Monthly Archives: March 2014

Great moments in marketing

Women’s clothing stores spare no expense to advertise their wares and put them in the best light. Just look at this lovingly crafted display in an upper end clothier.

Bottom. That's all you need to know.

Bottom. That’s all you need to know.

Women’s clothing is also, apparently anti-slavery, which is a good thing. Even though it seems oddly depressing.

Free people? Does that mean they have no cost, or that they are not enslaved?

Free people? Does that mean they have no cost, or that they are not enslaved?

Also, check out Adventures in retail display.

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University of Maryland versus Army

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team met the U.S. Army Military Academy’s women’s basketball team in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament and — Army did a credible job, showing crisp teamwork and passion, but lost by 90 to 52.

Scoreboard at the Maryland-Army game

Scoreboard at the end of the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, featuring the University of Maryland women’s basketball team against the women of West Point.

In the second round, Maryland defeated the University of Texas by a much tighter 69-64. In the third round, Maryland defeated the University of Tennessee in Louisville, KY, 73-62. This was followed in the fourth round by a victory over the University of Louisville, essentially on their home court, by a score of 76-73.

Alas, in the Final Four, Maryland finally succumbed to the University of Notre Dame, 87-61. It was a great run.

Bottle cap Flag

In the United States, you can start a riot, or sink a political campaign, or fill nightly newscasts for a week with a real or implied desecration of the American flag. But apparently there is nothing at all wrong with creating a flag out of beer bottle caps.

Beer bottlecap flag over bar in Northern Virginia

To be honest, this really is an impressive piece of artwork.

It is worth noting that the American Revolution was fomented, in large measure, in the fermented confines of taverns.

Official Fourth Estate

Here we see a newspaper box at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. Note that the title of the newspaper is “Fourth Estate.” Then notice the slogan at the top: “Broadside and Connect2Mason present George Mason University’s official student news outlet.”

George Mason University has an official Fourth Estate, just like other well-known totalitarian regimes.

George Mason University has an official Fourth Estate, just like other well-known totalitarian regimes.

We can only assume that George Mason either lacks a department of journalism or lacks a history department, or both.