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Thursday, April 30, 2021

rounded up
I always find the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs (or any sport’s first-round playoff, for that matter) to be the most exciting. With a full field of 16 teams in action, it’s truly got the variety that the subsequent thinning-out by elimination lacks. (On the other hand, I guess quantity gets traded for quality.)

As the Conference Semifinals commence tonight, here’s my brief wrap-up of the noteworthy happenings of Round One, starting with my personal disappointment by the collapse of a certain Manhattan-based squad:

- Yeah, the Rangers performed better than I thought they would versus Washington. And even if they had slipped past the Caps, they assuredly would have gotten swept next round by the Boston Bruins buzzsaw, so really, it’s just as well that they ended their postseason run early.

Still, did they have to implode so spectacularly? Blowing a 3-1 series edge, lapsing back into puck-overhandling instead of shoot-first offense, suffering a high-gloveside chink in King Henrik’s armor, and experiencing a comical meltdown in team discipline from the expected (barely-controllable pest Sean Avery) and unexpected (too-fiery head coach John Tortorella) sources. In some ways, the most disappointing shortcoming in the NHL this year.

- I’m prepared to designate the New Jersey-Carolina series as one of the best ever. The closing-seconds shocker that won Game 7 and the series for the ‘Canes was simply amazing, and will stick in my memory for as long as it sticks in the craw of the Devils and their fans.

- Not one for the ages, but the Chicago-Calgary series was probably the second-most entertaining pairing in this first round.

- Seriously, is anyone at all surprised that San Jose did the early-round bounce yet again? They’ve made an artform out of this. Their season-closing shakiness only reinforced their expected return to form. When the Ducks ticked up as the matchup partner, there was no doubt in my mind that Anaheim would dispatch their cross-state rivals. Frankly, I thought that even St. Louis would have had a fair shot at knocking off Team Teal, had the Blues lost their final regular-season game to land in the No. 8 seed.

- I really thought the Blues would put up a better fight. They gave the Canucks plenty to handle, but not eking out even a single win was surprising.

- I didn’t see anything to unconvince me that the Bruins are going to be lifting the Cup come June. That’s regardless of who comes out of the West.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/30/2009 09:17:25 PM
Category: Hockey
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Overheard today on the street:

Man, God, I already know you don’t exist, but do you have to keep reminding me of it?

A compactly quirky quip if I ever heard one. I’m thinking it evokes Nietzsche’s overarching concept of the death of God, only one step removed; more likely, it’s just a convenient pessimist’s manifesto.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/30/2009 11:34:30 AM
Category: Creative, Society
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might be that was
Montana is getting ready to revive the doctrine of state sovereignty at the point of a gun — albeit an exclusively “Made In Montana” branded pistol. A specialized gun-rights bill in the Helena legislature is designed to be a litmus test against Washington’s influence:

Supporters of the measure say the main purpose is not extending gun freedoms, but curbing what they regard as an oppressive interpretation of the interstate commerce clause and federal overreach into such things as livestock management and education.

“Firearms are inextricably linked to the history and culture of Montana, and I’d like to support that,” said Montana state Rep. Joel Boniek, the bill’s sponsor. “But I want to point out that the issue here is not about firearms. It’s about state rights.”

Between this and Texas governor Rick Perry flirting with secessionist sentiment, all of a sudden that wacky Russian professor’s prediction of a Disunited States of America by next year seems like brilliant prescience.

In any case, don’t expect the 2010 map of a fractured central North America to look like the one above. For that to happen, the Battle of Antietam would have to have never existed; oh, and there’d have to be fake superheroes running all over the place, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/30/2009 11:08:53 AM
Category: Comedy, Politics, Society
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Wednesday, April 29, 2021

fly away
This was all pre-Oprah, but there’s no reason to think that it won’t persist for the immediate future: A Nielsen study finds that Twitter is less sticky than other online hangouts, with 60 percent of new users abandoning their accounts within a month.

“It is clear that a retention rate of 40 percent will limit a site’s growth to about a 10 percent reach figure,” [Nielsen VP David Martin] said. “A high retention rate doesn’t guarantee a massive audience, but it is a prerequisite. There simply aren’t enough new users to make up for defecting ones after a certain point.”

Martin pointed to MySpace and Facebook.

“[When they] were emerging networks like Twitter is now, their retention rates were twice as high,” Martin wrote. “When they went through their explosive growth phases, that retention only went up, and both sit at nearly 70 percent today.”

I’ll point out right away that this parallels the traditional abandonment rate for blogging. I can’t find a straightforward update on the latest activity rate — for instance, Technorati’s “State of the Blogosphere” is fairly convoluted and limited — but as of a couple of years ago, roughly half of all newly-minted blogs would be abandoned in under three months.

No surprise in that similarity. Twitter is routinely described as a “microblogging” service, although after having used it for a good spell, I reject that characterization (I’ll expand more on that at a later date). But the common thread is that both formats demand regular (if not copious) posting of content, primarily writing. And for most people, it comes down to that: Even the shortest form of text exposition seems too laborious to bother doing regularly.

So, with that dissuading demand, is Twitter nothing more than a fad? Earlier this decade, blogging was projected to flame out due to the same dynamics. It sorta did — but only the notion that everyone and their mothers would maintain a personal blog. The blog scene evolved to the point where the format and medium is a routine part of the Web media landscape; the separate, mainstream activity that was supposed to be focused on blogging is now directed to social networks. Sort of a division of labor.

Twitter might very well evolve along the same lines, even though it’s a more centralized entity than the general blogging movement. The current dedicated Twitterers will continue to populate the site and drive expansion to other platforms and more focused tweet-groups (professional associations, etc.). Meanwhile, more casual users can experience 140-character expression via other clients like mobile devices, with output integrated into Facebook and MySpace pages, among others.

More than anything, this retention study is a cue for Twitter’s braintrust to start implementing the refinements that will encourage more people to stick around longer (and make the ultimate, and inevitable, monetization easier). Like it or not, it’ll spur changes, to the point where Twitter 2.0 won’t bear much resemblance to the current version.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/29/2009 10:00:41 PM
Category: Bloggin', Internet, Media, Society
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hey-o
While I commend Kumon Math and Reading Centers for avoiding the much-overused smiley face, the emoticon-ish stylized “o” that they integrated into their corporate logo seems a little, well, uninspired.

I mean, it’s cute and whimsical, hinting at the tutoring service’s focus on children. But look at that facial expression: Tiny mouth set in a tight-lipped formation, with two widely set apart eyes. Maybe it’s supposed to convey child-like wonderment, but to me, it comes off as a look of befuddlement mixed with slight boredom. Doesn’t exactly reinforce the spirit of high-achievement learning that the company likes to tout.

Heck, even a true oh face would be an improvement. Not to oversell the sensation felt from acing algebra and essay questions…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/29/2009 05:05:38 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Creative
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Tuesday, April 28, 2021

I’m not one to get caught up in germophobic hysteria, as this Queens swine flu outbreak seemingly demands.

Still, for the past couple of days, every time someone let loose a sneeze in my vicinity, I’ve felt an almost overwhelming urge to jump up and punch them in the nose.

Now that’s an epidemic.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/28/2009 04:43:31 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Science, Society
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no fixed location
Like I said, I didn’t watch much of this year’s National Football League draft.

But, the half-dozen or so times that I did tune in to ESPN’s coverage this weekend, I definitely noticed this curiously franchise-dependent tone of reaction after certain picks:

Players selected by the most successful organizations generally have their positives accentuated by the pundits and experts. So when the Indianapolis Colts took running back Donald Brown from Connecticut with the 27th pick in the first round, the choice was mostly well received…

Two-back systems are all the rage in the NFL, but did the Colts really need to use a first-round pick for a complement to [starter Joseph] Addai when they had needs at linebacker and defensive tackle?

Of course, [Colts team president Bill] Polian does the draft about as well as anybody in the NFL and has earned the right to avoid criticism. Indy’s top choices the last 11 years all became starters.

So ipso facto, because the Colts are a perennially strong team, even their questionable reaches on draft day are presumed to be smart moves.

As for the dregs of the league: Along with the Oakland Raiders, who were instantly trashed for their first-round passing up of top-rated receiver Michael Crabtree in favor of faster-but-less-polished wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Cincinnati Bengals got the raw treatment:

The Bengals’ first three draft picks were players who, at one time or another, were being pegged to go sooner than they did.

During the season tackle Andre Smith looked like a potential first overall pick. Cincinnati got him at No. 6. USC linebacker Rey Maualuga looked like a sure first-rounder. The Bengals got him early in the second. Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson was being touted as a potential first-rounder before his senior season; he went 70th overall.

If the New England Patriots had made those picks, they’d be praised for maximizing value. The Bengals make those picks and the focus is on Smith’s immaturity for ducking out of the combine early, Maualuga’s tendency to overrun plays and Johnson’s lack of effort.

It doesn’t seem like this dynamic was so pronounced in past years’ draftnik hoopla. Not sure why it manifested itself so noticeably in ‘09. Maybe it was because it seemed like a pretty boring draft class — I certainly didn’t sense an especially compelling storyline from any of the prospects this year. So to compensate, Mel Kiper et al went over the top when teams veered from the consensus rankings. As always, the final verdict won’t be known for at least a couple of years, so all the draft-day gesticulation is so much hot air (for now).

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/28/2009 08:33:40 AM
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Monday, April 27, 2021

The economics of Web media have moved from the incidental to the essential, as demonstrated by conscious bandwidth and access restrictions by 2.0 sites in economically less-robust regions.

Web companies that rely on advertising are enjoying some of their most vibrant growth in developing countries. But those are also the same places where it can be the most expensive to operate, since Web companies often need more servers to make content available to parts of the world with limited bandwidth. And in those countries, online display advertising is least likely to translate into results.

This intractable contradiction has become a serious drag on the bottom lines of photo-sharing sites, social networks and video distributors like YouTube. It is also threatening the fervent idealism of Internet entrepreneurs, who hoped to unite the world in a single online village but are increasingly finding that the economics of that vision just do not work.

Last year, Veoh, a video-sharing site operated from San Diego, decided to block its service from users in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, citing the dim prospects of making money and the high cost of delivering video there.

This development makes me wonder just how close we are to the end of the beginning of the Internet as a full-fledged mass medium. So far, the online preserves are open and free to anyone wanting to set up shop, whether for fun, profit, or a combination thereof. But that’s only because there’s a lot of empty space to fill up to make the medium “real” — eventually, the bandwidth costs reach a saturation point, and real money comes due.

Is this cost-restriction in the formerly-known-as Third World the first sign? It seems like the global-level digital divide is now being reinforced via feasible content delivery.

It’s not like this is unprecedented: Radio went through the same process, with an early 20th-Century Wild West mentality where anyone — individual, business, church, etc. — with the right equipment could jump on the airwaves. Replace “right equipment” with “computer” and “airwaves” with “Web”, and the parallels should be clear enough.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/27/2009 03:12:39 PM
Category: Business, History, Internet, Media, Radio
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glossy lossThe prospects for a new business magazine glossy (read: print) were dim even before this current Great Recession hit. So it shouldn’t be too shocking that Condé Nast has pulled the plug on the once-ballyhooed Portfolio, a mere two years after launch.

Not to be completely self-centric here, but there goes another source for freelancing gigs. I wonder if they’ll keep the website alive; Condé’s recent history with folded titles says they won’t, and I don’t know that Portfolio.com has built up enough of a community/presence to warrant its preservation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/27/2009 12:25:36 PM
Category: Business, Publishing
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It’s nice that the United States Air Force wants to use a bright sunny Monday like this to get some photo-ops of its shiny planes buzzing around the Statue of Liberty.

But they could have warned a still-jittery post-9/11 crowd:

Unaware of the planned exercise, scores of office workers flooded out of buildings, worried about the prospect of terrorism.

“People came pouring out of the buildings, the American Express Building, all the buildings in the financial district by the water,” said Edward Acker, a photographer who was at the building, 3 World Financial Center. “And even the construction guys over by 100 North End Avenue area, they all got out of their buildings. Nobody knew about it. Finally some guy showed up with a little megaphone to tell everyone it was a test, but the people were not happy. The people who were here 9/11 were not happy.”

Mr. Acker added: “New York City police were standing right there and they had no knowledge of it. The evacuations were spontaneous. Guys from the floor came out, and one guy I talked to was just shaking.”

Conspiracy theories are even now hatching over hidden agendas behind this “planned exercise”. Allow me to contribute: I think this buzz-bombing prank was revenge for that New York Times op-ed that advocated abolishing the Air Force.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/27/2009 11:45:08 AM
Category: Comedy, New Yorkin', Politics
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cheesed
For once, I didn’t spend much time staring at this past weekend’s National Football League draft coverage.

But I got the gist of it. Basically, the biggest splash came from the hometown Jets, who hustled their way up to the Number 5 pick to nab Southern Cal QB (and newly-designated franchise savior) Mark Sanchez.

Of course, I consider this move to be a cue for Brett Favre to be a dick and un-retire all over again, thus throwing another NFL roster into preseason disarray.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/27/2009 10:54:37 AM
Category: Football, New Yorkin'
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Sunday, April 26, 2021

Much like email and other online channels, charitable organizations are finding it tough slogging to attract donations via Facebook and other social networking sites.

A case study is (Lil) Green Patch, a low-impact Facebook app that promotes The Nature Conservancy:

Despite being among the more lucrative Facebook applications, (Lil) Green Patch accounts for less than 3% of The Nature Conservancy’s online fundraising — which itself generates just 10% of all individual donations to the group, [digital membership director Sue] Citro said.

Yet the conservancy is less concerned with raising big bucks than with planting seeds for future support from the younger generation active on social networks.

“It’s really a great branding tool,” Citro said. “It’s helping spread the word, educating people about our organization and its mission.”

The group recommends its social-networking activities to past donors who cannot afford to give cash because of the bad economy but still want to help, she said.

The social-media approach would seem to be a natural fit between charities and potential donors, since it reinforces an important aspect of socnet user self-expression: What better way to expound on your love of animals, ecology, etc. than to show off your affiliation with a charity serving that cause?

So why hasn’t it worked? I really think that when it comes time to actually transfer that devotion to the offline world — and usually that means paying up with cold hard cash, but also just any gesture more active than screen-gazing — most people bail. It’s not much different than paying lip service and offering general sympathy, and then leaving it at that. As effortless as it might seem to convert sentiment to action on the Web, the will has to be there.

For now, the branding-first approach at least achieves awareness. I wonder if the sponsor-backed efforts aren’t the only way to make online giving work: Set up an app, game, Twitter campaign, etc. that requires only minimal amount of user participation, but generates a good volume of response, which would determine the final monetary donation total — i.e., have the sponsor foot that bill. That means cohabitating awareness in that the sponsor’s usually going to be corporate, and thus will want a share of that exposure, but that’s nothing new. The alternative would be trying to break through the clutter of all the other friend requests that bombard users, ultimately relegating donations to “old people”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/26/2009 09:19:22 PM
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Tyson came out this weekend to much acclaim.

I’m tempted to see it, except that I’m not sure how fulfilling it’ll be to watch James Toback simply point a camera while Iron Mike vents. The interspersed archive footage of Tyson’s most famous on-camera moments should be entertaining, especially if they include my personal favorite gut-spill:

I wish one of your guys had children so I could kick them in their fuckin’ head, or stomp on their testicles, so you can feel my pain — because that’s the pain I have, waking up every day.

I really wanted to find this video moment online so I could include it in this post. The best I could get is this, and it doesn’t look to be embeddable.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/26/2009 08:12:18 PM
Category: Celebrity, Movies, Other Sports, True Crime
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Saturday, April 25, 2021

It’s an ambitious plan to rehabilitate and repurpose an Industrial Revolution-era bridge, but Walkway Over the Hudson is doing it with the old Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge:

In its early years it was one of the longest bridges in the world and, at 6,700 feet, is still impressively long, shorter by 2,200 feet than the Golden Gate Bridge and longer by the same amount than the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Its length and dizzying height, 212 feet, contribute to accolades even today. “It’s phenomenal what they were able to achieve during that period,” said [Peter] Melewski, a partner in the engineering firm Bergmann and Associates. “It’s quite a landmark. It had a lot of firsts.”

That Mr. Melewski and others — a coterie of steelworkers, crane operators and cement layers — are even engaged in this $35 million project to reopen the bridge to pedestrians, bicyclists and in-line skaters is notable, considering that earlier attempts to resuscitate it were stymied for years by bickering among preservationists over the best way forward. But once work began, it progressed agreeably and quickly.

Local residents were energized by the idea of uniting Dutchess and Ulster Counties with a multipurpose recreational trail. Businesses near the riverfront saw the project as a boon. The region is preparing for an influx of tourists eager to see the bridge, which will become part of the state park system.

An “influx”? Personally, I grew up just south and across the Hudson from this location, and I’m not sure a river-spanning walkabout is enough to convince me to take a train up to Poughkeepsie (or to Pokipse, for that matter). Maybe just once, to see it; but I can see hopping back on Metro North on the very next train south after doing a once-through.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/25/2009 08:02:31 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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I was recently reminded of this classic commercial for Jamaica’s own Red Stripe beer:

Yeah, I know it’s a vaguely pandering portrayal of Caribbean islanders. Besides, it’s not like Red Stripe is truly a native Jamaican brew anymore — it’s wholly-owned by beverage giant Diageo.

But it still makes me smile with its quirkiness. The whole “Hooray Beer” flash-title, to the “You are very ugly!”, to the closing “Says the beautiful man”. And I don’t like Red Stripe any more than I like any beer, import or domestic. Long live the ugly stubby-nosed bottle!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/25/2009 07:15:21 PM
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Friday, April 24, 2021

buckin'
Mere minutes ago:

I’m standing on a corner in Brooklyn. I’m talking on the phone with my friend, Kirby, who’s in Tampa. Normal so far.

Then, some guy walks by me wearing a vintage Tampa Bay Buccaneers ballcap emblazoned with the familiar red-and-orange winking visage of old Bucco Bruce.

How random is that? It threw me enough for a loop that I complimented the passerby on having a quality hat. Kirby got a kick out of it too.

Further tangents tying all this together: The above photo is of Vinny Testaverde, probably the most recognizable of the creamsicle-orange era Yuckaneers. He happened to be born in Brooklyn. And to top off the meta-data, Kirby had just returned to Tampa after spending the past few days in the New York metro area (no Brooklyn there, but close enough).

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/24/2009 03:41:53 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Football, New Yorkin'
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Figuring that there’s nothing wrong with politics-as-usual that can’t be fixed with Silicon Valley acumen, a sprouting of prominent tech industry veterans are seeking public office in the Golden State:

All the leading GOP candidates for governor next year have ties to Silicon Valley — former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who headed a tech startup, and former Rep. Tom Campbell, a former Stanford business professor who represented the area in Congress for five terms.

Another Republican, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

They’re Republicans by virtue of their dot-com fueled dollars, but not standard GOP issue:

“I think having changed the game in industry, they see that opportunity that’s waiting to change California government,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council, a business group that is urging a reform of state government. “They’re salivating at the opportunity to apply some of their own technologies to government.”

While the primary election is still more than a year away, the GOP candidates already are maneuvering to gain an advantage with right-wing voters who are looking for traditional conservative values rather than the “achievement over ideology” approach used successfully in Silicon Valley.

If a new class of politicians emerge from this quarter, will it be significantly more technocratically-inclined than comparable businesspeople-turned-public servants? Classic tech culture doesn’t have much use for the typically methodical political process; the attitude is more toward getting what’s needed out of the body politic and then being left alone. On the other hand, these ex-CEOs aren’t pure techies — they managed huge companies that, at core, relied on the usual corporate lubricants to function and thrive.

It’s tempting to see this trend (if it is a trend) being a short-lived attempt at the tail wagging the dog, ending with a frustrating culture clash. Then again, it seems like the preceding California-based industry to ascend to the statehouse came out of the state’s southland, i.e. Hollywood (Reagan and now Schwarzenegger); if it’s now the north’s turn, the tech crowd should have their crack at Sacramento.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/24/2009 12:47:16 PM
Category: Business, Politics, Tech
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birdfeed
I find it a challenge to convey what I ate for lunch in under 140 characters. So I’m leagues behind Maureen Evans in Twittering proficiency, because she, under her @cookbook handle, has gone well beyond the usual update minutiae to deliver complete prep-and-cook food dish recipes in the microblogging format.

Although “complete” still leaves room for kitchen guesswork:

Knedliky: Czech. Rise T yeast/c milk/4T sug&flour. Knead+2c flour/egg/t salt/3T oil; rise h. Roll~16 T; seal around can fruit1/2s. Steam17m.

The yeasty egg dough rose nicely. I couldn’t figure out how or why I would wrap it around a can of fruit, or what kind of fruit to use. “Steam” was the key word here. These must be dumplings, with fruit slices inside. The tilde said to make “about” 16 buns. They came out of a bamboo steamer looking just like Chinese bao, with cling peaches instead of pork. Yum — another success.

I’m not brave enough to decipher condensed cooking instructions; I have enough trouble following regular, fully-formed cookbook excerpts. Or better yet, I could just tweet an order for pizza delivery.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/24/2009 10:25:14 AM
Category: Creative, Food, Internet
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Thursday, April 23, 2021

say cheese
If any of my erstwhile pals down Tampa Bay way fail to get in touch for a long stretch, I can always scan through Tampa Bay Mug Shots to see if they’ve been pinched in the past 60 days, and therefore are too preoccupied to chat with me.

Aggregating the arrest records from Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties and showcasing them via the region’s dominant newspaper is mighty provocative. Of course, it’s all perfectly routine under public-records procedure:

A sheriff’s office Web site maintains publicly accessible arrest records regardless of the disposition of any particular case. One principle behind Mug Shots is to mirror the sheriff’s office Web site policies closely. We provide links from every individual’s profile page to the detail page at the corresponding sheriff’s office site, which contains instructions about how to follow up on any particular case.

So the St. Pete Times isn’t outing anyone, exactly. But obviously, there’s a higher level of exposure via a search-friendly site like Mug Shots, with a meticulously-permalinked structure (albeit an extremely perishable one, since they expire in 60 days just like the police public record), than from the typically-buried information on the sheriff websites. I’m sure the paper is getting plenty of heat from disgruntled perps.

Still, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the online time. It’s a great idea, and a rare bright spot out of the distressed newspaper world.

(Via @noesym)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/23/2009 08:27:09 AM
Category: Florida Livin', Internet, Media, True Crime
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clown around
I snatched this colorful “Happy Birthday” gift wrapping paper away from my mother this past weekend. She was going to use it on a couple of presents for my little nephews; I was charmed enough by its whimsical, old-fashioned style to salvage it. (She wound up using some modern-day, more antiseptic giftwrap — all the better for getting ripped apart by a couple of 6-year-olds who are just after their toys.)

I assumed that it was vintage, as strange as it is to think that my mother had managed to hang onto something as commonplace as wrapping paper for a couple of decades. My hunch may be right, if this fellow Flickr enthusiast is correct in assessing the very same clown-themed pattern. I have no other way of checking, but again, going by the look of the artwork and the general condition of the paper itself, I’m pretty convinced that this is an artifact from at least twenty years ago.

And if so, I think we might have one of the catalysts for the modern-day rash of coulrophobia among adults. If you’re scared of clowns, it might be because these guys were once wrapped around a pair of socks, or some other crappy clothes-based birthday gift…

Anyway, check for yourself via this larger-scaled Flickr’d version of my substandard cameraphone photo. And pick out your favorite clown, while you’re at it. Mine has to be the hobo-looking one that’s teasing the tigers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/23/2009 08:07:04 AM
Category: Creative, Photography
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Wednesday, April 22, 2021

The phrase “turning on the waterworks” gets turned upside-down, physiologically speaking, with the stainless steel WaterWorks douche.

A ladies’ hygiene device, branded as a pure-water vaginal irrigation system. I’m sure an analogy to plumbing is in there somewhere too…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/22/2009 03:58:04 PM
Category: Science, Women, Wordsmithing
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