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Saturday, February 11, 2021

“Groovy” and “hip” have come and gone, but for whatever reason, “cool” has persisted as a time-resistant slang term for decades.

[Syracuse pop culture professor Robert] Thompson says there is no reason to believe that cool will ever go the way of linguistic dinosaurs like “bad” (meaning good), or “chill” (meaning cool off) or “groovy,” which sounds so “Brady Bunch.”

“Cool is already firmly ensconced in several generations,” he says. “It’s got street cred. And it had street cred before we even used the word ’street cred.’”

Of course, now that it’s been acknowledged thusly, you can expect to see it fade out any day now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/11/2021 01:03 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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A couple of “bridges to nowhere” and a never-ending bid to plunder the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — not to mention the Permanent Fund Dividend — lately have conspired to give Alaska something of a black eye, PR-wise.

So Governor Frank Murkowski is hiring Allyn & Co. to rehabilitate the 49th State’s image (and by the way, persuade public opinion that’s it’s okay to start drilling in the ANWR).

Instead of having Allyn devise a propaganda campaign, the Guv should just take a big chunk of that oil money and start up a television production company. Audiences are currently in love with cop shows, and “Hawaii Five-O” did wonders for Alaska’s sister state. Maybe “CSI: Anchorage”!

Or stick with a retro “four-nine” idea. If it has a cool theme song, I might just use it as my ringtone.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/11/2021 12:39 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Politics
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NBC’s Torino Tracker blog muses on the single-athlete Olympics representations:

This year, there are one-man contingents from Albania, Bermuda, Cyprus, Ethiopa, Virgin Islands, Kenya, Madagascar, Portugal and San Marino (Dan Marino if you’re typing quickly). The cynic in me wonders if the Olympic Committees in these nations coerced an athlete into participating so they could take a paid vacation to Italy for three weeks.

Taking an international junket on, literally, someone else’s sweat? Not so far-fetched, really.

And I wonder if San Marino did tap Dan Marino to be its Winter Games rep… Would the throngs of Sammarinese heartily cheer, “LACES OUT, DAN!” at whatever event the ex-Dolphin competed in?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/11/2021 10:44 AM
Category: Other Sports
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I caught a bit of the Torino Games Opening Ceremony last night, including the first half of the Parade of Nations.

What was with the choice of American disco songs for the athletes’ march? They seemingly played all the standards: Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, even pre-”Thriller” Michael Jackson. I love disco, but it seemed an odd choice for the occasion. Was this the 2006 Olympics, or the 1976 Games?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/11/2021 09:43 AM
Category: Other Sports, Pop Culture
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