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Thursday, August 25, 2021

I had forgotten about the controversy caused by Bow Wow Wow over its Manet tribute album cover, some twenty(!) years ago.

Actually, I’m not sure I’d forgotten about it, as much as just feeling its residual effects. I remember a big deal being made over lead singer Annabella Lwin being so young (15 during the band’s brief heyday), but I don’t think I recall this specific uproar.

Anyway, judge for yourself:
the original

And a bonus trivial tidbit: I found out that my alma mater hosted a Bow Wow Wow concert back in the early ’80s (good luck confirming that; even yearbook records for Eckerd College from that period tend to be sketchy).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 11:10pm
Category: College Years, Pop Culture
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Wal-Mart‘s bread-and-butter has been its appeal to the everyman/woman. So it’s odd that the retail giant should direct major marketing resources toward unconventional outlets. Like:

- Vogue magazine

- An exclusive distribution deal with Garth Brooks

- Destiny’s Child as the centerpiece for a holiday ad campaign

Frankly, I don’t see Wal-Mart embarking on any of this if it wasn’t for rival Target finding success in delving into the higher-end market. Normally, there’s a danger in alienating the traditional customer base. But in the case of the big-box retailer, I doubt there’ll be any negative effect. That’s not to say this push will be successful — I just can’t see the Vogue crowd embracing Wal-Mart for their fashion needs, even for the fill-in stuff.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 10:32pm
Category: Business, Fashion, Women
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Libraries are lending out time-sensitive encrypted digital audiobook files to patrons, in a bid to become a public service in the post-paper world.

A patron with a valid library card visits a library Web site to borrow a title for, say, three weeks. When the audiobook is due, the patron must renew it or find it automatically “returned” in a virtual sense: The file still sits on the patron’s computer, but encryption makes it unplayable beyond the borrowing period.

“The patron doesn’t have to do anything after the lending period,” said Steve Potash, chief executive of OverDrive. “The file expires. It checks itself back into the collection. There’s no parts to lose. It’s never damaged. It can never be late.”

It’s a neat idea. Too bad they have to use Windows-configured file formats, which shuts out iPods. But in response, here’s an innovate idea from one West Coast library:

One California library shunned the download services completely, largely because of iPod’s popularity. Instead, Newport Beach Public Library bought 15 iPod Shuffles and loaded them up with audiobooks from iTunes to loan out. Patrons are liable for any loss or damage, though librarian Genesis Hansen said there’s been no problems so far.

I’m amazed those iPods haven’t been swiped. I’d imagine they’re requiring a credit card on file, so that if the Shuffle does go missing, it gets charged right away; that might be keeping people honest.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 10:08pm
Category: Publishing, Tech, iPod
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Feeling out of sorts? Perhaps your bodily humors need balancing out. Good news: The medical use of leeches and maggots is under FDA review, with a good chance of them being approved.

With all due respect to the microsurgeons who’ve researched and vouched for this: If my doctor were ever to prescribe a dose of leeches for whatever’s ailing me, I have to say I’d be out the door and looking for a second opinion. Like quick.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 09:36pm
Category: Science
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I don’t know why this never registered with me before… Take note of the opening line from Nelly’s “E.I.”:

I’ma sucka for corn rows and manicured toes

I’d characterize myself as a long way from being impeccably well-groomed, and even further from being an expert on women. But even I know that toes don’t get manicured — they get pedicured.

Nelly can take solace in knowing that he’s far from alone with his misconception. And this particular boner puts him in some good company, lyric-wise.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 08:52pm
Category: Pop Culture
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three letters
It was touching and considerate of the crew at ALLTEL Stadium to have a moment of recognition tonight for Thomas Herrion, the San Francisco 49er offensive lineman who died after a preseason game last weekend. I’m sure that the fans at the Falcons-Jaguars game appreciated it.

It’s just unfortunate that they spelled Herrion’s name wrong on the stadium’s big board: “Thomas Herion”.

It is the thought that counts, ultimately. Still, if I’m in Jags management, I’d be chewing someone out right now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/25/2005 08:33pm
Category: Football
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