Strange Companies

Just a short posting that was gathering dust in my draft folder for over a week now... As you can see, we are working full power on the new release and (for my part) on the homepage that goes with it, I didn't even find time to post to the blog... So here some random items from last week...

  • On my way back from the NetBeans User group in Munich, I saw a truck on the highway, that was labled Frising Helli. I don't think it's a joke, it could be a real name...
  • Then while browsing the internet, I came across one of these award buttons. Seems in Asia, there's a business award called Red Herring. From Monkey Island I learned, that a red herring refers to an action that draws off attention from the main issues... So Yours Truely would claim that this is not an optimal name for a serious business award (not even in countries where they eat fish for breakfast)... It seems that red herring can also refer to a red section in a legal document, but still, would you decorate you company's web portal with a big "Red Herring award", what's the message? "We are best at missleading our customers in our legal contracts"?
  • And now this interesting company, Fix A Vote, gives you a money-back guarantee that your voters vote for the right thing in an election. Only compatible with Diebold voting machines (and some others)... We all hope this business idea will remain an obvious joke for a long time. :-| The page is already enough over-designed to be a satire just because of its businesslike multi-media look... :-) But the content is scary, in a sarcastic way. (The music can be switched off bottom left.)

PS: Thanks to my brother for pointing out the Limbo Game trailer to me! Awesome, I never liked Jump&Runs, but this one is very original: Great artwork, no annoying muzak, incredible atmosphere. Where is up, where is down? Is that a tree or...? There is no information out yet, but I hope the 2D interface allows it to be ported to Mac easily, I never was a big gamer, but I'd totally buy that one. What's more, I'd even like to write something like this. (Which doesn't mean that I will actually do it, it's just meant as a compliment.) ;-)

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