January 4, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 3

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I saw the most ridiculous commercial on TV for a product called the Password Minder. The ad showed people, mostly older folks, sitting in front of their computers frustrated about having to keep track of all their passwords. So I figured the Password Minder would be a convenient, encrypted, in-the-cloud service that securely stores your passwords. But, no. The Password Minder is a SPIRAL NOTEBOOK where you can write down all your passwords. $10 for a spiral notebook that you can insecurely leave on the desk next to your computer! Do people fall for this stuff? I hate to drive traffic to their site, but you have to see it to believe it: Password Minder.

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One URL I refuse to link to is the You Tube video of the South Dakota mother trying to teach her eight-year-old son a lesson about playing with her iPad. While recording the whole thing (and later posting it on You Tube), she lied to him and told him he accidentally purchased a $50,000 car on eBay. He was terrified, devastated and crying for a little while until she told him it wasn't true. I know parenting isn't easy and we have to teach our kids right from wrong; but I think humiliating your child and posting the video online for the world to see is disgusting.

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I'm trying to ignore this
As a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, I'm not quite sure what to think of the longtime controversy about using Native American names and images for sports teams. A recent ESPN article says the Braves will be using the previously-retired "screaming Indian" logo on their batting practice hats this season. I'm trying to ignore this latest dust-up with the Braves, but I know that's not the best answer. Being a Florida native, I always thought it was interesting that the Seminole tribe enthusiastically supports Florida State University's use of the Seminole name and imagery for its teams. But many teams don't have that same support.

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On the Saturday after Christmas, someone from Dish Network had to come out to replace our satellite receiver since we were having some technical difficulties. As an introvert, I always try to have a situation-appropriate joke ready when I need to interact with strangers. I was going to say to the Dish Network guy: “So, in your line of work I bet the last thing you want to deal with when you get home after a long day is doing the dishes!” Fortunately, the bad joke filter in my brain snagged this one before I said it out loud. So I stuck with regular small talk instead.

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As predicted last Friday, everyone inour household was asleep when the proverbial ball dropped on NewYear’s Eve. So whoever it was who rang in the new year in Times Square on TV now that Dick Clark is dead (probably one of those young, famous people I've barely heard of), we're not sorry that we missed you.

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I used Conversion Diary's saint name generator to randomly select a patron saint for the year. I got St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. Interesting.

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Check out this photo I snapped while getting gas at a Murphy USA station a couple of months ago. I love the juxtaposition of the signs on top of the gas pump. Which sign should I have obeyed: the safety warning that urges me to leave my cell phone in the car, or the advertisement directly in front of it that tempts me to pull out my phone and scan the QR code? Out of curiosity I tweeted Murphy and asked whether I should leave my phone in the car or scan the QR code. I guess I should give them credit for their honesty. They tweeted back and told me to scan the QR code. Profit trumps safety, apparently.

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  1. I am sitting here mouth agape at the Password Minder thing. What a cruel way to take advantage of the elderly who don't know any better.

  2. I cannot believe that Password Minder thing. Way to take advantage of the elderly.