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October 27, 2003

Ads, Ads, everywhere, and no relief in sight!

What in the hell is wrong with advertisers these days? Or maybe it's just that I can't get into something enough to shrug off and ignore advertisements?

I mean, when you're watching a game on the tube, you fully expect that there are going to be some annoyingly long commercials at the half, or during the seventh inning stretch, but they've sold almost every flat surface that you see on the screen, and even some not-so-flat surfaces. I'm waiting to see some sort of add to pop up on Trent Green's ass when they show him in the huddle, or maybe some rolling ticker on someone's bat during World Series. But who honestly wants to see the adverts flicker behind a batter or the logo that isn't really on the football field? It's too distracting.

They are getting smart, you know. Advertisers understand that in the TiVO age, we can just delay the game at the beginning and start skipping commercials. Most people use the TiVO to pause and record shows, not so they can skip around during a sports game.... Never mind the fact that the rest of us don't own a video machine like that and are forced to watch or click away.....and what's up with the crappy trivia no one cares about, brought to you by Geico, or the poll of irrelevancy brought to you by AT&T??? That's pretty damned annoying; it's forced advertising...

I just can't wait until they start putting fake advert signs in the stands when they do a crowd pan.... No more, Always Bet Cats (ABC...haha)....it'll be Viagra or Pepsi or new Pepsi with Viagra....

"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper." - Rod Serling

October 10, 2003

You Don't Say...

Timothy Treadwell, a self described bear expert, and his girlfriend were mauled to death by a brown bear this week.

I have to say... I am shocked.

Completely amazed!

OK. Not really.

Treadwell, the author of the book "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska," was, to put it bluntly, an idiot. This guy just didn't study the bears, he boldly walked up to them and patted them on the head. This guy pulled so many of these types of stunts, it was just a matter of time before some bear decided to make him lunch.

This story reminds me quite a bit of the hype over all of the people that were getting attacked by sharks off the Florida coast a couple of years ago. The media was all over this one. Every couple of days, we would be subjected to a new story about how some person, who was wearing a wetsuit and flippers and looking very much like a seal, was attacked by a shark.

Well, duh... Should it really surprise anyone that people were getting attacked by sharks or that this guy got killed by a bear. No, it should not.

The guy that got killed by the bear was known to walk up to the animals and touch them. These are creatures that can grow as large as 1200 pounds and have big teeth. The bear probably thought that this guy was some sort of weird deer or something. It kill him because, without a weapon, he was further down the food chain than the bear was.

As for the people that were getting attacked by sharks... They were swimming in the ocean. They were wearing clothes that made them look like a seal. And they were surprised to get attacked? If you are walking down your street and get attacked by a shark, then you have the right to be surprised. If you are swimming in the ocean and are the first person the be attacked by a shark, you are probably going to be shocked. If you are the second or the third, then you are just stupid.

My father once gave me a bit of advice that I use nearly every day... Let only fear and common sense stand in your way. If it is something that you should truly be afraid of, such as patting a wild bear on the head, or that common sense says is a dumb thing, like dressing up like a seal and swimming in shark infested waters, then don't do it. If it doesn't pass both of those tests and you still decide to do it, then you have taken your life into your own hands. At that point, you have no one else to blame but yourself.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

October 05, 2003

Recall History

So far, I have managed to keep my mouth closed about the whole recall situation in California. The time has come, though, for me to say a few things.

First of all, I don't think that the recall is necessarily a bad thing. Some people are calling this an abuse of the ability to perform a recall election. I don't really see this as a fact. Rather, I see that there are a lot of people out there that have lost faith in the current governer and that is what a recall is all about.

Now, on to the real meat of my commentary. All of the sudden, all sorts of people are coming out of the woodwork to say that Arnold Schartzenegger has done one thing or another that should keep him from being governer. Some of them are women saying that they were groped by him on various movie sets throughout the last 20 years. I don't know if he did this or not. I do find the timing of all of it pretty interesting, though. Most of this has come to light less than a week before people start voting. Kinda interesting, don't you think?

The other big one that has been splashed all over the media in the last couple of days was some comments that he supposedly made two decades ago about Adolph Hitler. While I have not seen the full transcript of what was said, I have heard that the primary things that were mentioned were in regards to Hitler's speaking ability. Before I get too far in to this, I want to make one point completely clear. I think Hitler was a raving madman and pretty much everything he did was and is intolerable. That being said, he was able to hold entire countries in awe and was able to convince a great number of people to do things that they probably wouldn't have come up with on their own. He was able to incite the emotions of entire countries. He was a madman, but he showed himself to be a very powerful speaker and strong leader. He may have lead with lies and deceit, but people believed it. He was able to pull the wool over millions of people's eyes. Hell, even Time Magazine named him man of they year in 1939.

Taken out of context, any comment can be made to mean anything. Someone reading this could twist the words in such a way that I come off as some sort of Neo Nazi Hitler lover. While it isn't the case, I guess it makes good politics in California.

"By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." -Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf