Saturday, February 15, 2020

and I approve this message

Thoughts on the barrage of political ads. Based solely on how inept they've been and/or how much of a headache they've caused me at work.

Biden - I dislike the guy, and hope he drops out soon, but his ad campaign has been relatively harmless. The agency seems to have their act together, and they don't make a bunch of unneccesary changes, so he's got that going for him.

Warren - I thought she was going to do better, so it's a little disheartening to see her starting to fade. I guess things can still change. We'll see. Ad wise, she's on par with Biden. They haven't really done anything to irk me.

Sanders - I'm happy to see him picking up momentum. His campaign is mostly on the ball, although Friday they did send a change that 1) didn't show up until they asked for a confirmation and 2) didn't have all the stations listed like it should have. I'm willing to overlook these, as they were minor, and they were first time offenses, but if Sanders is gonna be in it for the long haul, let's not make that stuff a habit, hm?

Buttigieg - look, kid. You're allowed to screw up every once in a while, but, getting not only the market city wrong (we're in Vegas, not Reno) AND one of the call letters wrong (NSNV is the Spanish station, not KSNV)... gotta admit, it's not a great start. It seems like you may have learned from your mistakes, but believe me, you're getting a lot of side-eye from me.

Klobuchar - ooh, boy. How do you get the freaking ISCI codes wrong on one of your spots? That's like basic agency stuff. In your defense, your people DID reply back to the email I sent before it became an actual issue, but yeesh. And of all the candidates running, you have the most complicated instructions, which is a major minus. Trust me, it does NOT matter if you run spot A between the hours of 4am and 7am and spot B between 10 and 12 or whatever complicated math you've paid someone to determine. And changing things out at 2:34 when our deadlines are 2pm? Yeah... absolutely gonna get on my shit list for things like that.

Steyer - Pro: your people are on the ball, and don't make unnecessary changes. Con: you are NOT GOING TO WIN. STOP advertising. Oh my god, please just stop. You could have spent all that money on SO many other things that would have actually helped. (And if your ads are to be believed, it seems like you have. I think your heart is *sorta* in the right place, but this ego-stroking presidency bid is just SO misguided.) Although I do like that you've apparently married a feline. I guess the rich really ARE different.

Bloomberg - I'm both relieved and hurt that you haven't actually spent any money on our stations. Why you only going to channel 8, yo?

DMFI PAC - this is a super pac that is devoted to bad-mouthing Bernie Sanders. The ad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbWb1Mg5Oms) is basically saying, "Trump must go, but it can't be Bernie that does it." Doesn't give any reasons, just that it can't be him. Sigh. Cuz circular firing squads are SO helpful.

Anyway, OBVIOUSLY whomever ends up being the nominee will get my vote, but sheesh, it's gonna be a long 9 more months.

Friday, January 31, 2020

not really (but kinda?)

It feels like it's been January all year long.

I of course, had to get my obligatory saying of that out of the way, but, honestly, January has sort of flown by this time around, rather than dragging it's feet.
February is going to zip by, too, I guarantee it, even with it's extra day.
Time is all sorts of jacked up lately, is my point. And I don't see it getting straightened out anytime (heh) soon.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

the 2020 reading challenge

As stated a few posts ago (last year, ha ha), I'm partaking in the Goodreads Across The Year challenge this year, in order to help me read a wider variety of books.

Here's the prompt list:

1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live
5. The first book in a series that you have not started

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The"
9. A book that can be read in a day

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (Link)
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)

15. A book set in a global city
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
17. A book with a neurodiverse character
18. A book by an author you've only read once before

19. A fantasy book
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
22. A book with the major theme of survival

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
24. A book with an emotion in the title
25. A book related to the arts
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
27. A history or historical fiction

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year
31. A book inspired by a leading news story

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
33. A book about a non-traditional family
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover

36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don't recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you're not quite sure how to pronounce

40. A book with a place name in the title
41. A mystery
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
44. A book related to witches

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire"
47. A classic book you've always meant to read
48. A book published in 2020

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win (link)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title
52. A book related to time

Any suggestions are certainly welcome!