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Saturday, May 05, 2021

Yesterday morning, on the way to the office, I unexpectedly had a very pleasant conversation on the train. She was quite articulate, very engaging, full of wit, and — oh yeah — a knockout.

And I feel like a jerk. Because I spotted her wedding ring straight away, and pretty much auto-responded to her for the whole 20 minute ride.

Yes, I went into shut-down mode because, since she was married, my interest level dropped precipitously. Knowing I didn’t have a chance with her made me lose interest instantly, despite her very obvious social charms. (The idea that I would have a chance with her, despite the wedding band — and I’m not saying that that was the case — is something I’d rather not explore.)

I’d like to think that I’m not at the point where I won’t bother trying to befriend a woman if the possibility of sexual gratification wasn’t high. But reflecting upon this episode, I have to conclude that this is probably where my head is at. And I’m not too thrilled about it.

Some perspective: I’m not kidding myself into thinking that I’m so irresistible to the opposite sex that a woman can’t help but jump into bed with me after the slightest bit of friendly interaction. First impressions are not my strong suit.

On the other hand, with the ocean of jerks out there, I’m far from the worst option in the dating pool. I wouldn’t consider myself a catch, but I’ve been known to underestimate/undervalue myself. Fact is, the few women I’ve spent any time with here in New York (I almost wrote “up here” — still some Floridian to beat out of me!) have given me pretty good insight to the coupling climate, especially when you’re north of 30 years old.

So I’m available. And I’m looking, although I couldn’t tell you precisely for what. I’m not looking for marriage, not looking to have a kid… What’s left? Use your imagination.

So am I being a complete jerk in not wanting to “bother” with a woman who’s already attached? Brutal frankness is encouraged, and appreciated.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/05/2021 07:12:05 PM
Category: Women
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I liked this turn-of-the-20th-Century advertising placard (which I used for my post about the abundance of pig imagery on Suicide Food) so much, that I’ve gone ahead and uploaded it to my phone. It’s now doing duty as the digital wallpaper for both the front/exterior screen, as well as the larger screen inside the clamshell.

The few comments I’ve solicited tell me it’s unsettling for a cellphone to feature a picture of a pig slicing itself into sausage. My Eurotrashy counter of, “but it’s French!” doesn’t seem to assuage those feelings.

I guess it’s not the cheeriest image to use. But I must point out: The pig is smiling as he puts himself under the knife. And the background is a nice, cheery green, which is my favorite color (and really, the chief reason why I went for it).

The translation of the language in this picture, according to the source:

“You’ll eat with pleasure, and… without fatigue [i.e., without boredom/getting tired of it]: the good sausages of the BOUNTEOUS PIG!

Sausages from Auvergne. Absolute Alimentary Purity.”

Not that it matters as far as my phone goes — the screens are too tiny to read the text.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/05/2021 06:30:47 PM
Category: Creative, Food, Tech
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The glam campaign gig for 2008 is the Online Political Operative, who’s supposed to make his/her Presidential hopeful look with-it in the world of blogs, YouTube and social media.

Of course, these Web warriors feel that, by being lumped together with a campaign’s communication department, they’re not getting enough love:

“They’re treating me like a mascot,” said one online director, who has complained to the close-knit group of online strategists that he is not getting the necessary staffing and money to do his job. “Like it’s enough that they hired an Internet guy and that’s it.”

Funny thing is, these strategists — Joe Rospars, Matthew Gross and others — point with pride to the trailblazing online political exercise that was Joe Trippi and Howard Dean in 2004. Somehow, Dean’s Web-heavy campaigning four years ago is supposed to stand as an example of why more influence should go to today’s OPOs.

In response, I’ll have to drag out my February 2004 post, which compared the Howard Dean campaign to a typical dot-com bust company:

- Overhype thanks to an extensive Web-based organization (which, remember, once again proves that blogging, as with many online phenomena, has a highly-exaggerated real-world impact);

- A penchant for burning through large sums of cash in a short time, with disappointing results, doing many a bygone Silicon Alley LLC proud;

- A dogged insistence on continuing a positive spin, despite obvious signs that all hope is lost; one expects the Dean campaign will end with no more flare than the headquarters simply disconnecting the phone and mysteriously not leaving a forwarding number.

I know the argument from Deanites will be that the votes in Iowa and New Hampshire simply weren’t “with it” enough, especially with regards to the Internet, to really understand the candidate. Natually, that’s the point. Dean spent way too much time targeting the flashy demographic, which was duly impressed with his adeptness at cutting-edge media and communications; but it turned out to be the least influential voting segment he could have courted. In the end, he failed to familiarize himself with the voters that counted-and this after apparently spending loads of money trying to do just that.

So yes, The Great Howard Dean Internet Freakout certainly influences the 2008 race. But not as a template for success but rather, as a cautionary tale. That’s why the OPOs are merely riding the bus, instead of being in the driver’s seat — so that it doesn’t go off a cliff.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/05/2021 04:40:49 PM
Category: Internet, Politics
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north of the border
Forget about Florida as the site of Fantasy State University. Based on recent reports, the collegiate home of the Bigfoot Institute and School of UFO Abduction Studies rightly should be built in Canada:

- Paul Hellyer, the former national Minister of Defence, contends that secretly-held space alien technology could be used to fight global warming.

- Among current office-holders in Ottawa, Parliament member Mike Lake calls for Bigfoot to be added to the Canadian endangered species list.

And to think, we used to think Mexico was the less-stable neighboring country…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/05/2021 03:23:34 PM
Category: Comedy, Politics, Science
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