Archive for December, 2006

My Neighbour Offered Me Snow

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

"Want some snow?"

My neighbour just asked me if I wanted snow. This isn’t a drug deal gone public. He actually had snow.

Here in Tucson, most of town never sees snow unless they look up at the mountains. Last week, we had a lot of rain and colder temps, which lead to snow up on the mountain. Families were going up the mountain to play in the snow or ski at Mount Lemmon. My neighbour evidently was one of those families.

And he filled his pickup truck with snow. When I went to walk the dog, he and his family were throwing snowballs… in 65 degrees F in the hot AZ sun. It was quite a sight for an area that doesn’t get snow.


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Branding and Marketing “Lens”

Friday, December 29th, 2006

We’re trying this Squidoo Lens thing:

http://www.squidoo.com/marketingoneBay/

Branding and Marketing on eBay is my topic. What do you think? Let me know, and rate it!

All I can say is that I’m SO tired of the scams out there. What more can I do? I ask myself that every day, and I will try to keep finding new ways to warn people. I hate getting phone calls from people who just spent their last dollar on some system that so-and-so recommended. They saw so-and-so on an infomercial, or speaking in their town, so he must be an expert… and so on. I really want to see this changed and cleaned up.


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Soda Cans With a Message

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

What do you do if you have zillions of packs of soda cans and you want your supermarket to look like none of the other ones in town?

Those are those long fridge packs of like 20 cans, so you can begin to imagine how big this structure was. It was also over 4 feet off the ground due to more cans under it.
A few weeks later, they had done the same thing again but with different colours of boxes. Very clever. Nice for the market to make time to set something up like that! I think that’s good marketing for Fry’s Supermarket in Oro Valley, AZ.


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Restless Legs, Part 2

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Restless leg syndrome. Of all the made-up diseases, this has to be my favourite. When I was a kid, didn’t we call this pins and needles? You need a medicine now because you’ve been sitting around and it would really help if you moved your legs? An urge to move your legs is now a syndrome?

Incidentally, this could be minor dehydration and/or pins and needless. Minor (to severe) dehydration can cause numbness and/or tingling in the extremities. So rather than going on meds, why not have a few litres of water.


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“Judging Taste”

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

When I downloaded the new version of Skype, it promoted a service called Bitwine. Odd name, but I thought it looked interesting. They seemed to be trying to get experts to join their system. The experts can put in their info, and then offer to talk to people (over Skype) where Bitwine tracks the length of the call. If the expert is charging for their advice or help through the Bitwine system, Bitwine bills the person. You can see how it makes sense for experts wanting to offer help. Using Skype makes sense too.

Unfortunately, this model works for something else where people might like to be paid by the minute, might want to talk to others, and may even want to turn on a web camera. Getting my drift yet? Maybe this screen shot will help clear that up.

This is a real profile from Bitwine. For $1.99 per minute ($119.40 per hour, should you stay on that long), this woman, will, well, who can say what she’ll really be doing. We have words like sensual, arousal, fantasties, eroticism, passion, seductions, and sex. We’re offered senses ignited through visuals. She’s got a web cam and microphone (we know that from her profile). I’m guessing she won’t be discussing the latest book she read.

Bitwine’s slogan is "Trusted Advice from Real People." So I emailed them asking if this is what they want on their site. I’m SURE they could make a lot of money offering sex chat/video by the minute. And I’m sure they could do well offering expert help by the minute. But they need to pick ONE. I don’t think they can be a trusted expert site AND a pay per minute for sex something at the same time.

I sent them this person’s profile URL, and suggested that the woman was not in a business suit, and I wasn’t sure if this was the "trusted advice" they wanted to give. I got back an email that said that she wasn’t breaching the terms and conditions, which they pasted into the email for me. These included that you may not use Bitwine for "pornography (including any obscene material, and anything depicting children in sexually suggestive situations whether or not depicting actual children)." Evidently, the woman in the above profile is not going to say or do anything anyone might find obscene or pornographic.

When I wrote back pushing the issue, the reply was, "I hope we are not judging people clothing and taste here. I am sure you agree it is not our place." I guess it’s not in Bitwine’s place to have to make a judgment on if anybody is violating their terms and conditions. I suggested that without using anything that says they’re Bitwine, they should place a call to her and see what "services" are available.

Silly me. I was judging her clothing taste (according to Bitwine). I’ll have to get a low cut top and hot pants for my eBay consulting.

So far, the only people who called me through Bitwine were Romanians who "wanted to meet friends, please talk." I think I’ll be removing myself from their system. Anybody who wants to find an eBay expert will have to find me the usual ways. :)

Another good idea that will probably go way out either in the pursuit of the money certain industries bring OR because nobody wants to enforce the terms of service. Perhaps to a startup, any usage is good usage. But I disagree. They were hoping I’d plug them in my blog, so here’s that plug. Use Bitwine.com if you want pay to "talk" to an "expert."


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We’re On Squidoo!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

http://www.squidoo.com/zlist

This is a great list of blogs, and we happen to be on it! Just search for "fame" on the page and you’ll find us. If you like this blog, please vote it up! Vote up all the good blogs. :)

Thanks for your enjoyment and support. :)


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The Elves’ New Hobby

Monday, December 25th, 2006

What’s going on here? This is an ad (sorry it’s blurry) for a restaurant I went to in November. The ad was trying to say that this place is so great, everybody will want their gift cards! And elves will go into stockings to steal the gift cards!

What I thought was really odd was the elf holding the legs of the elf that is stealing the card. Can you see him? I thought that he seemed to be looking down the other elf’s skirt, and his attention was quite fixed.

I just found this weird. Merry Christmas. :)


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O Holy Night

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

In high school choir, the O Holy Night we learned had this as a second verse:

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name all oppression shall cease

I wish that everybody who sings this song and listens to this song actually lived those words. Love one another. The only laws are love and peace. The slave is your brother. Stop the oppression already. You don’t have to believe that Jesus was anybody in particular to be able to make ideas like love and peace for everybody dominant concepts in your life.


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Restless Legs, Part 1

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

I just heard another restless legs syndrome commercial. This has to be my favourite line:

Restless legs syndrome may run in families.


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Salmon Don’t Smoke Cigarettes

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

This sign was in the front window of a Bruegger’s Bagels here in Tucson. I thought this was a funny new way to ask people not to smoke. I’m not sure it’s the most clever thing ever, but it’s cute and memorable. I think that makes it good marketing.


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