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Cool Links to Check Out (07/28/2008 edition)

Book-a-Minute: Classic Novels in Under One Minute

Love reading? Did you know that many classics can be condensed to under 1 minute? For example, here’s Romeo and Juliet:
Juliet: Oh Romeo!
Romeo: Oh Juliet!
Juliet: Oh Romeo!
Romeo: Oh, Juliet! (dies)
Juliet: Oh, Romeo! … Romeo? … Dammit.

And check out the Movie-a-Minute site too. These websites are actually not my recent discoveries, but I was reminded to share them when I saw a channel showing Titanic when I was channel surfing. By the way, Titanic condensed down to this:
Jack: Your social class is stuffy. Let’s dance with the ship’s rats and have fun.
Rose: You have captured my heart. Let’s run around the ship and giggle.
(The ship sinks.)
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I promise. (lets go)

Visit the websites to see more books and movies condensed.

Career Paths: Editor

After the post about how to become a director, here’s another Indy Mogul blog post about being an editor… for those interested in the career.

Warning: Habits May Be Good for You

This is an article about how some marketing tactics relating habits and products can be used to address issues like unprotected sex, lack of soap use, etc. There was a time when few people brush their teeth and there was a time when most people don’t chew gums, but these habits have been built through successful advertising campaigns. Now some people are attempting the same techniques to encourage people to use condoms, quit smoking, etc. Yup, a lot of our lives are driven by habits. (Off to check email… :-D)

Comments

  1. July 28th, 2008 | 10:51 am

    Kelvin,

    You already have me looking at my bookshelves and creating “classic novels in under one minute.” What fun – and what a great idea: one of those “darn, why didn’t I think about it first” ideas! Kudos to the creators of the site! Same with the movies – I SO envy creative people!

    I also read the entire article on “habits.” One thing that was neglected on the issue of Febreze was that when it firt came on the market, it had to be pulled, and re-designed. Apparently, it was killing pets! I remember going to the Pet Food Stores, and even the Pet Aisles in Supermarkets where large warning posters were displayed, talking people AWAY from the product – by the makers themselves. Apparently, it contained a substance that was fatal to dogs, in particular. As I recall, Febreze was pulled from the market, reformulated, and then the ads about “freshness” began, as opposed to ads about “odors” – people had long memories of sprayingthe product on their doggie bed, only to find out that that their pooches were passing away!

    Hence, the shift in advertising and marketing strategies. Febreze was now being marketed directly to pet owners as “safe.” To this day, it is a product I will never touch. Consumers have long memories: witness the tylenol tampering scare, and how long it took for people to trust the brand again. I do have a need for acetomenophin in my house – and use Tylenol – but I won’t go NEAR Febreze. It is a totally unnecessary- and in my opinion worthless – product. Opening the windows costs far less – and doesn’t put unnecessary chemicals in my home.

    Rita

    Rita’s last blog post..HELP! Bloggrrl’s Futon Friendship Fiasco

  2. July 28th, 2008 | 5:30 pm

    Hm, I didn’t know about the pets part. I guess when the pets die the smell would go away. (Damn, that’s awful.) While it’s hard for the bad impression to go away, there’s also another generation of consumers that didn’t know about what happened before. But I’m a little surprised that they didn’t take pets into consideration.

  3. August 2nd, 2008 | 4:47 pm

    Speaking of habits, I have email WITHDRAWAL when I don’t check it for a couple of hours! My hands get shaky, my heart beats a little faster. It’s truly weird. :)

    Sarah Bray’s last blog post..The age-old question: What does a website cost?

  4. August 3rd, 2008 | 12:47 am

    Wow, I didn’t know you can get those reactions from email withdrawal, when no drug (metaphorical ones don’t’ count) was involved! Though I do compulsively check my four main email accounts, I have experience no such effect when I don’t do it.

    How can you ever go on vacation without a smart phone then? (Maybe you don’t.)

    Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

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