National Pride Online

Friday, March 12, 2010

Why do so few companies in Canada actively promote a .ca domain name?  Have we no sense of pride?  For the record, I have two websites (including talkinghead.ca) that both use Canadian domain names.

You don’t have to look far to find a big company that promotes its .com domain name over a .ca.  Shame on the likes of Scotiabank and The Bay.  Shame. Read the rest of this entry »


dreaming of dinosaurs

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I had a very strange dream the other night…

It was strange not just because of the odd scenario itself, but also because I almost never remember dreams.  Of all the dreams to remember, why this one?  Anyway, in the dream I was walking along Bloor St. in the middle of the empty road, passing in front of Holt Renfrew, a high-end/luxury retailer of designer apparel and other goods.  Holt’s is known for having elaborate and unusual displays in their windows.

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It’s not just Chocolate Milk…

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sealtest dairy creamer and milker

I spotted Sealtest “dairy milker” and “dairy creamer” at a local breakfast place. I have no idea what milker or creamer are, but it doesn’t sound good. 😦

P.S. This is my first time posting using WordPress for BlackBerry. Cool, eh?

Update:  Okay, so WordPress for BlackBerry broke the blog.  Still needs some work, I guess.  I’ve reformatted this post using a real browser.  Anyone out there using WordPress for BlackBerry or iPhone having a better experience?

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Chocolate Dairy Beverage, Where’s The Follow-up (WTF)??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Beatrice 1L Chocolate Dairy Beverage

More than a year has passed since I originally posted about Chocolate Milk Beverage.  Since then it’s become one of the most popular posts on this blog!  I appreciate all of the comments!

As you can see to your right, they’re not even calling it milk anymore.  This begs the new question:  What is Chocolate Dairy Beverage?

First, let’s see what Metro and Beatrice had to say…

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Clever McDonald’s advert [free coffee!]

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
mcdonalds coffee cup

A giant steaming coffee cup at Bloor and Church streets in Toronto

I was walking along Bloor Street this morning; I noticed in the distance a giant steaming coffee cup.  When I got closer, I noticed a decal on the cup indicating that McDonald’s will be giving away free coffee November 16th-29th between 5:30 and 10:30 AM (breakfast hours).

Given the highly localized marketing effort, let’s presume this offer is only valid at locations in Downtown Toronto until we hear otherwise.  Perhaps more advertising will appear closer to the launch date for the offer.

I’m sure the intent of this advertisement was to generate word of mouth which means that I’m falling prey to their marketing objectives by posting this.  I also  appreciate clever advertising when I see it.  Walking past a well-branded steaming cup of coffee early in the morning is a pretty easy message to absorb, even if you’re a zombie like me in the mornings.

The last time McDonald’s ran a free coffee campaign, it actually worked on me.  Sometimes I now get coffee with a breakfast meal instead of milk or juice.  I normally would not have ordered coffee at McDonald’s but the freebie gave me a chance to try it.  It’s not bad.  I prefer McDonald’s coffee to Tim Horton’s.

Before you cry “Blasphemy!”, Tim’s coffee really isn’t that good.  It’s weak.  I prefer to make my own coffee at home with fresh beans, my own grinder and a french press.  If I get coffee out, I tend to get fancy coffees (mmm, Café Mocha), with a strong preference for The Second Cup.*

* Notable Exception: During the Christmas season, Starbucks Peppermint Mocha is absolutely irresistible.

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Internet to IE6: Please die

Monday, November 2, 2009

I need to use IE6 for some internal applications at work.  I have Firefox installed for regular Internet usage; occasionally I attempt to use the Internet with IE6… messages such as this are becoming pretty common now, but this one made me laugh.

The gist is: please use anything but IE6.

ie6

Facebook’s plea:

facebook-ie6

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Hallowe’en Costumes

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I suggested to my girlfriend a few months ago that we should dress up for Hallowe’en.  I’d had the idea for ages to dress up as Hogwarts students.  I saw some excellent house patches at the Fan Expo convention this summer and picked them up, “just in case.”  These were the foundation of our costumes and got the ball rolling. Read the rest of this entry »