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Tuesday, October 10, 2021

Be afraid, be very afraid. This year’s upcoming Black Friday is going to get a jumpstart, as mall operators are going to encourage their stores to open at the stroke of midnight in order to further feed the shopping frenzy.

Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst with NPD Group, a market research firm, thinks retailers are being smart by wanting to get consumers into their stores at midnight.

“No doubt, it’s a much better play to have consumers wandering in your store that early instead of waiting outside for a few hours until the store opens at 5 a.m. so that they’re first to grab the hot sales,” Cohen said. “The advantage of having people in your store is that you don’t lose those two to three hours of sales.”

That’s right: Time a’wasting in pre-dawn loitering can be better harnessed at the card-swipe machine! And they can earn points toward their post-holiday Shopaholics Anonymous sessions.

Working against this consumerist overdose is that Turkey Day-induced tryptophan nap. But I guess that’s what those Black Friday wakeup phonecalls are for.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/10/2021 11:20:41 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, Society
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Leave it to the New York Times to invoke Moe, Larry, and Curly when describing a Fall fashion line. From this week’s T: Style Magazine, Alix Browne’s “Cross Currents: Fashion Does Furniture” (which doesn’t appear to be online):

In the classic Three Stooges escapade “Slippery Silks” (1936), the bungling boys start out as carpenters and wind up couturiers; their Madame de France “dress-er” is part chest of drawers, part frock. But their nyuk-nyuk reasoning that furniture design is no different from fashion design may have been prescient. Hussein Chalayan’s fall line, for example, included coats and dresses with tufting and nailheads like a chesterfield sofa’s, while the Bertram Armchair, designed by David Grocott for Anthropologie, is upholstered in a patchwork of vintage men’s coats.

Incidentally, “Slippery Silks” is noteworthy for being the very first Stooges short to feature one of what would become their signature cream-pie-in-the-face fights. So by extension, we can look forward to future culinary reviews citing the old poke-in-the-eye routine.

UPDATE: Looks like someone unleashed a Three Stooges meme upon the Times’ fashion desk. In the very same issue of T: Style, S.S. Fair conjures up the trio in her “Samurai Sipper” column when describing the scourge of wine lifestyle labels.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/10/2021 10:46:53 PM
Category: Comedy, Fashion, Movies
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the dime
I hadn’t planned on posting one of these sure-fire post-fillers today. But it has been a while, and anyway, the back-to-back juxtaposition of Eric Clapton-Curtis Mayfield calls for it.

So, here’s the most recent random ten song sequence off my iPod, with my new addition of lyric excerpts from each song (which may or may not be pertinent). Roll ‘er out!

1. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, Michael Jackson - Just love me ’til you don’t know how.

2. “Cocaine”, Eric Clapton - You’ve got to take her out.

3. “Pusherman”, Curtis Mayfield - How long can a good thing last?

4. “Jive Talking”, Bee Gees - You’re telling me lies.

5. “Accidents Will Happen”, Elvis Costello - Your mind is made up, but your mouth is undone.

6. “Mixtress (Future Funk Squad Remix)”, DJ Baby Anne - Mixtress. (limited selection — that’s the only spoken word in said song)

7. “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”, Public Enemy - If I come out alive, then they won’t come clean.

8. “The Storm”, The Procussions - You gonna stand fast, or just keep running?

9. “The Tide is High”, Blondie - I’m gonna be your number one.

10. “How Much More”, The Go-Go’s - Girl tonight, girl tonight.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/10/2021 09:58:29 PM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod Random Tracks
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