville back in May to talk to us and relay ‘tall tales from a large man.’ It was a good talk that I’m glad I was able to attend, as he had several things to say that were good for me to hear in that moment. In the end, after the applause, he opened up for questions. Unfortunately, at the time I couldn’t think of any to ask (though I was sure I had forgotten something thought of during his presentation). Luckily, Draplin…