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Sunday, January 09, 2021

So overwhelmed by household junk that you need professional help? Michelle Passoff Kupfermunz certainly hopes so, because she makes a living from helping people clear the clutter from their lives.

If there’s a stupider way to waste your money than to hire someone to throw away your old utility bills, I can’t think of it.

According to the writeup, Kupfermunz just relocated her consultancy from Manhattan to Tampa. Meaning she couldn’t make a go of it in Manhattan — where something as nichely ludicrous as dogwalking services limited to the East side can thrive. I can’t see how Tampa offers greener pastures for something like this.

I’ve got as much of a clutter problem as anyone else; having a packrat mentality certainly doesn’t help. But bringing in outside help, while motivational, strikes me as a declaration of a serious problem, which most people would be loathe to admit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/09/2021 07:16pm
Category: Business, Society
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it's thin
Is it just me, or is this month’s issue of FHM very much on the thin side?

After the customary holiday splurge, January is traditionally a lean ad-page month for most magazines anyway. So it’s not like I’m expecting a bloated September Vogue.

But still, when I pulled the FHM out of my mailbox yesterday, I was struck by how lean it was. What probably reinforced this feeling: I believe last month’s issue was just as thin — which is a bad sign, if they can’t sell loads of ad pages for December.

Maybe there’s a glut of lad mags out there, and FHM is losing the mindshare war. I can’t say I’m rooting for it — I usually only glance at it, although this month’s feature on the inner workings of Adult Swim looks like a fun read. But it’s tough to see a mag go down.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/09/2021 06:50pm
Category: Publishing
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Watching today’s wildcard game between the Colts and Broncos. After an Indianapolis touchdown, the camera got a shot of a section of the euphoric Indy crowd.

They caught a scene similar to the one in the picture above, with an important difference: Instead of brandishing the common “d-fence” prop sign, this one read “off-fence”. Which makes sense, because the Colts are known for their offense, which is disproportionately potent as compared to their rather average defense.

Now, I realize you can’t go for gramatical accuracy with these silly signs. But take note: The “off”, combined with a “fence”, reads “offfense”. Too many f’s.

Granted, the other version reads “dfense”, which is just as incorrect. But somehow, I can live with an inaccuracy borne of the reduction of letters, as opposed to the addition of them. The former at least suggests efficiency (similar to leetspeak and other abbreviated Nettalk); the latter of pointless padding.

I say, for the next go-round, lop off those extra f’s, and adopt the single-letter-plus-pickets model. It’ll look cooler.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/09/2021 02:49pm
Category: Football
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