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Monday, April 17, 2021

I could make any number of innocence-lost jokes about the seizure of cocaine and marijuana from an apartment on Sesame Street, in the Sullivan County backwater of Wurtsboro. Like: Just who was asking, “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street“?

But I’ll leave Grover, Big Bird and the rest of the Children’s Television Workshop crew out of this.

Except Elmo. I’ll gladly link his name to this sorry affair. It’s unjustified, but so was that whole Tickle-Me-Elmo mania.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/17/2006 11:34:19 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture, True Crime
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Living up to its own raison d’etre, the recent extortion scandal that’s embroiled the New York Post’s Page Six has garnered the gossip column more buzz than it’s ever been able to generate on its own merits.

It must be true: There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

The latest study of the Big Apple’s favorite dirt-disher is its role as a biz buzz channel, with key sectors dependent upon Page Six exposure for their business’ success.

Page Six certainly can’t move markets or knock Wall Street for a loop. But in those New York industries where buzz matters — hotels, media, fashion, real estate — the right blurb can have a more profound impact than any number of deeply reported articles in more sober newspapers.

Which hotel is on the rise and which downtown restaurant is now passé? Is the new condo development on the West Side an A-list address? Has that heat-generating magazine editor begun to cool? Page Six is the first postmodern gossip column, combining the frivolous and the portentous to become a blunt force in the business narrative of the city.

Again, it doesn’t matter so much what they’re saying about you — so long as they’re talking.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/17/2006 11:03:43 PM
Category: Business, New Yorkin', Publishing
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This past weekend, I reposted my resume on Craigslist’s board. Standard operating procedure — I’m not actively looking at the moment, but it’s worth keeping the hook in the water.

I got a few responses right away. But get this: They were all spam. Not just generic email or blogcomment spam, but variants on the Nigerian “business opportunity” scams, with their crude money-laundering pitches.

I’m somewhat surprised that Craigslist’s jobs section is being mined by spammers, but at the same time, even more surprised why it hasn’t been targeted before. It represents an audience that’s presumably extra-susceptible to unconventional moneymaking opportunities. If someone’s trying to pay the rent and not getting many legitimate offers, the idea of serving as a business broker for some overseas agent starts to sound halfway plausible.

This stresses the importance of using Craigslist’s anonymous email addresses; if spammers are scraping addresses off the site, better those than your actual permanent ones.

Longer term, is this something that could eventually sink the ease-of-use aspect of Craigslist? Why bother posting your resume there if it attracts more garbage than actual job prospects?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/17/2006 06:17:19 PM
Category: Internet
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Last week’s Guess That Song lyric game was well-received, so let’s give it another spin!

Same deal as before: I provide snippets from five songs (most likely pop songs past and present), you guess the artist and title for any or all (no Googling, please). You get your name and a linkback next to each correct answer, right in this post, forevermore.

So let’s get to it:

1. The voice of reason is one I left so far behind.

2. Elvis Costello, “Brilliant Mistake” [Helen]
Her perfume was unspeakable, it lingered in the air.

3. Beastie Boys, “Egg Man” [Joel]
Saw the convertible driving by, loaded up the slingshot, let one fly.

4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Pocahontas” [Joel]
The taxis run across my feet and my eyes have turned to blanks.

5. This is the game that moves as you play.

Game on!

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/17/2006 08:34:55 AM
Category: Pop Culture, Question Time!
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