Breaking The Code

Breaking The Code

 

 

Can someone explain what these are?
Can someone explain what these are?

 

I must have missed the meeting explaining the purpose of the secret, hieroglyphic whatchamacallits I find everywhere these days.

Turns out they are not “hieroglyphic whatchamacallits” after all–but are QR Codes.

 

 

 

Short for “Quick Response,” the QR Code is a jacked-up two-dimensional matrix barcode when compared to the wimpy, boring UPC barcode we all know and love.

 

That’s right, like a middle-class assembly-line worker being replaced by a robot, the UPC barcode is getting ditched in favor of the Red Bull swilling, super-charged QR Code!

Advertisers use the QR Code to give consumers quick access to websites, information and special offers.  Consumers simply scan the code with their Smartphones to open the virtual door of data.

 

Wow, you believe that!  All packed in a little one-inch square!  And I thought a QR Code was just a mess of random spots like acne on a teenager’s face!

So, QR Codes must do the job–even though they still resemble a mish-mash of splotches.

That’s why My Odd Sock came up with its own QR Codes from items found around the office.

 

Lets see how they compare….

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code: Spilled Pepper
My Odd Sock QR Code: Spilled Pepper

 

 

Someone spilled the pepper.

 

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Houndstooth
My Odd Sock QR Code: Houndstooth

 

 

The fashion-minded will recognize this Houndstooth design.

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Carpet Tacks
My Odd Sock QR Code: Carpet Tacks

 

 

Carpet Tacks.

 

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Whiskers
My Odd Sock QR Code: Whiskers

 

 

Whiskers from an electric razor.

(Yeah, that’s pretty gross!)

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Crossword Puzzle
My Odd Sock QR Code: Crossword Puzzle

 

 

Crossword Puzzle.

(Seven letter word for “stupid”)

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Black Plastic Ants
My Odd Sock QR Code: Black Plastic Ants

 

 

Black Plastic Ants.

 

 

 

 

My Odd Sock QR Code:  Thin Mint Cookie
My Odd Sock QR Code: Thin Mint Cookie

 

 

Girl Scout Thin-Mint Cookie. (smashed)

 

(Waste of a good cookie!)

 

 

 

 

No, I didn’t break the code, but hopefully you learned the secrets of the QR Code that has become so popular.

(You also learned how NOT to create a code of your own!)

 

The QR Code is a vast amount of information crammed into a one-inch square.

Too bad My Odd Sock can’t be forced into a one-inch square.

Better yet, too bad My Odd Sock isn’t just crammed!

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4 Replies to “Breaking The Code”

  1. I don’t have a smartphone yet, so I just ignore them. Yours are so original, though, I’ll bet a phone could really get some interesting sites from them!
    Peace,
    Muff

  2. Muff,
    I don’t have one either.
    The term “smartphone” bothers me. A phone is only as smart as its operator!
    Thanks for your comment.

  3. Not the cookie! Tears to my eyes…

    I have an iPhone, but I never even use the scanner for those codes…found them useless the few times I did. Although I have used the scanner to compare prices on a few things…and that requires the UPC code.

  4. Sock and Muff,

    I don’t have a “smart phone” either. I have tried one and do not have the coordination in my fingers to operate one, so I have to stick with buttons. For the same reason, I don’t have an I-Pad or Kindle. I wanted a Kindle because I thought it would be easier than holding a book. I also tried a Kindle and found it difficult to operate with my MS fingers. I can’t do that scan thing you do with your finger. Another bummer with being in the “MS Club” 🙁

Making it official.