Monday Miscellany

1. I love that cheesy VH1 show The Pick-Up Artist. It's a joke, as far as relating to women goes, and I can't believe that women actually sleep with that Mystery guy, but the guys who are on the show are endearingly clueless, and it's nice to see them gain the confidence to actually speak to a girl. I don't endorse it, but I do enjoy watching it. (And I'm totally picking Simeon for the win, in case you're interested.)

2. A little I in parentheses, like this -- (i) -- is called a romanette. If you didn't know that until just this minute, don't feel bad. Until November 11th, neither did the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

3. I really don't think it's possible to over-estimate the joyfulness of stickers. When I taught, I would always give out stickers to kids who got a perfect score on the pop quizzes, and they were always sooo excited. Girls put them on their faces. Boys kept a collection of them on their folders. They were visibly disappointed if I ran out of stickers. And these were not fifth graders, these were college freshmen! I'm reminded of this because when I went to vote early this year, the poll worker gave me TWO stickers, one for the day I voted (Saturday) and one "to wear on Election Day, so you don't feel left out." And I was thrilled.

4. Dear X-Box-- is it really a wise decision to suggest that the people who use your product have strangely still heads that are empty of everything but a dancehall full of your video games? They look like those scary people from the Soundgarden video for "Blackhole Sun." Maybe you guys didn't see that, but if not, you should look here -- see how creepy it is? That's not what you want your customers to think, right?

2 comments:

There's something to be said for studying one's target market but really, don't you think this is taking it a bit far.

IT IS A HORRIBLE SHOW.

Surely you have something, anything you could do or watch that would be better than watching that?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:50:00 PM EST  

Oh, Anonymous, of course I have better things to do and watch...that's why I tivo it! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 5:49:00 AM EST  

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