Monthly Archives: March 2005

SkyMall Promoting Corporate Espionage

Recently there’s been some major buzz about corporate espionage. Several cases were in reference to someone stealing secret documents and product plans from Apple and posting them on Apple-related blogs. Law suits have been tossed around, the FBI has gotten involved, etc.

While on my Southwest flight, I was browsing through the SkyMall magazine. One product caught my eye – a Spy Pen. It’s a pen with a camera built in.

Normally, the marketing geeks would come up with a sales pitch like “Take pictures of your cute puppy” or something equally innocent. Not this time! They proudly state the camera’s primary use – taking photos of secret documents, taking secret photos in board meetings, etc. “Sneak it in where cameras aren’t allowed…” Even better, “It also has a real built-in pen so you can actually look like you’re writing.”

Remember – this is SkyMall advertizing a camera pen with the specific purpose of corporate espionage and illegal photo-taking.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens
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Southwest Is Super Cheap

I made a round trip flight to California this week to do some computer work. On my return flight, the ‘meal’ we were given was a tiny bag of peanuts and some broken Ritz crackers. The peanut bag was small enough to hold in the palm of my hand. Of course, the bag was puffed full of air which was intended to give the impression that there were plenty of peanuts inside. False advertising again. Inside were only 11 peanuts.
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens
Oh, and the triple-entendre of the “Byte” sized fares… doh!

Breakfast "T.K.O."

Codi and I had a nice, relaxing rainy Sunday. At about midnight Saturday night, I made a fresh loaf of molasses bread (so good!). Sunday morning, I made it into french toast. I used vanilla extract and mango yogurt in the batter, then topped the french toast with a peach/banana/maple sauce. Sliced kiwi and strawberries on the side made it extra tasty. Codi had one; I had three. Really good!
Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens