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Saturday, January 01, 2021

It’s far from over, but so far, I have to say this is about the nicest New Year’s Day I’ve experienced in a good while.

I can’t pinpoint why — nothing extraordinary has happened today, and while last night’s celebration was fun, I can’t imagine that it would account for this feeling. I’m in uncharacteristically high spirits. The weather’s been beautiful, which does wonders for my mood; and as a bonus, I was able to get 90 minutes of tanning time.

Could the passing of 2004 have take my trademark pessimism with it? If so, I’ll roll with it, hopefully for the better. But if so, I’ll miss it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/01/2021 05:31pm
Category: General
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Behold: This post of mine from October comes up a big No. 4 on Google’s search for the phrase “slept on it wrong” (note the quotes).

The feeling of pride is indescribable.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/01/2021 05:09pm
Category: Bloggin'
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As it has for thirty years, Lake Superior State University has come out with its list of “banished words”, those pieces of English that have been judged to be overused and outplayed during the previous year.

Along with plenty of buzzed-up phrases like “wardrobe malfunction” and “enemy combatant”, the word “blog” made this unkindest of cuts:

BLOG — and its variations, including blogger, blogged, blogging, blogosphere. Many who nominated it were unsure of the meaning. Sounds like something your mother would slap you for saying.

“Sounds like a Viking’s drink that’s better than grog, or a technique to kill a frog.” - Teri Vaughn, Anaheim, Calif.

“Maybe it’s something that would be stuck in my toilet.” - Adrian Whittaker, Dundalk, Ontario.

“I think the words ‘journal’ and ‘diary’ need to come back.” - T. J. Allen, Shreveport, La.

So, what I’m feeling is that the list is compiled by a bunch of behind-the-curve luddites.

I wonder if this academic banishment will affect Merriam-Webster’s intent to add “blog” to its dictionary listings.

Before anyone gets all worked up, remember that a list like this is only as significant as you make it. Ranking things into a “Top XX” has its uses — take that from someone who creates them. But when it’s subjectively based like this, it’s just something for small-talk conversation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/01/2021 04:56pm
Category: Bloggin', Creative
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no two are alike
Hostway is using a couple of Web-based mini-games for their current promotions. I haven’t played the games, but I’ve seen their banner ads on various websites. I like the cute artwork, as exemplified by the little scene above.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/01/2021 04:16pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Internet
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This one’s always good for a year-opening laugh. See if you can guess the movie reference (before you click through):

“Merry New Year!”

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/01/2021 11:06am
Category: Movies
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