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Going Local – An Open Letter

An open letter to local businesses everywhere:

Now that you’ve started to embrace social media, it is time to take things to the next level. Yes, I am talking about you [insert local business name here]. As the big national brands have found out, you can’t ask customers to join you on social media without giving them value and respect in return. Here are some free insights (Why free? Because I really want to like you but you keep screwing up):

  1. An unmonitored Facebook page is worse than not having one at all.
  2. If you have many locations but not very many fans (less than 1,000), you’re doing it wrong.
  3. Stop treating Facebook and Twitter like marketing channels, they are communities that work on influence not brute force.
  4. Ease up on the promotions and ads (see item 3).
  5. Respond to comments in a swift and timely manner.

The Bourne Identity

Treadstone was the CIA program Jason Bourne operated under. I doubt this building in San Diego has ever been the home of  a CIA operation.

I’ve probably watched The Bourne Identity 20 times in the last six months. I can’t get enough of the series. I haven’t read the books which inspired the movies and I don’t plan on it. I am skeptical of the upcoming fourth movie: “The Bourne Legacy” which doesn’t even have Jason Bourne in it.

Let’s Get Good Seats This Time

“These seats are saved!”, barks a surly women at the Harkins theater in Tempe, AZ. She blocks out a whole row like a mama grizzly protecting her cubs. Seating at the movies is first come, first served. We all know this. Yet, some feel they can reserve large quantities of seats for people who didn’t have the decency to arrive early enough to earn them.

What does this say to other paying patrons? Last night I arrived 30 minutes early to “Life in a Day” and found that most of the seats were being saved for patrons who had yet arrived. Jackets, sweaters and coats lined whole rows, which I find odd for a summer showing being as it is 115 degrees outside.

I’ve decided that I will no longer honor the “saved seat” command to someone who is saving more than one seat. Watch out world.


Terrarium – Day One

I am the proud owner of my own mini-world, I present my office terrarium! We’ll see if my plant choices were correct, hitting them with a spray bottle every 3-4 days should be enough to keep them alive.

Why Many are Angry with Netflix

Writer Matt Peckham can’t seem to understand why people are upset with the recent Netflix price hike and plan separation. He admits he has only been a streaming-only subscriber. This admission is telling as the lack of streaming content is apparent when compared to the content available via the disc options.

Let’s pretend that it doesn’t matter that the streaming library is much smaller than the disc library. The streaming library just doesn’t stand up on its own, there is not enough content to justify a price hike.

Let’s take the top 25 all-time rated movies from IMDB and see how many of them are available via Netflix streaming:

# Title Stream
1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) No
2 The Godfather (1972) No
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974) No
4 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) No
5 Pulp Fiction (1994) Yes
6 12 Angry Men (1957) No
7 Schindler’s List (1993) No
8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Yes
9 Inception (2010) No
10 The Dark Knight (2008) No
11 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) No
12 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) No
13 Seven Samurai (1954) No
14 Fight Club (1999) No
15 Goodfellas (1990) No
16 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) No
17 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Yes
18 Casablanca (1942) No
19 City of God (2002) No
20 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) No
21 Rear Window (1954) No
22 The Matrix (1999) No
23 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) No
24 The Usual Suspects (1995) No
25 Psycho (1960) N0

There you have it, 3 of 25 of the best movies are available for streaming. All 25 films are available for the disc option.

Rude Quiznos Manager

The Quiznos Manager Talks on Her Cell Phone
“I would like two medium Sprites”, I said to the manager of the Quiznos inside the San Diego airport. The manager received a call on her cell phone while taking our order. She had a personal conversation while attempting to operate the soda fountain. Apparently it is difficult to fill two cups with ice and soda with one hand. She took several minutes to fill the drinks but didn’t miss a beat on the phone. I looked over at another worker who seemed embarrassed by her boss, she gestured with her shoulders.

I took out my trusty camera phone, isn’t technology great? Finally we had our drinks in hand. The manager had the audacity to joke about her phone call with me and how difficult it was to fill the drinks. I was  not amused.

The Marcus Clan – Jewish?

I recently discovered The Marcus Clan on Facebook. The group is for anyone with the surname of Marcus. Oddly, there seems to be a large percentage of Marcus’ who are Jewish. I don’t know much about my father’s family or history. The group’s bio states:

If your surname is Marcus then you belong here! Our aim is to create the biggest gathering of the Marcus Clan on facebook!!! Please invite anyone who has this surname.So who are you and where are you/your family from? I bet you’re a Jew 😉

The last line is telling, and so are the comments on the page. Maybe I am a Jew or have Jewish heritage? That would explain why I am so funny.

Winners & Losers

Casey Anthony, “Winning” while Nancy Grace pulls an epic fail.

Nancy Grace was so sure that Casey Anthony was going to be found guilty, she was reporting that the jury was already in the penalty phase (deciding whether the crime is a capital crime or not). I am not happy if a killer goes free, but I am happy about Nancy Grace being wrong.

Remember Me?

I’m back. A man offered me money for pleasure my domain. How much? $1,000 smackers, but I said “No! Give me $100,000 and the keys to a Chevy Aveo and we have a deal.” He couldn’t meet me in the middle so I launched my blog as scheduled.

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