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Five Thoughts on Jobs

Posted in Life, Movies and Theatre, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2013 by urbannight

1. I don’t care for Aston Kutcher.
2. I didn’t like Steve Jobs.
3. I hate Macs and how everything is an iSomething.

4. I feel very compelled to watch the biopic Jobs.

And

5. I don’t like biopics!

How odd.

What is going on….

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Gaming, Hobby, Movies and Theatre, Reviews, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by urbannight

I have not been coming up with as many good ideas as last year.  Or, I do have a few, but when I have time to jot them down, I can’t remember them.

So I’ve posted less.

And it looks like I’m in for another move again.  Fairly soon too.  So I may end up having a moving process to talk about. 

Tonight is my gaming night, but tomorrow I’m going to start the ambitious task of whittling my stuff down my 25%.  It may be painful.  But I need to have less stuff.  I really do.

So, it will be slice of stuff for a bit. 

I do need to write about a rather bad movie I saw last week.  I was watching 1980’s comedies.  One movie with an all star cast was not funny at all.  It was sad.  Just sad. But more about that later.

Two Successful Marketing Campaigns

Posted in Advertising, Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by urbannight

I read articles about various marketing methods that get people to spend more money.  I have to laugh at those articles because those marketing ploys don’t work on my.  I don’t follow the pattern they are saying consumers follow.  This could be because I happened to be one of the rare women who hate to shop.  I also just can’t believe that the masses are as completely gullible as that.

This image of the 99 cent menu is a little off as most of the items on the old 99 cents menu are now over a dollar but under two dollars.

This image of the 99 cent menu is a little off as most of the items on the old 99 cents menu are now over a dollar but under two dollars.

I also disagree with the marketing concept that even a bad ad is okay because people will remember the product and not the ad.  Years and years ago, Wendy’s had a marketing campaign that I hated.  The more I saw it the more negative I felt about Wendy’s.   I eventually forgot the series of ads that I thought were so bad, but every time I drove past a Wendy’s, I felt the same negative feelings and disgust.  I didn’t go to a Wendy’s restaurant in about a decade.   I think it was the spicy chicken sandwich that got me to go back. 

I’ve stopped going again.  The changes they made to make their food seem more like ‘real’ food were bad changes.  I haven’t had a good serving of fries there in two years and the quality of some of the other stuff has been going downhill during that same time. So I just stopped altogether.

There are two marketing campaigns that have worked on me. 

  Coca Cola ad

One came out when I was very young, so it didn’t affect my shopping habits but it probably explains why I was a Coke fan over Pepsi.  Today, I go between both equally.  But anytime they do a retro ad campaign (I know they did it sometime in the 1990’s as well as more recently), this one gets to me and I want Coke.  It was the “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” advertisements.

Pepsi copied this add campaign with a song that sounded very much like it.  I thought they used the fund raising song, “We are the World”, but upon looking that up, it turns out that some people objected to “We are the World” because they thought it sounded too much like a Pepsi jingle.  I guess the jingle came first and the song came later.

I was sure Jeremy Piven had done a remake of this commercial in the 1990's but I can't find a reference of it anywhere.

I was sure Jeremy Piven had done a remake of this commercial in the 1990’s but I can’t find a reference of it anywhere.

But the best marketing campaign ever is also from the 70’s.  They wrote a jingle and hired an actor who could sing and dance to perform in the commercial, An American Werewolf in London’s David Naughton.  This good looking, young actor danced around signing a song that still gets stuck in my head several decades later.  “Wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too, Dr. Pepper, drink Dr. Pepper.”  I will admit that I usually see a later version of this commercial with a shorter, more muscled, actor with short hair.  I thought it was Jeremy Piven, before he did the 1998 TV show, Cupid. My research seems to indicate I am wrong. 

  To this day, when I see the red cans w/ the Dr. Pepper logo, that song starts to filter through my brain and I start to crave a Dr. Pepper.  A few days back, I saw a Facebook post for Dr. Pepper asking, “When was the last time you drank one?”  The song started to play in my brain as I thought to myself that I didn’t know when.  The past three mornings, I’ve gone straight to the machines at work and started my day with a bottle of Dr. Pepper.

Clearly, I’m a sucker for a really well written jingle.

When you just can’t continue. . . .

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2013 by urbannight

I watched about 10 minutes of a film and stopped it.  It was that bad despite Jason Stathom.  I’ve said I could watch a bad movie if he was in it because I could just look at him the entire film.  Not this one.

It had some big names.  Stathom, Ron Perlman, Leelee Sobieski.  Actually, I hadn’t seen her in a movie since her teens and I liked her, I like Perlman and Stathom.  So I thought it was worth a try.

220px-In_the_Name_of_the_King_-_theatrical_posterThe name was In the Name of the King.  It was just so poorly done.  Farmer is a job title, not a name.  Even if you are an orphan that a village takes in.  He wouldn’t have been an a farmer at that point.  There would be to many farmers in a medieval village for everyone to use the job as a name or title. 

The opening scene was stupid, next was a short scene that made no sense whatsoever and had no context.  Then it switched to the farmer.  There was too much character development for a little boy who was going to get killed.  I had a feeling I wouldn’t like that at all.

So I stopped it and looked it up online.  Uwe Boll.  Um, that says it all.

Uwe Boll has never had a good film.  Everything he has done has not only been bad, it has been very very bad indeed.  Yet he thinks that he is all that and a side of fries. 

He blames his failures on his marketing company.  He says critics know nothing about movies.  He says other directors are talentless hacks. 

I think he is completely delusional about his own abilities and the quality of his films.  Not even Statham could make this film worth watching for more than 10 minutes.  Ron Perlman, who has been in a great number of B fantasy adventure movies and has definite acting ability, who has made some B films better just by being in the film, was not enough to make this film worth watching for more than 10 minutes.

I’m going to have to pay more attention to the identity of the director and stay far away from Uwe Boll films.

Cards of the Day

Posted in Entertainment, Hobby with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by urbannight

Today is not so pleasant. The crown, which everyone acted like it was going to be nothing compared to the root canal, left me feeling miserable.

Ace of Cups from the Gothic Tarot.  Art by Joseph Vargo.

Ace of Cups from the Gothic Tarot. Art by Joseph Vargo.

So, I’m going to do the Cards of the Day. Ace of Cups Inverted and the 2 of Pentacles.

Ace of Cups inverted means Sadness. Instability. Troubled Emotions. A False Heart.

Two of Pentacles means recreation and celebration balanced against minor troubles and frustrations; the arrival of news or a message.

Fehu

The Rune of the Day is, ironically (because we are currently playing it), the Gandalf rune per the game One Ring. Or the F – Fehu – rune per my reckoning.

It means property, Wealth, and new beginnings. Since it literally means ‘cattle’ it also has connotations of mobility or liquid assets and food or prosperity.

The Last Stand

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2013 by urbannight

Last Stand

This morning I went to see Schwarzenegger’s new film, The Last Stand.  I have to say that I did like it.

After so long out of the theaters, it did seem odd to hear Arnold’s heavy accent again.  Sure, he was in the Expendables 2 and had a moment in E1 but those parts could easily account for him being a foreign mercenary.   It was odd to hear a small town sheriff with a heavy Austrian accent.  But back in the day, we didn’t think twice about it.

The back story on the characters was scanty.  Poorly done.  Although, it would be more accurate to say that it felt like more had been done but ended up on the cutting room floor.  That said, the part of Agent John Bannister was particularly skimpy and under developed but Forest Whitaker did a good job with what he was given.  The most interesting character was probably Lewis Dinkum.  Johnny Knoxville seemed to have been channeling a toned down Murdock from the A-team.

You feel like you have entered these people’s lives in the middle and just get a view of one night and day.  Who they were before is not explored and who they may become as a result of these events is only hinted at in a few cases.  And for the purposes of this film, it works.  Except for the fact that I like to know a character’s motivations.  All we really know is that one group of people really just wants to keep the town save and get justice for the deaths of two of their own.

The film was filled with a fair number of very funny lines.  Everyone should know the line where Schwarzenegger says he is old.  It was in every trailer I saw.  The action seemed to work around the fact that Arnold is not as young as he once was and not in as good of shape.  The final fight scene is choreographed around the fact that Arnold is much bigger than the villain and incorporates mostly wrestling moves, giving the bigger, heavier Schwarzenegger the advantage over the smaller Eduardo Noriega, as his character keeps trying to rush headlong into each move.

Noriega also made a really sexy, if extremely dangerous, bad guy.  You almost wish you could have seen more of him outside of the car.  The other bad guys were the type of cannon fodder you were happy to see get wasted.

The movie is a fun ride but nothing that sets it ahead of other films.  On the other hand, there isn’t a lot to make it a horrible film either. The dialogue could have been written better and Arnold hasn’t gotten the feel for the delivery and timing like he used to have.  I blame it on the sheer amount of time he has been off the silver screen.  But I think it will come back to him with a little more practice.

I don’t give films a grade because I would then have to create a rubric that I would have to be able to apply to all films.   Maybe I will one day, but for now, I’ll just enjoy the shows and say what I like or didn’t like and leave it up to other people to create a grading structure.

This one I like, in a fun Saturday afternoon way.  Not great, not horrible, a few weak points but the fun of it over rides those.  Just a nice diversion.  Of course, if you want to take a look at what IMDB commentators are saying, they have already declared it a major flop and horrible and not worth viewing.  Personally, I don’t think it was THAT bad.  Like I said, a nice, Saturday afternoon diversion.

2012 in review

Posted in Writing with tags , , on December 31, 2012 by urbannight

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

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