Google+ Badge

Monday, February 8, 2010

Superfriends Got Nothing on Da Bronx!

Wow. The Hall of Justice is a new building, composed mostly of glass. A large atrium greets visitors as they wait in line for the security scanners.

The Jury Assembly room, located on the First Floor, is a cathedral to Justice. Skylights offer some natural lighting, and large padded seating, backed by a veneered wood (fancy plywood), give the room a graceful yet serious ambience. Almost no noise is heard as we wait for the clerks to make their appearance on the dias.

While I waited in line, I saw a juror wearing her card like a convention attendee. The date on her card? December 21, 2009. I wonder what the longest juried case is on record, and what percentage of jurors are not selected?

More later.

This Looks Like A Job For...

Today, I am on my way to the Hall of Justice. No, not the one in Metropolis with Superman and Wonder Dog. The one in the Bronx. As a registered voter, I have once again been summoned to serve. I have no opinion against jury duty. It is only required once every four years in the Bronx, and, like taxes, is a requirement necessary to keep a democracy functioning.

I do not know what type of case I might be called for, if I am found suitable. I probably will not blog about it, lest someone misplace their anger and frustration.

Last time, I read Tom Wolfe's "Streamline Baby" collection of essays while I waited. This time, Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. I'm sure he's written one or two Discworld novels about the Justice System, but this is his latest.

See you soon...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV : Post-Game

E-Trade first class... okay
Chevy... ZZZZ
Campbell's Chunky... okay
Pace Picante... good
Flo TV... good.
Toyota... repeat, okay
Ford Escape... okay
...
Intel... Equates their new chip with email, wi-fi, Atari 2600, excellent
Sun Life... good
Walmart... good
Hyundai luxury... good
Crazies... interesting ad, movie is dime-a-dozen but told interestingly?
...
(and nothing else of interest...)

Super Bowl XLIV : Fourth Quarter

Vizio... effective
Emerald/Pop Secret... weird but effective
NFL Draft... repeat, but effective
Undercover Boss... repeat, more effective as solo ad. Premise is presented effectively.
...
Dante's Inferno... effective. Looks great.
Budweiser... obligatory Clydesdale ad, not that great.
...
Honda Crosstour... good.
Denny's... okay
CBS promos... good
...
Audi eco-police... excellent
Taco Bell... effective
...
Doritos Tim... HA!
...
Bud Light Book Club... women drinking Bud Light with a book club? Okay.
Hyundai Sonata... seen at pre-game, good
E-Trade babies... not that good.
...
Skechers Shape-up... repeat, blah
Go Daddy... good, drives web traffic
Denny's Birthday... effective
CBS 5-D... good
Mentalist... good.

Super Bowl : Third Quarter

Prince of Persia... looks good
Motorola... heh. Who's the model?
Volkswagen punchbuggy... Effective, nice use of celebrities!
Denny's... interesting.
CBS... How I met your mother... Where does the number go?
...
Michelob Ultra... good use of Lance Armstrong
HomeAway.com... Brilliance using the Griswolds!
Bridgestone... good
KGB... funny and effective
...
Coca Cola... Serenghetti. Memorable.
E-Trade babies... memorable, cute.
...
Census 2010... good
Google... WOW. Telling a story with typing and a simple sound track. One of the best.
...
Kia Sorento... fun. good message
Roundup... okay
Bud Select 55... good
...
NFL thank you... good
Toyota apology... good
Metro PCS... offensive? not that good.
Ford Edge (local ad?)... okay
...

Super Bowl XLIV : Halftime

Flo TV... remixed video, very effective
HBO The Pacific... neutral.
Acura ZDX... is the woman turned on by a car?
NY Lottery (local ad)... guy playing in a lottery ball bin to promote Powerball and MegaMillions, effective.
...
(What's with the PSP displays during the halftime report? Sell that space to Flo TV or a mobile carrier.)
...
CSI:NY... interesting.
Amazing Race... feh
NFL Network... excellent
...
(Who dat playing? / The Who. / Who? / Yes. / Who's the band? / Yes. / Yes is playing? / No, The Who is. / Who's the band? / No, Who is the Who. The Band's not playing tonight. / Then the Who's playing? / Exactly.
...
CBS promos... zzzz...
....
CBS News... good
TV.com... blink you miss it
Backup Plan... huh?
Ford Fusion... okay
Prudential S.O.S... okay
American Airlines... good, keeps attention
Honda... It's All-American. So much for Lee Iococa and Chrysler...

Super Bowl XLIV : Second Quarter

Budweiser... interesting.
Shutter Island... intriguing!
CBS Heart PSA... effective, well done
Late Night... Holy &@$!!! Epic!
...
Career Builder... freaky ads tonight... eh.
Dockers... more freaks on parade. feh.
Hyundai... Brett Favre... effective
...
Bud Light Lost... okay
Dove Men... William Tell Overture kept your attention, effective
...
Dodge Charger... Well done. Where's this going? Good payout.
Teleflora...Hahahaha!
Papa John's... nice
CSI: Miami... in space? I'd watch.
...
Alice in Wonderland... it's now a blockbuster? Loses geek cred with this trailer. Blech. Should have maintained mystery.
Dr. Pepper Little Kiss... Cool.
NFL Full Contact... Groundhog Day, effective
...
Universal Harry Potter... nice teaser for fans.
...
FloTV... good intro... effective
...
Intel... ??? nice logo ending with the employees

Super Bowl XLIV : Second Quarter

Budweiser... interesting.
Shutter Island... intriguing!
CBS Heart PSA... effective, well done
Late Night... Holy &@$!!! Epic!
...
Career Builder... freaky ads tonight... eh.
Dockers... more freaks on parade. feh.
Hyundai... Brett Favre... effective
...
Bud Light Lost... okay
Dove Men... William Tell Overture kept your attention, effective
...
Dodge Charger... Well done. Where's this going? Good payout.
Teleflora...Hahahaha!
Papa John's... nice
CSI: Miami... in space? I'd watch.
...
Alice in Wonderland... it's now a blockbuster? Loses geek cred with this trailer. Blech. Should have maintained mystery.
Dr. Pepper Little Kiss... Cool.
NFL Full Contact... Groundhog Day, effective
...
Universal Harry Potter... nice teaser for fans.
...
FloTV... good intro... effective
...
Intel... ??? nice logo ending with the employees

Super Bowl XLIV : Second Quarter

Budweiser... interesting.
Shutter Island... intriguing!
CBS Heart PSA... effective, well done
Late Night... Holy &@$!!! Epic!
...
Career Builder... freaky ads tonight... eh.
Dockers... more freaks on parade. feh.
Hyundai... Brett Favre... effective
...
Bud Light Lost... okay
Dove Men... William Tell Overture kept your attention, effective
...
Dodge Charger... Well done. Where's this going? Good payout.
Teleflora...Hahahaha!
Papa John's... nice
CSI: Miami... in space? I'd watch.
...
Alice in Wonderland... it's now a blockbuster? Loses geek cred with this trailer. Blech. Should have maintained mystery.
Dr. Pepper Little Kiss... Cool.
NFL Full Contact... Groundhog Day, effective
...
Universal Harry Potter... nice teaser for fans.
...
FloTV... good intro... effective
...
Intel... ??? nice logo ending with the employees

Super Bowl XLIV : First Quarter

Bud Light...first ad... house of Bud feh.
Snickers! five stars
Tim Lebow... eh... lots of controversy... no big deal. smart of CBS to put it early.
...
Boost Mobile... Bears... cool. three stars.
Sonata zzzz
Dotitos... ???? why's the collar do that?
....
Robin Hood... doesn't sell me
Doitos Jalen... eh.
Bud Light Asteroid... good
CSI... ignoring most network ads, but well executed.
...
Coca Cola Simpsons... okay
Go Daddy... nice logo placement. Otherwise, eh. Who was masseuse?
...
Doritos funeral. eh.
Bud light party... good
Beaver Monster... memorable.
Wolfman... feh
....
Bridgestone Shamu... great ending!
Sketchers... money wasted
Cars.com... excellent
CBS Network of the decade... yeah, right.

Super Bowl XLIV : Pre Game

Macdonald's... Hahha... good, but better if you saw the original. Sonata Hyundai ad is simple but effective.

Nice having the Hall of Fame class at the coin toss. Is the toss unbalanced, 13 in a row?

Players should be more reverent during the National Anthem.