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Rob of the Sky’s Guide to Commercials

One of the most apparent part of our society is commercials.  It seems like commercials are everywhere.  On television, billboards, buses, movie theaters, ballparks, and even teh internets, one can find commercials advertising for unnecessary crap to spend our disposable income.  Like most people, I am annoyed by the constant bombardment of advertisement that plagues our society.  I dream of a day where I can watch t.v. without commercials.  Unfortunately, I’m not rich enough to afford TIVO or channels like HBO, and am not sophisticated enough to enjoy PBS, so I’m stuck with commercials.  The annoying thing about commercials is that they are loud and repetitive.  They also tend to be similar to one another and high in sound volume.  The most annoying commercials are the ones that try to sell some miracle new household product in a obnoxiously loud voice, like so:

ARE YOU CURRENTLY ON FIRE?  WHY, YOU ARE JUST IN LUCK AS MIRACLE PRODUCT INC. HAS INTRODUCED A NEW PRODUCT CALL DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE.  DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE IS INCREDIBLY EASY TO USE.  JUST OPEN THE BOTTLE OF DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE AND POUR IT ALL OVER YOU BODY TO PUT OUT THE FIRE.  DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE REGULARLY SELLS FOR $29.99 A BOTTLE, BUT CALL NOW TO RECEIVE YOUR BOTTLE OF DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE FOR ONLY $19.99.  YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO PASS UP A DEAL LIKE THAT.  BUT ORDER IN THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES AND YOU’LL RECEIVE DOUBLE THE ORDER.  THAT’S RIGHT, YOU GET TWO BOTTLES OF DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF $19.99.  DON’T DELAY, CALL TODAY!

These type of commercials are the reason why the mute button exists.  Actually, I have no idea why the mute button exists.  Regardless, the mute button is still important in shutting up loudmouths on commercials.  Another type of commercial that is very annoying is the prescription drug commercials.  Too many of these commercials are on television.  These commercials convince people that they have diseases like acid reflux, restless leg syndrome, or erectile dysfunction.  An example of a prescription drug commercial is like so:

Are you very hot?  Do you currently feel pain?  Do children run up to you holding marshmallows or hot dogs on the end of a stick?  If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, then you are probably on fire.  However, there is treatment for this disease with Firegone.  Firegone is a once-daily pill that can relieve you of you pyro situation.  You should ask your doctor if Firegone is right for you.  Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salmonella, bladder cancer, AIDS and/or death.  Women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant should not take Firegone.  So what are you waiting for?  Take Firegone today and start living a cooler life.

Another type of commercial that I find annoying is the car insurance commercial.  What’s with the geckos and cavemen selling car insurance.  Why do cavemen need car insurance anyway?  Cavemen don’t know how to drive.  Oh yeah, I just insulted cavemen.  Any hate mail can be sent here.  Anyway, Here would be an example of a car insurance commercial:

Announcer Dood: Switching to Geico is so easy a man on fire can do it.
Man on Fire: I resent that.  We are people too, ya know
Announcer Dood: Oh, sorry.  Geico: 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.

Now, I don’t find all commercials annoying.  I do like movie trailer.  I especially liked it when the late Don LaFontaine would do a commercial like so:

In a world where people are not pyro inclined, one man gets himself on fire.  The late Jim Varney stars in Ernest is on Fire.  This time, Ernest is not in prison or saving Christmas.  Coming summer 2011.

Finally, I must admit that I do like commercials about video games.  There’s just something about them that I like.  I guess it’s because I like video games.  Anyway, an example of a video game commercial is like so:

Giant Hand: HEY!!! YOU LOOK LIKE A REAL JERK!!!
Dood: Well, I am on fire.
Giant Hand: SO WHATCHA DOIN’?
Dood: Well, I’m picking my order of Dihydrogen Monoxide
Giant Hand: OH NO YOU AIN’T!!!  YOU’RE GONNA PLAY POLE POSITION!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this installment of this WordPress doohickey.  Until next time, remember that 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.  As if you cared.

Rob of the Sky’s Guide to Email

In a world where instant messaging is king, one man tries to bring back the rules of a lost art.  Join Rob of the Sky as he brings you the guide to email.  Heh, those previous two sentences could be spoken in a Don LaFontaine voice for maximum effect.  Anyway, there are some rules to email to follow.  These rules are apparently mandatory, or at least it seems that way.  So, without further ado, here are Rob of the Sky’s guide to email!:

  1. Spam is king – Odds are 90% of the emails in your inbox are spam.  The main form of spam are adds for male enhancement pills.  After all, who doesn’t want to en-large their pe-nis.  I mean, you got to keep your wo-man sa-tisfied.  Pills like Vi-agra allow for a couple to spend 4 hours in he-aven.  I don’t know how they came up with the four hour limit, or what happens after four hours.  All I know is that after four hours it’s time to panic.  Anyway, other forms of spamming include phishing.  These are emails that seem to be from legit places like eBay or PayPal, but are not.  These emails ask for your information to keep your account on the website they are claiming to be open.  However, your account was never in jeopardy and the people who sent you the email are now using the credit card number you sent them to buy pills to en-large their pe-nis.  True story, I once received an email saying that my PayPal account was going to be deactivated if I didn’t give them my information involved with the account.  The irony is that I’ve never had a PayPal account in my life.  I didn’t really care that my non-existent PayPal account was deleted.  Finally, I can’t talk about spam and not talk about the Nigerian scams.  All you have to do is send some guy you’ve never met a bunch of money, and he’ll send you even more money.  For some reason, Nigeria is a haven for spammers.  I don’t know why either.
  2. Thou shalt forward crap – Too many emails have titles like “fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:re:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:re:fwd:re:fwd:pic of miracle”.  Many emails beg you to forward the crap to all your friends, or the friends you would have if you weren’t forwarding crap to everyone.  The first type of email that begs you to forward it to all your friends is the email that says Bill Gates will give you money if your forward the message to all your friends.  Now, I don’t personally know Bill Gates, but I figure that he doesn’t want to give me money for merely forwarding an email message.  The second type of email message that begs you to forward is the “for every forward Wal-Mart will donate 5 cents to funding a little boy’s cancer operation” email.  After all, who would be a heartless bastard and deny the dying little boy money for his needed cancer treatment?  Me.  I am that heartless bastard who deletes those emails.  Why do I delete these messages instead of forwarding them?  Simple, because that little boy dying of cancer doesn’t exist.  All those emails about forwarding an email message to pay for a little kid’s operation are nothing more than hoaxes.  The third type of email that begs you to forward are online petitions.  To put simply, online petitions don’t work.  And sending a forwarded email to the president get him to lower gas prices doesn’t work either.
  3. Hyperbole is your friend – Hyperbole tends to come into play when political emails are sent.  Why have a rational discussion about healthcare reform when “OMG OBAMA’S GONNA KILL YOUR GRANDMOTHER WITH AN AXE AND EAT HER CORPSE BECAUSE HEATH CARE REFORM PASSED!!!!111!!1!!!  FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!!!1111!!!  BUY MORE GUNS SO THAT OBAMA DOESNT TAKE THEM AWAY!!!!111!!!!!11!” is much more effective at getting people passionate about the topic.  Granted, they might not be entirely knowledgable about the subject, and maybe they haven’t heard of sites such as Snopes or Factcheck which are dedicated to debunking these emails, but that’s not all that important.  What is important is getting people pissed off at the current state of Western civilization, even if they don’t know what they are pissed off about.
  4. Every once in a while you may write a personal email to a friend – there are a few rules to writing these emails. dont use capital letters. dont use certain punctuation marks such as apostrophes. use a single space after sentences. sentence fragments. and dont forget to hae a kickass tagline. thats the most important part.

So yeah, those are the rules to email.  Follow them, and you win the internets.  Until next time, remember that fire and gasoline do not mix very well.