Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2008 09:25am | Post a Comment

As reported recently by the ever insightful Pew Internet & American Life Project who are constantly doing studies and surveys on the online activity of all age, economic, and societal groups, an estimated 64% of those ages 12 to 17 have created some form of online content -- which is much more than adults have. For example, when it comes to creating a blog, only an estimated 8% of adults have created one while 28% of teens have created a blog. 

And as more and more individuals, especially younger ones, get wired in 2008, this figure will undoubtedly go up. And regarding the gender breakdown of this teen online activity, the Pew Project has determined that teenage girls are much more likely than boys to create blogs, post items online,  or to have joined a social  networking group like Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook the word "facebook" (as a verb) came in second place in 2007, behind the online gaming word "w00t" as examples of technology-based words that have been appearing quite often in Merriam-Webster's annual "word of the year" list (see Whitmore's Amoeblog from recently for more on this topic). "Blog" was the word of the year in 2004, while "google" (as in the verb to google) came in second place in 2006. 

And speaking of  "to google," in the Pew Internet Project's recent Digital Footprints report they have determined that people searching for information about themselves online (googling their own name) has increased dramatically over the past five years, from 22% to 47%. The same study also reports that 74% of those who google themselves have only checked their search results once or twice.

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The Seabiscuits

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 15, 2008 07:16pm | Post a Comment
It's award season, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the Amoeba's 5th annual Seabiscuits! Let me back up for a second. For those who have never worked at Amoeba, our jargon can sound (in my Mr. T voice) confusing, confounding and sometimes downright curious. As a customer, you may have found yourself being told by one of our helpful staff to "check the 'hat' adjacent to the 'blueline waterfall' while I go check 'Wally',"  leaving you scratching your buzzing noggin in psychedelic wonder. Well, one of those jargon words we use is "evergreen" which, somewhat counter-intuitively, refers to titles that will always be in demand (and not to titles that will only sell on "the Green Tag Island," where we exile bargain titles to.

When Seabiscuit came out on DVD, right before Christmas of 2003, there was an audible buzz (or "nicker," in horse language). It was released in widescreen and fullscreen, a sign of its broad appeal to both film-lovers and people who "don't like it when they cut the heads off with those black bars." Several films attached themselves like filmic remoras to Seabiscuit's celluloid whale shark, hoping to feed off of the crumbs of interest -- or maybe to be purchased by the confused and functionally illiterate. There was, as there often is, debate about whether or not the film would be an evergreen. It didn't prove to be ... But let's go merrily back in time to the early oughts, back to 2003. It was the year a second space shuttle blew up, SARS was discovered, Bush landed on a ship flying a banner reading "Mission Accomplished," the last vocho rolled off the assembly line in Mexico, Gary Ridgway (the Green River Killer) admitted to killing 48 women and Jacko was charged with being a chester (again). And in the dream factory the year of the Sheep proved, in fact, to be the year of the horse.

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Celebration of the Feast of the Ass

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 15, 2008 05:20pm | Post a Comment
January 15th is the Feast of the Ass, an ancient Roman pagan celebration to the Ass who saved the Goddess Vesta, Goddess of the sacred hearthfire. I present this gallery of asses as my humble offering ... who'd have thought Prince would be the prude of the bunch???

Is the Moontan model the same as the Yes model below???

Rush are the Kings of manbutt covers

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Steroid abuse from baseball to ... music?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2008 11:53am | Post a Comment
I'm reading today about how the District Attorney of Albany, N.Y., David Soares, is investigating allegations that 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and "others" have been using steroids. (Thank you Digital Music News for the tip.)

Am I the only one who finds this to be absurd beyond comprehension?

Maybe I'm cynical, but hmmm ... they skipped right over the entire NFL (National Football League) in the 'steroid scandal.'

I have an idea! Here's the proud pigskin man of the NFL back in the early days:


- and here's a later shot of a steroids slammin NFL player:

....and they have skipped over every violent offender on their docket to go after soul singers? Rap dudes? Seriously?! Come in, american justice upholders! Come in! Are you there? Have you been abducted by Aliens? Should I expect Donald Sutherland to walk up and point at me now and make that horrible screaming noise?

Did someone slip some wacky juice into my cereal or is this a clear cut case of someone pathetically going after HEADLINES?

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Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2008 07:13am | Post a Comment

I must admit I felt a certain satisfaction when I read the report of current Britney Spears boy toy, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, getting into a shoving match with the pestering paparazzi over the weekend while he and Spears were trying to get in a little peaceful shopping at a mall in Studio City. 

Reportedly Ghalib got into an angry shoving match and tempers flared as he tried to push back the menacing gang of shutterbugs that routinely shadow Spears' every move. And who cabritney spears adnan n blame him? Check out the video footage (scroll down below) of when the two went to a Rite Aid and the mob-like paparazzi descended upon them. It would be enough to drive anyone to some to some form of retaliation. 
Of course the obvious irony here is that for many years, until very, very recently, Ghalib himself was one of that very same gang of papparassholes (as Brad Pitt and certain other frustrated celebs have dubbed them) who make a living off of hounding Britney and other similarly high-profile celebrities.

But now that Ghalib has crossed that line from paparazzo to celebrity (or rather from stalker to the stalked), and he is finally getting a taste of his own medicine. Or maybe not. Maybe he is really enjoying the sudden celebrity status, although from watching videos like the one below of him and Brit being hounded by paparazzi I really couldn't see why if he indeed is.

Of course, why Britney couldn't just hire a temp for a couple of hours to run down to Rite Aid and pick up her Alka Seltzer for her is a valid question. It often seems that she and Paris Hilton and the many other celebrities that are constantly popping up in the tabloids put themselves in places and situations that are prone to paparazzi being present.   Meanwhile others -- Matt Damon comes to mind -- appear to make an effort to stay out of the paparazzi's radar since they live secluded lives away from LA, NY, Vegas and other such high-profile places. 

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