Web series on Internet Dating: PLENTY OF MITCH has Launched

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a web series that I was helping out with, Plenty of Mitch, which follows the (mis)adventures of a group of guys testing the waters of internet dating. As the show goes on, you’ll see the good, the bad and the (overwhelmingly) ugly side of meeting strangers on the interwebs.  Well, i’ve got some good news, the first episode has launched!

The hilarious first episode sets the stage for all the craziness that will occur as the show continues.  Will Mitch find love or is this a train wreck waiting to happen?  Will Jamie ever get a date with a non-Louie/non-Leper?  What is Dean’s (aka Danger’s) secret to his luck with the ladies?

So, have you had any terrible dating stories? I’ve never gone on one (my parents did once offer to buy me a match.com account…), but I’ve heard HORRIBLE STORIES from friends: from burn victims who can only talk about their injuries to guys who buy three long islands before the entree…  I don’t know if it’s a world I want to explore.  I’ll just live vicariously through the guys on Plenty of Mitch.

So while you are at it, LIKE the Plenty of Mitch facebook page to get news about upcoming episodes.

P.S.  if you are wondering why the sound is so good it, was because I was holding the boom mike…  jk jk

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Don’t Fix what Ain’t Broke: the Scrabble Application on Facebook

I’ve discussed my Scrabble addiction before, but I’ll say it again… I believe that scrabble is the most perfect game ever created.  In fact, the creator of Scrabble, Alfred Mosher Butts,  studied the front page of The New York Times for an entire year to calculate how frequently each letter of the alphabet was used.  Words with Friends cannot even compare…

So, today when I went to play my daily game of Scrabble through the facebook application, I was surprised to find this:

What is that madness?  It looks like they hired the web designers of Myspace circa 2003 and Zynga’s Farmville to make this terrible eyesore. Continue reading

Time Travel Lite: Send Emails to Future You!

If I could send an email to past me (perhaps at the tender age of 18), there would be a few things I would say:  beer pong is NOT called vodka pong for a reason, facebook will waste all your time, and DO NOT eat those brownies at the Yellowstone camping trip.

Well, since time traveling mail is not an option I have at my discretion, I have found the next best thing: FutureMe , a website service that sends you an email to your inbox in the future. You provide the email address and the date you want it delivered.

The internet’s equivalent of this… kind of, sort of, maybe, not really…

Granted, it needs you to have the same email address (my 13 year old self would have had to send an email to schtinkyweazel@aol.com and I definitely would not have received it, since i deleted that account at 13 and a half), but most of us have settled into our boiler plate email addresses.

FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails.  The site adds:

Send your future self some words of inspiration. Or maybe give ’em swift kick in the pants. Or just share some thoughts on where you’ll or what you’ll be up to in a year, three years…more? And then we’ll do some time travel magic and deliver the letter to you.

You can also send future emails to others, but it is much more restrictive: As the site states, ‘You can send letters to others, but only if you are a registered user. When they get the e-mail, it will specify that it was sent from your e-mail address. This policy is a bit strict perhaps, but unfortunately there are Internet hooligans out there that would abuse FutureMe otherwise.”

Here’s the link!  What are you going to tell your future self?  I just hope it isn’t like that one time I filled out a “predict your future” book as child, which surprisingly did not predict that at 25, I would be living at home, with a part-time job and weirdly small hands.  Go figure!

Don’t forget to like the HAHABUDA facebook page!

Slingr – Now the internet can buy you drinks….

Ever been to a bar and you’re pretty sure that your only chance at a free drink is that overweight guy with the cold sore and that weird hairy mole, and you realize that you’d rather shell out the cash for a peaceful night than risk him tell that story bout his hernias four times in a row as he spits  cold sore drool on your face?

Sorry… got carried away.  ANYWAY.. If you’ve ever wished for your friends to be able to share an experience of food and drinks with you even when they are halfway across the world, if you’ve ever wanted to send a special shot to a friend celebrating a birthday while you are stuck inside with the flu, if you’ve ever wanted to cash in all those internet stalkers you’ve been hoarding, well then… I’ve got an app for you… SLINGR.

Slingr – The self proclaimed social networking tool for drinkers, allows your facebook and twitter friends to remotely send you drinks when you are at bars and clubs hooked up with the service.

According to the service:

When you check in to a Slingr spot, a link is shared to your social feed (e.g. Facebook wall) which takes your friends to a menu system tied directly to your table. From there they can send you drinks, food, and other stuff which is delivered to you by the serving staff.

Currently three bars in the Los Angeles Area have it: Michael’s Bar and Grill in Burbank, the Hollywood Way and The Red Lion in Silver Lake.

Would you guys buy me drinks???   I need to have this blog profit me in some way…. JUST KIDDING. I love you all, even if you don’t buy me drinks.  But, I’ll try it out, see if actually works and report back soon.

Here’s the Facebook page and Website for those of you who would like to look into it more as it grows in popularity.

Via LA TIMES blog

HAHABUDA now has a facebook page!

Hello HAHA’s of the world!

I just wanted you to know that I now have a HAHABUDA facebook page.

Why it’s different than just hahabuda:

-I include amazing images that I find on the web that are not posted here, like

-I post amazingly funny/interesting links, like this one about a transsexual having a baby!

-It’s an easier way for you to follow me, if you don’t like following directly through wordpress

-I’ll eventually be putting contests/giveaways on there.

SO LIKE AWAY.  You can click it HERE.

Thanks!

 

And so it begins, WordPress goes black to protest SOPA

In protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, WordPress had decided to black out it’s front page.  Clicking on one of the censored links, leads you HERE, where you can sign an online petition against SOPA.

WordPress is only one of a long list of sites that will be doing this. Hopefully, these tactics will work.  I’m not gonna start ranting about politicians here because I may never ever stop.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOPA, read THIS LINK from Gizmodo.  It explains a lot.

“Looking for rich man” – Do spam messages like this actually work?

I miss the good ole spam messages of the 90s, you know, like the Nigerian prince email scams.  I was around 10, when I started getting those emails, and I KNEW they were fake.  Who are the people who fall for them?

But anyway, I’ve finally received a weird foreign email scam!  SO EXCITED.  The other ones I get just don’t give me the same rush (like those stupid XXX PENIS PUMPS ones).  This one is more personal, and it tells you what they want from the beginning (“looking for rich man”).   (As a side note, by writing “penis pump” in this article, I am guaranteed to quadruple my blog hits. You go creepers!).  Here is the email:

From: Genevieve Rosales

Title:  I came to you in the country, I have no money, looking for rich man!

Body of Email:

Hi, I am sad and dreary one – there – In Moscow, I live alone now hooked up the internet, that’s looking for someone to talk to, I have a web camera as well as personal page on the internet, come on, help me to remove my sadness. (website removed)

 

Any one else get good scam emails?

Cool website of the day: Draw a Stickman

I have one drawing style: stick.

Dedicated to my mom, for believing she invented those jokes, and my brother for saying terrible ones during dinner

(image via xkcd)

So I was immediately intrigued when I saw the interactive website Draw a Stickman.  It’s a lot of fun and has a customized message section at the end.  I don’t want to ruin it, so check it out through the link above.

After you are done, check out the gallery to see how creative people got with it (my skillz didn’t quite cut it).

Thomas Edison was an Asshole

I assume that everyone has heard that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday (Rest in Peace).  I value his work and insight, but some of things being said about him I find just a wee bit frustrating.  From a facebook friend (sorry friend!):

Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. You will be missed.

UGH – Is it necessary to mention JFK, Edison and the Jetsons in one facebook status?  I hate this for so many reasons, but I will focus on one thing:  Is Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our Generation?

So I was excited to see that the Los Angeles Times today had an article called “Comparing Jobs to Edison doesn’t quite capture it” (couldn’t find it online).  I was hoping it would shed light on the type of businessman and so called inventor that Edison was, but it didn’t.  In fact the article mentions Edison once and just uses all the stupid assumptions we learned about him in elementary school.

So, I’ll go out and just say it… Thomas Edison was an ASSHOLE.  Below you will find some of the reasons why:

Don't trust the charm or that hair...

1.  The Patent Wars

Edison holds over 1,000 patents, and is considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time.  Many of these patents dealt with movie cameras and similar equipment.  The Edison Film Manufacturing Company owned the majority of patents of the film equipment used in the early 20th century.  It wasn’t enough that Edison would receive money for all the equipment he sold, he demanded licensing fees from all film producers, distributors and exhibitors.  He formed a legal monopoly and began blacklisting or suing independent companies who didn’t follow his rules.

So-called outlaws (including the names you may recognize of Laemmle and Fox) moved out to California to avoid the legal retribution of Edison’s Trust.  On a happy note, these outlaws were involved in a lot of the innovation of the time and helped form Hollywood.  Edison though…He was the MPAA of the early 20th century.  Anti-innovation all in the name of $$$$$.

ASSHOLE POINTS: 3.5/5 – An Anti-trust lawsuit was eventually filed against him, so he didn’t end up getting away with it. (MPAA on the other hand 4.5/5)

2.  He destroyed Tesla’s Life Work and his Reputation Continue reading