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Sunday, November 08, 2021

pig l'orange
With today’s Green Bay at Tampa Bay game featuring the Bucs in their orange creamsicle throwback uniforms, there’s no way I wouldn’t throw up a post with the above Vinny Testaverde photo in it. Bucco Bruce lives again!

Actually, what pushed me over the edge was the game unexpectedly being broadcast here. That was an audible — the scheduled Arizona at Chicago game turned into a lopsided affair by halftime, so FOX decided to switch over to Buccaneer Ball. Thankfully so, as far as I’m concerned. Not least because it further extends the odd frequency of Bucs games on New York television this NFL season.

This game is an especially nostalgic mind-blower. The Bucs really went all-out with the throwback imagery: Not only the all-orange for the jerseys and coaches’ polo shirts, but even Raymond James Stadium is decked out with the franchise’s original colors, right down to the giant white Bucco Bruce helmet painting at mid-field, with no sign of the current pewter-and-red color scheme. I guess every NFL team goes to these lengths when they do a throwback game, but it seems even more complete in Tampa, probably because I was living there when those colors were current.

And of course, the sad-sack Yuckaneers are reborn on the field, with the 2009 team coming into this game winless, and looking deservedly so through three quarters of play this afternoon. Only appropriate that the opponent be Green Bay, in a revival of the “Bay of Pigs” matchups from decades past.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/08/2021 04:07 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Football, History
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Who needs a backyard tree-fort when you can build an entire house from un-lumbered whole trees?

According to research by the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison [Wisconsin], run by the USDA, a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. So [architect Roald] Gundersen uses small-diameter trees as rafters and framing in his airy structures, and big trees felled by wind, disease or insects as powerful columns and curving beams.

Wood is still wood, but you’re trading the two-by-four for arboreal decor.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/08/2021 02:32 PM
Category: Creative, Science
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How do you avoid being electrocuted on the streets of New York? You consult this map of stray-voltage electrified objects as detected by Con Ed (after the fact, of course), and you heed this walkabout advice:

[Public safety watchdog Roger] Lane had this warning for New Yorkers: “As a pedestrian, you cannot avoid energized objects; they’re there.” His best advice to New Yorkers, he added, is to “never touch a street light, never touch a traffic light, don’t walk in the puddles on the sidewalk and you should absolutely never walk barefoot.”

In other words, never leave your apartment.

Such is life in the city electric. I suppose that, even considering the Big Apple’s creaking infrastructure, this haywire threat is no worse here than in any other city or suburb; the x-factor is population density. Just tread carefully, and in rubber soles (which, being the daredevil I am, I rarely wear).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/08/2021 12:40 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Tech
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