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19 October, 2004

Want A Better Internet?

Last night I was watching the Yankees / Red Socks game, and noticed a commercial from AOL. I didn't pay much attention, but it dealt with people making suggestions to some AOL executive.

As it turns out, this is part of a larger campaign: America Online Launches New Branding Campaign.

"Want a better Internet?" That's the question America Online will be asking in a new brand campaign starting Thursday, October 7, 2004. The comprehensive new advertising campaign is intended to reposition America Online as the service that is truly on the side of the online consumer.

On the side of the consumer? Is that the same AOL that makes it almost impossible to cancel an account? The same AOL that distributes 10 copies of its CD to every human being on earth? The same AOL that pushes its software onto virtually every new computer that's sold?

Here's a description of the commercial I saw:

In one of the TV commercials, shot on the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia, an office receptionist looks up to see that a huge crowd of AOL members has turned up at headquarters with ideas on how to make the Internet better. In the second ad, an individual AOL member comes to talk with executives about how to improve the Internet. The executives wholeheartedly welcome her ideas.

What a crock. This has got to be one of the most absurd advertising campaigns in history.

And they have a new logo:

The new logo, designed by Desgrippes Gobe, turns the iconic AOL triangle on its side to resemble a forward arrow, with a more contemporary typeface. Says Redling, "By reinterpreting the familiar blue triangle, the new logo preserves the recognizable elements of AOL and literally points a new way forward."

Yes, a new way forward...

Posted on 19 October, 2004

Politics And Religion

Two items about the presidential candidates and religion:

United Methodists Calling for Accountable Leadership - A letter of complaint against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

We, the undersigned, do hold that George W. Bush, a member of Park Hill United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dallas, Texas, and Dick Cheney (local membership unknown) are undeniably guilty of at least four chargeable offenses for lay members as listed in 2702.3 of the 2000 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

Kerry Said to be Excommunicated - From the Global Catholic Network.

A consultant to the Vatican has said Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has incurred the penalty of excommunication from the Catholic Church.

Posted on 19 October, 2004

Robbie Williams

Now for something completely different: Music album to be sold on memory card.

Singer Robbie Williams' greatest-hits album arrives in music stores Tuesday, as well as some phone shops, marking a first for the United Kingdom: It will be released, pre-loaded, on a mobile memory card.

The album will feature video content as well as a "CD-quality" version of the album.

Price? About $54.

For a real "treat" check out the Robbie Williams web site. I wonder how much he paid for that obnoxious design? My monitor is 1600 x 1200, and he forces me to read text in a scrolling box that's 327 x 162 pixels.

Get a clue, Robbie. Just because you pay big bucks for a Web site design doesn't mean that it's going to be good. And what's with that pop-up "radio" that doesn't work? Well, it kind of works. When you close it, it displays a pop-up ad for his new album.

Posted on 19 October, 2004

John Edwards Gets Ready

Here's a video that shows vice-presidential candidate John Edwards getting ready for a TV interview: The Silence of the Domes.

They guy is really obsessed with his hair!

Posted on 19 October, 2004

Money

Dave Winer talks about money: Transcendental Money.

Transcendental money is the amount of money required to transcend time. It makes just enough money to satisfy all your reasonable needs, wants and desires, but no more. You can do the math yourself, factor in the cost of living where you live, or want to live, it's just arithmetic to determine what your transcendental money number is.

Posted on 19 October, 2004

Drumming On The Keyboard

If you've ever tried to do a drum solo on a keyboard, you'll appreciate this short video: Prodikeys Drum Demo.

It starts out kind of slow, but watch the video all the way through.

Posted on 19 October, 2004

Technical Problems Today

This blog is experiencing some slight technical problems today. Please stand by.

Posted on 19 October, 2004