Just a quick five thoughts...
5) Hey Microsoft, no matter how hard you try, you probably won't ever be "hip"
Have you seen these new Microsoft commercials for that half tablet/half laptop thing? Where they accentuate the clicking sound it makes when you attach the keyboard to the tablet? Then, using the sound, they form a beat, and then all the cool kids spill all their cool on the entire world? It just feels like Microsoft is trying too hard. Keep it simple. I can picture a bunch of older white guys in a board room, sitting with their serious faces, saying "we need more cool. The kids like the dancing and the hip hop. Lets do that."
Honorable mention for most annoying commercial also goes to that "Bud Light" spot, where a group of guys hold their bottles with the labels facing out because it will help the kicker kick the winning field goal. They cite "scientific research," and this is supposed to be funny. Few things: 1)It's not. 2) If you're going to make a commercial about how their stupid superstition causes the improbable, then maybe a game winning field goal (a common occurrence) shouldn't be the subject, and 3) They are at an Oakland Raiders game, and come on, they never win :D.
4) Sports Bars are annoying
Because I'm a fan of an out of town team, I'm subjected to these hellholes a few times a year when my favorite team isn't on national TV. This is actually worthy of a post itself, but loud places full of obnoxious drunkards are never ideal.
3) Veterans Day
It's Veterans Day in America, but I'm about to raise an un-popular opinion. I was watching a lot of football this weekend, and of course, there were many ceremonies in honor of the military and our troops (and, of course, veterans deserve to be commended for their service. They do the dirty work, after all), but the way this country praises and lionizes our military is a bit unsettling. And if I were from another country, and knew little of America, I'd find it bordering on disturbing. We just stop short of praying to it. My case in point? You're probably reading this in horror and thinking "How can he criticize the military! He's not supporting the troops!" But this has nothing to do with the troops (and I hate when people take any criticism of the military as a sign that I'm not "supporting the troops"), but it makes it hard to think open minded about both our military spending and the military's place in our society when we hold it up on this tall pedestal no one can reach. That said, Veterans Day is a day for veterans and your service is appreciated.
The New Spielberg Movie. Saw it. Liked it, didn't adore it. Great performances, too many soliloquies. Also, its essentially a movie about how Lincoln manipulated congress into voting for slavery emancipation. An incredibly interesting and worthy story, but not one that involves Lincoln's death, and the quick "death" scene felt out of place.
Also, on a side note, a number of years ago, when GAP rolled out their (RED) campaign, there were a serious of billboards featuring Spielberg in a red leather jacket. Below, it said "Hono(red)." Now when you look at their inspi(red) ads, you immediately think "inspired." But when you look at hono(red), you immediately think Hono Red. And I don't even know what Hono Red would mean, but it's funny. As a result, since these ads were released, my friends and I just call him Hono Red. By the way, you can't find that ad anywhere now. Try googling it. I can picture Hono Red being all "Why the fuck does it say Hono Red? TAKE THESE DOWN NOW."
1) One week till vacation.
Thank the heavens.