Author Topic: Influencers  (Read 1002 times)

Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2019, 04:04:45 pm »
but I can categorically state that I have drink neither in the last year, despite knowing they are there.

It doesn't matter. They've got the important work done: you know they exist, you discuss them with other people, the sale cycle is 90% there.

Indeed.  See also the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck.  Usually encountered in sentences like "WTF is the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, and why should I give a shit that it's coming to Birmingham?", it's still doing its job.


Not that I've ever drunk a Coca-Cola in my life.  Well, I had a mouthful once or twice as a child when people tried to persuade me that sickly carbon dioxide burns were in some way pleasant.  But here I am, ranting about it on the internet, as opposed to, say, Irn-Bru or Panda cola.

(I have on occasion bought it for other people's consumption.  Especially since <fat coke>[1] is one of the few commonly available drinks without sweeteners that barakta disagrees with.)


[1] BSL gloss.  It's not as amusing in English.
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ElyDave

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #26 on: June 07, 2019, 08:48:00 pm »
but I can categorically state that I have drink neither in the last year, despite knowing they are there.

It doesn't matter. They've got the important work done: you know they exist, you discuss them with other people, the sale cycle is 90% there.

I do not discuss them with people, only YACF'ers
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2019, 03:00:01 pm »
It was pointed out to me yesterday that the 'radicalisation algorithm' works in cycling with no intervention from social media or online sources. You start off as a run of the mill roadie, banging out PBs on carbon and lycra. Then after a particularly filthy winter club run, you decide to fit race blades, but you check the forecast everyday and only fit them if rain is due. Then you think you might as well leave them on all winter but after Easter you remove them. Then it rains again so you put them back on and soon you decide to fit permanent chromoplastics. Next winter you're the grumpy old git moaning at the newbie because they don't have a mudguard to within six degrees of the horizontal (it's in the club regulations, look, drawn up in 1922). After that the only future is audax with personalised mudflaps.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2019, 06:48:12 pm »
When I got to the stupormarket on my Utilitarian Adventure in the rain today, for the GREAT BRITISH TRADITION of SUNDAY TRADING LAWS, I found a cut out of "Mrs Hinch" advertising the aforementioned Unilever cleaning products. I didn't buy any though.
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Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2019, 07:17:23 pm »
It was pointed out to me yesterday that the 'radicalisation algorithm' works in cycling with no intervention from social media or online sources. You start off as a run of the mill roadie, banging out PBs on carbon and lycra. Then after a particularly filthy winter club run, you decide to fit race blades, but you check the forecast everyday and only fit them if rain is due. Then you think you might as well leave them on all winter but after Easter you remove them. Then it rains again so you put them back on and soon you decide to fit permanent chromoplastics. Next winter you're the grumpy old git moaning at the newbie because they don't have a mudguard to within six degrees of the horizontal (it's in the club regulations, look, drawn up in 1922). After that the only future is audax with personalised mudflaps.

I think that's just a variation on the "all bikes eventually turn into touring bikes" rule.
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Auntie Helen

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2019, 07:22:10 pm »
This even happened to my Velomobile. I bought a racing model (the current record holder, no less) and slowly ruined it by making it suitable for touring.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2019, 07:28:33 pm »
Then there are all the people who buy sensible hybrids and slowly remove the rack, mudguards, lights, fit slick tyres...

I suppose if you could say "all bikes end up as either touring bikes or racing bikes" that would be a sort of radicalisation...
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Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2019, 07:35:17 pm »
This even happened to my Velomobile. I bought a racing model (the current record holder, no less) and slowly ruined it by making it suitable for touring.

I was wishing I'd left my front mudguard on during actual racing last weekend.

Not as much as I wished certain tricyclists had some mudguards, admittedly.  A fountain of skog is an effective anti-drafting measure.
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Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2019, 07:38:11 pm »
Then there are all the people who buy sensible hybrids and slowly remove the rack, mudguards, lights, fit slick tyres...

Is that a thing?  I thought they bought them like that (possibly along with a Hump rucksack cover), and were in the process of realising why those 'accessories' were important.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2019, 07:46:47 pm »
Both. Speed is addictive.
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Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2019, 07:47:44 pm »
Both. Speed is addictive.

Up until something goes bang and all your skin comes off, yes.

n+1 is more addictive.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2019, 07:54:24 pm »
Yes. You start with amphetamine then MDMA then you graduate to the really hard stuff: velocity.
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Kim

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2019, 07:56:07 pm »
Now I'm not sure if we're talking cycling, future prime ministers or differential equations.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2019, 08:02:20 pm »
Talking of future prime ministers, has anyone else noticed the similarity between these two characters?


Coke-abusing elder statesman*


Future lead singer with the Undertones

*He may have confessed to a Pepsi habit too. And definitely Mars bars.
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Re: Influencers
« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2019, 09:20:12 am »
Some members of my family are 'influencers'.

They have cats on instagram. One channel is for their pair of burmese cats; 122k followers. The other is for some weird thing that looks like a fox; 112k followers. They post photos and vids of the cats every day.

The photos of the cats are syndicated. There are calendars.

I'm pretty sure that my son-in-law hasn't had to buy the fancy cat litter tray (it is robotic), or the cat tower, or any of the other cat gadgets.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Influencers
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2019, 10:27:44 pm »
I guess when you've got your photo on displays in supermarkets, you've crossed the line from influencer to celebrity endorser. Without ever having to act/sing/do sport... in fact, if a celebrity is someone who's famous for being famous, you're almost the definitive celebrity!
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