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Thursday, September 28, 2021

The American importation of the telenovela was relayed nearly a year ago.

And while the new ABC series “Ugly Betty” isn’t being explicitly marketed as a translation of “Yo soy Betty, la fea”, the soapy template is transparent enough. All the gushing reviews indicate that the homely-girl-makes-good schtick will play big, keeping this syrupy-sweet concotion on the air for the next several years.

Just to ensure plenty of viewers, the network unleashed legions of Betty clones on the streets of New York this morning, all wearing the star’s signature frumpy glasses, black hair, and “Guadalajara”-emblazoned poncho.

It didn’t work on me, even though I walked headlong into one of these viral marketing mobs on 57th Street. But while I missed out on the premiere episode, I did come away with a little square compact mirror that the Betties were handing out. It’s pink and stamped with the show’s title — not exactly a useful item for this guy. Heck, it’s even too small to be a decent coke mirror… Not that I’d know anything about that, of course.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/28/2006 11:50pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., New Yorkin', TV
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Following in the footsteps of Dell’s acquisition of Alienware, Hewlett-Packard is nabbing Voodoo PC, the other notable niche manufacturer in the high-end gaming computer sector.

I think the jokes about conjuring up corporate black magic, in light of HP’s unfolding boardroom espionage criminal investigation, are all too apparent.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/28/2006 11:11pm
Category: Business, True Crime, Videogames
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By no means is it a stretch to say that the main reason I still pick up the Daily News is to get an early-morning offline jolt of “Get Fuzzy”.

And every so often, a strip will come along, like today’s, that causes an audible chuckle to escape my pre-caffeinated groggy carcass. When that happens, I just have to snag the online version and post the pertinent excerpt here, for posterity (or near enough):

Rob: “Otis”? Bucky, your family is from Massachusetts!

Bucky: Blast! I’m a filthy communist!!!

Self-realization comes harshly sometimes, but come it must. Even for a warped talking cat.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/28/2006 10:52pm
Category: Comedy
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