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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Just a few days ago, I recommended using beer as an enticement for urine donations.

The idea there was to provide the beer, then collect the piss. A reversal of that would be to collect blood donations, then offer a voucher for beer.

Hudgins said the vouchers handed out in Cleveland can be used for any beverage in the city’s Warehouse District, a collection of trendy bars, night clubs and restaurants near downtown.

But beer or any other kind of alcohol is an option, as long as the donor is over the legal age of 21 and waits at least 24 hours after giving blood to drink alcohol. Giving blood leaves people dehydrated, so the alcohol could have an extra strong effect too soon after donating.

I know that the prospect of getting wasted with greater ease after dropping a pint was a big incentive to donate in college. Some of us find more altruistic motivation later in life; then again, most of us don’t.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/08/2021 11:21:56 PM
Category: General
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If anyone would like to explain to me how “Dog The Bounty Hunter” is supposed to be a good fit with A&E, I’m all ears.

If junk like this is what this also-ran network is relying on for ballast, it might as well commence with the inevitable re-branding efforts right now. Consign “A&E” to the dustbin of cable history and start over.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/08/2021 10:34:42 PM
Category: Reality Check
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I’ve noted before that Tivo is at a do-or-die juncture, as cable and satellite providers are poised to overtake the DVR market with their own equipment and subscriber bases. In response, the pioneering company has rolled out aggressive pricing structure, and, more significantly, forged a partnership with Netflix to deliver movies-on-demand through their boxes.

My first reaction to this news was that it was a smart move by Tivo. More than anything, offering movies allows them to define the DVR as more than just a fancied-up VCR (which, to the average consumer, is still all a DVR is). It’s a step toward presenting Tivo as a digital media hub.

The more I thought about it, though, it occurred to me: Tivo can’t play this game. Because cable and satellite providers can point to their existing on-demand offerings, and can quite easily ramp them up to match this development. What’s more, they can tack it all onto the same combined cable bill, thus making the cost easier to swallow.

I even suspect that Netflix is using Tivo as a guinea pig for this service. If it’s proven to be successful, they can point to it during negotiations with cable providers to for a partnership (that’s assuming the cable and satellite industry doesn’t set up its own movie subscription service in the meantime, perhaps with Blockbuster’s help).

It’s good to see Tivo being so nimble as it tries to secure its future, but I don’t think this will do it. I still see the company disappearing inside of two years.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/08/2021 10:28:28 PM
Category: Business, Media, Tech
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Rational people would think twice about bringing their cellphones to church. Since rational people are in short supply, and the donation plate needs filling regardless, Danish churches are setting up SMS-enabled services that allow one to tithe wirelessly.

I guess if you can blog from church

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/08/2021 09:53:09 PM
Category: Tech
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