Friday, August 31, 2012

Little Baby's Ice Cream Ad

This has to be the freakiest, most disturbing, food ad I have ever seen. The androgynous person with an ice cream head is viewed consuming their ice cream 'brains' with a constant zombie stare, like one of the undead on a cannibal buffet adventure. This ad looks more like a George Romero movie preview than a food ad. Needless to say, I will never buy, or attempt to buy, Little Baby's Ice Cream. I don't want to be a zombie!

Here's the video, if you can watch it all the way through.

HTC Glacier Multimedia Heaven

I purchased my HTC Glacier phone under the name Tmobile MyTouch 4G. I never had a 'smartphone' before and this was going to be an interesting adventure. I've owned the phone for about 18 months now and I'm still marveled at what I'm able to do with it. I purchased a Sansa Fuze a couple of years ago because I'm an audiobook freak. I love to listen to books while I work instead of music. I find that music, given the wrong beat, can alter how fast or slow you get your work done, and I don't want a machine becoming a work metronome for me. I wore out my Fuze and got a newer Fuze for last Christmas that utilizes the touch system instead of the buttons I was used to. For audiobooks I hate it with a passion, for music it's fine so there's the line for when I'm going to use it. I listen to approximately 4-6 books a week, whereas before this I was lucky to get through one book in 2 weeks. This is definitely the bomb.

I started exploring my phone a few months ago, after I realized the Fuze wouldn't cut it for me for the books, and saw that I could use the phone for my books and not drain the battery. The stock battery was junk but the new ones from Amazon I bought last a long time and I can always plug the phone in at work at my desk, win-win! My phone comes with 8 gigs of on-board memory and that wasn't going to be enough for all my videos, misc music, and a lot of books. Fortunately the phone allows me to increase my storage up to 32 gigs by using a micro SD card (24 gigs). Between all the goodies above and all my cool apps I still have room to spare. I've put full length films on my phone that I can view at lunch or listen to while I work to take a break from the books, especially if I happen to forget to add more books and run out earlier than I thought I would. I don't know if I'll re-contract with Tmobile in the Spring when my contract expires but I'm leaning to the prepaid, full data/text/minutes plan they have now because I can save over $50 a month on services for the two phones I have. It's a very compelling argument that I think I already know the final answer to, unless a better service comes around then I'll have to root my phone and unlock it to use.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hunger Games Too Violent For and With Children

I recently saw The Hunger Games mainly to see what all the hype was about. This was supposed to be the film the would pick up the 'gauntlet' from where the Harry Potter franchise left off and become even bigger. I hope that's not the case here. I found The Hunger Games to be a very disturbing film mainly due to the fact that it portrays teen and preteen children slaughtering each other in mostly bloody ways. It's bad enough in today's society to see all the stories about gun violence around the world but now we have a heavily promoted film that depicts children trying, and succeeding, to kill each other with poison, spears, steel arrows, and blades of all sizes and shapes. Just in the first minutes where the children are released into the game environment half of them are brutally cut down by the bigger teens and left in the field dead or dying. The older ones ran faster to the arsenal of weapons on display for them so they could kill the weaker, younger children first and quicker. Did I also mention that this film has a touch of the Running Man influence in it? The world gets to watch all the bloody excitement as part of the TV show.

I don't care if I put spoilers in this article because without mentioning specifically what I'm referring to it becomes rather a moot point. I strongly believe that The Hunger Games sends the worst possible message to our youth. It almost glamorizes the murderous message the film is sending to children, almost condoning the actions on the screen. This is not some Romeo and Juliet-esque classic but rather a poor knock off of the Stephen Kings book/film The Running Man. Below is a shot from the film for you to decide.

What's to stop a young child from wanting to act out this action from the film with a friend or sibling with a kitchen or hunting knife? It's just a movie, right? Nobody gets hurt doing movie stuff! Right?

I'll be posting this on my other, higher ranked blog, for good measure.

Friday, August 3, 2012

NBC Olympic Racial Gaff

Talk about bad editing and commercial line-ups. On their behalf, I don't believe the person that queued that ad could have known what Bob Costas was going to say ahead of time. I could be wrong but I hope not.

The original poster of this video lost their Youtube account so here is an updated video. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.