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Sunday, August 03, 2021

stealth league
A sure sign that I’m preoccupied of late: I didn’t know, until an hour before kickoff, that the first National Football League preseason game — the Hall of Fame Game between Washington and Indianapolis — was tonight and on TV.

My sports fanaticism is definitely at a low ebb.

That preoccupation has a scatterbrained quality to it as well: I knew it was Hall of Fame Induction weekend, so naturally the Game was in the offing; and it’s always televised. I simply didn’t make that connection. Maybe also figured it might be played on a Monday instead of Sunday.

But I’m watching it now. A definite safe harbor as far as TV entertainment is concerned. Nice to have the play-by-play and color droning on, along with periodic highlights.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/03/2021 09:03:12 PM
Category: Football
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Is Facebook fixture or fad? Fortune magazine senior editor David Kirkpatrick thinks it’s the former, so much so that he’s killing his Fast Forward column to devote himself to writing a book about the social network’s influence.

Seems like quite a few of my selected reads have folded up lately. WSJ’s Informed Reader blog shut down early this year, and now Fast Forward’s gone. Good thing the Web’s such a bottomless pit of content.

As for Kirkpatrick’s venture: Frankly, I think he’s one of the ones who’s drunk too much Kool-Aid on the matter. Facebook’s made plenty of noise, and has pumped up its user base accordingly. But will it, or any of the social networks, last long enough to effect deeper changes in how people communicate and collaborate? Loyalties to online turf are pretty thin, and fickleness emerges whenever even superficial changes are implemented (especially commercially-motivated ones). Portal websites like Yahoo!, Excite and the like were once the great aggregators of online eyeballs, and they dropped off after a short time. I’m not convinced that these latest walled-garden sites will fare any better in the long run.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/03/2021 12:00:24 PM
Category: Internet, Publishing, Tech
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This oughtta go over like a lead balloon: NYC Transit will try to alleviate rush-hour subway overcrowding by running cars containing no seating.

“Each car will be able to carry [18 percent] more people,” NYC Transit President Howard Roberts said of the no-sitting strategy. “It means more capacity. It gives the ability to pick up more people, and have fewer people left on the platform waiting for the next train.”

After rush hours, workers will unlock the flipup seats for riders to use, Roberts said.

Add this cattle-car styling to the running frustrations over regular rumblings about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority threatening to raise fares, and I have a strong feeling that those seat locks will get regularly damaged by disgruntled riders.

Mind you, I’ve got no complaints about this plan, because I always stand on the subway anyway. Even if given the choice of a near-empty car, I’ll usually stand and hold onto a railing. I do more than enough sitting during a typical day.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/03/2021 11:31:18 AM
Category: New Yorkin'
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