It is baffling to me that the same gamers who say casual games don’t really count because they tend not to require real skill and perseverance tend to take immense pleasure in playing artsy indie games with no real gameplay mechanics whatsoever.
I guess it must take a lot of skill and perseverence not to fall asleep playing those games or something.
In an interview for the Archive of American Television on November 12, 2010, creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner stated that there is much less product placement on Mad Men than is commonly perceived, and that most real products featured (including Cadillac and Utz ) are included for purposes of realism, with no product placement deals behind them. Weiner said: “There is very little [product placement], and it is an illusion propagated by the network. It never works out… Literally I’ve named four things in four seasons and there have probably been a hundred products on the show. Half of them are made up, no one’s paying to be on the show.”
Weiner added that he is not opposed to product placement, provided that it could increase the show’s budget or eliminate the advertising breaks. However, he says that the limited product placement in the show has been a frustrating experience for his creative team. Because of these frustrations, Weiner anticipates no product placement deals in future seasons. “I can say here and now, never again”. Weiner also expressed his regret at his inability to edit Mad Men’s Wikipedia article to correct the misperception that real products on the show are the result of product placement deals.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about last week’s return from Japan was my realization at just how ridiculous connecting flights are.
So here’s what I was doing: Narita to Chicago O’Hare to Montreal Trudeau.
The first sign that something horribly wrong is going to happen is when shortly after takeoff, flight attendants start passing customs forms regarding the contents of your luggage that must be filled out regardless of whether or not your final destination is in the US. Why does it matter what the contents of my bags are to the Americans when ultimately they are only a point in transit?’
So then you get off the plane at O’Hare and realize you have to go through immigration and customs. Why?
Why do I have to stand in line for half an hour, explain to some immigration officer that I am in transit, give him a form that says “I’m in transit”, go wait in line at customs, tell them “I don’t have anything suspicious on me, besides, if I did, it’s not like it would leave this airport because my flight is leaving in fifteen minutes, so could you please hurry up”, hand them a form that repeats what I just said, sprint over to the train that’ll take me to the right airport terminal, wait in line to go through security again, only to make it five minutes before my flight leaves?
What a fucking waste of time.
You know what, how about this?
If I’m in the international zone, the contents of my bags only really matters to where I left from and where I’m going to. Stop pretending it’s your business too. It could be your business if I was planning to actually leave the international zone, but I wouldn’t be doing that unless you were forcing me to like you are now. So cut it out.
And I know you guys love your fancy 3D genital scanner machines, but how about you assume that if I went through security at Narita, then I went through security, and I shouldn’t have to go through it again once I hit the US. Even more ridiculous: if you bought any liquids at Narita before leaving and brought them on your carry-on, ha ha, fuck you, you’re going to have to throw them out once you hit the US anyway.
I am highly skeptical that having anyone boarding a connecting flight go through all of this benefits anyone. It’s wasting the time of all travellers; not only do people on connecting flights have to endure this crap, but travellers who have finally returned home have to deal with longer lines. It’s wasting the time of the customs and immigration officers who are spending a minute of unnecessary time with everyone boarding a connecting flight. It’s making security lines that are long enough as is even longer.
One thing’s for sure: I would have missed my flight if I had any checked luggage.