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Wednesday, September 19, 2021

weiner on wheels
I’m hoping Miss Moxie won’t mind me bitin’ her too-cute photo of a two-legged/two-wheeled dachshund showing off during some sort of Weiner Dog Race. Dubbed “Poppin’ a Wheelie”, it’s part of the photo pool of contributions to the Nikon “Picture This” D80 Project, of which I’m a fellow member.

Along with inspiring me to go out and find something equally as cool to photo-capture with my D80, this image is also prompting me to finally track down that Harmont & Blaine weinerdog polo shirt.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/19/2007 09:44:56 PM
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Geopolitical fortunes shift, nation-states form and fragment and form again — and somehow, The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has to keep up with the Web side of the ledger. ICANN’s recent resolution for handling the phase-out of the now-useless Yugoslavian domain (.yu) includes this improbable tidbit on a former Evil Empire:

However, one defunct top-level domain seems to be gaining in popularity: .su, the top-level domain formerly assigned to the USSR. The Soviet Union dissolved over 15 years ago, but reportedly over 10,000 Internet sites are now using the top-level domain, and it has gained a certain hip following amounts Russian businesses, clubs, and associations. ICANN would like to purge deprecated country codes from the the list of active top-level domains, but the organization’s overall goal is the stability of the Internet: moving tens of thousands of domains out of .su and into appropriate top-level domains for states or other organizations isn’t something they will undertake lightly—or quickly.

Now it’s nostalgically chic for Russians to adopt their totalitarian heritage in the digital realm. The way things are currently progressing in Putinland, it’s probably prescient.

At least they have the option, given that the old Union of Soviet Socialists hung on just barely long enough for the assignment to have taken place. By contrast, neo-Nazis in Germany are probably steamed that they can’t use .nz (currently occupied by New Zealand, logically enough) as a sort of Nazi online lebensraum.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/19/2007 09:05:35 PM
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A somewhat unusual symptom of the U.S. auto industry’s decline has emerged: British Airways is abandoning its Detroit-to-London flight routes.

Says the company announcement:

“Despite the fact we have operated in the Detroit-London market for over 50 years, we see no possible upswing in the business and have, therefore, decided to utilize the aircraft on other routes where it can make a profitable contribution to the airline’s bottom line.”

“No possible upswing” — ouch. That says that one major sector of the trans-Atlantic market doesn’t see glory returning to the Motor City anytime soon. One more blow to an already teetering industry.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/19/2007 08:44:19 PM
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