August 2007

Business&Technology13 Aug 2007 04:51 pm

I love Burger King. The person in charge of their online marketing has got it figured out. They keep coming up with fun games that while not generating direct burger revenue, they increase brand awareness and affinity. Further, they reinforce their hold on the “fun burger.” Right on!

Today there was a viral link floating around, and I had to see what it was about. Apparently, Burger King has partnered with The Simpson’s Movie folks and put up a great little time waster. I can upload a picture, and it makes a “Simpson” style cartoon of me. The whole thing took about 5 minutes, and I think it isn’t too bad.  Where Voki and others have tried, Burger King has succeeded. I know that the technology for the Simpsonize Me app is far behind the other avitar makers, and when the promotion is over, the site will go away, but it doesn’t matter.  I can make a Simpson of myself!

Of course I e-mailed my Springfield self out to some of my friends, and I’m posting it here, so good for Burger King.

You can check out the app here:


Business&General02 Aug 2007 10:42 pm

My wife likes to watch a certain dancing show on Fox. I’m so busy lately that it’s about the only time that we get to spend together. Normally we fast forward through the musical number, but OneRepublic was GREAT! The cello caught my attention, so I waited for the song to start, and I’m glad I did.

After they finished, I hopped onto Rhapsody to load them onto my Sansa, and I was surprised to find out that they weren’t available. They weren’t even in the list of “unavailable” music. It turns out that these guys don’t have an album out. A quick search revealed that the place to listen to more of them is on MySpace. I was disappointed, but I did join the mailing list so that I can pick up the CD when it’s available. I chuckled when I read this next to their email address:

Yes this is our personal email & we answer them ourselves. Please do not send “CD RELEASE” questions, keep checking our blog for that information.

I guess I’m not the only one. Their MySpace page is here:


Give them a listen, you might like it.


General01 Aug 2007 03:19 pm

In high school and college I played the tuba. We had a great time, and nobody wants to lose a tuba player, so we got to be a little rowdy too. Anyway, Nate turned me on to this story from The Onion.

Activision Reports Sluggish Sales For Sousaphone Hero

I love these two very funny comments…

“On one song, you’re forced to play the same two notes back and forth for 96 measures.”


Professional sousaphone player Eric Winkler of New Orleans called the game “laughably amateurish” and “nothing like” the actual sousaphone-playing experience. “The fingering’s completely different, for starters,” he said.

There were a number of other great “inside jokes” too.