Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Just now reading my monthly copy of ArcNews and noticed an ad for a company that "provides innovative decision support tools that make the land-use planning process more visual, more collaborative and more effective." As Motivational Speaker Matt Foley might intone, "WELL, LAH-DEE-FREAKIN'-DAH!" Anyway, aside from the amateur marketing consultant gobbledygook, what I was more struck by was the ad itself. 1/3 of a page, one side with tiny white text on a cherry-red background, the other half a photograph of a kid's sled. The headline reads:

On what planet?

Here on Earth, it is rare for anyone to use a crappy old wooden sled when they want someone to think "speed".

Grace?! You ever seen someone ride a sled? It ain't like watching Baryshnikov.

And the real kicker--easy navigation!?! Mmmyeah, sure. That's why Columbus brought one with him to America, you know. And it's why the Space Shuttle has a sled strapped to the nose.

Yes. I am jealous that people get paid good money to write junk like this. I mean, everyone knows the symbol of speed, grace and easy navigation is the possum.

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