Assorted inconsequentia while considering the potential* irony of this 1962 magazine ad from Humble Oil (one of the predecessors to Exxon):
- Without meaning to brag, I think my wife and I are extremely reliable people. We fulfill our commitments; we do what we say we'll do. And so it is with great embarrassment that I confess that both of us forgot last night to attend a board meeting that has been on our calendars for weeks. Fortunately, we weren't needed to make a quorum, and neither of us had pressing items on the agenda, but it's still humbling to realize that all the organizational tools in the world don't necessarily compensate for the basic human shortcoming known as forgetfulness.
- I love these ads for Disney's Star Wars Weekends, which took place earlier this year. My favorites are the two that feature Darth Vader.
- I tried to be captivated by the technology demonstrated in the following video; I really did. But in the end, it seems to be yet another example of a solution in search of a problem. If the best they can do with it is create a billboard that looks slightly different through the transition of daytime to night, then someone went to a lot of trouble for not much payoff.
The whole idea of making billboards more sophisticated mystifies me anyway. Some details simply don't matter; how many commuters on the freeway will notice, let alone care, that you've carefully selected Garamond as the font for the text instead of Bookman? [Via Geeks are Sexy]
- Would the Gazette be more compelling reading if it was formatted like this? (Yes, I realize that some things are beyond help. Thanks for pointing that out.)
- Via VideoSift, the following vid shows a Japanese men's gymnastic team doing a floor routine. The synchronized tumbling routine about 2/3rds in is nothing short of amazing. But what I'd really like to see are the outtakes from the practices.
*I refer to the irony as "potential" because I'm still skeptical about the science behind so-called "global warming." Ask me again in 100,000 years and I'll have a better feel for it.