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Wednesday, January 11, 2021

Debbon Ayer is the name of a B-list actress who has, to date, a limited filmography.

Maybe a name change would improve her lot. As it is, I’m willing to bet that “Debbon Ayer” is invented, meant to evoke “debonair”. Which, while not explicitly assigned to men, is certainly used pretty exclusively as a male trait. That could be why she doesn’t get more work: The name suggests a man on the other end of that callback number.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 07:40:45 PM
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When is America Online not so American? When it’s hawking itself in Britain, Brazil and other international markets. Then, it’s “AOL France” and “AOL Germany” and the like — but never the awkward-sounding “America Online Germany”.

Seem hopelessly provincial and xenophobic? Sure, but don’t kid yourself that it’s just the rest of the world. It’s not like most American consumers would pony up for Internet service if it was branded as Deutsch Telekom; maybe if it was called T-Mobile.

It’s with that in mind that Quaero is being developed on the other side of the Atlantic, as an attempt to hedge against the American-dominated online content, as delivered by Google and Yahoo!.

It’s a bumpy ride so far, as the work is fairly scattered. It’s also got a major impediment in terms of domain: Quaero.com currently belongs to a North Carolina marketing company.

Yeah, Americans will scoff from their present perch. We’ll see if that tune changes when more and more of the Web is taken up by Chinese and other exploding online populations.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 07:09:54 PM
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It looks like Gemstar’s decision to remake TV Guide from a digest to a celebrity-news-driven color glossy has worked out well. The company reports the redesigned magazine had an average circulation of 4.9 million in its first 11 weeks, 50 percent better than original estimates.

Bigger is better. I’m guessing the larger size helped TV Guide more easily slip into the stream of other infotainment tabloid fare.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 06:13:09 PM
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Rachel* is blog-reborn, as an Interbay Superstar. Because, y’know, neither Tampa nor St. Pete are grand enough turfs, individually, to contain her splendor.

She officially announced the move from her old blog to this one today. But some of us crashed the coming-out party early.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 05:33:23 PM
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Riddle me this, Phone-Man:

Why is it that when I’m stationary — at home or at a desk — my phone can go hours on end completely inert, never ringing or vibrating; but when I’m out and about, it pulls in 5 or 6 calls?

Compounding that: I usually have to let most of those calls go to voicemail. Meaning I have to call back, and the call-back time is typically not optimal for the other party — probably because they, too, are then in motion. So then they have to call me back, yet again.

The most vicious of circles. Just email me instead, okay?

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 05:13:34 PM
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