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Wednesday, February 22, 2021

Google’s recent two-face corporate maneuver vis a vis Washington and Beijing came to mind when I read about Dresdner Bank and its self-commissioned study into its overenthusiastic collaboration with the Nazi regime, effectively serving as “Hitler’s bank”.

It has become almost a ritual for big German companies to finance detailed studies of their Nazi collaboration. Volkswagen, DaimlerChrysler, Siemens, and even menswear maker Hugo Boss have owned up to their histories. Part of the motivation may be genuine remorse, but companies also have learned that attempts to spin history can backfire.

Not to compare the Nazis and the Holocaust with what’s going on in today’s China. But one of the things Google apologists cite is the need for companies to obey the laws of the countries in which they operate. They do — business is business — but at what cost? Could China’s present-day business partners be called on the carpet one day for their complicity?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 09:40 PM
Category: Business, Political
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road to stardom
So Howard Stern gets a gazillion dollars to jump to Sirius, and the best his girlfriend Beth can do is a non-speaking, mannequin-like role in a commercial for Mastercard PayPass?

If that’s all Ms. Ostrosky can leverage out of being Stern’s arm-candy, then I think the inevitable breakup-o-meter is about to go “ding”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 09:07 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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That Disaronno “Pass the Pleasure Around” ad that’s been running for the past couple of years is too hot for Britain’s cinemas, as censors there yanked it for the too-sexually suggestive icecube play.

Actually, I’ve noticed that it’s a bit too hot for American television, too. Whenever I catch it on the tube these days, I notice that the ice-tonguing scene is snipped out, with a quick 180-cut to the bartender gawking in the girl’s direction. It’s not just during family time, either — the edit runs late-night too.

I wonder if sales of Disaronno on both sides of the Atlantic are tanking as a result…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:37 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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Yahoo! Buzz Log is trying to unravel the mystery behind Paul Walker’s movie appeal. Because, y’know, someone has to.

It’s no mystery, really. Walker is the classic mimbo. Just make sure he loses his shirt for at least half the movie and you can start printing the money (if not at the box office, then surely at the DVD rack).

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:18 PM
Category: Celebrity, Movies
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When I found out about Apple’s promotional gimmick over iTunes’ impending sale of its 1-billionth file, I estimated that the magic number would be reached earlier this week.

So imagine my surprise when I checked the countdown ticker this morning, and saw that No. 1,000,000,000 remained unsold. As of this writing, there’s still about 2.5 million sales to go.

I’m surprised. The point of making an event out of this was, naturally, to gain attention for iTunes and spur even more sales, as people presumably took their shots at winning one of the every-hundred-thousand-sales prizes. Such an uptick in sales should have pushed this over the top already. Are customers laying low, waiting to unleash a crush of orders at the very last minute (in which case, Apple’s servers would get a hell of a workout)? Or could Apple somehow be milking this?

I hesitate to make another guess, but it should be safe to assume that the billion mark will get hit in the next couple of days. I’ll have to think of a song or video to buy…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 09:12 AM
Category: Business, Pop Culture, Tech
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I thought sure I had jotted at least a couple of posts in this space about how lousy I feel when I’m sick. But amazingly, I could find only one, and it’s really not as whiney as I’d expect.

Maybe I did more of that on the old blog; I’m too drained to check. Or maybe the amount of grousing and complaining I do offline never makes it onto the Web — I guess I feel that blogging about being out of sorts and congested smacks of self-indulgence. Then again, I’m doing it now, so…

Anyway, I’m guzzling orange juice and popping Cold-Eeze zinc drops like there’s no tomorrow. As long as I haven’t unwittingly contracted that dreaded bird flu, I’m hoping this virus scrams by the end of the week.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:48 AM
Category: General
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Minutes ago, I reflexively flipped on the television. In the few seconds before the picture came up, the audio greeted me with this statement:

“I can’t sleep, and I have a rash on my toochis!”

Despite my not having those symptoms, I marvel at this instance of the media and the moment colliding in so satisfying a way.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:32 AM
Category: General
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