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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

What country is the top beer producer? Somehow, it’s China, which pumped out 17.1 percent of the world’s suds in 2003.

I guess there’s no better indicator of a booming economy than the output of brewed barley and hops.

The global beer-brewin’ lineup:

1. China
2. United States
3. Germany
4. Brazil
5. Russia
6. Mexico
7. Japan

This is the third post in less than a week that involves beer. This, from someone who doesn’t even particularly care for the stuff anymore.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 11:02 PM
Category: General
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spell my name
Britney and her fandom are a match made in heaven. Judging from a sample Google log of the various misspellings of “Britney Spears” entered every day, they appear to be at least as stupid as she is.

I mean, if you love her so damned much, don’t you think you should learn to avoid typing out “brotney spears”?

(Thanks to Tian for the pic)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 10:36 PM
Category: Celebrity, Internet
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The November run to the White House is looking like another tight one, so both sides are looking for every edge they can find to reach all voting persuasions: Democrats, Republicans and undecideds. The obvious medium? Television, of course. But where on TV? On the shows each voter group favors, thereby giving campaign ads their most effective timeslots.

Let’s see what shows click with which political bent, as determined by research by Interactive Media Worldwide:

For Republicans:
“Everybody Loves Raymond”
“The Amazing Race”
“8 Simple Rules”
“Last Comic Standing”
“Without A Trace”

For Democrats:
“Will & Grace”
“Extreme Makeover”
“Judging Amy”
“For Love or Money”
“Crossing Jordan”

For undecideds:
“My Wife and Kids”
“Fear Factor”
“CSI: Miami”
“Who Wants to Marry My Dad?”

Hmmm… So basically, all three groups have one thing in common: All the shows they like suck. Suck hard.

Maybe the radicals are right: The two-party system is an illusion.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 10:12 PM
Category: Politics, TV
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You’d have to be blind, or at least blind drunk, to not see how Clear Channel has built a classic vertical integration monopoly. After consolidating a sizable chunk of the radio spectrum, they established ownership in scores of entertainment venues (including Tampa’s Ford Amphitheatre), live-event production and promotion services, and advertising channels. All combined, this gives them a start-to-end control over the lion’s share of major concerts and non-league sporting events in the U.S.

There are perils in getting so sprawled out, though. Among them: Leaving yourself open to anti-trust lawsuits, not in the obvious radio industry, but in the almost-sideline business of motocross sport promotion.

“Clear Channel declaring victory in connection with Judge Kennelly’s ruling on Jam Sports’ antitrust case is like John Wayne Gacy saying he was exuberant he wasn’t also charged with rape,” Jerry Mickelson, the Chicago promoter who brought the suit, said in a telephone interview. “The record will show that Clear Channel’s strategy was to crush, kill and destroy Jam Sports, and their conduct, as shown by the evidence in this case, rivals that of Enron, MCI and Adelphia.”

Clear Channel, the scourge of the airwaves, being done in by a piddling lawsuit over dirt bikes? You never can tell. Remember, they nailed Al Capone on tax evasion; this seems an apt comparison.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 09:33 PM
Category: Media
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moon unit
Speaking of Google (yet again; it’s been a Googlish day here at PopStat), they’re making some pretty bold future plans. Out-of-this-world plans, in fact.

The Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering is looking for some intrepid software developers. Wanna relocate Moonside? Email them your resume.

They’ll have to compromise their obsession with fraction-of-a-second page load times when they operate from Luna. The distance between Earth and its satellite is about 1 lightsecond, so any transmission between them has a built-in delay.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 08:44 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet
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For those of you who couldn’t get enough of all those Olympics-inspired Google logos, all 14 of them are stored here.

It’s nice that they went so gung-ho over the Games, but a different logo each day… Seems like overkill. I have a nasty suspicion that this is where all that IPO money went.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 08:12 PM
Category: Internet
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The 2004 World Cup of Hockey (excuse me — the 2004 Toyota World Cup of Hockey; what can you do…). On ESPN/ESPN2 for most of the next two weeks.

I’m all set, thanks.

I’d love to be able to take off a few weekday afternoons and catch the 1PM games. That’s not going to happen, unfortunately. But I’ll take all I can get during the evenings and weekends.

I’d like to link to the local paper’s great full-page color package for the World Cup, which ran yesterday. However, inexplicably, there’s no trace of it online.

I’m sure plenty of NHL fans are drinking in this tournament with the possibility of a lockout in September in mind. Personally, I’m not looking at it that way; I’m still optimistic about a CBA being forged in time. Regardless, all that matters right now is what’s on the ice.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 07:43 PM
Category: Hockey
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Google has once again loaded me up with some Gmail invitations. Because I’ve already doled out as many to my friends as they want, I’m going to release 2 of them into the wild.

But I’m going to make you blog-reading monkeys dance for your precious Gmail addresses. So here are the rules; if you don’t follow them to the letter, you don’t get no Gmail no-how (read that line again before you send me a whiney plea, which will summarily be disregarded):

1. Write down the funniest joke you know, in the form of an entry on your blog.
2. Trackback that entry to this post (trackback URL: http://www.populationstatistic.com/archives/2004/08/31/gmail-invite-make-me-laugh/trackback/); or, if your blog is set up to do it, pingback that entry to this post.
3. Cross your fingers.

That’s it. Obviously, you need to have a blog of your own, with trackback or pingback capability, to enter your joke. If you don’t have that, you can’t play.

If you’re so hungry for a Gmail account that this inspires you to start up a blog, more power to you! Also, if you already have a blog but no trackback, you can set up that capability with a free HaloScan account.

Feel free to enter as many times as you want. This means, of course, that you’ll have to make multiple joke posts on your blog, and have each one trackbacked or pingbacked here. It’s your blog space, not mine!

The two best jokes will win. I decide which are the two best. If you think you have some insight to what I think is funny (and not funny), perhaps from reading this blog, you might have a leg up on the competition. Maybe. Pitch your jokes wisely.

All jokes must be trackbacked or pingbacked here by this Friday, September 3rd, at midnight EST time. I’ll announce the two winners on that following Monday, September 6th.

Let me repeat: ONLY TRACKBACKS OR PINGBACKS FROM JOKE-TELLING POSTS ON OTHER BLOGS WILL COUNT. So don’t leave a comment with a joke, and don’t email me with a joke. Those entries will be disregarded, and you’ll have wasted your time.

Now go ahead, make me laugh for your Gmail!

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/31/2004 11:54 AM
Category: Internet
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