Archive for August, 2007

I am Jack Bauer

August 26th, 2007

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the whole 24 phenomenon in the USA goes basically like this: Serious show “24” comes out. Serious commercials advertise it. People watch it serously. After a while, the amount of near-death-misses and shouting scenes and repetition makes people enjoy it in a non-serious way. “24” remains serious. Commercials for […]

Great Failed Social Experiments

August 26th, 2007

Experimentation should really be left to scientists (amateur or professional) who know how an experiment is supposed to work. For some reason today I remembered this great “successful” social experiment “pulled off” by a bunch of liberal-arts students at my uni: There was an advertisement for some on-campus party, with free beer. That’s a pretty […]

A modest proposal

August 13th, 2007

And, no, it’s not about eating children, it is actually a modest proposal. Or, rather, a proposal about modesty. Housing advertisements everywhere use idealized images. That’s understandable. However, I think it would be nice if, instead, all housing advertisements were required to photoshop busy, ugly surroundings around the houses, instead of the non-existent green fields […]

Post-It Note of Anger

August 4th, 2007

Lately (say, the last year or so), I’ve been noticing something really odd that I do. I work night shifts. Part of that means that I’ve got long, long stretches of time with not much to do. I spend it browsing the net, or studying. Sometimes, during that time, something will annoy me. I’ll have […]

The Times They Are A Changin’

August 4th, 2007

Things are changing in Japan, vis foreigners. Two things in the last two days which brought this to mind: This morning, on one of the TV talkshow/variety shows (think The Today Show or the like if you don’t know Japanese TV), they had a segment where they asked a bunch of foreigners what Japanese food […]