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  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

    So, the theater just told me for the first time ever to leave my cell phone on and now I’m watching a pre movie clip with a car going down the highway.

    …………I wonder what will happen next?

    • Weird Al says:

      [Comment deleted, not even close to being on topic – ed.]

      • Tim says:


        • jpfitz says:

          I’m sure you’ve see this Tim, start at funny enough 3:33.

          • Tim says:

            There’ll be plenty of time for that later on…

          • jpfitz says:

            Rolling credits at the end I just noticed a lot of people with the name ending in berg. Is that a finger pointing at Hollyweird, proclaiming Jews run the show?
            Nowadays that would be called anti-Semitism, although I don’t know why. It’s kinda like saying most pizzerias are run by Italians.

          • Tim says:

            I hate msg. I hate food they don’t pick the teeth out of. {if we picked the teeth out, it wouldn’t be pressure-cooked, steamboiled crunchycat; would it??

  2. Go TWIT Yourself! says:

    Too bad it’s illegal to put mild shock devices in the theater seats to really reinforce the concept. Too close to their brain “cells,” I suppose.

  3. Tom says:

    One of the reasons why I always bring my portable cell phone jammer to the theater with me…

    • Cephus says:

      I wish theaters had cell phone jammers so idiots couldn’t get or make calls in the middle of movies.

      • CrankyGeeksFan says:

        In the U. S., it’s against federal law to possess or use cell phone jammers.

        In the late 1990s, U. S. universities wanted to come up with ways to make students stop talking on their cell phones during lectures – in lecture halls and auditoriums in particular. These were GSM, TDMA and early CDMA phones.
        I had to get to the lecture hall early so that I didn’t have to sit near the back or top of the hall. Cell phones rang throughout the lecture. A student would answer; then, step out of the auditorium – a huge distraction.

        In Japan, there was a wooden paneling that blocked cell phone signals. It was a a passive solution since it didn’t transmit a signal. I don’t know if these panels were approved for the U. S.

  4. Tom says:

    It IS a cool Public Service Announcement though!

  5. Still Speeping... says:

    … And on a side note, for those of you who say Washington can’t do anything good, here’s a missed headline (missed by our tech guru Dvorak, that is):

    “Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama”


    [Warning: Stay on topic, no splunging – ed]

  6. SchwettyBalls says:

    This is an EASY problem to solve folks. Make it a national law against operating a cell phone while driving. The first offense is $200, the second is $500 and the third is loss of driving privileges for a year. Texting and driving would virtually stop in a matter of weeks.

    • Kiwini says:

      Better yet…make the second offense a full-time promotion to using only two-wheeled transportation for at least a year.

      There will be no third-time offenders. 🙂

      • Cap'n Kangaroo says:

        You REALLY want to get an offender’s attention?

        At 1st offense, they have to trade in smartphone for an old flip-style phone without even basic texting ability.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

          Two excellent ideas. Maximum enforcement with minimum “real” impact.

          Well done.

          Too much common sense though and BiG Retail would be against it.

          Better to half laws that only hurt the general public.

          • jpfitz says:

            I’ve had a Nokia windows phone for about 8 months now. Not the best OS but one feature I found frustrating at first was that as soon as you started driving a motor vehicle, the phone would not pick-up calls or texts. The phone would send a message to the person trying to contact you that I was driving and will contact whoever called or texted later. Very safe feature built in. Wife hated it of course, I think it should be on all cell phones. If you have Bluetooth in car then Bluetooth would pick up.

    • spsffan says:

      I don’t think so. You’d need a 1000% increase in the number of police to make a dent. Heck, it already is pretty close to $200 on a first offense in California (after adding in all the extras they charge on top of the actual fine). Yet, roughly 50% of drivers I see when I’m out walking are using the phone.

      Oh, and just because you yank their license, doesn’t mean they won’t drive. About half will drive anyway.

      We haven’t got room to lock them up. So, I propose $1000 on first offense and cutting off fingers one at at time for subsequent offenses. That might work.

      • bobbo, the Climate Change ALARMIST who doesn't want his kiddies boiled to death as the Oilgarchs are currently Hell Bent on doing, and the Science Denying Far Right are ignorantly supporting says:

        I do think so.

        ……but it all comes down to we the people. Driving and phones are not safe… we the people just need to be reminded of the common sense notion that its unsafe.

        Most people DO use seat belts because we accept that value.

        Same will occur with phones as long as cops enforce the law when observed AND some nice celebrities smile at us and tell us not to do it.

        Just like everything else.

        …………ultimately as enough of us get chips in our heads, the disconnect while driving will be part of our smart cars.

  7. You're Killing Me says:

    They need one that shows a person walking off a subway platform or off a curb into city traffic.

    The love of mobile devices is apparently stronger than life itself !

  8. Said says:

    Shock & Awe.

    A cliffhanger. Part 2 coming next fall..bound to be a Hit!

  9. sargasso_c says:

    Isn’t anyone a bit concerned they can SMS a group of customers without subscription?

    • Captain Obvious says:

      You can geofence SMS messages if the person opts in. The movie goers opted in to see a free movie or something.

    • Are you not concerned that you believe this to be something other than a scripted and staged event? Wake up, Dude.

  10. mojo says:

    “Mant! Half Man, Half Ant!”

  11. mojo says:

    “Fiend without a Face”

    “…I don’t understand, we just sprayed for brains on Tuesday…”

  12. Here is another reason why I boycott movie theaters; I do not pay for admittance in order to sit and watch 10 minutes of commercials!

    Plus, I take Curry’s advice and don’t carry a cell phone, so this lame trick won’t work.

    • spsffan says:

      Here here! I pretty much stopped going to the movies when they went over $10 for a ticket and still subjected me to commercials. That was years ago. I can think of only 1 real movie I’ve been to the theater for since Titanic.

      Now then,

      Let’s see here. The fact that people decided it was okay to talk continually in theaters is another reason I stopped going. Add in cell phones. Add in the nerve of theaters pestering you to pick up your own trash(the nerve!). Add in the general lack of worthwhile films where a big screen would matter. Add in that at home, I can stop the action when I have to piss. Add in bratty children kicking the back of my seat, smelly fat people, and that liquid nacho cheese stuff and I’m out.

      But, since I’m on a rant……

      Asians driving German cars? That’s a recipe of disaster if I ever saw one.

  13. Tim says:

    I see the ad council has finally gone with social engineering promotionals almost memorable enough to be lambasted —

    Perhaps, it will be more effective if, next time, a real texting driver crashes through the theatre with a 50 cal auto-turret mounted on the hood that went active because the driver was also not wearing a seatbelt and his head dinged the ‘move’ button on the wheel — he was texting the weed guy…

    “”Those might be dandy reasons to explain why a man drove his soft-top Mercedes coupe into CNN Center in downtown Atlanta early Friday, but police have a better reason: The driver was allegedly high.

  14. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    This from the Guardian. A Belgian firm that produced a 2009 ad campaign “Let It Ring” has an issue with current VW ad:

    A direct link to just the Belgian 2009 video:

    The 2014 VW ad reminds me of Volkswagen’s 2006 ads which featured a first-person account of an auto accident.

  15. norman says:

    you are all wrong it is Theatre

    really ye would have had… text up, down side, top, bottom of cinema screen… hongkong

    At one stage not so many years ago, my son was looking for to get job in local afternoon cinema and at same time upstairs adult neighbour my age, got the job. as soon as i know i inform both.

    but my point is… amazing how many persons leave mobile ‘phone behind in afternoon cinema …

    adults would ask, or maybe even ‘phone owner…

    kids… well kids are kids

    the best man got the job

    • Tim says:

      I once told a cop that I would have to pimp his son out to pay a ticket he gave me…

      but then I realized that nobody would pay for something that not even a cop-dad would jam it up his own…

  16. norman says:

    colostomy bags , of course… when me dad stop shitting… some idoot suggested stomy bag.. but her boss said only after we take the feed drip out. hehhe.. neah it never happen…

    • norman says:

      ebola theatre absub.. enter east suberb gaza..

      The Ottoman census of 1525 shows a relatively equal population of Turks and Kurds, with 89 and 90 households, respectively. The Jews were the single largest ethnic group with 95 households, while the Christians had 82

      • Tim says:

        I’m a little bit skiddish about this whole fucking thing, norman.

        Don’t give me platitudes.

        Do you think there will be cake????

  17. mickray says:

    Some folks were born to walk and send smoke signals to communicate. Puff Puff …..


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