Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Store Story

Clearly, we didn't spend long enough at the Super Kmart. Or at least, we didn't publicize it well enough. Hard to imagine this guy pulling it off alone, though. That might really wear on one's sanity. Still, 41 hours? What is 41 hours? I don't know what he was shooting for, but that's the mark of a quitter.

Speaking of which, Tom, it would be cool to get those tapes in mp3 format. You know, whenever you're done flying all over the country and stuff.

12 comments:

Zack said...

I think it's fate. Our store played Chicken Run; his played Chicken Little. It was time.

Do you guys think we should get in touch with him? Just say hi, way to go, we know those morning hours before the deli counter opens really suck.

But you know, better to spend a day in hell with you guys and stay unknown than to spend it alone and make national news. So he has my sympathy.

Kenny said...

Agreed, his ordeal seems much worse for its loneliness. He only played hide-and-seek with employees who didn't know they were playing.

I guess he was going for the whole week. I don't know how he managed to run out of money; you could probably make it all week on under a hundred dollars. Also, being alone must make you paranoid since he freaked out and left because the managers had a meeting. Come on, at least stay to get kicked out! Maybe his experiment involved staying under the radar, since in our experience telling the employees our plan provoked only amusement and apathy. Although I guess we were also a bit nervous about it initially.

It's worth checking out the message board for the news article. Amazing how many people react with outrage. And if you see a comment linking our piece, yeah, that's me, obviously.

C said...

1. Newspapers really shouldn't have comments
2. Wow, those people are outraged!

Tommaso Sciortino said...

I keep meaning to make mp3s but I keep forgetting. I don't think I even have the capability to make mp3s anymore. I'm in Miami right now. I'm stuck in a server room.

Boback said...

all our great ideas are being yanked up. from now on i'm keeping my great ideas only to myself. i won't tell anyone not even you guys. the last thing i want is for someone to get famous because i thought it up and said it outloud.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/03/28/national/a175537S36.DTL&type=printable

Boback said...

kmart tapes:

MP3:
https://webfiles.uci.edu/bziaeian/24%20Kmart%20MP3.zip?uniq=9shd7b

RAM:
https://webfiles.uci.edu/bziaeian/24%20Kmart%20Ram.zip?uniq=9shd7h

the mp3s are about 80mb. The RAM are smaller and better quality.

Kenny said...

Thanks, Bob. I have the RAM files on my old computer but I never copied them over because I've resolved to never download RealPlayer again. How did you convert them?

Tommaso Sciortino said...

If you converted them from the RAM than I should really just get the original WAV recordings to you so you can work from the originals.

Boback said...

i coverted ram to wav then wav to mp3. i got this plugin for winamp that plays ram. it kept freezing up though. if tommaso makes them from the original wav files that'd be way better.

Zembla said...

The Real Alternative Player is a good way to get around the evil Real Player.

When you put music like Four Tet, etc., under the K-Mart tapes, it sounds a little bit like a This American Life featurette.

Zack said...

I am happy that we have all reunited for these fifth anniversary blog post comments.

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Is that right? Five years? Those three very full, very powerful bouts of urination seem like they were only yesterday.

Tommaso Sciortino said...

5 years and I still haven't made decent mp3s of those wavs. Say, who has the tapes anyways? Whose tape recorder was it?