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I can’t help but be slightly disappointed by the lack of Windows 7 promotional tie-ins here in the UK. Microsoft has truly outdone itself this time around with a number of bizarre link-ups that put most other software launches to shame.

For example, the US gets an advertising free episode of Family Guy featuring show favourites Brian and Stewie installing the new OS (an episode which incidentally may never see the light of day here due to product placement regulations):

Japan takes things one step further with this incredible Burger King promotion – the seven (yes, seven) burger Windows 7 Whopper:

Windows Whopper

Meanwhile, here in the UK we have to make do with a PC World trade-in offer. Come on Microsoft, if you want me to upgrade you’ll have to convince me harder than that.

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Been a while since we considered a Chuck Norris fact. Here’s this week’s:

There is no ‘ctrl’ button on Chuck Norris’ computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.

Think about it. Whilst you’re doing that, here’s a video of the man himself:

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Derren Brown’s latest series of stunts on Channel 4 has had the whole country talking. Not always positively, but talking nonetheless. For everyone amazed by the lottery prediction there’s someone still angry that he didn’t teach us all how to win it every week. And for every person stuck to their sofas there were several more left just a bit bewildered by the whole thing. Then there’s this guy, who claims to have been stuck for 12 hours – only emerging from the sofa the following morning, half-starved and desperate for the toilet. I’m sure Derren won’t mind the context of discussion so long as people are talking, and the ratings seem to prove the series a massive success.

Something that he touched on in the sofa-bound show was perception and awareness without consciousness – a basic example that he gave being when the song going round and round in your head turns out to have been whistled by the guy you passed on the street earlier that morning. Derren’s ability to plant ideas in people’s heads is obviously aided quite significantly by his hypnosis skills, but it’s still an interesting perspective on messaging and how simple speech patterns and sentence structure can convey thoughts and ideas without explicitly saying them.

If you missed it, take a look at this clip (can’t embed it for some reason) of a confused Simon Pegg and the subsequent explanation of how he did it. I’m off to build some subliminal programming into my next press release.

DB

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Great spoof video from The Onion News Network Gloria Bianco explains how she uses Facebook and Twitter to keep tabs her son Jeffrey while he’s away at university.  Bianco tells parents how to set up a Facebook profile so they can keep track on their children: “I look through all my son’s photos every day” .

(Via Revolution)

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Nice bit of old school fun this: take children’s classic building material Lego and mix with a flash back of early gaming icons. The result is 8-bit Trip:

(via the Guardian)

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Mascots tend to be quite annoying but this one also appears to be pretty stupid.

Can’t insert the clip directly into this post, but check out the clip on the BBC here.

Also, just because we can, here is Usain Bolt smashing the 200m world record. Commentary isn’t in English but you get the idea. He is fast.

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These might be a little old but still made us smile.

dunking donuts

14 others here – some funnier than others!

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