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The Guy On The TV

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Several years ago Andy moved from Chicago to Michigan, but he’s so darn good at his job, Jellyvision didn’t want to let him go.  Instead we spent a bit of money on a video conferencing system, put a TV by Andy’s old desk and figured it would be like he was there.  

I was very skeptical.

I was also very wrong.  

Sure, he’s not all too pleased when he can’t come to lunch with us or we bring cupcakes into the office (although sometimes we make up for it) but in more ways than not, it’s like he’s actually there.  Maybe that means we’re all a bunch of stiffs.  I don’t know.

So when I saw this Cisco ad  I had a, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” moment. 

This should be a permanent installation somewhere — preferably in Chicago.  People could form friendships, practice speaking a foreign language, perform concerts, or whatever.  What a curiosity it would be.  

I happen to have a great list of potential cities.

Drama! Intrigue! Carpeting!

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

I discovered this new Empire Carpeting website where they’re posting all of their old ads… like this one:

As Eddie says, “These are bringing back memories of pretending to be sick and staying home from school, only to be bored to death by 60′s reruns.”

I found one commercial where I’m sure he says “brand name CRAPeting” instead of carpeting, but when I went to find it again, it was removed from the site.  Are they just realizing 20 years later that maybe they should have shot a second take of that one?

UPDATE: A ha!  YouTube’s on the case.  What do you think?