A couple of things that caught my eye today:

I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently the new Jay-Z video features a gold bottle of champagne, and conveniently enough, it will be available before the holidays this year.  I’m sure all the 13 year olds watching MTV will appreciate that. 

There is a Ford commercial that I have seen a few times and the first couple of times I said "wait… was that what I thought it was?" and sure enough it is.  A car commercial that shows the typical American family: dad hanging out with his ex-wife and kid on the weekend.  Of course, he had them drop him off at a nice condo, but what they didn’t show was dad walking 30 minutes back to the half-way house where he and his buddies Jack, Jim and Johnnie help him to cry himself to sleep as he dreams about the cars and houses he used to own before the divorce.

Interesting article about how the iPod just isn’t that big of a deal.  I kinda get his point, but at the same time, I think the article ignores a few other things.  First of all, the iPod was a major part of enabling the current demand for music.  Yes, it started with MP3’s in general, but it also put it into the hands of the common people, not just the geeks.  Apple’s simple design made it possible for everyone to convert a digital sound signal to a compressed Moving Pictures Expert Group 1, Layer 3 file and transfer it via Universal Serial Bus connection to a click-wheel controlled portable 60 gigabyte high-speed hard drive – even if you have no idea what I just said.  Plus, how did the Walkman serve as a plot device in Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Goonies? Did I miss something?

And last but not least…  Pop Culture Gangster was at the forefront of this, having been at the world premiere of the original Eepybird film, and it continues to expand.  Coca-Cola has a contest for combining Coke and candies.