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fireheart
11-14-2013, 11:52 AM
Dear Discount Chain of Semi-Awesome with the guy from Modern Family In Your Commercials,

Playing "jazzy" "upbeat" Christmas carols mid-November does not change the fact that they are still Christmas carols. You are the ONLY STORE that is PLAYING THEM at the moment. Seriously. LAY OFF IT'S ONLY NOVEMBER!!!

Sincerely,
FH.

(as for the Modern family guy, I believe it's Eric Stonestreet. How on EARTH he ended up in the commercials I have no idea, but he actually does a decent job)

The carols themselves aren't actually horrible arrangements and at least the singers can sing, but it's just....why?! :runaway:

ADeMartino
11-14-2013, 01:35 PM
Aw, c'mon - you already know why! It's to get a jump start on the annual consumer feeding frenzy collectively known as 'the holidays'. It's the same reason Christmas trees were in the stores in September. Yes, sir, retail just can't get enough of that holiday sales push. I figure inside of 20 years that the Christmas season will start in May. "Hurry hurry! Only 218 shopping days until Christmas! Buy this buy this buy this buy this buy this! Grandma got run over by a reindeer...."

And people wonder why I'm burned out on Christmas by Dec 1st. Bah f*cking humbug!

Raveni
11-14-2013, 04:02 PM
Perhaps there is a festive Thanksgiving mix that you can recommend?

mathnerd
11-14-2013, 04:21 PM
Last week I was in the superstore from hell, waiting in line at the pharmacy. The woman in front of me in line and I passed several minutes complaining about the Christmas music blaring from the overhead. Can't we get through one holiday at a time, please?

Crossbow
11-14-2013, 07:16 PM
Only? I hit 3 stores on Nov. 1 that had already started... Not to mention the doctor's office.

thatcrazyredhead
11-14-2013, 10:40 PM
I worked in a card store that played one of the local radio stations and they started playing Christmas songs on Halloween. I wish I was kidding. :cry:

Slayer
11-15-2013, 02:20 AM
We've already had thanksgiving in October so its no surprise around here to hear Christmas music lol. Though I must say most stores haven't really started yet.

VComps
11-15-2013, 10:51 PM
Our head office sent an email to all members of management in-store today... Apparently the feedback from customers is that the Christmas music is "too soon."

Ya THINK?!

Kogarashi
11-15-2013, 11:02 PM
And suddenly I'm very grateful that while our local Walmart has Christmas stuff out already, it's still fairly out-of-the-way and they're not playing Christmas carols yet. And up through Halloween, it was tucked back in the Garden Center while Halloween merch still had front-and-center display. At the moment, aside from some gift sets and similar (and the candy in Grocery's seasonal aisle), you have to go looking for the Christmas stuff.

Except for the cinnamon pine cones. Those are still out in the middle and smelling up the place.

Lovecats
11-16-2013, 01:31 AM
I worked in a card store that played one of the local radio stations and they started playing Christmas songs on Halloween. I wish I was kidding. :cry:


The one local contemporary Christian Station I listen to does that every Halloween. And it stops exactly at midnight on the 31st. I know cause I was driving home from work at that time. They won't start again until Black Friday.

KatherineB
11-16-2013, 02:10 AM
Sorry, but I heard them in Woolworths yesterday!

wolfie
11-16-2013, 02:20 AM
The one local contemporary Christian Station I listen to does that every Halloween. And it stops exactly at midnight on the 31st.

Do they have a geek as a DJ? After all, to a programmer, 31OCT is the same as 25DEC.

fireheart
11-16-2013, 10:52 AM
Sorry, but I heard them in Woolworths yesterday!

My local Foodland (read: independent mom-and-pop-esque supermarket) has not started the carols yet. When they do though, they're actually fairly good about it.
What they'll do is they'll play the radio, then a Christmas carol. Then a few more songs on the radio, then a christmas carol.

Gradually by the time December rolls around, they are getting into full-on carol mode, but at the same time, they're not pissing off shoppers by playing carols on loop.

sms001
11-16-2013, 01:03 PM
31OCT is the same as 25DEC.

Now if we could only find a way to squeeze 34 days into September....

dalesys
11-16-2013, 03:46 PM
Now if we could only find a way to squeeze 34 days into September....
10-4 on that, good buddy.

Seshat
11-16-2013, 08:19 PM
Now if we could only find a way to squeeze 34 days into September....

Steal them from February. That's what Julius and Augustus (July and August) Ceasar did. ;)

It's also why SEPTember is no longer the seventh month, OCTober no longer the eighth, ditto NOV and DEC.

DGoddessChardonnay
11-16-2013, 08:50 PM
Last week I was in the superstore from hell, waiting in line at the pharmacy. The woman in front of me in line and I passed several minutes complaining about the Christmas music blaring from the overhead. Can't we get through one holiday at a time, please?

I heard the opposite complaint on the radio the other morning . . . a lady called into a local station complaining that they weren't playing Christmas music yet!!!:eek:

Too bad I didn't call in and tell them to suggest to her to pop in her favorite CD's and listen to them in private if she was that insistent. Not everyone wants to hear Christmas music in November, kthanxbye.:rolleyes:

wolfie
11-16-2013, 09:08 PM
Now if we could only find a way to squeeze 34 days into September....

But computers don't use base 7. Base 10 (because it's used by humans), and various forms of base 2 (pure binary, base 16, and base 8 as a holdover from when Sperry used it) are what you'll find.

Interesting tidbit: Some VERY early versions of Windows NT filled unused memory with a reserved value (easy to see if it had been "hit" when it shouldn't have - it would have the wrong value). Since NT was a 32 bit operating system, they chose the number 3735928559 as the reserved value for each DWORD of memory. What's so special about it? It's also 0xdEAdbEEf (capitalization based on how hexadecimal is usually done on 7-segment displays).

sms001
11-17-2013, 02:30 PM
Steal them from February... OCTober no longer the eighth, ditto NOV and DEC.

lol. Learned this from the other end actually. Once I learned that 'oct' meant 'eight' I wondered why my birth month was the tenth and looked into it. Guess an ego went with the whole "god-emperor" thing. :)


But computers don't use base 7.

Quite aware, thanks. (About thirty years in the industry.) Although I've seen several white papers on ternary and associated systems.

Really just wanted you to know someone got your joke, and I had two other "number" months to choose from. The 27 result from November would have worked, I suppose, but wouldn't have the nuance of extending the holiday season even further.

Estil
11-17-2013, 05:06 PM
Aw, c'mon - you already know why! It's to get a jump start on the annual consumer feeding frenzy collectively known as 'the holidays'. It's the same reason Christmas trees were in the stores in September. Yes, sir, retail just can't get enough of that holiday sales push. I figure inside of 20 years that the Christmas season will start in May. "Hurry hurry! Only 218 shopping days until Christmas! Buy this buy this buy this buy this buy this! Grandma got run over by a reindeer...."

And people wonder why I'm burned out on Christmas by Dec 1st. Bah f*cking humbug!

We all know it's all one big commercial racket! *whispers* It's all run by a big Eastern Syndicate you know...:D

Jay 2K Winger
11-17-2013, 06:10 PM
We all know it's all one big commercial racket! *whispers* It's all run by a big Eastern Syndicate you know...:D

Slander and calumny.

It's a big Northern Syndicate. Godfather Christmas always gets his cut.

wolfie
11-18-2013, 12:20 AM
Really just wanted you to know someone got your joke,

Thanks. I guess you know that there are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

Have you seen the one about the "come from" instruction? I've seen it (years ago) posted on an office wall. As a bit of humour, someone came up with a (hypothetical) instruction that was even more borked than a goto. Of course, a while after that, when I read about constructors and destructors in C++, my first reaction was "Someone has actually implemented the ComeFrom".

dalesys
11-18-2013, 12:55 AM
... the "come from" instruction?
Pairs well with the Go Near and If Maybe ... Sometimes control constructs.

sms001
11-18-2013, 06:17 PM
Have you seen the one about the "come from" instruction? ....Someone has actually implemented the ComeFrom".

No I hadn't. Brief once over of wiki says python and ruby both allow it now too. Sounds like a REALLY good way to irk the person maintaining code after you though. :) Oddly enough, my first foray into teaching myself programming was on a PCJr.'s implementation of Basic, but I somehow managed to wrestle it into something approaching structured out of sheer OCDedness. Glad there wasn't a comefrom then.

fireheart
11-19-2013, 12:26 AM
I can sort of understand the stores playing Christmas carols after the Christmas Pageant we have down here (here's a clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RCbUaq2dys)), but this store was playing them BEFORE that.

Amanita
11-21-2013, 06:37 AM
I was in NYC over Halloween- While this pic was taken a few days after, I swear these decorations went up on Nov 1. WTF, Junior's?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31217544@N07/10974272215/

Kogarashi
11-23-2013, 02:58 AM
I was in NYC over Halloween- While this pic was taken a few days after, I swear these decorations went up on Nov 1. WTF, Junior's?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31217544@N07/10974272215/

Good grief. Now I can kind of understand stores putting out their Christmas stock right after Halloween, so there's more time for people to purchase it. I really don't mind that part, that much.

But decorations? (And in many stores, the music.) Good grief.

fireheart
11-24-2013, 06:53 AM
I swear that my former place of employment and a $2 shop NOT affilitated with each other use the same soundtrack. I wandered in there today out of curiosity and BAM! They were playing the version of "Twelve days of Christmas" I used to hear all. the. time.
I wanted to run :runaway:

Shalom
11-28-2013, 03:37 AM
I was in the Pursue bank the other day, and they already had the xmas music on the overhead. I asked as to the reason for this, and the teller said that there were only certain radio stations they were allowed to play, and that particular station had started the xmas music early. (When I worked for the Pharmacy Chain Named After Two Streets in Downtown Manhattan, they had a similar rule: seems they'd paid those stations enough that they were given an exclusive on pharmacy advertising. Wouldn't do to have someone shopping at the PCNATSiDM and hear an ad for the Chain of Verylarge Stores come on, would it. I wonder if Pursue has a similar deal.)

One of the advantages of working for a Hasidic-owned pharmacy is that I don't have to listen to xmas music. In fact I just bought a Hanukkah CD (http://www.mostlymusic.com/chanukah-tish.html) there.

I swear that my former place of employment and a $2 shop NOT affilitated with each other use the same soundtrack. I wandered in there today out of curiosity and BAM! They were playing the version of "Twelve days of Christmas" I used to hear all. the. time.

Probably bought the service from Muzak. I often had to call another pharmacy chain for a prescription transfer, and while on hold, heard the same music coming out of the phone as what was on my overhead speakers. (Sometimes with a half-second delay; this was before streaming audio via Internet was available, so the stuff was fed by satellite. Depending on how many jumps it had to make, you could get a bit of a lag.)

What's so special about it? It's also 0xdEAdbEEf (capitalization based on how hexadecimal is usually done on 7-segment displays).

Well I guess that when the 0x is dEAd, you have to cook you some bEEf...

wolfie
11-29-2013, 06:01 PM
Well I guess that when the 0x is dEAd, you have to cook you some bEEf...

The "0x" wasn't part of the "fill" value (a hexadecimal character is a 4-bit number, so it takes 8 of them to make up a 32 bit value, and you can't show "x" on a 7-segment display). In the C programming language, "0x" is a prefix to show that a number is in hexadecimal (without it, it's assumed to be decimal) - I just entered it out of habit, since "dEAdbEEf" is a valid hexadecimal value, but not decimal - without the prefix, it would be taken for a variable name). "31" would be the day of the month on which Halloween falls, while "0x31" would be the day of the month on which Christmas falls.

dalesys
11-29-2013, 06:17 PM
... while "0x31" would be the day of the month on which Christmas falls.
The 49th?:eek: Hey guys, wolfie just gifted you with another 24 days of dealing with demented shoppers!:p

(now 31 octal...)

wolfie
11-30-2013, 01:53 AM
My bad - been a while since I did any programming, and didn't use octal. Can't remember the prefix to show a number was Octal.

fireheart
11-30-2013, 10:15 PM
And Christmas music has hit a new low....

Browsing in yon Kmart last night and I heard "silent night" (or at least I think it was silent night) done in a country and western style. Very. Very. Badly.

dalesys
12-01-2013, 12:03 AM
... done in a country and western style. Very. Very. Badly.
The ships were licking the pictsies (http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Nac_Mac_Feegle)to offset the taste in their ears...

Winter Wonderland, New York Stylee (http://youtu.be/nLK_fwMkjoQ)

greek_jester
12-01-2013, 08:51 PM
There is one, and only one, Xmas song that I will listen to at any time of the year, on repeat, with a smile on my face.

"Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, featuring the late Kirsty MacColl

http://www.pogues.com/Releases/Lyrics/LPs/IfIShould/Fairytale.html

Imagine howling that out at top volume along with the radio as the partner of the firm decides to wander into your office... then imagine the partner grinning and joining in with the last chorus!

sms001
12-02-2013, 12:48 AM
"Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues,

Awesome tune, but a smile? It's such a sad song. I almost always tear up at "and kept 'em with my own..."

greek_jester
12-02-2013, 06:45 PM
Awesome tune, but a smile? It's such a sad song. I almost always tear up at "and kept 'em with my own..."

I don't tend to have much sympathy for drunken emoting (bad family history), and coming off of belting out:

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas you arse
I pray God it's our last

it's hard to bring the mood back down into empathy. I just love the contrast to all the smaltzy crap that pollutes the airwaves at this time of year. This is when I bemoan the fact that the anti-shock has gone on my car CD player, so I'm not going to be able to blast my highly seasonal AC/DC, Queen and The Jam :runaway: At least my home stereo is still working so I can dress the tree to the traditional Headbanger's Bible...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Headbangers-Bible-Megatons-Metal-Mayhem/dp/B0006M4RVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1386013506&sr=1-1&keywords=Headbangers+bible

sms001
12-03-2013, 10:46 AM
I just love the contrast to all the smaltzy crap

Ah. That I can totally understand.

fireheart
12-03-2013, 11:30 AM
This is when I bemoan the fact that the anti-shock has gone on my car CD player, so I'm not going to be able to blast my highly seasonal AC/DC, Queen and The Jam :runaway:

If you have an iPod, get an iPod-> car audio device. Plug into cigarette lighter. Set it to a particular station. Boom :lol:

greek_jester
12-03-2013, 05:12 PM
If you have an iPod, get an iPod-> car audio device. Plug into cigarette lighter. Set it to a particular station. Boom :lol:

At the moment I'm saving up to replace the car stereo (would you believe they don't do repairs any more? One perfectly good radio/CD system in the bin because of one frigging part) after, of course, family Christmas presents, so I can't justify spending out on something I'll only use until I've got the model I want (which includes a plug for MP3 players).