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Thursday, July 20, 2021

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At the risk of turning this blog into a complete Britney Spears obsess-a-thon, I present the limited-edition subscriber version of the aforementioned pregnant Harper’s Bazaar cover for August. Newsstand version is included here on top, for all us hoi-polloi who pick up their provocative women’s mags on the street.

Thanks go to Chaz at Dustbury.com, who not only provided the alternate cover image scan, but also bravely admitted to having a subscription to said mag. I rightly surmised that his high-class blog was no proper home for such smutty imagery; so I gladly volunteered to display it here. I couldn’t refuse — I’ve already set such the precedent bar so low, after all.

The alternate cover is actually in the mainstream issue, as the opening image in the issue’s photo spread. I can only guess that the subscriber edition has the “regular” cover picture as its intro to the photo spread.

I dunno about you, but I think I’m all Britneyed out. At least until the anticipated divorce announcement.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/20/2006 11:49:01 PM
Category: Celebrity, Publishing, Women
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Back in September, I related a television concept I was surveyed on:

It was a Western, based around a couple of cowpokes who were doing their thing in the territory between Oregon and Montana in the late 1800s. Along the way, they run into some bad guys who are smuggling a group of five or six Asian sisters, intending to sell them into prostitution. The cowpokes rescue the sisters, and wind up taking them along on their rustic adventures.

Part of the survey included a list of four proposed titles for this hypothetical series. I don’t remember what three of the title options were; but I sure remember the fourth one: “Daughters of Joy”.

Which, considering the traditional use of “joy” as a euphemism for female sexual procurement, brings to mind everything from the Nazi prostitution camps dubbed “joy divisions” to the British post-punk band Joy Division (re-christened New Order, just in case the irony of the first incarnation wasn’t obvious enough).

So, if this mediocre idea ever does make it to the small screen, I’m really hoping that it’ll get the title “Daughters of Joy”. If only to witness the minor firestorm when, inevitably, someone makes the connection.

It turns out that the show did make it to fruition, as the Robert Duvall-helmed miniseries “Broken Trail”. So my hopes are dashed. (I don’t recall if “Broken Trail” was one of the options in my survey; not compelling enough for me.)

Guess I’ll just have to cross my fingers on the next cowboy-meets-slave-trade epic to tinker with a “joy”-ful title.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/20/2006 11:21:18 PM
Category: Pop Culture, TV
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Tired of that iffy Google PageRank number mocking you and your meticulously-maintained and -updated webpages? Then give SEOmoz’ s Page Strength SEO Tool a spin.

Caveat: You’ll get different results with the inclusion or exclusion of that “www.” prefix. For instance, I get a 5 out of 10 for “www.populationstatistic.com”, resulting in these encouraging remarks from the app:

Your site is having an impact and may even be a leader in your field (depending on how big or small that field is). Keep on this path; it’s clear that the effort you’ve put in is producing results.

Not bad. Yet, removing that dub-dub-dub drops the rating down to 4, and spits back this diss:

Although not a considerable presence, your site/page is making inroads online. Visitor traffic and search engine visibility is within your grasp.

Internet stardom rests upon three superfluous letters and a dot. Who knew?

Seriously, this is just another approximation tool (like PageRank, Alexa, etc.), so don’t invest more into it than you should. But it’s interesting to look at for the combination of indicators it uses, including the linkdomain-specific Yahoo! search concentrator (which I wasn’t aware even existed).

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/20/2006 05:34:00 PM
Category: Internet
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