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Tuesday, May 26, 2021

I can’t find anything online, but at some point today, I could have sworn I overheard a quirky promo commercial for this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee that invoked — of all things — the funk-rock ’80s classic “Word Up!” by Cameo:

Nice synergy. I guess as far as pop-cultural tie-ins go, it was either this or The Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird (Bird Is The Word)”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/26/2009 10:41pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Creative, Pop Culture
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Cameraphoned this brick-wall graffiti just off the corner of 27th Street and Lexington Avenue. It’s a little blurry, especially in the embiggened Flickr version; but for once, I’m glad for that unintended distortion, because it actually enhances the already-abstract look of this street art.

This slice of the Gramercy Park neighborhood is heavily Asian Indian, so I’d assume this spraypaintjob would reflect that. But the afro-tastic head portrayed here looks more African than subcontinental, so make your own assumptions.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/26/2009 07:47pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Photography
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Federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor could make history if her nomination to the Supreme Court makes her the first-ever Hispanic SCOTUS Justice.

Unfortunately, the announcement, as reported by the Associated Press only a couple of hours ago, has already flubbed a fundamental aspect of her background:

Sonia Sotomayor: A ‘Newyorkrican’ for the high court…

Sotomayor is a self-described “Newyorkrican” who grew up in a Bronx housing project after her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico.

I supposed it’s possible that Sotomayor calls herself a “Newyorkrican” — except that, since 1974, the accepted term has been nuyorican. Which anyone in New York would readily recognize; I’m assuming the AP reporter is from elsewhere, and either misheard or else figured that the term was too nebulous to make sense to the rest of the country, and therefore figured it required the clunky restructuring.

There’s some level of irony in such an introduction into the socio-political mainstream…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/26/2009 11:05am
Category: New Yorkin', Politics, Society, Wordsmithing
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