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2009-11-05 11:03:33 PM  
I've seen promotional material you people wouldn't believe.

Digital billboards for ships on sale off the shoulder of Orion.

I've watched movie posters glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

All those ... cheap signs will be lost in time, like tears... in rain.

Time to advertise.
 
2009-11-05 11:23:31 PM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I've seen promotional material you people wouldn't believe.

Digital billboards for ships on sale off the shoulder of Orion.

I've watched movie posters glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

All those ... cheap signs will be lost in time, like tears... in rain.

Time to advertise.


1 and done.
 
2009-11-06 02:56:16 AM  
dj_bigbird: 1 and done.

*tips his hat*


img4.imageshack.us

It's too bad the billboard laws won't hold up...

... but then again, what does?!
 
2009-11-06 03:05:28 AM  
It could be worse. The digital billboards could have an annoying monotone voiceover.
 
2009-11-06 03:15:51 AM  
syrynxx: It could be worse. The digital billboards could have an annoying monotone voiceover.

Hah!
 
2009-11-06 03:40:00 AM  
I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.
 
2009-11-06 03:42:22 AM  
Suck it Clear Channel. Suck it long. And suck it hard.
 
2009-11-06 03:43:33 AM  
syrynxx: It could be worse. The digital billboards could have an annoying monotone voiceover.

I wish they had an annoying monotone voiceover. The ones here blast people getting all excited over nothing, and you have no choice but to listen while waiting for the light to change.
 
2009-11-06 03:47:42 AM  
This is not over, there's always a chance to begin again in an off-world colony. (advertising that is)
 
2009-11-06 03:53:38 AM  
lordwhatsmymotivation.files.wordpress.com
Are you God?
 
2009-11-06 03:59:16 AM  
PacManDreaming: I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.

It is when you're driving by at night and suddenly the glow from these things blots out the road. Serious light pollution from the digital billboards.
 
2009-11-06 03:59:49 AM  
Never seen Blade Runner. I'm sure the headline was witty though.

/Added to my Netflix queu
 
2009-11-06 04:05:36 AM  
pjdonnell: PacManDreaming: I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.

It is when you're driving by at night and suddenly the glow from these things blots out the road. Serious light pollution from the digital billboards.


Sounds like you need to get away. Why not move to the off-world colonies? A chance to start again....
 
2009-11-06 04:10:45 AM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: dj_bigbird: 1 and done.

*tips his hat*

It's too bad the billboard laws won't hold up...

... but then again, what does?!
 
2009-11-06 04:11:20 AM  
Fark. Pretend I posted the Citizen Kane clap gif there
 
2009-11-06 04:18:56 AM  
Done and done, veale728.

Let's go one better - let's go with drunk-out-of-his-mind Orson Welles leading the applause. (pops)
 
2009-11-06 04:21:47 AM  
pjdonnell: PacManDreaming: I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.

It is when you're driving by at night and suddenly the glow from these things blots out the road. Serious light pollution from the digital billboards.


They're no problem here in Philly. Sure if one of them changes to red or blue then I'll jump and look over my shoulder for a cop car, but the boards aren't bright at all, not nearly enough to be distracting.
 
2009-11-06 04:29:42 AM  
LA resident here. Some background -- former LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo (the guy who negotiated the settlement being struck down here) was elected by the billboard companies...this deal was negotiated by him. The arrangement basically was, "Hey, billboard companies, if you take down some of the brazillion billboards you put up and we ignored, we'll let you put up a few of those incredibly distracting digital billboards you've been wanting." The legality of this deal was always dubious, like much of what Delgadillo did.

This is the same guy who let his wife drive a city SUV (a Yukon or somesuch) in violation of city regulations -- she smashed it up in a single car accident and he had it fixed on the city's dime...
 
2009-11-06 04:36:11 AM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Let's go one better - let's go with drunk-out-of-his-mind Orson Welles leading the applause. (pops)

Very nice, let's do The Critic shall we?
 
2009-11-06 04:37:08 AM  
I think they look a lot better than some some old, faded standard billboard, as long as they're maintained properly. When sections of them start wearing out they're going to be the worst kind of eyesore.
 
2009-11-06 04:38:51 AM  
Subby, there's no reason to drag Blade Runner into this. Enough with that friggin' movie.
 
2009-11-06 04:41:10 AM  
AvaFark: pjdonnell: PacManDreaming: I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.

It is when you're driving by at night and suddenly the glow from these things blots out the road. Serious light pollution from the digital billboards.

They're no problem here in Philly. Sure if one of them changes to red or blue then I'll jump and look over my shoulder for a cop car, but the boards aren't bright at all, not nearly enough to be distracting.


On a road without streetlights (like the one near my house) they are bright as hell depending on the advertisement. Worse than a driver coming at you with high beams. Not to mention they light up the surrounding houses with epileptic seizure triggering messages all night long.

Wouldn't be a problem if they installed a photosensitive dimmer though.
 
2009-11-06 04:42:08 AM  
MuToiD_MaN: Subby, there's no reason to drag Blade Runner into this. Enough with that friggin' movie.

I pity you.
 
2009-11-06 04:43:23 AM  
Jarod Cain: Are you God?

All I'm saying is that, when I'm around you, I find myself showing off, which is the idiot's version of being interesting.
 
2009-11-06 04:44:05 AM  
Britney Spear's Speculum: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Let's go one better - let's go with drunk-out-of-his-mind Orson Welles leading the applause. (pops)

Very nice, let's do The Critic shall we?


Let's get the trifecta and go for Orson's famous commercial outtake.
Link (new window)

Warning: NSFW language. Bonus: Orson Welles threatening to 'go down' on the director.
 
2009-11-06 04:56:06 AM  
But I love Kenny Rogers' Roasters....
 
2009-11-06 05:14:32 AM  
They want to ban cell phones, satnavs, food, even car radios because they might distract drivers. How about banning billboards, period, whose whole farking purpose is to distract drivers? Oh, right, that's about corporate profits so it's sacrosanct.

/dislikes billboards
//hates video billboards with a passion
///likes slashies, though
 
2009-11-06 05:21:16 AM  
srtpointman: Never seen Blade Runner. I'm sure the headline was witty though.

/Added to my Netflix queu


Be warned, it's very slow... paced. And...
a little confusing.

I'm not a Replicant! I'm a RepliCAN!
 
2009-11-06 05:32:21 AM  
Worldwalker: They want to ban cell phones, satnavs, food, even car radios because they might distract drivers. How about banning billboards, period, whose whole farking purpose is to distract drivers? Oh, right, that's about corporate profits so it's sacrosanct.

/dislikes billboards
//hates video billboards with a passion
///likes slashies, though


For what it's worth, you could consider moving to Hawaii. We managed to ban billboards way back in the early 1930s.
 
2009-11-06 05:43:46 AM  
And after being hammered daily with all this Flex Your Power/Reduce Your Carbon Footprint bullshiat, am I the only one who's outraged by this vulgar and wasteful new trend? You tell me to leave the bathroom light off when I pee but you're running a million candle-power billboard 24/7?
 
2009-11-06 05:45:26 AM  
I don't see how an animated changing billboard is OK when you can't text
or use a cell phone and drive.
 
2009-11-06 05:49:50 AM  
Pootums: And after being hammered daily with all this Flex Your Power/Reduce Your Carbon Footprint bullshiat, am I the only one who's outraged by this vulgar and wasteful new trend? You tell me to leave the bathroom light off when I pee but you're running a million candle-power billboard 24/7?

I'll put a stamp of THIS on that.
 
2009-11-06 06:42:24 AM  
Considering the "Curse of Blade Runner", I'd rather they let them do it.
 
2009-11-06 07:20:50 AM  
musashi1600: Worldwalker: They want to ban cell phones, satnavs, food, even car radios because they might distract drivers. How about banning billboards, period, whose whole farking purpose is to distract drivers? Oh, right, that's about corporate profits so it's sacrosanct.

/dislikes billboards
//hates video billboards with a passion
///likes slashies, though

For what it's worth, you could consider moving to Hawaii. We managed to ban billboards way back in the early 1930s.


Am afraid of being a minority haole.
 
2009-11-06 07:42:18 AM  
Pootums: And after being hammered daily with all this Flex Your Power/Reduce Your Carbon Footprint bullshiat, am I the only one who's outraged by this vulgar and wasteful new trend? You tell me to leave the bathroom light off when I pee but you're running a million candle-power billboard 24/7?

I live in L.A., and I have actually seen "conserve power" public service messages displayed ON these billboards.
 
2009-11-06 07:46:04 AM  
Pootums: And after being hammered daily with all this Flex Your Power/Reduce Your Carbon Footprint bullshiat, am I the only one who's outraged by this vulgar and wasteful new trend? You tell me to leave the bathroom light off when I pee but you're running a million candle-power billboard 24/7?

This was my first thought too. I'm not into the green movement at all, but this just seems gratuitously wasteful.

But then, I assume Clear Channel is the one who would have to pay the electric bill, taking money out of their pocket... so I'm torn.
 
2009-11-06 08:08:52 AM  
But how will I learn that a new life awaits me in the off-world colonies?
 
2009-11-06 08:21:46 AM  
Kerubim: But then, I assume Clear Channel is the one who would have to pay the electric bill, taking money out of their pocket... so I'm torn.

And Clear Channel is then paid by the company that put up the message, taking money out of that company's pocket.

And that company is then paid by the consumers who purchase the products offered by the company, taking money out of the consumers' pockets.

As a side note, in watching these six billboards (new windows all) in Los Angeles, I saw no animation or flashing. Just your typical powerpoint slideshow video board.

/You pay for everything
//Yes, even corporate taxes
 
2009-11-06 08:55:45 AM  
CommiePuddin: As a side note, in watching these six billboards (new windows all) in Los Angeles, I saw no animation or flashing. Just your typical powerpoint slideshow video board.

And, a mile or so away, they are the most dominant thing in the landscape.
 
2009-11-06 08:59:55 AM  
Jarod Cain: lordwhatsmymotivation.files.wordpress.com
Are you God?

What's the point of the "2" and the "U" there?
There is plenty of space to fit the whole words.
 
2009-11-06 09:03:54 AM  
Nutsac_Jim: What's the point of the "2" and the "U" there?
There is plenty of space to fit the whole words.


Early beginnings of "texting"
 
2009-11-06 09:09:02 AM  
Around here the cops buy time on them to show "Wanted Posters".
Rob a bank?
Get your mug on the 20ft tall sign with $reward$ printed on it.
Usually get them by the second day.
 
2009-11-06 09:12:15 AM  
I love TVs that you can't turn off which play advertisements 100% of the time. All praise the tube.

Where are the "it's called an off button" people now?
 
2009-11-06 09:19:41 AM  
DjangoStonereaver: I don't see how an animated changing billboard is OK when you can't text
or use a cell phone and drive.


It's ok if someone else distracts you when you're driving. Especially if they're trying to make money.

I don't understand, though, why they'd even want to use these, considering people are already complaining about them. What good if your advertising if your target audience is complaining about your ads?
 
2009-11-06 09:22:11 AM  
Um, "What good is your advertising," not "if."
 
2009-11-06 09:23:00 AM  
MuToiD_MaN: Subby, there's no reason to drag Blade Runner into this. Enough with that friggin' movie.

i235.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-06 09:29:34 AM  
MuToiD_MaN: Subby, there's no reason to drag Blade Runner into this. Enough with that friggin' movie.

9/10
You can fool some of the people some of the time...Good jorb.
 
2009-11-06 09:31:00 AM  
RoyFokker'sGhost: pjdonnell: PacManDreaming: I drive past two of them going to work and back. The only difference I see between them and regular billboards is that the message changes at a quicker pace. They're no big deal.

It is when you're driving by at night and suddenly the glow from these things blots out the road. Serious light pollution from the digital billboards.

Sounds like you need to get away. Why not move to the off-world colonies? A chance to start again....


Is it a golden land, of opportunity and adventure?
 
2009-11-06 09:32:20 AM  
I liked the billboards in Earth: Final Conflict

For the young-uns: The billboards were positioned above the roadway. The signs were animated, and spaced close enough so that it looked somewhat like a continual modern day animated banner ad in the top of your windshield.

Well, I liked it in the show. I would get very stabby if this happened for real in my lifetime.
 
2009-11-06 09:35:29 AM  
RoyFokker'sGhost: Britney Spear's Speculum: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Let's go one better - let's go with drunk-out-of-his-mind Orson Welles leading the applause. (pops)

Very nice, let's do The Critic shall we?

Let's get the trifecta and go for Orson's famous commercial outtake.
Link (new window)

Warning: NSFW language. Bonus: Orson Welles threatening to 'go down' on the director.


3.bp.blogspot.com

"You can't emphasize 'In' in 'In July'"
 
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