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Month: August 2007

What the hell am I going to do with 20 pairs of leg warmers?

What the hell am I going to do with 20 pairs of leg warmers?

Rants
So I'm watching Saturday Night Fever last night with Mrs. Suit, and a thought occurred to me - what goes through a person's mind when they reach the point where popular fashion dictates that what they've been wearing for the last 6 months to two years is now hideously out of style and they have to ditch it? I know there were a ton of kids in the '70s who had those giant platform shoes like Bobby C (the one who fell off the bridge at the end). What did they say when they not only realized that those shoes were no longer cool, but that they spent the last few years looking like morons for wearing them? Is there any remorse in a situation like this, or do they just shrug their shoulders and move on? Or do they eagerly embrace the next garish fashion trend to emerge, like an alcoholic ...
The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

Music
Creating and maintaining an iPod playlist with my favorite songs has been an interesting experience for me. I call the playlist "The Best" not because I really think these are the best songs ever, but because they are the ones that resonate the most with me. As the playlist has grown (it's now at 46 songs) some items of note have emerged. The first is that two of my all-time favorite bands, Kiss and Rush, are not represented once on the list. The second is that although I'm a pretty upbeat guy most of the time, I seem to respond the most to songs that are more subdued or melancholy. The third is that if a song has strong vocal harmonies it automatically wins points with me.So with that, here is the current list of The Best, with some commentary. As a side note, at least a few of these c...
The Police perform music and it sounds good

The Police perform music and it sounds good

Music
So much for snappy titles. Anyway, I made the trek to Giants Stadium on Sunday to catch the Police in the midst of their "Backing up the Brinks Truck 07/08" world tour. Mrs. Suit and I met up with our bestest buds Thom/Mrs. Thom and mizerychik/mizerydude and had a grand old time. Rather than spend the next six or seven paragraphs opining on the evening I will just say that it was indeed an awesome show and well worth the money. For anyone who thinks reunion tours are a waste, I challenge them to see a show on this tour and maintain that view. So with that out of the way, here are some random thoughts that popped into my head during the day: Pre-Show It's pretty much a social contract that when you tailgate at a concert and play music from your car stereo you either play the b...
Drop everything you’re doing and vote now

Drop everything you’re doing and vote now

Music
This will hopefully be the first and last time I write about the Spice Girls, but I need to mention that they're taking votes on their site as to what city to add to their tour schedule.  So read this article and then go to their site and vote for Baghdad, Iraq.  We can make this happen people!
I am a marketing genius

I am a marketing genius

Funny Stuff
Advertising is a tough business. The average consumer is bombarded with hundreds of ads throughout the day, large and small, so getting their attention for more than a few seconds is a herculean task. Occasionally an ad campaign is heard through the din (the Geico cavemen and Nike's "Just Do It" just to name a few) but most are quickly consigned to the dustbin of marketing history. For companies looking to take their Q Score to the next level, I have the answer - spam. Sure the idea sounds vile at first, but so does McDonald's "I'm Lovin' It" campaign and that crap's been going on forever. So many ad executives are sold on trying to be super-clever or technologically innovative that they forget that simple is usually best. And what could be simpler or more effective than the techniques ...