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Sunday, March 20, 2021

Where was my head at? This weekend, I bought a new alarm clock, a nondescript digital model from Wal-Mart.

Not once did I consider buying the Ecko Flavor Flav Alarm Clock.

The loss is mine, because I could have spent the next several years being roused out of bed with the following catchphrases:

- “Bass for your face!”

- “Yo, G, yo!”

- “Get up, get, get, get down!” (completion: “9-1-1 is a joke in your town!”; I just can’t leave that one alone)

- “Fight the power!”

- “Yeaaaaaaaaah boyeee!”

- “Rock that shit homie!” (on the limited red/black version only)

Of course, I paid some $80 less for my dinky little non-Flav alarm. So maybe I’m better off, even factoring in the Flav’s rejuvinated career.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 09:03:46 PM
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Am I crazy, or is that Estelle Harris, of “Seinfeld” fame, providing the shrill voice of the pissed-off Diet Coke can in the newest “Light, Crisp, Refreshing” Diet Pepsi commercial?

By the way, tune in here tomorrow for a deeper look at Pepsi’s new marketing approaches.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 08:25:24 PM
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all the world is waiting for youThe Amazon princess is seemingly closer to making it onto the big screen, as Joss “Buffy” Whedon has signed on to write and direct a long-planned Wonder Woman movie.

This doesn’t mean that the flick’s ever going to be made; until production actually begins, with a set cast and everything, no movie development deal is ever “real”. And considering Hollywood’s recent poor track record in this area — both Catwoman and Elektra bombed bigtime — it would seem that the timing’s not at all right for this one, even utilizing the most recognizable woman superhero.

Still, it’s a step forward. If they actually nail down an actress for the lead role, I’ll start believing:

No word yet on who’ll play Whedon’s leading lady Diana, but the Internet rumor mill has been churning out names like Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Buffy vets Charisma Carpenter and Eliza Dushku, and even Kim Basinger, for an older, wiser Wonder Woman.

Feh. None of those options do anything for me; and that “older, wiser” theme with a 50-year-old WW has a snowball’s chance in Hell of coming about. Of course, that’s not to say that a supporting role for Lynda Carter as Queen Hera Hippolyta (thanks to Kirby for correcting me on this) is out of the question…

Actually, I seem to recall a long-ago rumor of Jennifer Connelly being considered for the role. Me likey. Although, with the Oscar win, I kinda doubt she’d go for it. Besides, Connelly’s already had her turn in the celluloid superhero schtick with Hulk.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 07:37:38 PM
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The media quote of the month, probably, just heard on a rerun of VH1’s “I Love the ’70s” (retrospecting the year 1977):

“If someone asks you what the ’70s were about, you can tell them: ‘Mimes had a TV show‘.”

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 06:49:04 PM
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Now I know why we haven’t been able to shake this damnable cold weather this Winter: Hell has frozen over, manifested by Apple finally — finally — coming out with a two-button mouse.

I believe this rumor has cropped up a couple of times over the years. It’s always been baseless, more the product of Mac fans’ fervent wishes and industry watchers’ preemptive speculation than anything else. That might be the case again, despite this seemingly logical justification:

With Apple now profiting from low-priced consumer electronics as it makes a push to reclaim market share from Windows, a two-button mouse is ‘almost an essential,’ sources said.

People seem to be about evenly split, with half thinking it’s another hollow rumor and the other half praising the move.

Count me among those praising, and hopeful that this actually comes to pass. I’ve never understood why Apple has held out so long, with Windows’ ubiquity having made right-clicking almost essential to the GUI experience (actually, maybe that’s precisely why the company has resisted). To equate user-friendliness with a single button is ridiculous; and as daft as it may seem, the unfamiliar mouse configuration may indeed have held back broader consumer adoption of Macs.

I wonder how this would affect future Powerbook development; they’ll have to start being built with two (or more) click buttons.

It could be that most of the traditional Mac user base is, indeed, spooked by multiple mouse buttons. I know that in my workplace, most of the Mac jockeys can barely wrap their hands around a Wintel mouse, and seem confused about having to concentrate their clicking to their left-most fingers. It’s actually comical.

When I got my Mac at work, the first thing I did was buy a third-party two-button mouse with scrollbar (a dirty little secret: Mac OS since version 9 has supported right-clicking — making the lack of a two-button even more baffling). If I had to work on that thing with a single-button model, I’d go nuts.

(Via Digital Musings)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 01:00:00 PM
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I’m wondering: How many moviegoers will head to the theaters in a couple of weeks to catch Sin City, thinking that it’s going to be a flick about the original “Sin City”, Las Vegas?

True, for the past decade, Vegas has tried to rehabilitate its sleazy image in favor of more family-friendly tourism (a tack it’s only recently tried to reverse via the wildly successful “What happens here, stays here” campaign). Still, I think in most Americans’ minds, “Sin City” is synonymous with the desert city.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/20/2005 12:08:57 PM
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