(Secret message: Operation Lisbeth is going very well.)
We’ve all heard the phrases “Branding is everything”, “It’s all about the brand”. These are the battle cries of marketing gurus & weasels that are highly adept at tugging at your heart strings and finding the mot juste to get you to buy. Apple, Coca Cola, Nike, Harley Davidson, pharmaceuticals… each spends 100’s of millions of dollars a year in advertisement. Companies like Apple inspire fierce customer loyalty and have managed to weave themselves in bold colors into the tapestry of our daily lives and culture.
Not to be left behind, we here at the QUANTUM BAYESIAN NETWORKS skyscraper have decided to spend 100 million bit coin dollars in product placement. Our brand is especially fortunate in that it combines not just 1 but 3 of the tallest lightning rods of the scientific world. We will start our branding campaign by rolling out the following triptych of postcards. A coffee mug, an umbrella, a tee-shirt, a baseball cap, a happy meal with Rev. Bayes action figurine, and Burma Shave style billboards may soon follow.
“I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe.” (Albert Einstein)
I filched this photo from Wikipedia’s entry for Autonomy_Corporation. This neon sign can be found at the Autonomy offices in Cambridge, England. I’ve also learned from Stephen Bond’s website plover.net that the A stands for asshole and the B for Bayesian. I’ll say more about Stephen Bond’s website in a future post.
The “Director of National Intelligence” (old bald white guy on extreme right of network) is named The Clapper. Would I lie to you?