Thursday, August 27, 2009

Funny Phone Number

I often get a kick out of products and services that are named in a funny way, especially when so much money and time are invested in hiring experts, etc.

But what about phone numbers?

Well, when I switched to the current toll-free number, I had a list to choose from and, in the end, went with the current 888-771-1515. I examined the keypad to try and figure out if the number spells any obscenities. (Go ahead. I know you want to check for yourself. I'll wait.) Other than that, I was good to go.

Last week, I was accessing my voice mail and, instead of the 888 prefix, I used 800. (Old habits die hard.) I was surprised when, instead of hearing the usual greeting, I heard a man promising me that I could speak to women from all over the country, if I hung up and dialed another. (Go ahead. I know you want to check for yourself. I'll wait.)

No lesson here that I can think of. I just think it's funny.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jon Stewart Let me Down

I'm a big fan of The Daily Show. Or, more accurately, I should say that I enjoy watching it. The show is smart, funny and often addresses issues far better than any of the "legitimate" news programs.

A few weeks ago, Stewart had Bill Kristol, a well-known conservative, on. If you watch the video of the interview, you'll note that after the 7:00 mark, Stewart goes from interviewer to grandstander and attacker. Of course, Kristol could have - and should have - stopped him with a simple, "Jon, you asked me a good question. Please let me answer it without constant interruption."

Here's the interview:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Bill Kristol
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Kristol's a smart guy, but he needs media training.