Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bravo to the Marketing Guys at ABC

First, I don't care about Bristol or Dancing With the Stars, but apparently some people are angry that she keeps winning, despite getting low scores from the judges, so they accuse her fan base of "cheating".
And by the strict measure of ABC's rules, unlimited voting may not be cheating. But that hasn't stopped some liberal Web sites from claiming that Palin's fans are fixing the competition.

The big problem for ABC is that its voting rules close phone call and text voting 30 minutes after "Dancing With The Stars" is over, but online voting carries on until 11:00 a.m. the next day.

Also, the combined online-phone-text vote total accounts for 50 percent of a contestant's score, with the judges' score making up the difference. So a huge amount of online votes could keep someone on the show.

Bristol Palin has survived on the show for the past seven weeks with the lowest judges' scores.

Ok, so ABC sets it up so that people can spend 12 hours on their site voting.

Then people get angry and talk non-stop about the show.

Some of those angry people will decide THEY need to spend 12 hours on the ABC site voting.

So the "oops! loophole!" in their voting process creates both media buzz and site traffic.

Yeah, how could ABC have been so stupid when they set up the rules?

Kudos, crafty marketing dudes.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ben Kenobi: Private Jedeye

Two things impress me about this.

First, from the opening theme music to the title fonts to the camera work to the fast-paced dialogue, it excellently mimics the 40's film style.

Second, the Star Wars part of it is more allusive references than direct quotations. Quite clever. Very enjoyable:

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day 2010

To those who served: Thank you.

To those currently serving: Thank you.

To the civilians circa 1985-1991: You're welcome.

My suggestions for the best way to thank the troops?

1) Enjoy life in a free country. A gift ain't a gift unless it's enjoyed. Do something fun.

2) Be the kind of American who's worth fighting for.

[Yes, this is from 2006, but my feelings haven't changed on the topic.]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Random Thought

Don't you hate it when you click & drag to select a large block of text, then let go of the button one letter too early?

Dedicated to All My Blogging Friends

via I Can Has Cheezburger:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

And I Thought *I* Was Useful.

Despite hours of praise, clicker training, and pepperoni slices, I still haven't caught the hang of that dusting thing.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Elder Victory

I generally look at Twitter with the same outsider's contempt with which I look at Apple fanatics. It's typically the province of unwashed, twenty-something, hipster wanna-be's with ragged clothing, regrettable tattoos, and uncomfortable piercings. A haven for self-absorbed slackers with nothing to say and way too much time on their hands to say it.

Usually via an iPhone.

While driving.

So it was with great interest that I noted Mark Steyn introducing Fred Thompson before a speech he gave in Calgary on November 3rd [quote starts about 18:35]:

"...[Fred Thompson] currently has a daily radio show, and he's also become a demon Tweeter... Senator Thompson has mastered 140 character commentary to a degree the rest of us can only envy..."

Fred Thompson is 68 years old.

Basically Fred not only chased the kids off his lawn with a shotgun, he followed them to their favorite House-Techno pick-up-joint/night-spot, bought the place, and turned it into a Rat Pack tribute club.

Take THAT, Ashton Kutcher.

UPDATE: gives a recent sampling of Fred's Twitter feed.