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Friday, January 16, 2021

The NFL on FOX has featured those smoothly-animated sports robots as onscreen “bug” mascots from the very first season of the network’s National Football League coverage, in 1994.

That’s a decade-and-a-half of those prancing, gesticulating metaloids. And I say, that’s enough. Honestly, they’re so old-hat by now that I’d want to see them booted out even if they didn’t happen to be super-annoying, to boot. Time for something new, FOX.

As it happens, Awful Announcing agrees with me. And even better yet, Conan O’Brien does too:

If this ridicule results in the ‘bots being thrown onto the digital scrapheap of television history, then all the silliness will have been worth it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/16/2009 02:02:52 PM
Category: Comedy, Football, TV
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As if you needed another reason to despise those overabundant Canada geese, on top of their overproduction of birdshit, they’re now knocking airliners out of the skies above Manhattan.

I always heard about the avian menace to aircraft engines, but never quite bought it until now:

Since 2000, at least 486 commercial aircraft have collided with birds, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Of those incidents, 166 led to emergency landings and 66 resulted in aborted takeoffs.

Canada geese, a frequent visitor to golf courses and open spaces in the metropolitan New York area during the winter, pose a particular danger to planes because of their size. The impact of a 12 pound bird hitting a plane traveling at 150 miles per hour is equal to that of a 1,000 pound weight dropped from a height of 10 feet, according to experts on bird strikes.

I think we need to check on a potential goose-al Qaeda link…

As for the big splash-landing of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River yesterday: I didn’t detect it firsthand. It happened on the West Side, so I didn’t know about it until the media reports started buzzing in. What impressed me the most about it was the absence of death, and wondering just how much of a disaster this would have been had it happened in Asia or Latin America. Something to be said for extra-alert preparedness.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/16/2009 01:28:25 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Science, Society
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Reviving a trend that manifested last summer, this latest listing of the last eight shuffled-up songs off my iTouch is borne out of harsh weather. This time, it’s a skin-chilling cold blast that’s got New York temperatures well below freezing. Why my iPod Touch picks such inclement conditions to spew out a decent string of uninterrupted tracks is beyond me.

As usual, the number 8 brought to you by 8trk. The blog of which is now back in business.

1. “Circus (BitchSLAPhappy 3-Ring Circus remix)”, Britney Spears - All eyes on me.

2. “Natural’s Not In It”, Gang of Four - Fornication makes you happy.

3. “Friday I’m in Love”, The Cure - Monday, you can fall apart.

4. “Passage”, DJ Krush - [instrumental, no lyrics]

5. “Russians”, Sting - There is no monopoly of common sense.

6. “So What’cha Want”, Beastie Boys - I’m the illest motherfucker from here to Gardenia.

7. “Crazeee Skyhopper (Rmx Version)”, capsule - Let me take you on a trip.

8. “Sense of Purpose”, Third World - You hanging out with bad company.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/16/2009 12:42:31 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Weather, iPod Random Tracks
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With plenty of pain to go around in the auto industry, some are wondering if the traditionally glitzy auto shows will be cost-cutting casualties.

The immediate reason is economic. Most automakers around the world are losing money and need to cut expenses. GM confessed that it spent $2 million on the Tokyo show in 2007. That is a lot of money to show your flag in a country where you only sell a couple of thousand cars a year.

But the real reasons for ditching the shows go deeper. The automobile landscape is changing and doing things in familiar ways in familiar places just isn’t cutting it any longer.

It required an industry outsider to point this out. One of the first things that caught Bob Nardelli’s eye when he got to Chrysler was that the cash-short company was exhibiting its wares at 60 or more shows every year. Does it make sense to haul your new cars around the country so you can exhibit them to customers when your dealers are supposed to be doing that all year long for free?

The other reasons are related to obsolescence: The supposed purpose of these showcases — debuting new models and letting insiders hook up for quality time — both have been superseded by the Web. Plus, the traditional sites like Detroit and Tokyo are no longer the center of the motorworks universe, with Chinese cities especially ascending.

Trade shows like this are forever dying an imminent death thanks to trending and technology. The thing is, they rarely do. An event is still an event, and face time with like-minded folks and the hardware isn’t easily substituted via virtual means. The Internet was supposed to kill off the conference industry back in the mid-’90s, but even today’s spiffy VoIP communications capabilities haven’t compelled a broad range of industries to abandon annual get-togethers. Plus, the car shows are more about auto-enthusiast PR buzz, and any business is loathe to give that up. Rejiggering and downsizing is to be expected, but auto shows aren’t going to disappear anytime soon.

Meaning there’ll continue to be a steady supply of work for spokesmodels to accompany the latest lemons. Thank God for that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/16/2009 11:49:31 AM
Category: Business
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