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Monday, September 13, 2021

Is it soda? Is it pop? Is it Coke, even?

Far more demographic information than you’d ever want on the subject. Of course, despite the statistical jargon and academic allusions, the site collects its data via highly unscientific methods, so take it all with a heavy dash of salt.

Not to mention that the conclusion they come to is dead wrong: It’s soda, hands down. “Pop” is an idiotic Midwestern concept, and “Coke” for anything with bubbles in it is too provincial to take seriously.

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by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/13/2004 10:30:07 PM
Category: Food, Society
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With the overload on treacherous weather in Florida over the past few weeks, some may have noticed the conspicuous lack of comment here on the latest hurricane du jour. That absence will continue, at least for a couple more days.

But just as you can’t escape the weather itself, it’s hard to avoid talk about the weather. So it was for me wth this story about contract meteorological services, for when the Weather Channel and Doppler-enhanced newscasts just aren’t sufficient.

Why pay a few hundred bucks a month for a weather report, when you can just flick on the TV or radio? Aside from personalized service, you get a possibly more accurate forecast:

But after 30 years of predicting weather, [Continental Weather Corp. owner Alan] Archer’s clients think his accuracy is pretty good. Bob Elek, a spokesman for Verizon, recalled sitting in his company’s headquarters in Tampa last month, watching TV forecasts that showed Hurricane Charley headed straight toward the Tampa Bay area.

That prediction conflicted with Archer, who had told them two days earlier that Charley would make landfall farther south.

“Alan would be the first one to tell you these things are very unpredictable,” said Elek, whose company has landline phone service in Polk, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. “But because of his advice, we were not as frantic. And ultimately, he was pretty accurate.”

So my question is, if private weather forecasting is more on-the-mark, why are we hanging on these idiots‘ every word?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/13/2004 09:33:44 PM
Category: Weather
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Inspired by The Paper (a mediocre flick, in my opinion), Connecticut-based Blue Chip Films is trying to sell some network on “Deadline @ The Philadelphia Inquirer”, a reality show set in the Philly newspaper’s newsroom.

At first blush, I can see why this would be such a hard sell: Who wants to watch a bunch of desk jockeys? But thinking more about it, a newsroom is a great potential setting for action, drama, conflict, and foibles on display. Plenty of yelling and tension, which is essential for reality TV. Not to mention the possibility of filming reporters as they work their beats.

Plus, with as little regard that the general public holds journalists these days, the maxim of loving what you hate plays out best on TV. Only a behind-the-scenes look inside a law office would be more popular; I seem to recall something like that being proposed, but I don’t know if confidentiality considerations allowed that to get off the ground.

Of course, “potential” is the key word. There are slow news days, and even those are filled with their own brand of excitement when you’re on the desk. I’m not sure how well that excitement would translate to the average viewer. But that’s what video-editing is for, and over the course of a couple of months, there’ll be plenty of deadline-busting nights. A prime candidate: Election night, with this November’s Presidential contest a perfect plotline. Especially if it’s another too-tight-to-call race.

From my own experience, you can’t beat the sports desk for nightly excitement, particularly in the fall. On a typical night, you’ve got college games, pro games, high school scores being called in, late results to wait on, photos to coordinate… It’s a splendid adrenaline rush to have to get everything in shape within a couple of hours.

Anyway, I’m expecting to see something about this from Steve Outing at Poynter, since the story also ran in his main gig, Editor & Publisher.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/13/2004 09:16:02 PM
Category: Publishing, Reality Check
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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! Behold the pocket bike, that latest roadway scourge from those darn kids.

I guess looking like a circus act for around $400 is a better value than dropping three grand on a Segway.

I heard about these little pocket-rockets a few months back, and actually saw one in action here in St. Pete, on 94th Avenue and MLK Street North. In fact, it looked exactly like the one pictured above. Maybe it was the same guy?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/13/2004 08:26:00 PM
Category: General
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A couple of developments over the past week had eerie parallels, in terms of keeping one’s memory alive:

- Aaron Hawkins of Uppity-Negro.com died. Judging from the feedback (over a hundred comments and trackbacks as of this writing), he’ll be sorely missed by many a blog-reader.

- Will Allen’s “Swords for Hire” is getting accolades as one of the year’s best new fantasy novels — a quarter-century after the first-time author’s death.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/13/2004 08:06:28 PM
Category: Bloggin', Publishing
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