Tuesday, October 21, 2014

react either way

I probably ponder the general subject of them too long.  Too often pleased or dismayed, I have a reaction to ads (just a mental reaction no hives or anything like that).

I've never worked in marketing.  I have been in many meetings with marketing types (do you know the type?).  I consider the late Steve Jobs a marketing genius, whatever that means.  There's a great amount of guessing in marketing.

Often they (the marketing clowns short of, you know) don't care if you react positively or negatively.  Just react either way and their product will have been noticed.

(still with me?)  I prefer funny ads.  Next best, are the well matched musical ads.  Remember those California raisins singing "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"?

She-who-has-a-differing-opinion has told me on numerous occasions that a company ruined a song for her by using it in their marketing campaign.  I find a few that bothered her, to be quite good.  She thinks United Airlines ruined the American classic, "Rhapsody in Blue" when they used it extensively in their marketing campaign.

I'd like you opinion of a recent ad by the BBC that uses a version of the Beach Boys hit, "God Only Knows".  Brian Wilson (and many more) stars in the ad too.

Oh if you are now doing the "was that     ?" thing like I did after watching it, here's a BBC site on the who's who in the video.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I wonder what’s gone wrong

Many's the time I've been mistaken, 
and many times confused
Yes and I've often felt forsaken, 

and certainly misused.
Ooh but I’m all right, I’m all right, 

I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be bright and Bon Vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home.

I don't know a soul who's not been battered
Don't have a friend who feels at ease
Don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees.
Ooh but it's all right, it’s all right,
for we've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what’s gone wrong, I can't help it
I wonder what’s gone wrong.

And I dreamed I was dying.
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly,
and looking back down on me,
smiled reassuringly,
and I dreamed I was flying.
And high up above, my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty, sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying.

We come on a ship we call the Mayflower,
We come on a ship that sailed the moon
We come at the age's most uncertain hours
And sing the American tune
Ooh it's all right, its all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's gonna be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest,
That's all, I'm trying to get some rest.
(thanks to Paul Simon for these reflective words)

As a kid I would daydream that I was flying.  Peaceful and free.

I have discovered many musical talents on youtube.  I believe it's a great talent sharing site.  While searching around for versions/covers of "American Tune", I discovered Curtis Stigers, a great voice.

Friday, October 17, 2014

help I've lost my fragments

I've lost my fragments and can't get my post up.

Do they make a first alert gadget for bloggers?

(warning directionless tangent - Would anyone buy a last alert device?  Maybe I could buy enough old telephone modems to setup the last alert network?  "Our guarantee - Your family will eventually get the last alert you ever sent!" )

a fragment eraser

I'm sure a few followers (ok maybe one) are wondering what happened to Lisleman's fabulous finicky Friday Fragment post.  Well ok then, here it is.

ooh a fragment in my knee is missing

Sample of my thought travels through my mindset - So my thinking of first alert gadget transformed into thinking about 911.  Ok, not a big difference.  But then I changed some digits and I was thinking of 900 numbers.

Who remembers the 900 number scams?  As I often do when pondering on a laptop, I checked wikipedia.  One of the first big record call-ins on a 900 service was on a SNL show.  It was "Larry the Lobster" with Eddie Murphy.  The TV audience was given two 900 numbers.  One to save Larry the Lobster and the other to boil the lobster.  The skit brought in nearly $250,000.

Typically, I save fragments during the week for my FF post.  Didn't happen this week.  Does it show?

Hey, here's a favorite ad.  It's a favorite of mine because my nephew starred in it.  No speaking part (the goat at the end got a speaking part?) but great facial expressions.

Important Reminder - Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while reading A Few Clowns Short. Also do not read if allergic to laughing.

Oh and be sure to check out the other FF posts over at Mrs. 4444's blog.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

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