“How dumb do you think I am?” Marketing of the Day

Gee, thanks, French’s, for insulting our intelligence in such a blatant way and making it clear that you think we’re so dumb.

Note that they’re not advertising that you’re getting 40% more for free or a reduced price. They’re simply telling you that 20 ounces is 40% more than 14 ounces.

I’m so, so happy that French’s is so civically minded that they provide free math lessons to all their customers.

Top 10 movies I won’t watch on my flight to Madrid

I’m thinking about what movies to put on my iPad for my transatlantic flight today and here’s my top 10 list of movies I won’t be watching:

1. Airport (1975, 1977, etc)
2. The Langoliers
3. Alive
4. The pilot episode of Lost
5. Die Harder
6. United 93
7. Twilight Zone: The Movie
8. Castaway
9. Airplane

And of course, at the top of the list:
10. Snakes on a Plane

What else would you recommend?

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Red Sox game

On a cool summer evening in late July, leaders and pilgrims preparing to travel to World Youth Day in Madrid in August were treated to a special night: a Boston Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals seen from the amazing right-field rooftop terrace. In a space set aside just for the Archdiocese of Boston group. A thunderstorm sickly passed through and left a beautiful sunset and a perfect setting for America’s favorite pastime. The hometown team and their opponents engaged in a hitter’s carnival, the score swinging back and forth to the delight of the crowd.

Meanwhile, our group mingled in our own area, laughing and talking, re-connecting with old friends and getting to know new ones, anticipating the hard work and joy we are about to receive on our journey.

It was a beautiful night. Please enjoy these photos I took last night as well using my iPhone on a variety of apps: Camera+, Pro HDR, Photosynth, and Autostitch. Each app gave me a slightly different tool for the varying conditions. I was able to synchronize the photos to my Dropbox account using the Photosync app and then uploaded them to Posterous, which posted them on my miniblog at Bettnetlog.com and re-posted them to Bettnet.com, Facebook, and Twitter. I started composing this text on my iPad using the Elements app, which syncs to my Dropbox and I finished writing it in TextMate on my Mac in the Markdown markup code. The synchronizing between the iPhone and iPad were accomplished via WiFi over a Verizon MiFi mobile router, which allows WiFi-enabled gadgets to connect over the Internet.

All of this technology was used as a test for some of the work we’ll be doing in Madrid, posting real-time updates from the pilgrimage to our blog site at WYDMadridBoston.com. It worked pretty well. Now to see it in action in Spain.

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Pakeen Farm CSA

We went to the first pickup at our CSA today. (CSA is an acronym for community supported agriculture, also known as a farm share, where you pay a set amount and get a share of the farm’s output for the season.)

The farm had a potluck picnic for all the farm share holders and it was a nice time on a beautiful day without too much heat and plenty of sun.

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Catholic Media Promotion Day

Today is the first Catholic Media Promotion Day in which we name and promote all of our favorite Catholic media productions in all the various forms: blogs, podcasts, radio, TV, apps, and more. 

First, let me promote something new I’m working on The Good Catholic Life, a radio show and podcast based in Boston that covers everything about living a good Catholic life. We cover news of the day from a Catholic perspective; initiatives and ministries in Boston and eastern New England, and beyond; and profiles of Catholic leaders. We’ve only just begun and already we’ve started a huge buzz among our audience.

Now, on to my favorite Catholic media. I’ll give you lists of three:

Blogs:
  1. The Wine Dark Sea (of course)
  2. Conversion Diary
  3. American Papist
Podcasts:
  1. The Break with Fr. Roderick
  2. Catholic Weekend
  3. Catholics in a Small Town
iPhone apps
  1. CatholicTV
  2. iBreviary
  3. Pilot Parish Finder (of course)
I could go on an on with the lists, but I’ll limit myself here. Check out these and other Catholic media, especially any that you don’t know and be sure to promote them far and wide.

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