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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:18 am on June 21, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Burning, Deadprogrammer Light Industries, , , Food industry, Glenn, Glenn Glen Glen Gleeeeeeenn Glen, Glenn Glenn Glen Glen, Glenn Glenn Glenn Glen, Glenn Glenn Glenn Glenn, inferior products, , , , ,   

    Wha-what’s happening? I’m losing the crowd. Down to 201 “friends”. 

    It could be the obscure Mat Groening references, or the photos, or maybe the cubicle monkey. I don’t know, but continuing posting junk as planned. Here, at Deadprogrammer Light Industries we stopped caring about the consumer a long time ago.

    Anyway, here are two absolutely excellent commercials that completely stuck in my mind. They totally make me want to drink Starbucks® Double ShotTM drinks in Puma® running shoes despite my knowledge that these are indeed inferior products.

    Ok, maybe I am not going to start purchasing Starbucks® and Puma® products, but I do drive my wife nuts singing “Mike, Mike, Miiike! … And he knows one day he just might become … a Director ” and saying “Stick! Stick! Stick! Go! Go! Go!”.

    Lyrics to “Glenn! Glenn! Glenn!” are a bit hard to understand, but actually pretty funny:

    Glenn Glenn Glenn
    Glenn Glenn Glenn
    Glen Glen Gleeeeeeenn

    Glen’s the man going to work
    Got his tie
    Got ambition

    Middle management is right in his grasp
    It’s a dream he will never let die
    Glen’s the man of the hour
    He’s the king of his cube
    Status com reports’ve finally met their rival
    Burning candle at both ends on his way to the top
    He knows one day he just could become …

    Interestingly enough “status com reports” is only once referenced by google – and even at that on the site discussing “Glenn!” lyrics.

    I also wonder why they chose such a sterile and clean bathroom and kitchen to use in the commercial. I mean, have you ever met a “Glenn” who would clean his apartment that clean?

  • Michael Krakovskiy 2:00 pm on January 23, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Ed Schultz, , Food industry, , Kenny G, , rising jazz saxophonist, Starbuck, , Starbucks Coffee Corp., William H. Gates II, William H. Gates III   

    Aye, Mr Starbuck. Ai-ai-ai-ya-i. 

    I’ve pretty much settled into a way of working with dead tree books. It works as follows: I carry a pack of tiny little post-its in my pocket. When I find an interesting quote I put a postit on the edge of the page. Later I scan the text of interest to me with my c-pen.
    I’ll be posting interesting snippets in my journal for your amusement.

    Right now I am reading a books about Starbucks Coffee Corp. called “Pour Your Heart into It : How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time“.

    The author, Howard Schultz tells his rags to riches story. He talks about his father not being a good provider when he was little and how he made it big. He puts the emphasis on how he tried to make Starbucks a company that would treat people like his father better. I also have to cringe every time he mentions coffee quality and “romance” of Starbucks stores.

    But sometimes it gets just really hilarious:

    About his wife :
    “Sheri was on the rise in her career, working for an Italian furniture maker as a designer and marketer. She painted our walls light salmon and began to use her professional skills to create a home in our loft-style space. “

    About his friend:
    “We had a great life, A few years later, Harold introduced me to his nephew, a rising jazz saxophonist known as Kenny G. We were two young men, each aspiring to make a mark in different fields, and our friendship grew as we faced similar kinds of challenges. Kenny eventually invested in the business, too, and even played at employee events and per- formed benefit concerts at our plant and market openings. His music became a part of the culture of the company. “

    Also interesting is that William H. Gates II, William H. Gates III’s dad, helped Schultz fight some legal battles.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:48 pm on January 16, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Drugstore, Duane, Duane Reed, , , Food industry, Pharmacy, ,   

    And the Secret Ingredient is… 

    Bought this today in a drugstore. Is it me, or does it seem that Duane Reed pharmacies are multiplying like Starbucks?

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