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Sounds “phoney” to me.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2010 by Speider

Cell phone texting has become a “novel” idea.

One of the biggest novelists these days is a 15-year-old in Japan who wrote a book from her cell phone using her thumbs.

The new type of storytelling is called “keitai” — cell phone novels. Aimed squarely at those who can’t be parted from their mobiles, teens — mostly young women readers and writers — have turned the cell-phone story into the must-read phone book.

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, the way it works is writers keep to a cell-screen-friendly 1,000-character limit per page and upload from their phones to publishing websites, then get instant feedback on plot twists and helpful fixes on typos. With a million cell-phone books and 6 million users, fans are giving the new craze a ringing endorsement.

The Jane Austen of the text-u-scripts is a 15-year-old who goes by the handle “Bunny”. Her three-volume book “Wolf Boy x Natural Girl” got its start on cell screens but ended up in print. She has sold a whopping 110,000 books so far and raked in over $600,000 in sales. Not bad for a first-time author who hasn’t even taken her high-school entrance exams. The Harlequin-style romance that reads more like notes passed in class has embarrassed the author enough that she continues to go by her alias.

No offense, but you can see why when you read some typical lines: “Miku was in a pink one-piece dress, wearing white heels. She looks mature because her hair is lightly curled. She’s looking straight at me. It’s hard to keep my cool when she’s looking at me like that.”

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Fast-smut

Posted in The Epitaph, Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 by Speider

I don’t understand why Godaddy keeps churning out the ’70s porn commercials but they must work for them. It’s the fast food places that incorporate sexual innuendo (if one can call it innuendo) that confuses me. While ads that get press, such as the many Calivin Klein commercials and print ads, Hardee’s has had it’s share of negative press. The current ad for its new product is just sophmoric.

They have balls, indeed

Not to be outdone, Burger King also has an oral fixation of late. At least Paris Hilton isn’t in this one!

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According to BK sources, the following is the official explanation:

“Burger King Corporation (BKC) values and respects all of its guests. This advertisement is running to support a limited promotion in the Singapore market and is not running in the U.S. or any other markets. It was produced by a locally-based Singapore agency and not by BKC’s U.S. advertising agency of record, Crispin Porter and Bogusky.”

Whew! That’s a relief!

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The power of video games over the youth market

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 by Speider

When this young man’s World of Warcraft subscription is cancelled by his parents, he, well, just look at the power of this highly lucrative market.

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Someone we DON’T want in The AFTERLIFE (so soon).

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 by Speider

I received very distressing news. One of the pioneers of the alternative comics movement is in very serious trouble. S. Clay Wilson, a man who pushed the boundaries and reinforced the first amendment needs help. Read on and please repost this!

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Jonathan,

I have distressing news.

Last November, cartoonist S. Clay Wilson suffered a severe brain injury in a fall.  He spent a week in intensive care and faces a long recovery.  Even with insurance, Wilson’s medical expenses are beyond his ability to pay and have made him and his family paupers.

I’d like your help to raise money for S. Clay Wilson’s medical expenses.

S. Clay Wilson is a major figure in American comics, a founder of the underground comix movement. Wilson is known for aggressively violent and sexually explicit panoramas of “lowlife,” often depicting the wild escapades of pirates and bikers. He was an early contributor to Zap Comix, and Wilson’s artistic audacity has been cited by R. Crumb as a liberating source of inspiration for Crumb’s own work, and I can say as much for myself.

I’d like to give a little back to the bad boy of comics, so I am turning my next 24 hour comic into a benefit for Wilson.

For those of you who may not have heard of it, the premise of the 24 Hour Comic challenge is that an artist attempts to complete 24 pages of comics within 24 hours.

I am soliciting pledges from friends and comics fans for each page I complete, the money to go towards Wilson’s medical expenses.

Contributions are at levels named for S. Clay Wilson characters:

Checkered Demon- $25 a page and over

Star-eyed Stella- $10 – $24.99 a page

Ruby the Dyke- $5- $9.99 a page

Captain Pissgums – Under $5 a page

Your contribution is not tax deductible, but contributors will receive an autographed copy of my completed story.

The 24 Hour Comic Event will be open to the public and will take place at Cosmic Monkey in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, April 11th from 10 am to 10 am Sunday (which just so happens to be Easter).

Read about the 24 Hour Comic event here: http://www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com/

Seven other artists will join me in soliciting pledges for their own 24 Hour Comics: Joshua Kemble, Kevin Cross, Neal Skorpen, Mike Getsiv, Tony Morgan, Josh Fitz and Steven Abrams.

Copic Marker has agreed to donate art materials for the event, including manga-ruled paper.

Anyone interested in pledging can reply by e-mail: davidchelsea(at)comcast(dot)net or write to me:

David Chelsea.
2814 NE 16th avenue
Portland OR 97212

I will contact all sponsors after the event to let them know how many pages I completed and to send them their copies.

Checks can be written to the S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust and sent to PO Box 14854 San Francisco CA 94114.

Thank you very much for considering this and helping me celebrate the season of Easter as well as Passover in an inspiring and meaningful way. Please forward this message to anyone who might like to help or simply see what we are up to!

Best wishes,
David Chelsea.

iPhone gets your iLegs broken!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2009 by Speider

Here at The AFTERLIFE, we’d rather not see our readers and clients too soon, so perhaps we should warn you away from our favorite techno-gadget and the basho-beating you will get from the latest app.

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Las Vegas casino operators are on the lookout for blackjack cheaters using a card-counting iPhoneapplication designed to help players win.

Nevada State gaming control officials have sent warnings to casinos about card-counting software that turns iPhone smart mobile telephones or iPod Touch MP3 players into illegal tools forbeating the odds at blackjack tables.

“Once this program is installed on the phone through the iTuneswebsite it can make counting cards easy,” Nevada gaming control board member Randall Sayre wrote in a February 5 letter to casino operators.

“When the program is used in the ‘Stealth Mode‘ the screen of the phone will remain shut off, and as long as the user knows where the keys are located the program can be run effortlessly without detection.”

Players using the program simply tap a virtual button on the screen each time a card 10 or higher is turned up and tap a different button for lower-value cards.

A mini-software program continually updates a “true count,” which with one peek can provide feedback regarding a player’s chances of winning by getting cards with total values that are closest to 21 points without exceeding that amount.

Nevada officials said they were tipped that players in American Indian-run casinos in Northern California have been using the card-counting software on the popular Apple devices.

It is illegal in Nevada to have or use card-counting gadgets in casinos, but players are allowed to try to keep count in their heads.

So, skip the app and stick with a real live autistic savant!

Bale out!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 by Speider

That was quick! It didn’t take the folks at Despair.com long to get this product on the web.

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http://site.despair.com/christianbale/

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To much, too soon?

Perhaps the Super Bowl was the cutoff date for any moratorium on these jokes?

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The AFTERLIFE EPITAPH, Issue #1, Vol. 1 – Read it Monday morning!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2008 by Speider

Were you one of the hundreds and hundreds of people who subscribed to The !NNOVATION Lounge that I researched and edited when I was at Hallmark? The ultra-successful e-news of trends, new media, viral, ambient and guerilla marketing ideas and technological advances is available again! Starting on Monday, November 3rd, 2008, issue #1 of The AFTERLIFE EPITAPH will appear on this blog (easy archive searching, too!). It’s informative with intelligent commentary and smart-alec comments that you’ve always loved, or, will learn to love. They’re heeeerrrree!