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Saturday, February 14, 2021

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day — and because I just like it — here’s the fanciful opening theme from HBO’s “Big Love”:

Nice symbolism all around, with husband and three wives skating on thin ice while The Beach Boys warble their appropriate “God Only Knows” (really, the only Beach Boys song I have any use for).

Of course, this post should not be construed as any admission of, nor endorsement of, polygamy. Merely spreading the love.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/14/2009 03:01pm
Category: Pop Culture, TV
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covering tracks
With a reputation that’s more akin to mud than to its bad-ass North Carolina swamp roots, Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its once-cherished identity and is rebranding itself as Xe.

The parent company’s new name is pronounced “zee.” Blackwater Lodge & Training Center — the subsidiary that conducts much of the company’s overseas operations and domestic training — has been renamed U.S. Training Center Inc., the company said Friday.

The decision comes as part of an ongoing rebranding effort that grew more urgent following a September 2007 shooting in Iraq that left at least a dozen civilians dead. Blackwater president Gary Jackson said in a memo to employees the new name reflects the change in company focus away from the business of providing private security.

Obviously, Blackwater’s previous half-measure of softening its paw-print-in-crosshairs logo didn’t yield the desired ameliorative effects.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/14/2009 02:36pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, Politics
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My posting the above image — with arrow-puncturing doubtlessly administered by Cupid himself — is not necessarily reflective of my mood on this Valentine’s Day. (No, not necessarily.)

It’s just that the original appearance of this graphic on this blog, four years ago, has been getting mad hits all this week. So I figured I’d resurrect it here, just to provide further convenience for those looking for anti-Valentine’s sentiment online.

And amazingly, the anti-VD e-card producers, who I originally posted about back in 2005, seem to still be around. So if you’re in the market for last-minute snarky romantic expression, you know where to click.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/14/2009 01:04pm
Category: Comedy, Society
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