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Wednesday, October 04, 2021

de-fanged
Jill Wagner fans will have to go back to an irregular television schedule to catch glimpses of their dreamgirl, because her regular Spike TV gig is no more. “Blade: The Series” will not return for a second season, low ratings being the culprit.

Personally, I blame Sticky.

Actually, I don’t blame anyone. I never watched the show myself, except for the pilot episode, and only because of the novelty of getting it as a freebie through iTunes. As appealing as this blog’s favorite starlet is, she wasn’t enough to get me to tune in to that mess every week.

Oh well. There’s still those signature Mercury commercials. I looked for an updated photo from the latest batch of those; I figured that black outfit she wears in one of them would be appropriately funereal for this post. Couldn’t find one, though, so had to go with the old blue-sweater look.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/04/2021 10:51:22 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV, Women
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she don't lieHmm. Eric Clapton, out of nowhere, has lifted his self-moratorium on his classic song “Cocaine”.

Why? He says it doesn’t glorify the white stuff as much as he thought:

“But further investigation proved… the song, if anything, if it’s not even ambivalent, it’s an anti-drug song. And so I thought that might be a better way to do it, to approach it from a more positive point of view. And carry on performing it as not a pro-drug song, but just as a reality check about what it does.”

Call my cynical, but this comes on the heels of the release, and resultant brouhaha, over a non-narcotic energy drink called Cocaine. And I’m not the only one who made the musical connection.

My spidey-sense tells me there’s got to be a connection. Could Clapton be taking money under the table from Redux Beverages, the drink’s manufacturer? It’s an obvious tie-in, and the perfect viral marketing setup. I can even see lyrics from the song being co-opted for a tagline: “When your day is done and you wanna run”… Sounds like a caffeine-laced endorsement to me!

Or maybe cocaine, and the idea of it, is just a sure-fire buzzword in the news. Better to vicariously talk/sing about it than to actually snort it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/04/2021 09:47:13 PM
Category: Celebrity, Food, Pop Culture
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Did the spam filters at Yahoo! go on vacation? Over the past two days, I’ve had 15 spams slide right into my Inbox. And they were blatantly obvious junk mails, seemingly easy marks for any reasonable filter to intercept.

Fifteen false-positives may not sound like much, but it’s a lot more than usual. Most days, maybe a single spam will get past the goalie. It doesn’t appear as though the volume of incoming spam has increased — the Bulk folder is still filling up to its usual daily total of poison email. It’s just disheartening to log into the mailbox, see 7 new messages, and have all of them turn out to be crap.

I am running Yahoo! Mail Beta, the AJAXed-up revamp of the mail client’s interface. The beta testing may extend to the spam-fighting infrastructure. If so, they’d better fine-tune it quick; the new look and feel isn’t doing much for me, and if it comes with a flooding of spams, then I’d just as soon switch back.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/04/2021 08:50:31 PM
Category: Internet
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