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Monday, September 11, 2021

by the minutes
Props go to the New York Daily News for what’s hands-down the most strikingly effective cover image to commemorate today’s fifth anniversary of 9/11.

The timestamps from that morning say it all: First tower hit at 8:46, the second one at 9:03. Numbers in white, set against a stark black background. And a simple but firm motto above: “Remember”.

All day today, this cover continually caught my eye — which, for me and I think most others here, was an appropriate enough silent tribute. I can’t see how this cover wouldn’t win a bushel of design awards.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/11/2021 09:16pm
Category: History, New Yorkin', Publishing
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scissor sister
Call it a case of unfortunate embedded mental imagery.

When most people view the television commercial for Discover Card’s “What If” campaign, they see little walking scissors, rendered cutesy by whimsical background music and images of toddlers “feeding” them credit cards to cut up.

Me? The sight of ankle-high animated blades brings to mind those creepy little Zuni dolls from my childhood movie watching.

So no, I don’t believe I’ll be signing up for a Discover Card anytime soon.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/11/2021 08:47pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Movies
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four more years
The maintenance crew at Ed Sullivan Theater can keep the A/C fully cranked for a few more years. David Letterman is reportedly close to signing a four-year contract extension that will keep him at CBS through the 2009-2010 season.

Maybe Letterman can start putting more effort into the laugh machine as a result? I still like the show an awful lot, and think Letterman is as sharp and caustic as he ever has been. But the show itself is pretty uneven, and despite recent signs of reinvigoration, is probably in need of a creative overhaul. Perhaps the renewed commitment from the network serves as a green light for a housecleaning.

The extension means two things:

1. Letterman will outlast his nemesis Jay Leno, who’s already slated to check out from “The Tonight Show” by 2009, making way for Conan O’Brien to move up to 11:30.

2. My window of opportunity for scoring tickets to “The Late Show” just opened up a few inches more. Since my efforts toward that have been utterly unsuccessful so far, I’ll take any help I can get.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/11/2021 08:17am
Category: Business, Celebrity, TV
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Yesterday was a pretty active day of posting on this blog.

Why? Could it be the first NFL Sunday of this 2006 season juiced up my blogging mojo? Only one of the six posts were about the pigskin. The rest were as scattershot as my usual offerings.

I suppose something about confining myself indoors for most of the day and hypnotizing myself with the boob tube triggered extra typing from my fingers. Which makes me a weirdo, because I suspect most football zombies would just zone out all day and absorb the games. Me, I seek out extracurricular electronic stimulation, with one eye on the monitor while the other tracks every-down action.

I used to knock out 4-6 daily posts with regularity, but I’ve slowed down to an average of 2-3 of late. Maybe I was missing the fuel that is televised sports (since I find baseball to be a yawn, summertime is fairly sports-agnostic for me). If so, I can’t wait until hockey season starts next month!

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/11/2021 08:06am
Category: Bloggin', Football
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