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Monday, May 22, 2021

It’s not over yet, but for now, the proposal to institute the “.xxx” top-level Web domain for pornography sites has been shot down.

My humble suggestion for the triple-x proponents: Build upon an established domain, thus giving your argument a traditionalist foundation.

How? Easy: Take the long-standing “.org”, add a “y”, and voila! You’ve got “.orgy“, baby. Let the games begin.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/22/2006 11:47:27 PM
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Who’s crazy enough to invest more and more money into the newspaper business in this, the Internet Age? MediaNews Group’s chief Dean Singleton, that’s who. With the purchase of four former Knight Ridder major-market dailies, Singleton is progressing on his efforts to remake both the newspaper business and his onetime-cutthroat reputation within it.

But he might just be jinxing himself with his fervor over one of the KR carrion:

Indeed, Mr. Singleton intends to make a showcase of The San Jose Mercury News, in the heart of Silicon Valley, as a kind of laboratory for how to meld print with the Web. He is so excited about the prospects that he plans to buy a home in the Bay Area, while keeping his primary residence in Denver.

Moving to the San Jose area, you say? Formerly Miami-headquartered Knight Ridder corporate did just that in 1998, at the height of the dot-com boom. And look at how that turned out.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/22/2006 11:39:39 PM
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Thinking about adding Text Link Ads to your site/blog? The new Text Link Ads Link Worth Calculator will give you an idea (rough as it may be) of the kind of scratch you can make.

Since I just boosted this blog’s advertising space a couple of days ago, I’m quite attuned to alternate ad opportunities. And I’ve been eyeing Text Link Ads for a while. It’s appealing because its non-contextual nature means it can co-exist with Google AdSense, so I wouldn’t have to trade my existing assured revenue for a shot in the dark.

Still, there’s something about TLA that’s off-putting. It could be as superficial as the amateurish-looking website; I realize looks shouldn’t matter, but it doesn’t instill much confidence in me. That’s counterbalanced by the increasing proliferation of the ads across the Internet.

Plus, there’s the issue of where to place any new ad banner(s). This template wasn’t really designed with ads in mind; the only place left is in the left sidebar, and well below the fold, to boot. Combine that with the fairly low link worth the Calculator computed for this blog, and it seems like I’d be handicapping the ad performance from the get-go. Not sure it’d be worth it.

But this gives me something to chew on — which, no doubt, is the main purpose of this Calculator widget. It’s a soft-sell tool for snagging new TLA publishers, and I might eventually be one of them.

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/22/2006 11:14:42 PM
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Well, color me stupid.

Rather than trade Brad Richards, as I suspected they’d do at some point, the Tampa Bay Lightning today re-signed their top playmaking center for 5 years at $39 million.

It’s a great move for the Bolts, as Richards has been arguably their best player for the last three years. But was it the right move?

I see the Richards signing as just Part One of the story. Part Two is: Who’s getting shipped out of town?

The math remains the same: With this new deal, Tampa Bay has committed some $20-21 million next year to three forwards: Richards, Vinny Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis. And don’t forget about their teammates: Including those three, some $34 million is committed to 13 players for next year (including the retired Dave Andreychuk). Last year’s $39-million team salary cap is expected to rise, but only slightly, to the $40-42 million range.

So that leaves, at most, $8 million to re-sign the likes of Pavel Kubina, Cory Sarich, and Ruslan Fedotenko. And, oh by the way — a goalie, as there’s no way John Grahame will be brought back. Eight mil just isn’t going to do all that.

Without at least one trade to clear cap room, the Bolts team for 2006-07 will have the same deficiencies as this season’s. Perhaps worse, without Kubina and/or Sarich; the organization isn’t exactly brimming with defensive farmhands (as evidenced by last year’s Timo Helbling experiment, before then-rookie Paul Ranger settled in). Handing over goaltending to prospect Gerald Coleman would be disastrous; if GM Jay Feaster is crossing his fingers on unrestricted free-agent goalie musical chairs bringing a stud to the St. Pete Times Forum, it’s a questionable roll of the dice.

The obvious trade bait is St. Louis, with the remainder of his 6-year, $31.5 million contract. The former league scoring leader was rumored to have been offered to the Blackhawks at this year’s trade deadline for Nik Khabibulin, so presumably Lightning brass already have him in play. But again, who would have a fit for the diminutive right wing? And can the Lightning fulfill a need in return, i.e. a starting goalie? (Anaheim comes to mind as a possibility, just because of the sudden expendibility of J.S. Giguere…)

Fredrik Modin also looks like a candidate for relocation. The cap savings wouldn’t be major, but his contract is up after the 2006-07 season, and with so much tied up in the Big Three, it’ll be pretty near impossible to retain him. He’d be much easier to move than St. Louis, and the emergence of Ryan Craig this past season means the Lightning won’t take an offensive hit.

In any case, it’ll be an eyebrow-raising offseason for the Bolts.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/22/2006 10:28:53 PM
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