A Cup of Chaos #70: Smooth Criminal

I’d never really thought of cello playing as a blood sport, but Sulic and Hauser bring a touch of gang warfare to this cello dual version of Smooth Criminal (via John Hagel). There’s even a guitar face moment – and we all know what that means, right?

A Cup of Chaos #69: Men, Soften the Fck Up

UPDATED! By far, the largest proportion of suicides in Australia is men aged 18-44. The figure is close to 80 per cent. For some men, it’s depression, stress or peer pressure, for others it is sexuality, career pressure, body image, addiction or breaking up with a partner. It can be any number – or combination – of things.

But if you are facing these challenges, the best thing you can do – is Soften the Fck Up. This new campaign by Ehon Chan aims to challenge the traditional Australian notion of manhood – when you’re not feeling right, it’s not time to harden up – it’s time to soften up. And you can start by reading the experiences and stories of others. You can share your own.

In 2009, Mark Pollard and I collected 30 stories about reinventing manhood – called the Perfect Gift for a Man (which you can still download for free). It is great to see this important awareness raising continue.

Sean Carmody has delivered some more detailed statistics from the ABS (2009):

Suicides (all ages): 2,130
Male suicides (all ages): 1,631
Female suicides (all ages): 499
Suicides (18-44 y.o.): 1,114
Male suicides (18-44 y.o.): 866
Female suicides (18-44 y.o.): 248
All deaths (all ages): 140,760
Male deaths (all ages): 72,320
Female deaths (all ages): 68,440
All deaths (18-44): 6,660
Male deaths (18-44): 4,533
Female deaths (18-44): 2,127

So, a few ratios we can arrive at are:

  • (male suicides all ages)/(all suicides all ages) = 77%
  • (male suicides 18-44)/(all suicides all ages) = 40%
  • (male suicides 18-44)/(all suicides 18-44) = 78%
  • (male suicides 18-44)/(male deaths 18-44) = 19%

Which ever way you cut these numbers – it is clear that we are seeing way too many suicides in this country. It is also clear that there is help available, there are options – and futures to grasp. Start by Softening the Fck Up.

A Cup of Chaos #68: The Customers You Don’t Want

Sometimes there really are customer that you DON’T want. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas asked one theatre-goer to leave after texting too often during a film. Later she called and left a voicemail. The folks at the Alamo shared this on YouTube.

It’s a little #nsfw – so put your headphones on.

A Cup of Chaos #67: The Perfect Resume

Awesome stuff. I’d hire Ronald in a hearbeat. Great find from Kris Hoet.


A Cup of Chaos #66: Emotional Storytelling

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece for MarketingProfs – Google Gets Emotional When Telling Stories … And So Can You. It showcases a video for Google’s Chrome web browser and talks not about the technology but about the emotional impact of that technology on our lives. It’s a great piece – check it out.

But can you apply the same storytelling approach to other sectors? Of course! Ann Handley shares this great brand story from the non profit sector.

A Love Story… In Milk from Catsnake on Vimeo.

A Cup of Chaos #65: Got to Share!

You are social media aware. Connected. Always on. But what are you going to do? You’re going to share, right?

This cup of chaos brought to you (and me) by the always sharing Marilyn Pratt and SAP marketing SVP, Susan Popper.

A Cup of Chaos #62: Flying Carp

Now, this is my kind of fishing!

A Cup of Chaos #61: F*ck You: Pay Me.

Have you ever had trouble being paid by a client? Mike Monteiro, co-founder of Mule Design talks a little about this exact problem at San Francisco, Creative Mornings. But it’s way more than that … I love this quote:

We wanted to pick and choose the clients that we worked with. And we wanted to be responsible ultimately for the stuff we were putting out in the world … We were naive enough to think that we could run a business better than the people that we were working for.

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Some great stuff here. Courtesy of @wadeis.

A Cup of Chaos #60: Air New Zealand #richroll

All I can say is, “you’re a giraffe”. In flight safety video for Air New Zealand. Makes you want to change your bookings!

A Cup of Chaos #59: Facebook by CIA

I love this! Another gem from the Onion News Network – showing just how conspiracy theories start. But remember, just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean that they aren’t mining your Facebook profiles 😉

CIA's 'Facebook' Program Dramatically Cut Agency's Costs