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Student body election slogans, student council elections and school slogans

September 21, 2010 at 10:16 am in Wordlab

If you are running for a student government office at your high school, middle school or elementary school, or you need school slogans for other purposes, Wordlab is the place for you. Once you sign up for your free account, follow these links to the Student Body Election Slogans and School Slogans group forums. Whatever office you are running for — President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc. — or school slogan needs — pep rallies, cheerleaders, school fundraiser, etc. — post your project as a New Topic in the the appropriate group Forum linked above, and let the mad geniuses in the Wordlab community help you win the election or defeat your school’s arch-rival with the power of words.

Let the school election campaign season begin!

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Sitting amongst lighthouses

September 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm in Dada, Quotes

“I sit here for hours. It’s like sitting amongst lighthouses, each lighthouse giving you a bearing on lost spaces of time…”
– Peter Greenaway, A Zed and Two Noughts

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We are (still) waiting for Godot to come

September 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm in Dada, Literature, Quotes

“But that is not the question. Why are we here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in this immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come.”
- Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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New Wordlab name: Flying Anvil

August 19, 2010 at 9:31 am in Shoutout, Wordlab Names

Congratulations to Wordlab member Milan for incorporating the new name for his IT company, Flying Anvil, created here on the Wordboard Company Names group Forum.

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101 Clichés in B2B Marketing

August 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm in Branding, Business

smashing a lightbulb extinguishing an ideaCourtesy of a British company with the uninspiring name IAS, here is their own “viral marketing” campaign called 101 Clichés in B2B Marketing, from the “Lightbulb” (#001) to “The cliché within a cliché” (#101). They plan to continue the vigil with reader submission into the great uncharted territory beyond “101″, so send them yours now. I just submitted one on behalf of Wordlab, and of course I couldn’t resist what should be obvious:

The numbered list in general is one of the most overused  marketing clichés (just look at any magazine cover), and for some reason 101 is especially popular. Did it get started with 101 Dalmatians? Can “101″ still be such a magic number to capture the consumer’s attention if everything has been turned into a “101 Things” list?

I’m working on my own list: 100,001 really smart business decisions. I’ve got the first one (“Make a Big List”), but I’m stuck coming up with the other 100k. Perhaps Wordlabers can offer suggestions here in the comments.

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Celebrating great names: Chardonnay Hooker

July 31, 2010 at 10:06 am in Culture / History, Names/Naming

I was briefly watching the local news last night, which I rarely do, and I caught a glimpse of this interview during a story about Southern California wildfires:

Chardonnay Hooker

Now that’s a great name! Like a Bond Girl. And kudos to Chardonnay for not being shy about having it and putting herself out there. And good luck battling those wildfires!

For the rest of us who aren’t so lucky namewise, here is a Bond Girl name generator to help spice up our personal nomenclature. My Bond Girl names are Tawnie Small and Yoko Dos, both of which I quite like.

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Welcome to Spyburbia, USA

June 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm in Culture / History, Slang

Telefon“They couldn’t have been spies…Look what she did with the hydrangeas.

Spyburbia, baby — you heard it here first!

How do you fool so many in suburbia for so long? “She said they were from Canada.”

Yes Virginia, there really are spies everywhere, even in your neighborhood. Especially in your neighborhood, most likely. And if they say they’re from a mysterious blank spot on the globe called “Canada”, call the FBI immediately. [In Ordinary Lives, U.S. Sees the Work of Russian Agents]

Anyone remember that ’70s Charles Bronson B-movie classic, Telefon? As Wikipedia reminds us,

During the Cold War of the 1950s, the Soviet Union planted a number of long-term, deep-cover sleeper agents all over the United States, spies so thoroughly brainwashed that even they didn’t know they were agents; they could only be activated by a special code phrase (a line from Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” followed by their real given names). Their mission was to sabotage crucial parts of the civil and military infrastructure as a precursor to a possible US/USSR active conflict or war.

I think ol’ Bob Frost was probably one of those secret agents as well. Just look at this video — something just doesn’t look quite right:

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An Encounter by Daniil Kharms

June 18, 2010 at 12:52 am in Dada, Literature, Quotes

An Encounter: On one occasion a man went off to work and on the way he met another man who, having bought a loaf of Polish bread, was on his way home.

And that’s just about all there is to it. — Daniil Kharms

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Happy Bloomsday 2010

June 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm in Culture / History, Literature

Ulysses manuscript and Molly Bloom tattoo

Joyce's Ulysses in manuscript and "womanuscript"

Happy Bloomsday, everybody. These two images nicely bookend the history of James Joyce’s great Ulysses from original manuscript to a womanuscript of Molly Bloom’s climax. Yes!

[Images via The Guardian and George Szirtes]

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The new Wordlab now has over 1000 members

June 16, 2010 at 7:20 am in Wordlab Alerts

As of early this morning, the new Wordlab crossed the 1000 member threshold since our relaunch in late March. Welcome to all, and tell your friends to check us out and help us build the biggest and best free naming community in the world.

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