If the Super Bowl’s ad parade of pathetic unempowered, dehydrated, skinned males, bitchy women, lonely bulls, people without pants and Danica Patrick left you feeling a little sad, surely this nerd-centric video by Elaine Doyle and Olga Nunez featuring Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Bruce Schneier, Jason Kottke, Google Zurich, Hank Green, MC Frontalot, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Mr. Toast, Miss Cellania, Team Genius, Phil Plait, Allan Amato, Maddy Gaiman, Charissa Gilreath, Belinda Casas, Chuck Martinez, Jeremy James, Joanna Gaunder, and Lee Israel & Octavio Coleman Esq. of The Jejune Institute singing the lyrics of an XKCD strip should cheer you up. The strip itself is a takeoff on an ad for the Discovery Channel, which was itself made into a cartoon. More at Boing Boing.

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  1. The ads were pathetic… Only three deserve mention:
    1) Betty White for Snickers (the best celebrity cameo, runner up: Stevie Wonder playing Punch Buggy for Volkswagen.
    2) Late Show. Leno scores some points, as does Letterman.
    3) Google. In thirty seconds, Google tells a love story with just the search bar and a simple soundtrack. Elegant and effective, showing just how useful Google can be.

    The worst? MobilePCS. Unfunny, hard to hear with the stereotypical accents, and offensive (and I’m caucasian).

    Surprisingly, Budweiser had not a single memorable ad. The only effective ad was for their new lite beer “Select 55” which only pitched what the beer was about.

    The Tebow ad was early and didn’t seem too controversial.

    CBS has the ads on their website.

    (XKCD is awesome.)