Posts Tagged ‘ Information ’

Adult Stars Read Their DM’s Out Loud.


The email, Instant Message, and Direct Message (or DM for short) has been the bane of many females existence since A.O.L. was a thing.  “Sliding into the DM’s” is a recent term, but it refers to something as old as time, an interested party privately contacting you in order to achieve some manner of sexual goal.  Honestly, this is all a way to politely say that sometimes people are reaching out just trying to f*ck, and no one gets this more than individuals in the adult film industry.  Some of their horror stories are incredible, check the method below.

The Facebook Infographic.


It’s no mystery that the Facebook phenomenon has no signs of slowing down or stopping anytime soon.  But after one of Facebook’s higher ups opted to sell some of her shares of the now publicly traded company, people have been wondering whats been going on.  An incredibly informative video infographic by Jacques Parys may not explain the inner working of the company, but for sure sheds some light on some statistics surrounding the largest social network on the planet.  Check the method.

The Dark Knight Marathon.


We are just over a month away from The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters July 20, director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman adventure. AMC Theaters announced today they are hosting The Dark Knight Marathon on Thursday, July 19, where fans can watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in theaters before the midnight debut of The Dark Knight Rises. Take a look at these banners for the marathon, and read on for more details.


Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 11 at 12 PM ET (9 AM PT). It hasn’t been announced how much this three-movie marathon will cost, or what time each movie is starting. Marvel Studios teamed up with AMC for a similar marathon last month, showing all of the Marvel movies in a row before the midnight premiere of Marvel’s The Avengers, Of which I was a part

Just How Big Is Apple?


Joseph Kony & ‘Kony 2012’.


It’s very crucial that if you chose to watch this video, you watch it in its entirety.

(For those who watched the movie)

“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley.  Unfortunately most people are only familiar with that quote because of the Will Smith movie ‘I Am Legend’, but no matter where you heard it, or IF you’ve heard it, its a statement from one man that reflects an unyielding desire to make a positive difference.  Jason Russel, the spear head of the “Kony 2012” movement seems to have that same desire, and the same passion to make a positive difference, and the world is just starting to find that out.  In the video, Russel makes the point that when someone is invisible, they’re crimes may go un-noticed, and that shedding light on Joseph Kony and his actions are the best first step in getting something done.  So please do what you can to spread the word about this movement, share this link – http://wp.me/pHo18-5sB with anyone that you can, or any other link in reference to the video above, and lets help make a difference to someone.

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(For those of you who chose not to watch the video.)

The man in the photo above is Joseph Kony.  An African tyrant that is not a dictator, freedom fighter, or political menace.  He is a man who simply will do whatever it takes to keep the power he has gained.  One of my staff members was unable to finish watching the video because some of the images and emotions discussed can be quite intense, and I understand that not everyone has 30 minutes of their undivided attention to devote to the film above RIGHT this second.  This hopefully however doesn’t mean that you’re not willing to help out.

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.  Joseph Rao Kony, born 1961 in Odek, Uganda is a guerrilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group engaged in a violent campaign to establish theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments throughout Uganda.  The LRA say that God has sent spirits to communicate this mission directly to Kony.

Directed by Kony, the LRA has earned a reputation for its actions against the people of several countries, including northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. It has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight for them, and has also forced the internal displacement of over 2,000,000 people since its rebellion began in 1986.  As a result, in 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, but has succeeded in evading capture since.”  If you have it in your power, ask someone if they know about the crimes of Joseph Kony, or if you’re already familiar with the issue, take the time and tell someone else.

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(For everyone.)

The ‘Invisible Children’ organization is responsible for the Kony 2012 film, and the actions taken to get government officials to respond to the acts of crime in Uganda.  Their project however is not without a bit of public backlash, especially in reference to what happens after Kony is removed from power.  Steven Van Damme, the protection and policy adviser for the whole of eastern Congo is currently based in Goma. Van Damme said his organization is concerned about potentially violent consequences for the local Ugandan population from the Kony 2012 campaign.

“In general, we’re concerned [about] the catastrophic consequences for the local population,” Van Damme said. “We’ve seen in the past, over and over again, how there’s been a lot of retaliation by the LRA, the burning of villages, maiming people, a lot of killings, with little military success.”

According to Van Damme, military operations targeting Kony would present a host of risks. “They should take into account the protection of those people living in the areas where those military operations would take place, and at the same time [we’re] concerned about the fact that Kony has surrounded himself with a lot of civilians around.

“The LRA is able to operate in that part of DRC because it is a remote area, because it’s cut off, because it’s isolated. There is very limited infrastructure, very limited amount of roads, schools, hospitals, very limited communications. The state authority is very weak and is absent. … There’s a lack of political acknowledgment of the presence of the LRA in the area.”

Van Damme said the challenge of helping people impacted by Joseph Kony and his LRA forces requires focus on issues that are bigger than one man.

“What we want to highlight is the lack of development in the area that we’re talking about, where people have a lot of concerns – including the lack of access to hospitals, roads and schools – with this impacting massively on these people,” Van Damme said. “And so, any solution has to look at wider development in the area, and that seems to be where there’s a lot less attention and a lot less funding and political support.

“The LRA problem goes way beyond a purely military solution and has to tackle all of these matters that basically boil down to a very underdeveloped region.”

Aside from the potential consequences of removing Kony from power, ‘Invisible Children’ has also come under fire about some of its techniques.  There is no question that Joesph Kony is ruthless, brutal and quite possibly the embodiment of pure evil, but some of the ways ‘Invisible Children’ have gone about their campaign are under scrutiny.  A blog on Tumblr titled, “Visible Children,” offers a critical review of the organization.  There are several potential issues that would be backers and donors should be aware of prior to parting with hard earned funds or assisting in spreading their message.

Here are a couple of the allegations levied against Invisible Children:

  • Last year the organization raised $8,676,614 and only 32% of these funds went to direct services. It appears that a large majority of their funding went to pay staff salaries, transportation expenses and film production. Charity Navigator rates their accountability and transparency 2 out of 4 stars. This is due to the fact that the organization has not undergone an external audit of their funds.
  • Invisible Children supports direct military intervention, and their funding is said to support the Ugandan government and other military forces. The Ugandan army has been accused of rape and looting, but they are still defended by Invisible Children.

So weather you chose to take action in this digital war to find and stop Joseph Kony, or your opinions differ from the general consensus, just remember to do what you can to keep yourself as informed as possible about this issue and others.

11 Things NOT To Put On Facebook.


According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s unofficial mission is to make “the world more open and connected.” But there are limits to how open you should be on Facebook and while you might enjoy sharing photos and status updates, there are some pieces of information you would do well never to share.

Who’s watching your moves on Facebook? Employers, stalkers, federal agents, and even insurance companies have been known to scan Facebook profiles for information. Just as troubling are reports of Facebook account hackers, who put users at risk for identity fraud. Even if you safeguard personal information with a “Friends Only” setting, there is a chance you’ve friended someone whom you barely know or have never met.  So watch out folks, you never know who’s looking.

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Your Birth Date And Place

While it might be nice to hear from Facebook well-wishers on your birthday, you should think twice before posting your full birthday. Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse advises that revealing your exact birthday and your place of birth is like handing over your financial security to thieves. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon researchers recently discovered that they could reconstruct social security numbers using an individual’s birthday and place of birth.  Rather than remove your birthday entirely, you could enter a date that’s just a few days off from your real birthday.

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Your Mother’s Maiden Name

“Your mother’s maiden name is an especially valuable bit of information, not least since it’s often the answer to security questions on many sites,” writes the New York Times. Credit card companies, your wireless service provider, and numerous other firms frequently rely on this tidbit to protect your personal information.

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Your Home Address

Publicizing your home address enables everyone and anyone with whom you’ve shared that information to see where you live, from exes to employers. Opening up in this way could have negative repercussions: for example, there have been instances in which burglars have used Facebook to target users who said they were not at home.

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Any Trips Away From Home

CBSMoneyWatch.com warns social network users that counting down the days to a vacation can be as negligent as stating how many days the vacation will last. “There may be a better way to say ‘Rob me, please’ than posting something along the lines of: ‘Count-down to Maui! Two days and Ritz Carlton, here we come!’ on a social networking site. But it’s hard to think of one. Post the photos on Facebook when you return, if you like. But don’t invite criminals in by telling them specifically when you’ll be gone,” MoneyWatch writes.  Don’t post status updates that mention when you will be away from home, advises New York Times columnist Ron Lieber. When you broadcast your vacation dates, you might be telling untrustworthy Facebook “friends” that your house is empty and unwatched. “Remind ‘friends’ that you have an alarm or a guard dog,” Lieber writes.  Although new features like Facebook Places encourage you to check in during outings and broadcast your location (be it at a restaurant, park, or store), you might think twice even before sharing information about shorter departures from your home. “Don’t post messages such as ‘out for a run’ or ‘at the mall shopping for my sweetie,'” Identity Theft 911 cautions. “Thieves could use that information to physically break in your house.”

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Your Inappropriate Photos

By now, nearly everyone knows that racy, illicit, or otherwise incriminating photos posted on Facebook can cost you a job (or worse). But even deleted photos could come back to haunt you. Ars Technica recently discovered that Facebook’s servers can store deleted photos for an unspecified amount of time. “It’s possible,” a Facebook spokesperson told Ars Technica, “that someone who previously had access to a photo and saved the direct URL from our content delivery network partner could still access the photo.”

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Confessionals

Flubbing on your tax returns? Can’t stand your boss? Pulled a ‘dine and dash?’ Don’t tell Facebook. The site’s privacy settings allow you to control with whom you share certain information–for example, you can create a Group that consists only of your closest friends–but, once posted, it can be hard to erase proof of your illicit or illegal activities, and difficult to keep it from spreading.  There are countless examples of workers getting the axe for oversharing on Facebook, as well as many instances in which people have been arrested for information they shared on the social networking site. (Click here to see a few examples of Facebook posts that got people canned.)

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Your Phone Number

Watch where you post your phone number. Include it in your profile and, depending on your privacy settings, even your most distant Facebook “friends” (think exes, elementary school contacts, friends-of-friends) might be able to access it and give you a ring. Sharing it with Facebook Pages can also get you in trouble. Developer Tom Scott created an app called Evil that displays phone numbers published anywhere on Facebook. According to Scott, “There are uncountable numbers of groups on Facebook called ‘lost my phone!!!!! need ur numbers!!!!!’ […] Most of them are marked as ‘public’, and a lot of folks don’t understand what that means in Facebook’s context — to Facebook, ‘public’ means everyone in the world, whether they’re a Facebook member or not.”

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Your Child’s Name

Identity thieves also target children. “Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions,” writes Consumer Reports. “If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag.  If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.”

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Your ‘Risky’ Behavior

You take your classic Camaro out for street racing, soar above the hills in a hang glider, or smoke like a chimney? Insurers are increasingly turning to the web to figure out whether their applicants and customers are putting their lives or property at risk, according to Insure.com.  There have been additional reports that insurance companies may adjust users’ premiums based what they post to Facebook. Given that criminals are turning to high-tech tools like Google Street View and Facebook to target victims, “I wouldn’t be surprised if, as social media grow in popularity and more location-based applications come to fore, insurance providers consider these in their pricing of an individual’s risk,” says Darren Black, head of home insurance for Confused.com.

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The Layout Of Your Home

Identity Theft 911 reminds Facebook users never to post photos that reveal the layout of an apartment or home and the valuables therein.

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Your Profile On Public Search

Do you want your Facebook profile–even bare-bones information like your gender, name, and profile picture–appearing in a Google search? If not, you should should block your profile from appearing in search engine results. Consumer Reports advises that doing so will “help prevent strangers from accessing your page.” To change this privacy setting, go to Privacy Settings under Account, then Sharing on Facebook.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011.


As I’m sure most readers already know.  Apple’s head honcho Steve Jobs has passed away.  Twitter was INSTANTLY a-twit with the news, and people all over the world are beginning to realize that the man responsible for a majority of the modernized technology they use, has passed.  Jobs has consistently managed to capture the world’s attention with his stage events. On Wednesday evening, the world took to the Web to express their condolences about the news of his death.  Facebook news feeds filled with links and anecdotes about the impact that technology — and more specifically, Apple’s technology — had on their lives. Messages on Twitter and the site’s list of trending topics quickly became dominated by phrases such as “RIP Steve Jobs,” “#ThankYouSteve” and “iHeaven.”  The flood of messages slowed Twitter to a crawl at times or produced error messages saying the site was over capacity.  On those sites, many people posted and quoted from Jobs’ heartfelt commencement address to Stanford University in 2005, in which he first provided details about his health problems. Many pointed out how promotions for Apple’s products on the company’s website were replaced with a black-and-white photo of Jobs.

The Rules Of Freelancing.


 

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Costal Carnage – Art Of The Board.


Converse has partnered up with skateboard recycling company Art of Board for this year’s Coastal Carnage being held August 5-7 at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. This short video goes behind the scenes with Art of Board founder Rich Moorhead who collects broken skateboard decks and reuses them to create paneling for interior spaces, offering a new sustainability route for the skate industry. Deck the halls, and check the method below.

The History Of Beer.


Anna Rincon vs. Vanna Black.


So, once again the time has come when I need the public’s personal opinion. After a conversation between a staff-member and I about the two lovely women below, I decided to put up another poll and ask who you think is hotter

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Anna Rincon has proven to be a triple threat in mainstream media; demonstrating capabilities of excelling with talent in Film as an Actress, A video Model and having the grace and looks to cover magazines as well as showing off her dance moves. Her nationality being Mexican- American gives her the opportunity to work in both English and Spanish market. Being Beautiful and Talented defines her in the category to be one of the most wanted Video/Model Vixen in the Music industry- she has worked with major artists like Colby O Donis, International artist Akon, R&B megastar Usher and Latin Urban Artist Daddy Yankee. Along with video modeling, she has graced magazine covers of Source and Low Rider Magazines, as well as going international for centerfolds all over Latin America. Anna Rincon’s diverse talent has proven to be a natural when it comes to films and television media. She has previously worked on MTV, Si Tv and Telemundo to host and has been invited for numerous guest appearances. Although Anna is always busy, she finds time to unwind and hopes to open her dance studio and agency one day.

The incredible rapper/model is of African-American, French, Irish, Dutch, and Cherokee heritage, giving her an exotic and stunning appearance that is all her own. She was born and raised in the corrupted slums of West Philadelphia.  Vanna began rapping during her freshman year in high school. “I was always a good writer and always loved rap and one night I was just sitting around and started writing,” she recalls. “I took it to school the next day and let the boys hear it and they loved it. I kept doing it and after a while it turned into a passion.”  She first considered modeling a year later when a photographer approached her and offered to take some photos of her. A few short years later Vanna found her career beginning to take off. Thus far, her stint in modeling has been a successful one. Vanna has appeared in the pages of several top urban magazines as well as in numerous product advertisements, music videos, and calendars. Her resume continues to grow.

The Evolution Of The Geek.


I’ve been called many different things in my day, and the two I get the most are ‘Geek’ and/or ‘Nerd’ (which are not necessarily untrue assessments of my personality when I’m not at work).  But as curious as I am, I decided to take a look into the term Geek while I was on break during a studio session.  My findings were quite interesting.  Check the method.

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SONY Got Served.


Sony’s latest revelation came just a day after it announced measures to avert another cyberattack like that which hit its PlayStation Network two weeks ago.  The Japanese electronics company said its Sony Online Entertainment PC games network had been hacked on April 18, but did not find out about the breach until the early hours of Monday and shut down the service shortly afterwards.  The breach may also have led to the theft of 10,700 direct debit records from customers in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain and 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers, it said.  PS3 players, BE WARNED.

13 Weird Ways To Get High.


You Need SLEEP.


In this industry, sleep is a luxury.  Both my assistant and I are no stranger to sleep deprivation, but after reading a study on sleep and its benefits, it’s changed my mind.  Check the method below.