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Monday, August 01, 2021

double hazardLast month, it was Jessica Simpson.

This month, it’s Johnny Knoxville.

But despite the tie-in between these two most recent GQ cover models with their starring roles in new release The Dukes of Hazzard, the magazine insists the timing was coincidental.

Not everyone agrees:

Samir Husni, chairman of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi and a magazine consultant, said that the two covers were indicative of a strategy of creating and feeding addiction in readers. By parceling out the stars, magazines can potentially sell two magazines to fans of the film.

“Magazines have learned, rather than give it to you in one dose, they will give it to you one piece at a time. I used to say that a magazine was like a candy bar, you unwrap it and enjoy it, but now they are more like Reese’s Pieces. Rather than eating the whole thing at once, you keep coming back for more.”

I think had Simpson been wearing a Stars and Bars/Southern Cross bikini, rather than the Star-Spangled version shown, it would have been obvious the fix was in.

As it is, I’d be feeling mighty slighted if I were Seann William Scott, aka Duke Boy Number Two. Although to hear some nutjobs tell it, there really were two Duke Boys on these covers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 10:09pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Movies, Publishing
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Not that I need another online distraction, but The Business Experiment sounded too good to pass up:

All major strategic decisions will be voted on by the registered users, and must be implemented by the employees. This will test to see if “the crowd” is really wise or not. Who do we hire? The crowd will vote on the candidates. What is our marketing strategy? Vote on it. How do we price our product or service? Vote again. It could be cool, or it could be foolish. But either way, it’s definitely different…

At least sixty percent of the business (and possibly more) will be owned by the registered users. Ten percent will go to whoever submits the idea that we decide to pursue. Ten percent will go to this site, so that we can run other business experiments in the future. The rest will go to sponsors or investors, unless they are deemed unnecessary.

Will it be the “wisdom of crowds”, or mob rule? I’m registered now, so we’ll see. I’ll keep a running log of the experience here, if I deem it worthy enough. I’m just hoping there’s not a cash-call at some point…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 09:39pm
Category: Business, Internet
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poppin' fresh
We’ve all seen it: Women walking around in hip-hugger pants, determined to show off that midriff… But exposing generous amounts of flabby gut and love-handle flesh instead.

There is a name for this unsightliness: Muffin top. And the problem is on display everywhere, even on the entertainment beat:

Christina Aguilera is a reformed muffin topper, often spotted onstage during her wild-child period in a pair of badly fitting pants accessorized with an ample tummy roll. Kelly Clarkson is also a repeat offender. “Especially when Kelly first won ‘American Idol,’ the muffin top was the one thing that was common in everything she wore - nothing fit right.” And her tummy can still be seen rising over the pants she’s poured herself into on tour this month…

But those who follow every fashion rule and still suffer from a little tummy crust needn’t worry - it does have one tasty benefit, according to [Shop Etc's fashion editor Kate] Dimmock. “Men seem to like it,” she says. “My husband likes to grab my muffin top and give it a little squeeze.”

Well, not all men like it… A little over-the-top is okay, especially if it really is solely the result of too-tight low-riders or tops. But when it’s obviously rolls of fat, it’s time to pull the plug

And personally, I’ve seen extreme cases where so much overhang occurs that “muffin top” doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like “kangaroo pouch”…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 09:21pm
Category: Fashion, Women
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If everyone’s so hell-bent on advancing podcasting — in spite of my objections — then they should at least do it right. “Voice styling” lessons can turn the mumbliest mofo into a vocalizing powerhouse.

Vanity plays a big part in vocal-sculpting, but it’s got practical applications, too:

With so much of our lives these days conducted on the phone, vocal quality is gaining attention as a factor in making friends and influencing people. “More and more of my work is done in conference calls,” said Grace Vandecruze, 37, an investment banker in New York who has worked with Lucille S. Rubin, a veteran voice coach. “The depth of your knowledge and the impact of your voice - the two are equally important.”

Voice quality matters in face-to-face meetings, too. “Studies show that in hiring situations, two things play a big role in who gets hired: what someone looks like and the sound of their voice,” Dr. Murry said.

If it’s valuable in business, it’s valuable everywhere. Like I’ve said, the worst thing about podcasting is the incomprehensibility of the average person’s speech patterns. If they’re serious about spewing their stuff in audio form, they should counteract the inherent laziness in the approach by ensuring that their voice is as clear and distinct as possible.

I wouldn’t mind getting a consultation from a vocal coach. I know I can improve my everyday speech usage, particularly for personal interaction. And I encounter people every day who certainly can use the tune-up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 08:30pm
Category: Bloggin', Fashion
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With the memory of Korey Stringer’s death by heatstroke four years ago still fresh, NFL teams are being careful about players overheating during August training camps. Instead of guessing, they’ve got a more invasive solution: The CorTemp thermometer pill, which is actually an ingestible radio-transmitting pellet that settles in a player’s stomach and relays the body’s core body temperature, allowing team physicians to constantly monitor individual situations.

There’s a particularly nice graphic accompanying the article that breaks down the pill’s transistorized innards. HQ Inc., the company that makes the CorTemp, also provides the inside scoop.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 07:35pm
Category: Sports, Tech
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While milling about during my lunch hour today, four police cars in a row zoomed past me. If the paint jobs on them could be believed, they were representing, in order:

- Clearwater Police Department

- Hialeah Police Department

- Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

The funny thing? I was in downtown St. Petersburg. Meaning that not one of those four cars had any jurisdiction in the particular area they were traversing. In the case of Hialeah, they were way out of their neighborhood — about a couple hundred miles.

I’m guessing there was some sort of law enforcement conference in town. It couldn’t have anything to do with me putting the “Hawaii Five-O” theme song on my cellphone, and making it my new ringtone.

Yes, that means I’ve replaced my cherished “Jeffersons” ringtone. But it was time for a change. Besides, I can always switch back and forth between the two.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/01/2021 04:31pm
Category: TV, Tech
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