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Thursday, September 23, 2021

No, I’m not ever going to watch “The Surreal Life”. I don’t watch any reality shows (unless you count sports), and I’m sure as hell not going to start at the bottom rung.

However, I’ve gotta say that an episode with Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen pitching woo at each other makes it weirdly intriguing.

(I searched in vain for an ideal photo of the Cold Lamper, fully decked out with shades and the clock on his chest that prove he don’t fess. But came up empty. Deal with it.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2004 09:22:16 PM
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In light of the Miss America Pageant’s declining fortunes, and the toe-in-the-water approach they’ve already taken in incorporating reality-programming elements, I thought about suggesting some jokey improvements.

But Sharon Fink beat me to it. So I’m not re-inventing the wheel. I particularly like the “Survivor: Atlantic City” concept.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2004 08:40:20 PM
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I was watching a little bit of baseball last night, and noticed something odd at San Francisco’s SBC Park:

Out by the center field wall, there was a big, colorful Yahoo! banner ad on the wall. On the wall next to it, there was a number: 404.

Now, the 404 refers to the line measure distance from home plate to the center field wall. It’s a typical marking in baseball stadiums. The marking is needed because it varies in each park (part of the irregular charm of baseball).

But in Web terms, the 404 is that dreaded error message you get in your browser when a site is down or you’ve entered an incorrect address.

So, the juxtaposition of the Yahoo! ad and that number… I dunno. Bad news.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2004 08:28:10 PM
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Why is it that when you’re consciously waiting for a specific email, from a specific party or parties, you wind up getting about a million unrelated emails in the meantime?

And I’m not talking about spam, but more or less “real” emails. Because they’re actually relevant, they have to be checked; but, they give false hope just the same.

I’m sure this is covered somewhere in Murphy’s Laws and Corollaries, but I’m too lazy to wade through all the subsections.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2004 10:42:15 AM
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coming soon: hoax divorce
So thanks to the lack of a filed marriage license, speculation rumbles that Britney Spears’ surprise marriage this weekend was a hoax, meant to decoy the tabloids away from her real wedding.

Personally, I think the dead giveaway was the report of Journey’s “Lights” being played at the reception. No way does Britney have that sappy song on her special day!

I’m betting the real reception song will be The Dixie Chicks’ “White Trash Wedding”. Tell me these lyrics aren’t appropos:

Chorus
You can’t afford no ring
You can’t afford no ring
I shouldn’t be wearing white
and you can’t afford no ring

You finally took my hand
You finally took my hand
It took a nip of gin
but you finally took my hand

Chorus

Mamma don’t approve
Mamma don’t approve
Daddy says he’s the very best
And mamma don’t approve

Chorus

Baby’s on its way
Baby’s on its way
Say I do and kiss me quick
‘Cause baby’s on its way

I shouldn’t be wearing white and you can’t afford no ring!

Can’t afford no ring, momma don’t approve, nip of gin… and we’ve all heard the bun-in-the-oven rumors. It’s like they custom-wrote it for Ms. Spears.

(Incidentally, the first time I heard “White Trash Wedding” was at the wedding of my friends, Tom and Amber. They thought it had just the right touch of self-deprecation.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2004 10:14:31 AM
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Feeling a little gooey inside? It’s probably because of all that cheese you’re putting away, my fellow American — more than 30 pounds a year, according to a handy industry survey commissioned by the California Milk Advisory Board.

In light of this, I think we need to revise that “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” jab we reserve for the French. And stop ordering extra cheese on our pizzas.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/22/2004 04:16:34 PM
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two-wheelin'
Is it worth 45 bucks to test-drive a Segway scooter, yet look like a tourist/fool for 90 minutes?

Therein lies the question. I’m tempted to take one of these tours this weekend. It’d be cheaper than buying one of these silly things. I’ll admit it, the hype that the company’s been generating since their secretive release has got me curious enough to want to try them out.

The historical tour I can do without; I already know all I need to know about this burg. I’m also not crazy about renting one of their helmets — these aren’t bowling shoes, ferchrissake. (I’d just as soon bring my hockey helmet.)

I’m going to have to find somebody to go with. Last thing I want is to end up solo among a group of grayhair/pasty white tourists who are all an average of 30 years older than me.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/22/2004 10:39:32 AM
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

the roof is on fire
I’m in an odd mood tonight. Almost amped up, but not quite. It’s hard to put into words.

And yet, it still doesn’t explain why I feel compelled to jot down the following dope rhymes from what might be the funniest movie of all time, House Party:

Toe to toe, Kid ‘n Play’s on a roll again
It’s only right that we keep the crowd dancin’
Rhymes are dope, the tempo is steady
You ready? Let’s rip up the floor like confetti

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/21/2004 08:44:05 PM
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Well, rats. I was going to run out and catch Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow tonight. I thought there was an 8:30 showing at WestShore, but it turned out to be 8:10. Meaning right now. Meaning no dice.

WestShore’s theaters can be such a pain in the ass: No screenings past 8ish during the weekdays. I’m a nightowl kinda moviegoer. There are plenty of theaters around Tampa Bay, but WestShore’s closest to me, so it’s the most convenient.

I might catch it tomorrow. Or I can head to downtown St. Pete and catch the 9:30 show. Or not.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/21/2004 08:12:33 PM
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When I was growing up, it seemed like The Emmys and the Miss America Pageant were super-duper bigtime television events. Everyone looked forward to the glamour, the spectacle, the sheer buzzworthiness.

Not no more. Both shows, broadcast over the weekend, pulled in pretty sorry ratings, for different reasons but with one main thread: Lack of interest from modern audiences.

Last year’s stealth-like presentation of the Miss America contest caught me by surprise, and had me wondering if it would stick around for much longer. They revamped, and caught my attention late in the week, mainly thanks to a wire story about how skimpy this year’s Speedo-provided swimsuits are. I’m always for more skin, but not quite enough to have me sitting at home on a Saturday night.

As for the Emmys, I didn’t bother to mention them at all last year. Since I haven’t watched them since I was a little kid, and I watch precious little TV these days anyway, the decline doesn’t resonate much with me. The notion that all the prizewinners were limited-audience cable shows says more about how fragmented the audiences are getting than about the overall quality of the programming. And while I love Gary Shandling, I can’t say I would have chosen him for a mainstream awards show.

I guess the advertisers are going to have to find greener fields…

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/21/2004 08:00:38 PM
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virtual lock-out
Because we’re missing out only on the mostly-invisible training camps, the almost-week-old NHL lockout hasn’t really hit home yet. Much like all the hurricane prepping we’ve grown used to in these parts, diehard fans can see the hurt coming about a month from now, when regular-season gamedates start biting it.

But if you’re a hard-core hockey fan, and still wanna get your geek on, G4techTV got the remedy: A season-long videogame simulation of the NHL season, game by game.

I don’t get G4techTV. Darn. Then again, I’ve got my own copy of NHL 2k4 for the Xbox, so I can go to that. Of course, I haven’t fired up that disc in months…

This could turn into an unexpected boon for the league. If ratings for this cyber-ice tourney look strong, NHL owners could reason that they don’t need to hire flesh-and-blood players at all — just run videogame matchups every night! That’s your cost-certainty for you.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/21/2004 07:33:24 PM
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Monday, September 20, 2021

hell with the lid off
Blondelibrarian is a Coke fiend, and she’s okay with that.

I currently drink more soda (not pop) than I should — an average of two cans a day, usually Coke. It’s far less than I used to drink, especially while growing up; I clearly recall downing something like a six-pack per day while in high school (back when my skinny-boy metabolism could still process that amount of crap). It’s the same old excuse: It just seems to be the easiest option, especially during a working lunch and such. Combine that with the overdose of caffeine from all the tea I drink on weekdays, and it’s a questionable liquid diet.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2004 08:13:54 PM
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I used to jam out to Snap’s “The Power”, back in the day. No classic, but you could definitely dance to it.

Of late, the song has been converted to a commercial jingle. I had seen it used in an ad for Hotels.com, and I just now saw it in a commercial for — no kidding — Pampers.

I’m deleting the song off my iPod. Today.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2004 05:46:44 PM
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Artwork from the fabled Salvador Dali-Walt Disney animated film project has been donated to a travelling exhibition of Dali’s works, on the centenial of the surrealist’s birth.

Here’s hoping that art eventually makes it’s way to Tampa Bay and the Salvador Dali Museum. The Disney-Florida connection is a natural. An even better fit would be to display the works as part of the upcoming “Dali & Mass Culture” exhibition.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2004 04:57:37 PM
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I’ve added a few more blogs, stage left. Check them out!

Updating the blogroll is something I put off, because it involves updating this blog’s template, which is currently a pain. The WordPress interface for doing so doesn’t work (probably through my error), so I have to FTP the file back and forth. Not a huge deal, but enough of a chore to keep me from doing it very often.

Correspondingly, there are probably a few more blogs that I still need to add, but haven’t. If you have any candidates, comment away; can’t hurt.

WordPress does have a links management utility built into it that’s supposed to make such housekeeping easier. Unfortunately, like most things about it, WP’s documentation on how to actually implement the links manager is pretty much non-existent. So I’m not prepared to mess with it at this time. If anyone else is up-to-speed with their WP-powered site and would like to cough up the right “get_” PHP code for outputting that link data, feel free to contact me.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2004 04:41:13 PM
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slipping under
Alt-rock veteran Scott Weiland admits to Britney Spears’ “Toxic” as one of his guilty pleasures.

What’s not revealed in this online version of the article that appeared in the June/July 2004 issue of Sync is why Weiland likes the song so much. To him, the lyrics sound like a paean to cocaine. His exact quote, from the print edition:

“I was listening to the new Britney Spears single and I swear it had to be about cocaine. So I listened closer. And, yeah, it’s about cocaine.”

Considering this Stoned Temple Pilot’s documented experiences with coke, I’m prepared to accept his expert analysis. Or maybe he just thinks everything relates at some point to cocaine, and needs to spend more time in detox.

As much as I like Britney’s song, there’s no way it holds a candle to Grandmaster Flash’s “White Lines” (which I understand is featured prominently in the cult classic du jour Shaun of the Dead). The more I see, the more I do.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2004 01:51:57 PM
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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!

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 06:38:30 PM
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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.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 06:17:53 PM
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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.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 03:21:39 PM
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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).

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 02:44:35 PM
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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.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2004 11:24:18 AM
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Saturday, September 18, 2021

NBC’s fledgling “Father of the Pride” is hauling in some unique star power for this coming week’s episode: Donkey, of Shrek movies fame, will be making a guest appearance. He’ll even be voiced by Eddie Murphy, just like in the theaters.

The cartoon-crossover potential is at least as strong as it was for “The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones”. Maybe even on the magnitude of the infamous “The Critic” guest shot on “The Simpsons”.

This should definitely pull in the kids, and maybe even boost the ratings for the week. I’m not sure it’ll be enough to salvage what’s been described as a dog of a show.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 08:33:52 PM
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Deeming it time for a makeover, Sears is rolling out an updated logo, with more color and a “fresher, friendlier” look.

A change was long overdue; the last logo looked totally 1982ish. I just walked past a Sears store today and did a mental check on the on-the-way-out logo, and noted that it reminds me of nothing so much as the Sears store in my hometown, a prominent fixture in the local mall while I was growing up.

I don’t know that this new one is particularly distinctive. I kind of like that they preserved something of the old logo: The white line that runs through the center of each letter, giving a hollowed-out impression. But I don’t know what it does for a logo. I suppose the elimination of all-upper-case conveys a more welcoming attitude.

Sears has been trying to better define itself for the past decade: Is it really an everything-for-everyone department store? Should it focus more on women, more on families, more on discounted items? The logo alone won’t resolve that, but it’s a visible step.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 08:13:36 PM
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If you’re a fan of the “Left Behind” series — and it goes without saying that readers of this blog are the same people who would scarf up apocalyptic Biblical novels — then this conference based on the books is right up your alley.

I think they should debate on whether or not Kirk Cameron’s headlining turn in the movie adaptation signals the more immediate imminence of the End Days.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 07:56:09 PM
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Friday, September 17, 2021

a match?
Since I’ve already used the FHM cover with Alyssa Milano twice today, I might as well make it a trifecta. Accordingly, I’ll devote this post to why Milano would, or wouldn’t, be the gal for me. (I’m sure this would more than fulfill Emap’s intent to generate some buzz over this issue, here on this small corner of the Web.)

I know there are several thousand Web sources dedicated to all things Alyssa. But I’m not going to waste my time on all that. I’ll be restricting my informational intake on her to what’s mentioned on her IMDb biography notes. I realize info on IMDb is sometimes suspect and out of date, but this ain’t a scientifical survey we’re talking about here, so…

The selected tidbits:

- She’s a Sagittarius. I’m a Gemini. It’s written in the stars:

They’re both restless, adventuresome, imaginative, and fun loving. No other opposite signs in the zodiac enjoy each other more than these two. There’ll be shooting stars in the bedroom for a while, but when the fireworks fizzle the bickering begins. Both have bright minds, but Sagittarius is outspoken and bossy, while Gemini likes to poke verbal fun. Too rootless and discontent to settle down, they eventually both succumb to the siren call of other interests, other loves. But parting should be amicable.

I’m sold!

- She’s got tats:

She has a sacred heart on her behind, a fairy kneeling in grass on her hip, rosary beads on her back, an angel on her left ankle, an Orobous (a snake biting its own tail) on her right wrist, an “om” on the other wrist and a garland of flowers around her right ankle.

Tattoos are generally a turnoff for me. I’ll have to deduct points here.

- Her favorite sport is hockey! Perfection. The points go back on.

- She plays the piano and the flute. Indicates well-rounded nature, and good for at-home entertainment.

- Her face was used as the archetype for Ariel’s in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Not too shabby.

- Bust size: 36C. Like I couldn’t guess.

- Dating a Florida Marlins pitcher. Bad news.

- Personal quote, and allegedly her favorite saying: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to always be nice.” Pretty sappy, but a nice sentiment.

I’d say I could learn to like her. The Mediterranean heritage is a good fit with me. Dark hair, great body, rich, famous… I’m trying to find a flaw. Personality? Just a minor detail. Overall, I’m positive that I could see myself going out with her. I just have to arrange for Hell to freeze over, and then I figure I’m in!

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/17/2004 06:07:03 PM
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nice do
Further fun today with my aforementioned copy of this month’s FHM:

As you can tell even from the miniaturized image above, it’s hard to miss what covergirl Alyssa Milano is showing off. Such poses are a major factor in the success of FHM and other lad mags. It’s not hard to figure out where the target audience’s gaze will fall.

I brought this issue, along with a couple of other mags, in to work today, on the chance that I’d have some time to flip through them (such borderline girlie mags are acceptable desk items when you work in magazine publishing yourself, under the guise of content/layout research; no, really). I mentioned to my officemate Jamie that I had a couple of new magazines in today, and she asked to see what I had.

I held up the issue of FHM for her to get a look. The first words out of her mouth were, “That’s a pretty haircut.”

I responded, with an air of disbelief, “You’re looking at the-??”

The rest of that would have been “hair”. Had she cited another feature like Milano’s eyes, lips, or even her dress, my stock response would have included any of those, but with the same message and tone. This is an automatic prompt for the hetero male when comparing notes on provocatively-presented female figures. It’s a shorthand jab, meant to imply that there’s something wrong with you if your focus is distracted, regardless of how nice Milano’s other features are, away from the obvious assets on display.

But before I could get the entire phrase out of my mouth, I realized suddenly that I was comparing notes with a girl. And as we alll know, girls tend to look at things like this differently. So I caught myself and said, “Oh right, look who I’m talking to! Of course, the hair!”

Jamie read my mind, and started laughing. As did I.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/17/2004 04:53:29 PM
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who's the boss
Yesterday, I received the above issue of For Him Magazine in my mailbox, kicking off my subscription.

The thing is, I never bought a subscription to FHM.

I assumed it must be a gift subscription, despite the lack of immediate occasion for it (my birthday’s months passed, and it’s too early for a Christmas present). But when I checked with the likely suspects, I came up empty. Nor did I get any sort of notification with the issue that would announce the gift-giving.

The curiosity gnawed at me all morning, aided by my regular glances at covergirl Alyssa Milano. So I finally tracked down the customer service numbers and gave them a call (I justified this otherwise questionable use of my time by reasoning that I needed to update the address information anyway, as the street name was off by a few letters/numbers).

What did I find out? Not much. The subscription is paid for until next September, and it was started for me by some outfit called JMJ Marketing. The message on JMJ’s answering service revealed that it’s just a part of Emap, the UK-based magazine giant and FHM’s publisher. So, as best as I can figure, FHM itself tossed me a free sub.

Why? I know I don’t subscribe to any other Emap publications, so there’s no connection there. I’m suspecting that my name ticked up on some professional’s database, by virtue of my day gig, and they just felt like padding their qualified subscriber rolls. I’m used to getting professional discount offers for various titles (I got one for Newsweek in the very same batch of mail, in fact), but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an unsolicited subscription before. As long as I’m not being charged for it, I’ll take it.

So, I’ve got some additional eye candy to look at each month. Speaking of which, Alyssa Milano’s photo spread is a nice way to kick off the subscription.

UPDATE (9/21/04): Mystery solved! It turns out that my friend signed me up for a gift subscription. My delusions of being an ultra-sought-after qualified subscriber are thus dashed.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/17/2004 02:09:15 PM
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