Thursday, June 07, 2007

The talKing Show Liz Lira Teaches Some Salsa

Four time World Mayan Salsa Dance Champion Liz Lira talks about Dancing with the Stars, Gravity Defyer Shoes, and salsa dancing. She even teaches host, Christine Eads some salsa basics. Watch as funny man Adam Hunter tries to learn some Salsa w/o looking ridiculous. Some of the crew even join in the dancing. But the real question is whether the Orbitor Listening Device can hear a pin drop from the top of a seven story building.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The talKing Show Mr. Security Hears a Pin Drop from a 7 Story Building

Where did they find Mr. Security? This guys is so top secret that when you try to check his background all you will find are questions, and a whole lot of stealthy spy equipment. The talKing Show host, Christine Eads, preps us for one of the best listening devices you'll ever see: The TM341 Orbitor Listening Device.

Just what can you use the Orbitor Listening Device for? Mr. Security gives us some ideas while he's on remote. He'll attempt to hear a pin drop from the top of a seven story building. What would you use the Orbitor for?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

The talKing Show: Director Deborah Reed

talKing host Christine Eads meets up with long time friend and now director Deborah Reed. But first, Mr. Security gives us a demonstration of the high end spy device: the TG286L de-FIB-ulator. Well, at least he tries :-P

The talKing Show Christine Monologue with beatboxing

Christine Eads is the host of a new variety television talkshow: The talKing Show. In this clip, she talks with the show's DJ D.J. about American Idol, Blake Lewis, and beatboxing. She even tries out some beatboxing herself. She should stick to her day job with hosting her XM Radio show Broadminded and The talKing Show. I don't think we'll be seeing her on American Idol any time soon :-P

Friday, April 13, 2007

Riveting Expose (Inside Candyland)

It is scandalous! A place in New Zealand where there is nothing but CANDY! Everywhere you turn. Candy to the left of me. Candy to the right of me. I got gumballs all around me :-D I’ll take you inside the secret world of Candyland!!!

YouTube - Inside Candyland

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One of my Favorite Swing Dance Pieces

I’m a lover of Swing Dance. My first love was Lindy, but West Coast has really stolen my heart. However, I will never forget some of the great memories I’ve had with Lindy. My first dance teacher, Denise Gibson, has gotten hip with the times. She’s posting videos of some of the dances she’s put together over the year on youtube.

About 9 months prior to the release of The Pink Panter starring Steve Martin, the Moorpark College Swing Dance Club performed a routine to the Pink Panther Theme. Denise and I choreographed the piece together, and it is one of my favorite pieces I ever did with the MCSDC.

YouTube - Pink Panther

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Feed an eel!

Pet the eels. Feed the eels!

YouTube - Feeding eels in New Zealand

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Parabolic Listening Device for Spying

I bought one of these from Gagdet Universe last Christmas for my dad. I pointed it at my neighbor’s house, and I could hear her walking across her kitchen floor. You could easily listen in on conversations from a distance away.

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Answering your home phone from 80 miles away

This is not just impressive because you can call someone from 128km away (79.5 miles). It’s impressive because a company in Hong Kong is going to market and sell this item to you directly. Checkout their guarantee and shipping near the bottom of the page. They are claiming to guarantee the item for 10 days from the date you receive it. The most important part is the part about the shipping. They will ship this anywhere in the world. Heed their warning though. Is this thing legal in The States?

Long Range Cordless Phone - Senao

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The Future of the Web

I love open source. I love the idea. I love the practice.

The concept of open source software is pretty simple. The community freely, openly develops software, each individual collaborating and contributing to others in the community. The result… It’s the future on the Internet.

My former swing dance partner (Denise Gibson) wanted to create a website for her students. She teach swing dance, ballroom, swing dance, and other styles of dance at local colleges and studios. She wanted to provide them with a web experience where they could bond as a community, communicate with each other, meet new people, and enjoy a multimedia arrangement of dance information.

I wasn’t sure where to start. It’s been a while since I was out of the IT game. Of course, it never occurred to me to develop a website for her based on ASP.net or any Windoze platform for that matter. So, I played around with the applications available through my godaddy.com hosting service.

WOW! What a selection!

I stumbled across an application called Joomla. Mind you, by this time, I had evaluated Xoops, Geeklog, Serendipity, and a slew of others. Something about Joomla just really kept me interested. Sure, it has one ridiculous flaw in the fact that an article can only be placed into a single section+category. Hell, they should have talked to me about my infamous name/value pair class I developed back in the days of the psychic chat network. Those were the good ol‘ days, but I digress.

Joomla is as extensible as you can get. Build a community, host discussion boards, member managed blogging, private messaging, newsletters, AJAX shout boxes, eCards, contact management… The list goes on forever, literally. People in the Open Source community are developing tons of projects for Joomla every week.

In a matter of weeks, I developed a community website that had many of the same features as Myspace (minus the abundance of bugs). Granted, denisegibson.com does not have 11 million members, but that’s besides the point. I encourage anyone to test out Denise’s website. Even if you don’t know anything about dance, take a look and see what is possible in just a matter of days with open source software. Who knows… You might just find yourself picking up a pair of dance shoes after all!

Folks, this is where the web is going: community building websites with multimedia entertainment, newsletters, cool features. And it’s all going to be free!!!

www.denisegibson.com - DeniseGibson.com

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Email is an Ineffective Method of Communication

I love the conversations that people have about Internet communication. I’m in a team management leadership program right now. The entire program is based upon being in communication with others and creating a listening of others that empowers them. What I find interesting about the course is that participants have created a listening of Internet communication as ineffective. That is to say that in the realm of communication, most participants view communication via the web and email as ineffective.

I’ve had a number of conversations with people in the course and other people in my life about how they relate to Internet communication. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you really want to communicate with someone, verbal communication is the best way to go”.

There are a couple of errors in this statement. First, verbal communication essentially means communication with words. Modern definitions of verbal have twisted it into meaning oral communication as opposed to written communication. However, the true meaning of verbal is “of or pertaining to words”. Nothing in the original definition implies oral vs written.

The second problem with this statement is that it implies that one must speak with another person in order to be in communication. Now, what I find interesting about this is that written communication was invented specifically to make communication available to more people.

Written word has the ability to become timeless. Written word has the ability to make us and our communication live on forever. Where would we be is Shakespeare was only communicated through oral communication? Where would we be if the US Constitution was never written down but just communicated in oral conversation?

The moral of the story is that the web, being part of written communication, is a very powerful method of communication. You can gain interest from people in whatever you are up to through oral or written communication. The web and community websites (more about this later) are very effective methods of communication.

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Retro Cell Phone or More Useless junk for your garage?

Let me start off by saying that I love gadgets. I’ve been shopping at Sharper Image since… Well, since before they had their stores (which I’m sure they will be shutting down a few of later this year, but I digress). I’ve long been a fan of Brookstone, Hammacher, and Gadget Universe. Then there is FirstStreet aka TechnoBrands.

I can’t really say that I’m a fan of FirstStreet. Most of their products are… I’ll let the picture do the talking here :-P

Larger Image View - firstSTREETonline

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Look MA! No hands

I’ll just let the video explain itself…

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My First (and only) West Coast Swing Dance Choreography

It is Fall 2005. I’ve been teaching swing dance with Denise Gibson at Moorpark College for a couple of semester. We both love West Coast Swing. We’ve been taking lessons from the world famous Sonny Watson, and we’d both love to bring it more exposure in the college community.

We start teaching beginning West Coast Swing to a beginning ballroom class. Now, for those of you who know anything about West Coast Swing, it is not as easy or simple as some of the other forms of swing. When it is done right, West Coast Swing is the coolest looking dance on the planet. Period.

West Coast Swing, however, is not an easy dance to learn. Nor is it an easy dance to teach, let alone to beginners. Denise and I are doing our best to prepare the students at Moorpark for a 6 week master class in West Coast Swing with Sonny Watson. When Sonny arrives, the students are excited! They are doing a great job. They are struggling but making excellent progress!

Next thing you know, the six weeks are over, Sonny is finished, and the beginning dancers now have 8 weeks to prepare for the dance concert at the end of the semester! Here is the result:

Remember! These are all beginning dancers. Some of these people have never danced a day in their life before this class. Some, this is their very first partnered dance class. For all but a handful, this is the first time they ever heard of West Coast Swing Dance. One semester! Look how clean they are. I’m so proud of how well they all did :-D

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Hamster Pedometer

LOL :-D This is just about the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen plenty of hamster do the crazy wheel thing. In fact, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to get spun around like that. I’m pretty sure I’d have fun, so I’d venture to guess that they are having fun too!

This video is great. I love how the one hamster tries to get in on the action and gets thrown from the wheel. Then I lose track of which is which. Is the original hamster the one that gets to go for a ride or the other one?

Check these guys out

YouTube - My hamster in his high speed wheel ! It can not slow down !

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Finding Nemo

I’m not sure why I felt the need to film Nemo at the Chinese restaurant the other day. We went there for a coworker’s birthday. Enjoy…

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Products from the Peeping Tom Convention

Originally posted on my Wordpress blog
The folks at the annual Peeping Tom Convention in Las Vegas have announced the most extraordinary innovation in cell phone technology since the iPhone. The first ever Peeping Tom Cell Camera Telescope Adapter! Peeping just got a whole lot safer AND easier. Peep from the convenience of your own home.

No longer do you need to crawl around in the neighbor’s plant box to get a sneak preview of her goodies. Simply attach this device to your cell phone’s camera and view those hi-res 1.3 megapixel images from the comfort of your computer desktop. Of course, if your friends are peeping Toms like you, you can easily forward the images via pix messages to their cell phone in just seconds.

Folks, I don’t know where people come up with these ideas, but someone does come up with them. Where do you find a product like this? I don’t know. Try a Google Search. One of the product managers was asking whether I thought this would be a good item for one of the various print and online marketing channels we run. The image of the white truck is an actual picture I took with the device attached to my phone. I must admit that it took me about 10 minutes to align the telescope to my camera’s lens because I have a Pocket PC instead of the 1998 Nokia cell phone the attachment device was designed for.

In case you don’t have your regular digital camera with you, be sure to capture the 1.3 megapixel moment with the Peeping Tom Cell Camera Telescope.

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The Wedding is OFF!!!

Original post on the Gadget Panel

We were planning to get married this summer! She was the best thing to ever happen to me. She never complained about anything. She always made sure my floors were spotless. She never missed a spot. And if it was a really bad spot, she’d spend extra time to ensure that every bit of dirt was picked up.

So, you can imagine my disappointment when I come home and she’s passed out in the middle of my kitchen floor. I was a little worried at first. What happened? Did she just not make it back in time to feed herself? Was it too cold in the house? I mean, I’ve been turning off the heater when I leave, but I didn’t think it gets that cold in Southern California. No! It’s much worse than all of that. And I’ve come to know that I can’t fix her on my own.

iRobot RoombaMy Roomba vacuum stopped working the other day. Now, this might not seem like too big of a deal to most people, but it is a HUGE deal for me. My Roomba did a great job at keeping the floors clean, yet now my Roomba is sitting in my garage. Why? Isn’t a Roomba expensive? Yes!

Where the heck do you get a Roomba serviced? You have to send it back to iRobot, the manufacturer. It’s not like I can just take it to the vacuum guy and have him fix it. I’m past the warranty period. So, essentially, I have a very expensive (yet cool looking) ex-girlfriend sitting in my garage. Maybe I should send the flowers that 800flowers.com owes me to her to help her get better -P

This really is a big deal for me. See, I have two dogs, so keeping my floors free from hair is a major concern. Most of my house is either hardwood or tile, so a vacuum like the Roomba is PERFECT for my house. It is just unfortunate that the service needs to be done through the iRobot factory. If I had a Hoover, I’d just take it to Sears or the vacuum guy. Of course, if I just had a Hoover, I would also have to do all the vacuuming myself. Which is what is going to happen. God help my house guests who have dog allergies! I’ll post more about this as it unfolds -)

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Most Important Copywriting Tip!

Original Post on Jared's Bloggin'


Buying and selling real estate depends on three things:

  1. Location
  2. Location
  3. Location

Writing copy also depends on three things:

  1. Benefits
  2. Benefits
  3. Benefits

What’s a benefit? I’ll tell you what a benefit is not. If it has anything to do with the product, it is NOT a benefit. WHAT?

Here is where it gets really tricky. When I say ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PRODUCT, I mean ANYTHING. Keep reading, you’ll be able to sell better than ever by the end of this article. For example: Let’s say you are writing about a ladder. Here are examples of what you could say about the ladder:

  1. The ladder extends to 12 feet, making clearing the rain gutters easier than ever
  2. Clearing your rain gutters will be so much easier than ever with this new ladder
  3. Every time my wife would ask me to change a light bulb or clean the gutters, I would always make some excuse not to because it is such a chore. Until I got this ladder

Each of the above make it clear that your life will be easier than before because of the ladder. At first glance, these might even seem like you are talking about a benefit. After all, isn’t having an easier life a benefit we are all after?

I’ll go back to my definition of what a benefit is *not*: If it has anything to do with the product, it is NOT a benefit. All of the above examples have something to do with the product. So, how can you write about the benefits of the product without writing about the product itself?

Going back to the ladder example:

  1. Become a virtual Superman!
  2. You can be the star of your own do-it-yourself television show
  3. Be the neighborhood handyman you’ve always wanted to be

Sound like tall tales? Well, you aren’t selling someone a 12′ ladder. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of choices of 12′ ladders. You are selling him the excitement, the thrill of becoming a virtual Superman who can save cats stuck in a tree. You are selling him on being the guy that everyone goes to in order to find out how to clear rain gutters. You are selling him on being such a great handyman around the house that his wife is going to brag (NOT nag) about him to all the neighbors.

NOTE: I want to clarify that I am not saying to NEVER write anything about the product. You MUST write about product features. However, features are what people look for AFTER they are sold on the item, not before.

After you’ve hooked him with the virtual Superman line, you can give him all the features of the item. Now, when you describe the features of the product, it should be in line with the virtual Superman theme.

For example

  • Leap into action when your cat is stuck in a tree with a sturdy 12′ reach

instead of…

  • You can help save your cat when she gets stuck in a tree. The extra 12′ reach you will have with this ladder will turn into a virtual Superman

Even though the second example utilizes the virtual Superman idea, it doesn’t hold true to the idea of Superman. Remember, superman is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. When you tie your copy to that powerful of an image, you need to make sure that the rest of your copy is not a bunch of Kryptonite.

NOTE: In this example, I used a male subject. Same thing applies to women. Obviously, becoming a virtual Superman might not appeal to a woman, but becoming a virtual Oprah or having a virtual Superman husband might.

Now, let’s hope this helps the guy I’m coaching on writing copy for his email marketing campaigns :-D

The ultimate Gadget: Autobots

Transformers - BumblebeeI was browsing the Autoblog and suddenly!!!

Transformers Update: Hasbro gives best looks yet at Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

Bumblebee looks pretty cool, eh? Although, I’m not sure if I agree with him no longer being a Volkswagen Beetle. That was part of the charm of Bumblebee. He was this dinky little VW beetle. Oh well, he still looks pretty cool, if you ask me, since he's a Camaro now (my first car).
Now, checkout the new Optimus!

Transformers -  Optimus PrimeTransformers -  Optimus PrimeTransformers -  Optimus Prime

Let’s see how things turn out in the movie! From what I've seen in the previews, the Autobots look really cool but the Decepticons don't look much like the classic 80s cartoon.

Get Some Bawls

Original post on my Wordpress Blog

I visited a company today that does product placement in television, radio, and movies. It was great. I showed them a bunch of products, and they were excited about them. One of the people from an upcoming film came by their office looking for more new product placements.

Before this happened though, I was sitting in the office and they asked me if I wanted something to drink. I told them that water would be fine. Then they asked me, “Would you like some balls?”

“That’s rather forward,” I thought to myself. I just had to clarify, “Did you say balls?”

“Yes. Do you like energy drinks?”

“Well, kinda. Wait, you realize that you said balls, right?” I just had to be extra certain.

“Alexis will bring you some balls.”

So, I waited for about 20 seconds while Alexis went and got my balls. She comes walking back into the office with my balls in her hand. Oh, wait! Bawls. As in the energy drink.

I start drinking my Bawls. It tastes great! I was expecting that nasty Red Bull taste. You know, that cough syrup taste that we’ve all come to know and dread? Here I am a few hours later… I’m still buzzing on this thing. Can you call this a gadget? Not really, but Bawls is an extremely tasty energy drink that gives you a kick… Well, not in the balls.

BAWLS

That’s some wicked lumbar support!

Someone from work put a Coreflx on their chair! That’s some wicked lumbar support!

More windDOZE Follies

Apparently, the last Windoze update has a time bomb in it. After a certain period of time, certain features no longer continue to function. The most noticeable is gaining a network connection after my laptop has been on hibernate. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a huge Microsoft fan (Windows is a Piece of Work, Cursed Windoze, A Depressing Day in Blogging, I’ve sold my soul to the devil, Windows Mobile or PC Therapy?). The only real benefit to Microsoft products is that it gives me something blog about :-D

It used to be that I could just hibernate my laptop by closing the lid, come back later, open the laptop, and it would connect right to my wireless (or wired) network automatically. This was a useful feature of Windoze, you know… working! Well, the latest updates have apparently give me some new features such are not connecting to ANY network after hibernate, not being able to shutdown, and even slower performance for all Internet related apps!

I suppose that I could spend time on the phone with MS support to figure out what’s going on. Or I could spend hours searching for solutions on the KB… Wait!!! Another update! Mayhaps that will fix the problem!

Did Mr. Fire Attract Emergency Surgery?

Reply to: Beyond Marketing by Dr. Joe Vitale: Did I Attract Emergency Surgery?

I love Mr. Fire aka Dr. Joe Vitale. He is an incredible inspiration in every area of life. I first attracted him into my life with some compelling advertising copy for the Gravity Defyer Shoes. His Hypnotic Writing Wizard software is a great tool for anyone working on any writing project (be it advertising, a book, or any other writing to motivate someone to action!) His books and audio will make a difference in your career, relationships, and life. He is also a contributor to the smash hit: “The Secret“.

I was surprised to read that he was rushed to the hospital to have his appendix removed. My first question was, “Is he okay?” This type of surgery is fairly common. In fact, my coworker, Rennie, had his appendix removed at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show. So, the question following that was how does it apply to the law of attraction?

I realized something. I was relating to Dr. Vitale’s experience as something bad. I realized that my relationship to illness is that it (illness) is bad. I remembered back to a conversation I had with an ex-girlfriend about illness. What I created then was that illness is just my body’s way of adjusting to transformation.

This holds true to Dr. Vitale. His appendix removal was the result of his body telling him something. The most obvious message? “Remove me NOW!” The not so obvious messages? I think Mr. Fire figured it out in his post that I am replying to.

That illness is something negative is really just a story that we are telling ourselves. What is really happening is exactly what our body is supposed to do given the circumstances and environment we are in. We don’t question whether our skin should burn if we stick or hand in a fire, right? The same thing holds true in a more subtle way through out everyday life. It’s a matter of listening :-D

Christine Lakin Can Read my Thoughts (and I'm not sure that's a good thing!)

Christine Lakin (The Hottie and the Nottie) seems to think the Orbitor Listening Device can be used to read toughts.

Christine Lakin Reads my ThoughtsChrstine Lakin

Christine Lakin

Christine Lakin is shocked by my thoughts

Christine Lakin busted me

She just might be right. I wasn’t believing that she was the nottie in her upcomming film with Paris Hilton (not Perez Hilton) and Joel Moore (Dodgeball).


Original posted on The Gadget Panel

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dead Cellphone meet Flashlight

Yesterday, I posted about one of the most useless bits of cell phone technology
I've seen in a while. Today, I'm pleased to show you a video of one of
the coolest gadgets I've used in a long time. I've written about the Zipping Flashlight from Gadget Universe before. I really did purchase one of these from GU for everyone in my family for Christmas.

Alexander Innovation Wizard made a video of this flashlight available on Youtube. However, they didn't actually show the coolest feature of this flashlight: you can charge a cell phone. Here it is in action!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oprah knows The Secret

That’s right folks :-D Oprah is going to have the creator of “The Secret” and several of the contributors on her show next Wednesday.

Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Share “The Secret” with them. You can view it online now for $4.95 and then get a coupon for the same price off the DVD. That essentially gets you the most powerful movie on the market for free. Enjoy!

The Secret ::: Official Release of The Secret Movie

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STOP! or my SPAM will shoot

I was looking for contributors to the Gadget Panel website when I stumbled across a cool tech blogger. I decided to contact him, so I found the email address and sent him an email. I received an immediate reply stating that I needed to verify that I was a human. This wasn’t just an email notifying me that my email was suspected to be spam. It was actually something useful.

The email required me to click a link that took me to the Spam Arrest website. Once there, I needed to perform a CAPTCHA verification. Then my email was delivered to the recipient. What a great system!

If you are curious about this service (I was), click on the link below to read about how it works.

Spam Arrest - How it works - Step 1. Easy to Use

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Fall In Love with The Gravity Defyer Shoes

The Gravity Defyer Shoes by Alexander Innovation Wizard are a hot item. They were a huge hit when debuted at the 2007 CES. Yes, shoes made their debut at the largest consumer electronics show. A crazy idea, but it actually makes sense, given the amount of time people spend on their feet.

See what people said about the shoes at the CES as well as what other bloggers and reporters have to say:

Read what GUTTERBOY said (humorous)
Read what turboGADGETS said
California Newswire
The Red Ferret says they “are straight off the ‘what the…?’ banana boat LOL
Investor’s Business Daily
Nothing to do with Arbroath
Dr. Joe Vitale has many good things to say not just about the shoes
The Gravity Defyer Shoes are wishlisted by someone on TheThingsIWant.com. Perhaps I’ll send him a pair :-D
CrunchGear had their hopes up about defying gravity
MondoShoes had something to say too
Sys-con
Yahoo! Finance published the press release
Can you Digg it?
eNewsChannels
They even love it in India
The Ventury County Star picked up on the hot news!
So did the Dallas Morning News
Even EARTHtimes.org got in on the action

See the reactions from people at CES for yourself!

Gadget Universe - Gravity Defyer Shoes

Alexander Elnekaveh (Alexander Innovation Wizard)

Parabolic Listening Device for Spying

I bought one of these from Gagdet Universe last Christmas for my dad. I pointed it at my neighbor’s house, and I could hear her walking across her kitchen floor. You could easily listen in on conversations from a distance away.