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Friday, October 31, 2021

Here’s a fun New York kinda Halloween activity:

Walk down 14th Street, toward the West Village Halloween Parade lineup. As you pass by all the freaky-looking people around you, try to guess who’s (intentionally) in costume, and who’s not.

If that sounds easy to you, then you’re not from around here…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/31/2008 05:41 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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Will Strike.TV, a Hollywood-driven online filmed-entertainment site with a professional sheen, succeed against the oceans of user-generated Web video ala YouTube?

Probably. Even with the multitudes of options, the most popular media clips consistently feature celebrity-starring content from television, movies, recording labels, etc. So if the industry makes a full-bore Internet foray with original material, the same mass preferences should win out. Funny or Die is based upon the same principal; migrating “Saturday Night Live” talent to the third screen has already proven to draw the eyeballs.

Besides, I like the attitude Strike.TV is taking vis-a-vis content creation on the Web:

“It takes a professional writer to monetize this medium,” says [Strike.TV CEO Peter] Hyoguchi. “Without a writer, this medium is a trinket, it’s just a mechanism. And you cannot monetize a trinket. This medium was built for storytelling and it was built for professional storytelling.”

As a semi-creative type myself, this is music to my ears. Not that I expect to start scripting webisodes of some online series, but it’ll be refreshing to see something other than half-baked curiosities populate the cyber-ether.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/31/2008 10:17 AM
Category: Creative, Internet, TV
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I like to say that we’re living in the midst of a great Age of Distraction, characterized by constant and incessant sensory input. Judging from all the creature-comfort crap they’re building into our automobiles, the buzz isn’t going to subside anytime soon.

Not even in a cheap ride:

Ford has embraced what it calls the “democratization” of new technology, meaning the company plans to make its latest features available in all models, not just the most expensive.

The company’s voice-activated Sync system, a communication and entertainment network for mobile phones and digital music players, was introduced on the Ford Focus, a lower-priced compact sedan, and then rolled out on more expensive models.

How does the onboard entertainment system, beverage cooler, etc. jibe with fuel efficiency? I know that keeping the AC running all the time degrades mileage per gallon; I have to believe that maintaining a living room on wheels multiplies that effect. Of course, with oil prices tanking, I guess no one’s going to care much about that soon.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/31/2008 10:02 AM
Category: Business, Society, Tech
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