Friday, January 22, 2010

Online focus group.

OK. For those wanted to participate in this online focus group, instructions:

There are 4 logo & 4 "slogan" options.

Pick 1* of each.

This product** is aimed at both industrial users (supermarkets, food processors, etc.) & consumers. It's an all-natural spray (org. cert. pend.) which keeps food both a) fresh for 14-21 days & b) eliminates ALL foodborne pathogens such as e. coli, salmonella etc.

Comments VERY welcome, but strictly optional.

Since different computers/browsers/operating systems will result in different layouts, please let me know which option (and slogan) you prefer...Option A, Option B, etc.



P.S. Let me know if there are issues viewing the file, it's a PDF

* More on that next post.

** If you think one works better for industrial users, and another one better for consumer users, let me know also, but pick your favorites.

Posted by Joke at 8:57 AM 13 comments

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Temporarily lighter news

I need some volunteers for an ONLINE focus group. Go click on a couple of links, look at the two logos, pick A or B (comments optional) and that's it.

There is NO need to register, no need to sign up, leave an email address, etc., etc.

If you'd like to help, please comment here.

Posted by Joke at 9:50 AM 2 comments

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Just wanted to bring you up to speed on something and, ask for your prayers.

On Sunday, my dad fell out of bed in his sleep and fractured his humerus. He walked into Doctor's Hospital's ER, after 11 hours (!) there he was admitted; surgery was considered and subsequently ruled out.

Since he suffers from both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's the fall, fracture and subsequent hospitalization has seen an exceedingly sharp decline in his condition.

He is completely incoherent, disoriented and agitated and not recovering from that state. What seemed like a moderate medical annoyance has now become a potentially grave health crisis. Tonight my mom, sister and I had to have The Extraordinary Measures Talk. It was saddening and surreal to select from a "menu" of possible actions.

"Yes, No, Yes, Yes, No."

Yes, this sucks. (Comments disabled on purpose.)

Posted by Joke at 7:53 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Busy! In a good way!

Turns out the new(ish) project with the new(ish) client? Makes a product that would help IMMENSELY with relief aid in Haiti!

(More later!)

-J., humanitarian

Posted by Joke at 3:49 PM 2 comments

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Because it's near freezing here in the fringe o' paradise...I'll be busy with this.



Posted by Joke at 1:57 PM 2 comments

Monday, January 04, 2010

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Why do people have friends whose opinions they request and then disregard?

What is the correct protocol for when you are throbbing to say "You idiot! I TOLD you!" and just might have an embolism if you do not?

Here's the thing.

There are people, say a friend of yours (and I know that you know several just like this) whom we'll christen X, who express an interest in someone else (we'll call this specimen, Y). You tell X this is an unwise move, which is echoed by all the other friends and heartily seconded by all of X's family. X then starts dating Y. You try to dissuade X, as does X's family and all of X's friends. X and Y get engaged, and you desperately warn X, as do all of the above people and finally X and Y get married. You hang out at the bar and commiserate with X's friends and family wondering what the Hell X sees in Y.

In a movie, this would all lead* to a happily ever after. In real life, you know what happens. Cheating, divorce, acrimony, custody battles and, the one that drives me apoplectic, "I never knew Y was like that." or "Y changed after we got married."

Um, no.

Y was always like that, and everyone could readily tell Y was like that and, furthermore, we all spent 18 months telling, as bluntly as we could, that Y was exactly the sort of person you discovered to be $50,000 in legal fees later.

Moral of the story: If your best friend, your friends, you parents, siblings, cousins, aunt, uncles and inlaws all tell you Y is a trainwreck waiting to marry maybe, just maybe, you should listen and save yourself and your kid(s) a ton of aggravation and heartache.

Trying my bloody hardest to NOT thwack someone on the head with a heavy tome,


* Or two shepherds in Wyoming being unable to quit each other, but I digress.

Posted by Joke at 10:09 AM 5 comments

Friday, January 01, 2010

NYE's post mortem

Short version: The foodie/cocktailian potluck was pretty good.

Longer version: The salmon/blini thing FLEW. Even a couple of hours after they had disappeared, people meandered by the server as if a new platter would materialize. This leads me to the conclusion that some of you might be getting a gravlax and a jar of blini mix (add egg & milk).

The artichoke thing went down well also. But the salmon was the colossal hit.

Drinkswise, limoncello sours, Buena Vistas (a mint daiquiri or soda-less mojito, if you will) and Lapu-Lapu were the big deals. A few Mai-Tais were also slung out.

Someone else made a great flan, and a pretty good chili was there to be had.

By 12:03am I was utterly exhausted.

Today I am running on pure caffeine. I'd hate to see what my adrenal gland looks like today...I'm figuring it may resemble a rather abused walnut.

Happy Twenty Ten.


Posted by Joke at 12:05 PM 2 comments