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Thursday, February 09, 2021

It’s been close to two weeks since I moved. I’ve been thinking about listing out some of the immediate differences I’ve experienced between Florida and New York, but I haven’t been particularly motivated to do so. Yet.

But here’s something that’s been a minor annoyance:

Static electric shocks. I’m getting sparked with practically every move I make up here: Walking across a room, getting in and out of cars, petting a dog or cat, whatever. Wearing rubber soles doesn’t make a bit of difference. I’m like a human Tesla coil.

Without looking too deeply into the science of it, I can guess why this is happening. In the dead of winter, there’s practically zero humidity in the air hereabouts. Contrast that with Tampa Bay, where the humidity is always thick enough to swim through. I’m guessing my physiology became so accustomed to the diffusive atmosphere in Florida that it’s now taking time to adjust to this more-conducive setting.

I’m sure the effect is harmless, aside from the minor jolts I’m laying on people and pets. Still, I’m getting irrationally nervous whenever I pick up my iPod or notebook computer. If I somehow fry one of those, I’m going to be soooooo pissed.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/09/2021 12:12:11 PM
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Monday, February 06, 2021

It took a full week of being here, but this morning, I finally got a look at some snowfall.

It lasted for all of 10 minutes. And so puny were the flake-lettes that they practically had to fight their way through the swirling wind to make it to the ground — where they promptly dissolved. And the forecast doesn’t call for much to follow.

I kind of have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I don’t particularly want to slush through inches of the white stuff. But if it’s going to be so cold and grey anyway, you might as well complete the picture.

Either way, I’ll have to bundle up.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/06/2021 10:02:07 AM
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Monday, January 23, 2021

I woke up this morning sweating.

No, it wasn’t because of a nightmare, or anxiousness related to this week’s final move out of Tampa Bay (at least, I don’t think so). Rather, it’s kinda warm on this late January morning in Clearwater: 71 degrees.

The temperature in Manhattan: 39 degrees (but feels like 31).

Since I should be well-used to a sunrise temperature in the seventies after 15 years of it, I’m thinking my brain is sending an early message to my physiology. Good thing — it’s best to adjust to the New York winter as soon as possible.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/23/2006 09:17:37 AM
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Monday, December 26, 2020

Yow. For some reason, the early-morning (if you consider 9AM “early”) sunlight sorta stung me this morning. The entire drive down to the office, the glare was really disorienting me. I almost felt like Count Dracula getting out of his coffin a tad early.

Maybe a cup of caffeine will set things right. It has in the past!

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/26/2005 10:04:30 AM
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Saturday, November 19, 2021

(Slightly) cooler weather has reached the Tampa Bay area this week, prompting the need for warmer clothing.

I never did like the Autumn season, even while growing up in New York. And here’s why: The temperature swings during the course of the day make dressing up a real chore.

Put on something fairly weighty, like an undershirt and a long-sleeve dress shirt, and you’re set for the cool morning. But then, as the sun rises and heats everything up to the customary 80-degree range by noon, and you find yourself sweating like a dog when you step out for lunch. As the evening approaches, things get cool again.

Yes, I’m familiar with the concept of layering, along with easily-removable jackets and such. But I hate fussing with that stuff. I feel that, once I put on my clothing for the day, I should be set. I don’t want to put stuff on and take stuff off all day long — what am I, a runway model?

As much as I dislike cold weather, I’d rather it just got cold already, so we could break out the sweaters and overcoats and stick with those. It’s better than this shifty season.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 06:20:00 PM
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Sunday, November 06, 2021

What is Bush’s position on Roe v. Wade?

None. He doesn’t care how they get out of New Orleans.

Hey, I thought it was funny. But the St. Pete Times op-ed crew is somewhat skeptical. Even though the experts approve:

Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, defends such humor, saying it can help a nation heal its wounds. After “four or five hours of coverage of a very sad story,” he explained, “humor is one of the ways you can process things.”

Maybe the jokeworks will be more acceptable when applied to those whiny, FEMA-teat suckling Hurricane Wilma victims.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/06/2021 11:58:56 AM
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Thursday, November 03, 2021

A Florida-as-spam-central scenario was suggested last year, when a noticable dip in worldwide spamming levels coincided with the four hurricane hits to the Sunshine State.

So, when Hurricane Wilma knocked out power in most of Broward County (and big chunks of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties), did spam correspondingly lessen? If so, it pretty much fingers the state as home to a bunch of spammers. If not, then 2004’s results could be considered a coincidence.

Personally, I didn’t notice any change in the amount of email junk I got during the last full week of October, when Wilma hit. But I do have an anecdotal bit of evidence that Web use in Wilma territory dropped: The traffic reports for Florida Trend, which I run every month, showed a sizable dip for October. Since most of our traffic comes from instate, I didn’t even have to look at the details to know that the decrease was attributable to the hurricane outages.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/03/2021 09:20:41 PM
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