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Saturday, April 17, 2021

going green
The few times I’ve caught Vancouver Canucks games on television this season, I’ve scratched my head over scenes like this one:

Who are those green-spandexed freaks? And since when did a National Hockey League game become a fair setting for plexiglass-pressing performance art?

It turns out that the Canucks Green Men are a new feature at General Motors Place. They’re not sanctioned by the arena nor the hockey team — which I’d wondered about, since they seemed so synchronized in their acrobatic penalty-box taunting. As for further details:

For the uninitiated, the Green Men were revealed by the Vancouver Sun as British Columbia Institute of Technology students Ryan Sullivan and Adam Forsythe, whose Green Men alter-egos go by Sully and Force. They initially wanted to use the “Green Man” gimmick at a Seattle Seahawks game, but the bodysuits they ordered arrived too late for the game. The NFL’s loss was the NHL’s gain.

Not that these schoolboys are being wholly original: Their Green Men inspiration came from an identical character from the television show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. American cultural hegemony strikes again!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/17/2010 02:23 PM
Category: Creative, Hockey, TV
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money, honeySince I’m a freelancin’ kinda guy — despite ample hours of onsite-client time that makes me practically indistinguishable from staff — I’m compelled to post the follow public service announcement:

Freelancers Union has launched a new campaign against employers that stiff contract workers. “Get Paid, Not Played” has the FU’s political action committee behind it, in an effort to get laws passed that would fine habitual offenders. And yes, the PAC is accepting donations.

There’s plenty of documentation showing the squeeze that billable workers get in when clients don’t pay up. It’s not just small fly-by-night shops that dally with the checks, either. Just last year, I cited the notable example involving publishing giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where 50 editorial freelancers were owed thousands of dollars in back pay. No one likes to be kept waiting for compensation from services performed, and when the rent’s due, you don’t want to take chances on losing both time and money for good.

As I noted last year, I’ve been pretty lucky with my freelancing (or contracting, or consulting, or whatever a particular client wants to label it). I’ve never been cheated out of any substantial fees; there have been exactly two instances where the client didn’t come through, and I lost out on fairly minimal amounts owed. And I still have trouble understanding how you can let thousands of dollars ride, like many of colleagues do. That doesn’t mean my luck will last forever, so the more that can be done to safeguard the situation, the better.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/17/2010 01:50 PM
Category: Business
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