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Nobody at Microsoft Store Opening Cares About Microsoft

20 Oct

So this is the type of thing you can get away with when you’re an incredibly wealthy corporation. Microsoft opened a store today right across from an Apple Store at the University Village shopping center in Seattle. It looks a lot like an Apple Store.

This opening is happening right in their own backyard, after all Microsoft is based just across Lake Washington from Seattle. I’m sure Microsoft wanted a great turnout. Perhaps coincidentally, the company also decided to offer a Black Keys concert and a OneRepublic concert the very next day— for free. What’s the catch? You have to be one of the first people in line to score your two free tickets to one of the shows.

Lines for the opening started forming the night before. Some people waited overnight for the grand opening. The Microsoft promotion worked like a charm. There were tons of people waiting in line for the store to open. Then, reporter David “Goldy” Goldstein from The Stranger asked them what Microsoft product they were most excited to buy.

Can you guess what they answered? Is this a brilliant promotional move by Microsoft or an epic fail because no one cares about their actual products?

First Music Video Made By Skype

15 May

If you know the name Sara Bareilles, it’s probably because of her two most famous songs— “Love Song” and “King of Anything.” Well, her latest is called “Uncharted” and it features an unusual cast of characters performing in it. Among the musicians who make appearances: Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5Josh Groban,Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D.Jennifer Nettles of SugarlandBen FoldsRyan Tedder of OneRepublicLaura JansenIngrid Michaelson,Vanessa CarltonTegan and SaraCary BrothersGreg LaswellAdam Gardner and Ryan Miller from Guster, and Keenan Cahill. They all mouth the words to her song and happily bop about. And they all seem to do it in front of their computers, without any sort of professional camera equipment.

Who knows how Bareilles met all of these cool and (extremely) diverse people? On her official site, she explains some of the thinking behind the song:

“This is about being a fan of people who take chances, who are fearless, who have integrity, and go off into the world saying yes to what’s around them. It’s filled with some of the people in my life who do that everyday. They have impacted my world and are not only incredible artists, but great friends as well. They all worked this giant favor into their very busy lives and helped me out more than I can say”

Basically, this is an amazing idea.