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Product Placement is Back

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Product placement is back on TV today, the ban has been lifted for this form of advertising, with the first programme being This Morning today in the UK, 28 February 2011.

This is great for many companies and big brands to get their products on the TV, but there are many new rules which apply to this form of advertising.

So, references and displaying of products are now allowed in TV shows, soaps and one off drama’s, but some of the rules are that gambling services, unhealthy food like high fat, sugar and salt, tobacco, medicines, alchohol, weapons etc are not permitted for this type of advertising.

Also, product placement won’t be allowed for BBC, News, childrens programmes, current affairs and such like programmes.

The one important factor for product placement, is when any product or service is referenced or displayed on the TV, then it must clearly display the ‘P’ for 3 seconds at the beginning and the end of the programme/film to make it clear that an item is being advertised as a product.

Product placement is an advertising channel that must be controlled to ensure that it is not abused as there are many concerns that TV programmes would be full of adverts in addition to the already advertisement breaks during programmes, but this will be a great way to pay for the programmes but also to fund new ones, and in time hopefully improve the experience of watching TV. The telecoms regulator Ofcom has said that product placement must be editorially justified and not unduly prominent.  So hopefully we won’t see this form of advertising go all out of hand!

The first appearance of product placement was on this morning’s TV programme called This Morning, it was a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine which was placed in the background of the cooking feature of the programme, at the back of the kitchen, it was said on the TV News that Nescafe had paid £100,000 to display the product for three months on the show.

I’m hoping this is a good thing (in small measures), but only time will tell if we will be invaded by big brands by seeing their products displayed on films and programmes on the TV, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Who would your date be?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I hear this all the time, but if you could have a date with anyone, who would it be? A celebrity, a friend, a teacher, a scientist, an entrepreneur, a rock star, the choices are endless.

For me I did struggle a bit too when thinking about that question, as it really did depend on whether it was from a business point of view or a personal, selfish point of view, so it did mean that I had to put my thinking cap on and decide whether it would be more on a personal level.

So yes…it should be more on a personal level, and if that was the case then it was easy for me to come up with two celebrity individuals, both of them for very different reasons. Of course, as I’m male then there is more of a chance that the individuals being female, just as a young lady may choose someone like Brad Pitt, wouldn’t that be the case…!?

Ok, here we go, for me my first choice would be Natalie Imbruglia, for starters and the most obvious, she’s very attractive and naturally pretty and the curiosity for me would be to see it was still the case at first hand, is she really as good in the flesh as she is in the pictures and on TV. The other reason would be because I was brought up watching the Australian television series called Neighbours which Natalie Imbruglia appeared, playing the part of Elisabeth ‘Beth’ Brennan Willis (did she really have two surnames?), which led her to then focus on her music career, which was the type of music that really appealed to me, in fact I have two of her CD albums!

For me, Natalie Imbruglia appears to be down to earth, modest and keeps herself very private, which I belive are very good qualities in a person, I just hope she would be like that if I ever had the opportunity to meet with her in person. So, that’s one of my selections, now onto my second…!

Now, we all have that fear, of meeting someone for the first time and deciding whether to eat or drink with them, but how awful would it be if you find that you have nothing to talk about and nothing in common to discuss or debate about…!? Well, that’s why my second selection would be Fearne Cotton, the girl can chat for England, she’s funny, young and quite creative, but she also has some very good qualities such as making you feel at ease, she is very down to earth and appears to be very laid back, the conversations she hold never appear to be strained nor does she appear to struggle, it all comes very naturally for her, so that seems like a great evening to me…also if you’re lucky, she’s a bit of a party girl and there might be drinks and a late night too, so hopefully an eventful night, and of course, she’s pretty cute too…!!

So now the question for you is…if you could choose anyone, who would you go on a date with…!?

Funny Status Messages

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Looking for funny status messages for your facebook page, twitter or MySpace profiles, these can also be used for various messenges like windows live messenger (what was msn messenger) and yahoo messenger.

The one thing I have noticed since the start of the Social Media days, is the desire to come up with the best and unique status messages, not only to be seen to be funny and original but to also provoke interaction from your friends or contacts on your network.

The great thing about status messages, is that they reflect your mood, how happy or sad you are, whether you want to share information on the latest event you’ve been to, or you’re about to go to, you can even mention your new mobile phone or new car…

We have found some great funny status messages including some that we have come up with, let us know what you think…!

Funny Status Messages:

  • has CDO. It’s like OCD, except the letters are in alphabetical order…just like they should be!
  • I’m spending some quality time with my pillow…be back in the morning
  • I stopped trying to pick up random women when the majority of them started carrying pepper spray.
  • If you see me running, don’t be impressed. I have to take a s**t. Now, get out of my way…
  • I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of this whole “Posting without thinking” thing that everybody is doing.
  • If you do online dating it doesn’t mean you are desperate, it just means you are lazy.
  • Just asked my barber for a Justin Bieber haircut….bleedin’ twat just shaved my pubes off
  • If life gives you Lemons. Bring the salt I got Tequila!
  • People with High and Unnecessary Attitude Deserve the Standing Ovation of your Tallest Finger !!!
  • It’s true, you could say I’m Mr. Nobody. But you know… Nobody’s perfect!
  • I was alone in the house lying in bed last night, when I heard someone fart…I didn’t know whether to laugh or be scared…!
  • I don’t want to criticise the postal service but I’ve only just received a Christmas card from my nan…but she’s been dead 45 years ! :p
  • Every time I try to chase my dream, it turns around and sprays me in the eyes with mace ! :p
  • I can beat anybody in a fight with only one hand. It’s the two-handed blokes who beat the crap out of me ! :p
  • A girl asked me to get something that made her look sexy. You should have seen the look on her face when I came back with a case of beer.
  • I have a friend named Jay, I call him J for short
  • I’m not trying to impress anyone here, but…. I can swim without floaties
  • I refuse to go Bungee jumping. I came into this world because of a broken rubber. I refuse to go out because of one too.
  • Why do they kick you out of a bar for being drunk? I’ve never been thrown out of a restaurant for being full..
  • Oh damn, I’m on fire with all these postings!
  • Oh, she used a winky face.. she wants it.
  • I don’t remember much from last night but the fact that I needed sunglasses to open the fridge this morning tells me it was awesome 😀
  • Facebook needs to change its “it’s complicated” status to “still banging my ex.”
  • FUN IN CHEMISTRY… If u drink ETHANOL (alcohol)… u will dance for others… If u drink METHANOL (poison) others will dance for u….
  • If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it – Now quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers!
  • Best reason to give when you slap your friend: “I didn’t slap you, I simply high-fived your face” 😛
  • I fell in love yesterday! Later, I figure out that I was just hungry…
  • is so broke that he’s going to KFC to lick other peoples fingers
  • Lets be nice to each other from now on.. Huh?? Whadya say, Monday? Deal??
  • I may still be single but I know that I have saved a lot of money on a wedding and even more on the divorce.
  • I was disappointed when I went to ‘Wet and Wild’, …it’s a bleedin’ water park…!
  • My friend told me, “Smart men make great husbands!” Being the guy I am, I had to correct her, so I said “smart men don’t get married”
  • I just realized that I’m still “it” from a game of tag in 1994. OH IT IS ON!
  • Going to McDonalds for a salad is like going to a brothel for a hug..
  • Wonder what the process is for quality testing condoms and who gets to do it
  • Note to self : Remove dog before stabbing box to make air-holes ! :p
  • Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy
  • Every man’s disease is his personal property
  • If you don’t take care of yourself, the undertaker will overtake that responsibility for you
  • To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less
  • My inner advisor is dying to heal me
  • it’s been a while since i stared at the stars….!
  • The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show
  • Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather

Hello world! from the Space Blogger

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Welcome to Space Blogger, which is basically the Spaceboots Blog. We’re kinda calling it Space Blogger, just because it sounds so much better.

The Blog will be adding discussions and views about what’s going on in the world, funny quotes and digital media too, a whole host of various topics.

As like many new Blogs, this is the standard welcoming page, there is so much more to come…so watch this space…!

Space Boots on…

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