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    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2006
     
    I read a web-comic called Diesel Sweeties, and today there was a link to an article about Joe Francis (founder of Girls Gone Wild) called Baby, Give Me a Kiss. It's an LA Times story, by the way.

    Anyway, I'll be honest here, by the time I was done reading that story, I felt a little ill. It just kind of turned my stomach.

    Now, here's the thing: I just sort of assume that everyone who makes porn, soft or hard, is probably kind of a prick. I figure it comes with the territory. Maybe they're not, I have no idea, having met exactly 0 makers of the porn, but it's just a working assumption. I figure, worst case, I meet a porn maker, and I'm wrong, and s/he turns out to be one of the coolest people I've ever met. Otherwise, I'm right, and I save myself the misery of associating with such a person. Good deal for me, right?

    But this article just... ugh. This guy sounds like a bloody asshole to the nth degree. Maybe the article is completely slanted, and maybe everything was taken out of context, but, geez. I'll say this, I've never watched GGW video, and probably never would have, but I can promise you, I definitely will not be for sure, now.
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2006
     
    As long as I'm posting the things I find online:

    What the fuck is this all about? Friendbot? You're a myspace user too lazy to actually find your myspace friends the old-fashioned way? Yes, I totally recognize the discord inherent in refering to anything about myspace as "old fashioned." Still, I have to admit, I find things like this... annoying. I mean, I understand the point: you're a band or a business, and you want a fast, cheap way to quickly reach tons of people who fit a certain demographic. Myspace is ridiculously popular right now, and is, I guess, an untapped resource for you. For less than a hundred bucks, you have a tool that will quickly reach out to thousands upon thousands of people.
    And, unlike e-mail and phone solicitation, it seems like a lot of people are obsessed with gathering as many friends as possible, so they're not quite as likely to get pissed at you over your message. Besides, it's myspace- bullshit friend requests and messages from strangers are rather the norm, aren't they?
    On the other hand, it seems to me that things like this could eventually contribute to myspace becoming less popular. After all, it seems like there's going to be a point where people find it all too passe and ridiculous. Okay, so what if you have 600,000 friends. You know three of them.
    Another point to consider: you're investing, say, the 60 bucks to get this thing and send out tons of friend requests and messages. How many of those are actually going to hit a receptive audience? Sure, you'll get tons of people to friend you. Let's say you're a band. I have no idea what the rate of approval is, but I'd guess it's pretty high, so, say 75% of your friend requests are approved. How many of those people are going to actually listen to your music, though? I mean, if all these people care about is getting as many friends as possible, what are the odds that they're going to take the time to download your music and give it a listen? I'll be honest, I love listening to new music, and I've yet to listen to anything that someone on myspace asked me to (Yes, I admit it. I have a myspace account. I check it *maybe* once a week. I have it because, and this is so lame, most of my friends have it, and I wanted to see what I was missing out on). Now, from my perspective, I feel like I'm your target audience if you're a band- I'm young, extremely interested in new music, relatively computer aware, and have a rather substantial disposable income. If I'm the kind of guy you're looking to target, and I can't be bothered to follow a link and download your music on myspace, what are the odds that the drug-addled/drunk as a skunk frat-boy/sorostitute looking to collect a million friends is going to?
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2006
     
    I've never watched a GGW video and probably never will either. It just doesn't seem all that appealing to me:P I haven't read the article, but I can imagine that guy being an annoying prick...

    I should probably get on this myspace thing. I've held out thus far and I'm not all that excited to do so, but I guess it could be interesting...
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2006
     
    Eh.
    I'm of a mixed mind about myspace. It's convenient only in that about a billion people are on it.

    On the other hand, it's got confusing and counter-intuitive controls and menus. It tries to do everything that sites like Livejournal and Friendster do, but doesn't do any one thing as well as other sites I've seen. It encourages ridiculous and obnoxious web designs for users who have no idea what they're doing.

    Plus, and this is totally a personal annoyance, I can't figure out how to get it to send me the content of new messages. I don't want to have to log into the site to see what people have sent me. Myspace sends me a notice when I get a new message. Instead of just sending me a stupid notice, I want it to go ahead and forward me the content of the message. Will it do that, though? Hell no. Stupid Myspace. Bah.

    Oh, and he sounds like an annoying, violent, slightly psychotic prick.
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      CommentAuthorDyre
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2006
     
    Joe Francis does indeed sound like he's "an annoying, violent, slightly psychotic prick." I've never seen any of those videos either, probably never would, and definitely never would now. I'm not really surprised he's such a piece of shit.

    I'm amazed at myspace because it's like... it's found just the right way to connect people to create a broad appeal and manages to do that one little thing so well that people completely overlook that the design is horrible, half the time the features are broken, and just because you have 7,000,000 myspace friends doesn't mean you actually have a single real friend. But there are people that love it and it seems like almost everyone I know is on it.

    It's weird how much it applifies how much you can find out about people through the Internet though. I've now seen pictures of a former boss of mine half-naked (I didn't really need to know he shaved his arm pits) and another former co-worker of mine in nothing but a strategically placed feather boa (which I REALLY didn't need to know about). A friend of mine had a bit of an interest in this guy that worked at the coffee shop in her work building. She ended up looking him up on myspace before ever pursuing anything and decided not to pursue anything. The only cool thing I ever got from it was reconnecting with an old Internet friend who found me through it and now that we email each other instead of using myspace, I don't really have much reason to use myspace anymore. A couple people from elementary school have found me through it, we've exchanged a couple messages, and then not spoken since. I would imagine that's what most people's 'reconnections' are through myspace but maybe I'm the anomaly.
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2006
     
    That's *totally* how they go.

    I'll get messages like:
    "Hey, man! I haven't seen you in ages! How've you been, what have you been up to?"

    The person will act super excited to be in touch, so I'll respond, because here's the thing: if you send me an e-mail (or a message), I'm going to respond.

    I don't know why some of these people bother, though. We weren't really good friends back then, and you're asking me "what have you been up to?" when I haven't seen you in well over a decade. What the hell kind of response are you really looking for, you know? There are a couple of people I send messages back and forth with, and post humorous/ridiculous/offensive pictures on one anothers pages, but that's about it. There are definitely a lot of people that I've had the 2-3 messages back and forth with before they lose interest. Heh.