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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Yes, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrr.

I can’t say it’s a very meaningful holiday for me. When you live in Tampa Bay, an area so proud of its pirate heritage that it holds the Gasparilla Festival every year, it seems like every day is an appropriate one for talking like a buccaneer. Plus, I curse a lot, which I figure further fulfills my quota.

But hey, don’t let me stop you. Talk it up, don your pirate hat (I’ve got a couple of leftovers from past Gasparillas, if you need one), hoist up a bottle of booty beer. And take full advantage of the occasion by test-driving these sure-fire pirate pick-up lines:

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?
9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?
8. Come on up and see me urchins.
7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.
6. I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.
5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?
4. How’d you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?
3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.
2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is…

1. Prepare to be boarded.

Score, matey!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 06:38:30 PM
Category: Comedy
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tampa with a crime scene
I snapped this photo last night, while walking down 7th Avenue in Ybor. It’s a sidewalk chalk-rendered ad promoting the premiere of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” reruns on Tampa Bay’s local UPN station.

I think it was at the corner of 20th Street. That’s irrelevant, since the chalkmarks will eventually be washed away by one of our frequent rainstorms. I really need to better cultivate my photo-taking instincts; I had to stop myself and backtrack a few steps to get the pic, instead of automatically whipping out my cameraphone upon seeing something photo-worthy.

Sidewalk advertising has been around for several years now, and it’s not a particular favorite among pundits. I agree that it’s best used sparingly for maximum effect (try getting every advertiser and client on the same page, though). But I think in this case, it’s eyecatching and creative. Using a chalk outline motif reminiscent of police homicide work is especially appropriate for a show like CSI, rather than being an odd fit. And Ybor is one of the few high-traffic pedestrian areas in Tampa where an ad like this should be effective.

Let’s just hope they don’t push it. For instance, I don’t think the Tampa Police Department would appreciate finding one of their genuine sidewalk chalk drawings surreptitiously festooned with a CSI ad.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 06:17:53 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV
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9-then-11
I forgot to follow up on Friday’s controversial screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 at my alma mater. That’s mainly because there wasn’t much to report.

There was an overly-full house, with a number of people sitting in the aisles or standing by the back wall of the auditorium. And as promised, there was a brief announcement addressing the concerns over showing the movie at this time, with the election only a couple of months away. But nothing more than that. I only stayed for the first half of the film, so I didn’t catch the post-show discussion that was planned; I imagine there was some lively debate then. But there was none of the overt protesting outside or other demonstrations that I secretly hoped for.

I shouldn’t be surprised; some things never change. Eckerd’s a fairly laid-back campus, and the student body as a whole is pretty disconnected for such a small school. It’d take a lot more than a movie to get things riled up. The equivalent from my student days was a showing of The Last Temptation of Christ in 1989 or 1990; the campus chaplain said a few words before film rolled on that one, but nothing confrontational, and overall it was another relative non-event.

I’m not complaining, really. I don’t want to read and hear about my school becoming a daily intra-campus protest zone. But it would have been something to see a little action.

For myself, I got to spend several minutes chatting with my old mentor, Professor Tony Brunello. I hadn’t seen him in close to ten years, so it was good to catch up a bit. He looked good; he hasn’t changed much, although time’s definitely passed (his daughter’s starting college this year!). Brunello was the one who spoke before the movie started, and led the Q&A afterward.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 03:21:39 PM
Category: Movies, Political
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Already having swapped the United States for China as their largest trading partner, South Koreans are increasingly opting for Chinese language study for business purposes, eschewing former frontrunner English.

China’s economic growth and corresponding global influence is cited as a no-brainer for the immediate future. This development is another strong indicator. Cultural obstacles aren’t as significant as you might think, the Korean War and North Korea notwithstanding; rapproachment with Japan, whose role as former colonial overlord still causes friction, was a much bigger hurdle to overcome.

A natural assumption might be that it would be easier for Koreans to gravitate toward Chinese, as it’s another Asian language from a historically influential culture. But because Chinese is a tonal language, and Korean (like English and Japanese) is a stress language, there’s a fundamental difference in linguistic structure. In some ways, it’s easier for a Korean speaker to learn English than to learn Chinese (although there’s a lot of Chinese-derived vocabulary in Korean, as with many East Asian languages, which evens things out a little).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 02:44:35 PM
Category: Business
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It’s been an unusual 24 hours for me, physiologically:

- Got about an hour of sun yesterday around noontime. The expected sweatin’ and dehydration ensued, despite prodigous intake of Powerade.

- Went to WestShore Plaza for a little shopping, a late lunch (Chinese food) and to catch Mr. 3000 (fair flick, could have used another round of editing). Developed a tremendous headache while leaving the mall, which I attributed to the caffeine rush from the Coke I had with lunch. Tried to balance it out with a sugar rush of some ice cream when I got home; that didn’t do it, so I took a couple of aspirin.

- The subsiding of the headache was replaced by a general fatigue for the rest of the late afternoon/early evening. Got hungry, but really didn’t feel like eating.

- Around 9PM, still feeling run-down, I contemplated packing it in for the night. But I got it together and headed out to Ybor. As soon as I was on the road, I started to feel better.

- After a couple of brief stops, headed to Amphitheater. Despite lots of physical activity and fluid intake (mostly non-alcoholic, chiefly Red Bull), I surprisingly never made a bathroom visit. Didn’t even sweat very much, even surrounded by plenty of body heat.

- Night…

- Morning. Not hungover, not particularly hungry, not particularly sleepy despite little sleep. Hearing is a little damaged thanks to Amphitheater’s soundsystem (and guest DJ Tony Faline’s breakbeats).

We’ll see if I crash later in the day. I’m not planning on anything more strenuous than watching football until my eyes bleed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 11:24:18 AM
Category: General
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