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Saturday, March 31, 2021

The Gefilte Fish Chronicles is the story of a Passover Seder that, for some forty years, has been held in what should be very familiar territory for me:

For a century, the family has gathered at Passover and celebrated the Seder together… first in Brooklyn, then in Boonton, New Jersey.

For the last four decades, Passover has been celebrated in Newburgh, New York.

Led by the three surviving sisters, Sophie Patasnik, Peppy Barer and Rosie Groman, traditional preparations were made for the Seder at Peppy’s home in Newburgh.

Newburgh, where I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life. In fact, I’ve learned that Peppy’s house is right down the road from the high school I attended, and from there, within walking distance from the house I grew up in. Small world.

What’s with my hometown getting so much media exposure in recent years? When I was growing up, we used to lament how absolutely nothing of consequence ever happened around the ‘burgh. The one and only event back then was the landing of the Iranian hostages in 1981 at Stewart International Airport. Figures the action would start after I leave…

Anyway, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles is airing tomorrow night on New York’s longtime PBS station on Channel 13. I think I’ll catch it. Maybe it’ll even inspire me to head up to Peppy’s place this Tuesday for Passover — my non-Jewishness notwithstanding. (Would it be rude to crash a Seder?)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/31/2007 07:54:02 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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Well, not quite. But a French labor/industrial court awarded Catherine Sanderson a year’s salary as compensation for being unjustly fired for blogging while on the job.

Not that she necessarily needs the money now:

Publicity surrounding her dismissal last year led to up to 30,000 people day reading her blog at petiteanglaise.com. She has since signed a two-book publishing deal worth almost £500,000.

The first book, “petite anglaise, the memoir”, will be in the shops in January. Since being dismissed, Miss Sanderson, a graduate in French and German from Bath university, has been concentrating on writing and has not sought other work.

Since Petite Anglaise provided me with one of my more thought-provoking posts a couple of years ago, regarding the split-personality effects of bilinguality, I tip my hat to her for all the resultant good fortune.

Maybe I should work on getting dooced, if it means parlaying that into a sweet-sweet book deal. But, being a consultant, I’d have to fire myself, then sue myself — all of which could get a bit messy. I’ll pass.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/31/2007 03:52:59 PM
Category: Bloggin', Society
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Friday, March 30, 2021

face time
That’s funny. A rundown of the anatomical targets in yoga technique doesn’t seem to mention exercises for the face.

So using yoga as an alternative to plastic surgery facelifts is, much like other forms of meditation, more of the mind than the body.

Want to sculpture and narrow your nose? Alternate breathing out of each nostril, Revita-Yoga teaches. Have crow’s-feet? Open the eyes wide to smooth the lines. As pale as the winter sky? A dose of downward dog can add color to the complexion while oxygenating the skin.

On the other hand, what about that old rule of thumb about not making weird, straining faces, lest your mug get stuck that way? It could throw off that desired “balanced facial symmetry”. But on the plus side, it would result in an instant moment of zen — which, ultimately, any good yoga regimen should accomplish.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 03/30/2007 08:30:01 AM
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Beijing is notorious for censoring select websites on a regional or national level. The ability of a government to block out big chunks of the Web should be a sobering reminder of how ultimately precarious the Internet’s access structure is (even if, as is often noted, there are workarounds to such blocks).

Wondering if your favorite site is on the Chinese forbidden list? Test the URL on Great Firewall of China. Several qualifications come with the Flash-based site, but it’s good enough for a quick eyeball.

It looks like this here blog is freely accessible in the People’s Republic. On the one hand, I’m glad to be available to the millions of online eyeballs in China. On the other, being on the verboten list of a repressive government would be an ersatz badge of honor; so maybe I should work on that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 03/30/2007 08:19:26 AM
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Thursday, March 29, 2021

The Central Park Boathouse seems like a nice place to take in the Park’s views, by the shore or on the Lake’s water surface. All while getting a bite to eat, of course.

Had I known that the Boathouse gave out thousands of dollars worth of free lunches and boat rides, I would have made it a point to visit.

Some meals, given free to some customers, cost as much as $2,600 each, according to the audit. These meals were then charged to the city, though the boathouse refused to disclose who had received the free food, the report said.

Hey, I can keep a secret too! If lingering evidence is the concern, then hey, I can always scarf up that four-figure lunch, and then proceed to regurgitate it into the Lake during my gondola-ride seasickness. (I guess bringing a date would then be out of the question.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/29/2007 11:37:15 PM
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So, when Country Music Television drops your tiara-wearing ass, where’s a beauty queen spectacle to go?

I’m guessing well off the basic cable grid. Maybe they can condense and fast-forward it into a compact enough video presentation that Current will grant it a 6-7 minute broadcast window.

I’m thinking it’s time for the Miss America Pageant to give up the ghost already. Even a reality television makeover for the venerable beauty contest didn’t spur enough TV audience staying power. Short of going all-nude, I can’t imagine what would bring this relic back from its deathbed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/29/2007 11:07:02 PM
Category: Reality Check, Society
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OK, when Eddie Griffin wrecked that pricey Enzo Ferrari, and we all had a laugh about it, I was just kidding about this part:

Just watch, this will relaunch Griffin’s career. If his agent is at all savvy, he can parlay this into a GEICO car insurance commercial, and from there… Hello, Undercover Brother II: Deep Cover?

But who’s laughing now?

Gossip blogs are speculating that his calamity was a coldly calculated maneuver designed to drive searches on “Redline.” The standard fast-cars-fast-girls flick was crawling along in the slow lane of Buzz, but Griffin’s accident caused searches on the film to burn rubber. Buzz on the movie doubled immediately and we’re sure the mangled Ferrari will be a hot topic as the film gasses up for an April 13 release.

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one surfing this cynical wavelength! I won’t take credit for dreaming up this conspiracy theory. Except for the part about that sequel — if that actually gets made, I want my cut of the box office, baby.

Is the mangling of $1.5 million worth of Italian sportscar a wise use of the movie marketing budget? Maybe they should up the ante and have Griffin trash a couple of Civics as well.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/29/2007 10:31:35 PM
Category: Celebrity, Movies
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Wednesday, March 28, 2021

This morning, on the way to work, I suddenly got a craving for a cigarette.

The problem: I don’t smoke. Not unless you count the annual two or three cigars I indulge in. And no, I’m not qualifying by excluding the puffing of any other substances; when I say I don’t smoke, I mean I don’t smoke anything.

So how did I get hit with a need to light up? Beats me. I could blame the usual media-imagery scapegoat, as there’s a fair number of outdoor cigarette ad displays along my walking route. But I really doubt that would trigger a false-positive biochemical reaction.

Anyway. I’m kinda looking forward to having my first-ever phantom nic fit!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/28/2007 11:34:44 PM
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A unique word I came across today: “Mathlete”.

noun. A person who competes in a mathematics competition.

I imagine it can be extended to someone who has some mathematic aptitude, which is the context within which I encountered it.

That link’s been in place since 1999, so I guess I’m late to this party. Hope I don’t get pummeled by some steroid-crazed arithmetic jock who wields a mean slide-rule.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/28/2007 11:17:29 PM
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Yes, Lonelygirl15 is still around. And now, her vlog entries feature blatantly overt product placement advertisements.

I guess it’s official: There’s nothing left to believe in.

I haven’t kept up with LG15 developments since the entire concept caught fire, and subsequently was outed as a viral-entertainment production. I had caught wind of the series move from YouTube to ad-supported Revver — a predictable monetization move. (The original YouTube space is still there, and appears to be regularly updated, so I’m not sure just how the new arrangement is supposed to work; I guess it’s key to maximize YouTube’s preeminent position in the Web video market.) Product placement is the next step.

I guess I’m not surprised by this webcast’s continuing popularity. I am flabbergasted by how people somehow still wonder about the series being “real”. The plotline appears to be so obviously goofy that I can’t believe anyone would mistake it for reality; the zoom-in product placement camera angles should put a fork in the whole charade. And yet, to this day, I still get visitors to this blog via Google search queries asking, “Is Lonelygirl 15 real?”. Really amazing.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/28/2007 11:03:05 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Internet
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Tuesday, March 27, 2021

fiver
It’s been a couple of months, so why not: I present the last five tracks that came forth from my ever-shuffling iPod. As always, I throw in the lyrical snippet as a bonus.

A change from past editions of this mini-feature: I’ve chopped the tracklist from 10 down to 5. It was getting mighty impractical to come across a string of ten songs in a row that a) I actually would listen to without impatiently skipping over one or two, and b) wouldn’t include at least one instrumental track, which throws off that inclusion of a lyric per song. Besides, this is the InterWeb: Short and snappy is king!

And with that:

1. “Mercenary”, Go Go’s - I never meant to break you.

2. “Looking for the Perfect Beat”, Afrika Bambaataa - We are the future, you are the past.

3. “Stop (12 Inch Remix)”, Erasure - Stand there where you are.

4. “Heartbeats (Rex the Dog Mix)”, The Knife - Mind is a razorblade.

5. “Busy Child”, The Crystal Method - I guess I didn’t know.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/27/2007 09:09:43 AM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod Random Tracks
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Monday, March 26, 2021

green like my bank account!
Take a stroll through the average neighborhood on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side, and you’ll see practically every dry cleaning store advertising its “organic drying cleaning” services.

Organic? What little I know about the dry cleaning business is that it involves some chemical stew that erases stains and stenches — and, probably, living tissue as well. Plus, you periodically hear about toxic residue bubbling up at long-abandoned dry-cleaning sites, attesting to the poisonous process.

And actually, given that reputation, I can understand the attraction to a greener alternative when tending to your dry-clean-onlys. The neighborhoods in question are probably doubly susceptible to the pitch: Not only are they affluent enough to need frequent visits to the cleaners, but they also have households that are ga-ga over the latest and greatest in organica.

Unfortunately, “organic” encompasses both good green and bad green, and in the case of dry cleaning, it’s the bad-green kind of organic:

The new cleaning fluid they are using, called DF-2000, is indeed very organic, as organic as gasoline and every major dry-cleaning fluid since the creation of the industry 150 years ago. After all, to a chemist, a chemical is organic if it contains a chain of carbon.

DF-2000 is made by Exxon-Mobil, those stewards of the environment who dumped 30 million gallons of crude oil—the precursor to gasoline and, yes, DF-2000—onto the shoreline of Alaska in 1989 and are still in court today bickering over the fine. How anything with the industrial-sounding name “DF-2000″ could be construed as organic in the “all-natural” sense is beyond me.

Not quite the farm-grown happy-feely cleansing the targeted clientele is expecting. I’m thinking everyone can save their bucks rather than paying a premium for a slightly less threatening strain of toxin.

So, better luck next time. I’m sure the technicians at the Jefferson Cleaners are working on a true-blue green solution.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/26/2007 12:17:23 PM
Category: Business, New Yorkin', Science
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Wikipedia, the lazy websurfer’s version of “research”, is getting some competition. Citizendium is an attempt to reboot the collaborative online encyclopedia concept, with the qualification of non-anonymous contributors to instill greater accountability.

I’ve been critical of Wikipedia from the moment I learned of it, which is about the time it started exploding in popularity. Since Citizendium, which just launched, is just another wiki-based attempt at reference compilation, I see it as being not much more reliable a source, even with the attempt to address its predecessor’s shortcomings.

In fact, because Citizendium’s birth comes amid a soap-operaish dispute over founder Larry Sanger’s cred as a Wikipedia co-founder, I foresee massive amounts of wiki-warfare between the two sites in the near term. That’s going to manifest itself in acolytes on both sides carrying out defacements on each others’ sites, in attempts to discredit the other side and generally keep the volunteer vanguard busy and pissy. Paradoxically, this wiki-knowledge competition’s going to wind up doing more damage to the concept, rather than reinforce any public confidence in it.

Moreover, ultimately neither Wikipedia nor Citizendium is going to have much control over which will emerge as the more popular site. The truth is that Google will.

How did the search behemoth get into this? Simple. A dirty little secret about Wikipedia is that its popularity and traffic have little to do with how relevant or reliable its content is. Rather, its search-engine optimization is disproportionately responsible for its pre-eminent position.

Consider the basic URL structure of a Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse

It’s very straightforward: Domain name, a directory (/wiki/), and a direct subdirectory (/Horse). Pair that with matching pertinent content in the page’s body text, and you wind up with the top-ranked result on a Google search. And since the majority of Web searchers click on the top result, in a wishful thought that this represents the “best” information source, you get the maximum number of clickthroughs.

That’s the heart of it, really. Had Jimmy Wales devised a more complex URL permalink structure for his site — perhaps encoded in numerals — I can guarantee that Wikipedia never would have extended beyond a limited circle of enthusiasts. In a real sense, Google granted Wikipedia its ubiquity.

And that lesson isn’t lost on Sanger. He’s set up Citizendium’s URLs the same way:

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Horse

So Google will start assigning a high level of relevance to those permalinks as well. Wikipedia’s links will still come out higher in the short term, owing to their longer history and greater number of referring links (neither of which are deciding factors in Google’s ranking algorithm, but do carry considerable weight). But over time, that can even out. At that stage, whichever site ends up being more Google-friendly will gain the upper hand.

Upshot: All this will ultimately junk the wiki model for organizing online data. Can’t say I’ll be crying over it. I will be curious to see what supplants this mess, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/26/2007 10:06:04 AM
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Sunday, March 25, 2021

In a move that should surprise no one living in this age of digital music, the music industry is morphing away from the album-centric mode of doing business:

Last year, digital singles outsold plastic CD’s for the first time. So far this year, sales of digital songs have risen 54 percent, to roughly 189 million units, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales are rising at a slightly faster pace, but buyers of digital music are purchasing singles over albums by a margin of 19 to 1.

Because of this shift in listener preferences — a trend reflected everywhere from blogs posting select MP3s to reviews of singles in Rolling Stone — record labels are coming to grips with the loss of the album as their main product and chief moneymaker.

In response, labels are re-examining everything from their marketing practices to their contracts. One result is that offers are cropping up for artists like Candy Hill to record only ring tones or a clutch of singles, according to talent managers and lawyers.

Personally, the emphasis on album sales was a key reason for me never getting into music during my formative years. I distinctly remember recognizing that it was a pure ripoff to plunk down several dollars for an 8-12 track album, when all I wanted was the one or two songs that were hits. I adopted a three-song minimum as a requirement for buying an album; if you’re at all familiar with the past twenty-five years of pop music, you can make a pretty accurate guess as to the paltry number of albums I wound up purchasing.

I realize I was in the minority. Plenty of my peers scooped up those albums, and justified it as the only way to get at the popular tunes. The potential bonus was the discovery of an unpromoted gem in the album’s filler tracks; realistically, that was usually just wishful thinking. But for me, it turned me off on developing any sort of music-buying habit.

Of course, I’ve since adopted the cherry-picking single selection via iTunes. And since so many other online music listeners exhibit the same preference — whether via legal purchases or file-sharing means — I guess I wasn’t alone after all. That early conditioning still holds today: I typically avoid buying albums on iTunes, regardless of price, because I figure I’m not going to like any artist/musical theme enough to want to listen to multiple tracks. I also still assume that the usual track-padding is in effect when building an album.

Will the future of the music biz drift exclusively toward singles and other short-form content chunks? I think albums can revert back to what they were in the ’50s and ’60s: Less concept packages and more like compilations of proven hit singles, released after they made their noise. That dynamic’s already made a comeback today, with the proliferation of “greatest hits” albums from artists that had barely three or four notable singles releases.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/25/2007 10:37:24 PM
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These days, it takes more than rippling biceps and windswept hair to set aflutter the hearts of Harlequin romance novel readers.

Doesn’t it?

That’s the reading that the publisher of those schlocky potboilers is getting, anyway. Toward that end, Harlequin has put out a casting call for more down-to-earth “real men” to serve as a new generation of cover models for its paperbacks.

Until now, the publisher relied on modeling agencies to supply bodies for its concupiscent covers. But the readership — predominantly female and averaging 42 years of age — was upset when slight, young cover models clashed with the brawny, mature heroes described within.

“Some of the heroes are captains of industry, billionaires,” said Deborah Peterson, a Harlequin creative designer and a judge at the audition. “A lot of the models were too young, men in their twenties… and our audience likes men a little bit older, a bit bigger, than the runway models.”

The cover-art process in book publishing is notoriously assembly-line. For the run-of-the-mill books, it’s completely divorced from anything the author does. What results is a cookie-cutter book design, selected from a practical stock art collection. In Harlequin’s case, I’m sure a good bit of marketing basics went into this time-honored strategy: A flashy cover scene bulging with muscles probably prompts more impulse purchases than a “realistic” visualization. That they’re responding to their core readership indicates that the impulse-buy universe has shrunk dramatically, and so Harlequin is forced to be responsive to its bread-and-butter audience — despite retooling efforts in a post-Fabio era.

As for Mr. Goldilocks, he’ll always have his past body of work to stoke his memories.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/25/2007 03:31:52 PM
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Can trees be considered cool?

Perhaps only in an unconventional sense, and that’s good enough for a list of the 10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World.

My favorite: The Banyan tree, represented by the No. 3-ranked Sri Maha Bodhi plant of Sri Lanka. It’s an aesthetic preference for how the aerial roots create a weird wooden webbing effect. That’s independent of surroundings, unlike most of the other trees on the list; but surely, the visual of the Banyan Strangler Fig root structure intricately wrapped around the ruins of Cambodia’s Ta Prohm Angkor is a stunner.

There are a couple of bonus neat-o trees added to the list, along with several commenter submissions. My own contribution there: Dragon’s blood trees, found only on Yemen’s Socotra Island. They look like part of a fairy-tale landscape.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/25/2007 02:06:34 PM
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special ed
National Hockey League Special Teams Index through last night. I’d characterize it as the “Spring has sprung” edition, but I’ll spare you. But I won’t spare you a look at last week’s STI rankings.

As usual, most of the action is at the top of the list. In particular, Vancouver’s slow slide downward reflects their late stumbling in the Northwest Division title race, in which they were overtaken by Minnesota yesterday. The Canucks are still dominating with their league-leading penalty kill, but their power play is sputtering. Meanwhile, the Wild’s PK is almost as efficient, and they’re scoring more. It all starts to add up, especially toward season’s end.

STI Rank Team PP % (Rank) PK % (Rank) STI Number
1 Anaheim Ducks 21.8 (3) 84.4 (7) 106.2
2 San Jose Sharks 22.4 (2) 83.7 (12) 106.1
3 Montreal Canadiens 22.6 (1) 83.3 (14) 105.9
4 Minnesota Wild 18.5 (10) 86.0 (2) 104.5
5 Vancouver Canucks 16.4 (23) 87.7 (1) 104.1
6 New York Rangers 18.9 (8) 84.3 (8) 103.2
7 Nashville Predators 17.7 (13) 85.3 (3) 103.0
8 Ottawa Senators 18.3 (11) 84.6 (6) 102.9
9 New Jersey Devils 17.3 (20) 84.9 (5) 102.2
10 Dallas Stars 18.7 (9) 83.4 (13) 102.1
11 Colorado Avalanche 21.5 (4) 79.9 (25) 101.4
12 Detroit Red Wings 17.3 (18) 83.8 (11) 101.1
13 Pittsburgh Penguins 19.6 (5) 81.3 (19) 100.9
14 Florida Panthers 17.3 (19) 82.2 (15) 99.5
15 Calgary Flames 19.0 (7) 80.4 (24) 99.4
16 Boston Bruins 17.5 (16) 81.8 (17) 99.3
17 Carolina Hurricanes 15.1 (26) 84.2 (9) 99.3
18 Philadelphia Flyers 14.0 (28) 85.3 (4) 99.3
19 New York Islanders 17.4 (17) 81.8 (18) 99.2
20 Edmonton Oilers 14.6 (27) 84.2 (10) 98.8
21 Buffalo Sabres 17.6 (15) 81.0 (22) 98.6
22 Washington Capitals 16.8 (22) 80.7 (23) 97.5
23 Tampa Bay Lightning 19.0 (6) 78.4 (29) 97.4
24 Los Angeles Kings 18.0 (12) 78.8 (28) 96.8
25 Toronto Maple Leafs 17.6 (14) 78.9 (27) 96.5
26 Atlanta Thrashers 16.8 (21) 79.6 (26) 96.4
27 Columbus Blue Jackets 15.3 (25) 81.1 (20) 96.4
28 Phoenix Coyotes 16.1 (24) 78.4 (30) 94.5
29 Chicago Blackhawks 12.3 (30) 82.1 (16) 94.4
30 St. Louis Blues 12.6 (29) 81.1 (21) 93.7
by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/25/2007 11:49:18 AM
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Saturday, March 24, 2021

all aboard!
The recent resurrection of construction for Manhattan’s 2nd Avenue subway, has caused a bit of a buzz in the Apple. Especially from everyone who’s anticipating construction headaches along/above the track path.

A look back to the mid-20th Century, before the original plans were abandoned, reveal grand, stainless-steel dreams for the trains that were to run on the T-Line:

When a scale model of the R11 was exhibited, an August 1948 article in The New York Times called it “New York’s subway car of tomorrow.”

With its sleek stainless steel shell, the R11 car was a stark departure from the painted and riveted steel cars that preceded it. It was not until some 15 years later, in the mid-1960s, that a full line of stainless steel cars came into use, Mr. Sachs said.

The portholes on the sliding doors are a nice touch. Gives the carriage a definite subway feel, appropriate for subterranean travel. I guess whatever runs on the 2020 version of the T won’t be as slick as these bygone trains, but I’m crossing my fingers on the porthole design.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/24/2007 05:55:45 PM
Category: History, New Yorkin'
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News flash: A crowd of scientific studies all conclude that multitasking behavior ultimately leads to counter-productive output.

Of course, the same conclusions were reached four years ago (to the day!). Just as no one listened then, I suspect this rerun research also will go unheeded. Leading to another few years of half-assery.

I think the biggest contributor to this Age of Distraction is the evolving functionality of the personal computer. It’s still positioned as a work tool, and often an indispensable one at that. But because of the ever-present Internet connection, it’s more like a media/telecommunication device, and everything that flows in and out of it in that context serves to pull your focus away from any one task.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/24/2007 05:13:12 PM
Category: Science, Society
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Among the many disclaimers for taking Viagra, isn’t one of them, “should not take if deceased”?

Perhaps that would dissuade Chinese worshippers from buying paper replicas of the purple pill, for the purposes of burning them for their deceased relatives’ use:

The [Nanjing] Morning News reporters, on a tour of the city in advance of the Grave-Sweeping Festival next month, found paper laptop computers and mobile phones, credit cards, travelers’ checks, and passports.

But money is nothing without life’s — and death’s — little pleasures. “At one suburban graveyard, they found call girls, condoms, and Viagra.”

The afterlife sounds as hectic as this mortal coil. And I’m sure the dead could do without spiritual erectile dysfunction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/24/2007 03:43:31 PM
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Anyone else out there in blogland who’s running Akismet, and having a lot more spam comments punching through lately?

On this blog, I’ll logon in the morning to find three or four obvious pieces of pharmaceutical/porn cruft posted overnight on old posts. And several more come through during the course of the day; I estimate that in an average 24-hour period, around a dozen junk comments make it through the Akismet filter.

At that rate, that’s close to what was getting past the goalie before I installed Akismet, when I was largely doing it myself via the WordPress blacklist. The crucial difference: Akismet hasn’t let through the occasional spam-blast of 50 or so in one shot; the ones that have registered have been random, wayward pings. For that reason — and the expectation that the filtering algorithm will eventually tighten up again — I’m not even considering dropping/replacing Akismet.

It’s not hard to figure out why more false-positives are occurring: Akismet just shot past its 1 billionth spam ping blocked, thanks to a surge over the past couple of months, and particularly the past couple of weeks. The spambots are working overtime.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/24/2007 02:40:17 PM
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