Monthly Archives: November 2007

my treo is my hot hot sex

This stupid song has been stuck in my head since that iPod Touch commercial came out. No, it didn’t prompt me to go out and buy one, I still like my Treo (yes, it plays MP3s).Cansei de Ser Sexy (literally “tired of being sexy” in Portuguese; better known as CSS) may not have a mastery of English — but it’s pure pop candy. Candy I’d resell for 900% markup. The name of the song is “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex” which is just so, so true no matter what language you translate it to.

Backstories:

  • Microsoft used this same some for their Zune mp3 player a year ago [link].
  • You can’t accuse Apple of copying MSFT since the ad was created by 18-year-old British student, Nick Haley; he created the ad for fun and posted it on YouTube… Apple contacted him when they saw it and had him remake it professionally.  But it still reminds me of their ad that ripped off The Postal Service.
  • You can blame Apple for copying the modern user interface from Xerox.  I’m still not letting them off the hook for that either.

Enjoy.

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the kids are alright, for now, but will probably end up dealing drugs…

An even better example, written up in the Boulder Weekly (tip to Reason):

Richard’s son, Sean, found a great bargain on AirHeads (a taffy-like candy), at Costco.

“I offered to help him buy the product, if he would pay me back,” Richard said. “We sat down and did the math. He was getting 90 in a box that cost about $12 dollars. Based on what he was able to sell an AirHead for, he was getting a 900 percent profit — almost a tenfold markup. That seemed like a pretty good enterprise. He was clearing at least $150 a week in profit.”

Sean treated his mother to dinner and a movie [and] bought an iPod. He bought a fancy gaming keyboard with multiple interchangeable sets of keys, new shoes, a sweatshirt and a hoodie.

“In a devious sort of way, I was proud of him,” Richard said. “One the other hand, we had this sense that something was wrong with this picture. We kind of knew that the school didn’t want him doing this. We also worried that it would all become a bit too enticing. And then, when the customers are too old to want candy, what’s he going to sell? Drugs. That was our concern. We worried that he would be unable to resist the money, and would sell whatever the customer wanted.

I was saddened that the father made this connection — or as Reason put it:

Candy didn’t use to be a gateway drug. Now it is. Thanks, school board!

I dealt Coke (Classic, sometimes Diet) at summer camp; as a camp counselor I’d have cases under my bunk and under-cut the “Tuck shop” by a dime or a quarter. Counselors would get a day off each week that we could run into town and I could restock — the poor campers were stuck there for two weeks straight.

For the record, I never made anywhere near 900% profit.  I like to think my campers liked me, but I have no doubt they would have ratted me out to the camp management if I tried to squeeze them.

What is AirHeads secret ingredient that makes kids NEED to have it?  Crack?

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the kids parents may-or-may-not be alright

I forgot to explain — the biggest thing the Wife was offended at was this:

the parents of the kids that were trying to profit off our Hollowe’en largess? it turns out they don’t buy candy themselves. they haven’t for years — they have bragged (?) about not buying candy for others while they troll the neighborhood for booty.

by itself, I think that’s enterprising. add in the following:

when I asked if any houses (this year) were passing out beer to parents, she told me that last year her husband pulled a cooler behind them and replaced the beers they consumed by the generosity of our neighbors.

I mean, come on — how am I supposed to criticize these people?

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the Thermals?

anybody else heard of this band?

I only heard them thru Weeds, which used them for their epilogue earlier this year. only sucks that I’m at least a year behind the cool kids. the whole CD only uses three chords, but that fits the program…

I thought they might be this year’s White Stripes, but maybe not.

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signs, signs, everywhere there’r signs…

fortune cookie today:

  • “:) Your talents will be recognized and suitabily rewarded.  :)”
    Yipp-ee-eeeiaaa-ai.

and other good stuff.

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the kids are all-right

so my Wife relays to me the following story (November 1st or 2nd):

You know how when you pull into our cul-du-sac you turn head-on to number [xx]?  Well I turn the corner today, and there are the neighborhood kids with a sign in the driveway: “Candy 25 cents”.  I stopped beside the driveway and asked them if they were really selling Hollowe’en candy, and they said yes, but “only the candy they didn’t like”.  “THEY’RE TRYING TO SELL OUR OWN CANDY BACK TO US!!!!”

I’m glad the Wifey relayed the story to me over the phone, cuz I’m sure it took the sting off the laugh I gave when she was done.  What did she expect?  I was proud of these kids, trying to turn their Hallowe’en booty into cold-hard cash.  I mean really, from an economic point of view, if people are willing to give you something for nothing (or virtually nothing, since costumes seem to be optional nowadays), why not try to sell the proceeds for a profit?

obviously, she didn’t buy anything.  and given that we had about 125,000 calories worth of left-over candy at our house, I didn’t object.   but come on — these kids had the right idea*

* the other thing the Wife was upset at was the idea that the kids were selling back candy “they didn’t want”.  Butterfingers, I believe, were the main thing they were pushing.  They were not trying to return the KitKats or Peanut Butter Cups that we liked, or she might have bought them back.  Again, I saw this as an example of the free-market at work…

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