Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fig Newton's: Cake or Cookie

I'll start off by saying that I'm not the first to notice this, but I just saw a package of Fig Newtons and it said "Fruit Chewy Cookies." Wait a second, COOKIE?! I remember the ad campaign where they boldly proclaimed them to be a cake. Now, here's a great example of a company really getting off message. They spent millions of dollars boldly proclaiming themselves to be "Not a cookie" and then switch to "Oops, I guess we really are a cookie." I guess that explains why I haven't had one in years. Way to give up the niche. For more information on Fig Newtons there is some interesting facts on Wikipedia.

One more thing...

Check out how many ellipses I use. I need to cut back on that!

Uniquely Similar

Okay, I admit it. I love oxymorons. I think they are a great attention grabber, so hopefully my little title intrigued you. Now to explain.

I've been thinking a lot lately about a human trait that I find a bit amusing. Here's the context...I just recently bought a 2005 Nissan 350Z (as you can see from my links on the right). I have wanted this car for over a year, and now that it's mine I absolutely love it. However, not more than a month after getting it I began dreaming about all of the tweaks and modifications I could do. It was like I had this intense desire to make my car unique from every other Z on the road. Not so strange, but in making these modifications I actually became very similar to every other car enthusiast who is also modding their car. I became uniquely similar.

Another example...I'm a big Xbox fan (also highlighted in the links to the right) and have a lot of friends who also play. Almost all of us have done some sort of modification to our boxes. From painting, to putting in LEDs that light up the front, to adding mod chips we've all changed and modified our systems. Once again making us all uniquely similar.

It's like humans have this intense desire to stand out, but end up trying to stand out by doing something that will make them fit in. Is it just me, or is that just a bit weird? Anyway, I think about stuff like this as I get ready in the morning. Just a bit of mind wandering. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Interesting Story...

I'm a big NPR fan, and heard an interesting story this morning on the use of virtual reality games to help kids deal with pain. This is especially fascinating to me, as a resident of Orlando, where we have a lot of simulation and virtual reality technology. Just thought I would pass it along.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Openness & Honesty

It's amazing to me how dishonest we are as humans. We pretend to be happy when we're upset, act as if we like someone when we don't, refuse to air out differences when we're mad. Dishonesty seems to permeate every aspect of our existence. Of course, as a new member of this "blogosphere" I realize that honesty is the name of this game. But, it is intriguing to me that it would take an electronic medium such as this to bring out our honest side. It's even turning into a business (intriguing or just a sad commentary on life).

Those that know me, know that I tend to wear my feelings on my shirtsleeve. My mom has even told me that as a kid I would tell her everything I had done wrong. She actually got to the point of wishing I wouldn't tell her everything, so she wouldn't have to punish me. Silly? Maybe, but I'm glad I have that reputation. In fact, if I could be known for nothing more than my honesty and integrity, I would be a happy man.

Honesty...seems like such a simple thing, and yet...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Getting Started

Had a friend get me thinking about starting a blog. While I don't have a specific topic in mind, I thought the title "Ramblings & Musings" would explain my general purpose - although I don't appear to be the first to think of this. Generally, this blog will be for the edification of the author and entertainment of the reader. So, off we go...
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