September 2010 - Posts

Everybody remembers last year's MTV Video Music Awards. It was all anybody talked about for days...even weeks...after the spotlights had cooled and the show had wrapped.

It was the night hip-hopper Kanye West, apparently in a drunken lapse of judgment, ran onto the stage and took the microphone from Taylor Swift, who was trying to thank her Mama and God for the award she'd just won. West declared that Beyonce had the "best video of all time"...in effect, he said Swift shouldn't have won. The poor little country darling just stood there, mouth hanging open, until she was ushered off the stage.

But Beyonce was the hero of the night. She later won an award and called Swift back onto the stage, handing her the mic and allowing her to finish her acceptance speech.

Kanye recently took to Twitter to apologize to Swift again. He apologized last year as well. He acknowledged he was wrong to jump on the stage and steal Swift's moment.

But he also took the time to explain how he has "bled hard."

"How deep is the scar...I bled hard...cancelled tour with the No. 1 pop star in the world..closed the doors of my clothing office," he tweeted.

Sounds like it was his wallet that bled hard.

But it wasn't the first time he's behaved like an idiot. West is known for his tantrums, often storming off the stage when things don't go his way. And his behavior hasn't gone unnoticed. Fans and critics alike have pointed the finger at his boorish behavior, calling on him to "grow up and be a man."

Even President Barack Obama called him a "jackass."

West says he's written a song that he hopes Swift will perform, but says if she declines, he'll do it himself.

As for Swift, she's remained mum regarding the incident mostly, apparently preferring to forget the whole thing happened and just move forward. There have been reports recently, however, that Swift is growing a little weary of West's continual rehashing of the incident. Swifty has moved on, and she wants West to do the same.

We can appreciate the fact that West has grown all repentant, but the timing is a little fishy. He apologized the first time only after there was a public backlash. He's brought the incident up again now and apologized again, only after he was hit in the wallet. And here it is, just a few days before the VMAs (this year's show airs Sept. 12), and he's bringing it up again, this time baring his heart and soul on Twitter.

Could it be that he's finally worried about his public persona? Is he afraid that his antics have finally caused damage that can't be undone? After all, everyone is wondering whether he'll go banana splits again at this Sunday's event.

Sounds like he wants the world to know he's fresh out of crazy. But we question whether he ever had any sincerity.

Maybe the guy has developed some remorse. Maybe he finally gets it. We'll be watching this year's show with our crazy meter fully operational.

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It's officially Labor Day weekend, and for those of us who are fortunate enough to have a three-day weekend ahead of us, we relish in it.


For most of us, Labor Day is that one last chance to get away or maybe to just relax at home. School's back 


in session, and the holidays loom large. So we bask in the gloriousness that is Labor Day – our one final chance at kicking back.


Lots of us use the time to relax and unwind at home from the stress of our everyday lives. For those who plan to do so during their time off, we've found the perfect gadget.


Most of the time, we can't or won't take our stress out on those around us. Even during those times when we just want to go out into the woods and scream at the top of our lungs.


For those times when a good scream is needed but not an option, the Sakebi no Tsufu comes to the rescue. 


This new Japanese item is a "shouting vase" that is touted as being able to reduce stress if you hold it up to your mouth and scream as loudly as you can, into the vase. The manufacturer claims that it will magically suck up everything you say and keep it in side. 


The pot is thermoplastic and turns your yelling into whispers that are barely audible.


When we saw this, we started thinking, what other items are out there that can help reduce or relieve our stress?


One item we found would work wonders for those times when you just want to throw something – hard. But perhaps you can't afford a lawsuit right now. If that's the case, you should buy The Brick.


Shaped like a real brick but made from foam, this item allows you to vent your frustrations in a more safe manner. No broken glass or lawsuits.


For those who want to take a more technological approach to stress relief, there's the emWave. This gadget is billed as a portable and convenient way to reduce stress, balance emotions and increase performance. 


The handheld device – we're not sure how – helps you control your feelings of anxiety, depression and anger. It's equipped with LEDs, sound control, coherence scoring and is easy to use. 


Yeah, we're confused about that one, too.


Our personal favorite is the Mood Dude. It's sort of like one of those rubber stress ball thingies you squeeze, but it's in the shape of a cartoonish, smiling man. 


And get this: he doesn't do anything. Nothing pops out or makes noise. You could throw him at things, but why would you send such a nice, smiling guy flying across the room? The Mood Dude is just a pleasantly smiling little head. That's it. And you can't help but smile back at him. You just place the Dude near you and you can't help but feel better.


However you choose to spend your Labor Day holiday, we suggest smiling a lot. Just like the Mood Dude. 


Hey, you could be the Mood Dude for your friends and family, taking away their stress and making them feel better.


Now there's a great stress reliever.

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Remember the Indonesian boy who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day? Apparently, he's  kicked the habit.


Ardi Rizal, who lives with his family on the island of Sumatra, became an Internet sensation when a video of him puffing away was posted on YouTube. The video shocked people all over the world. But even more shocking was the revelation that his father was giving him the cigarettes.


In July, Ardi and his mother went to Jakarta, the country's capital, where he was treated for one month. Therapists helped the boy learn to switch his addiction from nicotine to playing with other children.


Watching the video is shocking. It's a two-year-old chain smoking, for crying out loud. Realizing that his father gave the toddler the cigarettes in the first place is even more disturbing. 


But the fact that the Indonesian government had to pay the family in order to get them to agree to get Ardi the help he needed to quit – that's just more than we can take.


What kind of parent would allow this? What kind of parent would give his child cigarettes and then turn an apparently blind eye as he smokes them, one after another? 


According to reports, Ardi threw some major tantrums when he didn't get his nicotine fix. We suppose that the therapist gave him some tools to help him deal with his anger issues, in addition to helping him deal with the withdrawal symptoms.


We certainly hope the parents will put the money they have received to good use. We suggest they hire a good parenting coach. 


They obviously need it.

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If your hard-to-shop-for friends and family are Facebook users, head to Target.


Target will now carry gift cards in values of $15, $25 and $50 at all of the retail giant's locations. The cards can be used for Facebook's social games, applications and virtual goods. 


The cards will work like Apple's iTunes cards.


According to Facebook, more than 200 million people play free social games on the Web site each month, and many of them are willing to spend money on premium goods and services associated with those games. The cards can be used on more than 150 social games and applications, including titles from game makers like Zynga, which developed FarmVille and FrontierVille; CrowdStar, which developed Happy Aquarium; and Bejeweled Blitz, created by PopCap Games. 


Target already sells more than 30 gift cards for online games like FarmVille. A spokesman for the retailer said the company expects the market for online gaming and digital music to continue to grow. The company has about 1.5 million fans on its Facebook page.


The prepaid gift card market, according to published reports, is expected to produce about $86.2 billion this year, compared with $80.6 billion last year.

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