Food fight!

Now this gives a whole other meaning to food fight; it’s a food war. Hamburgers vs eggrolls vs sushi vs fish n’ chips; it’s an all out war. Beside the obvious humor to this stop-motion animation, there lies a history. The animator, Stefan Nadelman, portrayed each food from its respected country. The bullying fried chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets are, no less, the United States. The passive croissant- France, so on so forth. And knowing the audience he’s dealing with, Stefan supplied us all with a great little cheat sheet.

History or no history, this film is sure to make eyes tear with laughter and even perhaps make your mouth dribble a bit. Enjoy!

Now Online: Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express Online

Adobe’s online version of Photoshop was finally released yesterday. This is basically a Photo editing program for the non-experienced. There isn’t any type of layer functionality, or other advanced tools, such as masking. Users of all skill may find it useful though.

You can still do quite a bit with the program. If you have a photo that needs some quick editing, such as resizing, cropping, and rotating, that can easily be done. Or for more advanced (slightly) stuff, such as tweaking the exposure, changing the hues, or you just want to mangle the heck out of it, you have those options as well. Click the photo above for a larger view of the options available to you.

You can sign up for free and you’ll get a personalized photoshop.com URL to store your work, which holds up to 2GB for now. There are already a whole bunch of galleries up too, if you want to check out other people’s stuff. Once you have some photos saved in your gallery, you can embed your photos into a website with a small amount of code provided by the program.

One thing that I found a little difficult though, was the inability to use keyboard shortcuts. Even just the Undo shortcut would be nice. I know it’s not common to have keyboard shortcuts within online programs, but Google Docs has it, so I know it’s possible. All in all, Photoshop Express for the web is a great and handy tool. It’s really nice for quick editing when you don’t want to open up the full blown Photoshop application for a tiny edit. The program is in beta now, so expect more features to show up through time as well.

Show Your Feelings With a Mixtape

Muxtape

Do you remember the days of the mixtape. You know, you’d send the girl, or guy you liked a tape with recorded songs that showed your feelings toward that person. Yeah, it was a little cheesy, but it actually happened. According to plenty of movies I’ve seen anyway, because I’m actually too young (sorta) to have done that.

Well, times have changed and these days, everything is done online. This is where Muxtape comes in. You can create your own online “muxtape” containing songs of your choice (which you upload in mp3 format), or you can view other people’s muxtapes and listen to the music. It’s really a great idea and the site is really simple and easy to navigate.

A truly explosive ad

The world of advertising is becoming more and more innovative these days. It’s not just about showing a product; it’s about the creativity, cleverness, and ingenuity that goes behind it. Advertisers need to catch our attention, keep our attention, and make us remember that ad and that product- no easy job there considering our short, sometimes nonexistent, attention span… But I would say the people over at Schweppes did a pretty good job at keeping my mind entertained.

Using ultra slow mo’ technology, Schweppes makes a montage commercial of individuals interacting differently with water balloons. (Fun!) Mixing the technology and the water balloons (and the soundtrack in the background) make for a very beautiful and memorable commercial. Enjoy!

Awesome Movies For Your Website

If you’re thinking about setting up a website or blog, you might want to put some video on it too, especially since video is such a great marketing tool that everybody seems to love. Considering how YouTube is one of the most widely used websites today, this isn’t a bad idea. Well, it might be a bad idea if you hire Fred and Sharon.

I guess they do movies for other people, but they look like they have no idea what they are doing. The video is recorded using some kind of HandyCam or something and everything else about the video is poor quality. I think something else that’s funny is that when you visit their website, there’s a link that asks you to pay to see some more videos. Who on earth would want to do this. These poor people are obviously clueless. To be honest, this is so terrible, I’m not even sure it’s real. It was hilarious though, if that’s what they were going for.