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Tuesday, December 02, 2021

What musical inspirations are modern-day mothers using to coo their newborns to sleep? Apparently, they’re not so much Mother Goose:

Instead, parents are singing hits off their iPods, with two thirds of the 2,000 respondents [to the UK’s thebabywebsite.com] saying they are more likely to croon “Patience” by the boy band Take That, or “Angels,” by the group’s former member, Robbie Williams, than “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” One fifth say they choose pop songs because they works better at calming a baby than a lullaby, while 13 percent say lullabies are just too old fashioned and 10 percent say they can’t remember the words to the traditional tunes.

Molding young minds with pop-cultural sludge. Suddenly, Baby Beethoven doesn’t seem like such a bad idea…

Actually, I remember someone once telling me that they would lull their infant to sleep by singing R.E.M. songs, and implying that that was, like, the coolest thing ever. Prompting me to think that, indeed, “Driver 8″ would make a sweet, gentle little bedtime sing-a-long.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/02/2021 08:07:51 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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second by second
What sort of comments would National Hockey League/Dallas Stars badboy Sean Avery have to make to get suspended by the league?

This kind:

“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said on camera this morning in Calgary. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.”

The specific sloppy seconds Avery is publicly citing appears to be actress Elisha Cuthbert, who’s currently dating Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. That’s who Avery would have been bumping heads with tonight, as the Stars are in Calgary for a game. He’d also done some tamer trash-talking earlier, calling Flames star Jarome Iginla “boring”.

More broadly, Avery was probably also referring to model Rachel Hunter, who’s another one of his exes and is now dating Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll. In a similar vein, Cuthbert also dated Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek after splitting with Avery. So, apparently, all this hockey-related romance is all about him.

No telling how this kerfuffle impacts Avery’s fashion-model ad for The Gap, or his burgeoning fashion career in general.

Call me crazy, but I actually now wish Avery had stayed with my hometown New York Rangers for this season. Crude yes, but entertaining. Practically the NHL’s version of Terrell Owens.

Actually, partly because of Avery’s antics, I was all geared up to watch that Stars-Flames game tonight, as it’s being webcast on Y! Sports. I’ll still watch it, but it’ll have a bit less bite to it now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/02/2021 07:22:13 PM
Category: Celebrity, Hockey
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It’s hard to imagine a more captive advertising audience than a class full of test-takers with eyes glued to their exams:

When administrators at Rancho Bernardo, a suburban San Diego high school, announced the district was cutting spending on supplies by nearly a third, [high school calculus teacher Tom] Farber had a problem. At 3 cents a page, his tests would cost more than $500 a year. His copying budget: $316. But he wanted to give students enough practice for the big tests they’ll face in the spring, such as the Advanced Placement exam.

“Tough times call for tough actions,” he says. So he started selling ads on his test papers: $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final…

About two-thirds of Farber’s ads are inspirational messages underwritten by parents. Others are ads for local businesses, such as two from a structural engineering firm and one from a dentist who urges students, “Brace Yourself for a Great Semester!”

“Inspirational messages” from parents? Knowing today’s breed of helicopter parents, a good chunk of these are probably codeworded cheat clues…

It also occurs to me that the teachers might be able to cut printing costs by delivering their tests via soft copy: Email, PDF, etc. There must be some kind of system for delivering exams electronically that would pay off in the long run, without resorting to ad creep.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/02/2021 05:38:47 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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I cannot tell you how many times I’ve tried to take a nice, near-panoramic photo of Columbus Circle, and utterly failed at it. High-end camera, crappy cellphone camera, sidewalk level, penthouse level — didn’t matter. I just don’t have the photographic touch for these things.

Thankfully, Hiroko Masuike of The New York Times does. So I’ve freely lifted the shot above (cropped slightly) that accompanied today’s article about landmark issues at 2 Columbus Circle and elsewhere in the City. From the vantage point, I’m guessing it was taken from somewhere inside Trump Tower recently, just as night was falling and the lights were coming up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/02/2021 05:03:55 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Photography
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