Tag Archives: YouTube

Redbox: Befuddling, Bemusing, Beyond Ridiculous

People Line Up for Redbox!

With continuous advances in technology, there have never been more options for renting a movie.  A ritual of the past, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy.  Instead, people rent movies via video-on-demand technology from their cable or satellite providers.  Many are Netflix subscribers who either get movies delivered by mail or stream them directly from the Netflix website.  The Internet has brought a slew of other options.  Apple iTunes, Hulu, Vudu (Walmart), Amazon, and now even YouTube (Google) offer full-length movies for instant viewing.  Amidst all the high-tech solutions, a clumsy, primitive, and inexplicable alternative has emerged: Redbox, a vending machine that charges $1-$1.50 per day per disk.  Are you kidding me?  Years after Blockbuster eliminated late fees and Netflix pioneered “all-you-can-eat” movies for a fixed price, people are going to drive all around town, feed money into a vending machine, and get charged for every day until it is returned while some poor guy with a truck full of movies drives around town stuffing the vending machines, collecting the money, and changing the signage on the machine?  Preposterous!  Destined to fail!  But wait.  There are 31,800 of these machines–more every day–and people are lining up at them, literally.  Somebody JUST SHOOT ME!

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Decoder for Cryptic 5/30 Blog Post

Ole, Short for Our Little Einstein

A proud father of 3 little ones ages 26 months and younger, I mention them often in posts, as they are central to everything in my life.  Spending 4 days alone with them at home (not 3 men and a baby, but rather 1 man and 3 babies!) over this Memorial Day weekend was an amazing opportunity that every parent should have–to get to know them not skin deep, not personality deep, but soul deep.  BUT I DIGRESS!  The intent of this post is to decode the brief 5/30 post that may not have been interpreted fully by some blog readers.  My 26-month-old son, let’s call him Ole for purposes of the child protection program, is scary smart.  When Ole is not navigating iTunes, Pandora, YouTube, and several other apps on my iPhone with amazing confidence and speed, he is exploring new apps.  On 5/30, he apparently decided to take the WordPress app for a spin while Daddy made lunch for him.  The image you see in the 5/30 post is his highchair tray, and the message he typed translates to “I love squiggly noodles with cheese.”  He made the post without any help from Daddy, who only learned of it from puzzled readers.  There you have it!