Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Like moths to

So the other day I found this entry titled What’s NXT? in the "Story of stuff" blog about some whacked up marketing campaign that involves packaging shaving gel in some lava-lamp-esque jar with light and batteries built in (please check out the link). I’ve written here before about how I agree with anything Annie Leonard says (even though some of my friends believe the numbers in her statistics are exaggerated) because she is the shiznit. However, my concerns are not really in the same order as hers.

She went on about how hard would it be to recycle those bottles and about how toxic the chemicals in the batteries are (which will end up as landfill or worse). And she really does have a point, the kind of -- *sigh* person -- that would buy those things most probably won’t care about recycling it or whatever.

Then, halfway through her article she says, and I quote “What are we, moths?” That’s really what bugs me the most. Are they really planning to use blinking lights to attract people to buy that silly stuff? Are you freaking serious? What kind of human being favors “flashy lights” against, I don’t know, an item being overpriced because they charge you for a flashlight that you will throw away when the bottle’s empty? Even if it were cheaper… Gosh darn it; I wouldn’t take that crap home even if it were free! Marketing stunts like that are insults to mankind’s intellect. And what scares me is that I know that stuff will probably sell like crazy. The only thing that may stop this madness is the protests of environmentalists, perhaps. To me half of the damage is already done. Next time you’re at the store and you are about to buy something in a fancy bottle think about it. Somewhere in the world there’s a rich dude laughing at you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Did you know...?

...that most headaches are caused by dehydration? Look it up, it’s quite fascinating. No wonder all those painkillers tell you to drink it with a full glass of water!

So next time you have a headache, have a tall glass of water and skip the pills. You probably don’t need all those chemicals in your body anyway.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blug blug!

Thats the sound a blogging fish makes.

Which reminds me, I have a new blog, besides this one, it's called Downcast and it's teh shiznit. Check it out.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The story of stuff

The story of stuff is a sad story indeed. I just stumbled upon this webpage, http://www.storyofstuff.com/ a few minutes ago and thought I had to share. We all know most of this stuff but it serves both as a good reminder and as a way to get the way much bigger picture.

I suggest you watch it before stepping out to the mall. Stop buying crap that you don't need, specially if it's designed to break in a few days.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Inactivity warning

I will be doing 3 weeks of active duty (I am a national guardsman btw) starting tomorrow so I'll only be posting on weekends. Don't think I forgot about j00! I'LL BE BACK!

Saturday, March 1, 2008


I just got featured in wrathböx! Neat!

...that is all.

Pro Death

So on my way home I see this one office. It was painted pink and purple and had a big sign that said FAMILY PLANNING.


You know, if you think something is right you should stand proud and yell the good news to every human being (for example I occasionally run around the mall yelling "WAFFLES, WAFFLES!!"). Why would you try to sugar-coat your intentions? Or what bugs me the most, why pick a misleading euphemism?

Last time I checked, the verb "planning" means to think before you act. If you're gonna run an abortion clinic, why not call it a "Family quick-fix clinic"? You know, your 14 year-old daughter failed to think ahead, we're here to fix it!

If they all stood proud of their beliefs, mankind would eventually reach this optimal state in which you could take your 8-year-old son to a "Family quick-fix clinic" to "take care of it".

This is not about whether I'm pro-life or pro-death. It's about the rampant use of crappy euphemisms.