Tuesday, May 31, 2005

This week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us...

McDonald's Corp. has a few more tricks up its sleeve than a redheaded clown and a townful of creepy, edible characters. The fast-food chain launched a pilot test of Blaze Net, which the Associated Press described as an ATM-style device that lets customers burn CDs, download cell-phone ringtones and print digital-quality photos. "The new flagship restaurant near Oakbrook Center mall in Illinois combines several high-tech gadgets yet to be seen in more conventional McDonald's eateries," the AP reported. "The gadgets appear alongside such food offerings as lattes in the McCafe section of the store, which more closely resembles a Starbucks than a burger joint." The move is designed to appeal to younger, hipper folks who use words like "bistro" but long for that special McDonalds tasty-taste.
McFruit dishes, McCafe, and McMusic download machines? When the golden arches feels the need to add these bizarre "hip" quirkies, something is up. The universal symbol of capitalism has found that it is vulnerable to capitalism. I'd think it'd be easier to start selling real beef burgers rather than trying to change everything. I eat McDonald's at most one time a year, and everytime I do, I can feel my DNA mutating. I am a hamburger fiend, but fastfood burgers are just gross.

Remember when McArches changed its colors from red and gold to pink, green, and purple? THAT was successful, wasn't it? It sure increased sales! Right.

These McCafes are something else. I've seen them when I've had to stop at the McBathroom while on road trips. Who is going to go hang out at McDonald's other than bored, small town teenagers on Friday nights after football games?

Improve the hamburgers! Isn't McDonald's supposed to be a burger joint? I guess competition isn't so good for McCorporation.


  1. you can always choose to mind your own business and eat somewhere else?

  2. sometimes you are SOOOO irritating! this was just a fun little bizarre tail, and you have to go and criticize my free speech? :)

  3. We work like a horse.
    We eat like a pig.
    We like to play chicken.
    You can get someone's goat.
    We can be as slippery as a snake.
    We get dog tired.
    We can be as quiet as a mouse.
    We can be as quick as a cat.
    Some of us are as strong as an ox.
    People try to buffalo others.
    Some are as ugly as a toad.
    We can be as gentle as a lamb.
    Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
    Some of us drink like a fish.
    We can be as proud as a peacock.
    A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
    You can get a frog in your throat.
    We can be a lone wolf.
    But I'm having a whale of a time!

    You have a riveting web log
    and undoubtedly must have
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    for your intended readership.
    May I suggest that you do
    everything in your power to
    honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
    Designer/Architect as well
    as your revering audience.

    Please remember to never
    restrict anyone's opportunities
    for ascertaining uninterrupted
    existence for their quintessence.

    There is a time for everything,
    a season for every activity
    under heaven. A time to be
    born and a time to die. A
    time to plant and a time to
    harvest. A time to kill and
    a time to heal. A time to
    tear down and a time to
    rebuild. A time to cry and
    a time to laugh. A time to
    grieve and a time to dance.
    A time to scatter stones
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    A time to embrace and a
    time to turn away. A time to
    search and a time to lose. A
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    throw away. A time to tear
    and a time to mend. A time
    to be quiet and a time to
    speak up. A time to love
    and a time to hate. A time
    for war and a time for peace.

    Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

    P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
    that the common culture of my youth
    is gone for good. It was hollowed out
    by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
    then splintered beyond hope of repair
    by the emergence of the web-based
    technologies that so maximized and
    facilitated cultural choice as to make
    the broad-based offerings of the old
    mass media look bland and unchallenging
    by comparison."

    'Thought & Humor' by Howdy
    Cyber-Humor, Cyber-Thought
    Cyber-Riddles for your divertissement!!!

  4. right on brother.

    stick it to the man......

  5. studying for the GRE? hee hee. there doesn't have to be killing, war, and hatred when there is reason. when there is Reason. too bad it is lacking in contemporary american political discourse.

    i'd rather be at a baseball game.

  6. How DARE you criticize my religion, radical socialist! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha... I disagree with what you say, but I will defend unto my death your right to say it.

    You just don't understand the game. It's nothing I haven't heard before. It's ok. I can't watch soccer without falling asleep. (Despite the fact that I used to play and coach it.)

  7. Crap like baseball and reality TV are designed to keep the proles fat, dumb, and happy. Why not write about the Bolivians being slaughtered by Exxon?


  8. I don't like the hamburger from MC Donalds ;-)

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    Greetz Palmira

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  10. Radical socialist will probably never revisit this blog, but I have to say one thing since he insulted me. First of all, radical socialist has most likely NEVER enjoyed a summer day with friends eating hotdogs and drinking shitty American beer at the ballpark. Baseball is not some mindless violence like American football and basketball. Baseball captures the essence of what is good in life, from the sights, sounds, and smells of the game to enjoying a lazy summer day that brings us back to that thing we call innocence and the faded memories of summer vacation.

    Radical socialist doesn't understand that baseball is a chess game (perhaps radical socialist thinks that chess and reality television are the same as well.) RS doesn't get that pitchers have to study the books, know where to throw pitches, how fast, at what angle, and at what precise location for each batter and each count. You wouldn't throw a fastball on an 0-2 count to a fastball hitter.

    Frankly, my overall point is that if you think of nothing but Bolivians fighting Exxon all of your life and prevent yourself from enjoying any avenue of escape, the quality of your life is no better than the money-hungry corporate types and the executive gypsies that you so claim to hate. Your life must really suck if there is nothing out there that you enjoy. I feel sorry for you. I am glad that you have not called yourself a liberal, because you do not believe in freedom. Your mind is enslaved to your causes and you are nothing but a worthless pawn in the grand game of life.

    Lighten up, and have some fun. Not everything in life is horrible, or we would all commit suicide.