August 27, 2002
Mr. Smith and the KIA Sedona Minivan Challenge [revised]

This is a link to Harper's Weekly I'm posting for tv. I could have e-mailed it to him directly, but I needed to post something today.

Truth is, since saying I'd try to be more optimistic, I haven't thought of jack-shit to write.

Yesterday I skimmed the first entry of this diary in its entirety thinking I might form an opinion of some worth. I actually spent time afterward thinking about the prospect of Ben and J Lo being directed by Kevin Smith and how I felt about it. 'Why did I care enough to take the time to think, let alone bitch, about something so irrelevant?' Was it because I walked out of 'Clerks' and hadnt forgiven Smith since? Was I just jealous of his success? Did it have to do with J Lo - that she gets 70 takes at a single note, fails to find it, then has her best failed-attempt programmed into a computer that tweaks it til its right? That she is a success? The credence this lends to my general feeling that while artists with talent have much to offer, it is those who titillate - no matter how artlessly - who end up on top? Could it have been the Pearl Harbor connection? The fact that, after seeing Mr. Affleck talking about The War On Terror, I vowed not to mention his name out loud in public, ever? Was it some urge to violate this very taboo I'd established for myself?

As I amend this, I have no idea.

Earlier today, I wrote that the only thing more grating than the prospect of Jersey Girl was the prospect of being forced to listen to the KIA Sedona Minivan jingle "Zoom Zoom Zoom Hey Zoom zoom zoom zo-om" indefinitely. I was in a mood then, I see that now.

Posted by at August 27, 2002 05:56 PM

Isn't that the Mazda jingle? Or does Mazda own KIA? Also, what kind of a name is "Sedona"? Madonna meets sedan, I guess - I hate those hyper-designed names. What happened to Barracuda and Panther and all the aggressive animal names?

Posted by: D on August 28, 2002 02:38 PM .

My initial theory: "The KIA Sedona Minivan" - spoken quickly - sounds just like "The Key is to own a Minivan".

But surely ad-men know better than to think this would work? You would think so. But then, at times, you have to wonder what people in marketing do know. Posted by: on August 28, 2002 03:48 PM .

Yeah, that burger sounds great, doesn't?

Aside: I'm going to sneak around in your templates and change how it opens comments in popup windows. I find it better if it just takes you to the comments part of the entry's page. (& about the link underlining - you'd need to rebuild everything to get it to work on older entries)

Posted by: D on August 28, 2002 06:10 PM .

Okay, the comments link is better now.

Posted by: D on August 29, 2002 03:14 AM .

thanks for tinkering with my templates-- they love the little things you do-do-do to them.

Posted by: on August 29, 2002 08:47 PM .

Very interesting weekly review in Harper's - I'm sure they all are; I've only read two so far. I think I'll have to start saving them on ye olde hard drive. I wonder about some of it though. I realize it's supposed to be a whirlwind of information, but some of it is glossed over a little too much, without sources. Examples:

Shit, their weekly review link is suddenly down. Bloody Harper's!!!

So, with Harper's, Scientific American and The Economist all online, for free, I'm a very happy kid. I have to wonder if their subscription rates haven't suffered a dip as a result. Isn't it funny now to think that online media sites were supposed to generate hundreds of billions of dollars from fucking banner ads?

The key is to own a mini-van. Brilliant. I don't think the ad men know better than to think it will work because I think it will work. I love it! I have, no joke, said the key is to own a minivan to myself about ten times in the last 24 hours. I think I might want a minivan.

Posted by: tv on August 30, 2002 04:25 PM .

Is filthy Kevin Smith trying to look like George Lucas now?

Posted by: tv on August 30, 2002 04:27 PM .

I'm new to this site, just browsing around

Posted by: popup on June 27, 2004 09:31 AM .

Remember, even if you win the rat race -- you're still a rat.

Posted by: Party Poker on November 4, 2004 04:40 PM .
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