We took a look at Google+ today and so far we like what we see, but we're not sure it'll put much of a dent in Facebook or Twitter.
At first glance Google+ looks like it's about 80% Facebook, 15% Twitter, and 5% Chatroulette!
You'll notice features that you'll see on lots of other social networks including a timeline, the ability to change what your stream is displaying, who's in your circle (group of friends, acquaintances, etc.), suggestions for new friends, and of course a text box where you can update your status and include images, videos, links, and your location.
At the top you'll find the Google+ Bar. With the Google+ Bar, you can "share what’s on your mind, view your Google+ notifications, access your profile, or jump to a variety of other Google products." The notifications were pretty instantaneous and they will allow you to see when someone has commented on a status, added you to their circle, etc.
One thing that differentiates Google+ from Facebook and Twitter, and adds that 5% Chatroulette to the mix is a feature called hangouts. In a hangout you can video chat with members in your circle. The Google+ help center states that hangouts have a maximum of 10 participants, a 90-minute check-in feature to make sure you're still there, and hangouts are not available on mobile devices. You can chat in the hangout (both text chat and voice), share YouTube videos, and of course see webcam video of whoever you've invited to the hangout.
One last thing we did with Google+ was to download the Android version, which actually didn't work very well and kept giving us errors and we also tested the mobile version on an iPhone 3GS. The iPhone version worked great and we're hoping to test out the Android version as soon as some of the bugs are worked out.
All in all, we would have to say that Google+ is a good attempt by Google to finally get its foot into the social networking door. Other attempts haven't been so great, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. We're not sure it can catch up to Facebook or Twitter, but it's definitely a fun, new toy to play with!
A guest post by mozartbitch...
My husband and I were chatting about the different types of geeks. Techie Geeks, Movie Geeks, Math Geeks – the list goes on and on. I think that everyone has something that they get soooo into (obsessed? Any Geek would not say they are obsessed – just that they are “really into it” right?) that they travel into the realm of Geekdom. Me – I am a Music Geek. For all other Music Geeks out there – be you Rock, Jazz, Electronic - I will specify a subcategory – Classical.
Classical Geeks. In high school we were known as Band Geeks – whose well-known stereotypes are used frequently in movies and pop culture (“… and one time at band camp…”). Slowly we grow out of our “band camp” stage and grow obsessed with music written centuries ago. To someone like my husband, who geeks out to 90’s music, it is hard to explain why “90” isn’t specific enough – 1690, 1790, 1890, or 1990?
Really any geek can appreciate the wealth of information that a Classical Music Geek can feed upon. I mean really the only people that have us beat are Bible Geeks and Dinosaur Geeks. So I figured I would blog a little every now and then – to give you a behind the scenes look at a different type of geek. Any other Music Geeks out there? How about Band Geeks (or former Band Geeks)? Come on you have to have some good stories!
Way back in 1996 there was a wonderful spring time of youth occurring with videogames in the home reaching unparalleled strength as console gaming broke through to the third dimension and started making every day gaming all the more real and satisfying. Eidos had a great idea for a return to classic adventure style gaming, not a new concept, think Pitfall for the Atari 2600, but they had a great idea for the main character and protagonist of this game.
Not just any chick either, a buxom British heiress with automatic weapons and skin tight clothes providing little to no protection from the adverse jungle climates and dinosaurs she would have to face. She was strong, brave, and kicked ass, and the teenage boys just ate her up. A good game for the time for sure, but the lasting impression whenever someone mentions “Tomb Raider” or “Lara Croft” is of a sexy woman in short shorts with hand guns. A digital sex symbol for the new age of videogames was born.
After several mediocre sequels, comic books, imitators, and a couple of major motion pictures featuring the well known for her own figure, Angelina Jolie. It seemed like the world had tired of its first leading lady of adventure. The original Tomb Raider that started it all got a revamp in 2007, bringing Lara to the exciting world of anti-aliasing graphics and dynamic shaded models. Also, her breasts no longer looked like perfect pyramids super glued onto her chest. Enhanced and remodeled, she had a new lease on adventuring videogame life!
This was a nice resurgence to nostalgic gaming that had been good, but recently the makers and owners of the Tomb Raider franchise have decided to ret-con Lara and start from the very beginning again. However, this time Lara won’t be packing her two greatest assets.
Looking more youthful, and baring a striking resemblance to the female leads from the film “The Descent” Lara has been given a virtual body makeover and now appears to be a rock climbing gymnast, even matching the Olympic gymnasts in that oddly young body she now possesses.
Will it be a good game? Has she lost some of her beauty and original form to reflect the Hollywood body image for young and popular actresses? Only time will tell if this new direction is a good one or bad, but at least we know that she’s not dead yet, no matter how many times it seemed that way both in the real world, and in the virtual land of video games.
We heard about Zaarly a few months ago when some of the local social media folks here in Lawrence, Kansas started talking about it. The website never quite seemed to pique our interest, but the iPhone app we found yesterday certainly did!
So what exactly is Zaarly? Well, Zaarly bills itself as a "local community marketplace to get the goods, services, and experiences that you want - with ease." We think it's really cool that the buyer is the one that determines the market instead of the seller!
So how does Zaarly for iPhone work? It's quite simple, really. The interface is excellent and you can play around with the app without even signing up. Once you're ready to conduct a transaction on Zaarly, it's simple to sign up and get started.
Once signed up, you have the option of posting a Zaarly. What does this mean? It means that you're ready to post a "want" ad for a specific service, product, etc. that you need or want. You type in what you want, you add a detailed description (if you'd like), list the price you're willing to pay and the time you need it by.
Users that are browsing Zaarly will see your ad once it goes live and they can reply that they have what you want if they think the price and time-frame are doable for them.
Overall I think the possibilities for Zaarly are pretty awesome. I'd like to use it to see if I can use it to get models for the Geekbauchery website, but I think I'll start off with something a little less risque at first!
Some crushes are inappropriate but excusable. For example, you may find yourself doing a double take when someone from the sales department walks past. He may be cute but it's not a good idea to admit you have a thing for him, because you work with him. And because he's a salesman.
Still, at least he's hot. What happens when you find yourself going weak in the head for somebody who really is not in the slightest bit nice to look at?Funny Guys
It's vaguely understandable when the object of your crush is attractive in other ways - for example, he could be funny. Take American talk-show host Conan O'Brien. (I would.) He looks a bit like Tilda Swinton, only more unsettling. He has ginger hair. He has no discernible eyebrows. He's about nine feet tall and can't weigh more than 65kg. But every time he gives the double thumbs up, grins into the camera and says 'Buddy boy,' I want to jump his bones. Funny is so sexy that it can make up for there being no actual sexy present at all.
That's why I'd happily do Michael Cera or Seth Rogen. Or Steve Carell or Vince Vaughn, spare tyre and all - though - if you needed glasses but didn't have them on, you could justifiably think those two fairly good-looking.
Right, so we can like men because they make us laugh, but that doesn't explain it all the way. It's not as though the world is short of sexy men who are also funny. Remember Brad Pitt in Snatch? Hysterical. Jimmy Fallen is adorable and one of the funniest men on screen. But, given the choice, I think I'd rather sleep with Jack Black. I think it's the chubby cheeks.Nerds
One step away from the funny-looking funny guy is the funny-looking clever guy. Cathy, is into Barack Obama. Who isn't? But if you take away the power and the stage lights, what you're left with is a sexy voice stuck in a stick figure with big feet and crazy ears.
Still, Obama is an extremely glamorous nerd, and he does have that smile, the one that could probably charm even Julius Malema into submission. Obama is also cool. Cool goes a long way. That's how men such as Billy Bob Thornton and Slash - get my sexiness vote.
My own nerd crush is not cool. If I ever saw Jarvis Cocker walking in the street, I would immediately delete all the Blur songs off my iPod and run over to accost him. I might break a bone, but I'd do it anyway. I don't know why. I can't explain it.Crusty Old Men
Which takes us another step further, into the category of just plain inexplicable. These are the really inappropriate crushes, because they seem not to have any redeeming features at all. Or, if they do, they are not enough to cancel out all the scary features. And yet these men are sexy. I'm not the only one who thinks so - just look online.
Did you sense that I was procrastinating a bit in the last paragraph? I was, because I keep cringing at the thought of typing what I need to type next. Okay, I'll be brave. Here goes: Gordon Brown. I would totally do Gordon Brown. I expect it would take years of therapy to discover why.
Some people believe power can make a man sexier. In some ways they're right. It might be because charismatic people are often the ones who end up holding power, and charisma is sexy. Someone I know once met red-faced, puffy-nosed Bill Clinton - just after the Monica Lewinsky thing - and described him as 'sex on wheels'.
But the thing is, Gordon Brown doesn't even really have power on his side. He's one of the least popular prime ministers in British history. He's not funny; he looks like he doesn't brush his teeth; he has a freakier smile than Dracula.
At least Jeremy Clarkson, my number-one 'older' crush, is less embarrassing than Mr. Brown. He's crusty and flabby, and his habit of wearing jeans that sag around the bum has been blamed by some for the decline in denim sales during the '90s.
But he's also opinionated and clever and funny. And politically incorrect and often inappropriate. Like my crush on him.
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The STD epidemic is not limited to today’s youth – oh no. Some STDs (and their painful, scientifically dubious treatments) date back several hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at some of the older ones and the myths about them that caused some pretty unorthodox treatments throughout the history of STDs:Herpes
Herpes has been around since ancient Greek times – in fact, we owe the Greeks for the name, which roughly means “to creep or crawl” – presumably a reference to the spread of skin lesions. Although local STD testing wasn’t available until long after the virus was identified in 1919, early civilisations could see that it was a real problem – the Roman emperor Tiberius introduced a ban on kissing at public events to try and curb the spread. Not much is known about early attempts to treat the disease, but be grateful you weren’t around during the physician Celsus’ experimental phase: he advocated that the sores be cauterised with a hot iron!
The problem certainly never went away – Shakespeare referred to herpes as “blister plagues”, implying the extent of the epidemic. One common belief at the time was that the disease was caused by insect bites, which seems like an obvious explanation given the sores that the sexually transmitted disease creates.Syphilis
Mercury was the remedy of choice for syphilis in the middle ages – the understanding of the sexually transmitted disease’s routes and this treatment gave birth to the expression: “A night in the arms of Venus leads to a lifetime on Mercury”. This was administered orally or via direct contact with the skin, though one of the most unlikely methods involved fumigation, where the patient was placed in a closed box with only their head poking out. The box contained mercury and a fire was started beneath it causing it to vaporise. It wasn’t hugely effective, but was very, very uncomfortable. Because Syphilis sores have a tendency to vanish on their own after a while, many people believed they were cured by just about any remedy in the STD’s history!
As the sexually transmitted disease became better understood, the ability to cure it increased. In 1908, the arsenic based drug Salvarsan was developed and, while not 100% effective, was a massive step forward. Its lack of effectiveness in the tertiary phase of the STD led to another disease being used as a cure: malaria. Because it seemed that those with high fevers could be cured of syphilis, malaria was used to induce an initial fever, which was considered an acceptable risk because malaria could be treated with quinine. Penicillin eventually confined both these treatments to STD history.Gonnorhea
Before the days of local STD testing, Gonnorhea was often mistaken for Syphilis, as without a microscope, the two had very similar symptoms and were often silent. Of course, if you were “diagnosed” with the disease, you were in for an unfortunate treatment. According to some, the syringes found aboard the Mary Rose was designed to inject liquid mercury down the urethra of an crew suffering from the disease. By the 19th century, silver nitrate was a widely used drug, later to be replaced by Protargol. A colloidal silver replaced this, and was widely used until antibiotics came to the rescue in the 1940s.
So if you think that local STD testing and treatment is a painful process now, give a thought to the poor folks who had mercury or arsenic treatment all those years ago – and thank God for antibiotics!
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A is for asshole, of which you'll find many.
B is for Blogger, where I blog aplenty.
C is for cats, which get lots of lols.
D is for doodles, which Google upholds.
E is for Evernote, my favorite for note taking.
F is for Facebook, where everyone's faking.
G is for Google, the king of search.
H is for Hootsuite, where you can tweet where you perch.
I is for Internet, my favorite destination.
K is for Klingon, the language of geeks.
L is for location based services, where you check-in for weeks.
M is for MySpace, the site Facebook destroyed.
N is for Netscape, the browser of choice until IE deployed.
O is for Overstock.com, where they talk of Big O's.
P is for PayPal, where you can't pay for ho's.
Q is for Quora, the next big thing.
R is for rapture, predicted by a ding-a-ling.
S is for social media, with gurus galore.
T is for Twitter, where most tweets are a bore.
U is for uber, a most overused word.
V is for Verizon, whom Apple finally heard.
W is for Woz, who is one of two Steve's.
X is for XTML, which makes coding a breeze.
Y is for YouTube, for Internet fame.
Z is for Zynga, which made farming a game.
Originally posted by our Chief Executive Badass, Ray, in his Blog of Doooooooom
Are you looking for ways to make a girl wet?
Girls do get wet as when you arouse them to a certain level. However, it is not easy to get a girl wet. But don't worry, I can help you.
In order to get a girl wet in bed, what you do here is to try all ways to make her reach orgasm. There are basically 3 ways to make her orgasm:
1. Engage in prolonged foreplay. I can't stress seems to stress enough how important foreplay is. Many men tend to skip this and go straight to intercourse. Don't do that.
Naturally, women take a longer time to get aroused. When a woman is not aroused, she can't reach orgasm. Foreplay is a good time to use your skills to make her reach maximum arousal level. Use your hand and tongue to stimulate all her erogenous zones such as breasts, neck, inner thighs, earlobes, abdomen, armpit, etc. Be thorough, but don't spend too much time on each area.
2. Go down on her. Cunnilingus or oral sex for women, is the single best way to make a woman orgasm. Spend at least 3 minutes to perform cunnilingus on her. Start with the outer lips and make your way to the clitoris. The clitoris is very sensitive to stimulation. If you use the right tongue techniques to lick her clitoris, she is going to explode into shaking orgasm.
One thing to note: Don't bite the clitoris. You will cause serious pain to her and this is a BIG TURN OFF.
3. Fingering her g-spot. Insert your finger into her vagina with your palm facing upward. Your first task is to locate the g-spot. It is situated somewhere at the front wall of the vagina. So use your finger to make a "come here" motion and try to feel a round, roughened area on the front wall. This is the G-Spot. Once you have located the g-spot, apply pressure to it. It should enlarge and feel more solid.
If you stimulate it correctly, you will feel her legs squeezing against your quads. This shows that she is near to orgasm! Go for the finishing line.
Making your girl wet by giving her an orgasm is a great way to satisfy her sexual desire. However, if you can't last long enough during intercourse (premature ejaculation), you are throwing your efforts to waste.
89% of all women asked, who admitted to being unfaithful to their male partner, said that they were driven to betrayal due to their man's inability to last long enough to allow her to have a vaginal orgasm.
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You've all probably heard of S&M (Sadism & Masochism) but let me introduce you to S&M's big, bad, older brother... BDSM!
According to Wikipedia, BDSM is defined as a type of roleplay or lifestyle choice between two or more individuals who use their experiences of pain and power to create sexual tension, pleasure, and release. The compound acronym, BDSM, is derived from the terms bondage anddiscipline (B&D, B/D, or BD), dominance and submission (D&s, D/s, or Ds), sadism and masochism (S&M, S/M, or SM).
In a traditional BDSM role, there are Doms (Dommes for females) (Dominants) and subs (submissives) with the roles being gender neutral. In other words, a Dominant can be male or female, while a submissive can be female or male. There are also switches, those that have fun playing either the role of the dominant or submissive.
Most people view BDSM as a bedroom only experience where rough sex, spankings, and maybe even a little hand cuffing and whipping brings a little fun and excitement to the table when the usual vanilla stuff (traditional sex) gets dull.
Some people view BDSM as a lifestyle and there are a sizable number of 24/7 relationships that have a Dominant/submissive (D/s) dynamic. You may not know it, but the couple down the street may follow a strict D/s role where one person in the relationship is in charge, and the other person does his or her bidding!
You may think that this sort of dynamic only takes place in foreign countries where religion or culture encourages such behavior, but this just isn't the case. Many women that are strongly into feminism in the U.S. enjoy being under the control of a Dom, while many "macho" men, perhaps CEOs, football players, etc. get off on being told what to do and being put in their place by a woman!
One thing that is ALWAYS happening in a true D/s relationship is that there is total consent between partners to have unequal roles. A submissive male in a relationship with a Dominant woman fully consents to whatever degrading actions the woman may think is necessary, and the same goes for a submissive woman in a relationship with a Dominant male. Trust and knowing the limits are crucial in relationships like these, and at times some submissives have a safe-word which they can use in situations where they feel their limits or boundaries are pushed to the point of being unsafe mentally, physically, or spiritually.
Want to learn more about BDSM? One good place to start is the Wikipedia entry on BDSM
! It's full of great links and the information contained in it is exceptional!
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