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Friday, February 13, 2021

A little something for the geek contingent out there: Apparently, today’s Friday the 13th coincides with a unique number-string of time reckoning in computerland:

“At 11:31:30pm UTC on Feb 13, 2009, Unix time will reach 1,234,567,890.
Where will you be at this momentous second?” - from Bell Labs

This will be Friday, February 13th at 1831 and 30 seconds EST.

And as you can see from the timestamp below, I’ve timed this post to go live pretty much on this zero hour (I can’t pinpoint the seconds column, and I’m pre-publishing this, so I’ll just have to cross my fingers on the output being “06:31:30″). [Edit: Missed it by 20 seconds, damn...]

I guess this adds an extra layer of dread to your garden-variety paraskevidekatriaphobia. Or it would, if I knew what the hell UNIX Time was.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/13/2009 06:31pm
Category: Creative, Society, Tech
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Here’s the money quote out of the in-progress, as-of-this-writing Jelly Talks live session with Guy Kawasaki, in which he refutes the idea of outsourcing your social Web marketing to a third-party agency but volunteers to lend his Internet celebrity toward any start-up’s Twitter campaign:

“Tell you what: For 50 grand a month, I’ll be your Tweet-boy!”

Fifty thousand bucks for Kawasaki to pump out 140-character love-shots? I’d rather spend the money on… well, just about anything, frankly…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/13/2009 02:33pm
Category: Business, Celebrity, Internet, Social Media Online, Tech
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That’s what I’m declaring the all-too-frequent flying of American flags at half-mast when there’s no apparent commemorative reason, like a holiday or notable event.

Because in those cases, it’s apparent that the only reason that that particular Stars and Stripes is only halfway up its flagpole is because whoever hoisted it up there was too lazy to take it all the way to the top. Maybe they set it there days or weeks beforehand, for the appropriate holiday; but that doesn’t excuse freezing it in place after that.

I see this on display most days, while walking by various flag-waving buildings (residences generally don’t commit this, but only because they don’t have a full-sized flagpole to slack on). I’m not much of a stickler for ceremony, but this misrepresentation manages to rankle me — mainly because it makes me wonder if I haven’t missed some big news being correctly signified. Of course, that’s almost never the case, so it simply leads to misinformation, however minor.

So: Flag-flying at half-assed half-mast. Says it all, I think.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/13/2009 02:01pm
Category: Comedy, Political
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