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Monday, October 18, 2021

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Weeks ago, I was so impressed by the Beastie Boys’ current weirdo tour that I said I’d have to hit it when it came into town.

Turns out that they’re rolling into the St. Pete Times Forum tomorrow. As usual, I’m oblivious to the concert happenings in the area.

Timing’s bad. I can’t go. I’ll have to grill the people who are going for post-show details.

Maybe I can get a feel for the show via the Beastie Blog.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2004 11:43pm
Category: Pop Culture
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Over the weekend, I stopped by one of the several church pumpkin patches in my ‘hood. It’s Halloween time, so you gotta get the gourd. I figured it would be nice to have one at work.

While looking for just the right one, I saw a bunch of white pumpkins off in a pile. In a sea of orange, there were about five or six of these freaky-looking things.

White pumpkins? I had no idea. Are they albinos? Is there such a thing as a vegetable albino? I’m afraid my worldliness doesn’t extend to plant life.

My limited research tonight reveals that white pumpkins aren’t that common, but they are a known quantity. So there you go.

I didn’t get one. None of them were big enough or had the right shape. Maybe next year.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2004 11:26pm
Category: General
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Because people can’t seem to figure out how to set their phones on mute (or at least vibrate), cellular jamming devices are gaining in popularity, everywhere from churches to restaurants.

Even the French are getting into the act, installing the technology in their moviehouses. That’s one place I’d gladly welcome this phone shut-down. I don’t know why theaters here haven’t done this already; any complaints would be outnumbered by a healthy majority that would prefer it. The cost of the devices could easily be offset by selling a couple of extra pre-movie ads (can’t believe I’m advocating that; indicates how much I hate ringing phones in the middle of a movie).

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2004 11:12pm
Category: Society, Tech
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As I left the office today, I noticed the sky. It was turning into a beautiful sunset, with orange and purple streaks everywhere and darkening shades of grey and white.

It looked good enough for a picture, but I decided to wait until I got outside, for a clearer shot. The window in my office tends to reflect glare, ruining pictures.

When I got outside a couple of minutes later, I looked up. Suddenly, the sky didn’t look that impressive anymore. It looked like just a big mess of clouds and diminishing light. Colors were washed out and indistinct. Nothing at all worth photographing.

Lesson learned: When shooting sunsets, do it on the 8th floor.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2004 10:59pm
Category: General
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If you plan on making your way through 1st Avenue North in downtown St. Pete sometime in the next few hours, be aware: There is a bunch of menacing-looking punks in clown makeup milling around. I just strolled through there, on the way back from lunch, and was initially taken aback when I saw them.

Then I looked around, and saw a bunch of roadies unloading equipment, and I understood. Sort of. Jannus Landing is hosting the Insane Clown Posse tonight at 7. So their fans, reputed to be a rabidly loyal lot, are hanging out well before the concert, maybe hoping to catch a glimpse of the band.

The nightmarish facepaint and other accessories really look out of context in the bright St. Petersburg sun. Their presence would make a lot more sense at nighttime.

By the way, ICP really sucks. That’s not the link saying that, that’s me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2004 02:15pm
Category: General
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