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BONUS: Advice of the Day for February 10th , 2006

Posted by alltogethernow on 2006-02-10 11:55:15
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Advice of the Day:

Don't buy your eye glasses from The Bay optical. I got new glasses and frames through them (because they had the frames I liked). They not only took over a week to be completed, but 2 days later (today) they are already broken. When I took them in to be repaired they said that they had put the wrong lenses in the frames. They would re-order the complete set (frames and lenses) but that was the best they could do.

After calling the district manager and doing a lot of bitching I have received 50% off the order, and they will be ready by next Tuesday. So I am somewhat placated for now, but really don't go there, I wouldn't recommend it.

Quote of the Day:

“If we find the answer [the unified theory], it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for we would know the mind of God."
- Stephen Hawking

If you have never read "A Brief History of Time" do it. It will break your mind into 'a million little pieces'. The pain of quantum theory will probably drive you mad.

Website of the Day:

Hey, how many of you visit online forums? I bet almost all of you do... shit this is an online forum right here!! Well there is a new marketing trend that has been recently revealed. Guerilla marketing companies are hiring people to make up online personas to promote products. This is mostly used to promote video games, but it is not limited to this and almost any industry or product with an online forum relating to it could be susceptible.

I don't mean that they just make a one-time post saying the product is great, no, no, no. They are paid to make a long posting history, to have maybe 40 or 50 online personas in different forums, and make upwards of 200 posts per day. Eventually, once they have the trust of people who frequent the forums they will begin placing information about the products they are paid to promote.

So, next time someone (no matter how long or respectable their history of posts) recommends a video game/movie/sex toy in your favourite online forum... take it with a grain of salt, they could be placed there by EA/Paramount/Sue Johansen just for this purpose.

Check out these related articles, the very first report by web comic Penny Arcade and the subsequent follow up, and the Globe and Mail article which makes reference.

1st PA Post

2nd PA Post

Globe and Mail -
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