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Bullet Sunday 114

Posted on Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Dave!My blog is up and running again... just in time for Bullet Sunday!

• Interviewed. I've been interviewed by the new travel blog Sharing Experiences, run by travel writer Andy Hayes. There's kind of an important announcement I make there (especially if you're in the U.K.) so be sure to take a look!

• Better. I don't like 95% of the commercials that show up on television because they are annoying rather than entertaining in the way they sell their wares. A rare exception would be the absolutely brilliant and inspirational ads run by the Foundation for a Better Life. They're magic. This one is a particular favorite, despite the fact that it has bad parents in it who don't know how to watch their kid...

UPDATE! In what I can only describe as one of the stupidest fucking things I've ever seen on the internets, The Foundation for a Better Life no longer allows sharing of their videos. That's right... an organization dedicated to "PASSING IT ON" when it comes to inspirational messages DOESN'T ALLOW YOU TO ACTUALLY PASS IT ON! They develop commercials and pay millions to buy ad space on television, but bypass totally free distribution on the internet? Insane. Truly crazy. Oh well... since the video below won't work any more, you have to go to their website to watch it.

How much better would our world be if this is the way it worked all the time?

• Changed. Why is it that every time somebody changes their product, it turns out to be for the worse? Miracle Whip used to be a favorite sandwich condiment... until the dumbasses at Kraft switched from an oil base to a water base to save money. Now it soaks into bread too fast and falls apart in macaroni salad, which just blows. And don't get me started on the way that Kraft destroyed Boca Burgers when they bought out the company. Boca Burgers used to be my favorite food, now I can barely eat them because they are gag-inducing soggy, waggy, snotty, and shitty. Another tragedy was when General Mills "new and improved" my favorite childhood cereal, Cocoa Puffs. They used to be these deliciously puffy and lightly chocolatey crispy balls... but now they're dense, hard, and so chocolatey that they taste artificial, plastic and crappy. Recently I saw that they had a new cereal called "Cocoa Puffs Combos" and thought I'd give them a try. Imagine my shock when I found out that the Combos HAVE THE ORIGINAL COCOA PUFFS IN THEM! Finally, I can be Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs again!

Dave Cocoa Puffs

• Remade. I've written repeatedly about my love for the best show every to air on television, Cupid starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshal. This morning I learned that the remake, which I'm assuming will be total shit, is going to begin airing on March 24th. What kind of fucked-up birthday present is that? Couldn't they at least released the real Cupid on DVD so I have something good to watch while Rob Thomas destroys his own show? Oh well, guess it's time to re-watch my Veronica Mars DVDs for the millionth time.

Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall in Cupid

• Cupidity. One last rant before I go... even if Sony/Tri-Star doesn't want to go to the expense of producing the original Cupid episodes on DVD... why in the hell don't they put the episodes on the iTunes Store? The only expense is digitizing the show, which can't be much of a road block, after that it's all money in the bank. GAH! Stupid.

Now I'm cold and hungry and don't feel like blogging anymore.

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  1. metalmom says:

    I am beginning to learn about all my ‘former favorite’ foods. Since they have taken all the transfats out, they are all starting to suck.I suppose it’s all for the greater good but I still hate it.

  2. Avitable says:

    I’m going to have to go buy some new Cocoa Puffs and see if I agree with your assessment.

  3. Sue says:

    I agree with you on the product changes. There’s something odd in the new cocoa puffs, something I couldn’t put my finger on. And the Boca Burgers? I agree. I was so disappointed.

  4. yellojkt says:

    I was waiting for your take on the Cupid remake. It’s bound to be bad. And what do you think of Piven’s mercury problem?

  5. Kailey says:

    That must be why I used to love Boca burgers and now I can barely tolerate them. I thought I was just going even more crazy … thanks for explaining that.

    Why do the networks cancel all of the good shows??? WHY??? Oky.. I’m off to re-watch Veronica Mars and Firefly.

  6. Commercials were bad. Then they got a little better for the Superbowl. Then those sucked as well. DVR fast forward for the win I feel.

  7. Robin says:

    Really! Warsaw inspires you? I didn’t know you had ever been to our little town here in Indiana. Oh wait….you probably mean that other Warsaw….never mind….

  8. Mik says:

    They did change Cocoa Puffs! I tried them again recently and thought they weren’t how I remembered them. I’ll try the Combos cereal out.

  9. Erin says:

    I’m pretty sure that the only thing Kraft doesn’t eff up completely is Mac and Cheese. We got some of their ranch salad dressing and it was not good.

  10. Faiqa says:

    Mmm. Cocoa Puffs. Hey, India was #1 on your top 6! Yaay. LMK if you plan a trip, I got the hook up in the North. Seriously.

  11. Penelope says:

    OMG Davedon?!! Squeeeeeeeee!
    In other news, I don’t know what Cocoa Puffs are, we have Cocoa Pops (little tiny puffed rice covered in chocolate) and some new Cocoa Rocks (I think they are called) Stock up when you’re over here ;o)

  12. yay for you finding your cereal again!!!
    sometimes it really is the little things that make me happy.

  13. NYCWD says:

    I’ll have to do some chemical analysis… but I doubt those are the Original Cocoa Puffs unless they reverted back to the old formula all around.

    Blame the state of Massachusetts and their frivolous lawsuits.

  14. serap says:

    I can’t believe you have announced you’re visiting London on the day I moved to Cyprus! It’s lovely here… come to Cyprus instead!

  15. Kris says:

    I have to agree on the Cocoa Puffs. They actually hurt my mouth now, they’re so stinking hard. And how’s a mom supposed to pass bunny poop off to her kids as Cocoa Puffs now?

    And I, too, have the luv for that commercial. Great find.

  16. Jeff says:

    Congrats on the interview! I’m jealous, I want to go to Europe.

    Thanks for putting up the better life info. I have always liked their commercials, but my enjoyment was always tainted by the thought that some religious cult was behind them. Seeing I was wrong, I’ll have more fun when I see the next one.

  17. Dave2 says:

    The Foundation for a Better Life is entirely funded by one man, Philip Anschutz, who is a Conservative Christian, and so it’s only natural that he is promoting Christian values in his advertising campaign. What makes me admire him so much is that his foundation doesn’t make it a religious issue, and nothing about the ads are overtly Christian. They instead promote values which are (or should be) universal in their acceptance, regardless of a person’s religion or beliefs (at least so far).

    So while I may vehemently disagree with Mr. Anschutz’s politics and some of the ways he chooses to use his money in the sphere of public influence, I have to applaud him doing something good that rises above politics and religion. From what I can tell, the Foundation for a Better Life’s only goal is to try to get people thinking about things they can do to elevate their fellow humans, and make the world a nicer place to live in the process. This helps to balance some of the more scary ways he’s spent his vast fortune, and is deserving of respect.

  18. Miss Ann Thrope says:

    OMG! The new cocoa puffs are horrible. They’ve been that way for like 4 years now. They don’t even taste like cocoa puffs.

    I’ll be looking out for the combos and Geekman will laugh at me for picking out all the vanilla puffs.

  19. Dave2 says:

    I actually like the vanilla puffs in there. Tasty, like a swirl ice cream cone! 🙂

  20. stef says:

    oh poo! and here i just got back from glasgow. 🙁 well keep us updated on dates and such; i may tie in a trip to edinburgh at the same time as my next trip to glasgow! 🙂

  21. ChillyWilly says:

    Ok.. I need to get me a box of those. Love Cocoa Puffs (and Trix and Lucky Charms and Cap’n Crunch… and the list goes on)

  22. suze says:

    That commercial makes me smile every single time… Thanks for sharing it.

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