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Wednesday, June 21, 2021

Well, hell. I was really hoping to be the first to greet the news of Gemstar-TV Guide buying cult website Jump The Shark with that most obvious of quips: “Jump The Shark jumps the shark”. Perfect headline material.

But I was beaten to the punch, by Media Bistro and probably a dozen other blogs. So I’ll stew over that for several minutes.

I guess this demonstrates how much quantity is valued over quality when it comes to Internet meda outlets. I mean, Jump The Shark may have started out around a clever concept, but look at where it’s at now: Pages and pages of junky, message-board like crap where rabid “Friends” lovers and haters trade empty insults. Pretty much a dime a dozen, and far astray from the site’s purported mission.

It’s certainly got plenty of regulars, but does this add up to a worthwhile media property? I’m skeptical.

Naturally, Gemstar’s going to start loading up the site with plenty of ads and cross-promotions, to the point where purists will get turned off and move elsewhere.

But in the meantime, perhaps Media Bistro is onto something:

From the press release (read the full release at FishbowlNY): “Gemstar-TV Guide will develop and promote Jump the Shark across its multiple media platforms.” Right. So look for the Todd Phillips-directed Jump the Shark movie, starring Johnny Knoxville, Amy Smart, and the delightful animated “Sharky,” voiced by Bob Hoskins.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/21/2006 11:51:48 PM
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We’ve all heard about Thomas R. Robinson, the University of Miami associate professor of accounting who, improbably, was discovered to be a descendant of Genghis Khan.

Now for the biological buzzkill: Upon further review, Robinson turns out to not have the same Y-chromosome as the Mongolian marauder.

I assume the big Mongolian barbecue blowout in Coral Gables has been cancelled…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/21/2006 11:01:57 PM
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I just found out from my mom that one of my cousins in Greece has named her little girl Nepheli.

A great choice. Not only because it’s the name of a godling nymph from Greek mythology, but also because it boldly breaks the centuries-old pattern of naming every single female family member Maria, Sophia, Adrianna or some slight variation thereof. “Centuries-old” is a minor exaggeration, too; everyone’s got to honor the grandparents with the new kid, and so every generation of siblings and cousins have pretty much the same collection of names.

So it’s nice to see a new nametag in the gene pool. I wish more of my cousins on this side of the pond had followed suit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/21/2006 10:32:42 PM
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Once again, marking the countdown until I find myself in Tampa Bay, late tomorrow night.

Typically, the weather is turning borderline beautiful here in New York, just as I’m about to leave. It’d better be just as good in Florida.

I talked to me friend Schmu today, and tried to persuade him to make the trip down with his wife. As it happens, they’d already made plans to spend the weekend in Cape Cod, driving from their Washington DC home with their new dog in tow. Oh well.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/21/2006 02:31:25 PM
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