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vansmack

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Things Smackie Thinks You Need to Know...
« on: November 01, 2007, 01:40:00 pm »
Alright, I make no bones about the fact that this is completely ego driven, but rather than starting a new topic nearly everyday, I will now post "Things Smackie Thinks You Need To Know" in this thread.  The range will be as diverse as Smackie - politics to porn, sports to celeb gossip.  Ignore it if you like, enjoy it if you will.
 
 OBSCENE LOSSES
 by Claire Hoffman  
 November 2007 Issue
 Conde' Nast
 
 DVD sales are in free fall. Audiences are flocking to pornographic knockoffs of YouTube, especially a secretive site called YouPorn. And the amateurs are taking over. What‚??s happening to the adult-entertainment industry is exactly what‚??s happening to its Hollywood counterpart‚??only worse.
 
 On Friday, May 18, Steve Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment Group, the world‚??s largest producer of adult videos, was expecting a mysterious visitor. But Stephen Paul Jones was late. When Jones, an unknown figure in the pornography world, finally arrived in the all-white reception area of Vivid‚??s Los Angeles offices at 2 p.m., he was apologetic. His private plane had broken down, he explained, and he was forced to fly commercial. Hirsch, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, found that excuse a little slick. But he was eager to speak with Jones, so he let it slide and introduced him to two Vivid colleagues. When the four men sat down in the company‚??s conference room, Jones got right to the point: He wanted Vivid to buy his website, YouPorn.com.
 
 More fascinating details about why the porn industry is now afraid of the internet rather than embracing it like they once were...
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 02:01:00 pm »
For a long time know I've been advocating sitting on the fence and letting the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate play out.  But tomorrow, Walmart and Best Buy are selling Toshiba HD-DVD players for $99.  I'm pretty sure I'd pay $99 just to watch Transformers (and Megan Fox) in HD anytime I wanted to.
 
 http://www.dailytech.com/HD+DVD+Player+to+Break+100+Mark+on+Friday/article9498.htm
 
 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8021767&st=toshiba+hd&lp=5&type=product&cp=1&id=1158323325814
 
 Black Friday comes earlier every year it seems...
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007, 02:34:00 pm »
no fucking way, $99? that's a 'for the win' if the internet ever had one
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007, 01:17:00 pm »
smackie needs a blog
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 02:14:00 pm »
Last night I was singing along to Journey with a transsexual playing a ukulele in an Irish pub.  That's about as San Francisco as it gets ‚?? I love this town!
 
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007, 02:43:00 pm »
How I imagine "smackie"...
 
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007, 02:50:00 pm »
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  How I imagine "smackie"...  
You make a good point.  
 
 I totally need to get a mirror in my office!
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2007, 12:47:00 pm »
It's nearly impossible to get ahead financially while living in certain metropolitan hot spots. Get your footing in an affordable location instead.
 
 Get Ahead in a Starter City
 By Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
 
 I just moved from Palo Alto, Calif., to Baltimore.
 
 No, I'm not crazy. Just broke.
 
 I lived three years in Palo Alto, enjoying the beautiful weather, a pristine neighborhood and close proximity to family. But I soon realized that if I stayed, it would be nearly impossible to reach my financial goals.
 
 More...
 
 The top cities for young professionals:
 
 Washington, D.C.
 Denver
 Austin, Texas
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Lexington, Ky.
 
 The top cities for young families:
 
 Atlanta
 Minneapolis/St. Paul
 Des Moines, Iowa
 Provo, Utah
 Green Bay, Wis.
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2007, 01:49:00 pm »
Ah, the most exciting cell phone news of the year (sorry iPhone lovers)...
 
 November 5, 2007
 Google Makes Its Entry Into the Wireless World
 By MIGUEL HELFT and JOHN MARKOFF
 
 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5 ‚?? Google took its long-awaited plunge into the wireless world today, announcing that it is leading a broad industry alliance to transform mobile phones into powerful mobile computers that could accelerate the convergence of computing and communications.
 
 Mobile phones based on Google‚??s software are not expected to be available until the second half of next year. They will be manufactured by a variety of handset companies, including HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung and be available in the United States through T-Mobile and Sprint.
 
 The phones will also be available through the world‚??s largest mobile operator, China Telecom, with 332 million subscribers in China, and the leading carriers in Japan, NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, as well as T-Mobile in Germany, Telecom Italia in Italy and Telef√≥nica in Spain.
 
 The 34-member Open Handset Alliance, as the group is called, also includes many of the leading makers of mobile phone chips, like Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, as well as SiRF Technology Holdings, Marvell Technology Group, Nvidia and Synaptics. EBay (which owns the Internet calling service Skype), Nuance Communications, NMS Communications and Wind River Systems are also members of the group.
 
 The technology is expected to provide cellular handset manufacturers and wireless operators with capabilities that match and potentially surpass those using smartphone software made by Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm, Research in Motion and others. In contrast to the existing competitors, Google‚??s software will be offered freely under ‚??open source‚?Ě licensing terms, meaning that handset manufacturers will be able to use it at no cost and be free to add new features to differentiate their products.
 
 As always, there's more....
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Re: Things Smackie Thinks You Need to Know...
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2007, 02:29:00 pm »
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Originally posted by vansmack:
  For a long time know I've been advocating sitting on the fence and letting the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate play out.  But tomorrow, Walmart and Best Buy are selling Toshiba HD-DVD players for $99.  I'm pretty sure I'd pay $99 just to watch Transformers (and Megan Fox) in HD anytime I wanted to.
 
   http://www.dailytech.com/HD+DVD+Player+to+Break+100+Mark+on+Friday/article9498.htm  
 
   http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8021767&st=toshiba+hd&lp=5&type=product&cp=1&id=1158323325814  
 
 Black Friday comes earlier every year it seems...
i just saw this, but i knew about Wal-Marts sale last week.  the wife went to Wal-Mart at 8:30am that morning, apparently there were more than 50 people in line. and apparently Wal-mart only had 15 players to sell.
 
   pretty shitty.
 
 also, since i didnt know who Megan Fox was , i looked her up.  
 
  and found this tidbit: she made her movie debut with Ashely and Mary Kate Olssen in the 2001 movie "Holiday In The Sun" , her character?  
 
   Brianna Wallace...
 
  hmmmm.

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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2007, 02:58:00 pm »
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Originally posted by le sonick:
 also, since i didnt know who Megan Fox was , i looked her up.  
 
  and found this tidbit: she made her movie debut with Ashely and Mary Kate Olssen in the 2001 movie "Holiday In The Sun" , her character?  
 
   Brianna Wallace...
 
  hmmmm.
NO. FUCKING. WAY.
 
 it's all fallen into place: we've all suspected that this brian_walalce person can't be real - and "he" is in fact megan fox!
 
 megan - i apologize for making fun of your inability to identify guitar talent, or decent music in general.  very un-gentlemanly on my part.  i suggest that i make it up to you the next time you're in NYC, by taking you out to dinner and a show, maybe some clubbing afterwards.  no, really, it's the least i can do.  just let me know the next time you're in town.  p.s. feel free to wear that miniskirt you wore in transformers.  thanks.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2007, 06:31:00 pm »
This doesn't make any sense, but then again, it is the Pirates...
 
 Monday, November 5, 2007
 Pirates hire former coach as new Manager
 Former Pirates third-base coach succeeds Tracy as manager
 
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 Associated Press
 
 PITTSBURGH -- John Russell is taking one of the most challenging jobs in baseball as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team with 15 consecutive losing seasons.
 
 Let go by the Pirates as their third-base coach two seasons ago, Russell was hired Monday to succeed Jim Tracy as Pittsburgh's manager. He becomes the team's fifth full-time manager since the Pirates last had a winning season in 1992, following Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Lloyd McClendon and Tracy.
 
 The 46-year-old Russell lost his previous job in Pittsburgh following McClendon's firing in September 2005. He managed the Phillies' Triple-A team the last two seasons, with the Ottawa Lynx going 55-88 last season.
 
 It's unusual for a team to bring back someone so soon after firing him, but new team president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington felt an instant connection with the quiet but intense Russell.
 
 There's more here:
  http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3095222&type=story
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2007, 06:36:00 pm »
:o
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2007, 06:39:00 pm »
oh like anyone with any sort of real credentials would risk the rest of their career by going anywhere near that job...

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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2007, 08:36:00 pm »
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Originally posted by vansmack:
  Ah, the most exciting cell phone news of the year (sorry iPhone lovers)...
 
 November 5, 2007
 Google Makes Its Entry Into the Wireless World
 By MIGUEL HELFT and JOHN MARKOFF
 
 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5 ‚?? Google took its long-awaited plunge into the wireless world today, announcing that it is leading a broad industry alliance to transform mobile phones into powerful mobile computers that could accelerate the convergence of computing and communications.
 
 Mobile phones based on Google‚??s software are not expected to be available until the second half of next year. They will be manufactured by a variety of handset companies, including HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung and be available in the United States through T-Mobile and Sprint.
HTC's prototype revealed, sorta
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