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Tuesday, July 22, 2021

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Only in Minnesota could a Senate race make use of NHL hockey as a political football.

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Naturally, this being an election in the State of Hockey, [Republican candidate Norm] Coleman sought to play up his role in bringing the Wild to Minnesota. So his campaign aired this ad that listed his accomplishments while voices off-camera reminded viewers that he’s the one who “brought hockey back.”…

Of course, Coleman is running against one of the most famous political satirists of the last 30 years, and [Democratic candidate Al Franken’s] campaign didn’t disappoint: It unleashed a wicked online response that parodied and turned around Coleman’s “he brought hockey back” mantra.

Local blogs quickly jumped on this back-and-forth over the Wild; suddenly, hockey was being mentioned in the same breath as Iraq and the economy as a hot-button issue in this U.S. Senate race.

Geez, you’d think this was a Canadian provincial election…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/22/2008 11:35:24 PM
Category: Hockey, Politics
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I can’t tell you how often I dread having to talk with someone on the phone, even though I’m the one making the call. So Slydial, a service that allows you to dial direct into another wireless number’s voicemail, would be just the ticket for me.

Provided its silent-but-deadly approach actually worked:

It’s also not always super sly. Several test calls between cell phones made the recipient’s phone emit an abbreviated ring before leading to voice mail. That might make people think the person on the other end really wanted to speak — and could result in a quick call back. Horror of horrors: A real conversation might ensue after all.

Worth the risk, actually. Even though it should be refined.

Actually, given the choice, I’d take this method of disengaged phone-to-phone communication instead of the ubiquitous texting. And yet, I’d prefer email over both, keeping in mind I’ve got mobile access to my email account at just about any given moment. I know it doesn’t make sense, but there it is.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/22/2008 11:00:08 PM
Category: Tech
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