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Thursday, February 22, 2021

Of all the kitschy iPod plug-in portable speaker accessories out there, the FUNKit Robotic DJ has to be the most entertaining of the bunch.

Witness its faux turntable-cutting action:

Yes, YouTube managed to distort the first few seconds. For as long as it lasts, watch this pristine version.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 10:38:56 PM
Category: Comedy, iPod
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How hard-up is the Washington, DC Catholic archdiocese for sinners to occupy its seldom-used confession booths? It’s rolled out a media campaign called “The Light is On for You”, which includes a radio ad.

This spiritual-registration drive assumes that there’s still plenty of transgressions out there — they just aren’t getting delivered to the ecumenical sin-bin:

Priests and sociologists of Catholicism have theorized about the drop [in confessional visits] for years. Is it because of a culture that tells us we aren’t responsible for what we do wrong? Or could it be something less dark: that the traditional Saturday confession time has simply been gobbled up by youth soccer leagues and errand-mania? Or maybe something more dark: that we don’t even know what sin is anymore?

“People go online and confess all sorts of things, but they don’t do it in a way of apology. And it’s very hard to verbalize what you did wrong,” said archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs, letting loose an admission of her own: “That’s why I like to go when I’m in Rome, because I won’t know anyone.”

When in Rome, so to speak…

It’s certainly hard for the sacrament of penance to compete with daytime talkshow paternity unveilings, therapy, and Web-based emo-spewing. Gratification has to be instant these days, or it doesn’t register.

As long as the Church is employing marketing techniques to get out its message, why not extend that right into the confessional space? They could institute an awards program to encourage frequent visits; every tenth confession gets you off atonement-free!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 09:15:57 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Society
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BUCKY KATT: All cats can sense who is uncomfortable with them. Then we sit in their laps.

SATCHEL: Ha ha! “I see DOG people!”

Like you needed a comic strip to confirm that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 08:22:19 PM
Category: Comedy, Movies
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Yesterday, my brother was telling me what a hassle it was for him to call international numbers. His wireless phone plan doesn’t allow for it, so he has to scramble to find a landline, and often at night to account for the time difference.

Today, while recalling his complaint, I realized that I should have clued him into FuturePhone, the telco venture that allowed you to make overseas calls for the price of phoning a telephone number in Iowa. Skepticism over the deal was allayed by the likeliest rationalization of how the company made its money.

But then, I checked FuturePhone’s website, and saw that the jig was up: The (712) access number is defunct, and the company and its rural telco partners are being sued by AT&T over what it claims is $2 million in termination fees.

The details are pretty intricate, and I’m not in the mood to wrap my head around them. Suffice to say that the prospects for Iowa hosting a cottage industry of telecom-provider services are kaput, and that my brother is still stuck making calls to Greece and Germany from his office at 1 o’clock in the morning.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/22/2007 08:03:39 PM
Category: Tech
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