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Monday, February 05, 2021

Know what I love about New York?

It’s not that you have to overpay for the privilege of eating at the hoitiest of the toitiest restaurants. It’s that you have to pay $35 to a table scalper just to get your spot at the trough (at a reasonable dining hour).

[Pascal] Riffaud is somewhat secretive about how he builds his stock of reservations, which varies from day to day. (He often makes the reservation under a false name, then later changes it to a member’s name. For reservations made through PrimeTime Tables at Babbo, however, diners must use the name under which Mr. Riffaud booked the table.) Most reservations, he said, are acquired through persistence and by knowing how and when to call. In some cases, he said, he can secure tables through his longstanding relationships with several restaurants, some of which he cultivated over the past 12 years while running another business, Personal Concierge International. Before that, he was a concierge at the St. Regis Hotel in New York and the Ritz in Paris.

I wonder if this guy could get me in for a plate of that $55 macaroni and cheese.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/05/2021 11:46:41 PM
Category: Food, New Yorkin'
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If you think about it, the Internet is nothing but a World Wide Meatmarket.

OK, don’t think about that.

But in 2007, there’s no longer (much) stigma in admitting you met your main squeeze via online means. And according to Mark Brooks at Online Personals Watch, the path to digitally-delivered romance will get easier by year’s end.

Here are his predictions for ‘07:

1. The Internet Dating market will stratify further with the introduction of new high end services and hybrid sites offering mostly free services. e.g. Match.com’s VIP service and LTR.com

2. Social Networks will continue to niche out. e.g.
ActiveRain, A Small World, Grono.net, iWiW.net, MyChurch.org, Rate.ee, WAYN, Zaadz

3. A free eHarmony will emerge

4. Mobile dating will pick up after the launch of the iPhone and N95

5. A new social networking site will steal some of Facebook’s thunder and focus purely on the student market

6. Two more top 10 dating properties will offer optional background checks

7. Match will pioneer high-end matchmaking

8. Dating and social networking services will do voice, properly

9. PlentyofFish will rise to a top 5 dating site rank in the UK and USA

The gist of this: Free, free and free, mostly. With some high-end optionals to stave off the shady types.

A recent TV ad for Match.com sorta hinted at video being integrated into its profiles. I don’t know how true that is; I can’t find evidence of it on their site. But it seems to me that such an advancement would do a lot to cut down on the iffyness in online dating, because it’s harder to falsify a video than a photo (said video would have to require the person providing specific information, instead of random presentation). It wouldn’t be cheap, but that’s what premium offerings are for.

As for me? I haven’t dipped into the cyber-scene yet. There are enough offline women around here, for now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/05/2021 11:26:06 PM
Category: Internet, Society
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So, is anyone else hoping thinking that the forthcoming Reno 911!: Miami — a bigscreen adaptation of the television show — is earmarked for box-office disaster?

True, I think the show reeks with a vengeance, and so I’d be pretty happy to see the theater edition bomb away. But I have a couple of other reasons for predicting it as a no-win:

1. The same dynamic that sank Snakes on a Plane:

Why pay for something that’s freely available from the comfort of home? In a way, Snakes‘ shortfall reminds me of the unexpected flop of The Real Cancun three years ago; the assumption that reality TV audiences would cough up for a slightly more risque edition of the usual crap didn’t hold up. The same has now held true for bits of Internet-disseminated whimsy, which is essentially what Snakes became online.

Reno is neither reality show nor Web-originated content, but it is viewable just about any time one wants, on either its Comedy Central home or on the Internet. Does this theatrical release look compelling enough to sell tickets, even to dedicated fans? Doubtful.

2. The show’s title: “Reno: 911!”. That would be Reno, Nevada. The show’s setting is an integral part of the concept.

And yet, the movie version negates that basic premise by putting the characters in Miami. Thus resulting in an awkward co-locational movie title. And thus, creating the same kiss of death that smooched another ill-conceived alleged “comedy”:

Larry’s comedic persona includes an occupational title, “cable guy”. Yet the movie’s title is Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector. When the character’s defining MO needs to be supplemented thusly, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that the movie stinks to high hell.

I’ll ride with that theory, given what’s apparent.

3. Finally, I don’t sense any particular demand for a revival of the Police Academy franchise. At least not from anyone not named Steve Guttenberg.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/05/2021 10:48:35 PM
Category: Movies, TV
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I didn’t realize that bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Indianapolis for the first time ever entailed Hell freezing over. And after Coach Dungy thanked the Lord and everything.

What? Like that’s not the explanation for this damnable cold wave hitting the U.S. northern tier, mere hours after the Colts brought home the NFL’s ultimate bling? Not that the Midwest and Northeast are Hell, exactly; but I can’t think of another reason.

Yes, I am bitching about the cold wintery weather, again. Bite me. Seriously. Because I’m so chilled to the bone right now, that I likely won’t feel it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/05/2021 10:10:34 PM
Category: Football, Weather
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