Monday, March 27, 2006

An Unnamed Utility in Chicago

The above utility has a funny call-waiting system. It has a pre-recorded message about bill balances and payment plans, and then, suddenly, the line goes dead silent, and you assume that you are being transferred to a real person, but no, it is simply cutting to another pre-recorded message that says that all lines are busy and thank you for waiting.

It's funny because it does this three or four times in the course of your call. So three or four times I think that I am going to get helped, but then, three or four times, I just get another pre-recorded message.

I suspect that if you added a little fire and brimstone, this would be a lot like the lake of fire.


:: mandy :: said...

Ah, we are all writing about hell lately. Apparently it is the place where you are waited on hand and foot, leaving plenty of time to listen to pre-recorded messages from unnamed utility companies.

Analyst Catalyst said...

Should we be concerned that things that go on in our offices make us think about a place of eternal damnation?

:: mandy :: said...

I think I'm more concerned that the content of your blog reflects the Google advertising at the top of the page... spies, I tell you. I know that's part of the Google agreement, but I really don't need TWO suggestions towards the same Cadbury Cream Eggs in one sitting.

I have this sudden urge to go to the grocery store.

Analyst Catalyst said...

Actually, that's the opposite of how it works; they look through my site for what to put up there; they don't tell me what to write.

You should click up there sometimes though; I'll be rich! And then, Cadbury Cream Eggs for All!

:: mandy :: said...

Actually, I meant to write the opposite. GOOGLE is spying. That's the bad part. Are they doing that to everyone? Are you sponsored by Google?

Analyst Catalyst said...

Well, they did send me press-ons for my clothes and insignias to put on my car.

Jes' kidding!

Well, they are technically spying, but it is part of the agreement. I don't know if they have an actual person going through, or if it's just a computer searching through for key words that they have advertisements for.

It takes a lot of clicks; Adsense works pay-per-click. The company that Kristanne works for only pays out when the person buys something, but they pay out significantly higher than Adsense pays out.

I only have about fifteen bucks so far, and they only send you a check when you get over a hundred, so it'll be quite a while before I see the lucrativeness (lucrativity? I like that better) of Adsense.

Red Riding Hood said...

Adsense uses a "spider" that feeds a complex algorithm which relates your content to their ads. They only do this if in your agreement with them you allow contextual advertising.
At least thats what the Man tells me.

Analyst Catalyst said...

I better get rid of it then; I'm not a big fan of spiders.

Or complex algorithms.