Hey, how come you guys didn’t tell me about this?? What? I don’t have anyone who reads this site who also happens to read the Denver Business Journal?? OK, maybe not.
What I’m carrying on about is a news article they did back in February about the Quiznos Spongmonkeys ad. It seems the author, Amy Bryer, must have visited SEB at some point and seen my entry about the ad that got SEB FARKed for the first time ever (and probably last time), probably came here because of FARK come to think of it, and she ended up using a quote from my entry in her article:
Other postings have been harsh, too.
“Some guys who came up with a really crappy song and Flash animation to match it have somehow managed to land an ad deal with a major chain of sub shops,” posted Les Jenkins, another contributor to a newsgroup. “Crappy is key it would seem.”
Crappy or not, these love-‘em-or-hate-‘em characters are Spongmonkeys and are the brainchild of London-based Web artist Joel Veitch. The Spongmonkeys had a cult following and Quiznos bought the rights to use the characters in its ads.
My first thought was: “Sweet! I got quoted in a serious news publication as if my opinion actually meant something!” Yeah, I know. It doesn’t take a lot to make me feel special. My next thought was: “Hmmm. I didn’t think I was being harsh with my comments. Just honest. The Spongmonkeys animation is crappy, really crappy, but that’s part of what makes it so damned cool. Hell, I wanna make something that crappy so I can eventually sell out to Quiznos and become rich and famous!” I suppose I must not have had my tongue far enough in my cheek for that to be obvious.
Then my third thought hit me: “What the hell does she mean by ‘another contributor to a newsgroup?!?!’ It’s a friggin’ blog! It’s MY friggin’ blog!!! WTF? The mighty Denver Business Journal is too serious a publication to print the words STUPID EVIL BASTARD!?!?! Hey! How about a little CREDIT over here!”
OK, I’m not really that upset about it. The coolness of being quoted is overriding the indignation at my blog being called “a newsgroup.” Still, it would have been nice if they had at least called it a blog and maybe used the initials. They could even have said that it wasn’t “family-friendly” and I’d have been cool with that. I wonder if I can work this into my resume somehow…
Update: No sooner do I finish this entry and I find another instance. Seems I’m quoted by Julie Middleton of the New Zealand Herald in a story about kids imitating Jackass-type stunts. Specifically from my entry about Paul Smith and his failed attempt to jump into a pool from the top of his five story condo.
Julie’s a much better journalist though. Not only does she quote me, but she mentions SEB as “the acerbic blog site stupidevilbastard.com” and even links to us! Sweet. It’s amazing what you can find out when you Google your own name.