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Not bad.

Just over four months. Not bad at all...


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Mar. 19th, 2001 02:46 pm (UTC)
You obviously don't watch much TV...
There's a commercial on TV for a light bulb that lasts five years...I don't think four months is that good, even for a standard bulb...

Kurt Onstad
Bursting bubbles...
Mar. 19th, 2001 04:12 pm (UTC)
Five years?
That is one LONG commercial.

Anyway, nobody advertizes lightbulbs on television. You're making that up.

And if we're going to play that game, five years isn't terribly special either.
Mar. 19th, 2001 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, wait, I phrased it right!
If I had said, "There's a commercial on TV, for a light bulb, that lasts five years." or if I had said, "There's a commercial on TV that lasts five years for a light bulb." then that would have worked, but I did phrase it correctly for the light bulb to be the thing that lasts five years. Although, an alternative way I guess I could have phrased it, to be even more clear was "There's a light bulb that lasts for five years advertised on TV." But that makes it sound like I know for a fact that the light bulb does last for five years, and the commercial just acknowledges that fact. No, I wanted to emphasize that the commercial made this claim, and not me.

Kurt Onstad
Overanalyzing this sentence...
Mar. 19th, 2001 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, wait, I phrased it right!
The first noun encountered took a dominant role, and became the subject of your sentence.

I'd go with "There's a lightbulb advertized on television which is said to last for five years."

Were this an english class, you'd have gotten your paper back a full letter grade lower, with the word "ambiguous" scrawled across the top. (Unless I was the teacher, at which point your paper comes back covered with smart-ass remarks about long commercials...)

In any event, you're trying to draw attention away from the fact that this commercial exists only in your head. Don't think we're not onto your little ploy.
Mar. 19th, 2001 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, wait, I phrased it right!
The "5-year" bulb is made by Philips. They advertise the bulb on television.

Mar. 19th, 2001 11:38 pm (UTC)
Fine, fine.
You're in on the conspiracy too. I see how it is.
    ...Philips, huh? I wonder if I can get some shipped here. Just need one, really.
Mar. 20th, 2001 09:59 am (UTC)
Re: Fine, fine.
They've actually got a couple commercials. One is for a regular looking bulb, the other is for a funky shaped bulb. One lasts 2 years guaranteed, the other can last 5 years, but they don't mention a guarantee.

I think there's something wrong with your fixture.

Mar. 24th, 2001 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Fine, fine.
Ummm, yeah you guys think to much, BUT i do like the whole Escher thing you have got going on there...
Mar. 26th, 2001 09:32 pm (UTC)
This is nothing!
You should hear some of the conversations we have in AIM, email and in person...

Kurt Onstad
Far too analytical, and yet, nowhere near as analytical as Self...
Mar. 27th, 2001 01:38 am (UTC)
Says you...
I happen to take everything at face value. That's why it's such a pleasure talking to me! Looking for an argument? You've come to the wrong place.

No, wait. Sorry.. I was thinking of someone else.
Mar. 20th, 2001 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, wait, I phrased it right!
Okay. Time to pull my "Tape four random hours of television and search for this commercial." I think I've mostly seen it on Comedy Central...

I swear, I've seen it!
Mar. 30th, 2001 10:09 pm (UTC)
...My god.
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