Monday, February 27, 2006

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

And possibly a little amused...

Must Buy Wheaties... Must Buy Wheaties...

NEWS.COM -- For years, fake ads have appeared during sporting events. By fake I mean they really weren't there. Watching a baseball game, you might see a banner on an infield wall for a product or service, but if you were at the game, you wouldn't see that banner, because it wasn't there, added by a computer as the game was being broadcast. The potential was there to even show different ads to different markets.

Now that same technology is being utilized to insert products into prime-time shows. Before, you'd have to get your advertising lined up in advance so that the box of Wheaties was sitting on the counter when the show was filmed. Now the technology is allowing them to insert products into shows at the last minute, even replacing them with different products later when the show goes into re-runs. Apparently as a "CSI:" and "How I Met Your Mother" viewer, I've been subjected to this already and don't even realize it. Was it an episode of CSI: or driving a rental that may me appreciate the Chevy Trailblazer? Now I might never know. More...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Uninformed Racism

MSNBC.COM -- Here is an excellent article from Newsweek about why blocking the ports deal is just short-sighted, racist and just basically ill-informed.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Good ad: Acura

I know, we all hate advertising. I thought this one was pretty clever. I didn't see any of the beginning stuff because I open a lot of windows at once from a newsletter and then go back and read them, but I liked how at the end of this Acura ad, it mostly just sits, there, but moves ever so slightly if you put your mouse over it. It was enough to catch my attention. (This, of course, is a limited time deal so if you're reading my archives later, I expect that it probably won't still work.)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

TV: Embrace the Net

NEWS.COM -- Survivor's Mark Burnett tells TV executives that entertainment needs be be more all-encompassing, that TV needs to tap into the power of the internet. More...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Goodbye Kiefer, Hello Tom

In college, I was pretty regularly described as resembling a "young Kiefer Sutherland." With today's addition, I feel the look is now really much more like Tom Arnold. I'm told it's distinguished, but... glasses? I do realize it was entirely inevitable, I was the only one in my family who didn't have them. And the only reason I have them now is that I didn't think it was fair that Lori could spot freeway onramp signs so much sooner than I. So, with my job about to end, I decided to take advantage of my vision plan and have my eyes checked. The news wasn't too bad, 20/25. But the doctor said that he could fit me for some glasses to help me, I'd be ok without them, but I could get them to have on hand for driving at night. But let me tell you... I feel like I've been ripped off all this time. I really haven't had any of the side-effects since I've been wearing them and I don't want to take them off. Everything is so much crisper. Whites are whiter, text that I thought was perfectly clear is now amazingly clear and cruzzy (a word I made up)) when viewed without them. I thought stuff looked good, but then I put these on and it's like I have superpowers. And this isn't even full-strength.

Oh, and I was mentioning my job coming to an end soon. You probably also noticed the oh-so-common white earphones. They plug into the new 60 gig iPod video which was a gift from my bosses.

Alternative title #1: Old and Hip (nixed after I realized that you'd automatically think of the word "replacement")
Alternative title #2: Fogeys 2 (would require you to be a regular reader to my blog to understand)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


I think I've written on this topic before, complaining about the Bush administration's continued failure to show any sort of savvy whatsoever. Over the weekend, I've come across just a few more examples.

First, when Vice President Cheney accidentally shot the lawyer during the quail hunt, it's reported that for hours afterwards he sat alone on a bench outside the place where he was staying, sitting there alone, speaking to no one, just feeling horrible. Call me unsympathetic, but that would have been a perfect photo opp. Perhaps even in silhouette, the second-most powerful man in the world alone, crushed by a mistake he made, truly upset, hurting. Instead, all we hear is that someone's been shot and later Cheney refusing to even appear sympathetic, just being his usual surrly jerky self. Which is to the media's delight, posting old stock photos of him receiving a gun from the NRA.

Second, this whole port thing. Everyone is up in arms because an Arab company purchased the European country that was operating five or six major ports. It seems incredibly racist to be worried about this new company because they're Arab. Why were we not concerned when a European company operated the ports? I think that posturing now is too little, too late. Those ports should have never been out of U.S. control. But more troubling to many is that the new arrangements have already received the blessings of the Bush administration without those who would be affected even really realizing what was happening.

Third, Katrina. I think enough's been said here. It wasn't bad enough that it was really poorly handled, but then no attempts were made at all to actually convey what was occuring.

These just point again and again to the Bush administration's inability to realize that if you don't actually bother to be pro-active in your media image, you'll only be reactive and you never look as good when you're on the defensive. By then, the story's already been told, the bad light has already been cast and you're only being given the opportunity to explain why you screwed up/didn't think/etc., even if that's not what really happened.

This is the same thing I've railed against here in this job to no avail. If you're not savvy, you're always going to be back against the wall trying to defend against someone elses' version of the truth, even if it's not true at all.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


On the same day last week, Lori received an AARP card in the mail (all she needed to do was complete a simple form and send some cash to activate) and I got a letter from a bank letting me know about their Investing for Seniors seminar. That made us feel good.

Guns don't kill people...

...vice presidents do.

I read this morning about "the blogosphere lighting up" over Dick Cheney shooting that lawyer, except that the most notable right-leaning blogs were silent on the subject.

Now I know I'm not the most right-leaning but yeah, considering how much I detest Vice President Cheney, why haven't I posted anything before now? Perhaps it's because I didn't have anything new to add, anything funny.

At the least, more stringent gun controls probably wouldn't have prevented this type of accident, but I imagine around the world people with stricter gun standards are probably snickering at our second-in-command shooting a friend with a gun.

I am a Republican but I didn't vote in the last election because I couldn't cast a vote Mr. Cheney's way.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


This is pretty cool. If you can get past the annoying techno music (or turn off your speakers), the video itself is pretty amazing. I want this screen. And no job so I can learn how to program it and have fun with it.



Monday, February 13, 2006


Sorry, I once again find myself with nearly 100 messages waiting for responses. I will try to respond as I can to the e-mails, or post updates on here that might suffice as a rude blanket response.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Irony of the Crappy Kind

WIRED.COM -- The creator of 'Curious George' was stabbed to death in a home invasion robbery just days before the release of the new 'Curious George' movie. How much does that suck? More...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

36 hours...

We figured it out... in the past 36 hours, we have sold a house in California, purchased a home in Washington, and I was offered a job. It's a contract job, but a job nonetheless.

Go back a little farther and in the last week I

  • celebrated a birthday
  • cheered on the Seahawks (we're undefeated for Superbowl 41!)
  • drove from Sea-Tac to my parent's house and back
  • drove from my parent's house to Kent and back twice
  • drove from my parent's house to Federal Way and back once
  • ultimately put 600 miles on a rental car
  • fell in love with the idea of driving a full-size (Trailblazer) SUV
  • decided GM shouldn't be completely written off as producing crummy cars
  • flew from L.A. to Seattle and back with a 20-month-old who didn't sleep either way (she wasn't too fussy, but she got loud)
  • applied for a job
  • interviewed for a job with three people
  • was asked if I'd take a job
  • sold a house in California
  • viewed 23 houses (3 twice)
  • purchased a house
  • several birthday celebrations and meals
  • and more I can't remember at the moment.

phew... what a long week!