Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Discounted music

As graduation approaches, and with it job interviews (hopefully), I have been shopping for a new suit. I have one, but I think two would be good to have for work and such, and my mom gave me Christmas money to buy a suit.

Being the cheap...er...value-conscious shopper that I am, I have been spending a lot of time at Marshall's. For those of you who don't know, Marshall's makes its money reselling clothes that it buys from big name stores. When the Nordstrom's or Macy's order too many Van Heusen dress shirts they sell the surplus to Marshall's. Some of the stuff looks like the store just bought too much, and some of it--well, let's just say Marshall's ain't going to sell it either.

Anyways, given my addiction to music, I have paid keen attention to the songs played at Marshall's. (Not) surprisingly John Mayer comes on at least twice an hour there. I'm not sure what to think of this. Heavens knows how much I love John Mayer. I have two different reads: One, the rights to play John Mayer at stores was overpurchased by big stores and so Marshall's; or two, John Mayer's adult contemporary shlock is so middle of the road that it borders on muzak, and no middle-aged woman would feel uncomfortable shopping with the music on. Either way he sucks.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A moment of lyrical genius

I don't really pay attention to ads. I will usually see an ad 5-6 times before I know what product it's selling and it's sales pitch (if there is one). But, for some reason the Fergie Dr. Pepper commercial caught my attention. The jingle was actually kind of catchy. But it was the lyrics that had me enthralled. She starts of her rapping:

"Ain't nobody rockin' like this
Ain't nobody out there swift like this
Everywhere all I hear is this"
Yes, she rhymed the word this three times es in a row. Three times. Maybe she really liked the first line but could only come up with "this soda tastes like piss" so she decided to rhyme it with itself. And the last line? Everywhere all I hear is this?!?! Could you get more vague. Why on earth did you need to include that line in your rap!

Regardless of how she pawned the lyric off, I hope Dr. Pepper didn't pay much for those lyrics. Stay tuned, I have another music in adverts post on the way.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Another nerdy dream

I have lots of nerdy dreams. About a month ago, I dreamed about trying to speak Spanish but only Chinese would come out. Last night I dreamed about discussing whether or not to put two spaces or one after a period, with a Mormon blogger. Yup, that's how exciting my subconscious is.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bachmann considering running in 2012

As a liberal, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Unlike Sarah Palin, Bachmann won't win likely the GOP nomination. I don't think she has national support like Sarah Barracuda. But if she runs, and Sarah doesn't, then she will probably draw the loony votes in the primaries so the delegates can nominate a sane choice.

Is that good or bad? One one hand the nominee would probably be more appealing to moderates and thus more likely to beat Obama. On the other, if she/he did win hopefully this whole Tea Party thing will fade into irrelevance like Lou Bega.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national