Friday, September 23, 2011

Porn parodies of advertisements show adult film industry is out of ideas

The adult film industry is running out of things to parody in their movies.
Porn studios have parodied Hollywood movies, TV shows and even public figures. Now they’re parodying TV commercials and consumer products.
This week, Hustler Video released “America’s Favorite Commercials Gone Porn,” which parodies commercials by Subway restaurants, Progressive Insurance, Wrigley’s Orbit Gum, Dos Equis beer and FreeCreditReport.com.
Subway’s “$5 Footlong” sandwich ads become “$3 Footschlong.” Orbit Gum becomes WhoreBitz Gum and so on. Characters like Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and Progressive’s Flo get the X-rated treatment.
I previously reported that adult film studio Caballero has released compilation videos packaged to parody consumer products like breakfast cereal and candy, such as “Honey Likes Nuts and Ho’s” (Honey Nut Cheerios), “Cinnamon Muff Munch” (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and “Cocoa Ditzies” (Cocoa Krispies).
Now Caballero is moving on to parodies of alcoholic beverages. Upcoming releases include “Drill Her Genuine Gash” (Miller Genuine Draft), “Clit’s Malt Lick Her” (Schlitz Malt Liquor), “Buttmeiser” (Budweiser) and “Dos Sexxy” (Dos Equis).

Photos: Edited cover shot of Hustler’s “America’s Favorite Commercials Gone Porn” (top); edited cover of “Honey Likes Nuts and Ho’s” and the cereal box cover it’s parodying.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Google+ is a dud

Google’s latest attempt to compete with Facebook in social networking, Google+, is a failure.
The venture got a ton of press when it launched on June 28, primarily because it was by invitation only. When I finally got an invite on July 12, I immediately signed up to check it out. I connected with a few colleagues and tested out various features. But I’ve only been back a few times since.
There isn’t enough going on at Google+ to make me want to come back, much less abandon Facebook and start over. After all, seemingly everybody is on Facebook. So why switch? The experience on Facebook is not that bad.
On the plus side, Google+ has a nice clean look. Facebook looks cluttered by comparison. But that’s not enough to sell me on using Google+.
Except for its innovative Circles feature, Google+ is largely a Facebook copycat.
Plus, I’m already feeling social media fatigue from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, each of which are distinctly different. I don’t need Google+.
And one more thing – I hate the name Google+. It should be called Google Plus or better yet, Google Circles.
Google+ may have 25 million registered users, according to ComScore, but I doubt a very large percentage is active. Recent articles by TechCrunch and HuffPo suggest that interest in the service is waning.
Even Google CEO Larry Page seems to have lost interest in Google+, Network World reports.
I agree with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, who said people don’t have enough free time for another social network.
I'm going to let my account go dormant. Maybe it’ll be useful somewhere down the road. But I'm not holding my breath.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TSA funnies

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has been derided as an ineffective, wasteful government agency that tramples on the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.
So it’s only fair that the TSA has become a target for ridicule and parody.
Here are some funny TSA graphics I’ve seen online.
Most of them have gone viral and are hard to source. I’ve tried to provide attribution where available. (Top photo from Very Demotivational.)

Terrorist Osama bin Laden mocking TSA patdowns. This one is everywhere on the Internet, including BuzzFeed.


Funny infographic from Bits & Pieces and elsewhere.


Greeting card from Someecards.


Funny TSA infographic from The Onion.


Humorous poster from Demotivational Posters.


TSA Checkpoint sign by Oleg Volk. See articles by The Atlantic and Boing Boing.

The use of Pedobear as the mascot for the TSA is another popular Internet meme. It's been published by About.com and elsewhere.

Monday, September 12, 2011

TSA creator says agency should be dismantled

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation Committee, authored the legislation that created the Transportation Security Administration. But he now admits that the agency has become “a complete fiasco.”
In an interview with conservative blog Human Events, Mica says the agency “has been hijacked by bureaucrats” and is costly, ineffective and should be dismantled and privatized.
The public’s disgust with the TSA has become a hot political issue. Politicians are slowly getting the message that travelers don’t like the TSA and its invasive searches and bullying of the public.
They are starting to see that the TSA is simply “security theater” that goes through the motions of screening passengers, but doesn’t effectively look for real security threats.
People have had enough of TSA demands to take off their shoes and belts, remove their laptops, limit their liquids to 3-1-1 (3-ounce or less bottles in one quart-sized clear plastic bag, one bag per passenger) and submit to aggressive pat-downs or potentially harmful radiation scanning.
Mica’s fellow elected officials should listen to him.

Related articles:

“Airline Passengers Wade Through Airport Security on 9/11” (Fox Chicago News; Sept. 11, 2011)

“Chris Wallace On TSA Screening Procedures: ‘There Are Obviously People Who Are Greater Threats’” (Mediaite; Sept. 11, 2011)

“Spotlight: The changing face of the TSA” (Fox Toledo; Sept. 11, 2011)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

LFL nip slips a thing of the past

Sorry, perverts, the ladies of the Lingerie Football League are on to you.
In the early days of the sport, there were occasional nipple slips from ill-fitting lingerie uniforms. Now the uniforms seem a little snugger and players have taken the extra precaution of wearing pasties or even tape on their nipples.
I guess that’s progress.
Check out the anecdotal photographic evidence here. (Click photos for larger view.)
In the top photo, Minnesota Valkyrie running back Leekplay Paye flashes some yellow nipple tape in a game on Aug. 26. (See MTV's Clutch Blog.)
And in the LFL’s All Fantasy Game on July 30, a defender shows some pink nipple tape. (Photo by Dave Gruggen.)
The LFL is now in its third season and seems to be fairly successful as fringe sports go. It still isn’t treated as a sport by the mainstream media, but it’s developing a fan base.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

LFL wardrobe malfunctions continue

Lingerie Football League games are starting to look like those old Coppertone ads with the exposed rear ends.
LFL fans have posted several shots recently of LFL players being tackled by the seat of their pants. And, by pants, I mean booty shorts.
Grabbing a player’s panties is a popular way of tackling in this women’s football league as I’ve previously noted.
On Friday, Philadelphia Passion running back Marirose Roach inadvertently mooned the crowd when a Tampa Breeze defender grabbed her bikini bottom. LFL viewer Josh Diaz posted an image of the moment on Twitter. (See top photo.)
Italian-language blog Very Special Girls also covered the wardrobe fail.
On Aug. 26, Green Bay Chill quarterback Anne Erler slipped a Minnesota Valkyrie tackler who pulled down her panties during a 47-yard touchdown run. Very Special Girls spotted that incident. (See second photo.)
At Lingerie Bowl VIII on Feb. 6, 2011, Marirose Roach of the Philadelphia Passion tried to tackle Los Angeles Temptation quarterback Ashley Salerno Coppertone-style. (See bottom photo by Steve Marcus of the Las Vegas Sun.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Quake, windstorm, floods: Welcome to Virginia

Since moving to our new home in northern Virginia two weeks ago, we’ve survived an earthquake, a hurricane and flooding from a tropical storm. What’s next – locusts?
We moved into our new home in Vienna, Va., on Tuesday Aug. 23. At 1:51 p.m. that day, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook our neighborhood, the Washington, D.C., area and surrounding states. The epicenter of the quake was about 100 miles south of our house.
The quake didn’t cause much damage, but it created chaos with the nervous Nellies who live around the nation’s capital. (See Washington Post and Wikipedia articles.)
Then, on Saturday Aug. 27, Hurricane Irene hit the area. The storm knocked out power to a lot of neighborhoods in the region, but we were spared. We just had to put up with the sound and the fury of the windstorm from the diminished hurricane. (See Washington Post article.)
But the worst was yet to come.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, we were hit by torrential rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. The unrelenting rain flooded roads, parking lots and some neighborhoods. Three people in the D.C. area drowned in the flash floods. It also created a traffic nightmare for the evening commute. (See Washington Post article.)
Near us, a creek overflowed its banks and flooded Route 7 in the Great Falls and Vienna, Va., area, blocking a major thoroughfare. Buses from the elementary school where our two children attend could not get through to bring students home. Parents were alerted by phone messages and e-mail to pick up their kids themselves.
My wife was stuck in traffic and finally picked them up around 8 p.m. (The school day ended at 4 p.m.)
The backyard of our home turned into a raging river as water raced down the hill behind our property. The water ripped up a stone walkway to a shed and sitting area and turned the area into a muddy mess. Luckily the house was spared and everyone in our household is safe and sound.
At least until the next disaster strikes.

Photo: Our backyard during the flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee on Sept. 8.
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