Friday, August 09, 2002

Errr... click where, exactly?
Of course, those ABCNews marketing guys have had issues for a while now. This ad has been running along the side of their NewsFlash page for ages. It seems innocuous at first, but try scrolling down a bit as if you're reading some of the 50 or so headlines that they display on that page. Just scroll enough to cut off his head and shoulders...

That's right. You're reading news stories, minding you're own business, when all of a sudden you become aware that there is a ad with a very unusual focus along the right of your field of vision. The tie placement is also very unfortunate. If you squint your eyes just right, it might even start to look like this...

I wonder if they catch more email subscribers with honey (this ad) or with vinegar (the one below)...

posted by Rebecca 8/09/2002 05:20:00 PM

got rifle?
The marketing guys at ABCNews really, really, really want you to subscribe to their Breaking News Alerts. Also, they are way overdue for a vacation.

posted by David 8/09/2002 05:03:00 PM

Fun with
Quote from Letting Drunk Drive Wasn't Manslaughter:
Pangle, who had a .21 blood alcohol level, had a .26 BAC when he died.
Does anybody even read these articles before they're posted? Or does one of these numbers refer to the ABCNews staff?
posted by Rebecca 8/09/2002 04:39:00 PM

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Not having worked on Netscape, I can view stuff like this without any bitterness.
posted by Rebecca 8/08/2002 02:55:00 PM

Monday, August 05, 2002

That was weird
Do you listen to the radio in your car? Have you ever noticed another driver at a red light bouncing up and down or tapping the steering wheel and tried to figure out whether or not they were listening to the same radio station that you were? I've found that it's rather difficult to tell in most cases. Possibly because people don't have enough rhythym to beat time with any consistency. This morning, Blister in the Sun came on the radio as I was driving to work. In compliance with The Law of All Things Violent Femmes Or At Least All Things On Their Debut Album, I dutifully started belting out the lyrics. (This is one of the many reasons that I don't carpool to work.) As I came to a red light, I glanced in the rear view mirror just in time to see the guy driving the car behind me obviously mouthing the words I was singing. There was a pause in the song, then we both sang the next line. All unbeknownst to him, the two of us continued our little multi-car duet for the rest of the light cycle and then down the road. We parted ways at the freeway entrance, but this left me in a good mood for the better part of the morning.

Ah, Violent Femmes. Bringing people together.
posted by Rebecca 8/05/2002 06:56:00 PM

Neverwinter no more
For those of you following along at home, let it be hereby known that I happily finished Neverwinter Nights sometime early last week. Now that I'm again in command of my own free time, the bills have been paid, the laundry has (thankfully) been done, and I've put in an order for some new diner-style dining room furniture. Life is good. More to the point, it's good to have my life back.

The furniture is going to take 9-10 weeks, by the way, so Pav's going to have to wait a while longer before getting his hands on our table.
posted by Rebecca 8/05/2002 05:48:00 PM

Dave referred to Lagaan earlier. He mentions that it's 225 minutes of "classic sports movie", but he didn't mention that the sport in question is cricket. We spent at least 200 of those minutes trying to infer the rules of the game, which was highly entertaining.
Character from movie... "Just one run. We have to get just one run."
Dave... "Why?"
Rebecca... "I don't know. What's a run?"
Dave... "Oh, look, they're running back and forth between those piles of sticks."
Rebecca... "Ah. Is that good?"
Dave... "I don't know."
Rebecca... "Why is that guy running with the ball?"

And so on, and so on. In "classic sports movie" style, the game play itself is highly edited, so it can be a fairly difficult thing to piece together. Not that cricket is the world's most straightforward game in the best of circumstances. It's a good thing the movie was as long as it was, or we probably wouldn't have understood the ending...
Rebecca... "Who won?"
Dave... "I don't know. The side that's jumping up and down?"
Rebecca... "Ah."
posted by Rebecca 8/05/2002 05:39:00 PM