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Friday, February 25, 2021

Reminder to self: Don’t have a kid.

Because really, I don’t think I can handle the workload. My friend Kirby came over this evening with his little daughter in tow. She proceeded to run me ragged for about three hours, and she wasn’t even running on full speed. Everything from the back-and-forth running to the wild mood swings just drained me.

I was already tired — it’s been a trying week — but still. I can’t imagine having these play sessions every day. And it’s not like it gets any easier as the kid gets older. She’s already a handful-and-a-half at age 2; I can’t imagine what she’ll be like in another 3 years.

Thus, I’m ready to pack it in near midnight on a Friday. I didn’t have anything in particular planned anyway, but it still don’t seem right.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/25/2005 11:38:08 PM
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Yes, that was indeed Darius Rucker, of Hootie & The Blowfish fame, donned in a rhinestone cowboy suit for a surreal Burger King Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch commercial.

Angsty Hootie fans might deplore it, but I loved the spot, despite watching it but once. I instantly recognized the jingle as a parody of “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, which is one of my favorite folk songs; I guess that helped endear the commercial to me. The overall cheesiness, and inclusion of various b-list starlets/models, took it the rest of the way.

As usual, Crispin Porter + Bogusky served up this quirky work, continuing a series of work that’s distinguishing BK’s advertising/marketing campaign.

UPDATE: In case the Pingback below isn’t obvious enough, the video clip of this commercial is now available for download.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/25/2005 11:17:04 PM
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Who notices the number of “o”s in Google? Or even Gooooooogle’s AdSense?

Somebody has, and thinks the steadily-decreasing number of donuts in that “Ads by Goooooogle” is a sign. A countdown, if you will, to the much-rumored Google browser offering.

I can’t swear to it, but I think I remember a similar speculation a couple of years ago over the same thing. It turned out to be a countdown to nothing. Google was just having some random fun.

Still, it’s a testament to just how much fannish enthusiasm Google inspires. It’s really remarkable. Personally, I think a lot of Google’s rollouts are overhyped — whoever does their PR must work overtime — but no denying, they get the desired effect. I daresay only Apple gets the same level of devotion.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/25/2005 09:32:25 PM
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