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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

So, that pleco catfish I bought on Saturday? Found him dead tonight. Guess he couldn’t adjust to the new environment.

Three bucks down the toilet (literally). Kinda sucks. Maybe I’ll get another one this weekend.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/20/2004 10:31pm
Category: General
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It’s going to take a few years more to get used to, but it’s a given that U.S. telephone area codes are no longer necessarily indicative of a fixed geographic region. This is the basis behind the “keep your number” promotions that wireless phone providers have been pushing for the past year.

I found this bit particularly interesting:

Now, five other area codes cover noncontiguous regions, and 914 has come to include not just New York, but also parts of Iraq.

“We never could have done this if numbers weren’t allowed to move so freely now,” said Natasha Haubold, a spokeswoman for MCI, which built a temporary cellular phone system that allows government and humanitarian officials in the United States and Iraq to talk with each other using local calls. “914 used to belong exclusively to New York, but now it passes through the state for a millisecond before it’s loaned to users in Iraq.”

That’s right: Area code 914 covers not only Westchester County, New York, but also chunks of Iraq. Talk about temporal displacement…

It just so happens that I grew up in the 914 area code. Until a couple of years ago, 914 covered more than just Westchester: It covered pretty much all of New York State between the City and Albany. Area code 845 has since displaced it, and my parents’ house, in Orange County, remains in that zone.

So I was wondering: What are the odds that the 914 telephone number that I grew up with was now assigned to some line in Baghdad? That’d be pretty wild.

Curiosity got the better of me tonight. I called the number. I expected to get some wrong number in Westchester, with an outside chance of getting an Iraqi agency of some kind.

But no. Instead, I got an automated response, telling me the number was not in service. Bummer.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/20/2004 10:19pm
Category: Tech
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It’s spooky season, so the time is right for this horror movie trivia quiz. See if you can tell the difference between Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger.

Actually, considering that this quiz is presented by tbt*, which is targeted toward 20- and 30-year-old hipsters, the movies covered are pretty oldschool. Where’s the more recent scary movie fare, like Scream and Jeepers Creepers? Let’s get with the century, folks.

I scored a measly 5 out of 10, rating me Casper, the Friendly Ghost. What can I say, the horror genre doesn’t do it for me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/20/2004 03:56pm
Category: Movies
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