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Monday, April 28, 2021

Demographically speaking, that is. Research polling firm Harris Interactive finds that homosexuals are a more receptive blog-reading audience than heteros, 51 percent versus 36 percent.

That includes both content and acceptance of blog advertising — meaning cha-ching for all those gay-themed AdSense ad units just waiting to render!

Despite this news, I kinda doubt too many gay surfers are visiting this blog all that frequently.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/28/2008 11:52:22 AM
Category: Bloggin', Society
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We’re all familiar with the socio-cultural explanations for why some people find themselves in a cycle of criminal activity and prison time. But I don’t think that I’ve ever come across a more succinct illustration of the syndrome than this, regarding an ex-convict work program in New Jersey:

It takes at least a year, [mechanic training school director Rich] Liebler said, to “deprogram” the felons. Most have never owned an alarm clock — months can pass before they show up for class on time — and few can name a family member with a regular job. “We treat them as if they were in a cult,” he said. “We have to reverse the thought process they’ve grown up into.”

This reinforces that there’s no next-day fix for rehabilitating someone who’s known nothing but a hardscrabble way of life. It’s a demanding approach and surely no guarantee of resulting in success, but it’s the right way to frame it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/28/2008 11:22:13 AM
Category: Society
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It’s a soaking-wet day in New York, with a steady downpour that’s forecasted to last the whole day. Far from optimal conditions for someone who’s got client meetings to flit to and from all day long.

Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s no such thing as a “normal” rainy day anymore? Specifically, I can’t remember the last time I’ve experienced a rainstorm without moderate-to-heavy winds being in the mix. Today’s no exception — it’s far from hurricane strength, but there’s enough windplay going on to swirl the raindrops all around, making even the best umbrella coverage only iffy.

It wasn’t always this way, was it? My memory’s failing me on more and more things these days, but I could swear I remember rainy days that didn’t practically assault you.

I’m thinking we can chalk this up to another manifestation of global weirding.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/28/2008 11:02:56 AM
Category: New Yorkin', Science, Weather
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