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Sunday, September 06, 2021


No telling when I’ll next be in Seattle — and that next time will be my first time. If I do go, I’ll have to check out the Fremont Troll:

The Fremont Troll has been lurking under the north end of the Aurora bridge since 1990. He was sculpted by four Seattle-area artists — Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead — for the neighborhood Fremont Arts Council. The head-and-shoulders sculpture is 18-ft. tall.

The shaggy haired troll glares southward with his shiny metal eye — a hubcap? In his left hand, he crushes an old-style Volkswagen beetle… There are plenty of places to pose, and interaction with the troll is encouraged.

A hubcap in that eye? That would fit with the automotive motif. Although when I looked at the big-sized Twitpic photo, I thought it looked more like a mini-disco ball.

Hopefully, when/if I get a chance to see this Emerald City wonder myself, it won’t be marred by graffiti tags.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/06/2021 12:22 PM
Category: Creative, Photography
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coordinated canning
When the calendar flips to September 1st, National Football League teams concern themselves with trimming their rosters down to the 53-man limit. This year, a few teams looked beyond the player depth charts in their autumnal blood-letting: Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo all fired their newly-installed offensive coordinators, mere days before the regular-season kickoff.

All three of these teams are rebuilding, and even before these drastic actions, none were expected to win many games in 2009. Maybe that pressure is why they pulled the trigger:

The desperation level that marks the owners’ frenzied firings in January has migrated to head coaches who are so frantic for a fast start that they don’t even wait for the first snap to be taken.

There’s a good chance that these three clubs will be racing each other to the bottom of the standings; the Buccaneers, in particular, look like a formless mess on both sides of the ball. Of course, as random as the parity-strangled NFL is, there’s almost as good a chance that all three will surge into the playoffs, energized by the offensive shake-up. In which case, the copycat league will rear its ugly head next year, with a wave of preseason coaching-ranks firings aimed at making teams “playoff-ready” in August…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/06/2021 11:43 AM
Category: Football
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