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Because women are like dumb animals really

9 Jun

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I’m not going to tell you where the Stepford-wife button is hidden on a woman; I wouldn’t want to deprive these great advertisers of your custom! But at last we can confirm that women are indeed unthinking breeding dolls who you can trick into sleeping with you if you just know the technique to dial into their dumb animal brains. I mean if you just use that seduction technique, they have to do it. Or if you find that blonde and do that one thing? Man, she’ll be like an alligator that you’ve turned on its back. And if they’re not just completely running on animal instinct after you do that thing the ad says—and I mean maybe you’re not the kind of guy who wants his woman to talk—they’ll beg to be your girlfriend, and you can just pick the hottest one!

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Extortionately priced product placement ad

17 Nov

Did you know, you can get mediocre ungenius-made products from CafePress for merely extortionate prices?

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They’re bound to be the best t-shirts and mugs that you ever paid too much money for! Get them now!

http://www.cafepress.com/ungenius

The Death of ‘Life’

15 Nov

imdb.com registers a user score of 8.1 / 10 for this show after 64 votes. 64 people can’t be wrong I guess.

I had seen a few minutes of the NBC’s ‘Life’ (2007-2009) when it aired here, and then went and found something better to do. But recently a friend lent me his DVDs of the show, expressing dismay that it was cancelled after only two seasons. Having watched some of it now, and being unwilling to phone my friend to tell him personally, here are some of the possible reasons for canning it. (My friend sometimes reads this blog, and I really don’t like phones).

1. Background Music

It’s been repeated often enough how much of an influence music has on mood. There is a whole genre of YouTube video dedicated to changing the soundtrack of familiar movies in order to make comedies seem like horrors etc. My favourites include the horror version of ‘The Sound of Music’, and some of the many ‘Dumb and Dumber’-as-a-thriller versions, such as this one and this one.

Given that the role of music is so well documented, the soundtrack to ‘Life’ is baffling. It’s like instead of choosing music, they’ve just left the radio on. It’s like they’ve seen hip TV shows that have cool soundtracks with ‘the Next Big Thing’ playing over the emotional montage scene each week, but they’ve decided to go for ‘the Next Best Thing’, which is to get any pop music that was available for free, and then to put the music player on ‘shuffle’ instead of hiring a music co-ordinator.

It almost makes it worth watching the show just to be amazed at the music choices.

2. That episode with the girl in angel wings

So you’re writing a TV show, and you have this idea about the exploitation of Russian brides, and you have one of them thrown out of a tall building while wearing angel wings. So far so good. If you’re an exceptionally lazy writer, what do you do next (besides sleeping until half-an-hour before deadline)?

You litter the script with 3 fallen-angel jokes per minute.

3. That episode with the computers in it

I know very little about computers. They are quite complicated things.

You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous...

You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous…

But whoever wrote ‘Life’ is the computer-equivalent of Dürer’s woodcut drawing of a rhinoceros based entirely on 2nd-hand information. They’ve got the gist of the thing, but the details are all really sketchy.

A back-horn?

So in one episode, the following happens:

  • Detective Charlie wants to sneak into classified computer files guarded by a tech geek. So he sneakily spills energy drink onto the keyboard of one of the computers. Result? A sticky keyboard? Nope, every computer screen in the network starts flashing and scrolling like they’re running Vista. Tech guy runs in a panic to go fix them (tech guys never do this), and he leaves his own console logged in to deeply classified information.
  • Bad Kid 1 has hidden his drug selling information on his gaming console. To access it, someone has to get to level 10 of ‘Prince of Persia’. Why the heck would you do that? Every time you want to record a sale, you’ve got to play ten laborious levels of the same game? There’s not even any suggestion that this is his archive; it’s the only copy of a detailed spreadsheet, hidden behind ten game levels.
  • The cops suspect there’s something hidden in this game in the first place, because there is a file on Bad Kid’s regular computer that keeps getting referred to, and it turns out to be this reference to ‘level 10’. Why would anyone need to record a note-to-self that they’ve hidden the info there, let alone making continual reference to it? I only saw the show once (days ago), and I can remember what level it was on. He put it there and he needs a reminder?
  • They need someone who can beat 10 levels of Prince of Persia, and so they ask Tech Geek if he can. He trots out the awful cliche about how he’s thirty and still lives with his mother and has Star Trek outfits in his cupboard, so obviously he can play console games. That’s bad enough, but he then spends try after try getting no further than level 2.
  • Dectective Charlie — because he’s an idiot savant — notices that Bad Kid’s sister is watching them play and making ghost movements with her thumbs as though she’s holding the controller. Instead of admitting her to hospital for a neurological disorder, he deduces that she’s actually brilliant at Prince of Persia. Who ghost-plays console games when they’re standing around watching??
  • When she reaches Level 10, the spreadsheet automatically splits the game apart and shows all its secrets. What if someone just wants to play Level 11? Also, he couldn’t code a hard-to-see easter-egg-type button to access the spreadsheet, rather than letting his illegal document reveal itself by default? Doesn’t seem that secure. What if his sister and her friends were playing when he was at college? She seems to like playing it.
  • When they’ve analysed the spreadsheet, the leads don’t pan out and they hit a dead end, so Charlie phones this other computer-nerd analyst at the station to ask if they’ve ‘missed something’. Nerd complains that they haven’t and he’s too tired and he doesn’t want to look anymore. Charlie threatens to pound him senseless, but in a Zen way, and the nerd gets all sweaty and afraid. Three seconds later he says, hang on, there’s this entire column of data here that now looks fishy to me. Twenty seconds later Charlie’s solved the case (Bad Kid was having an affair with his kidnapper’s mom who was just jealous for his mother’s love — it’s all there in the column).

In summary, that’s a whole lot of stupid to pack into one episode, especially when the writers could have fact-checked with literally anyone and improved it.

But, er, thanks for lending it to us, bro, we really enjoyed it. >ahem<

Shopping Hazards

15 Aug

Classified Ads are Often Nuts

1. Plague bike

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This guy is selling his bike with the romantic notion of being able to ride to places with dead cheetahs AND dead skunks. Also the cheetah has been lightly shaved.

2. Demon bike

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This guy’s bicycle sounds demon possessed. I imagine it in the garage with its gears spontaneously clattering away, and things breaking off of it without warning…

3. Bile bike

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This guy has a bilecycle. I’m not sure what that is, but I don’t think I want it. I like how he had two stabs at the word ‘bicycle’ without success.

Fashion. Why.

1. Choose your battles

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This guy’s girlfriend has obviously forced him to wear this hideous garbage, because he clearly looks miffed and a bit embarrassed (and totally whipped), and she looks cross but slightly exhilarated, like she just won something. “You will stand here for this photo, or so help me…”

2. Someone has to pay

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Just so we’re clear, the shirt is emblazoned with a HUGE shiny decal that says, ‘Young, Reckless, Wild, and Awesome’. Because you shop at the mall. Right. Even the mannequin can’t believe he has to wear this.

If you have to praise yourself on your own t-shirt, especially using some drunk 50-year-old clothes-builder’s idea of how young people hope to be seen, then you’re probably the opposite, and you deserved it when you were bullied as a child.

3. Wow you look like the man of my dreams

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This mannequin reminds me of someone that I usually associate with the nightmare of clothes shopping.

I can't quite put my finger on who...

I can’t quite put my finger on who…

Child’s Play

1. Costume that is everything

My kid wants a tiger birthday-party this year, so we’re on the lookout for tiger dress-up outfits.

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This costume-hire Website must have some interesting employees.

Boss: ‘Describe a tiger.’

Designer: ‘It’s really long-haired, and looks like a novelty brown shag rug that’s been given peroxided highlights all over.’

Boss: ‘Describe Chewbacca.’

Designer: ‘He’s really long-haired, and looks like a novelty brown shag rug that’s been given peroxided highlights all over.’

Boss: ‘Wonderful! How about werewolf?’

Designer: ‘It’s smooth and orange with black stripes. Looks like a cat.’

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Pictured left: Zebra. Pictured right: George W Bush

2. Sapiential

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Happy study wisdom pullulate.

3. Use your Illusion

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Here’s your stupid fairytale carriage, Kid, but you’re living in an illusion state.

4. Butt injection baby

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This baby laughs when you push its stomach and cries when you inject things into its rectum.

More Eastern Knockoffs

1. Michelle-Pfeiffer Man

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2. Flower story

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3. Plainboy

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4. Boo!

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Asking for it, VW

14 Apr

VW has recently launched their ‘One Thing’ ad campaign in which they invite viewers to identify the one person that they would kiss for life, if they could choose only one. I saw it once on TV and thought it must be a silly mistake, but it was on again just now. I see they also have an international website devoted to it:

With a very informative poll

With a very informative poll

Believe it or not, their objective has not been merely to discover that a small majority consider ‘My Wife’ to be the answer to that question (and I don’t give VW permission to let others kiss my wife in any case). Rather, they use it as an introduction to the equally significant question: ‘If you could only drive one car for the rest of your life, which would it be?’

Now here’s where I have problems with this particular strategy. Chevrolet made the same mistake in a recent ad for one of their soulless sedans in which they claimed that the driver of said vehicle was now driving ‘the car of his dreams’. A Chevrolet? All I got out of that ad was that its protagonist must have woken up in tears every morning, such was the quality of his dreams.

And so it is with VW’s effort. If they ask me which car I’d choose if I could have only one for the rest of my life, what are the odds I’m going to choose a Golf? Almost nil, unless I have crippling imagination failure. They’re solid little all-rounders, but my first choice? Forever?

All such ads do is invite me to think of a hundred cars that I’d rather have instead of theirs, and I can’t imagine how it would have any other effect even on viewers less cynical than I.

Well done, Marketing Team.