Joe Levi:
a cross-discipline, multi-dimensional problem solver who thinks outside the box – but within reality™

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What? You’ve never heard of w00t?! Lemme ‘splain… no, there is too much, lemme sum up…

w00t is an online store, with a twist: you can only buy the one product that they’re selling that day, not what you saw featured yesterday or the day before, just that one thing… and only until they sell out.

Today w00t is selling a 20GB refirbished iRiver MP3 player… for cheap! That’s an attractive deal for sure, but then they go and make the product description HILARIOUS! Sure, sure, it’s still fully informative, but it sometimes ranks in the “belly laugh” catagory. Take today’s description, for example:

iRiver Runs Through It

We’re standing on the curb, waiting for the light to change, when a guy walks up and signals us to take our headphones off. He wants to ask a question.

“So, what’s the deal,” the guy asks us, “with your blue iPod?”

“It’s not a ‘blue iPod,’” we say.

“OK, sorry. What’s the deal with your… what, cerulean iPod?”

“It’s not a cer—look, it’s not an iPod at all. It’s an mp3 player. See?”

“Oh. I thought that was the same thing.”

“No, not every mp3 player is an iPod? This one is not. It’s the iRiver H10. It is not made by Apple.”

“Hunh.” He stares at it, uncomprehending. “Looks cool. If I was going to get an iPod, I’d want a blue one like that.”

Now we’re exasperated. “iPod, iPod, iPod! Why are you fixated on iPods? Look! This thing is slim and compact, hardly bigger than a deck of cards, but it can store and play over five thousand songs!”

“It’s bigger than a deck of cards.”

“Yes! So we have already established! But not much bigger! Maybe it’s the volume of… oh, like a deck with 65 cards in it.”

“There’s no such thing as a 65-card deck.”

“No! No one says there is! It’s just for a frame of reference! And look, it’s 20 gigs, it has sensibly arranged controls, and its internal battery delivers up to 16 hours of non-stop music on a charge. It plays DRM, Audible, Napster 2 Go, and it has a color LCD for looking at photos! Oh, and an integrated text viewer for reading paperless novels, news, whatever!

“It has a built-in microphone so you can use it as a voice recorder—and a built-in FM tuner with both automatic and manual channel-search functions! And a timer! Plus, it’s lovingly refurbed, like a newly risen iRiver phoenix! All this and it’s not an iPod. Get it? See? Fleetwood Mac was right all along—you really can go your own way!”

“Yeah, I see what you’re saying.”

We exhaled heavily.

“So, if you play solitaire on that iPod, does it play with the regular deck, or with 65 cards?”

“YOU CAN’T—THERE’S NO SOLI—IT’S NOT … You know what? Yes. Yes, if you play solitaire on my blue iPod, it deals from a deck of 65 cards.”

“Awesome,” he said. “I gotta get one of those.” And he ambled off into the night.

Then they go and make a Podcast about it, usually a song:

Ah… w00t, you make me laugh!


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