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Tuesday, February 10, 2021

I sure as hell don’t agree with the “Why We Love Winter” sentiment that accompanied the above photo (never have been a fan of the bone-chilling cold). But I like the picture itself, taken by news photog Vyacheslav Oseledko, very much.

The photographic subject is a young goaltender in Kyrgyzstan, sporting a homemade mask as he competed in the country’s amateur hockey championships last month. The mask is not only reminiscent of the oldschool “birdcage” style protective mesh — it looks as though it really might have been crafted from an actual metal cage. Speaks of the standard of living in this largely rural Central Asian country.

And remember, this is Kyrgyzstan, not its larger and better-known neighbor Kazakhstan. Even the NYT Web editor couldn’t keep it straight, as the original image file was incorrectly tagged as “kazakhmask533.jpg”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/10/2021 01:14pm
Category: Hockey, Photography
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One random swing into some music-blasting clothing boutique, and two days later Foo Fighters and their bouncy tune “Big Me” is still infecting my mind.

Can’t say I was ever particularly a fan of this post-Nirvana grouping. In fact, when I heard the song, I couldn’t remember who the artist was; it bugged me enough that I kept pondering it, and it eventually came to me. I guess the jokey subtext — that it’s a bubble-gum pop departure from the band’s typical grunge sound — endears me to the track that much more.

As for the song’s distinctive video:

It highlights the pop-cultural artifact that was Mentos and their onetime-ubiquitous campy TV commercials, a couple of which are directly spoofed by the Foos here. Thus the employment of the fictional “Footos” candy props in the video — further adding to the confusion of anyone who wasn’t around during the mid-1990s.

Amazingly, both the Foos and those Mentos spots are closing in on their 20th anniversaries. Time for a revival by both, I’d say.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/10/2021 10:57am
Category: Advert./Mktg., Comedy, Creative, Food, Pop Culture
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