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Friday, December 23, 2021

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Ego-trippin’ time, y’all. This blog is in the running for Feedster’s Feed of the Year Award!

Not only that, but I already know that Population Statistic has made the Top 10. And I notice that the first blog on Alan Graham’s list — The Apple Blog — just happened to be counted-down as the No. 10 blog earlier today. Since my blog is at the bottom of that list… Nah, too obvious. But I can dream…

And I’ll be dreaming of a brand-new iPod, baby. A Top 3 finish nets an iPod Nano, and the grand-prize Feed of the Year winner gets the latest and greatest video-enabled iPod. Not bad! Hey, I’d have been happy with just the linkage and the button.

I was completely unaware of this until yesterday, when I got an email notifying me. Being named Feed of the Day on May 13th put me in the preliminary running; glad to see my false spam-tagging episode didn’t come back to haunt me ;)

I’m honored to be up for consideration. And yes, I’ll be checking Feedster’s blog regularly to see where I place; hopefully I’ll be checking it for several days!

UPDATE: So much for my crackpot theory. Lost Remote ticked up today at No. 9, and that’s a deviation from Graham’s list. So the final countdown is still a mystery.

The competition is stiff. I’m crossing my fingers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/23/2005 11:24:14 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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don't forget to pack a wife
Christ may be the reason for the season, but not in Cambodia, where the mostly Buddhist population is decking the halls with Santas, fir trees and the rest of the more secular expressions of the holiday.

How can I read about non-Christian Christmas festivities in Cambodia, and not be reminded of the Dead Kennedys classic, “Holiday In Cambodia”? It’s like a song come to glorious life. Er, sorta.

Then again, given the Christmas theme, perhaps the Richard Cheese cover of that song is the more proper reference. It’s tough, kid, but it’s life.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/23/2005 09:56:27 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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What a way to spend a Friday night: Wrapping Christmas presents. Unfortunately, even though this cold I’ve got is subsiding, it’s still taken enough out of me today to keep me at home tonight. At least there’s a slew of hockey games on tonight…

Besides, it was obviously now or never, or near enough, as far as finally getting those gifts wrapped. I’d finished buying them, and the wrapping material, days ago; they were getting to be a pending chore, mainly because I’m not particularly adept at giftwrapping, and so I was avoiding it.

Funny thing is, I managed to do it without a hitch. No mis-cut paper, no awkward taping, nothing. It was a breeze. Maybe I should catch a cold every year around giftwrapping time.

Still, if I had my preference, I’d be spraying on the wrap.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/23/2005 09:23:37 PM
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A few days ago, I was in a Publix, looking for something different to eat for lunch. Even though I’m not much of a salad eater, I cruised through that aisle; figured maybe a chicken Caesar might be good.

I found a small Waldorf Salad. And I thought: “What kind of a supermarket makes pre-packaged Waldorf Salads?”

I was so thrown by this discovery that I bought it. I didn’t have it for lunch that day; I actually took it home and had it a couple of nights later. Not bad; it was missing the celery, but the poppyseed dressing I used on it compensated.

Still, I wondered: What would make the grocery store people think that the fairly obscure Waldorf would be worthy of coveted shelf space? I shop at that Publix regularly, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that item there before.

Then, it came to me. A few weeks back, one of the local PBS stations aired the old “Waldorf Salad” episode of “Fawlty Towers”. Viola! One of Publix’s saladmakers must have seen that same rerun, and gotten inspired. Having the ugly American bark out the ingredients to John Cleese must have helped.

Who knew an old Britcom could influence what you eat?

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/23/2005 10:08:53 AM
Category: Food, TV
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