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[PRODUCT] Your Volume Is Your Business

October 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have an allergy. I’m not going to say to what in order to thwart any assassination attempts. From time to time, despite my best efforts, someone slips said allergen into a piece of food that I inevitably consume. This results in all sorts of hullabaloo that culminates with me laying in an ER, doped up on a cocktail of antihistamines surveying the room for cool design examples to pass the time.

This happened recently and I found the above example. Not only is this the burse call button and channel changer for the tv, but it’s also the speaker for the tv. What a cool idea. This keeps the volume of whatever awful program I choose to watch constrained to my own personal entertainosphere. Obvious benefit, right? You might say yeah - you won’t bug your neighbor…and you would be right. But, I would also argue that another huge benefit is saving the overworked nurse from having to respond to calls from patients requesting her assistance as a volume moderator.

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[SERVICE] No More Chasing Deposit Envelopes

October 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the new no-envelope-deposit ATM system come to market. It was such a pain to have to track down an envelope, scribble your information down, do actual calculations and then, worst of all, lick those putrid envelopes when depositing at the ATM. Now you simply insert your check and the optical character recognition software does the rest. If you’re skeptical of the machines honesty it will show you an image so you can confirm that it read the correct amount from your check. Lastly, you can even get a receipt with an image of your deposit checks on it.

This almost certainly saves the banks money on envelopes, pens, etc at ATM stations. I wonder if they also had reliability issues from envelope glue seeping out into their infeed mechanisms? Nonetheless, this is a positive evolution in my opinion. Is anyone apprehensive about shoving your loose checks into the jaws of the banking beast?

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[FOOD] Baconnaise.

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments

At what point has the bacon fad gone too far? I’ve seen bars in Chicago with “All You Can Eat Bacon” nights and Burger King has been on a crusade to see just how much swine it can stuff in a single bun…but baconnaise? That’s where I draw the line.

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[BRANDING] Everything To No One

October 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Saw this place recently in the Minneapolis airport. Talk about appealing to the on-demand generation.

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