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Wednesday, February 01, 2021

can't sleep
Inspired by the faux feel-good treatment applied to a re-cut trailer for The Shining, syrupy-sweet Sleepless in Seattle gets warped into a horror movie vehicle.

Somehow, Meg Ryan as a disconcerting stalker… feels right. Yeah, I know that you know that.

Y’know, if Sleepless really had been made this way, I think it might have edged out Bachelor Party as Tom Hanks’ greatest film moment (in my eyes).

(Via adfreak)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/01/2021 10:41 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, Movies
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phone home
To my ear, Wintergreen comes off as just another garden-variety whiney pop band.

So it’s a good thing that video director Keith Shofield applied his retro-videogame-stylin’ technique to the video for the song “When I Wake Up”. Because without those interspersed screenshots of the notoriously bad “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” 2600/VCS game, I don’t think I’d be able to stand watching the entire clip.

Unfortunately, as inventive as the landfill-dig storyline is — thus fulfilling one of Generation X’s more esoteric urban legends — I’m afraid it’s rooted in fantasy. While Atari did, indeed, bury loads of unsold cartridges in the New Mexico desert, the steamroller-and-concrete treatment they gave the discarded merchandise puts an end to any prospects for recovery.

Incidentally, while “E.T.” was terrible, I’m not sure I’d tag it as “worst game ever”. Even back then, as a kid, I understood what was going on: It was an afterthought product, on a par with the stuffed toys and limited-edition Reeses Pieces that accompanied the movie’s marketing. I doubt anyone expected it to be anything but a piece of crap (although it probably exceeded even those expecations).

To me, the 2600 port of “Pac-Man” was a much, much bigger disappointment. And, to my recollection, the negative reception that crappy game got did a lot more to start Atari on its eventual decline (although not before some decent games were released for the 2600).

(Via Joystiq, by way of selsine tech)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/01/2021 06:30 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Videogames
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slow-rising
About a year ago, Donald Trump graced Tampa Bay with his Trump Tower Tampa condo project. The coming of The Donald and his real estate machinations brought hopes of high-roller cache for the Bay, which were foretold by a touch of national exposure over the announcement.

So, where’s that vision/eyesore (depending on your perspective) on the Channelside horizon? The land’s been cleared, but Trump’s tower has yet to start ascending skyward, allegedly owing to the mogul’s too-tight scheduling. At this rate, it’s possible the building won’t be ready to open until after 2008.

That the Tampa project isn’t on a fast-track sort of underlines how much Trump’s association with this, just another luxury high-rise among many in the area, is mostly just in name only. The only thing that makes this endeavour stand out is the brand identity that Trump lends it. That’s why it sold out as quickly as it did (to mostly local buyers, it should be noted). Now that the units have been pre-sold, there’s no particular pressure to start pouring the concrete. And despite the other condos being built in the area, there’s no comparable designer-label competition for the same kind of money. So it gets built whenever.

I hope it’s worth the wait for the prospective tenants. I wonder how their attitudes might be adjusted if, for whatever reason, Trump decides to remove his name from the project?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/01/2021 05:28 PM
Category: Business, Celebrity, Florida Livin'
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While perusing MAXIM’s 100 Things You Need to Know About Women, I was stopped cold nearly midway through:

60. Women often cite manhandling of breasts as the biggest foreplay faux pas.

Manhandling? Man? Key choice of wording there.

Should I start taking pointers in this area from lesbians?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/01/2021 04:54 PM
Category: Women
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Ever since Burger King was spun off from Diageo in 2002, the goal was to take the newly-independent company public. A few management shuffles and franchisee squabbles later, that plan is set, with the initial public offering set for several weeks from now.

The company’s eroding market share would seem to make an IPO an iffy proposition. But if anything, going public now might be the best way to counter that trend:

Restaurant industry consultant Allan Hickok said Burger King’s timing was right, considering the success last week of McDonald’s spin-off of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Its shares doubled on their first day of trading.

The restaurant business is a bear, and very much subject to consumer whims. And when so much of the operation is reliant on third-party franchisor agreements, it’s really a prickly pear. On the other hand, BK is a long-established company, and there’s enough adventure capital investing going on on the Street that plenty will snap up shares on little more than brand value and blind faith.

Since Miami-headquartered BK is a Florida company, this means the $9.276 billion-dollar outfit will shift from this list to this one. (I’m not sure if that will be this year or next; if I were still putting them together, I’d guess the deadlines would be too tight to crown BK a Florida Public Company during 2006.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/01/2021 04:37 PM
Category: Business, Florida Livin'
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