Archive for November, 2006

Al Gore Video

Al Gore in helicopterWho would have thought that a promotional video for Al Gore would appear on a page titled Exciting Links for Boring Days? It’s a casual visit with Gore showing a bit of family life, his mother’s home, and a ride in Marine 2 and Air Force 2.  His daughters poke fun at his movie watching habits, and interspersed is a little talk of the environment, education, and the American dream.  It’s one of the most human renderings of any politian I have seen.  Did anyone see this six years ago?


Dream Car

Electric Mini CooperI want an all electric Mini! It’s got 160 horsepower in each wheel and a range of 900 miles, a small gas engine charges it up on long trips. The braking is entirely electromagnetic, friction is so last century. I’m not keen on their choice of color, but if I had the ability to actually aquire such a thing I’m sure I could also spring for a repainting.

I do have a few concerns.  What’s so “ultra” about the capacitors?  I’m suspecious of any person who uses such a prefix, and you should be too.  Also, I suspect that the regnerative braking doesn’t quite make you “assured of collecting most of the expended energy when it is time to slow down rapidly.” What sort of efficiency do you get with that anyway? I’m sure those capacitors help, being ultra and all, but hmm….  Whatever, if it works, bring it on!


Will It Blend

Will It Blend - rake handleThe New York Times is talking about brands producing their own shows. The shows they write about are large budget productions mostly aired on cable TV. On a much small scale, I noticed some brilliant marketing happening on YouTube yesterday. Blendtec blenders has been producing little shows titled “Will It Blend?” (they also have a web site). Each show is simple, a guy in a lab coat shoves some odd items into one of their Blendtec blenders and you get to see what happens. Blended items include credit cards, golf balls, marbles, and a rake handle. It’s a brilliant idea. Each show is quick, exciting, and quirky. The dorky lab-coated guy and the 20 year old theme really solidifies it’s kitschiness. People actually seek out and enjoy this advertising (at the moment, the golf ball episode is featured on the YouTube front page with almost 1 million views and a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating).



It’s November 7th, “a date which will live in infamy” (…modulo a month). Do you know where your children are? I don’t want to alarm you but they might be voting Democratic! Please, moms and dads, if your kid is older than 18, don’t let them talk to strange old people, especially while visiting fire stations and schools.

Oh, and don’t forget to stay updated on the pretty colors.

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An American Gang in London

I hear Giuliani really cleaned up New York.  I wonder if that process involved any shipments to London.