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Thursday, May 13, 2021

We’ve reached an even dozen in “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. So figure that it’s time for some contriteness:

“The best way to have the last word is to apologize.”

Level-headed advice for settling accounts. In lieu of apology, you could also opt for a curse word or two as your closing argument. I’ve found that to be an emphatic parting shot, even if true closure is elusive. But let’s face it — if you want closure, best bet is to partake of your fortune cookie after a meal.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/13/2010 11:43pm
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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Do old-fashioned caller-requested song dedications on the radio have a place on the Web? The mind behind Thisgoesout.to thinks so:

There is an alchemy to song dedications — canned ingredients combined to express earnest and deeply felt emotion. The music is often saccharine. The words of love and longing tend toward the generic, delivered in the slick, mannered voice of the DJ. And yet, with dedications, as with many forms of private sentiment expressed in public, the emotional pull is undeniable.

Maybe all that is true, but the online result here is rather uninspiring: A sparsely-adorned page of black-and-while pixels, with just the short dedication message and a Flash player-ette of the song that’s “going out to”. Doesn’t really have an impact. Even worse, there’s no permalink for each dedication page — the Tumblr-powered site slots new requests onto “Page 1″, thus pushing the archived ones down the line and continually changing their individual URLs. In other words, you can’t even send a link to your object of dedication so that they can see the online love.

The idea is to recreate the schmaltzy sentimentality of Casey Kasem’s classic long-distance dedications, and you need more than an unadorned page with a Twitter-like quip to do that. Overall, I don’t see this online translation capturing the spirit of the original radio-borne expressions set to music.

I agree that there’s “alchemy” in those radio airwaves, though. Not that I was ever one to participate — radio’s never been my preferred medium. But I recall listening to a late-night music show on local NPR years ago, in Tampa. The unique feature that I found to be the entertaining hook: The bulk of the dedications came from women who were sending a musical shout-out to mates who were in prison. It was comical and poignant at the same time — which I guess counts as alchemical.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/13/2010 03:00pm
Category: Creative, Internet, Pop Culture, Radio
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