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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

I, for one, certainly hope this gains some traction: Loaded Mouth is sponsoring a “Biggest Asshole in Blogging” contest.

Talk about fertile ground.

And yes, feel free to nominate me. Although really, I generally reserve my assholeishness for offline pursuits.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 11:53pm
Category: Bloggin'
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game over
Rest in peace, Rodney.

If you can’t find a copy of the above boardgame — of which I have no information beyond the picture — then slide a copy of Caddyshack into the VCR or DVD player, and laugh your ass off. There’s no more fitting tribute or way to show some respect.

Speaking of respect:

In a 1986 interview, he explained the origin of his “respect” trademark:

“I had this joke: ‘I played hide and seek; they wouldn’t even look for me.’ To make it work better, you look for something to put in front of it: I was so poor, I was so dumb, so this, so that. I thought, ‘Now what fits that joke?’ Well, ‘No one liked me’ was all right. But then I thought, a more profound thing would be, ‘I get no respect.’”

A great look at the anatomy of a classic one-liner.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 08:57pm
Category: Celebrity, Comedy
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The front-runners have had their fun for now, so it’s time an interlude: Their running mates get down at Case Western Reserve University tonight.

The Vice-Presidential round always has potential for fireworks. The most noteworthy example would have to be the Lloyd Bentsen “You’re no Jack Kennedy” zinger, directed at Dan Quayle during their debate in 1988. The veeps, by nature, have the prerogative to be a bit looser. Despite all the touting of voting for a ticket that will represent some sort of Presidential “team” in the White House, everyone knows that the VP is essentially a spare wheel (regardless of your suspicions regarding Dick Cheney’s level of influence in this administration). So they’re not expected to stay above the fray — quite the opposite, they’re supposed to take on the role of junkyard dog.

So I’m crossing my fingers on tonight. I’m hoping that Cheney will get exasperated by Edwards and start cursing him out. Barring that, I’ll settle for a massive coronary.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 08:38pm
Category: Political
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Some interesting things brewing at Yahoo!: They’re opening up beta testing on some advanced search functions that provide personalization and other extras. The test site is called Yahoo! Next.

Search technology is certainly blossoming. It’s still the best way anyone’s really devised for navigating the Web and bringing even a semblance of order to it. Because of this, a search engine/portal is a natural for most people’s homepages. So naturally, it’s the frontline opportunity for advertising online. The more appealing it is to the user, the more eyeballs it’ll attract and retain.

The competition among Yahoo!, Amazon (with A9), Google and MSN will continue to spur tinkering, if not outright innovation. And that’s just among the giant, mass-marketed engines. Lower-tiered search services, usually aimed toward business and specialized segments, also make plenty of noise, sometimes to the point where they become attractive acquisition targets. One that’s been on my radar lately, mainly because it’s a Florida-based company, is FindWhat.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 08:26pm
Category: Internet
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