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Friday, April 24, 2021

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 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 Bucs. 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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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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