Comcast to TechTV: "You're Fired!"
According to Wired
, Comcast has announced layoffs for all 285 employees of TechTV
. Comcast acquired TechTV in March, and is planning on "merging" it with G4, the 24 hour video game network owned by Comcast. G4's programming is bland and uninteresting, compared to TechTV's Leo Laporte
et al. There will be more announcements next week regarding which shows will be saved after the merger. Sad.
Screw it. I'm going to Geeks Gone Wild
Did anyone else find the Friends finale to be incredibly boring? (I also find it odd that you can already buy it on DVD from Amazon.com
Two very different forms of marketing piqued my interest today, both disturbing, in their own way.
First, there is the announcement
that all Major League Baseball games played between June 11th and June 13th will feature Spiderman 2
logos, on the on-deck circles and bases. Before the start of the game, home plate and the pitching rubber will also be so adorned, but those will be removed before game play begins. I fear that this is the start of baseball succumbing to the wall to wall advertising already seen in the NHL, where every available space is an ad for some product or another.
Second, we have one of the strangest instances yet of viral marketing
. There are two videos circulating the net, both ads for the Ford Sportka
, which are either cruel and offensive, or knee-slappingly hilarious, depending on how you feel about bad things being done to animals for humorous effect. For the record I didn't find this one
funny, but this one
made me laugh far more than any animal lover should. According to Snopes.com
, Ford claims that only the second clip was approved for use, and also that "no animal was harmed in its making." Whew.
To atone for laughing at computer-generated animal abuse, I would like to encourage everyone to visit the Animal Rescue Site
every day and help feed animals in need. It costs nothing, and gives you a nice warm fuzzy feeling.