May 31, 2003
My mom came down to visit this weekend, so we’re going off today to see some of her relatives in the LA area, and then I think tomorrow we’re going to see the Getty, which I’ve heard is really cool.
Research has been going ok, but a little slow. I think it’ll speed up a lot when Ran gets back in town. Or maybe not. I’m not really sure how this kind of thing works. I have to prepare a short presentation on one of the papers we read. Luckily, I managed to get one of the ones I thought I understood pretty well, so that shouldn’t be too hard.
Expect a massive update sometime soon, as I fill you all in on the week I spent off at Catalina Island.
May 30, 2003
I was eating some Pringles out of the can yesterday (augmented with a whole carrot, eaten Bugs Bunny style, and blocks of cheese cut off the big chunk), and I all of a sudden remembered the commercials they used to have. Remember: the “Once you pop, you can’t stop!” ones, where they had all the people doing some kind of performance art with Pringles as the center of attention. You know, just like when I get together with my friends to rap about the pizza we just bought, or tap dance around the bottle of coke.
And, clearly its worked for them. Potato chips already have a pretty damn high profit margin, given that potatoes cost about as much as water, by weight. Yet Pringles took it to a new level. Instead of the big bag of chips, they just give you the little cylinder. Yet they still charge about as much. Or more. Yet they’ve managed to establish themselves as the classy potato chip, the potato chip that young, on-the-go individuals such as how you’d like to think of yourself consume.
It’s gotta be the ads.
So I was thinking about those ads, and I realized that, really, the message given in those ads is precisely the same thing that our parents used to tell us about drugs.
Perhaps they should try another tack.
May 29, 2003
And the numbers are in.
The Matrix Reloaded, in its first weekend (which ended up being Wednesday through Sunday, because of the early release in some parts of the world), made $134,282,716, gross. This puts it $19,438,600 ahead of Spiderman. Pwned.
Anyway. Since most of you suck, and didn’t submit guesses, this was a small contest. The guesses submitted were (in order of increasing accuracy):
Me: $35,145,234 (ok, so this was a bit too much of the fan-boy at work here)
So we can see that, indeed, no one won, by the rules of the contest (which was to not go over). However, for their participation and faith, each of the contestants would have receive the cheapest piece of officially liscenced Matrix merchandise that I can find, except that I just looked, and there aren’t any. Damn those Wachowskis and their integrity. Maybe I could just get a single poster, and cut it in thirds. I mean, their heads are already cut off. How much worse would it really be? AB, for his lack of faith and abysmally poor guess, shall have the honor of the booby cd (it’s just fun to say that word).
May 27, 2003
For some reason, comments aren’t showing up on the last post. This is a test. It is only a test. If this were a real post, I’d have written something extraordinarily witty here.
May 25, 2003
For reasons beyond understanding, my blog was having some issues this past week. I suspect severe depression brought on by lonliness.
May 19, 2003
I’m going to be on Catalina Island for the next week, and Phil tells me that they don’t have an internet connection there. I told him not to worry, that I have a wireless card, but he said it wouldn’t work. I’m a little puzzled by this, but I figure that, y’know, they’ll at least ship us over to the mainland 8 or 12 times a day so we can check our email. This is, after all, civilization we’re talking about here.
Well, like I said, I don’t believe Phil. But if he’s right, this means I’ll be incommunicado for a week.
Just got goosebumps.
May 16, 2003
Ah, Beer. The best problem for last. And, now, time for some.
This is Ian, the last surviving member of the ACM deathmatch, signing off.
Chat doesn’t know what hit it!
Oh, these are the names of the problems I’ve solved, in case you hadn’t figured that out. Anyone who is interested (Dad), can find the problems here.