Thursday, February 25, 2010

Most Beautiful Jobs on the Internet

The internet has created some interesting jobs. For example, there's actually someone at Izismile.com who got the job of creating their list of the Top 99 Most Beautiful Women of 2010.

It wasn't surprising to me that some of the beautiful women that I've blogged about before made their cut. Jessica Alba came in at number 5, for example.

There were also several models from Victoria's Secret who made their list. This, also, was also incredibly not surprising.

I would have also ranked Kristen Bell a lot higher than number 76, which is where the folks at Izismile.com ranked her. However,  that's just my opinion.

Of course, the one aspect to lists like these that I've always found to be interesting who is not on it. I know there are a lot of beautiful women and a lot of beautiful celebrities. In fact, I'm often quite thankful for these facts.

Still, there are certain omissions this list of beautiful women that simply leave me puzzled.

How can anyone have a list of the most beautiful women of 2010 and not include Keira Knightley or Hayden Panettiere?

I have to ask: how can one include Whitney Port on a list of the most beautiful women of 2010, but not mention Keira Knightley or Hayden Panettiere at all?

I mean, don't get me wrong, Whitney Port is a very beautiful woman. She unquestionably ranks I higher than I ever would on any poll such as this. She is also a very talented fashion designer. I'm sure she's a wonderful person as well.

However, when it comes to pure physical beauty, can Whitney Port really hold a candle to either Keira Knightley or Hayden Panettiere?

I think not.

I guess I'll just have to start my list of the most beautiful women of 2010.

Perhaps I'll even include a few local celebrities from the Detroit area, such as Erin Nicole of WXYZ-TV and hostess for the Detroit Pistons.

Hmm....

The wheels are starting to spin in my head as I try to think and type at the same time.

Okay - I'll put this question out to the dozen or so people who read this blog on a regular basis. Who do you think I should include in my own list of the most beautiful women of 2010?


Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. I look forward to reading them.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hilary Duff Gets Engaged

Hilary Duff got engaged to Mike Comrie of the Edmunton Oilers the other day. Photos of Mr. Comrie proposing to Ms. Duff in their home, as well as her "reaction" quickly showed up on-line.

The speed with which these thing showed up make me suspect that it was set up ahead of time by one (or both) of their respective publicists.  However, at the same time, when I look at the final photo in this set - well, there's a part of me that simply stops caring about how staged it might be.

The photos are available here.  Please note that the final one in this series is not safe for work.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Detroit Passes New Rules on Strip Clubs

The Detroit City Council approved a new set of rules on strip clubs in the city at the urging of Rev. Marvin Winans.

All of this makes me wonder: is it time to start regulating churches in this city? Maybe we should have an ordinance that determines what a pastor can where during a service? Or how far he or she should be from the congregation at all times?

Detroit passes new rules on strip clubs | The Detroit News

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Rage Within the Machine

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has long had some of the most thought-provoking pieces on television, in my opinion.  However, they outdid themselves with one.

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Thank you, Jon Stewart. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Suddenly Popular

I made a short documentary on the Ransom Gillis House in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood two years ago with my friend, Lee Runchey. It sat on YouTube for awhile, with hardly anyone watching it.

However, in the past few weeks, my video has suddenly become at least somewhat popular with a dozen or so people checking it out every day. (I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it is a tenfold increase from where it was when I first uploaded it.)



The weirdest part is that, according to YouTube's Insight feature, my video is most popular in Belgium.  So, to everyone from Belgium who has been watching my video, I'd simply like to say thank you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

1 Out of 30

One of my friends, Valerie Richards, has decided to go on thirty dates, with thirty different guys, in thirty days. This was one of those unique situations where she mentioned an idea to a few of her friends and, almost immediately, her adventure had gone huge.
  • She has a couple hundred people following her on Facebook;
  • After 5 Detroit has given her the opportunity to write about her dates for a feature there; and
  • Her story was even featured on Channel 7 News last yesterday evening.
The video from her story is available below.



I write about all of this on my blog because this morning, I got to become one of her thirty dates.  In fact, I was a her very first one in this adventure.

We met this morning at the R.J. Hirt, Jr. Company in Eastern Market. She suggested that we go on a walking tour of the market that was led by the folks at Feet on the Streets tours and I was game for it.

Luckily, we were a few minutes early so we able to run next door to Vivio's for coffee. This gave us a chance to talk; me about all of the post-NATPE craziness surrounding the TV show that my partners and I putting together and her about everything else in her life.

After a few minutes of that, it was back to R.J. Hirt for the tour. I had been inside that store more times than I could count over the past several years.

However, I still learned a few new things about the place. Our tour guide explained how the business got started, who R.J. Hirt was, and how the building had evolved over time as stairways were moved and additions were built on. We even got to go into a couple of parts of the store that the public isn't normally allowed to enter, such as the part that used to be the Hirt family's living quarters on the second floor.

I found myself wishing that I had brought my camera with me at several points during our date. Luckily, Valerie did, as did some of the others who were on our tour, so I'm sure there will be photos here soon.

We went from R.J. Hirt to Gabriel Importing Company to sample their olives, meat pies, and other general yumminess. We also went to Savvy Chic, which is one of those cool stores that you simply have to visit to believe.  (Again, I curse my lack of a camera on this trip.)

As a side note, I have to admit that I felt a tiny bit of awkwardness when our date started. Valerie and I had been friends for years so crossing that line into dating, even for a special situation like this, was a bit odd at first. However, after an hour or so into our date it seemed completely natural.

Anyway, we next wondered through the sheds, got to sample a few different foods, and talk some more. Unfortunately, she had to leave before this tour was officially over because she had another date later in the day.

Oh, well - that left more food for me at the final stop on this tour - Supino Pizzeria.

All in all, it was a fun morning.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Detroit Poet/Professor Wins National Literary Award

M.L. Liebler, one of my professors in college, has won the 2010 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

Congratulations, Professor Liebler.

Detroit-born poet/professor wins national literary award | The Detroit News

Tail of the Tiger Golf Balls

I have a sudden desire to golf.

This is due, at least in part, to these new novelty golf balls that are adorned with images of Tiger Woods' mistresses. I can't explain why but they just seem really cool.


Tail of the Tiger Golf Balls

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MEETorDIE - Where Lousy Meetings Live on Forever

When I worked for other, instead of running my own company, I used to hate those endless, seemingly pointless meetings that I always had to go to.

Now, there is a MEETorDIE. It's a new web site that enables one to calculate just how much money is wasted on such meetings.

If I were still in corporate America, I would make it mandatory for everyone to check this site for the manpower costs associated with these meetings. If the meeting wasn't worth it, and there is an eventual trend of meetings that don't, then it's definitely time for the company to make changes to how meetings are scheduled and to how often they happen.

MEETorDIE - Where Lousy Meetings Live on Forever

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant

I'm one of those troglodytes who doesn't have either a Blackberry or an iPhone.

Heck, at the moment, I don't even have a working cell phone. (I had to let it go when I took time away from work in order to finish the script for The Roswell Chronicles).

It's things like the Siri app, however, that make me determined to get one soon. More details on it below.

Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant

Oddly Awesome Photography

Phillip Toledano is a photographer whose work has shown up in GQ, Vanity Fair, and several other major magazines. His work can really only be described as oddly awesome.

There's a bunch of his photos on-line now at theCHIVE that are definitely worth checking out. Although, I do feel compelled to warn everyone that a couple of them are not safe for work.

theCHIVE – The World's Largest Photo Blog � Blog Archive Oddly awesome photography by Phillip Toledano (16 photos)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Facebook Jumps the Shark

First, there was Friendster. But then it got lame and no one used it anymore.

Then came MySpace. But it got to be too frustrating and hardly anyone uses it anymore either.

Now we have Facebook, which is clearly on the verge of jumping the shark and becoming a shadow of its former self. They go through "updates" faster than a whorehouse goes through condoms. Before one even figures out how a given update actually works, they unleash yet another one for users to stumble their way through.

All of which makes me wonder: what's the next social networking site?

After Facebook has officially gone the way of Friendster, who will be next?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Space Shuttle Blasts Off On Last Night Launch

Endeavor lifted off early this morning from Cape Canaveral. This will likely to be the last nighttime launch of a space shuttle as NASA is retiring the space shuttle at the end of this year.

Her six astronauts will deliver a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station before returning in two weeks. I wish them well in their mission.

Space shuttle blasts off on last night flight - Yahoo! News

Friday, February 05, 2010

Keira Knightley Banned from Porn in Australia

It's a good thing that Keira Knightley's career in mainstream Hollywood films and stage productions is going well. If she had to, she could no longer make porn flicks.

At least not in Australia.

The geniuses at the Australia Classification Board have decided to ban small-breasted women, such as Keira Knightley, from appearing in pornographic films and publications. They say that such images of woman with small breasts encourages pedophilia and child molestation. The full story is available here.

I tried thinking of something that's actually more stupid than banning women like Keira Knightley from appearing in porn. However, I simply can't think of any such thing.

And yes, before anyone bothers to ask, my main reason for writing this post was indeed to be able to include the words "Keira Knightley" and "porn" in the same sentence.

I am a man of simple pleasures.

Snow

There are moments when I absolutely hate snow.  This, by the way, would include all of those times when I have to drive somewhere in the stuff.

However, there are also moments when I absolutely love snow. This, by the way, would include any instance in which a woman is suddenly inspired to make a snow angel while wearing a bikini.


Girls Make Snow Angels In Bikinis - Watch more Funny Videos

Thank you, God, for creating the internet as well as bikinis and the women who wear them.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day

I have some very good news, everyone!

I saw my shadow this morning.  This means six more weeks of strippers and booze.

(Yes, my version of Groundhog Day is more interesting than the one in Pennsylvania.)

Monday, February 01, 2010

Finding My Fresh Start

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after being away from the blogosphere most last week. It's good to be back, ladies and gentlemen.

I want to share a brief taste of what I've been working on. This is the opening credits for a home improvement show that I worked on called Fresh Start with the Design Divas.



My partners and I still working on getting this thing on the air somewhere.  I'll post some more later on how that is coming along.

Subscribe and Wave

I've been using Google Wave for a couple of months now. I believe it's a cool communications tool, but it's definitely one that gets better as more and more people use it.

Google Wave is currently in limited preview. This means that, if you want to try it out, then you need to be invited by someone who currently uses the service.

I currently have a dozen or so invitations that I can use. If you would like to be invited to use Google Wave then I simply ask that you do two things:

  1. Subscribe to my blog; and
  2. Leave a comment in this post indicating that you'd like a Google Wave invite.

If I don't have you email address already, please include it in your comment. (Please feel free to enter in a way that makes things harder for spam robots to pick up, e.g. name [at] domain [dot] com.)  I will send a Google Wave invite to your email address. Also, I will delete your comment after send your invite to further minimize the potential for spammers to pick up an email address.

For current subscribers to my blog, there's obviously no need for you to subscribe again. Simply leave a comment below with your email address (if I don't already have it) and your invitation will soon arrive.

Also, if you're not currently familiar with Google Wave and why it's cool then I encourage you to take a moment to watch this video below.



Google Wave.