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Saturday, November 26, 2021

If you can play water polo without the horses, then I guess it stands to reason that you can play underwater hockey without the ice:

Teams consist of six players in the pool at one time — three forwards, three defensive backs. There is no goalie to protect the 10-foot-wide goal. A coated lead puck is passed and shot with foot-long wooden sticks held in gloved hands. Unlike hockey, physical contact is frowned upon. There are two 15-minute halves.

Players wear snorkels, fins, diving masks and protective water polo caps. Like hockey, it’s important to learn how to pass and control the puck. Unlike hockey, taking a breath figures into the game.

“When you run out of air, you know it,” said Anthony Hemingway, a junior on Roger Bacon’s team. “You get the gagging feeling. But when you’re close to the goal, you’re like, ‘Do I want to score a goal or breathe?’ Most of the time I say, ‘Score.’”

No goalies? No kick-saves that are beauties? I’m not sure I can condone this as a form of hockey. Maybe they should go back to the former name for this exercise: “Octopush”.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/26/2005 05:53:23 PM
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When I saw the new commercial for the Ford Explorer SUV on Thanksgiving, featuring Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” as its soundtrack, I thought it was kind of smooth and cool.

There are dissenting opinions on that, though.

What was extra slick about the marketing is that both teams ATLANTA and DETROIT are some of your largest black consumer bases so the whole “return of the mack marketing scheme” is a no fucking brainer. You know if yo ass is gonna be condescending at least do that shit with some got damn style, hey YT you slippin on yo pimpin.

I can see the meeting now:

We need an ad targeting the black demo, ok Becky what do you have?

We can have a black man in a suit, no tie, but a suit, the sophisticated how do they call it… Baller!

Excellent Becky, Johnathan what about you.

We could televise it during the nigger bowl! Work the percentages, the more niggers we hit the better. You know a lot o niggers are going to be watching this one.

Johnathan thats pure genius!

I think if that Explorer was really a Ballermobile, it’d have had gold rims and a boomin’ sound system…

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/26/2005 05:23:01 PM
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From “In The Groove”, a NASCAR-licensed Harlequin romance novel set to be released during January’s Daytona 500:

Tires cried out in protest, their screech loud and long. Sarah looked left just in time to see the front end of a silver car coming toward her. She leapt. The car kept coming. She went airborne, then landed, rolling up the hood of a car.

It took a moment to realize she’d come to a stop.

She opened her eyes. Her head - still attached to her body, miraculously enough - had come to rest against something hard and cool. A windshield, she realized. Her cheek and the front of her body pressed against the glass.

Oh, great.

She was now a human bug. How appropriate.

Lance Cooper saw cleavage - that was it - a large valley of flesh where moments before there had only been open road.

What the - ?

The above excerpt from the St. Pete Times says that “In The Groove” was going to be the first title to be produced as part of the NASCAR-Harlequin partnership. However, a glide through Harlequin’s library yielded already-published “Dangerous Curves”, written by Pamela Britton — who’s also writing “Groove”. The starting flag has already dropped, apparently.

And I thought last year’s NASCAR Ballet represented a loss of focus for stock-car racing…

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/26/2005 05:02:46 PM
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It’s a bit early to tell for sure, but it appears Black Friday delivered the throngs of shoppers it usually does.

The “two” to the modern-day one-two punch in holiday retailing comes in a couple of days, though. “Cyber Monday” is when people get back to work and, naturally, take advantage of their faster computers and Web conections to shop online.

I’m a little surprised that the from-work option is still so pronounced. Five years ago, when dialup was still the prevalent method of online access from home, it was to be expected that people reserved certain Web activity for the broadband connections available in the office. But today, when DSL and cable modems are more widespread? I’m always mindful (unlike others) that home broadband is far from universal, but still. Add to that the increasing computer surveillance that companies are installing to curb cyberslacking, and it’s hard to believe it’s still a big factor (then again, most people aren’t bright enough to know they’re getting themselves in hot water).

All this underlines a distinct usage trend:

Even though these are the top shopping sites, consumers may not necessarily be shopping there. That’s the same case with search engines. Just because search queries go up doesn’t necessarily mean people are searching to shop. But it is a logical assumption to make.

In most cases, people searching online these days are searching for commercial reasons.

Even Answers.com, a search and directory service that typically is associated with dictionary or factual searches, and not necessarily searches on the best cameras, is seeing more commercial-related searches.

Of the 2 million daily search queries, the percentage of commercial-related ones is rising, said CEO Bob Rosenschein, in a recent interview.

I think commercial searches come to the fore more during this time of year. It’s certainly a big part of everyday use year-round, but just like the rest of the retail industry, holidays bring a healthy rise.

Personally, I’ll be paying attention to the traffic here on Monday. This is far from a shopping site, or even a search engine; but given all the hits that Google sends this way, I have a feeling that I’ll see a good amount of incidental visits. If Answers.com can get the overflow, I’m sure I’ll see some small slice.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/26/2005 10:26:30 AM
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