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Reply to: #197677 by Trekkie Gal
Mar 12, 2008 8:49pm
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Quote Ok, everyone save their inserts and we'll all send them to Ryan! TG


Okay this reminded me of my insert story. Using the typical disclaimers it wasn't me, I didn't do this, but it sure seemed like an interesting 'get even' method one of my former clients used.

You know the insert with the little areas you check off for receiving items or information regarding a vacation spot or some other things that will be sent to the person that fills in the blanks. Well this person had some difficulty with some corporate type. This person got really screwed over by this corporate type and filled in every insert they could find. Every visit to a Doctors office, Dentist office, and any other waiting room with magazines...rip, rip, rip, those fillin inserts were removed from the magazines filled out and sent in with that corporate type's name and address.
This went on for about one year, and finally the person mentioned to me what they had done.
I have to confess I thought it was pretty neat, but advised them that there were probably several Federal laws broken as well as a potential Stalking crime perpetrated.

Besides one year of that much junk mail is sufficient to meet anyones idea of getting even.

Don
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Reply to: #197313 by Cyclonic
Mar 12, 2008 10:56pm
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I've stayed out of this so far but now I have to vent.

It seems that every activity I get involved in evolves....and usually not in a good way.

I like THIS hobby the way it is. I don't agree with everything aobut it but I don't participate in those areas. If letterboxing goes commercial I'll get out. It will save me money anyway. No more buying containers,carving material,paper.....you get the idea.

This website is a different matter. If Ryan wants to put commercial themes in the rotation that's his business. I can read them or ignore them.

Shiloh
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Reply to: #197679 by Scoutingbear
Mar 12, 2008 11:09pm
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Quote That is why the only magazine we read is consumer reports...


I subscribed to CR for a couple of years a couple of decades ago; I really like the idea of a magazine with independent product evaluations. Eventually they did a review on products that I was knowledgeable about -- and I disagreed with their conclusions strongly. Then I thought about it some more, and I went to the library and looked through back issues for reviews of products I knew about -- and I disagreed with their recommendations more often than not. Since I don't agree with their conclusions when I know what they're talking about, why would I ever trust what they say when I don't know anything about the products they're reviewing? Cancelled my subscription.
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Reply to: #197701 by Don and Gwen
Mar 12, 2008 11:13pm
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Quote rip, rip, rip, those fillin inserts were removed from the magazines filled out and sent in with that corporate type's name and address.


In "Steal This Book", Abbie Hoffman suggested taking the junk mail with the "Return Postage Paid" cards and slapping them on a brick and mailing it back to the company sending out the junk mail. Perhaps after paying to mail enough bricks to themselves, they'll quit sending out junk mail.
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Reply to: #197381 by Angel and Demon
Mar 13, 2008 1:10am
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You're definitely not the only one. Those stupid insert cards are the devil.

The other thing I hate in them? Two page (front and back) drug ads. I tend to rip those out before I read the magazine, too. I know magazines need advertisers to survive, and drug companies seem to pony up the money hand over fist, but ugh...how many Claritin-D ads does one person need to see in a lifetime? (I'd totally pay more for a magazine with less/no advertising, too. S'why I usually pick up Mary Jane's Farm, in fact.)

---eliza b
(who is on heavy LorTab at the moment, forgive incoherence. And no, that's not an advertisement.)
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Reply to: #197673 by Green Tortuga
Mar 13, 2008 3:38am
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Quote I wish I could get the post office to deliver bags of those inserts that fall out of magazines. Oh, the fun! =)


In the industry, those are known as "blow cards."
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Reply to: #197732 by Corax
Mar 13, 2008 7:30am
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S'why I usually pick up Mary Jane's Farm, in fact.)

What is Mary Janes Farm?
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Reply to: #197523 by Kirbert
Mar 13, 2008 8:21am
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One of my favorite shows ever. The episode where the Brain became a country music star just about made me bust a gut.


LOL!!! Whenever someone asks "Are you thinking what I'm thinking" - my answer is ALYWAYS - "I think so Brain, but burlap chafes me so".

drexel girls
who really misses Animaniacs!!
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Reply to: #197851 by drexel girls
Mar 13, 2008 8:39am
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LOL!!! Whenever someone asks "Are you thinking what I'm thinking" - my answer is ALYWAYS - "I think so Brain, but burlap chafes me so".


This page has a whole section of answers to "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" towards the bottom.

TG *who also misses Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain*
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Reply to: #197673 by Green Tortuga
Mar 13, 2008 9:59am
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I wish I could get the post office to deliver bags of those inserts that fall out of magazines. Oh, the fun! =)


Somehow, Ryan, I think you should be careful about what you wish for! People have your address...

LOL
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Reply to: #197858 by Trekkie Gal
Mar 13, 2008 10:04am
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Thanks so much! That was awesome!! I'll refer to that often!

drexel girls
who dressed up as Dot one year for Halloween
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Reply to: #197727 by Kirbert
Mar 13, 2008 10:10am
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In "Steal This Book", Abbie Hoffman suggested taking the junk mail with the "Return Postage Paid" cards and slapping them on a brick and mailing it back to the company sending out the junk mail.

Found this a couple of weeks ago: Postage Paid Envelope Revenge.
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Reply to: #197892 by ShadowSpirit
Mar 13, 2008 10:36am
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Quote Found this a couple of weeks ago: Postage Paid Envelope Revenge.


Okay, that link was one of the funniest things I've seen in a while! Now I know exactly what to do with all the old shingles we'll have this summer after we re-do our roof =) Thanks for the laugh!
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Reply to: #197373 by ArtGekko
Mar 13, 2008 11:59am
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Quote First thing I do with every magazine that comes in the house is go through and rip out those dang things and put 'em in the recycling bag. I hate flipping through a magazine and stutter-stopping on a subscription card.

Also perfume ads with the scent strip. *koff* *gag* *wheeze*

dave
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Reply to: #197740 by Otis' Friends
Mar 13, 2008 1:56pm
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Quote In the industry, those are known as "blow cards."


I have an origami book that has several patterns for those dratted things. I need to relearn those designs, and can then fold and leave origami things around offices or whatnot.

I don't subscribe to many magazines anymore (darn budget) but I do get a couple - I could leave origami surprises all over town!

Mama Fox
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Reply to: #197995 by The Little Foxes
Mar 13, 2008 4:55pm
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Quote In the industry, those are known as "blow cards."


*TMI ALERT* The squeemish may wish to look away now...

At my house, we use those pesky inserts to pick up cat puke. One in each hand, scoop them together under the mess, and viola! Then a swipe with a paper towel dampened with some cleaning solution and we're done. We only subscribe to a few magazines, but they seem to provide plenty enough kitty-puke-scoopers! Or maybe I should now call them "blow chunks cards?"

~rozebud
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Reply to: #197701 by Don and Gwen
Mar 13, 2008 5:00pm
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Quote Okay this reminded me of my insert story. Using the typical disclaimers it wasn't me, I didn't do this, but it sure seemed like an interesting 'get even' method one of my former clients used...(snip)...This person got really screwed over by this corporate type and filled in every insert they could find.


Again, using the typical disclaimers, it wasn't me, etc...

Someone I know had a similarly nasty corporate type they had to deal with. So this person went online and filled out all kinds of forms for x-rated sites, s&m sites, etc. using the corporate person's home email and snail mail addresses. Did it from a public computer so they couldn't trace the ip address back to them.

Be careful who you pick on you power-mad corporate types!
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Reply to: #198085 by rozebud
Mar 13, 2008 5:12pm
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Or where I'm from ... blow chow cards.
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Reply to: #197048 by McBoxer
Mar 13, 2008 7:42pm
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Quote At my house, we use those pesky inserts to pick up cat puke.


Quote McBoxer a few days ago had said,

" But the discussion mutated from the original intent of "promoting letterboxing through promotional tie-ins" into "corporate logos on letterboxing gear". Not exactly the same thing."


Now, McBoxer, we have drifted fully off subject. Is that a dead lemur I smell?

Your Humble Servant,
OBJuan
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Reply to: #197725 by Kirbert
Mar 13, 2008 9:05pm
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Quote Since I don't agree with their conclusions when I know what they're talking about, why would I ever trust what they say when I don't know anything about the products they're reviewing?


But Kirbert, I thought you knew everything?
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Reply to: #198235 by Cyclonic
Mar 13, 2008 9:08pm
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But Kirbert, I thought you knew everything?


he does-that is why he disagrees! :)
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Reply to: #197825 by zinni
Mar 13, 2008 10:18pm
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Quote S'why I usually pick up Mary Jane's Farm, in fact.)


What is Mary Janes Farm?


I had to know too: http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/magazine.html

Janet, Blooming Flowers
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Reply to: #198270 by Blooming Flower
Mar 13, 2008 10:19pm
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What is Mary Janes Farm?


I can see why you would want to clarify. LOL!

slick kitty
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Reply to: #198271 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 13, 2008 10:28pm
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Quote I can see why you would want to clarify. LOL!


I guess you were thinkin' what I was thinkin'.

Janet, Blooming Flowers (who just read all the Pinky and the Brain lines for the first time)
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Reply to: #197858 by Trekkie Gal
Mar 14, 2008 12:35am
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who also misses Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain


Me too. I wonder if it's on DVD?

Shiloh
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Reply to: #198297 by shiloh
Mar 14, 2008 5:34am
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Me too. I wonder if it's on DVD?


http://tinyurl.com/yspt3y

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Goodnight, everybody!
:oD

Lol
3H
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Reply to: #198333 by Three Hearts
Mar 14, 2008 6:12am
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That's great but I don't like them enough to spend $100 for 3 volumes.

Shiloh
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Reply to: #195168 by Cyclonic
Mar 14, 2008 2:04pm
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Quote A promotional theme would be professionally done, look good, and generate extra revenue for the site.


That's a cute thought, but apparently you haven't seen much web advertising in your life. "Look good"? Like the blinking, screaming colors or the stupid dancing aliens I keep seeing everywhere? The mind reels...

I'm a designer- here's a possible idea. People could create custom themes and share them with others. Maybe charge a nominal fee. And if it's about supporting Atlas Quest/Ryan, we (meaning designers) could donate the fees to the site/sitemaster.

Maybe?
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Reply to: #198576 by Clever Corbine
Mar 14, 2008 3:08pm
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I'm a designer- here's a possible idea. People could create custom themes and share them with others. Maybe charge a nominal fee.


I love lots of different themes, and would love if people created all sorts of interesting ones. I don't know about charging a fee for them, but by all means, for you creative types out there, create some fun themes and share them others. =)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #198605 by Green Tortuga
Mar 14, 2008 4:31pm
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Thanks, will do. :-)