The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

We were watching ABC’s World News Tonight earlier this evening, and my wife and I were both struck with how many health care related commercials there were, particularly drug-related. So once it was over I decided to watch it again, and write down how many commercials there were, how long each one aired, and what … Continue reading The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

Way back in 1999, Budweiser came out with one of its classic commercials - the "WASSUP!!" commercial. It featured a bunch of friends just calling each other and asking what they were up to, to which they replied, "watching the game, having a Bud". The ad debuted on Monday Night Football in December 1999 and … Continue reading Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

This May Not Be the Best Headline Ever, But Here Are Some That Might Be

If I worked for a newspaper, I'd want to be the guy who writes headlines. If I worked for an ad agency, I'd want to be the guy who comes up with a slogan or a jingle. So perhaps it's no surprise that my favorite part of writing my blog is coming up with the … Continue reading This May Not Be the Best Headline Ever, But Here Are Some That Might Be

Who Said Product Placement Doesn’t Work?

We just finished watching the final episode of another great season of Bosch. This was the sixth, and as it turns out,  penultimate season. If you are not familiar with the show, here is a brief description from Wikipedia: Bosch is an American police procedural web television series produced by Amazon Studios and Fabrik Entertainment starring Titus Welliver as Los … Continue reading Who Said Product Placement Doesn’t Work?

You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

Quick summary: a jigsaw puzzle company sells a puzzle for $7,995; details below: The Wall Street Journal had a story a few weeks ago about how difficult it had become to buy jigsaw puzzles. The reason, as you might have guessed, is that people are looking for things to do during the pandemic shutdown, and … Continue reading You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

Are Apple Products Spoiler Alerts?

I know, it's a weird title. I just read it again, and if I didn't know what this blog post was about, it would seem also nonsensical. So let me explain. According to an article written by Bill Bradley on Huffpost, a revelation by movie director Rian Johnson could change how you watch twist-filled movies. If … Continue reading Are Apple Products Spoiler Alerts?

Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?

I've got to thank my wife for sending me this video; she knows I'm a fan of commercials and other short-length videos. And this one is special. The video comes from a surprising source, at least to me -  the Singaporean government. I'm not sure how long they have been making videos or how many … Continue reading Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?

It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

For the second time in three years, we had to watch the Super Bowl at an odd hour. Two years ago, we were in London when my hometown Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. The game didn't start until 11:30 at night, and I'm not a night person. But fortunately, the game was on a … Continue reading It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer

It's that time of the year when people are starting to set goals for the New Year. One popular goal is to be healthier, so I thought I'd share some information on one initiative that focuses not only on being healthier, but also more compassionate, and more environmentally friendly. Veganuary is a UK-based non-profit organization … Continue reading Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?