Steve Kulp

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rap.ppt

In awesome, graphic design, hip-hop, powerpoint, random, rap, satire on November 14, 2007 at 10:24 am

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Who said Powerpoint was useless? This is quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen — hip-hop and rap tracks represented in the form of Powerpoint charts and graphs. (Note: Each slide is a link to the YouTube video of the song referenced.)

the cola wars

In uncategorized on October 12, 2007 at 2:58 pm

I always wondered if this actually ever happened. Every time I see the FedEx guy and the UPS guy enter the office at the same time, I expect a melee. I suppose a Coke/Pepsi brawl makes even more sense.At the end of the day, should Coke and Pepsi be upset about this? I mean, these two mooks were so proud of their respective brands that they took to arms. Brands need advocates and evangelists and champions…what about brand gladiators?  (P.S. – I hope Coke kicked Pepsi’s ass.) 

newfound respect

In austin city limits, lcd soundsystem, music, music video on September 22, 2007 at 2:56 pm

I attended the Austin City Limits Festival last week. Despite the Texas heat, described to me by a friend as “Africa hot”, it was amazing. Austin is a wonderful city, ans the festival is an extension of everything that makes it so: great music, good food, and really cool people.In the course of three days, I saw more interesting bands than I can remember. Some peformances leave you underwhelmed. Others solidify your respect for a band. You fall in love with new artists, and you renew your vows with old favorites. That said, my favorite moments are those where you see a band you have always appreciated and walk away with newfound respect.For me that was LCD Soundsystem. I already own their CDs. I throw them on in the car now and then. A few tracks appear on my iTunes playlists or on my iPod for working out. Their live show, however, took it to whole new level. There something about seeing them perform live that adds some soul to the proceedings. It stops being clever lyrics and electro-production and becomes a living, breathing thing. What was a bit cold and removed on the CD becomes a visceral, urgent thing.I tried to find a decent clip from ACL, but alas, there were none. The clip above it a live TV performance, and gets the point across.There’s also this video for the same track, All My Friends. Pretty amazing stuff.

vancouver 2010

In uncategorized on July 31, 2007 at 7:47 pm

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After the debacle surrounding the London 2012 logo, it was refreshing to see what a great job Vancouver seems to be doing with its Winter 2010 identity. I’m in “Canada’s San Franciso” this week on a little ethnography project, and there’s Vancouver 2010 merch everywhere. T-shirts, mugs, hats, even little wooden figurines, all featuring the logo. There’s even a countdown clock in Robson Square, where I took the photo you see above.

The beauty of the logo is that it speaks to several things at once. The figure in the logo recalls the style of the native inukshuk rock art and colors hint at the multicultural nature of the city itself. I overheard someone refer to it as “the goalie,” reaffirming the extent to which Canadians are hockey-mad.

Despite its obvious problems (herion and homelessness), Vancouver is just one of those cities that really has its shit together. They’re going to do a wonderful job with the 2010 games.

The Hour

In news, television, uncategorized on July 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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I’ve been in sunny Calgary for the last week on business. (That actually isn’t sarcasm, it has been sunny and nice.) Anyway, I’ve had some free time to check out Canadian TV, and I have to say, it’s generallly nothing to blog home about. The sports stations cover a lot of Canadian football, the weather is in celsius, and they tend to show only the crappiest American shows (So You Think You Can Dance?).

Thankfully, thedre has been one very pleasant surprise, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. The best way I can describe the program, and its host, is to say that is is a sort of hipster version of Fresh Air. The host is a young, seemingly-cool, definitely smart, Canadian lad. On consecutive nights, I saw him interview Gore Vidal and the Barenaked Ladies with equal verve. Given any guest, theme or topic, Stroumboulopoulos is always looking for the insightful point of view.

The show’s site seems to have a comprehensive archive of past shows. It’s also available as audio podcast and a video podcast, via iTunes.

Check it out. George Stroumboulopoulos is definitely smarter and more interesting than Anderson Cooper.

the darjeeling limited

In awesome, darjeeling limited, movies, music, uncategorized, wes anderson on July 26, 2007 at 6:56 pm


Wes Anderson’s new film, The Darjeeling Limited, comes out on September 29th, and I can’t hardly wait. In an world where Transformers, quite possibly the shittiest piece of shit I have ever seen in my adult life, can may a few hundred million dollars, I’m glad there are directors like Wes Anderson. He’s had his ups and downs, but his worst work is still better than 99% of the movies released in American cinemas.

I would rather watch his Amex commercial on a continuous loop for two hours than have to sit through Pirates of the Carribean 3 again.

If nothing else, I’m sure the soudtrack will be awesome.

W5

In uncategorized on July 24, 2007 at 12:18 pm

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So, it’s been about a month since I last posted to this blog. The hiatus is mainly due to the fact that I have a new job. About a month back, I started working at a marketing research consultancy called W5. The firm is small, only twelve people. (Fortunately, they seem to be twelve of the smartest people I have ever worked with.) W5 does both qualitative and quantitative work, with a certain knack for in-depth ethnography. Our clients include ad agencies and corporations of all shapes and sizes.

Things are going well – interesting clients, good work, and plenty of travel. I’m on a two ethnographic excursion to Calgary and Vancouver as we speak. Hello, frequent flyer miles.

So, if you’re in the market for the services of a marketing research consultancy, feel free to contact me at my business email. For those of you who may be at the AAAA Account Planning Conference in San Diego, W5 is a sponsor. We will have a table in the registration area. Stop by and say hello.

who does he think he is?

In advertising, awesome, mac, microsoft, tattoo, uncategorized, zune on June 13, 2007 at 10:30 am

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I can’t say I understand the motivation to get a corporate logo tattooed on your body, especially that of the Microsoft Zune. I’ve watched enough Miami Ink to know that the only worthwhile tattoo is one that tells a story about who you are, where you come from, or what you aspire to be.

I have to wonder – What association is this fellow trying to make between himself and the #4 mp3 player on the market? It is a product that can best be described by comparing it to another product, the iPod. It has no defining quality that makes it iconic, in the marktplace or on your arm. Quite simply, it has no soul.

That said, it is a nice tattoo. If it didn’t have such bland connnotations, it might be really interesting.

Thanks to my favorite music blog, Stereogum, for bringing this to my attention.