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Tuesday, March 15, 2021

Eric at Off Wing Opinion was interviewed about his sports blog stylin’, and he shares the Q&A.

Very insightful. The one bit that stood out for me:

But here’s the funny thing: Some of the posts I’m most proud of, my readers don’t give a whit about. And then there are some throwaway posts that attract comments and links from all over the place without warning. That I can’t explain.

Neither can I, man:

Granted, some posts aren’t designed to elicit much response, and I guess my presentation often leaves little more to be said on a particular topic. But often, I’ll write a post, like this one, that I expect to generate some input from others, and am disappointed when none materializes. Conversely, sometimes a post I don’t think much about when writing it unexpectedly gets way more commenting than I’d expect.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s experienced this. I suppose that’s part of the deal with blogging, and with most media in general: No matter how much you think you can predict audience reaction, the crowd can trick you.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/15/2005 11:37:09 PM
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In the midst of “black ice”, the National Hockey League and Buffalo Sabres are trying out “electric powder blue” ice in the minor leagues as a more TV- and audience-friendly playing surface.

Supposedly, the blue-tinged ice makes it easier to follow that speedy puck. If the ice by itself doesn’t work, maybe they’ll bring back the infamous glowing puck.

Seriously, I’m sure the league has done all kinds of research into this; but I have trouble believing that the existing color combination — black puck, white ice — doesn’t provide the maximum color contrast for viewing the game action.

Still, if they have to change it, I don’t think I’ll have a problem with it. But it will require some redefinition of the game’s time-honored terms:

… To offset the new colored surface, arena officials decided to make the blue lines fluorescent orange, which is also the color used for the faceoff circles.

The center line, normally red, is now dark blue…

There’s only one question left if the new colors ever came into effect: what would you call a defenseman?

“Guess, I’d become an orange-liner,” Jeff Jillson said.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/15/2005 10:35:49 PM
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The eBay listing for a haunted Nintendo Entertainment System (still a whole day left to get your bid in!) is generating lots of chatter.

Am I the only one who had this goofy item bring to mind the “Video Ouija” episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”?

I’m calling bullshit on this one; it’s a hipster prank. Shoot, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Adult Swim marketing team were behind this, in a viral marketing bid.

Besides, if you really want a spooked-out game console, buy an Xbox. Those eerie alien noises that come out of the audio when the thing is sitting idle and disc-less certainly sounds like a candidate for exorcism.

In a related note: I cannot believe it took this long for the above group picture of ATHF to make its debut on this site.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/15/2005 10:17:20 PM
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Little update on the blogroll, slidewise left:

- The Legend of Mark Michaels

- Midnight Culmination

- The United American Party

- The Zero Boss

Check them out.

And for Rachel*, late of SoHoTampa blog, a celebratory song for her new digs at Midnight Culmination. Doubtless she doesn’t get the reference, but indeed, she’s movin’ on up, to a dee-luxe domain in the sky-high-high.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/15/2005 09:12:52 PM
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