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Tuesday, September 09, 2021

You too can be a girl with kaleidoscope eyes, courtesy of Swarovski and your optometrist.

That is, if your eye doctor actually thinks it’s wise to insert contact lenses infused with tiny glass crystal fragments into your eye sockets. Regardless of medical opinion, prevailing wisdom is dubious. But hey, isn’t the threat of a scratched cornea or two worth that sparkly-eyed look of fabulousness?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/09/2021 08:55:18 PM
Category: Fashion
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It’s a legal loophole with just the right touch of the absurd: The prime minister of Thailand is being court-ordered to resign because he violated the country’s constitution by accepting payment from a televised appearance — on a cooking show.

Among the political repercussions: Chairman Kaga likely can never run for public office, at least anywhere in Southeast Asia.

Speaking of “Iron Chef”, I only recently discovered that the original Kaga-headed series has been back on the air since May (albeit in reruns) on something called the Fine Living Network. It’s been re-branded slightly into “Iron Chef Japan”, which is fine by me, since that appropriately disassociates it from the crappy Americanized version.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/09/2021 08:12:26 PM
Category: Food, Politics, TV
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Brooklyn brownstoner Kimber VanRy wonders why he can’t have a bottle of beer on his stoop without getting ticketed for drinking in public:

Mr. VanRy’s building on Sterling Place is in a gritty but gentrifying part of Prospect Heights, and Mr. VanRy knows neighborhood residents who have been mugged. “The question that sort of lingers in my mind is, given all the other kinds of things that are constantly going on and how little I see of police in the neighborhood, that this was the best use of their 20 minutes of time?” he said of the two officers.

VanRy is a pioneering demographics-shifter, so I’m sure he sees this particular enforcement of the law as misplaced. Because there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to be a neighborhood stoop-sipper:

RIGHT WAY - Be a white professional-class male, flashing a Blackberry and drinking a pricey import or craft brewski (like that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale VanRy was tippling when he received his summons).

WRONG WAY - Be a black or Hispanic working-class male, with or without cellphone, and hosting a bodega-bought tallboy of cheap beer or malt liquor.

With the right way, you’re just casually hanging out. With the wrong way, you’re loitering and attracting trouble. It’s plain to see.

That’s pretty much the gentrification code of conduct. I’m surprised the local cops didn’t get the memo.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/09/2021 10:51:58 AM
Category: New Yorkin', Society, True Crime
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