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Monday, February 28, 2021

the dolphins made me cry
In the world of blogging, there is such a thing as being Instalanched.

It’s not as potent as a Glenn Reynolds link-a-long, but now, I’ve discovered another way to juice your blog traffic: A Hootielanch.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been getting beaucoup hits over the past couple of days, thanks to my post on the Darius Rucker-starring Burger King commercial. Last night, it was good for 1,200-odd hits, which, since that topped my previous traffic high, I figured for a very good showing.

That was nothing.

Today’s total came to roughly 3,650, triple yesterday’s take. Boom. That, obviously, is a new record for me — by a loooooong shot.

Who would have figured something so silly would have brought so many visitors? I mean, come on: Hootie? Can that many people be so interested in what Hootie is doing, post-Blowfish?

I’ll take it, for as long as it lasts. The added bandwith is costing me some cash, but what’s money, after all. Maybe I should ask Crispin Porter + Bogusky for some subsidization action — after all, I’m helping to spread their word.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/28/2005 11:51:13 PM
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pardon e moi!
For this week’s Media Monday joyfulness, I’m going to dip into the “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ store of musical humor. And aren’t you glad that I did?

From the hoser-skewering classic episode featuring The Final Sacrifice experiment, I give you Tom Servo singing his paean to the Great White North (which goes horribly wrong). Please remember, it’s not my intent to fan anti-Canadian sentiment with this offering; but it’s damn funny, nonetheless.

MST3K: “Back In Old Canada” - .mp3, 1.8MB - Time’s up! Check the Media Monday archive for the latest edition.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/28/2005 11:23:38 PM
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During the Q&A period following Saturday night’s screening of CSA, director Kevin Willmott commented that he wanted his film to get across the idea that the South truly did wind up winning the Civil War, both in his fictional world and in our real one.

What it couldn’t manage militarily, it accomplished politically and socially: For a hundred years after Appomattox, segregation and Jim Crow managed to spread well beyond the borders of the old Confederacy, thus establishing a Southern sensibility to the national character. Even today, the vestiges of those attitudes persist.

Willmott’s argument seems timely, as there are other, varied, indicators of the resurgence of the traditional South of late:

- The growing population base in the Sunbelt is making the region even more of a national power broker:

Today’s regional relations remind some historians of the War of 1812. New Englanders protested against the war, and it took Andrew Jackson to end it at New Orleans with a trouncing of the British by the Louisiana artillery. Witness the last presidential election, which revolved around the president’s decision to invade Iraq and his muscular response to Islamist terrorism. The ideological “red-blue” borders almost perfectly traced the regional sentiments of the mid-19th century, with Ohio to this day in play.

“Why bother about this talk of separateness when you’re arguably in a position - the South is - to dominate the Union as [Confederate unionist] Alexander Stephens envisioned it before the Civil War: the South in a political alliance with the West,” says Jim Langcuster of Alabama, a moderate proponent of Southern heritage.

- Linguistically, the sprawl of the “y’all” expression is a sign of changing perceptions of the South:

“The rise of all these Inland Southern cultural manifestations to national prominence is also due in part to the population shift toward the Sunbelt,” said John G. Fought, an independent linguist and scholar.

During the 20th century, the major Northern dialect groups lost about 20 percent of their national share, he points out, while the Southern and Western dialect groups gained 20 percent. In fact, the South — stretching from Maryland to Texas as defined by the census — now contains over one-third of the nation’s total population. Partly because of the Sunbelt’s population explosion, Fought argues, Inland Southern has become the dominant dialect of the military services (except perhaps the Navy), and of such cultural manifestations as NASCAR and country music.

- Finally, I’m reminded that my own home state of Florida is the site for points of contact between the Northern and Southern identities.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/28/2005 10:57:35 PM
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to the idiotmobile!
Yup, I’m convinced: These idiots are ably demonstrating how they’d be great fathers to their kids.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/28/2005 10:05:28 PM
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The Sesame Street Encyclopedia has pictures and brief bios of all the Muppets on the show, great and small, past and present. Brought to you by the letter “E”, of course.

And of course, such a collection wouldn’t be complete without the one and only Roosevelt Mother#!$%ing Franklin, one of the rare banned Muppets.

It’s hard to conjure up 30-year-old memories of a PBS program, but I think I recall Roosevelt. But I sure don’t remember his mom.

(Via Hooray for Captain Spaulding)

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/28/2005 09:04:16 PM
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