Each year I’m growing more and more convinced that one day in the near future, Thanksgiving will no longer be an American tradition.
As people continue to be obsessed towards Black Friday and Gray Thursday, and the conquest of fighting crowds and trying to grab cheap deals in stores, it’s only natural that Thanksgiving itself will be eliminated.
For the longest of times, The Day After Thanksgiving (now referred to as Black Friday by the media and the rest of our simpleton society) was considered as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The common tradition involved people spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving, and then waking up early the next morning to begin their Christmas shopping. Most of the stores opened their doors at six in the morning, and the earliest of shoppers were rewarded with special doorbuster savings.
That’s how Black Friday worked through the mid 2000s. In the later 2000s we saw retail stores slowly pushing their opening time earlier and earlier in the day, from five to four to three o’clock in the morning. It was inevitable that some store somewhere was going to be open for business on Thanksgiving Day.
In 2011, several of the major retailers opened their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. The next year these open times were shifted to eight pm that day. In 2013 we saw some stores open their doors at six pm and many more of them opening at eight pm that night.
And do you think that the shoppers were horrified at the thought of retail stores being open at six pm on Thanksgiving Day, making people choose between having a relaxing family dinner or fighting with other shoppers over doorbuster deals? Hell, no! People flocked to those stores like there was no tomorrow. Stores were packed and people were competing to grab whatever sale items that they could find. It’s clear that the shoppers have chosen commercialism versus an American tradition. Read more…
Another Black Friday has now come and gone.
People have flocked for the insane sale prices for (mostly) cheap crap that was destined for a warehouse. Drop the price by a large percentage, advertise it as a Black Friday sale, and suddenly it becomes a highly sought after item.
Does that mean that everything on sale this day is a cheap piece of crap? No, not all of the sale items are garbage. There are some legitimately decent items on sale. Best of luck though acquiring those quality items without camping outside of a store for several days.
As we’ve been seeing now for several years, Black Friday tends to bring out the worst in people. Some stores anticipate the heavy draw of people, and they take steps to control the crowds carefully. Some stores will issue tickets / coupons for the sale items while people are standing in line. Other stores will escort people into, say, the electronics section, and keep the people orderly that way.
And then you have Walmart.
Walmart is a store that does wild business during its Black Friday sale. The store also has a very negative reputation during Black Friday as well. One of the reasons for this negative reputation is that Walmart tends to scatter its sale items throughout the store. There is no sense of order. Nor is there much in the way of crowd control. The people who typically shop at Walmart tend to be less intelligent and more aggressive, and their negative personalities really show during the carnage of Black Friday madness.
Here are some video highlights from 2013 Black Friday shoppers.
In this Walmart video you’ll see a large crowd of people trying to snatch TVs being sold for a low price. In the second half of the video we see two women fighting over one of those TVs. Police separate the women but one of them is subdued and arrested. A Walmart worker tries to get this person to stop filming during the arrest. Read more…
Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, and you know what that means.
Big deals on Black Friday.
Screw the turkey. Skip visiting with friends and relatives. Don’t bother having any quality time while drinking beer and watching football games on the big screen TV. You can always do that on Saturday and Sunday after you’ve spent hours (or days for some people) waiting outside in the middle of the night and successfully fought off the crowds for those few precious and moderately to heavily discounted items.
For a growing percentage of people, Thanksgiving simply means going out shopping and trying to score some awesome deals and savings. Each year people become more frenzied with this frightening obsession, and each year the big stores reward their atrocious behavior with even bigger sales.
BLACK FRIDAY — THE OBSESSION
It wasn’t too long ago when Black Friday was still referred to as simply The Day After Thanksgiving. The term Black Friday simply refers to a day on the calendar when many stores would finally see a profit for the year, going from the red to the black. Red and black are industry terms when talking about finance. It wasn’t until the past couple of years when companies began using the term Black Friday in their advertising.
Target Little Black Friday #MyKindOfHoliday
When you mention Black Friday these days, you can see the excitement build in people’s eyes as they imagine substantial savings. Their personality changes. They become zombies, focused on perceived savings of great value and frenzied enough to endure great challenges to be a part of the sale. These zombies quickly become hordes as they gather outside of their favorite stores. When the doors finally open . . . LOOK OUT!
While I haven’t been paying that much attention to Samsung’s line of Smart TVs, I do have to admit that their recent advertising has made me curious to learn about the advanced televisions.
Samsung F8000 2013 Smart TV demonstration
Doesn’t that look pretty slick, or what?
It’s fascinating to me how something like a television set (and Samsung’s Smart TV is no ordinary television) now has its own computer, with this latest one having a quad-core processor, and can easily watch regular programming as well as a variety of Internet-related tasks such as YouTube and Hulu videos as well as video chatting with Skype and even access to the Internet and social media websites. In addition to that you can even use your smart phone for even more features and accessibility, both from the TV to the phone and vice versa.
Perhaps I need to pay more attention to home entertainment.
Some of my friends have alternate versions to the features in Samsung’s Smart TV, but I had yet to see all of that combined into one unit.
Something that still looks rather ridiculous are the gestures to use the camera’s motion sensor to control elements on the television. The woman in the demonstration looked stupid the way that she was waving around her hands. The same goes true to all of the people using the same stupid gestures in the Samsung Smart TV commercials. That’s really neat technology but you look like a fool when you use it.
The fact that the Samsung TV has a video camera, the remote has a microphone, and the television itself is connected to the Internet opens the door to conspiracy theories about Samsung and The Powers That Be easily spying on you inside of your private residence. We already know that most websites record your actions, and social networking websites such as Facebook have waved good-bye to privacy a while ago. The Internet Age has virtually eliminated the concept of privacy. But what about that video camera on top of the TV that constantly stares at you? Is it recording you right now? Read more…
Recently there’s been a massive advertising campaign for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch and part of the opening wave of wearable technology.
Samsung Galaxy Gear: A Long Time Coming
The advertisements for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear are somewhat amusing as they show a collage of video clips for technologically advanced wrist watches. Pretty much all of the sci-fi watches have been just that, works of science fiction and wishful thinking. That is, until today and the dawn of the smartwatch.
As we know, wrist watches have dominantly been manufactured for the sole purpose of telling time. Whether you prefer an analog or digital watch, most of them have had few features besides telling you the current time. Some watches know the date and day of the week, others can function as a stopwatch, and other watches have the capability of knowing the time for different time zones. Back in the 1980s, if you were one of the cool kids in class then your watch also had a calculator built into it.
But the era of smartwatches is going to change the concept of wrist watches forever.
At least, that’s what some of the big companies are trying to do. Whether or not this actually catches on is still anybody’s guess. Read more…
Is it just me, or am I not getting the right message from a recent TV advertisement for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet?
Amazon Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the advertising and review a few areas that might be questionable.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD with FreeTime commercial
The TV commercial begins by showing a kid running up and grabbing what I assume to be his family’s Kindle Fire HD tablet. The boy grabs it and goes running off with the tablet. Keep in mind that the price for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD starts at $199.
Apparently the cost of the electronic device means nothing to this family as the young boy is allowed to not only handle such a device, but also use it whenever and however he pleases. The next scene shows the daughter using a tablet while sitting sideways in a chair. It’s not indicated whether the two children have their own tablets, or if they have to share with others in the family.
Regardless, the message here is that apparently kids love tablet. Kids also love getting dirty, having messy fingers, and generally having little to no respect towards expensive gadgets. Does a child have a true understanding of money when their parents gladly purchase them expensive gifts? Is that same child going to know how to behave properly around such a device? Not if the parents teach them. Best of luck with that happening in today’s society. Read more…
This morning I learned about the passing of Vince Flynn.
I knew that he previously had a bout with prostate cancer, but I didn’t know that apparently he was still dealing with the deadly disease. He was still writing and publishing his books with the next in the series scheduled to be released this fall. Needless to say, the news about his passing was a bit of a shock to me.
Unfortunately for Mr. Flynn, the news of his death has been far outweighed by news about James Gandolfini’s sudden passing as well. It seems that everywhere you look, from the main “society” home pages such as Yahoo!, MSN and AOL, and popular social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, the talk and conversations are pretty much all revolving around Gandolfini, a man who was immortalized by playing a mobster on the HBO hit series The Sopranos.
I don’t watch the national news stations. Had it not been for a single headline on the website BreakingNews.com, I would have never heard about Vince Flynn’s passing yesterday morning.
Granted, many of Flynn’s novels weren’t exactly literary masterpieces. So far I’ve read seven of his fourteen published novels (the fifteenth is scheduled to be released this fall), and from what I’ve read the better novels have been the earlier ones. He still had some great characters, fantastic action sequences, and Flynn’s novels weren’t afraid to go against the endless bureaucracy and red tape in Washington or the liberal mentality in other parts of the country. Mitch Rapp, his primary character, was not afraid to step over the line and kick serious ass when it was needed.
Fans of the 2013 action thriller Olympus Has Fallen (versus the upcoming White House Down, a film that looks so bad it’s hilarious) should really check out Vince Flynn’s Transfer of Power. Let’s just say that the film is extremely similar to the book despite there not being an official connection between the two. Word has it that one or two of Flynn’s books may officially be made into films in the near future. Read more…
It’s been several days since the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, had the shootout with Boston cops and then put the city under siege and martial law until the surviving brother, Dzhokhar, was finally captured.
According to the media, the case is basically closed. The vast majority of news stories have painted the picture of two boys originally from southern Russia who came to America and later decided to strike back against this very country. They allegedly became “brainwashed” with a radical faction of the Muslim religion and carried out a personal jihad against the USA. The Tsarnaev brothers placed IEDs constructed from pressure cookers (as described in online publications), and detonated them near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
It seems simple enough of a plan, especially when you look deeper into Tamerlan’s past including his mysterious trip to Russia that lasted for six months and the violence he’s used against his wife, a woman who was forced to convert to the Muslim faith. New articles online hint that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may also be the person behind a still unsolved triple homicide that occurred back in 2011.
2013 Boston Marathon bombing
It seems so simple: Construct pressure cooker bombs. Start a fuse. Place bombs amongst the unsuspecting crowd watching and cheering for the runners. Walk away. Flee with the masses when the bombs detonate. Avoid capture and live to strike again (failed for these two starting with the chain of events that began early Friday morning).
But to many people, there’s much more to the Boston Marathon bombing than we’re being told by the media and politicians.
Saudi Arabia connection
Let’s start with a Saudi Arabian named Abdul Rahman Ali Issa al-Salimi al-Harbi. Read more…
The other day my girlfriend and I were walking through a shopping mall when a new sign for Dave & Buster’s caught our attention. One word was definitely wrong but the advertisement was also in desperate need of some key punctuation marks.
Did you notice anything wrong with the grammar and punctuation?
How about now?
Obviously not every phrase and sentence on an advertisement like this needs punctuation, but you really need to have some punctuation in key areas like after asking a major question or stating a proud selling point. As far as the your/you’re error, that’s a common problem for a LOT of people these days, and nobody seems to care about correcting it. Read more…
The other day my girlfriend noticed an interesting package deal for the Florida theme parks, and we’re seriously considering the offer. It’s a decent price and we’d both like to spend some time again down there.
The company’s website (not listed here but it’s a reputable Orlando-based company) is okay at best when it comes to information about the promotions and theme park ticket prices. It has the basic information, but some things are a little bit vague. I had to send their customer service department an e-mail to clarify some of my questions.
I sent the company a clearly worded and nicely formatted e-mail addressing my concerns. What I received back was a heaping pile of crap that was a blend between an automated response and somebody with Kindergarten-level grammar skills.
Here’s the company’s response:
“Good Day [REMOVED]:
My name is Irene; I am your personal Vacation Planning Specialist with [REMOVED]. It is my pleasure to answer your questions and ensure that you have the best possible experience with your purchase.
Regarding your email below for [REMOVED] tickets that we provide don’t have an expiration date on them, so if you are able to use them they will never expire, from the first day you use your tickets your will have 13 days to finish up thet rest of your days. Our prices are subject to change at anytime to better assist you, you are more than welcome to contact me at my direct telephone number listed below. Read more…