Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Working Out the Kinks

No, no-I don't mean that we're going to listen to "Lola" and lift weights. I mean that there are a couple of problems with this site that have become apparent, foremost among them that one has to be a blogger.com member to leave a comment. Signing up is free, but it's still a pain in the ass, and I was under the impression that this site's ethos is to provide a free forum for exchanging information. It's one thing if I have to be signed up to blog in the first place, but an entirely different set of principles makes each one of you having to sign up kind of unreasonable. So, sorry about that--I am mystified.
Second, there's talk of advertising on the blogger admin page; ostensibly, it seems that Google, the parent company, offers a service whereby they screen your blog for content, pick its most identifiable themes, and coordinates a relationship between advertisers and the blogger, all at no charge. So far, I haven't been able to figure out how to do that, but rest assured that there will come a day when my sole purpose on this planet will be collecting ad revenue.

Now that those administrative issues are out of the way, a word about the new NYC subway condoms. According to
http://www.nowpublic.com/nyc_subway_condomsStatistics, New York City has the highest AIDS case rate in the country--more than LA, San Francisco, Miami, and Washington, DC combined. In an effort to stymie the virus's reproduction, the city released standard latex condoms with wrappers bearing the emblem of the city's subways. I have a few problems with this: first, who cares what the wrapper looks like? The condom, as far as I understand, bears the color of its parent subway, but doesn't have a letter or number on it. Colored condoms have been available for years; where's the novelty/fun in all of this? Second, it's not like people don't know what condoms are, or that they exist, or for what purpose they exist. If someone isn't going to use one, putting the 6 train on the wrapper isn't going to help anything. The notion that emblazoning a piece of foil will foster more safe sex is absolutely absurd. Third, until the city manufactures a condom with pictures of crazy people, rats, old Metrocards, sewer water, struggling musicians, noise pollution, and social anxiety, I will refuse to believe that they've created anything close to a loyally depicted subway product.

Stay safe, New York
MC Metrocard

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