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Sunday, November 01, 2021

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Today is a big day in hockey history: The 50th anniversary of the late Montreal great Jacques Plante being the first goaltender to wear a protective facemask during a National Hockey League game. Thus changing the face of the NHL, literally and figuratively.

It’s worth noting that this golden anniversary falls during a November that, in a couple of weeks, will also produce a Friday the 13th. The connection? In pop-cultural terms, the old-style hockey mask that Plante debuted in 1959 really hit the limelight 23 years later, when Jason first donned his in Friday the 13th Part III. Thus turning a highly-visible piece of athletic equipment into an even more recognizable horror-movie icon.

I’ll let you decide if November the 1st or Friday the 13th is the more significant date for hockey-heads. I just like the juxtapositional occurrence of the two dates on this particular anniversary, the 50th commemoration of Plante’s debut.

Times have changed, of course. Plante’s first mask, and the flat-plated ones that became standard netminder equipment during the ’60s and ’70s, morphed into today’s ornately-decorated catcher’s-mask models, with little resemblance to the original designs. Even though Jason Voorhees stuck with the old-school look in his 2009 remake (how could he not?), the on-ice product goes for less scare and more flare.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/01/2021 08:57 PM
Category: Hockey, Movies, Pop Culture
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So now that Twitter Lists are (apparently) officially live, the impact upon the Twitter-verse will be obvious soon enough. To wit:

The oft-requested “Follow me on Twitter” plea will be superseded by “List me on Twitter”.

Count on it. With auto-populating sites and services making thousands-count “following” and “followers” tallies fairly meaningless, getting listed will be perceived as more intimate, and therefore more relevant.

It doesn’t matter how true this is or isn’t, especially once automation hits the lists metric — the early perception will be what counts. Ultimately, lists are nothing more than filters, built-into the service instead of achievable through TweetDeck or other clients. They’ll further devalue the following/follower numbers, and give numbers-gawkers something else to track. That’s the extent of it.

I was among the chosen few to whom Twitter gave early-access list-making. Can’t say why — I’m far from the most prolific tweeter out there. In fact, I’ve gotten fairly bored with the site, and have let my usage revert mostly to my original purpose: To push out auto-tweet links to updates on this blog. I was intrigued enough to create a single list, but don’t see going through the trouble of sifting through my followers list to create more (although I’ve discovered that you don’t need to follow someone to list them — a curious feature/quirk). Personally, I’d rather that the Twitter braintrust had rolled out the much-awaited built-in retweet function before this.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/01/2021 04:14 PM
Category: Social Media Online
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Since he’s being term-limited out of office next year anyway, California’s “People’s Governor” is dropping governmental decorum and letting it rip in Sacramento. Arnold is being creative about it, though:

To recap: on Tuesday a hidden message was detected in a note accompanying a veto Governor Schwarzenegger sent to California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. When read like an acrostic poem, the first seven letters in seven consecutive lines spelled out “FUCK YOU.” The message was not without precedent — earlier Ammiano had told the governor to “kiss my gay ass.”

And here’s the line-by-line dis-missive, by necessity presented as a fixed-positioned image:

When presented digitally as below, the proper vertical line-up suffers, hard-returns or no; so I’ve {brackted} the pertinent letters:

{F}or some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while many {u}nnecessary bills come to me for consideration. Water reform, prison reform, and health {c}are are major issues my Administration has brought to the table, but the Legislature just {k}icks the can down the alley.

{Y}et another legislative year has come and gone without the major reforms Californians {o}verwhelmingly deserve. In light of this, and after careful consideration, I believe it is {u}nnecessary to sign this measure at this time.

Schwarzenegger insists this was just a coincidence, but the laws of probability disagree:

How likely is that? According to Stephen Devlin, the chair of the math department at the University of San Francisco, not very. The odds are one in 10 million he said, and added, “Not surprisingly, it’s virtually impossible for this to happen.”

Alternately, he could have knocked down the odds and delivered the secret-decoder message in his native German (which, I believe, would have spelled out “FICKE SIE”). It probably wouldn’t have been caught, and he’d still have his laugh. Stay classy, Governator.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/01/2021 01:04 PM
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, Politics
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