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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Back in the late ’70s, the much-ballyhooed U.S tour of the King Tutankhanmun archaeological exhibition inspired Steve Martin to add his contribution to pop culture’s trove of novelty songs:

Now when he was a young man
He never thought he’d see (King Tut)
People stand in line
To see the boy king (King Tut)

How’d you get so funky (Funky Tut)
Did you do the monkey
(Born in Arizona)
(Moved to Babylonia, King Tut)

Now that King Tut’s baubles have returned to the States, will Martin write and perform a new rendition of “King Tut”? I realize he’s long since shed his former wild-and-crazy-guy schtick, but for nostalgia’s sake, the re-booted Egyptian theme practically demands Martin’s participation.

Assuming that he won’t, here’s a live 1979 performance by Martin of “King Tut”, complete with the wacky headdress/white suit ensemble, and the hieroglyphics-inspired stage shimmying. My chief childhood memories of Martin are informed directly by this act, so it’s a trip to see it again thirty years later:

The surprise low-key appearance by The Fonz was a nice closing touch. He’s my favorite honky.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/24/2010 07:47 PM
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, History, Pop Culture
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Not to discount Kelly LeBrock’s much-publicized struggles, but this quote from her, on her, is telling:

“I was constantly raped and abused my whole life,” she revealed.

Is there any clearer sign that she’s completely internalized a culture of victimhood? I don’t doubt any of the allegations of abuse she’s suffered from ex-husband Steven Seagal and others. But it’s hard to take such a blanket statement seriously. All it does is undermine her own credibility.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/24/2010 06:06 PM
Category: Celebrity, Society, True Crime
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The idea behind Blippy is to show off your credit card purchases on the Web. Showing off your credit card number from those purchases wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal:

Tipster Trey Copeland wrote to us with a link to results for the search: site:blippy.com +”from card”. That search returns results showing detailed purchase information for transactions. Each result highlights that there was a “debit card transaction” or “card transaction,” the amount spent, the specific location (address included) and the full card number.

Naturally, Blippy took action and defended itself with the claim that the card numbers were few, and were only remnants of a failed beta-test cleanup. Indeed, the simple Google search-string that exposed the breach has already been cleaned up. Somehow, this is supposed to settle things.

I would say that such a show of incompetence would surely scuttle a company. But who’s kidding who? Anyone dumb enough to turn over sensitive financial information like that to an online playground is also ignorant enough to have missed this kind of news. As usual, the idea of over-sharing on the social Web is harmless enough, until it makes you a prime target for plucking. So I’m sure Blippy will brush this off — unless it commits a similar blunder in the future (which you’d have to bet it would, given this sloppiness).

There are two bits of irony connected to this exercise in online transparency:

- One, that one of the brains behind Blippy is co-founder Philip Kaplan, best known for former corporate whistleblowing gossip site FuckedCompany. Talk about actualization…

- Two, that my previous observation of Blippy user-stream data indicated that the majority of shared transactions involved free-app “purchases” on Apple’s iTunes Store. I’m guessing those Blipsters felt especially comfortable putting out zero-dollar transactions. The real joke is that, given the account information linkage, I doubt that there’s any less risk in those situations — your card number is still referenced at some point, or at least left open to exposure.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/24/2010 03:57 PM
Category: Business, Social Media Online, Society
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