Friday, June 24, 2005

Friday thoughts, prognostications, anecdotes

Somehow I knew that solar-sail space vehicle would fail.

First, it was fired from a Russian submarine in the Barents sea. Russian subs NEVER have luck in the Barents, do they?

Second, it was only 4 million dollars. I know that sounds pretentious or space-snobbish, but if you had to drive a car all the way around the world, you wouldn't choose a KIA, would you?

Third, it was fired from a SUBMARINE. No good space mission should be fired from a submarine. A HUGE rocket pad with lots of spotlights, journalists and a buffet of appetizers... THAT'S how a good space mission should start. And with that guy on the loudspeakers saying "10... 9... 8..."
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Those goddamn chickenshit suicide c**ksuckers.
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NHL Hockey Team For Sale: price includes heavy fan apathy, deep debt and huge contract obligations to a bunch of arrogant athletes who believe they play for the NFL.
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Yahoo! has decided to close down it's chat rooms. At least MOST of them. And with rooms titled "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys” and “Girls 8 to 13 Watch Boys,” it was becoming a PR nightmare. I wonder what took them so long...

Oh, I see. The rooms were closed after advertisers started DROPPING THEIR ADS?

I wonder why it takes an impact to their bottom line before some companies do the right thing. This was such an obvious decision... yet it wasn't made until now.
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We're having a heat-wave in the midwest, so I will spend a big part of the day in the pool.* Have a nice Friday!



* a complete lie, I have a TON of work today and it won't get done lying on a raft with a margarita.

9 comments:

Chris Johnson said...

If it would help I can bring the kids over and Bill & I can lay on a raft drinking margaritas.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Why, yes, I have something to say. It is this:

Ari commented yesterday how much your comments on other pieces are appreciated. I want to double up on that -- you are really among the most funny of all commenters, anywhere.

Chris Cope said...

And the advertisers didn't pull ads until after a TV station (KPRC in Houston) raised a fuss. It makes you feel good about corporate America, doesn't it?

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Enjoy the pool.

Yeah, I read about Yahoo. Sick names for those chat rooms.

Tanya Kristine said...

i'm clueless and under-newseducated.

but i totally understood the margarita in the pool...be right over...

Ari said...

I say bravo, Yahoo. Better late perv-foiling than never, no matter the reason.

Weary Hag said...

Crap. This must be why I can't gain access to my Yahoo room "Hags over 50 who are weary beyond belief." And to think I had to come here to find out it's closed.
Woe is me.

Ari said...

LOL WH!

Dave Morris said...

Chris: you posted this Friday. I waited all weekend, you never showed up.

Hoss: thanks - but anyone who reads this blog (ah dammit, did I just call this a blog?) knows you're the comment master. Stop being so humble.

Chris: it seems to me companies are like kids. They do it the wrong way until you catch them, even when they know better to start with.

Bug: I didn't look, but I'd bet there are more equally disturbing titles... those were just the ones cited in the story.

Tanya: you posted that you'd be right over on Friday, and I waited and waited...

Ari: I agree, I just wish these companies would take a percentage of their profit and put it toward self-policing. Then the press wouldn't be saddled with that responsibility - not that they don't RELISH it!

WH: Carol, I hope you hadn't built your weekend plans around that chat room.