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You’re The Man Now, Dog!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

My photos of an Abandoned Diner in Northern Indiana have been featured in a “You’re The Man Now, Dog!” at ytmnd.com. I had never heard of a “You’re The Man Now, Dog!” and looked on the YTMND.com About Page, which quotes Wikipedia’s surprisingly interesting entry:

YTMND, an acronym for “You’re The Man Now, Dog!”, is a website community that centers around the creation of YTMNDs, which are pages featuring a juxtaposition of a single image, optionally animated or tiled, along with large zooming text and a looping sound file. YTMND is also the general term used to describe any such site.

(That’s not the interesting part, read the entry for information about the site’s past conflicts with the Church of Scientology, eBaum’s World, and others.)

The “You’re The Man Now, Dog!” with my photos on it can be found at http://abandoneddiner.ytmnd.com/. There is also a brief discussion of it.
At first, I wasn’t sure how I should feel about this. I was flattered that they used my photos, certainly, but initially, I was a little irked that nobody asked permission. However, they do reference my Abandoned Diner Photos Set on Flickr. I am going to take this as a compliment. It’s certainly not the coolest thing in the world, but I do think the music fits, or at least it fits the mood I was going for in the photos, which wasn’t sure I captured.

Americans don’t like rice?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Last week, a coworker invited me to go out to lunch with him and one of the accountants. I agreed to go, and he started talking about restauraunt options. I told him I didn’t really care where we went. He suggested a cajun place called DATS, which he explained is actually a house that’s been converted into a restaurant (that’s not unusual for downtown Bloomington).
Interrupting himself, he said, “Oh wait, that’s right … you probably don’t like rice.”

“What?” I asked, confused.

“Most Americans don’t like rice.”

I had never heard that theory before. I don’t eat rice with every meal or anything, but I do have it on a fairly regular basis. I think of it as fairly interchangeable with mashed potatoes, and if I’m eating something with sauce, some sauce will probably go on the rice. And of course, I’ve had it in the context of many different ethnic foods.

My coworker pointed out that most American restaurants don’t serve rice; now that I think about it, I suppose that a lot of them don’t, but I don’t think that’s evidence that Americans don’t like rice.

What I want to know is, is this a common stereotype? Do most Americans really not like rice? Or am I correct in thinking that my coworker has an isolated misconception?

So which card are you?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I, Squub pointed me to this WFMU blog posting by about one of Bank of America’s employees singing a modified version of U2’s “One” at a corporate conference celebrating their merger with MBNA. (See the video on YouTube) The singer, bank manager and independent musician Ethan Chandler, modified the lyrics to fit the occassion — see the WFMU blog for examples.

Apparently, this has caused quite an uproar, McClung saying that “it shows the crassness of corporate culture,” the YouTube comments are mostly along the same lines, and Squub is disgusted as well, calling it “cringeworthy.” He quotes the following lines:

“And we’ll make lots of money. Forever I can sing about trusting in teamwork and doing the right thing. We’ll live out our core values while the competition crawls, ‘cause they want what we have got.”

I don’t find any of this even remotely offensive. What is the purpose of a corporation if not to make lots of money? Who cares if they want to sing a song while doing it? Squub points out that they’re talking about values, yet not demonstrating any values. That may be true, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with a merger, and they aren’t demonstrating a lack of values in any other way, either (Keep in mind that I know basically nothing about this merger aside from this). Besides, lots of people talk about values and never really follow through — in no way is that specific to corporations.

I view this in the same way I view a lot of corporate feel-goodery. I think it’s silly, and I wouldn’t be motivated by it, but I do find it extremely amusing. In fact, I think that Chandler’s adaptation of the song is in fact quite clever. Not to mention that the guy can sing!

At one point in my conversation with Squub, he asked, “Is this a political discussion?” It may not be directly political, but I do think politics have a lot to do with it. I happen to believe that wanting to make lots of money can be a good motivator. Some people find this focus on money revolting.

So, who’s right? Is this a harmless, silly corporate motivational song, or is this an example of disgusting corporate greed infringing upon art?

I’d ponder it some more, but I need to get back to making lots of money for my company.

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