I’ve been huddled under my blanket in front of the TV for most of the day as the silent battle between viruses and white blood cells continues. (Go blood cells!)
I can report that, yes, it’s true: day time TV is an utter waste land. But you probably knew that.
More surprising are the ads. Whenever I read a magazine, watch TV, or consume any other kind of advertising-sponsored, media I like to play the demographics game—who do the sponsors think is consuming this media? It’s easy and fun! All you have to do is guess who would like to purchase the product or service you’re just being shown, then aggregate as the show goes on, and you’ll probably end up with a pretty accurate guess of the demographics that particular show is tailored to. It’s even more fun when it’s a show you enjoy. Do you match your own demographic?
For the meta-aggregate of daytime TV viewers who don’t land on the talk shows—oh, the Bard himself could not articulate my loathing for the talk shows—there seem to be two major problems consumption will solve:
Apparently, I must purchase a new vehicle. I’m not sure why, but since there are “brand” car ads all the time, there must be some sort of void in my life that can only be filled by a new vehicle. So shiny.
Much more surprisingly, it seems that this great country is plagued by an infestation of smelly domiciles. There are ads for air fresheners of various kinds and persuasions during what seems like every single commercial break. Who are these people with the smelly houses? Why do their houses stink so bad? How much does this industry gross (rimshot) anyway?
Here’s a slightly off-kilter idea I’ve been toying with: If your house smells bad, how about you clean it? If you change the cat litter, maybe it won’t stink quite so much? Yes? No? Maybe?
Posted Friday, 23 September, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.