W-O-R-K Virus & Its Eliminators (W-I-N-E & B-E-E-R)

I received the following via email from my mother, rather funny given my horrible workload recently as well as the upcoming long, holiday weekend.

Health Alert!

There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand.

The virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely.

If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend… cheers!

Hello NBC & News Corp, Hulu… Seriously?

NBC Universal (my employer) and News Corp (aka Fox) formed a partnership early this year (aka NewsSite) and have finally given the site a name… Hulu. You heard me correct, Hulu. Well, I won’t poke too much fun a the nonsensical name, but for now all the site shows is a form to signup to be in the beta test. No videos, no movies, just a billboard. I’ll just have to sit here with my hands on over my mouth (to keep from laughing at the name) and wait until there’s actual content on the site.

As a side note, for those of you wondering if “hulu” is an actual word or not… it is. Its the Chinese name for one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not for food but as a container. What is the English name of this plant? Well, since you asked I’ll tell you. Calabash. And get this, NBC & Fox will have their videos, movies, etc. hosted on a website named after a plant that natives in West Papua, New Guinea dry into a gourd and use as a traditional penis covering that they call a koteka.

Wonderful work Marketing & PR folks. I can’t wait to watch videos on my penis gourd.


Keith Olbermann’s Back In Sports!

The top notch publication that is The Baltimore Sun has reported that Keith Olbermann will be getting back into the sports TV journalism business. when he reports as part of the NBC Sunday Night Football pregame program, Football Night in America. Mr. Olbermann currently hosts Countdown on MSNBC and appears on the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, but this will be his triumphant return to TV sports journalism since he left Fox Sports in 2001.

I think this is a great way for NBC to leverage Keith’s previous sports journalism experience and improve their SNF programming with his creativity, wit, and general ability to speak his mind (when many are too afraid to say what they’re thinking).

Great work NBC and good luck Keith!

Olbermann on “Fightin Whities”

Free Coffee, Great Rates!

I feel like I’m commenting on a horrible rendition of the famous Tastes Great, Less Filling commercials from Miller Lite…

Well, its free coffee if you happen to live in NYC, LA, Philly or (oddly enough) the burgeoning metropolis of Wilmington, Delaware. And even if you live in one of those cities/hamlets, you still need to trek to the one ING Direct cafe in that area.

Either way, their Peets Coffee is quite amazing and at worst a change of pace when compare to Starbucks.

BTW, according to Wikipedia the population of NYC is 8.1 million, LA is 3.7 million, Philly is 1.4 million, and Wilmington is 0.7 million. And according to the 2000 Census data of cities ranked by population NYC is #1, LA is #2, Philly is #5 and Wilmington didn’t even make the list (which is odd, but kinda funny).

So, how does ING Direct chose Wilmington to house one of its only four cafes in the US? Well, it’s where their US headquarters are and I’m guessing that’s due to the tax breaks in Delaware. You want my guess though? It’s gotta be because of the Delaware Smash, their famous World TeamTennis team. Right, World TeamTennis, that’s what brings me to Delaware.


Mindless Timehole

You heard me right, “mindless timehole”. That’s about all I can say for the Blue Ball Machine. Its seemingly endless mousetrap-like shoots & ladders passageways for the blue balls is quite complex, but somewhat enjoyable.

Go ahead, follow a blue ball and see where it goes. And when you’re done, realize that you just wasted 12 minutes of your life following a blue ball around a webpage. You got it, “mindless timehole”.


Get Paid To Drink Beer

Are you able to choke down enjoy a pint of Guinness? If you do, then look no farther… you can get paid to drink Guinness!

Check it out here.

Get $3 off Guinness? Brilliant!


High Levels of Prolactin is Good!

Worried about dementia? Do you have a family history of degenerative conditions? If you don’t like crosswords or running, then you’ve only got one option left…

according to a professor in Australia, certain “physical activities” help create and nurture new nerve cells in the brain. This is a good thing. “One could think of a number of more entertaining activities than running in order to regulate the production of nerve cells” says the Aussie.

So, to recap, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s bad, sex good. Class dismissed.


Sheffield Exonerated, BoSox Fans Not

Many of you out there remember the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers brawl in the NBA last fall. It was certainly unforgivable for all involved – players and fans. There have been several sports-related brawls in recent memory and all of them very unnecessary. I must admit that many of those brawls were started by either a player or a fan and then promptly escalated quickly when all involved acted irresponsibly.

Now fast forward to today when the brawl (or scuffle) of note is the one involving two Boston Red Sox fans and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees. In my humble opinion the Red Sox fans acted irresponsibly and Gary Sheffield showed a large amount of restraint in not fiercely fighting back.

The MLB and local Boston police seem to agree with me as Gary will not be fined or suspended and the two Red Sox fans lost their 2005 season tickets and are being charged with misdemeanor crimes. So, congrats to Gary for showing some restraint and a warning to all those fans out there who think they’re above the law — you can and will be prosecuted.


Indian Getaway

This past weekend a friend of mine was in NYC to visit Columbia University’s accepted student day. Matthew Philips, Hugh Rabb and I all back-packed around Europe after college and Matthew is now headed to Columbia for a 10-month sojourn in the arts. While reminiscing over our trip to Europe I remembered a story of him visiting India for a good friends wedding.

It turns out that Matthew spent his Christmas holiday last year in (somewhat) rural India and wrote about it for when he returned. You can view his four-part story here, here, here, and here. You can also view the photos from his trip here. When you get a change, read his articles, they’re pure hilarity.


NY Auto Show

A couple of weekends back I made it out to the Jacob Javitz Center to catch the New York Auto Show. It was the first time I’ve attended a “major” auto show and it was pretty impressive. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and all kinds of assorted automobiles everywhere. That at marketers and PR folk galore; not to mention the product brochures!

I had very little that I wanted to see. I was simply hoping to see some “pretty cars”. I did get to see the 2005/2006 version of my Mitsubishi Montero. To be honest, not much has really changed except it can now come with a DVD video entertainment system.

The highlight of the show? Easy. The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8. Not that I’m going to rush out and buy one, especially since the gas mileage is horrific. I suppose when you buy a muscle car like this you’re not exactly keeping gas mileage as your highest concern.

The low point of the show? Easy. The fact that I couldn’t find a single Smart car. You can’t turn a corner in Europe without seeing a Smart ForTwo auto. They’re so funny looking, but nothing beats the Smart Roadster. It’s a great looking sports car with fun lines and a smooth ride. Unfortunately, DaimlerChrysler is mismanaging the brand and it’s cars. Hopefully they’re clean up their act and bring the Smart cars stateside sometime soon!