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Wednesday, January 31, 2021

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In their wildest dreams, the mooninite characters Ignignokt and Err from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” couldn’t imagine causing the level of panic that came about when circuit-board devices, imprinted with their images, were discovered strewn throughout Boston.

An arrest has been made, and I’d expect Time Warner — the ultimate corporate parent of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting and everyone else involved — will be getting a big fat fine when this is done.

And yet:

Turner Broadcasting put out a statement apologizing for the confusion. The statement said the “packages” have been in place for two-to-three weeks in 10 cities: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Austin, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Nice to see that terrorist elements — not to mention guerilla marketers — can count on a two-week headstart before Homeland Security springs into action.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/31/2007 11:32:39 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV, Comedy
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I apologize in advance for unleashing this infectious chunk of animation, featuring a “go”-anywhere weeble-wobble monkey, on you.

But anything in the name of fun. (Trust me, stick with it to the very end; the payoff is well worth it):

“I Am The Monkey” is a sampling from Weebl and Bob, a series of computer animated shorts featured on MTV. Since, at 35, I’m well beyond the legal age limit for watching MTV, I have YouTube to thank for exposing me to this little gem.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/31/2007 10:43:03 PM
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Having just given the Zune a backhanded swipe, a new listing of the last 10 shuffled tracks that poured out of my iPod somehow seems like an appropriate followup. Not sure why, since I could get the same results from a Zune set on random play (in the event that I ever get one, which is unlikely); but whatever.

Besides, it’s been a while since the last time, which translates to many-many spins of the 30-gig hard drive. And I like the minor editing process that comes from selecting that vaguely-ironic-yet-perfect lyrical clip to accompany each song. (That’s what I’m shooting for, anyway — results may vary.)

So, here we go. And no, “artic” is not misspelled in this instance:

1. “Good Times”, Chic - Clams on the half-shell, and rollerskates.

2. “Boy in the Window (Ursula 1000 Artic Chill Extended Remix)”, The Gentle People - He had the coolest of haircuts.

3. “Ice Cream (Van She Tech Remix)”, New Young Pony Club - Covering your nights and days.

4. “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (original)”, Cansei de Ser Sexy/CSS - You are so tentative, I’m in love.

5. “Take Me Out”, Franz Ferdinand - I know I will be leaving here.

6. “Jenny From the Block”, Jennifer Lopez - Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got.

7. “American Idiot”, Green Day - Everything isn’t meant to be okay.

8. “Surrender”, Cheap Trick - Every time I got to thinking, where’d they disappear?

9. “Nice Day (Wamdue People Remix)”, Persephone’s Bees - Happy to be alive.

10. “Brain Damage”, Austin Lounge Lizards - There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.

Y’know, looking over the above lyrics, it seems like you can almost construct a story from them. When read in order, from top to bottom, I’m discerning a schizophrenic narrative. Or maybe that’s just me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/31/2007 10:53:47 AM
Category: Pop Culture, Tech
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