Wednesday News: Bodyform reveals the truth about periods; MS Surface pricing and ship date revealed; DMCA takedown notice gone awry; Ancient prosthetics
This May Be The Best Response To A Facebook Rant — Period. – An internet troll or comedian or someone named Richard Neill posted a facebook rant about how a Maxipad company lied to him in commercials about a woman’s joyous adventuresome spirit that she adopted during her period. The company created possibly the best response ad I’ve seen yet to so called negative internet feedback:Mashable
Microsoft Surface pricing criticism: $500 too high without Touch Cover – Microsoft Surface was announced this summer, but for a while it felt like vaporware with no release date on the horizon. MS has now announced release date of October 26, 2012. The Surface comes in three different flavors from 32 GB at $499 to 64 GB at $699. (http://surface.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/Content/pbpage.Surface?ESICaching=off&WT.mc_id=MSCOM_EN_US_HP_FEATURE_132F1ENUS31157) Now Surface does come with a functional USB port which means you can easily transfer or add items from a USB memory stick and a microSD slot, but critics are saying that the MS tablet is overpriced because in order to make it really useable you need the keyboard which costs an extra $100. What concerns me is that I’ve bought any number of iPad Apps. Am I ready for a new platform and a new set of apps? I don’t know. GBR and Microsoft
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice – This is an incredible misuse of the DMCA notice and it is not entirely Penguin’s fault. It’s the fault of the hosting company, ServerBeach, who took down all of the blogs in order to address one minor complaint. A teacher posted a copyrighted 20 question test published in 1974 on a blog in 2007. For some reason, this post caught the attention of Pearson who sent out a DMCA warning. The ServerBeach folks responded by taking the entire 1.5 million blogs off line. Techdirt
This amazing prosthetic hand was made in the 1500s – Meljean Brook’s book “Riveted” is about a man in alternate Victorian timeperiod with prosthetics. But her story isn’t that unbelievable because prosthetics were being developed back in the 1500s. Ambroise Paréwas a royal surgeon but his heart belonged to the soldiers. When he discovered that some soldiers would rather take their own lives than live with amputations, he began to create artificial limbs. (http://io9.com/5946835/this-amazing-prosthetic-hand-was-made-in-the-1500s) Gotz von Berlichingen was a soldier who had three hand prosthetics that had spring operated fingers. i09
Ancient prosthetics have been around for thousands of years. Marcus Sergius had an iron hand created so he could lead in battle during the Punic Wars (218-210 BCE). Even predating that, there is record(3500-1800 BCE) of warrior Queen Vishpla having an iron leg fashioned for use in war.
As stated in your post, the use of spring operated or moveable joints didn’t occur until 1508, when German knight Gotz Von Berlichingen had a hand fashioned that moved at the joints.
Ambroise Paré however is credited as the Father of Prosthetics because of his many innovations and several of his pieces are still in existence. Many are considered works of medical art.
*excuse the history lesson, this is where my own research has been the last few weeks so it is uppermost in my mind and I find it fascinating*
To say that the Bodyform response made my day would be understating it. That might be the best response I’ve ever seen.
If I lived in England, I’d start buying their products just based on this. AWESOME!
I about died laughing, thank you Bodyform.
The best part of that video is when she drinks the blue water.
What I most love about the Bodyform video is the sneaky jab at Always ‘Have a happy period’. That line makes me want to smash someone in the face. Usually I settle for a cushion.
@Inez Kelley: Fascinating lesson, thank you (and thanks to Jane for the original link, of course)! I loved learning this :-)
oooh! I’d so use Bodyform now, too. I need to forward this to my husband, lol.
@Brie Yes! My first thought at the beginning was “uh oh, they have the blue water out, what will they use it for…” Now I really want to know what ad agency did this, because that’s using humor (and the internet) effectively. I do sorta wish they’d used the real CEO, but I’m thinking it probably isn’t a woman.
Well, after that I had to “run and find out”.
Bodyform is a trademark owned by SCA, whose CEO is the respectable romance-hero named Jan Johansson, whom I would pay good money to see star in a new version of that video.
(President of Consumer Goods, Europe, had the positively porntastic name of Magnus Groth, but alas I could not find a picture of him.)
Uh-oh. Does that count as doxxing?
@hapax: Magnus Groth needs to be the name of some billionaire hero in the near future.
@Inez Kelley: Your history lesson is awesome. Maybe you could do a whole post for us? That would be fantastic.
Thanks for posting Bodyform’s brilliant response :)