consumers strike back

1-866-879-5172 has been calling for months, off & on and at all hours. It’s a telemarketing and contact centre called Minacs, or Aditya Birla Minacs. Spammy, evil robots. Enough is enough. Here’s how you can affect them back:

– If you have a website of your own, like a blog, post the phone number, Minac‘s full company name, and a few words like “spammer” and “evil”.
– save and publish the post.
– write another post with the number and company name and the same words and link each of the key words to the first post (and vice versa if you want to take the time to edit again).

Google will then associate all those words, and if enough of us do it anyone who searches their company name will see exactly what they have been doing to all of us. Our complaints will show up even before their own website in web searches. Then they can explain to their clients why everyone hates them and refuses to answer the phone when they call. Suddenly they have no more business and we win.

It works, though you should avoid mentioning Google in your post, seeing as Google is no doubt aware of the Googlebomb phenomenon since the glory days of “George Bush is an ass” and is probably keeping an eye out for their own name in this sort of post.

By all means, pass this on to everyone you know.

before you watch the watchmen

You probably aren’t as breathlessly in anticipation as I am for Friday’s release of Watchmen. Statistically speaking. Matt and Brock are, I am sure, way more excited than I am, if only because they’ve been waiting a couple decades longer. I only read it last year. I worked on the production for a couple days and had no idea what I was a part of.

The book is, however, brilliantly, brilliantly written and very well illustrated. If you do not read the graphic novel before seeing the movie you will be doing yourself a very grave disservice. Many would argue that you couldn’t possibly see the movie if you’ve only read the graphic novel a few times.

It’s that rich.

It’s dark. It’s apocalyptic. It’s full of love and loss, hope and desperation. Humanity and inhumanity. Metaphor layered on metaphor. These are real people and their lives suck just as much as yours.

It’s not a comic book. It’s not a happy book. It’s an important book.

And I don’t know if there has ever been a movie so carefully watchdogged, so painstakingly faithful to the source material. It had to be.

Read the book. Then meet me at the theatre on Friday for an uncomfortable look at what it means to be human.