Category Archives: misc

Comcast Channel Lineup for Cambridge

I’m amazed at how long it took me to find a channel guide for Comcast in Cambridge. The Comcast site kept telling me there was no local information. Finally Boston.com looked like it might have the lineup – but generated a script error. I finally found this lineup (appears to be accurate) from Zap2it, the company that provides the listings for Boston.com and probably countless others:

2 WGBH 32 HGTV 59 AMC
3 CN8 33 TNT 60 TOON
4 WBZ 34 ETV 61 COMEDY
5 WCVB 35 USA 62 SCIFI
6 NEWSENG 36 LIFE 63 ANIMAL
7 WHDH 37 ARTS 64 TVLAND
8 PUAC008 38 TLC 65 QVC
9 LOOR009 39 DSC 66 FOOD
10 LOOR010 40 COURT 67 HISTORY
11 WENH 41 FNC 68 GSN
12 WLVI 42 CNN 69 GOLF
13 WFXT 43 CNNH 70 HSN
14 WSBK 44 CSPAN 71 WWDP
15 WBPX 45 CSPAN2 72 HBO
16 WGBX 46 CNBC 74 OLN
17 WUNI 47 TWC 95 EDAC095
18 WNDS 48 ESPNCL 96 BET
19 WNEU 49 ESPN 98 LOOR098
20 WMFP 50 ESPN2 234 JWLTV
21 WUTF 51 NESN
22 LOOR022 52 FSNE1
23 WYDN 53 MSNBC
24 DISN 54 INTL
25 NIK 54 RAI
26 FAM 55 SPIKETV
27 TRAV 56 BCTC
28 MTV 56 EWTN
29 VH1 56 INSP
30 FX 57 BRAVO
31 TBS 58 RTPI

Crazy Cat Outfits from Japan

cat in hatThis cat outfit link has me immediately bewildered as to one thing: what’s the dollar / yen exchange rate!
(moments later..) It’s around 110 Yen to the US Dollar, making these crazy cat outfits a very reasonable $25-$30. Now there’s just the shipping from Japan to figure out. How much are cats? I suppose I would need one of those too.
Remember, as the site says, “Just dress [your cat] up only on special occasions like her birthday, takes a photo and that should leave you lots of memories and fantasies.”

Ads on Pringles

barbri pringlesAccording to this article, Procter and Gamble will soon be putting advertisements and images directly onto Pringles brand fried potato snack product (I hesitate to use the word “chip” because Pringles are really a collection of potato particles pressed together).
This innovation comes in the wake of McDonalds branded griddle sandwich and cows that have been victim to hot branding irons since… well for a long time. I guess people don’t actually eat the branded part of the cow though, so this is still a novel idea.
Since Pringles can be crafted with such precision, how about making an educational line co-branded with BarBri Bar Review? I’d pay about twice the current Pringles price for a can that featured Evidence and Crim Pro questions on each chip-like wafer.

Pottery Barn Rule

The Trademark Blog notes that the Pottery Barn is a little upset that Colin Powell’s misattribution of the “you-break-it = you-buy-it” policy. It seems Pottery Barn’s real policy is simply to write down a record of the broken items. This invokes, in my mind, the image of a riotous bull running wild in the shop while teenage employees feverishly attempt to write down the UPC numbers of everything the bull is breaking.
Perhaps the problem arises from the name itself. “Pottery Barn” seems to invoke the image of… a barn full of pottery. Surely such an institution would have a “you-break = you-buy” policy. I don’t think the real Pottery Barn sells much pottery at all, and the stores are certainly no where near any barns. Nor does home wares competitor Crate & Barrel keep any of its products in crates or barrels. If you want a rustic country “straight from the supplier” type image, you have to put up with people assuming certain rustic country policies. If I could get the US military and national news to adopt my trademark in its vernacular (while still identifying the source), I wouldn’t complain.

Don’t Gimme No Smac

smacAs promised, here is some international SPAM. Please excuse the slightly unclear picture; it was taken under intense field conditions (I didn’t want to actually buy this stuff).
Hormel Foods, the makers of SPAM in the United States, note that they don’t mind people using the term “spam” to talk about unsolicited bulk email as long the word is written in lowercase. They reserve their trademark rights in the uppercase “SPAM”.
I assume that the Dutch version is actually not SPAM at all, but a similar processed meat product (note the rectangular can). The Dutch distributor Unox avoids confusion with either the US meat product SPAM or spam emails by going with a different name altogether: SMAC.
For some reason though there is no SMAC on the internet – so I’m bringing it to you live from Leiden. Unox does have a nice website with some other interesting canned meat products.
Interestingly, MS Word doesn’t attempt to correct my spelling of “SPAM”, but won’t allow “spam” without that all too familiar red squiggly line.

No One Beats UC

On Monday the USPTO announced that the University of California received more patents last year than any other university. The University of California beat MIT (number 2) by a margin of almost 4 to 1!
Well I guess technically the University of California is just one university… As such, it’s unstoppable.

Famous Hands

I’ve been listening to a lot of Spiritualized® lately in preparation and anticipation
of their concert in Boston this Saturday. The tour supports the new Spiritualized®
album Amazing Grace. Spiritualized CDs are always innovative in their artwork
and packaging. The best of which has to the be the “Ladies and Gentlemen we
are floating in space BP”, which looks like a pharmacy package (“for aural use”).

The latest album cover is a picture of hand:

But I’ve been listening to something else with a hand on the cover too. Two
hands in fact:

And thinking about hands on album covers reminds me of yet another album, one
that’s actually called “hands”. The Spinanes have four hands on their album
cover:

All three albums seem to use hands to express human acts of reaching and caring.

Insurance companies and non-profits have developed their own, now famous, hands
to express similar acts.

You’re in good hands with Allstate:

United Way will make a rainbow over you, but the Boys & Girls Clubs will
teach you a secret handshake.

Food marketers have also created some famous hands.

There’re the yuppie Country Crock hands:

And our pal, the Hamburger Helper hand:

Indeed there are hands for just about anything. There’re even some famous legal
hands.

The hand of Hawkins:

And, of course, Judge Learned Hand: