October 3rd, 2013



Living in the U.P. in the mid-80s meant cable TV, including the era when MTV, and later VH-1, actually played music videos. One of the most amazing, from a technological point of view was Ah-Ha's "Take On Me".

Well, a very clever ad agency has given Volkswagen a great new fall ad intercutting a VW Passatt and their maintenance plan with a chunk of Ah-Ha's video. After all, mechanics and wrenches figure prominently in the original.

The Today Show link has both the new VW ad and the original video, which wasn't available on YouTube earlier today.

And I also learned that the actress in the original is named Bunty Bailey, Therese "Bunty" Bailey -- she's English (Is it mean to say she's cuter as an animated sketch?)

This is the second happiest sounding video, even though the video story has a dark, sinister section, second only to Katrina & The Waves "I'm Walking On Sunshine". The latter also wins Best Use Of Hightops and a tie for Best Lipstick with the "Spudettes" from the iconic Robert Palmer video -- you know the one.

And... I am officially old now.

Dr. Phil

A Moment On The Soapbox

In response to a post on Jay Lake's blog on how his health circumstances can be considered an anecdote, but to him it's his life, I replied with the following:
Anecdotes are not data, true. But too many people look at their own lives and say I don't need health care (right now), why should I pay? But as you say, anecdotes are real individuals.

Had the ACA been in effect perhaps ten years ago, I could have this discussion with my sister. Instead she had no health insurance -- she had what appears to be the pseudo-conservative's Don't Get Sick plan -- and died two years ago of metastasized uterine cancer she didn't even know she had.

Talk to more and more people and suddenly those anecdotes start looking like data. Data which lends support to the idea of an inhuman policy plan to kill Americans.

Much of the rest of the First World shakes their head, wondering how you can do this to your own people.

The answer seems to be, we're not the pseudo-conservatives' people.

Dr. Phil

You can disagree with me for sure, especially on the point that even with care my sister might still be dead -- we all have to die of something after all -- but on this issue I feel like the Spanish swordsman in The Princess Bride. "Promise me anything." "Anything." "I want my father back."

As for the lunacy in the House right night now, if you really think the Dems should be the ones to "compromise", by gutting the ACA rather than trying to fix things, then you have missed the point. And the latest proposal to kill the tax on medical devices, which helps fund the ACA, then you're proposing to make the funding get worse. It's akin to cutting the taxes on the rich to promote jobs, then failing to get either jobs or revenue, complaining that the only solution is to cut the budget. Oh yeah, we tried that, it didn't work and apparently we're not allowed to fix it.

The current health care system -- the best healthcare in the world -- missed millions of people, denied coverage to those who needed it and left families within one or two months of bankruptcy if something bad happens to their health. The Affordable Care Act was designed by conservatives to help that without going all National Health Service on everyone. Perfect? No. But better, closer.

When something isn't working, fix it.

Dr. Phil