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Monday, March 22, 2021

re: the button
Just a blog-housekeeping note, for my own records: As of today, I’ve installed the Topsy Retweet Button for WordPress plugin.

Thus have I added a true one-click social media widget to this blog. I previously installed CommenTwitter, and it remains in place, but it’s fallen well short of my hopes in spreading this blog’s permalinks. I have to face it: People don’t want to jump through any content-creation hoops just to add to the Twitter-stream. A retweet button is a dead-simple solution, so we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve done very little to enable the Topsy plugin; thankfully, it appears to be working correctly straight out of the box. I may have to tweak it going forward, but for now, it is what it is. I’ve already seen a few reverse-trackbacks on old posts come back as a result, and that’s what I’m looking for, so it’s so far, so good.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/22/2010 11:29pm
Category: Bloggin', Social Media Online
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I didn’t care much for the Studio Phoenix-produced arthouse photo print I spied this morning in *$, but I did get a kick out of the caption accompanying it:

“The lovers”:
Tribeca Hardware, Sept. ‘09
Kodak Pro 400 Blk&Wht film

The minute I saw them walk in I had to do it. I’ve always had a soft spot for lovers, until they become annoying. Out of place but right at home, in their own world. Like two strange birds in a world of pre-packaged goods.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for lovers, until they become annoying”. Doesn’t everyone share that sentiment? Whenever we’re not being couplingly annoying ourselves, naturally.

Speaking of soft spots, I’ve got one for artist-generated backstories like this one. Even when they might be unnecessary piling-on of exposition for pieces that should speak for themselves. In fact, I recall a comedy bit by some New York comic, years ago, that riffed on this same tendency among hipster performance artists: After watching the umpteenth singer, poet, etc. lead with a how-I-wrote-this-one introduction, this comic parodied this ritual by prefacing each of his jokes with his mock inspirations. Something like, “I wrote this next joke one day when I was in the bathroom, and I stubbed my toe against the faucet, and I cursed, and I thought what a great joke it would make…” The hipsters didn’t appreciate the humor in that approach, but I sure do.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/22/2010 10:09am
Category: Comedy, Creative, New Yorkin'
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