DP2015: Call for Entries

Ah, sweet December, my favourite time of year. The endless frustration of insane deadlines and absentee clients, offset by rampant binge spree drinking and a plethora of barbecued pork products. All of this, of course, pales in comparison to the true joy of this festive season – picking 10 celebs and praying to Glub / Uncle Chuck that they meet their mortal end before the next year is out.

That’s right, sports fans, DP2015 is open!

Stoked

Bought my first piece of NZ art – Why The Long Face #2, by Fane Flaws

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I well remember the iconic Radio With Pictures opening credits Fane Flaws created in the 80’s, and have long admired several of his other pieces in a friend’s office. The man is a living legend, and I was shocked to realise an original piece of his work was within my budget.

So stoked.

DP 2014

2014 is off to a hiss and a roar, with 54 points going begging thanks to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Alas, I had him in my picks in 2009 but gave up and dropped him only to end the year on a duck. Note to self – always go with your gut (especially when your gut picks a pony that turns out to heroin addict with unlimited purchasing power).

For the record, my picks for this year are as follows. Send me yours and I’ll update scores as the year progresses. Cheers!

Me

  1. Corey Feldman
  2. George Bush Sr
  3. Scott Dixon
  4. Travis Pastrana
  5. Chuck Yeager
  6. The Pope
  7. Lorde
  8. Prince Harry
  9. Dave Grohl
  10. John Travolta

Pip

  1. Dawn French
  2. Suri Cruise
  3. Helen Mirren
  4. Demi Moore
  5. Rowan Atkinson
  6. Melanie Griffiths
  7. Elton John
  8. Kurt Russell
  9. Liz Hurley
  10. Robbie Coltrane

Mrs Wilson

  1. Johnny Knoxville
  2. Stephen Hawking
  3. Sharon Osbourne
  4. Charlie Sheen
  5. Richard Dean Anderson
  6. Lindsay Lohan
  7. Ozzy Osbourne
  8. Courtney Love
  9. Axl Rose
  10. Simon Cowell

Ben

  1. The last pope #16 (Benedict)
  2. Ralph macchio
  3. michael Schumacher scratched
  4. Miley Cyrus
  5. Tom hanks
  6. George Bush Senior
  7. bashir al assad
  8. Tom cruise
  9. The Queen
  10. Sean Fitzpatrick

Nick

  1. George Michael
  2. Vladimir Putin
  3. Justin Beiber
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Lance Armstrong
  6. Kate Moss
  7. Kylie Minogue
  8. Jonah Lomu
  9. Barack Obama
  10. Lindsay Lohan

Dave

  1. ‪Fats Domino
  2. George H.W. Bush
  3. Queen Elizabeth II
  4. Stephen Hawking
  5. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  6. Stan Lee
  7. Macauley Culkin
  8. Demi Moore
  9. Pope Benedict XVI
  10. Bill Cosby

Got Schwag?

For about a year now Since the start of last year (time flies!) I’ve subscribed to Startup Threads Monthly. Every month a tshirt, some stickers and a discount offer from some hot new startup arrives in my mailbox, and a small fee appears on my credit card statement among the endless array of taxis, bar tabs and mobile phone charges.

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It’s been a while, and my initial motives for subscribing are no longer clear (probably some misguided, hipsterish desire to rock the startups nobody’s yet heard of – bogus and sad, I know). I know why I haven’t cancelled though, and for the same reasons I’d urge all of you to do one thing right now:

Sign up to a subscription service. Startup tshirts, underwear, razor blades, chocolate – whatever floats your boat.

Why? For me there are two reasons. First, there’s the absence of choice. Too many brands are labouring under the misapprehension that consumers want choice. Sure we do, generally speaking, but choice also creates problems we have to solve, and this will often cause us to simply not choose instead. I have to make a bajillion decisions every day at work, many of these having considerable consequences. You think I want to labour over more decisions in my free time? Hell no. Check out any busy working man’s sock and shirt drawer some time and you’ll see I’m not alone – all those threadbare shirts and odd socks are testament to the fact that choice can be an inhibitor to action.

By subscribing to Startup Threads I get a new shirt every month. Some are awesome (better than anything I could have found through hours of shopping), some are pretty cool, and a few I really dislike – but that’s ok with me because the juice is worth the squeeze. To me the cost of a dud once in a while is way less than the benefit of getting a new shirt every month, mostly cool, without having to think about it.

The second reason I love subscription services is possibly a little childish but still valid. I love surprises, and it’s nice to get one every now and then even if I did pay for it myself. Nothing beats arriving home after a long hard day and seeing a mystery package on the table. Joy! Sure I know it’s going to be a shirt, but what’s the design, who’s the startup, will the colour be awesome or… *not awesome*? It’s like having your own little Christmas morning each month, but without the ham (dammit – hey Frank, any chance you could throw in some ham?).

I’ll admit that when some of these product subscription services started to emerge I was more than a little skeptical. Why would someone pay top dollar for something they don’t even get to choose? If you only consider the simple exchange of money for product then yes, it all seems a little nonsensical. But once you factor in the cost of choosing vs the value of not having to choose, and the value of finding a surprise in the mailbox each month, the balance tips entirely the other way. Behavioural economics is some interesting shit, huh?

Go on. Treat yourself.

Cool Stuff

A few (signed, limited edition) screenprints I’ve bought recently by two of my favourite artists, Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena. I have nowhere to hang these right now, but figure by the time I do these will be way out of my price range so best to buy them now. 

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Shepard Fairey, Sedation Pill

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Shepard Fairey, Compton’s Most Wanted

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Ernesto Yerena, Lion of the Dead

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Ernesto Yerena, Yaqui Dia de los Muertos

Why the Big Day Out is dead

This year is the last time we’ll see the Big Day Out here in NZ. Theories abound as to why the event no longer attracts its once cult-like following, but if you really want to understand you need look no further than this picture @barryhannah snapped at the gate out there today.

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Look familiar?

Clearly, the talent pool at BDO hq is now so shallow they think it’s ok to steal images from blogs, rather than source by legitimate means.

It’s amateur hour out there, folks. If they’ll break the law over something so trivial as an ID sign to save a few bucks, why would they stop short of ripping off artists and skimping on safety? My guess is they wouldn’t.

If you ask me, the kids staying away in droves this year have made a good call. Shame, as the Big Day Out used to be a hell of an event.

DP 2012 entries now open

It’s that time again, folks. 10 ponies per person, must be famous and breathing at time of submission. Email picks to me by the end of January (if you don’t know my email address, use the form here).

See here for rules,updates, scoreboard etc.

Good luck!