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Wednesday, April 09, 2021


I care not for jelly — neither the spreadable stuff nor the British version of Jello.

But I guess I like Jelly well enough, because I’ll be at the coworking space in midtown this Friday. I’m anticipating attending for a couple of hours in the morning, probably checking out around noon.

I’m not planning on a repeat performance of liveblogging, like I did at last month’s Manhattan gathering. I expect most of my time will be occupied with blog housekeeping, specifically updating this site to the latest and greatest version of WordPress (currently 2.5). Since my past experiences with the supposedly simple upgrade have always been bumpy, I figure I should take advantage of Jelly’s heavy contingent of tech-heads as a go-to help resource. I’m crossing my fingers.

I’m also considering bringing along my XO Laptop, just to show it off to anyone interested. I don’t think there are that many floating around in the U.S., so it’d be a novelty. That doesn’t exactly fit under the working-time concept for Jelly, but what the heck.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/09/2021 11:53:37 PM
Category: Business, Creative, New Yorkin'
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What can be gained from reading Mary Roach’s “Bonk: The Curious Couple of Science and Sex”, an irreverent look at the study of sexuality?

If nothing else, you’ll learn that Egyptian lab rats clothed in polyester pants have sex less often than those wearing cotton or wool slacks.

I have a feeling that, for untold thousands of readers, that single fact is the deciding factor for whether or not to pick up this book.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/09/2021 10:56:36 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, Publishing, Science
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There was nothing special about the Starbucks on 8th Avenue that I ducked into at midday, unless you count its curiously weak wireless signal (that my iTouch kept dropping, making routine email checking an adventure).

But check out the store manager’s name, as gleaned from the business cards prominently displayed on the front counter: Spacious Starkes.

What do we know about Spacious? We know that Spacious is not only a store manager, but also a Coffee Master. I’m sure the latter is a prerequisite for achieving the former.

What we can’t tell: Whether or not Spacious is male or female. And I don’t want to hazard a guess. After all, I once thought that “Chip” was exclusively a boy’s name.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/09/2021 10:38:05 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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