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April 21, 2011 6:37 AM   Subscribe


 
Sadly, I read the text as "Honest Legos" and was kind of disappointed. This kind of reads like late 60s Mad, but some humor doesn't go out of style, I guess. I liked the Cat Video as a shout out for truth, though.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:41 AM on April 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


cuter than cat videos
posted by caddis at 6:48 AM on April 21, 2011


MTV = Monronic Television. You sure showed them, LOL.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:51 AM on April 21, 2011


I was pretty much on board until they made fun of IMDb.
posted by pwally at 6:58 AM on April 21, 2011


Metafilter: ____________
posted by schmod at 7:05 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Weak and obvious, obviously - best of the Web, this ain't.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:10 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Jaguar: for men who want hand-jobs from beautiful women they hardly know."
posted by bwg at 7:13 AM on April 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


Bonus points go to the first person that makes an iPhone AR app that does this.
posted by longbaugh at 7:14 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


THIS IS YOUR GOD
posted by Artw at 7:21 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


They should have found a way to add the logos to the video, especially since I watched it expecting there to be something different.
posted by orme at 7:31 AM on April 21, 2011


MTV: Moronic Television

YES! I can do this too:

Apple -- how about Crapple!

New York Times -- more like the New Dork Times!

The Onion -- I call it Procrastination! (That one is re-usable!)

DAMN I'M GOOD
posted by brain_drain at 7:32 AM on April 21, 2011 [10 favorites]


I'll give them "Cat Videos" though.
posted by brain_drain at 7:32 AM on April 21, 2011


I think this is one of those things that lots of beginning graphic designers think is so very clever. It mostly ends up showing how important copywriters are.
posted by snofoam at 7:33 AM on April 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


Without clicking the link, I'd been eagerly reading these comments for 5 minutes before I realized this post was not about Greek philosophy. sad emoticon.
posted by reverend cuttle at 7:34 AM on April 21, 2011


Truth sunglasses.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:35 AM on April 21, 2011


How about all you complainers get out there and post (or create) something better? Jeez, it's like watching hipsters criticize music.
posted by caddis at 7:36 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


They don't just all say CONSUME, OBEY, WATCH TV?
posted by nanojath at 7:47 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


How about all you complainers get out there and post (or create) something better? Jeez, it's like watching hipsters criticize music.

This facile argument? It's constantly used to attempt to silence critics, from "if Ebert thinks it's crap, why doesn't he make a better movie?" to "I'd like to see Pitchfork (or whatever) make their own music!" It's perfectly fair to say that something is tired, boring, or obvious without necessarily having to top it.

I was on board for the first couple. Facebook-styled "procrastination" was ok, and CatVideos was spot-on, but it was totally downhill from there. Playing on obvious jokes, and getting more mean-spirited all the time, (Porsche as "penis extender"? Really?) it just slid deep into mediocrity and spite. Yeah, I'm not a patron of McDonalds, but "McDiabetes" is just weak. Neither visually clever, nor clever wordplay. McDonalds is actually a really hard target because McEverything's played out. It's like trying to riff on U2 with some sort of "MeToo." It's just been done to death.
posted by explosion at 7:47 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


This kinda reminds me of the altered logos that were so popular during the 90s in the rave scene. Having said that, I've seen much better ones in my time. "Dairy Queer" instead of "Dairy Queen" was one of my favorites. I never figured out what it really meant.
posted by LMGM at 7:57 AM on April 21, 2011


Protestant work ethic bullshit. God forbid we do anything for leisure. PROCRASTINATION.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:00 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Boy, this guy sure doesn't think much of video games, does he?

"Cat Videos" was the only funny one.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:11 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was also under the impression there would be legos.
posted by TwoWordReview at 8:14 AM on April 21, 2011


Yes, I agree that Cat Videos is the best one. I feel as if that is the one they came up with first, and then they tried to build an entire series around that one genius idea...and it fell a little short.

It's basically just like saying "Crackberry" for Blackberry or "WallyWorld" for Walmart.
posted by misha at 8:14 AM on April 21, 2011


Heh. The story above this one is about Legos and a quick scan of the page results in "Honest Legos".

Honest Legos would be the old school bricks, not the fancy Star Wars and Pirate themed ones.

Those old bricks revealed all -- your lack of imagination, your poor dexterity, your inept execution, your impatience, your stillborn social skills.
posted by notyou at 8:17 AM on April 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


Wacky Packs told the truth, too.
posted by notyou at 8:21 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


I came here to kill time and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum.
posted by Dodecadermaldenticles at 8:53 AM on April 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


Guys, guys, guys - you're supposed to have a long and pointless fight before you put on the truth sunglasses and look at the logos, not after.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 9:00 AM on April 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


UNPAID GRAPHIC DESIGN PROJECT = PROCRASTINATION
posted by straight at 9:11 AM on April 21, 2011


How about all you complainers get out there and post (or create) something better?

I got this, guys.

METAFILPROCRASTINATIONTER

Yeah.
posted by katillathehun at 9:14 AM on April 21, 2011


I was looking forward to these before clicking, but most of the logos just went for the easy jab and came off as super-condescending. Still, they're logos and essentially unable to carry more than a simple message.

But also this:

I think this is one of those things that lots of beginning graphic designers think is so very clever. It mostly ends up showing how important copywriters are.

I'm actually kind of sick of how some parts of the Internet can feel like they are ruled by designers.
posted by mariokrat at 9:33 AM on April 21, 2011


reverend cuttle: Without clicking the link, I'd been eagerly reading these comments for 5 minutes before I realized this post was not about Greek philosophy. sad emoticon
Wait, there were only 13 fairly short comments before yours, and it took you 5 minutes to read that? I don't want to be insensitive to any learning disabilities you may have, but the comments section of Metafilter may not be the place for you. Maybe you should go hang out at catvideos.com instead...
posted by hincandenza at 9:38 AM on April 21, 2011


Wait, there were only 13 fairly short comments before yours, and it took you 5 minutes to read that?

The reverend is an aesthete, savoring every word of the comments. Can't be rushed. Show some respect!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:04 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, there were only 13 fairly short comments before yours, and it took you 5 minutes to read that?

But if the fundamental metaphysical principle of the universe is dishonest, how can I be sure if any of these comments mean what they appear to mean? How do I even know metafilter isn't actually chatroulette for narwhal fetishists? How do I know this office isn't actually an ambergris pudding factory? That's where my four minutes went.
posted by reverend cuttle at 10:20 AM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


How about all you complainers get out there and post (or create) something better? Jeez, it's like watching hipsters criticize music.

No. These are lame jokes and I take issue with a lot the things they are calling "procrastination"-- beyond the fact the exercise itself is equally as guilty of being a product of too much leisure time, I do not play Nintendo or Playstation because I'm procrastinating or have nothing to do. I'm not putting off something more important, I'm choosing to spend my free time in a way I enjoy. When I'm procrastinating, I go to Metafilter or watch TV.

Not bad design though, they more or less nailed the logos.
posted by Hoopo at 10:22 AM on April 21, 2011


I never really noticed how incredibly crappy the IMDB logo is until I saw it remixed this way. Thanks, Designers Couch!
posted by 6550 at 10:23 AM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Guys, guys, guys - you're supposed to have a long and pointless fight before you put on the truth sunglasses and look at the logos, not after.

One of them had put on the glasses before the fight, so I think it's still safe to fight with people who haven't opened the links.
posted by Hoopo at 10:25 AM on April 21, 2011


After seeing those, I'm actually thinking of making some embroidered patches of the Porsche logo with Ferrari's il cavallino rampante substituting for the Stuttgart pony badge in the middle. Complete with the SF "Scuderia Ferrari" letters at the bottom. And then trolling the shit out of exclusive Ferrari and Porsche club meetings.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 11:12 AM on April 21, 2011


I gotta admit, I do like the CatVideos one. Somehow I doubt I'd get approval, but I'd love to make that logo appear whenever you're actually watching a cat video on YouTube.
posted by wildcrdj at 12:16 PM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was on board for the first couple. Facebook-styled "procrastination" was ok, and CatVideos was spot-on, but it was totally downhill from there.

Nth. they needed more heads together, or more time to fill the wastebasket, than they had.
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:44 PM on April 21, 2011


why are you all looking at the second link?

the first link is the true awesome: The Revelation of Rowdy Roddy Piper!
posted by jammy at 1:27 PM on April 21, 2011


Guys, guys, guys - you're supposed to have a long and pointless fight before you put on the truth sunglasses and look at the logos, not after.

I've always asserted that the fight scene in They Live is great because of its seemingly neverending length with no heightening. It's one of the finest examples of The Rake Principle, where an odd action repeated the same way for long enough goes from mildly funny to strange to boring, back to strange before finally arriving at freaking hilarious.
posted by joechip at 3:40 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


The running time of They Live is 93 minutes - sometimes I wonder if the fight is so long to bring it up to that.
posted by Artw at 3:48 PM on April 21, 2011


Apple -- how about Crapple!

HOW FUCKING DARE YOU
posted by the noob at 5:34 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Facebook and YouTube ones made me laugh out loud. Both were better than any number of videos posted here from YouTube, so you know... whatever, haters.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:19 PM on April 22, 2011


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