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Tuesday, January 01, 2021

An observation:

With Cyprus officially adopting the euro as its currency today, it’s sealed its membership in the European Union.

Not only that, but now that it shares a common currency with, specifically, fellow EU member Greece, it seems that an economic version of enosis (union) has been achieved between the two Hellenic nationstates. Travel and transaction between Cyprus and Greece is now seamless — no passport and no currency conversion required.

Not that this end-around solves the decades of strife between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. But at least one lingering political sticking point has been dislodged.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/01/2021 11:08:17 PM
Category: Political
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He’s already got a blog, but MC Hammer is thinking bigger when it comes to making a comeback, Web 2.0-style. He’s lending his cred to DanceJam.com, an Internet startup that seeks to challenge YouTube with a formula that combines HOT or NOT with “Pants-Off Dance-Off”.

But that’s not the real story. The real story is Hammer’s curiously influential role as a sort of consultative guru to the Silicon Valley business community:

His success in grass roots marketing prompted Salesforce.com Inc. to call on Hammer for advice in its early days. The company wanted to raise awareness about its online software service without paying a lot for traditional advertising, said Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com’s chief executive officer.

“We really learned a lot from Hammer. He is the most entrepreneurial individual I have ever met,” said Benioff, whose San Francisco-based company is now worth $7 billion.

Some entrepreneurial advisement — which, presumably, went deeper than “turning this mutha out” — and the next thing you know, Salesforce.com has a multi-billion dollar valuation. Gold!

As if that’s not enough, Hammer even had the early drop on the website he’s now challenging:

Hammer recognized YouTube’s potential before most people he did. Besides putting some of his own clips on the site, Hammer visited YouTube’s offices in February 2006 when there were still just a handful of people running the site above a pizza parlor.

Until he saw what YouTube was doing, Hammer had doubts about the Web’s entertainment value. “When everybody started raving about the Internet, I always wondered, ‘If it’s so great, why can’t you see my videos on the Internet?”‘ Hammer said. “It looks like technology has finally caught up with my vision.”

Don’t be surprised if the next wave of Web startups roll out with parachute-pants wearing management teams.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/01/2021 10:02:55 PM
Category: Business, Celebrity, Internet, Pop Culture
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Had I known that Channel 11 commenced airing episodes of “The Honeymooners” at midnight, in accord with the station’s annual holiday marathon broadcast on New Year’s Day, I would have switched on the TV and plopped down for a while last night. Kick off the 2008 with some sleep deprivation!

As is, I’m happy enough to have stumbled upon it when I woke up this morning. I still have fond memories of when Channel 11 (WPIX) would run these ancient reruns at 11:30 on weeknights, right on through the late 1980s. Probably the reason I picked up my night-owl tendencies, or at least found a harmless default outlet for them.

I won’t be watching Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton for the rest of the day, since the NHL Winter Classic is coming up in an hour. But after that game is done, I can rejoin the black-and-white Bensonhurst bus driver and crew for the late afternoon and into evening. How sweet it is, etc…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/01/2021 12:04:28 PM
Category: New Yorkin', TV
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