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  • China, The New America?

    Posted on July 6th, 2009 phpguru No comments

    At this exact moment, 7pm on Monday after the 4th of July weekend, CNBC isn’t running a program highlighting how amazing this country is, how unbelievably hard-working its people are, nor how bountiful our blessings, nor how gorgeous our borders, from sea to shining sea.

    No, CNBC is running a program about how great China is, as they become more like Us. But are they becoming more like us? They are billions, that are owed trillions. We are mere millions that owe trillions. We owe THEM trillions. It starts to become staggering when you try to do the math on that, to actually attempt to figure out how much, no, what our children, grand children and great grand children’s lives will be like, paying off our mistakes, if they’re ever even able to.

    Aside from this being absurd and propagandist programming, it’s not only impossible, it’s so far from the truth it is blowing my mind right now. It reminds me of this:

    Some people had better wake up, quick. And start studying Mandarin. And start figuring out how to make some pretty amazing businesses, products, and services that the entire world wants to buy from us quick if we want to get ourselves out of the mess we’re in.

    I cannot honestly believe that my Democrat friends from college are glad right now that they elected a steamrolling majority of themselves to spend us all into oblivion.

  • Club Mac Adds Me To Their Test Email List

    Posted on July 6th, 2009 phpguru No comments

    I recently received yet another ClubMac promotional email. I usually don’t mind them. The creative and graphics are pretty good.

    But the last two were from test.

    clubmacad1

    clubmacad2

    At first, I didn’t think much of it, but now I’m wondering whether it’s a secret marketing gimmick, if I’m about to receive an apology email about a glitch in the emarketing department, or (here’s an idea for you) send me an email about ‘secret plan’ to ‘reward our best customers’ through a unique and clever advertising concept. I’m the winner, right? I discovered the Easter Egg for the 8 Core, 32GB of RAM Maxed out G5 System with Two 30″ Cinema Displays? That’s fantastic news! I could really use a new box!

    Wait, Let’s check out their site and see how much that baby is running these days…

    clubmacad3

    Duh! Do these guys need a CNAME or what?! Oh wait, does this DNS error qualify me to receive the Canon HD Digital Camera with Final Cut Pro HD premium prize?

    Well let’s try the www version of the domain name.

    Yep that works.

    So I Click to Systems and then the Image of

    the most expensive computer on earth, a Mac Pro 8 Core.

    clubmacad4

    Cannot find item: 7371957. Gotcha, maybe ClubMac’s  asp application can’t FindTheBiggestTicketItem.DLL.

    Am I the only one who finds this funny?