Hey 7-11 Marketing Guy – This is What We Call a “Slam Dunk”

Seriously, how come marketing opps like this don't land in my lap.....   Hello 7-11 PR guy.  Please send 3 machines, along with cameras from Jay Leno or Jon Stewart show, immediately to the quartermaster.  Start collecting emails from your boss and stockholders about what a good guy you are.  Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame on Rus…

Why are Some Dog Owners so Dumb?

<rant>So I'm at Zoka sitting outside doing some work.  And over the sounds of my iPod, I hear 3 dogs growling about 10 feet away.   The 2 owners, a man and woman, sit chatting with each other, while these 3 dogs, all on leashes held by the 2 owners, continue to snarl.  Some minor scrapping ensues.  More snarling. …

Proof that EVERYONE is 6 Degrees of Seperation Away

News from ESPN comes that Don King (yes that Don King) was able to got a front row seat at Pope Benedict XVI's general audience Wednesday. (yes, that Pope.)  According to the report, "the Vatican visit was arranged through a boxer King represents -- Italian super welterweight champion Luca Messi, whose brother Alessandro is a Catholic pri…

The Upcoming Battle Between Obama and Hillary Supporters

A lot of talk has been generated about the "You Tube Effect" on the U.S.  Presidential election in 2008. I think the most interesting aspect is the total lack of control that the campaigns will have over their suporters. We are going to see "campaign extremists" completely convolute the message and intentions of the high pa…

Does Amazon Want You To Fight Roosters?

Ah, remember when having the world's largest selection of merchandise was a good thing?  Well apparently Amazon.com's decision to offer magaiznes catering to the Cock Fighting crowd has - in what will be the most overused pun in a decade - ruffled some feathers. The Register UK and Computerworld report the Humane Society has slapped Amazon.co…

What $20k gets you at Amazon.com

Looking for that special brithday gift? Looks like Amazon.com has exactly what you're looking for.  According to the description: "The JL421 Badonkadonk is a completely unique, extremely rare land vehicle and battle tank. Designed with versatility in mind, the Donk can transport cargo or a crew of five internally or on the roof, and can b…

The Marketing Guy’s Worst Nightmare

I'm imagining being the marketing guy at Microsoft charged with increasing the amount of time a user spends on their computer each day, lets call it Director of PCMPD (PC Minutes per Day). Being Microsoft, I probably have a staff member for each segment - 6-10 years old, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, etc....plus a dotted line over to the enterprise P…

Pardon the Rant…

<rant> ...But what must the rest of the world be thinking.  You turn on CNN, and you have an over matched judge mugging for a national TV audience, with a bunch lawyers fighting about who gets to take control of the body of a now 2 week dead Anna Nicole Smith.  Never mind the fights over custody, inheritance or support, this is…

Add “Abalone Fisherman” to List of Jobs I Don’t Want

Word comes from Reuters in Australia about Eric Nerhus, the Abalone Fisherman who survived being caught headfirst in the mouth of Great White shark."He stated that he was head-first into the shark," a spokeswoman for Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue service told Reuters after airlifting the diver to hospital.  When he came to us he was c…

I’m always glad to see Congress working hard

It’s not often you see news from the U.S. Capitol on ESPN.com without the words “steroids” and “baseball” somewhere in the lead. But while some hard decisions - like Iraq - were being tabled to later in the month, our reps did manage to agree - nearly unanimously - to commend the Florida Gators for winning the NCAA Cha…