Y2K Makes Leno

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Heard a replay of Jay Leno last night and the joke went something like:

"It was reported that Y2K testing caused millions of gallons of raw sewage to pour into the streets of California. Guess they should have called it a Y Number 2 Test!"

Apply your public awareness hypothesis at will!

-- ariZONEa (the_people@perk_up.com), July 02, 1999


not at all funny. nothing funny about y2k and don't find jokes about number two even remotely humorous. i for one am calling for a letter writing campaign to have leno axed.

keeping my powder and my paper dry.

-- corrine l (corrine@iwaynet.net), July 02, 1999.

Leno makes me puke...Talk about shill's

-- CygnusXI (luppotreb@aol.com), July 02, 1999.

Leno is one of the only decent people in show business. I say we keep him & nuke all the rest.

Oh, why bother. Only 182 days left until it's all gone anyway.

-- a big (fan@of.jay), July 02, 1999.

Leno could'nt carry Dave's jock. He is an ass kisser in the worst way.

-- O.J. (OJSimpson@jailhouse.com), July 02, 1999.

Motel 6 began its y2K ad campaign today. Was more on the snide side than I'd prefer, but not so condensing that it became obnoxiously so.

The Polaroid ad was much, much better.

So, how are their electronic room locks going to be "keyed", registered, or work in the door if the power is out? It might be appropriate to remind them that "We'll keep a light for you" is going to be a hard promise to keep.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), July 02, 1999.

Robert, interesting point about the Motel 6 door locks. If the power goes out do they lock open or closed? What if there's a fire? I would hope they had this solved Y2k or not.

-- (fiver@yahoo.com), July 02, 1999.

From inside, the fire department codes that I know of - and I'm sure nation wide it is similar - ANY electronic lock must allow some way to "exit " manually.

But, nothing says you have to be able to get back in afterwards - and if you think of theft "after" the power failure - it would be foolish to expect the locks to allow re-entry. Easy "wlk-in" "walk-out" re-entry that is.

So, if you get locked out, or have to leave in a fire, expect NOT to be able to get back in. So take your clothes, your kids, and your luggage and remember your keys. You will only get one chance to leave.

Any other electronic scan locks should work the same way: your office building or apartment building or the office buildings downtown may have either one-way doors, or two-way (non-secure) doors, all in a sudden.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), July 02, 1999.

Corrine 1,

Surprised at your objection to Leno's Y2K shtick. Aren't you the one injecting fluff into numerous threads here? (it's a bit distracting)

I don't appreciate any laughs at the expense of the coming event either. It further dulls the sheople's senses about an event that will likely cost precious lives.

Did anyone catch Victoria Principle's(sp?) appearance on Howie Mandel's show earlier this week? She seemed highly aware and percipient about the potential threats surrouding the rollover. I was impressed. She must be reading posts on this forum! Howie on the other hand believes the biggest danger will be over reaction by the public.

I still think the GI, DGI and DWGI labels are very useful identifiers of the points of view out there. The jokesters just Don't Get It. We need a good moniker for the corporate and government PR flaks that Don't Want Anyone To Get It. I think DWATGI is too long and awkward though. Any ideas?

-- TM (digiratoX@att.net), July 02, 1999.

How about KISsers? (Keeping It Secret)

-- Dennis (djolson@pressenter.com), July 02, 1999.

In a thread starting about Jay Leno, when ad's from Motel 6, Polaroid, and Raid are usefully referenced, and when Victoria Principle is said to cover the issue more knowledgeably than her host, Howie Mandel, it appears to me that it won't be long before Hollywood either "get's it" or "get's covered by it".....

After all - no power (or intermittent power) means no ratings. No rating means no money, no video rentals, no movie tickets, no CD purchases, no big ticket concert events, no ....

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), July 02, 1999.

What about broadcasting equipment, editing equipment, etc....? I haven't heard anything about what possible problems could arise for the industry. Anyone out there know anything about Multi-media hard and software?

-- =^..^= (catwoman@meow.net), July 02, 1999.

Victoria Principal (erstwhile star of "Dallas", from which she no doubt made some decent $$$) reportedly has been focussing her energies on her self-help businesses: skin care, fitness books, etc. Not sure how she might have gotten "up-to-speed" on Y2K issues, but Hollywood is a very small town. There may be a whole cadre of folks who exchange info on the subject.

Cross-reference Gillian Anderson's comments on Letterman back in January, where she clearly demonstrated that she takes Y2K very seriously:

Dave: Now, when you hear people talk about what might go wrong, they can paint a very dire picture.

Gillian: Oh, absolutely.

D: Give us an example of how bad things might be. This is a conjecture, it's conjecture, but it might be.

G: Well, you know there's a possibility that there could be a huge food shortage in stores, that . . .

D: Born of what? Why is there . . . What does the computer thing have to do with food shortage?

G: Well, because in terms of, like . . . In terms of getting food in the trucks to go to all the different cities around, and if the computers aren't working to regulate that system, then...

D: Everything breaks down.

G: Then everything kind of breaks down.

D: So dependent have we become on the computer.

G: Oh, absolutely--which is so ironi, because I think what this is about right now is, this is an opportnity for us to get back to basics in a sense, and for us to unite as communities to help each other so that eventually, if there is a devestating effect, that at least we can join together with the people around us instead of, you know, acting out of fear and robbing our neighbors for food, or for money, or for whatever, because there's nothing around. And the ironic thin is that . . . Why are you guys laughing?



G: Because I'm so serious?

D: You've for them...they're worried.

G: Let me finish making my point.

D: People are scared now. You've frightened us again...

Talk shows may be much more interesting than usual in the next few months...

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 02, 1999.



-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 02, 1999.

OFF! OFF, I SAY! *thwack*


-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 02, 1999.


This nation is full of blubbering idiots! They will rue the day they ridiculed that person!

-- Randolph (dinosaur@williams-net.com), July 03, 1999.

DInosoRe!!!!!! ThaT Is nOT a PERson You iNFIDel!!!!!! WhaT?????? THat iS A babE!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dieter (questions@toask.com), July 03, 1999.

I got a question again, "Who's LENO " Is person part of "Donnie and Marie" jezzzz these people come from everywhere. They must be relatives of Billy and Hilly ???? Furie...

-- Furie (furieart@dnet.net), July 03, 1999.


Go and Get a life!!! Have you not watched any TV? I am not going to answer your question.... they will keep comming. You dont know who anyone is. Go back to bed. Wake up next year, you wont have so many peoples names to remember.

-- bulldog (sniffin@around.com), July 03, 1999.

bulldog: Your comments are rational but you fail to grasp the question with the intent! My question is "Who is LENO" means this TV long nosed Harley rider is not as important as he acts out to be. And that if the TV couch potatoes actually listen to people like this,they are as bad as the TV show PJ's,Simpson's,and the Eleven O'clock news. My life is based on realities,not some smuck talking thru his nose!

-- Furie (furieart@dnet.net), July 03, 1999.

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