Wednesday, May 27, 2009

review of One-Eyed Monster

Thanks to Brian Gross, the president of BSG Public Relations for arranging for a copy of the movie to be sent to me. (We Virgos gotta stick together...)

The DVD arrived from Liberation Entertainment...

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Synopsis

In a darkly comic homage to "Alien" and "The Thing", the cast and crew of an adult film, stranded in a blizzard, must band together against a mysterious and deadly alien, which has possessed the actor with the biggest part--Ron Jeremy (naturally). Now, with the monster on a killing spree, the race is on to trap and destroy it before there are more victims of its peculiar skills.




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The preview on the website gave me the impression that it would have a horror-based plot...(but not taking itself too seriously) with some comedy. Five minutes into the movie I noticed on the DVD box: "A comedy by the Fields brothers". ("Doh!...")

It runs over one hour and fifteen minutes. Due to language and subject matter, it is for adults...there is some nudity...no "bloody messes", though.

I consider it a movie to be watched with "friends": get it from Netflix, grab some food and drink, relax, and put it on. As with anything: don't expect "too much" from it, and it's possible you could enjoy what you receive.

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Notes I made while watching the movie:

I wasn't sure what to expect regarding production quality...most of it was good, like any other movie you'd expect to see in the theater. There were some poor effects, but they appeared...I noticed...and really didn't care.

(After you watch the movie, the following observation will make sense...) Some of the dialog between Ron and Veronica seems to be introspective...

I think I've seen most adult sexually related devices, and the "neural tactile simulator" seems familiar to one now on the market, but with some added processing power I think this thing could be a consideration for some...

In general, I liked the dialog...

Halfway through the movie, I began to lose (some) interest...

Then, Charles Napier appeared...and I expected things to perk-up some: more horror, comedy...or both. For me, it did (I won't spoil his "break-out" scene)...

It does have some (kinda) "scary" parts...

Some parts of the movie (plot) are weak. I kept hoping the movie would hold together to the end. It did (kinda).

The acting of one guy doesn't get better, and becomes monotonous rather quickly...

Some events in the movie, to my surprise, were "wrapped-up" at the end.

If you watch all of the credits, there are some interesting facts that are verified.

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I have not watched the Features of the DVD:
Commentary
More Celebrity Holes (Outtakes)
Porn Yesterday: A Conversation with Ron Jeremy and Veronica Hart
Spotlight On: The Dick Wrangler
Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery
Trailer and Teasers

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Here are some related links:

Facebook

MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/oneeyedmonstermovie)

An Artist's Journey: The Blog of Ron Jeremy's Dick
The Official Blog of Ron Jeremy's Classically Trained Dick as it navigates its way through the hairy world of Show Business


Twitter, "Attached to Ron Jeremy - yes, it's really me!"

On their website are free wallpapers for computers, and ring tones for telephones (here's one I hope to remember, 'cause I will use it: http://www.oneeyedmonstermovie.com/download.php?file=ringtones/Im_gonna_roll_you_like_a_carpet.mp3).
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Friday, May 22, 2009

(sexy) standup cutouts

Sexy Standups are five to six feet tall cutouts made of heavy cardboard with an easel attached. The image is of photo quality...

They are available in the catagories of:
Adult Entertainers
Almost Nude
Chippendales
Costumes
Mini Skirts
Bikinis
Bras and Panties
Sexy Lingerie
and "Cartoons"

drumstickspolice

And, they do accept custom orders...
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

FCC

FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts

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Friday, May 15, 2009

TOP 50 U.S. WEB PROPERTIES FOR APRIL 2009

Social Networking
MySpace Sites led the category...followed by Facebook.com...Twitter.com, now the third ranked social networking site...

comScore Top 50 Properties (U.S.)
April 2009
Total U.S. - Home, Work and University Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
1 Google Sites
2 Yahoo! Sites
3 Microsoft Sites
4 AOL LLC 107,469
5 Fox Interactive Media
6 Ask Network
7 eBay
8 FACEBOOK.COM

http://www.comscore.com/content/download/2273/24215/file/comScore%20Inside%20the%20Ratings%20April%202009.pdf
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radio delivers less news than TV, internet, and print

Regarding the amount of time spent each day on gathering news and information...Television is the most intensively used medium, with an average of around 43 minutes a day, perhaps an edition of evening broadcast news together with some background information from more in-depth programming. Newspapers were ranked second, with an average time spent per day of 33 minutes. Consumers who pay for online content spend on average 20 minutes a day on the Internet, while users of free online content spend 15 minutes. Time spent on magazines and radio averages less than 10 minutes a day...

page 16

(Maybe if radio provided much better content and substance...)
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

FriendFeed

"...is a service that makes it easy to share with friends online..."

You can get a "customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared — from photos to interesting links and videos to messages just for you. And your friends get their customized feeds, full of the cool stuff that you've shared."

"...You can subscribe to updates from individuals and groups, such as your family or a team of people you work with...you and your friends contribute to a shared stream of information — information that you care about, because it's from the people that you care about.

"...your friends can see what you're sharing without creating an account, and you can embed your feed in your home page or blog. FriendFeed also lets you pull in updates from other sites around the web, and even publish your feed to services you already use..."

They support SSL encryption...but it appears it's just at login.

You can login using your Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. I logged in using my Google logon. As soon as I did, I noticed I had 21 friends...I don't know why. Some I follow on Twitter...but I did not use my twitter account to login with.

I did not make my account/feed "private"...and initially, it appeared that you must be a member of Friendfeed to see it. But, after a time, it seems that you/anyone now can.

"Connect the services you use to FriendFeed. For example, if you add Flickr, your feed will automatically update every time you publish a new photo...."

It does seem to automatically update. (Twitter related applications I use are http://sideline.yahoo.com and Tweetdeck.)

Here are some of the services they support:
LiveJournal
Tumblr
delicious
Diigo
Digg
Google Reader
Flickr
Facebook
Gmail/Google Talk
Twitter
Last.fm
Pandora
12seconds
Dailymotion
YouTube
Amazon.com
LinkedIn
Netflix
Netvibes

http://friendfeed.com/?auth=i5OZ1mjQu5z8SHKw&format=atom

I chose to only connect to Diigo...because, at this moment, I don't want to integrate all the other services I use into FriendFeed. I think it's a great service, but not for me to use on a regular basis...not now...maybe one day.

I wish they supported OpenID (I'm still also waiting for Facebook to).
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SteelSeries headsets

We at TechtalkRadio have had the great pleasure of reviewing headphones from SteelSeries, and I do mean "pleasure"...

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The first set I tried was the SteelSeries 3H.



This is an entry-level product for gamers that is a foldable/collapsible, lightweight gaming headset designed for easy transport.

Headphones:
10 - 27.000 Hz frequency response
7.1 virtual surround sound
The "closed" headphones are optimized for specific gaming sounds like: gunfire, weapon reloads, footsteps, and other crucial sounds...

Microphone:
Retractable, non-directional microphone system
50 - 18.000 Hz frequency response
6.5 foot cable

The cord comes out of the right headphone. On the cord there is an "On/Off" switch for the headset, a mute switch, and "volume up" and "volume down" switches.

http://www.steelseries.com/us/products/audio/3h/information

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The SteelSeries 5H v2 USB headset is designed for gamers with onboard soundcards, and/or gamers who regularly find themselves playing at third party computers.

The "open", full-size, ear cushions fit around ears and are very comfortable. The headphones can be dismantled into three separate parts (so they can fit into a bag or a carrying case).



"...This headset was developed and optimized specifically for in-game sound frequencies found in the most popular shooters - making in-game sounds like footsteps, alerts and gunfire especially clear. You will be able to hear and pinpoint the location of your opponents...you can boost and lower frequencies of your own choosing, allowing optimization..."

Headphones
- Frequency response: 16 - 28.000 Hz
- Cable length: 10 feet
- Connectors: 1/8"

"...Our...soundcard...was designed for gamers who either use systems with (often crappy) on-board soundcards or players who travel a lot."

"The soundcard features a processor which frees up CPU power...More free CPU power equals more CPU power for your game application..."
- USB soundcard with 7.1 virtual surround
- Equalizer: 12 channels
- Operating systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME/Mac OS

Microphone
- Pull-out microphone system (it is much easier to grab and extend than the 3H...)
- Frequency response: 75 - 16.000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional

There is a seven foot extension cord for both the headphones and the microphone.



The SteelSeries USB Soundcard software provides options for:
7.1 virtual surround sound...
microphone boost...
environments (padded cell, auditorium, cave, arena, hanger, hallway, drugged, dizzy, psychotic, and more)...
an equalizer...
and karaoke functionality (with vocal cancellation).

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The SteelSeries Siberia USB Headset was designed and...

"...developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure that the soundscape, specifications and comfort is suitable for long gaming sessions. But the SteelSeries Siberia USB full-size headset is also designed for multi-functionality.

"This headset is bundled with a USB soundcard featuring virtual 7.1 surround, extremely suitable for gaming, music and movies...The 12 channel equalizer allows for tweaking to personal preferences, while the built-in effects processor can provide ambiance and other effects.





"...this product has been designed so gamers can use it with their favorite MP3-player, handheld gaming device or practically any other kind of portable digital device.

"...the headset features a separate microphone (and a separate soundcard)...and comes with an additional extra long cord for use with stationary computers."




The choice of colors are black and white.



Headphone
- Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 99 - 104 dB
- Jack: 1/8" (a 1/4" converter is included)
- Cable length: 9 feet (with extension cord)

I measured the cable coming from the headphones to be 3 feet long. (The extension cord is 6 feet long.)

The headphones use a suspension design to sit on your head. Because I have an obscenely large afro...unless I restrain my hair by tying it in a ponytail...I put the headphones on, and then take my hair out of the headphones.

Microphone
- Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB

The microphone cord is 9.5 feet long (115 inches), and can be connected alongside of the headphone extension cord with the clips that are on the extension cord. There is an "on/off" switch on the microphone. It has a clip so you can attach it to clothing, or the supplied "screen hanger" (which can be attached to a surface/monitor with Velcro...which is also supplied).
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