Raymond misreads flyers, episode 2: It Takes You

As part of a new phase in Microsoft's continuing recycling efforts, the recycling program got a new motto. The new motto was not announced with any fanfare. Rather, any recycling-related announcement had the new motto at the top as part of the letterhead.

The new motto: It Takes You.

I had trouble parsing this at first. To me, it sounded like the punch line to a Yakov Smirnoff joke.

Episode 1.

Comments (17)
  1. Evan says:

    They're taking people away to be recycled? I didn't realize MS was that hard hit by the recession. Gotta stock the commissary somehow I guess…

  2. JoeWoodbury says:

    I wouldn't be surprised if all these garbage ends up in a regular dump anyway.

    Of course, the biggest question is why is everyone still printing so much? I can't count the number of meetings I've gone to where someone hands out sheets of paper which everyone throws away on the way out. To this day, my dad prints out every email he freaking receives. My mom insisted they get an inkjet printer so she could print a family book she's been working on (you know, one of those things, the kids leaf through and then toss in a corner.) My brother and I tried to persuade her to just make a PDF or do it as a DVD movie or something. But no. IT MUST BE PRINTED!

  3. Judago says:

    A little off topic, but I thought I would share anyway…

    When my area got full size recycling bins(early 90's) that can be lifted by the trucks with robotic arms; there was always two trucks, one for garbage and another for recycling.

    Warp forward to 2006/2007; the local council proudly promoted their new trucks with twin compactors that can handle both recycling and general waste at the same time. It was touted as "more efficient".

    The trucks were doomed to fail because recycling is on a fortnightly roster with general waste collected weekly. With the combination of space lost to the central divider, extra equipment and varying loads of collection they could easily loose a great deal of efficiently.  

    Earlier this year the council, again, proudly proclaimed that in the future their will again be two separate trucks for collections, sighting efficiency as the reason.  

  4. Edson says:

    Maybe it could be an abbreviation for "It takes you no time to get there"… (You'll need to be a Roxette fan)

  5. Matt says:

    The garbage cans at the rest stops in Alabama used to (maybe still do) say "Keep Alabama the Beautiful."  I thought the extra 'the' was just bad grammar until I realized that Alabama's motto is "Alabama the Beautiful", and it was some sort of (failed, IMO) attempted play on words.

  6. Bob says:

    @joewoodbury:  Assuming the "family book" is one of those history-of-the-family things that no one appreciates at the time, but likes looking through 25 years later, then printing is the only technology we have.  In 25 years, I expect that reading PDF files off a USB stick could be as difficult as reading 25-year-old WordStar files off a 5 1/4 inch floppy would be today.

  7. Ed says:

    Our recycling bins have a sign over them that has no punctuation.  A simple reading of the sign is confusing.

    help disabled people recycle soda cans only please

    I wonder if we are supposed to stop them from recycling glass bottles, for instance.  Or just not help them ?

    If they added the proper punctuation, the message might be :

    Help disabled people.
    (soda cans only, please)
  8. Jeff says:

    IE, In Soviet Russia, plastic recycles YOU!

  9. Sriram Krishnan says:

    @Jeff – Darn! You beat me to a 'In Soviet Russia' joke :)

  10. Ben Voigt says:

    Actually, I'm fairly certain Raymond beat you both to the "In Soviet Russia" joke, which you would have known if you only clicked through his link.

  11. Ken Hagan says:

    @Bob: "In 25 years, I expect that reading PDF files off a USB stick could be as difficult as reading 25-year-old WordStar files off a 5 1/4 inch floppy would be today."

    I expect so, but the problem here is the floppy disc, not the WordStar format. A 25-year-old floppy would be unreadable even on a pristine condition floppy drive.

  12. Endurion says:

    @Ken Hagan

    You'd be surprised how many 5 1/4 inch floppies still work after 25 years. Lots of people in the C64 scene still have 'em from 25 years ago. The 3 1/2 inch disks fail more easily.

  13. Cheong says:

    Maybe it could be an abbreviation for the old saying of "It takes you 1 second to throw away a piece of paper, but it takes 10 years to grow a tree."

  14. Vilx- says:

    Could we please get the link to episode 1? The search reveals nothing…

    [Sorry about that. Link added. -Raymond]
  15. Mike says:

    Someone forgot to tell management that "thinking green" doesn't include the notion of "thinking solyent green"………….

  16. Paul says:

    A post on recycling and a post on garbage collection.

    An accident? You decide.

  17. Brian R says:

    @joewoodbury, et al.

    If the book is being printed with basic consumer grade inks and papers, the floppies will probably last a lot longer. Inkjet prints can be unreadable within just a few years.

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