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Thursday, December 03, 2021

It’s December, so that means it’s time to put my snowman figurine on display. See him in his fuller-sized Flickr format (where I dubbed him “Sno Bro”, in a spasm of cameraphone-inspired cuteness).

I can’t say why I’m fond of this 12-inch high metal figurine. Probably his emerald-green sweater. Or the low-key holiday cheer he lends to a room.

What I can’t figure out is why no one else cares for him. I’ve had this little trinket for three years now, and each Christmastime, I have to put up with a fair amount of bitching over even this minor bit of decoration. I guess not everyone likes an indoor reminder of the wintry weather that accompanies the season.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/03/2021 11:46 PM
Category: Creative, Photography
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Now that Tiger Woods has gone public with his extramarital infidelities, wife Elin is not looking for a divorce. Instead, she’s seeking a revised prenuptial agreement that, for her, means more money and less time put in:

The initial prenup was worth $20 million after 10 years of marriage. However, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker has reported that Elin Woods will receive an immediate payment “into an account she alone controls,” and that the 10-year timeframe — which began when they married in 2004 — has been shortened and the value increased “substantially.”

The Daily Beast quotes “a lawyer familiar with the couple’s negotiations” in reporting that the term of the prenup has been shortened to seven years, and that a series of staggered payments could increase the total value to $75 million.

So, let me get this straight: Tiger has to pay his wife in order for her to continuing being his wife — and then, for only for a limited time. In what’s presumably, if not a wholly-loveless marriage, then one that’s filled with less love than before.

I’m not seeing how a divorce wouldn’t be preferable. Even if the dollar amount ramps up considerably (I hear Tiger would be out some $300 million), at least he’s entirely free and clear to go his own way afterward. The pre-nup situation seems like paying for prolonged punishment. Cut bait and run, I say.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/03/2021 11:26 PM
Category: Celebrity, Other Sports, Society
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When I bought a new videogame for my iTouch yesterday, I didn’t give much thought to whether or not the game’s soundtrack was also available for purchase. (In fact, one of my persistent gripes about App Store games is that too few of them allow you the option to override in-game music in favor of letting the iPod music play; but that’s something for another post…)

But indeed, the oddly-named hovercraft-racing game “Ground Effect” comes with an embedded iTunes link to buy the theme music. Here’s the philosophy behind the move:

Diefenbach, a really cool Danish indie band, have allowed us to feature an instrumental version of one of their most amazing tracks “A Rock in a Pond” as the soundtrack for “Ground Effect” from their album “Dark Spinner”.

[App developer Glenn Corpes] was really excited as an indie developer about the prospect of teaming up with an indie band; much has been made recently about the cross-promotional possibilities and it makes sense that if gamers habitually listen to music on their iPhones it would be shame not to use the opportunity as a game developer to introduce them to great bands they might otherwise have not been exposed to.

That last part is the heart of it: Providing an opportunity for exposure on the audience’s preferred platform. This is the same concept as what’s driving music sales via “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” console interfaces. You take your wares where the action is.

I’d be surprised if there aren’t more apps that meld this experience — not just games either. The ability to push sales of multimedia elements within an app could soon be a commonplace and expected aspect of iPhone/iPod interaction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/03/2021 10:53 PM
Category: Business, Pop Culture, Videogames, iPod
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