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Sunday, May 16, 2021

I absolutely hate tomatoes. But I do like this Santa Sweets brand tomato-package label, featuring inseparable company mascots Tom, Matt, and Otto.

Not enough to buy that package, obviously (citing my distaste for tomatoes, grape variety or otherwise). Nor enough to name my offspring in likewise manner.

But I did like this clever little wordplay enough to take a Flickr-sized cameraphone photo. After which I moved on to produce which was more agreeable to my palate, if not as personable.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/16/2010 09:23pm
Category: Food, Photography, Wordsmithing
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And I thought I was the only who never used up any wireless voice minutes. In fact, more and more people are talking less and less on their cellphones:

Instead of talking on their cellphones, people are making use of all the extras that iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones were also designed to do — browse the Web, listen to music, watch television, play games and send e-mail and text messages.

The number of text messages sent per user increased by nearly 50 percent nationwide last year, according to the CTIA, the wireless industry association. And for the first time in the United States, the amount of data in text, e-mail messages, streaming video, music and other services on mobile devices in 2009 surpassed the amount of voice data in cellphone calls, industry executives and analysts say.

“Originally, talking was the only cellphone application,” said Dan Hesse, chief executive of Sprint Nextel. “But now it’s less than half of the traffic on mobile networks.”

And, markets being markets, this trending means that our wireless bills soon will flip-flop — instead of the bucket of voice minutes determining the base monthly charges, the amount of data we use will be the determining factor. I’m wondering just how that will be structured: It’s easy to get across talk-time, but megabytes of data are more nebulous. How many minutes of Web surfing or music-streaming will wind up being billable?

I’m pretty surprised by this decline of voice. Like I said, I thought I was a particularly light talker. Most people I know seem to chit-chat on their wireless phones with abandon, and they tend to carry plans with loads of minutes. Meanwhile, I’ve never gone with anything more than the monthly minimum-minutes plan, and never consciously had to limit myself with it. The only data component that seems widely adopted is texting — again, something that I’ve never taken to.

This is certainly a shift in average-person usage. This, along with more migration to prepaid voice/data plans, means the telecom market could look vastly different five years from now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/16/2010 02:47pm
Category: Internet, Society, Tech, iPhone
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This is it — the 15th and final installment of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. My store-bought box of fortune cookies is empty, and the final cellophane-wrapped treat from it produced this parting shot, on aging:

The older the crab, the tougher his claw.

As I approach my 40s (still a year-plus away, thankfully), this observation certainly seems apt. I’m unquestionably more ornery than I used to be. The crabbiness, though, has been a personality feature since childhood.

And so ends this little content-generating diversion. I could always pick up another box of cookies, and/or eat Chinese takeout every day, and thus keep this string going. But no. This lark ends here. I’m only a little disappointed that none of the cookies didn’t wind up flawed — with two or three fortune slips, or empty, or with some foreign object inside. Those results would have made for nice curveball-type photos on the Flickr set.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/16/2010 11:25am
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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