Sunday, December 30, 2007

We have Nerf guns in our home.

I overheard a child saying this to a grown up visitor on the N train. I approve.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Fire pit in back yard

It's surprising these things aren't illegal.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sony Ad Criticism Part I

I don't get it. I get the idea that HD is built in throughout their product line, though this claim may be somewhat specious. What I don't get is why this should make me choose Sony over other manufacturers. Perhaps more HD devices, more choices among the devices, but otherwise I am not compelled to buy. The ad is clearly sending a message, but for me, the message does not convert to a sale.

Sony advertising criticism pt. II

Thanks, Sony, but since when have I ever wanted to DO that?

I hate to just reiterate TWiT, but this ad illustrates the question far too well. I think the breakthrough day for me will be when almost everything goes on a form of ePaper you can write on, erase, load things on to, and roll up (like in the animated film Renaissance).

Thursday, December 27, 2007

P-Touching in the New Year

Yesss.'s Favorite TV Dads


I take 2 issues with this:

1. Tony Danza wasn't a dad on Who's the Boss (though I admit, I could be wrong)

2. No photo of Peter Gallagher

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tissue on Subway seat.

Hard to see, but it's there. Interesting to see how a single object or mark on a seat will keep people from sitting down. I've had rides where a single piece of dirty newspaper or bottle containing liquid kept folks from moving it and sitting down, for fear of why the objects were left there and by whom.

Of course, right after I took this photo, someone flicked it off and sat down, so this theory is somewhat suspect.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Coloring II

Coloring continues to be a delightful preoccupation this holiday season.

In which, I realize that for as long as I can remember, I've tried to create a brand identity for the Christmas gifts I wrap.

Crackerbarrel on Christmas

Good place for last minute holiday gifts.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mournful Environmental Graffiti

NE corner of 45th and Third

John Edwards is hip and connected, a month ago.

I was impressed when I saw on Wikipedia that Barack Obama and John Edwards are both on Twitter. Then I saw that Barack's Twitter feed is mostly his schedule, and John's last update was a month ago. In response to the Twitter question, "What are you doing?" Edwards is disappointingly silent.

My Customer Service E-Mail to Blockbuster

I have been very satisfied with my blockbuster total access subscription thus far. However, I was slightly disturbed to receive an e-mail indicating a price increase to $11.99.

As a customer who enjoys the luxury of renting a movie, and even letting it sit for a week or so if I don't have the chance to watch it, the price increase tells me that this situation is becoming less of a deal. I no longer live within walking distance of a Blockbuster, so the added bonus of in-store exchange or free rental coupons is no longer a sufficient draw for me.

The unlimited 1-at-a-time rate at Netflix is $8.99. Seeing a fourth digit in that baseline figure does make a difference in the mind of a customer. Though an extra $36 a year won't put a hole in my pocket, the increase gives me another reason to think twice before recommending Blockbuster over competitors to friends and family.

I would very much encourage Blockbuster to revert to the previous pricing for this plan. While it would be somewhat convenient for me to stay with Blockbuster, I am sure that myself and others in my situation would find it far more sensible to choose the better deal, especially if Blockbuster's prices continue to go up.

I know, it's really not all that much more money per month. I just hate being on a regular paying schedule with something, and then find out that the price will go up, for no reason other than their business going poorly.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

There's a Storm Front Coming.

Let's not forgrt that there is a verse in the Billy Joel song "Storm Front," in which he names the different varieties of clouds- cumulo nimbus and otherwise.