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Wednesday, September 17, 2021

a little bit rock 'n roll
Three years later, Darius Rucker’s post-Hootie & The Blowfish gig as Burger King’s rhinestone-cowboy TV pitchman now makes perfect sense, as foreshadowing. Leaving behind the pop-music scene, Rucker’s embarking upon a career as a for-real Nashville artist, with his first countrified effort, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, climbing nicely up the singles charts.

I’m hoping he once again adopts this purple cowpoke outfit as part of the career reinvention. And of course, I’m hoping he covers the bluegrass standard “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, just to make up for his infamous BK version:

When my belly starts a-rumblin’
And I’m jonesin’ for a treat
I close my eyes for a big surprise
The Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch

I love the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch
The breasts they grow on trees
And streams of bacon ranch dressing
Flow right up to your knees

There’s tumbleweeds of bacon
And cheddar paves the streets
Folks don’t front you ’cause you got the juice
There’s a train of ladies comin’ with a nice caboose
Never get in trouble, never need an excuse
The Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch

I love the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch
No one tells you to behave
Your wildest fantasies come true
Dallas cheerleaders give you shaves
Red onions make you laugh instead
And french fries grow like weeds
You get to veg all day
All the lotto tickets pay
There’s a king who wants you to have it your way
That’s the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch

And yes, I’ve been waiting for some pretext for posting this image again. I’ll take this!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/17/2008 03:42:11 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Celebrity, Pop Culture
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If you’ve ever wondered what Carrie Bradshaw was like as a teenager — and God knows, I have — then Candace Bushnell is delivering. The “Sex and the City” author is shamelessly extending her franchise backwards in time with “The Carrie Diaries”, a pair of teen novels that will explore the SATC ringleader’s formative years.

The first book will come out in 2010. Bushnell, in a statement issued by her publisher, said, “Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd — she led it. It was there that she began observing and commenting on the social scene.”

Does this mean a new/old TV series to follow, eventually? I don’t know about the other three characters, but as far as Sarah Jessica Parker is concerned, I believe this ground was already covered in back in the ’80s, with “Square Pegs”

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/17/2008 01:42:15 PM
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture, Publishing, TV, Women
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Akkam’s Razor breaks down the on-the-job self-training that goes into running a blog, and sums up the qualifications thusly:

The process of starting and maintaining a blog involved the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes of multiple disciplines and jobs. By skimming the above, I can easily see competencies of someone specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are also elements that could describe a web designer, graphic artist, marketing, advertising, or communications specialist, a copywriter, a community manager, and traffic manager.

A little bit of everything for managing content and driving traffic in Web 2.0 publishing. You can call it “blogger” because no other single term covers it all.

My experience with this site reflects that. In particular, I’ve picked up way more about SEO technique than I ever imagined I would, all just from making sure that a blog’s hyperlinking structure is as complete as any website’s should be (something that a lot of pre-loaded templates really don’t deliver, by the way). It’s certainly not rocket science, and in fact paying attention to how this blog ticks served to demystify how search engine optimization really works. It’s been rewarding so far.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/17/2008 10:59:47 AM
Category: Bloggin', Business
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