Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Naked Yoga Guy

Only in San Francisco! When I was in college at Berkeley we had The Naked Guy who was infamous for walking around campus in Birkenstocks and a backpack...I wonder if there is any relation between the two.....

Safe Haven for Naked Yoga


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nudists, grab your yoga mats and head for San Francisco.

City prosecutors on Wednesday said it was not illegal to perform naked yoga in the city -- even at the crowded tourist destination of Fisherman's Wharf.

Prosecutors dropped charges against a limber nudist, known locally as the "Naked Yoga Guy," who made a habit of striking yoga poses in the buff in order to promote a book and his lifestyle.

The Naked Yoga Guy, whose name is George Monty Davis, had stripped to stretch near Fisherman's Wharf, prompting a public complaint. But prosecutors decided they had a weak public nuisance case against him because local laws do not bar public nudity.

"Simply being naked on the street is not a crime in San Francisco," said Debbie Mesloh, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

"To bring a case, a person would have to exhibit lewd behavior, block traffic or impede pedestrians on a sidewalk, something along those lines."

In another case involving a Los Angeles teenager who dropped his pants to expose his bottom, or "moon," passing motorists from a nearby sidewalk, a California appellate court ruled nudity itself is not a crime, Mesloh said.




Friday, July 02, 2004

brian boarts photography - hermosa beach

This picture is totally amazing. A dolphin jumping through a wave on 6th street in hermosa beach. Brian took the shot in January. He has many other amazing shots as well, many for sale.

Check out his site at Brian Boarts Photography

Thursday, July 01, 2004

a plug for Shari!

Shari BluesRockMusic.com!

Come celebrate on the 3rd of July with us at the Lighthouse Cafe on Saturday! It's going to be crazy down at the beach so come early!!

Who: Shari Puorto & Friends
Come listen to some Blues/Rock/R&B music!
When: Saturday July 3rd
Time: 4-8pm
Where: The Lighthouse Cafe
Hermosa Bch Pier
No cover

What for? BEER , girls , boys , and tons of partyin' YEAHAW!

Shari (vocals and shakin' that thang), Michael (lead guitar / vocals / and tryin to shake that thaang), Charlie Diaz (bass / showing off that surfer figure of his), Leon Abner (drums - you can't miss this guy - he's incredible), Chris Daniels (keys / vocals / town comedian and all around great guy!)

Also, don't forget these important upcoming shows:

The Coach House - Huge show for us!
San Juan Capistrano
(see bluesrockmusic.com website for details)
July 10th - a night of Blues...
8pm
Featuring, Coco Montoya
Tickets $15 - email me for ticket request!!


South Bay Music Awards Show
July 17th
Hermosa Beach Playhouse on Hermosa Ave.
Tickets avail at Ticketmaster! come support us....
Nominated for two categories: Best Blues Band and Best Female Vocalist

Much 4th of July love comin at ya !

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Self Esteem Games

To quote from the site:


"Imagine you could play a computer game for five minutes each morning that would help you feel more secure and confident in yourself. Our research shows that people may be able to change the negative thought patterns that sometimes produce insecurity. We are now examining whether over time, with practice, people can develop positive, beneficial habits of thought to help them become more secure and self-confident on a long term basis -- whether in the context of their working life, their personal relationships, or their overall sense of well being."

SELF ESTEEM GAMES!

I am a Lesbian

Here is a site where you can learn how to say "I am a Lesbian" in many languages! The fun never stops!

I AM A LESBIAN

Friday, June 11, 2004

playing to win

Aquarius

Daily extended
You should be in marketing or a cultural critic, if you aren't either one already. You know how to state the obvious while making it sound deep and eloquent. You have the gift of putting a compelling spin on information that usually puts most people to sleep. Maybe you should be a coach or counselor because of the way you make everyone feel included. Of course, you're not doing this for your health. You're playing to win, and everything that's happened so far is your strategy taking its course. You're always welcome back when you make yourself so indispensable.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Bus Stop Whores

Moonlighting Cops Star in Porn Movie?

Thu May 27, 7:56 AM ET Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two San Francisco police officers have come under investigation after their departments discovered they had starred in a pornographic movie entitled "Bus Stop Whores" that is circulating on the Internet.

The officers, Kelly Francisco of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and Darryl Watts of the city's police department, play a prostitute and a john in the film, whose teaser is, "These girls won't ride a bus today!" according to local news reports.

The two are being investigated for any violations of criminal law or administrative rules, but have not faced disciplinary action, department representatives said on Wednesday.

Watts has been taken off patrol duty and reassigned to an administrative position pending the outcome of the investigation, said Maria Oropeza, an SFPD spokeswoman. Francisco continues to work as an institutional officer at San Francisco General Hospital, said Sheriff's Department chief of staff Eileen Hirst.

Attempts to reach the two officers for comment were unsuccessful.




Friday, May 21, 2004

The Frug - Rilo Kiley

The Frug

And I can do the Frug
I can do the Robocop
I can do the Freddie
I cannot do the Smurf
And I can hate your girl
I can tell ya that she's real pretty
I can take my clothes off
I cannot fall in love

And I can do the Frug
I can do the Robocop
I can do the Freddie
I cannot do the Smurf
She cannot do the Smurf

And I can watch TV
I can shuffle off to Buffalo
I can do a back bend
I will not call you back
And I can start a book
I can make some Mac 'n Cheese
I can sleep twelve hours
You'll never see my eyes

And I can do the Frug
I can do the Robocop
I can do the Freddie
I cannot do the Smurf
She cannot do the Smurf

And I can hate your girl
I can tell ya that she's real pretty
I can take my clothes off
I cannot fall in love
You'll never see my eyes
I will not call you back
I cannot do the Smurf
I cannot fall in love
I'll never fall in love
I cannot fall in love
I cannot fall in love
I cannot fall in love
I cannot fall in love

And I can do the Frug
I can do the Robocop
I can do the Freddie
I cannot do the Smurf
She cannot do the Smurf

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A Better Son/Daughter

Sometimes in the morning I am petrified and can't move
awake but cannot open my eyes
and the weight is crushing down on my lungs I know I can't breath
and hope someone will help me this time
your mother's still calling you insane and high
swearing it's different this time
and you tell her to give in to the demons that possess her
and that godnever blessed her insides
then you hang up the phone and feel badly for upsetting things
and crawl back into bed to dream of a time
when your heart was open wide and you loved things just because
like the sick and the dying

and sometimes when you're on you're really fucking on
and your friends they sing along and they love you
but the lows are so extreme that the good seems fucking cheap
and it teases you for weeks in its absense
but you'll fight and you'll make it through
you'll fake it if you have to
and you'll show up for work with a smile
and you'll be be better you'll be smarter
more grown up and a better daughter
or son and a real good friend
and you'll be awake and you'll be alert
you'll be positive though it hurts
and you'll laugh and embrace all your friends
and you'll be a real good listener
you'll be honest you'll be brave
you'll be handsome you'll be beautiful
you'll be happy

your ship may be coming in
you're weak but not giving in
to the cries and the wails of the valley below
your ship may be coming in
you're weak but not giving in
and you'll fight it you'll go out fighting all of them...

Thursday, May 20, 2004

my secret life as a hooker

I came across this blog today. Very interesting.

Happy Hooking

" diary about my hidden life as an independent escort, erotic provider, prostitute, whore, call girl, hooker ... whatever you wish to call me."

hmmmm.....

Talking Toilet

Talking Toilet Orders Men to Sit Down

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German inventor who developed a gadget that berates men if they try to use the toilet standing up has sold more than 1.6 million devices, his business manager said on Tuesday.

German women fed up with a man with a poor aim can turn to the ghost-shaped gadget, which lurks under the toilet rim and, if the seat is lifted, declares in a stern female tone:

"Hello, what are you up to then? Put the seat back down right away, you are definitely not to pee standing up ... you will make a right mess..."

Alex Benkhardt, 46, invented the "WC Ghost" and its creators are in negotiations to market it in Britain, Canada and Italy.




Tuesday, May 18, 2004

If It sounds to good to be true.......

A Dutch man has pleaded guilty to swindling wealthy New Yorkers by promising them an inside shot at getting shares in the Internet search engine Google and to spending $350,000 of their money in a three-month spree of opulent hotels, restaurants and gambling.
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The defendant, Shamoon Rafiq, could be sentenced to more than five years in prison for wire fraud under the plea agreement reached with prosecutors on Monday.
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Rafiq, who was in New York working as a business development manager for BT Group, the British telecommunications company, claimed in meetings with investors that he was able to obtain Google "preferred stock" - available to founders' friends and families at $12 a share ahead of the company's planned initial public offering.
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At least five investors, including a lawyer for a European telecommunications company, an investment banker, a senior brokerage executive and the chairman of a global telecommunications firm, wired $500,000 to Rafiq, who claimed to be a venture capitalist and a friend of Google's founders from their university days.
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The scheme unraveled when the investment banker grew suspicious and demanded his money back. The FBI arrested Rafiq in March in New York.
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The law-enforcement authorities said Rafiq had spent much of the money on a lavish lifestyle, including New York nightclubs, strippers, $100 tips for restaurant and hotel employees and expensive watches for friends.
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Prosecutors are opposing Rafiq's request to serve his sentence in the Netherlands under terms of a treaty governing Dutch citizens convicted in the United States.
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Google, based in Mountain View, California, announced plans for its initial public offering last month, aiming to raise $2.7 billion with an offering expected to give it a market value of at least $20 billion.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Dealing With Search Engine Stress

(from SearchEngineJournal.com)

As a member of several search engine optimization forums, and I have recently noticed (especially since Yahoo recently decided to try their hand at competing with Google) that the stress level of many webmasters has gone way up. This applies not only to webmasters involved in Internet-based home businesses, but to webmasters in general.

Additionally, it seems that many people that are in the business of search engine optimization (SEO) are, with good reason, going completely bonkers. As Google came on the scene in 1998 and quickly dominated the search business, website optimization became largely a game of shooting at a single target, namely, pleasing Google…for all intents and purposes, Google became the “800 pound gorilla” of the search engine business.

Since the advent of search engines (particularly Google) spawned the whole SEO business, I guess its only fair that the search engine industry can once again turn the SEO business on its ear, and it seems now to be sort of a cat and mouse (not desktop) relationship that can get really interesting as we move forward.

Not only are there now several viable players (most notably Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Ask Jeeves) in the search engine business, but they are all adopting different and frequently changing algorithms for determining the ranking positions for websites. The current game is that webmasters are trying to figure out how the various search engines perform the rankings and, on the flip side, the search engines are striving to be unpredictable to those webmasters and SEO firms.

For those people using websites to promote home-based businesses, it can be stressful constantly trying to determine “what the search engines want” and agonizing over every downward fluctuation in rankings that their website may experience.

Looking forward in time, I think we can expect that rankings will fluctuate frequently and will not be at all consistent from one search engine to another. It will be quite common that for a particular search term a website might suffer a drop in position ranking for search engine “A” and an increase position ranking for search engine “B” at essentially the same point in time.

Rather than stressing out over every position ranking “wiggle", a better approach might be to just focus on “what do visitors to my site want?”. The search engines are striving to give their users a quality (relevant) search experience and if you are focused in giving visitors to your website what they are looking for, these paths will meet somewhere down the road.

You can save yourself alot of consternation by focusing upon the needs of the website visitors you are seeking to attract, rather than chasing the frequently changing ranking algorithms of several search engines. Focus on a single target instead of chasing several miving targets at the same time.

This article pertains to natural searches only, as paid search engine advertising is a completely different situation. Full Article

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Guest Columnist Kirk Bannerman operates a successful home based business and resides in California. For more details, visit his Website

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

You're a slave to the schedule. What's up with that? Don't you represent freedom?

which Girl Interrupted character are you?

Georgina Tuscan

You are roomate to Susanna, and a pathological liar (you tell people your father is the head of the CIA). You live in a world you created in your mind, and are obsessed with childhood and the Wizard of Oz.

Personality Test Results

Monday, April 19, 2004

Toothing

LONDON (Reuters) - British commuters take note -- the respectable person sitting next to you on the train fumbling with their cell phone might be a "toother" looking for sex with a stranger.

"Toothing" is a new craze where strangers on trains, buses, in bars and even supermarkets hook up for illicit meetings using messages sent via the latest in phone technology.

"Toothing is a form of anonymous sex with strangers -- usually on some form of transport or enclosed area such as a conference or training seminar," says the "Beginner's Guide To Toothing" on a Web site dedicated to the pursuit.

It is made possible by Bluetooth technology which allows users to send phone contacts, pictures and messages to other Bluetooth-enabled equipment over a range of about 10 meters (yards).

Users discovered they could send anonymous messages to people they didn't know with Bluetooth equipment, spawning a craze dubbed "bluejacking."

Jon, aka "Toothy Toothing" and the guide's author, explained toothing was born after he was "bluejacked" by an unknown girl while commuting to work in London. After a few days of flirting, she suggested a brief encounter in a station lavatory.

"The meeting wasn't a romantic thing -- it was purely sexual. Barely anything was said," he told Reuters via e-mail.

He said potential toothers begin by sending out a random greeting -- usually "Toothing?."

"If the other party is interested, messages are exchanged until a suitable location is agreed -- usually a public toilet, although there are tales of more adventurous spots such as deserted carriages or staff areas," his guide adds.

Jon, who's in his 20s and works in finance, estimates there could be tens of thousands of toothers from all sorts of professions and lifestyles. Certainly the Web site's message board is busy.

"Any toothing on these trains?" asks one poster about services between Cambridge and London, prompting positive responses from "Dannyboy" and "Zeke."

"I'll be around London Bridge mainline station around 9.45 - 10 a.m. tomorrow if anyone's interested...," another poster called "Boi" wrote hopefully.

While some happily recount their successful encounters, others suggest there are a few teething problems with toothing.

"I tried toothing in Tooting (south London) last night... not a device to be found," a frustrated "Snowdog" posted sadly.

Although clearly not what the industry had in mind, toothing may lead operators toward similar, more mainstream projects.

Last month it was reported that a team in Boston had created a service for cell phones called Serendipity, an wireless alternative to online dating.

It allows subscribers to store their personal details and what they want from a partner and when there are enough similarities between two people and they happen to be in the same area, it tells their phones to communicate with each other.

Dario Betti, of the British-based consultancy Ovum, said bluejacking had really taken off, helped by the fact the service was free.

"The element of the unknown, that you are connecting to someone around you that you might not know, it's a novelty factor that is helping it to start," he told Reuters.

If Jon and those who use his forum are right, toothing is certainly livening up life for some bored commuters.

"A lot of my day's taken up with a soul-aching commute into the city, and that just feels like dead time," Jon said.

"Flirting is fun, sex is fun. We're just employing expensive, complex toys to find the most basic form of entertainment." Full Article Here

Rule may compel Google to open books

By Michael Bazeley
Mercury News

Rampant speculation about a possible public stock offering has turned Google into the most closely watched technology company in the world.

Now the Mountain View Internet company may be forced to show its hand.

Privately held Google appears to have triggered a provision of the 1934 Securities and Exchange Act that requires it to disclose closely guarded financial details by the end of the month.

The filing, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, would reveal so much about the secretive firm that many experts believe Google might take the next logical step and file for an initial stock offering, reaping the financial rewards that go along with having to open its books.

``It's a terrible place to be in because you get all the disadvantages of being a public company and none of the advantages,'' said Scott Spector, an attorney with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto. ``I can't imagine the company wanting to be in that situation.''

Google officials have been tight-lipped about the reporting requirement and possible plans for an IPO, and they declined to comment for this story.

But many observers believe that Google has triggered the requirements to become a ``publicly reporting'' company.

Companies must report financial results to the SEC once they have at least $10 million in assets and more than 500 shareholders of record, including employees who hold stock options. Google's profits are thought to be $100 million or more. And the assumption -- reinforced by Google's Web site, which touts ``pre-IPO stock options'' to prospective employees -- is that the company has granted stock options to most of its more than 1,000 employees.

If those assumptions are true, then Google should have to start making quarterly filings to the SEC by April 30, which is 120 days after the close of its fiscal year.

Reporting companies must disclose the same information to federal regulators as publicly traded companies, including assets, liabilities, operating expenses and partnerships. But they do not trade their shares on the Nasdaq or New York stock exchanges.

``The notion is that once you have 500 shareholders, you are a public company,'' said Peter M. Astiz, a securities attorney with the Gray Cary law firm in East Palo Alto. ``The effect is you become public. They have to report all the same numbers.''

Most companies view this middle ground with disdain because they spend millions to comply with government regulations and get nothing in return.

In fact, filing this paperwork can come with disadvantages. In some circumstances, employees or investor shareholders can start selling their shares on the over-the-counter bulletin board. Companies typically prefer to control when and how their shares are traded.

Companies that grow big enough to hit the filing requirement typically opt to become a publicly traded company first, attorneys said. That's because public stock offerings can enrich employees and investors, and they give the company access to cash that it can use to innovate or acquire other companies.

Google executives have appeared in no hurry to become a public company, in part because it would begin to lift the veil of secrecy under which they seem to enjoy working. What is more, the company's revenue stream appears strong, and it may not need the money that an offering of public stock would generate.

Also, Google may not want to undergo the cultural shift that takes place in companies when they have to meet analyst and shareholder expectations every quarter. Google may turn out to be the rare company that willingly files public financial reports but doesn't publicly trade its stock.

Another option is for Google to dodge the public reporting requirement. In 2001, the SEC detailed how companies can do so: by disclosing their financial information only to shareholders.

``You've got to give them the same information that you would otherwise give if you were public,'' Spector said.

Preparing the financial information is costly, and companies run the risk of the information leaking to outsiders. But several companies have picked this option.

``I would think Google would move mountains to not go public this way,'' said Kip Weissman, attorney with the Luse Gorman Pomerenk & Schick law firm in Washington, D.C.

Google could also buy back its shares from employees and investors, but few experts said they believed that was likely to happen.



Read Entire Article Here

Don't Send All Search Traffic to Home Page


The most common mistake marketers make is to send all their search engine traffic to their home page, Did-it.com CEO Kevin Lee said in DM News’ latest video, “Effective Search Marketing Strategies and Practices.”
Searches should lead directly to the appropriate landing page, Lee told moderator and DM News senior editor Brian Morrissey in taping last week for the hourlong video.

“The closer you can get them to the results of the search, the higher the conversion rate,” he said.

Marketers should test to find which keywords resonate best with customers, especially those with the best potential to convert.

Read Entire Article Here

Friday, January 30, 2004

this is why i don't...

internet date!

Google date test 'nets US fugitive'

A suspected US fraudster on the run for a year has reportedly been caught after a woman checked his name on the Google website before meeting him for a date.
LaShawn Pettus-Brown was wanted in Ohio for allegedly siphoning off city funds from restoration projects.

The woman found his name on an FBI arrest warrant after using the Google search engine and contacted authorities, local media reported.

Analysts say using web engines to check people's credentials is now common.

'Good tip'

The woman, who has not been identified, told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she was meeting Mr Pettus-Brown in a New York City restaurant last Friday evening, Cincinnati news channel WLWT reported.

Mr Pettus-Brown showed up to meet his date only to be greeted by several FBI agents, not the woman of his dreams.

"We had surveillance there to see if the tip was good and, lo and behold, the tip was good," FBI spokesman Jim Turgal told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper.

He is currently being held in New York City but will be returned to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face the fraud charges, law officials said.

Mr Pettus-Brown was wanted in connection with a failed plan to rehabilitate a 90-year-old theatre in Cincinnati's city centre, the paper said.

The city is said to have lost more than $180,000 after investing in the project and the FBI told the newspaper that more than $90,000 paid to Mr Pettus-Brown is missing.

The use of the Google search engine to check out prospective dates has become so common that the company name has become a verb - "to Google".

However, because the company name is trademarked it has not been included in any official dictionary.

full story here

Thursday, January 15, 2004

nye

take a look at our pics from nye....the papparazzi was following us again. damn them!

click here to see photos

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Tussin! Its not just for Teens.

Teens Still Getting High on Cough Remedy - By Daniel DeNoon (WebMd)

Jan. 5, 2004 -- It's not new. It's not illegal. And when abused as a recreational drug, it's not safe.

Generations of teens have used the cough suppressant dextromethorphan to get high. And every year, according to the U.S. government statistics, thousands of users end up in emergency rooms.

Users call it DXM or dex. It's an ingredient in more than 125 over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. Some of the more popular ones have their own drug-culture nicknames: "C-C-C" (Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets), for example, or "robo" (Robitussin). Other nicknames include "candy," "skittles," and "red devils."

What does it do? The intoxicating effect is similar, but much less intense, to the effects of PCP and LSD, says Ronald Strong, supervisor of the national drug threat assessment unit at the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC).

"PCP and LSD as hallucinogens are far more potent than DXM," Strong tells WebMD. "But the effects you would get from what these kids are taking is similar."

The side effects are much less fun, notes Ilene B. Anderson, PharmD, associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy and senior toxicology management specialist for California's poison control system.

"The primary effects are nausea, vomiting, feeling dizzy and lightheaded -- kids taking DXM can become drowsy and can look like they are drunk," Anderson tells WebMD. "They have dilated pupils, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and they can have hallucinations. Many patients also are agitated. And the potential is there for seizures, although these are uncommon."

Here, There, and Everywhere

When used as directed, DXM is good medicine, says Deborah Mitchell, an intelligence analyst at the NDIC. It acts on the brain's cough center to relieve the misery of nagging, unproductive coughing. That's why it's included in so many cough and cold products.

And those products are everywhere. You can buy them at your local drug store. You can get them over the Internet. Many pharmacies make no effort to keep children from buying these products.

Normal doses of the drug range up to 30 mg, which is the highest potency available on the market. That's the amount in Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets, and also the dose in DexAlone Maximum Strength Cough Suppressant liquid gelcaps.

Anderson notes that the dose needed for a hallucinatory effect is about 400 to 500 mg. That's about 15 doses of the high-strength DXM products. These huge doses of DXM are bad enough. But as most DXM products contain other medicines, abusers risk overdoses of other serious medicines. These include the antihistamine chlorpheniramine and/or pain reliever acetaminophen. Overdoses of these drugs can be extremely dangerous and cause lasting damage.