[rescue] WTB: Cisco C3524 and C3512
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Tue Aug 8 12:13:56 CDT 2006
On Tue, 8 Aug 2006, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> You'd think the fact that almost all viewers almost always mute or
> skip the commercials, if given the ability to do so, would tell them
You'd also think that folks in the advertising would learn from the
volume of people that don't want advertisements in electronic mail, and
who transfer bulk postbox mail directly to the recycling bins without
even a cursory glance.
But they don't.
I daresay that ascribing to them the possibility of learning that their
misleading, irritating, everpresent garbage is not wanted is
just barely short of anthropomorphization. It's basic human decency to
not lie, to not mislead, to not annoy, and to not waste people's time.
That's not to say I'm anti-advertisement. I'm willing to put up with
advertisements in exchange for the advertiser subsidising a product or
service. Advertisements on envelopes haven't caused my bills to
decrease. Advertisements at the gas pump for damn sure haven't made gas
Advertisers are just scum, quite nearly to a man.
 "Buy New Super Muscle Enhancer 2000! It'll make you TOTALLY
RIPPED!" <motormouth speed="500%">Super Muscle Enhancer 2000 will
not make you totally ripped without spending eighty five hours a
week at a gym and may cause cancer, chronic wasting disease, leaky
bowels, hair loss, bone density loss, visual impairment, erectile
dysfunction, and ringworm.</motormouth>
 There's at least one 30-second advertisement on Austin radio station
consisting of multiple ringing telephones (for the entire duration
of the advertisement) at annoying volume. WTF? Radio
advertisements with traffic noises likewise get lumped into this
category. I'd wager that most folks who listen to the radio in the
US do so in their cars. Let's distract them with squealing tires
 I can't pay a bill without seeing an advertisement on the envelope-
flap. I can't look up a telephone number in the phonebook without
sifting through pages of advertisements in the leaves (and on the
binding). There are advertisements in my CHECKBOOK now (the size of
regular checks, scattered in every few books. Advertisements on
ATMs while they "process [your] transaction"--ever notice that,
prior to the advertisements, the transactions took place instantly.
And, the most annoying of all, advertisements at the gas pump--not
signs or banners, but a speaker going yakety-yak about something or
another while I'm trying to go broke filling my vehicle with fuel.
Jonathan Patschke ) "A man who never dreams goes slowly mad."
Elgin, TX ( --Thomas Dolby, "Valley of the Mind's Eye"
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