A party of polaroid friends
I recieved a perturbing piece of junkmail from Dell today. Normally I toss the stuff reflexively, but this time my eye was drawn to the baffling phrase emblazened on its front cover in large, bold letters:
"Get what you want without spending what you don't."
It almost slips by the first time. We are all sufficiently familiar with marketing schlock to know instinctively what they must be getting at. But this time, in the back of your head, you know something is not quite right. And so you read it again, and again, and again, but the more you look at it the more you realize there is something amazingly wrong with that sentence. No matter how hard you try, once you start breaking the structure down your brain just can't make that sentence mean what it was probably intended to mean. You want to add words to the end, but you can't... that would be cheating!
What exactly does the phrase mean? Let's be charitable and say that it does mean SOMETHING. As far as I can tell, Dell exists in some parallel universe where things you don't want are exchanged as currency in a sort of barter system. But you will not have to spend your precious unwanted items in order to buy a Dell. No, they just take money. How convinient! Thanks, Dell!
Andrew from CADNET wanted me to remind you all about the #samandfuzzy IRC chat channel! Once upon a time we had a reasonably active chat room, and after a while I stopped popping in. Now, apparently everyone has done the same. Whoops!