Not TED Talks, TAD Talks…

Is it Will Ferrell? Is it a comedy sketch? No, it’s an ad campaign for Microsoft’s cloud computing services.

So, I’m watching some very “deep” videos on philosophy on one of your high-end web-only publications.  And a lengthy advert comes up in between.   It is a spoof on motivational speaking, sort of.  Especially on Ted Talks, but this is much more specific to high-end business computing applications.  Not TED Talks, TAD Talks.  This is totally “inside” tech – virtualization vs. cloud computing.  A campaign that Microsoft launched, I guess, against VMware and the like almost a year ago.

Now, TAD is back with a new (brief) advert/video.  This is not TED, it’s TAD.  The Video from last year was filled with a lot of tech talk and double talk.  And if you are into networking, storage, enterprise, and IT, it is very funny.  If not, worth a peek just for the groovy music and sideburns, wow….

The story from the ad agency that did the work tells us that the director for Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess, directed these mini-movies.

Is this too much “inside baseball,” or a laugh riot?  Glad to see creative folks getting engaged for the campaign, in any case!


About sehanley

Musician, journalist, teacher, technologist, consultant & former NPR station manager. A media and entertainment professional, journalist, entrepreneur, technology advocate, educator, student, mentor, manager, and media, musical and theatrical performer. Voice talent and coach for music and spoken word. I also act and sing (mostly jazz, but a lot of experience with choral, classical and musical theater, too). Brass instruments, too, but my AF ofM card lapsed years ago. Heard on the national jazz service, PubJazz, and in the Pittsburgh market on WZUM/Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. I also teach college level courses in media and journalism. I managed the leading NPR/public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA for 16 years, a few years later was GM of the NPR station WBHM in Birmingham, AL. I served for six very busy years on the NPR Board of Directors and have done much volunteer service for national and local organizations in the communities I have been privileged to live and work in. Former NPR Board Member, former President of the Pittsburgh Radio Organization, sometime musician, relentless technology advocate. Opinions expressed are not the viewpoints of any employer or affiliation past or present.
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