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Monday, August 08, 2021

This question was put to me earlier today. I wasn’t able to come up with an answer. It’s not like I think I’m a finished product, or have no further ambitions; but for whatever reason, nothing came to mind.

I still can’t think of anything, really. I can’t sing particularly well, nor juggle, nor act, nor build things. And I can’t say I feel any sort of loss for those deficiencies, either.

Maybe I’ll think of some skill I would like to possess. Meantime, comment away and share with me the talent or talents you wish you could possess. Make it lively!

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/08/2021 10:29pm
Category: Question Time!
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While leaving work today, I managed to get stuck behind a trio of women who seemed to be in no hurry to leave the building. There was no way to get around them, either, so I had to endure their roadblocking.

One of them was babbling about her need to exercise more. She was talking about how she had tried tai chi, had tried aerobics, had tried yoga, and now was looking for something that would really work for her.

As I heard this, I thought to myself: Did tai chi, or any other regimen, maybe teach her how to walk faster??

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/08/2021 10:20pm
Category: General
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mellon-ball league
I’d be shocked if this didn’t already occur to the football cognoscenti at ESPN and the other NFL broadcast partners, but I’ll toss it out there anyway:

Given all the focus put upon newly-enshrined Hall-of-Famer Benny Friedman‘s attainment of impressive passing records while using a more rugby-shaped (and thus, less aerodynamically-friendly) football, I think a modern-day demonstration is in order.

So, the assignment for Chris Berman and company: Custom-make a 1920s-era regulation NFL football, and have Michael Vick, Brett Favre and a couple of others current signal-callers throw a few passes with it. I think it would be enlightening, and give modern players a greater appreciation for Friedman’s achievements. It’d be good for a shorty pre-show segment for Week 1 or 2.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/08/2021 09:56pm
Category: Football
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What exactly does the Department of Doing do?

Belying its official-sounding name, Department of Doing is an ad agency (see below) in New Zealand. It’s one of those firms that revels in its clever name, having it serve as a shorthand calling-card for its brimming creative energy. I’d think it’s effective; the name is reminiscent of some Python-esque governmental bureaucracy, which you kinda doubt really exists, but wouldn’t completely dismiss.

But according to the New York Times, that kind of name attracts a lot of curiosity seekers — especially of the American variety:

Q: I’m a subscriber to your newsletter in Devonport, a seaside suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. With your wide readership in the U.S. ad industry, I thought you’d be better placed than anyone to help us with a phenomenon we have noticed that involves your compatriots.

We appreciate that the name of our agency, the Department of Doing, is a little quirky and helps us get noticed in an industry where everyone craves attention. But here’s the rub. Our premises are on the top floor of a 19th-century shop in Devonport and we have a “Department of Doing” sign outside. We always expected the odd inquiry out of curiosity but fully 60 percent of the people who climb our steep stairs to ask, “So, what does the Department of Doing do, exactly?” are American.

We now have a visitors’ book and this comment would be typical: “Fascinated by name - had to come up!” Visitors sign themselves from Chesapeake Bay, San Diego and many other U.S. destinations.

We spend a lot of time talking to our American friends and they are all very charming. But could you throw some light on their overrepresentation as investigative stair-climbers? Is your nation more curious than others? Are Americans bolder, “not backward about coming forward,” as my mum would put it? Rest assured that tea, cake and a convivial chat will always be on order for our American guests.

A: [Stuart Elliott] This one I will open up to you, dear readers. Is the large percentage of American visitors attributable to a national sense of curiosity? A wanderlust that leads Americans to visit New Zealand in the first place? Is it that “can-do” Americans are attracted to a company with “Doing” in the name? If you have any thoughts, please send them by e-mail and I will share them. Thanks.

Nice to know I can score a free cup of tea should I ever visit suburban Aukland, New Zealand. And if anyone from Doing should happen to visit St. Petersburg, Florida, I’ll gladly reciprocate.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/08/2021 08:51pm
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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