OK, here’s the problem with the Flip camera.

Background: Cisco is shutting down its Flip camera division, apparently because smartphone cameras are kicking Flip’s posterior.  Glenn Reynolds notes that in a confrontation most people would rather lose their cameras than their phones; I agree with that, but I have to admit that the Flip has fallen out of favor with me as a video camera.  It’s mostly because transferring video from the Flip is… kind of annoying, actually.   I’ve stopped taking it to places, instead relying on my Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera; I bought that to take pictures, but honestly the video features serve my needs and the footage is saved in a format that can be directly ported over to Adobe.  Plus, the Canon is both lighter and less conspicuous; which may be a feature for some…

I keep reading the name of this wine as ‘Crisco*.’

Fifteen years ago, this paragraph might have actually convinced me to go out and buy some of this stuff.

In 1991, Cisco’s tendency to cause a temporary form of inebriated insanity led the Federal Trade Commission to require its bottlers to print a warning on the label (above right).  The FTC also forced them to drop their marketing slogan, “Takes You by Surprise,” even though it was entirely accurate.  Read the FTC’s full investigation on their own web page at this link.  Since those days, Cisco is harder to find outside the slums, although the FTC’s demonizing of the drink only bolstered its reputation for getting people trashed.  Anyone who overlooks the warning and confuses this with a casual wine cooler is going to get more than they bargained for.  Cisco will make a new man out of you.  And he wants some too.

This is why I am not really upset that I am not fifteen years younger.  I’m going to need every brain cell left that I’ve got.

Moe Lane

*Apparently the only thing not in it.