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'I am my own grandfather' and AT&T

Does anyone else see all the new AT&T advertising and get creeped out? It was bad enough that AT&T wasn't even AT&T anymore after the breakup. Everyone knew old ma bell, the phone company, the one from the old SNL skit. Ma bell used to make solid phones that never broke. Not the pieces of junk in stores with the AT&T logo on them now.

But then AT&T went away. It was sad, they were such a cool brand, with their deathstar logo, even with all the scar tissue like NCR it still commanded power and respect. They invented the transistor and Unix and stuff after all. Gone.

But now they're back from the dead, reanimated by some 1/7th offspring that ate some of its siblings, and now its parent. I need a better story to welcome this monkey's paw walking frankenstein brand corpse back into my house. Something better than the billboard on 101 that tells me they're "reinventing television". Huh? Didn't I used to pay some cable bill that said AT&T on it? That must be what they mean.

(I've stolen the idea of this headline and Mark Twain quote below from some other blog, but I can't find it now to quote/link. Sorry. The other parts of the brand rant are all mine though. :-)

I married a widow with a grown daughter. My father fell in love with my step-daughter and married her, thus becoming my son-in-law, and my step-daughter became my mother because she was my father's wife. My wife gave birth to a son, who was of course my father's brother in law, and also my uncle for he was the brother of my step-mother. My father's wife became the mother of a son, who was, of course, my brother, and also my grandchild for he was the son of my daughter. Accordingly, my wife was my grandmother because she was my mother's mother-I was my wife's husband and grandchild at the same time- and as the husband of a person's grandmother is his grandfather- I AM MY OWN GRANDFATHER!
      -- Mark Twain.

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