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Thursday, September 21, 2021

Today, I was wearing a blue tie that has a blue-dotted pattern on it. I got a compliment on it, although the complimenter said that it gave her a slightly hypnotic sensation if she looked at it for more than a few seconds.

I was amused by this, not the least because I had been considering how little I cared for this tie, even though it was relatively new.

And then I thought: Hey, wouldn’t a hypnotism-inducing necktie be a most marketable product? Aside from the potential for malevolence, think of all those schmucks who’d buy up these ties in the belief that it would help them pick up chicks. It’d be like printing money!

Before I filed for a patent, I found that I had been beaten to the punch. Not in stores yet, but you know it’s only a matter of time.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/21/2006 11:48pm
Category: Comedy, Fashion
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buy this book!
Looks like Noam Chomsky owes the president of Venezuela a beer. The crustmaster-prime of the American Left has seen sales of his book, “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance”, skyrocket after Hugo Chavez used it as a visual prop during his now-infamous “Bush is the devil” United Nations speech yesterday.

As of this writing, “Hegemony” is No. 2 on Amazon‘s Best Sellers list — a jump of some 20,000 spots from its previous position.

I think Chavez has found his post-political vocation. Oprah and her Book Club, watch out!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/21/2006 11:26pm
Category: Political, Publishing
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Hmm. My traffic logs have been showing a steady stream of visits from someone(s) in Bryant Park all day long.

As it happens, I stopped off there this morning on the way to work, for a quick round of Web action (ideal layover, given the park’s wi-fi network and the generally languid setting).

I’m guessing this is no coincidence. Anyone dropping by here via Bryant want to leave a comment, to let me know who you are? Don’t be shy…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/21/2006 04:05pm
Category: Internet, New Yorkin', Wi-Fi
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Loose talk about the Los Angeles Times being sold off to local ownership by parent Tribune Co. has become so prevalent that, in my mind at least, it’s just about a forgone conclusion. That, despite the extreme unlikeliness of the media company devaluing itself thusly — by selling off its prime newspaper property — just as it’s rumored to be considering a move to go private, one option in its current internal boardroom strife.

If the nation’s fourth-largest paper does somehow break off from Tribune, it’s heartening to me to see one potential owner eyeing a familiar Florida newspaper as a new business model:

[Billionaire L.A. philanthropist Eli] Broad favors the model of The St. Petersburg Times, which is owned by a nonprofit journalism foundation, the Poynter Institute, and would like to see his philanthropic foundation team up with other local institutions to purchase the paper. “The paper needs to be locally owned,” he said.

Since that rag on 4th Street and 1st Avenue South in St. Pete happens to occupy a few lines on my resume, I’ll accept the (imagined, I know) associative compliment inherent in Broad’s citation. Speaking from experience, the Los Angeles paper (and Los Angeles itself) couldn’t ask for a better fate than to be reshaped into a St. Pete/Poynter-like operation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/21/2006 09:18am
Category: Business, Florida Livin', Publishing
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tick tick tick
Holy crap! I knew the visitor counter on this blog was approaching 500,000, but I didn’t think it would get there quite so soon. A healthy spike in traffic, starting this past weekend, juiced things up good.

At the current rate, the counter pictured above will hit that magic half-million mark in the next couple of hours. I wish I could ID the lucky visitor that hits the mark; unfortunately, all I can offer is an anonymous “thanks for playing”.

Not too shabby for something I started a few years ago on a lark. Guess I’ll hang on for the next half-mil.

UPDATE, 9/22/2006: As is apparent, the counter clicked past the milestone marker. And I was correct in my estimation: Visitor No. 500K came upon this site yesterday morning at around 10:30 EST. I just happened to be checking the logs, and so I saw him/her/it come through.

I had saved a screenshot of that particular visit log, and emailed it to myself for later use here. Unfortunately, Outlook ate the image, because it didn’t show up at my home email address. So no visual for commemoration. I don’t even remember now any details about that visitor entry; I want to say it was from Texas, but beyond that, no recollection. But to whoever it was, thanks anyway!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/21/2006 09:01am
Category: Bloggin'
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