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Bullet Sunday 227

Posted on Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Dave!It's a relaxing kind of Bullet Sunday today.

   
• Scamberry? I don't know if many people realize it, but my home state of Washington is famous for more than just apples. We're also the fifth-largest producer of cranberries in the USA. There are "cranberry bogs" on the coast in an area off Grayland Beach, which is south of the Ocean Shores resorts. I'm reminded of my visit there every time I see one of those beautiful and awesome Ocean Spray commercials on TV...

Cranberry Bog Farmers
It's Henry & Justin... the Ocean Spray Cranberry Guys!

Cranberry Bog Farmers
Justin says "Did I err?"

I think the commercials are shot on the East Coast somewhere, but it's still eerily familiar.

Except it kind of gives the illusion that cranberries are grown in 4-feet of water, which they're not. The fields aren't flooded until harvest time and then it's only about 6-inches of water. What the commercials show is the holding ponds where the cranberries end up flowing after they've been taken off the vine. It may be a bit misleading, but it sure looks pretty.

And speaking of misleading... today I got reminded of Washington's cranberry country for an entirely different reason. Apparently there's a cranberry war going on between Ocean Spray and a rival company, "Decas"... which has been trashing Ocean Spray over alleged no-cranberry-content in one of Ocean Spray's cranberry products. They created a site called "Scamberry.info" under the pretense of being a consumer advocacy site (but didn't reveal their association with the site until six days later).

What I find fascinating is that social media has become a weapon in corporate warfare. And now that I've had a taste of it, I find myself questioning every single "advocacy" site I've ever seen. Well... except for those sites slamming high fructose corn syrup. That shit is in everything and made of pure evil.

   
• Service! I can complain about AT&T's mobile service (because it pretty much sucks anymore), but it's impossible for me to complain about their customer service. Every single time I've had a question or problem, they've gone overboard to set things right. AT&T customer service is so good that I'd be a customer for life if only I could make calls in major cities and use data in my home town. As it is, I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when my contract is up. If iPhone 5 is dual-band CDMA (for domestic) and GSM (for international), then Verizon might just steal me away.

These are the kind of problems that keep me awake at night. Well, that and a raging case of chronic insomnia.

   
• Mirren! Last night's Saturday Night Live hosted by Helen Mirren was a terrific episode...

Helen Mirren on SNL

I can't remember it being this good since Betty White hosted, which has me wondering... what other "golden ladies" should they have host to make SNL not suck so bad? After seeing her on William Shatner's Raw Nerve, one name keeps popping in my head. How frickin' cool would it be to have Carol Burnett host?

Carol Burnett

She would be perfect for this. Perfect. And a Google search reveals that Im not the only one who thinks so. If you're on Facebook, you can LIKE a campaign to get her on SNL here.

   
• Bing! I know this may sound impossible... but Microsoft has created a product I love. Yes... you read that right... Microsoft. Their Bing! app for iPad is a remarkable interface for the web that completely buries the competition...

Bing! for iPad Screenshot

I don't use an iPad much, but have to admit that it's apps like Bing! that make me want to use one more.

   
Annnnnnnnnd... scene.

Tomorrow promises to be a hectic day, so I suppose I should try and get some sleep. Or at least go lay down and pretend that I'm going to get some sleep.

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Comments

  1. the muskrat says:

    I’ll have to download the Bing app, then…thanks for the suggestion!

    I just switched to Verizon and got the iphone4. So far, so good, but the sales guy encouraged me to get an otter box case, and I don’t like it. Too big and heavy, and too grippy (meaning it’s hard to slide in and out of my coat pocket, which is where I usually keep my phone, given that I wear a coat most every day during the week to work).

  2. Annabelle says:

    I love Carol Burnett, I’d watch her on anything!

  3. Megan says:

    Haven’t seen Helen on SNL yet, but I’m looking forward to it. Love her.

    And Carol Burnett? Oh hell yes! She is one of my all-time faves. I liked the page.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    I really miss seeing cranberry bogs all over Cape Cod. Wah!
    Totally liked the Carol Burnett thing.
    And the Bing thing DOES surprise me- since I hate Bing on a regular desktop computer.

  5. martymankins says:

    I will give Ocean Spray and AT&T credit for their clever ad campaigns. Funny and entertaining.

    I admit that SNL was made great this last weekend by both Mirren and Grohl.

  6. Everyone I know complains to all end about AT&T’s mobile service. I dunno if I’m just lucky where I live/work/travel that I’ve never really had an issue with it. Nor did I when I was a Cingular customer. Must just get lucky and have towers wherever I go.

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