Chance to win (for me, not you)

I’ve been following (somewhat religiously) this really cool, awesome, and thought-provoking blog called You Are Not So Smart. The owner of the site has since published a book (actually, I’m not sure if it’s published or if it’s still in the pipeline) but the point is, as part of his promotional strategy, he is giving away something FOR FREE. From Think Geek no less!

Not really sure what this is, or does, but it's marked $99.99 - Hell yeah, I want one (if it's free)! Hmm, wonder if the geek's included? :p

Now, I’m sure you all know how much I adore free things. They make me *happy* – more so than chocolates and smoothies (individually, not together… obviously). In order to qualify for an entry to winning this Free Thing, I have to embed his book trailer (I had no idea such a thing even existed until today but I digress) in my blog. The trailer isn’t badly made. In fact, I really appreciate how it brings up the dialogue, because the person voicing it pronounces “because” and “want” in a really obscure manner. (I’m allowed to make fun of his accent because I have one too, so nobody can call me accentist, or something.)

Anyways, not to be sidetracked, this post is dedicated to my minute chance at winning the Free Thing.

Edit: Oops, almost forgot to embed that video. *doh* Here it is:

The best invention ever.

After my last post about the worst convention, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate this one to the best invention… *Drum-roll* FREEBIES! Ok, so maybe it’s not an invention per se, but whoever came up with the idea of giving away free stuff to randomers definitely deserves a kudu or two.

Last week marked the beginning of a marketing campaign for various top corporations in South Africa and around the world, such as: KPMG, Deloittes, PWC, Alan Gray, and such like. And what would marketing be without free giveaways? So as representatives set up stalls on the Menzies level of Leslie Social, my feet diligently walk to the back of the line where my hands can graciously receive: a free mug, free cuppacinno, free ruler, post-it notes, ice tea, popcorn, et cetera. At that moment, I felt happy. My utility had been maximized.

Getting something for close-to-nothing is ftw. You might argue that this sort of mind-set is extremely dangerous in that nothing in life is for free. Those who didn’t sleep through Economics 1 can tell you: opportunity costs are implicit in whatever we do. By committing ourselves to a lifestyle of freebies, we are wasting valuable time, energy and possibly attention.

Then again, who cares about endless queues when free mugs are just a couple of bodies away? Who cares about missing lectures when one can play the PS3, and the much aclaimed Wii? As I finish off this post, one thought continues to race through my infected mind: I wonder what freebies I’ll be getting tomorrow.