May 13th, 2003

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Evil Empire, Good PR

Have y'all seen the new Microsoft ad? It's been running during Enterprise lately. I won't describe the onscreen imagery, but the message is thus:
    "At Microsoft, we stand in awe of you and your potential.

    It's what inspires us to create software that helps you reach it. It's what inspires all that we do.

    Because at the end of the day, the true measure of our success is not in the power of our software, but in the power it unleashes in you.

    Your potential, our passion. Microsoft."
A direct ripoff of Apple's "Think Different" campaign? Perhaps. But somehow more evocative, empowering, and just plain elegant. Gotta love that irony.

Somebody deserves a big fat Microsoft bonus check.

(I can't remember the last commercial I had to stop everything and drag other people into the room to watch. This was that well crafted.)
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    enthralled enthralled
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my imaginary girlfriend deserves someone better

    self:
        I hear you've got tickets for Matrix Reloaded tomorrow night?

    cashier:
        We do!

    self:
        10:00?

    cashier:
        We don't have a lot of tickets for that time left.

    self:
        That's fine. I just need two.

    cashier:
        Let me check.. No, we only have one ticket left. I can give you two for the 10:10 showing, though.

    self:
        Y'know, I think she's sleeping with someone else.

    cashier:
        ...what?

    self:
        One ticket will be fine.

    cashier:
        Sir, it's just ten minutes later.

    self:
        No. It's always ten minutes later. This has to stop somewhere.

    cashier:
        So... just the one ticket?

    self:
        Please.
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    mischievous mischievous