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Friday, January 12, 2007

I'm Afraid of Americans

Subject: McDonnell Douglas Customer Survey
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 18:51:58 -0800

Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 3:26 PM

This was allegedly posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas Website by an
employee there who obviously has a sense of humor. The company, of course, does
not have a sense of humor, and made the web department take it down immediately
(for once, the "IMPORTANT" note at the end is worth a read too.... )

Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. In order to
protect your new investment, please take a few moments to fill out the warranty
registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not required, but the
information will help us to develop new products that best meet your needs and

1. [_] Mr.
[_] Mrs.
[_] Ms.
[_] Miss
[_] Lt.
[_] Gen.
[_] Comrade
[_] Classified
[_] Other

First Name: ............................ Initial: ........
Last Name: ..................................
Password: ........................ (max. 8 char)
Code Name:
Latitude-Longitude-Altitude: .....................................

2. Which model of aircraft did you purchase?

[_] F-14 Tomcat
[_] F-15 Eagle
[_] F-16 Falcon
[_] F-117A Stealth
[_] Classified

3. Date of purchase (Year/Month/Day): 20......./....... /......

4. Serial Number: .............................................

5. Please indicate where this product was purchased:

[_] Received as gift / aid package
[_] Catalogue / showroom
[_] Independent arms broker
[_] Mail order
[_] Discount store
[_] Government surplus
[_] Classified

6. Please indicate how you became aware of the McDonnell Douglas product
you have just purchased:

[_] Heard loud noise, looked up
[_] Store display
[_] Espionage
[_] Recommended by friend / relative / ally
[_] Political lobbying by manufacturer
[_] Was attacked by one

7. Please indicate the three (3) factors that most influenced your
decision to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product:

[_] Style / appearance
[_] Speed / maneuverability
[_] Price / value
[_] Comfort / convenience
[_] Kickback / bribe
[_] Recommended by salesperson
[_] McDonnell Douglas reputation
[_] Advanced Weapons Systems
[_] Backroom politics
[_] Negative experience opposing one in combat

8. Please indicate the location(s) where this product will be used:

[_] North America
[_] Iraq
[_] Iraq
[_] Aircraft carrier
[_] Iraq
[_] Europe
[_] Iraq
[_] Middle East (not Iraq)
[_] Iraq
[_] Africa
[_] Iraq
[_] Asia / Far East
[_] Iraq
[_] Misc. Third World countries
[_] Iraq
[_] Classified
[_] Iraq

9. Please indicate the products that you currently own or intend to
purchase in the near future:

[_] Color TV
[_] VCR
[_] ICBM
[_] Killer Satellite
[_] CD Player
[_] Air-to-Air Missiles
[_] Space Shuttle
[_] Home Computer
[_] Nuclear Weapon

10. How would you describe yourself or your organization? (Indicate all
that apply)

[_] Communist / Socialist
[_] Terrorist
[_] Crazed
[_] Neutral
[_] Democratic
[_] Dictatorship
[_] Corrupt
[_] Primitive / Tribal

11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product?

[_] Deficit spending
[_] Cash
[_] Suitcases of cocaine
[_] Oil revenues
[_] Personal check
[_] Credit card
[_] Ransom money
[_] Traveler's check

12. Your occupation:

[_] Homemaker
[_] Sales / marketing
[_] Revolutionary
[_] Clerical
[_] Mercenary
[_] Tyrant
[_] Middle management
[_] Eccentric billionaire
[_] Defense Minister / General
[_] Retired
[_] Student

13. To help us better understand our customers, please indicate the interests
and activities in which you and your spouse enjoy participating
on a regular basis:

[_] Golf
[_] Boating / sailing
[_] Sabotage
[_] Running / jogging
[_] Propaganda / misinformation
[_] Destabilization / overthrow
[_] Default on loans
[_] Gardening
[_] Crafts
[_] Black market / smuggling
[_] Collectibles / collections
[_] Watching sports on TV
[_] Wines
[_] Interrogation / torture
[_] Household pets
[_] Crushing rebellions
[_] Espionage / reconnaissance
[_] Fashion clothing
[_] Border disputes
[_] Mutually Assured Destruction

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your answers
will be used in market studies that will help McDonnell Douglas serve you
better in the future - as well as allowing you to receive mailings and
special offers from other companies, governments, extremist groups, and
mysterious consortia. As a bonus for responding to this survey, you will be
registered to win a brand new F-117A in our Desert Thunder Sweepstakes!

Comments or suggestions about our fighter planes? Please write to:

Military, Aerospace Division

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named above and may contain information that is confidential privileged or
unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humor
or irrational religious beliefs. If you are not the intended recipient, any
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explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas.

Unless the word absquatulation has been used in its correct context somewhere
other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or no grammatical use and
may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this email,
although the kelpie next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.
Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn
that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this backwards, so just
ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft.

However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer
you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this
email in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites, whisk, and place in a
warm oven for 40 minutes.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

iPhoto: Apple's vision of the future

As we can expect Apple's new iPhone, smashed into the phone and convergent devices market as a stone in a glass of water.
But the iPhone is far from being the perfect device. It isn't a 3G phone, its 8G flash memory is not really a threat to others devices in the same segment and "Apple's bothersome tradition of non-user-servicable batteries continues. There's no reason to do this, frankly, aside from the kind of implied "we're aesthetic obsessives" claim that Apple still gets away with."
But I think that, beside the fact that Apple won't cut the legs to his brand new iPod Video, iPhone is the beginning of the keyboardless devices' era that, in my opinion, will be the former step to the vocal command devices. (American's) big fat fingers are an obstacle to the miniaturisation of components and devices. A touch screen will set consumers free from the dictature of small qwerty keyboards, even if (and that's the point) this handheld iPhone need both hands to play with.
So, when consumers will be tired of choosing between search a contact or drink their Frappuccinos, Apple will serve the brand new "WiMax PowerPhone" that will be guided by means of the owner's voice (and only the owner's one) and that will stay in our pocket or our bag until we'll need to search the Internet for a map or to show it to our (jealous) friends.
It's just a matter of time.

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Just a shot

Here's the photo blog of Jérome Roussin.
He takes and puts on line one new photo each day. A personal point of view of his city and his friends and his life too.

Have a look here !

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Melodies and lullabyes that's all we need.

January, 11 2007 at Le Rendez-Vous des Amis w/ MiLK & Fruit Juice
23, rue Gabrielle, Paris, 75018
Cost : free!

Myspace page here

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Shangai Mingongs

China. Cheaper products, ancients traditions, newest technologies, one billion people and a huge country.
China scares us, but not enough to avoid our manifacturers to close their plants here in Europe and to open brand new ones in China to exploit them at half the price.
But why everything is so cheap and unexpensive?
Thanks to an independant photographer, Pierre Henniquant, finally we can discover how the magnificent towers that shine in Shanghai's skyline are built and at which price.
Thousand of men come from rural areas to work in the city centre dazzled by the hope of a better life and a job.
As you can see on the photograph's site here reality is a little bit different. They're piled up in small and unhealthy houses. There's no health care or insurances and they're obviously not well paid (but better than in the countryside from where they come from). Thanks to photographers we can understand how chinese products can be so affordable and think about a minute before purchase them.
For those who live in Paris an exposition will take place from the 1st of February 2007 to the 3rd of March 2007 @
Galerie-Librairie Impressions

98 rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris
Directions here
T: 01 42 76 01 04
Opening hours: Wednesday from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Henniquant. All rights reserved.

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