Thursday, July 10, 2008


The Van Gods

(You might assume, given the posting pattern of the last two weeks, that I'll not be doing much more than linkblogging video clips until I finish with Dawn of War II... and you would assume correctly. But I'm on track to hit the halfway point at 50K words this week, and look to be able to send the completed draft off to my editors by the end of the month. By then I should be back from Comic Con in San Diego, at which I expect some interesting news might well be made public...)

Georgia and I were watching a Tivoed episode of Wow Wow Wubbzy this afternoon when this commercial came on. It was trimmed a bit, missing the opening shot of a seventies-tastic van, but by the time the chick rode in on the flaming tiger, I thought, "Is this on a van?"

Yes. Yes, it was.

I miss painted vans. There were some choice ones in my hometown when I was growing up, including an awesome Darth Vader model. Maybe, if more people painted Valkyries and Vikings and Sith Lords on their cars these days the price of gas wouldn't be quite so high, mmmm? (Well, obviously the one has nothing to do with the other, but if an unintended benefit of sky-rocketing gasoline prices is that I can dupe people into tricking out their rides with boss paint jobs, so much the better.)

Here's a press release from last fall about the making of the spot, should anyone be interested.

Also, there is nothing so awesome that adding Baracuda to the sound track won't make more awesome.
Very true, Joe, very true.
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