A real hairy contest

Unbelievably there’s a World Beard and Mustache contest! Not only that, the US apparently has their own Beard Team.

Apparently … there are all kinds of beard and mustache categories but the most interesting is the free style.

You simply have to take a look at this video to see some of the crazy beard and mustaches! Some of the men grew their facial hair for six years in order to perfect their look. Here … have a peek if you dare.

I’ve got to keep my husband from seeing this video … I don’t want him to get any crazy ideas!





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One of the movies I was in is on TV tonight

Long time readers of this blog might remember that way back when I had my own jewelry business (I would diamond cut designs on rings, bracelets, pendants and so on, gold plate jewelry and create jewelry molds – my business was called “Gold Cuts”) I also did some extra work in the movies and commercials.

Well … I did that for about two years when I was first starting my business, as well as working part time at jewelery store outside the city, working for another jeweler in the building I was in and at the Toronto Convention Center as a security guard. Yes, I held down a lot of part time jobs in order to pay the bills as my business got on it’s feet.

Of all the jobs that I did during that first year or two as I got my business going the extra work was by far the most fun. It didn’t pay all that well, but it was certainly an interesting experience. Plus it was fun to spot myself in some of the commercials and movies as they came out.

One of the movies that I was an extra in was called The Brain. It was supposed to be a horror movie, but I doubt anyone watching it was all that scared. It was a very bad movie!

I never did buy a copy of the movie when it came out and I think went straight to video, but Chris and I did rent it one night just for laughs. I think I can be seen in the movie five times. The best scene is one where I’m in the audience and I’m screaming in horror.

Last night I was going through the channels setting up shows I wanted to tape on our PVR (that’s like a TIVO) and I discovered that The Brain is being shown on DRIVIN tonight at 7:15 pm and again at 7 am on Sunday morning.

In the Toronto area DRIVIN is channel 327 on Rogers. I think you have to have the movie channel package to get that channel.

Just to show you how cheesy the movie is the TV description says: “Viewers of a talk show kill themselves after the host becomes allied with an alien brain.

Uh huh … bad movie. LOL I think most of the movie takes place in the TV Studio so there’s no sexy scene or sexy corsets or anything remotely enticing! Believe me it would have helped the movie if there were some scenes like that.

If you are the least bit interested in seeing this movie be warned that it’s not a very good movie at all. If you just want to see me in it I suggest that you tape the movie and then fast forward until you get to the studio audience scenes and then watch for a girl in a blue dress. As I said there’s one scene where I’m doing a great fake horror scream and you can see my quite well in that shot.

This is the first time I’ve actually had a chance to make a copy of the movie. If I can I’ll try to get some screen shots of my “scenes“.

Let me know if you get a chance to see the movie.

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Avot mV allows you to watch near real time video on your mobile device

Mobile phones that are capable of accessing web based video are becoming more common. I’d say one of the most well known mobile phones would be the iPhone and also the iPod Touch.

Unfortunately, just like in the old days when everyone connected to the internet using slow modems web based video delivered to cell phones can be slow to download and when playing while downloading the video could go through delays or be of poor quality.

I don’t have an iPhone but I do have a mobile phone with web capabilities and I’m excited about the Avot mV video delivery platform that’s been introduced by Avot Media.

Avot mV is apparently the first solution to give mobile users unlimited access to any web-based video. The platform, once installed on your mobile device, will enable you to quickly and easily search, personalize and play videos from all over the internet.

To download Avot mV directly to your mobile phone you can just point your mobile browser to the Avot mV – Product Site. If you are using your computer you can simply visit the Corporate Site to learn more about this innovative program. You’ll also be able to download a copy of Avot mV to your desktop. At that point you’ll need to hook up your mobile device to your computer in order to upload the program to your mobile device.

I’m certain that you’ll enjoy using Avot mV. The platform features intelligent search capabilities that will incorporate your personal preferences which will make searching for videos across the internet easier and faster.

I hate typing in urls or even much text on my cell phone. I bet you do too. One feature of Avot mV that I’m sure you’ll appreciate is that you can simply point and click on videos that you’re interested in instead of having to type in urls. This is of course most beneficial to iPhone users since the iPhone is a true “touch” phone.

Once you’ve found a video that you’d like to watch the Avot mV platform transfers the content to your mobile device in as little as a few seconds. This is much faster than earlier mobile solutions. Since the video is transferred to your mobile so quickly you’ll be able to play the video in near real time and as a result you should not experience grainy video quality, delays or jitter.

You can maximize the size and clarity of the video just like you can when viewing a video on your desktop computer screen.

If you’d like to download videos and then organize them into a playlist that you can watch when you are commuting to and from work or when you are taking a break you can do so with the Avot mV platform. In fact you can create an unlimited number of playlists. I know if I was still taking the subway to and from work each day this feature would definitely be of interested to me!

You can see a list of supported web enabled devices on the Corporate site. Mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone/iPod Touch are supported.

If you are interested in the Avot mV platform visit the website to learn more about it and you can also visit the Avot Media Official Blog to keep up with the Avot mV platform news.

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Some very cool applications and websites I learned about at Blogworld

I’ve been busy trying out some new software, sites and applications that I learned about either at Blogworld, P0stiecon or through others that were also at those conventions and I must say I’m quite thrilled with these new products and websites!

One new application I’ve been trying out on a few of my sites in the last week or so is Triggit. You can add links to Amazon, Commission Junction or wine related products as well as add photos from Flickr and Youtube videos on the fly directly from the public/published portion of your site. I wrote about my experiences with Triggit on Webstyle if you’d like to learn how to use this great new application.

I’ve also been granted an access key of my own to give out to anyone that would like to become an Alpha tester for Triggit. Just create a login for the site and when asked for an access key type in tricia. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

Next …

You might have noticed in some of my recent posts that the photos I’ve used have a Photrade watermark on them? Yes, I’m using a new site to store some of my photos.

I met Andrew, the CEO, of Photrade on Saturday Nov. 10th at the Bl0ggers Ch0ice Awards at TAO. He saw my husband carrying our camera and stopped to talk to us about photography and his new website, Photrade, which is still in Beta.

The beauty of Photrade is that visitors to the site can browse your photos and purchase them as prints, have the photo placed on a mug or turned into a Canvas. Photographers can set their own prices for prints, mugs and canvases.

Also, every time your photos are viewed on the site and elsewhere if you say embed them in your posts you’ll get paid. You’ll also make money if the photos are clicked on. There’s no information on the site yet (that I’ve found) that states how much you get paid per view or click but I’m willing to give this site a try.

One feature that I like is that when I do embed one of my photos in a post it is water marked. That will help prevent photo theft and if someone really does like one of my photos well, they can buy a copy for themselves. I don’t know how many times people have asked me if they can buy my photos or if I could please “provide them with a high definition copy” … why? I don’t know. I don’t mind if someone wants to buy a photo, but to ask outright for a high def copy without explanation as to how it might be used? No.

I’ve only just started using Photrade and I think it will take a while to upload a decent amount of photos to my gallery/portfolio, but once I’ve used it for a while I’ll write more about the site and let you know if I think it’s going to be a winner or not.

At this time Photrade.com is a closed, invite only beta project. I had one invite and I’ve already used it, however I expect to get more invites in the near future. If you are a photographer and would like to try the site out let me know.

Check out my Photrade home page if you’d like.

And finally …

Fix8 is an application that I’ve yet to try, but it looks totally cool! If you use your webcam for chats or perhaps to create podcasts I think you’ll love Fix8.

So what is it? Well … if your like me and you’d like to use your webcam more often but perhaps you’ve still got bedhead you can mask your image with some very cool avatars. The avatars cover your face and move when you move. They are even expressive – so if you smile or raise your eyebrows your avatar does as well.

I believe you can even use Fix8 to create fantasy backgrounds behind your image and add fun accessories that your avatar might use while chatting too.

Here’s a description from their site:

Fix8 is a free and easy to use interactive communication tool that animates expressions and movements in real-time over 3D avatars. All you need is your PC, a webcam, and a dash of creativity. Use a wide mix of creative tools and accessories to “dress up” and create animated videos for sharing. You can also share avatar animation with friends in real-time IM webcam chat.

I’m sure you could think of lots of different ways to use Fix8. You can watch one of their demo videos to see some of the avatars in action if you’d like.

Chris and I spent quite a while talking with Peter Singer, the director of Fix8 affiliate partners group and he was telling us how Fix8 is being used on television series in China and gave us some ideas as to how we can use Fix8 in our videos and for live streaming.

Once I’ve experimented with Fix8 I’ll post more about it and maybe I’ll even post a video using Fix8.

You can download a free copy of Fix8 directly from the Fix8 website.

I’ve got a few more interesting applications and sites to tell you about and I’ll get to that soon. In the mean time have fun exploring the sites I’ve just told you about and give the applications a try!

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Thumbplay your site for online mobile entertainment and great contests

I think just about everyone has a cellphone these days. Even if you’re like my husband and I and don’t use it all that much they’re handy to have on hand.

The latest cellphones on the market have all kinds of fun features such as the ability to view and record video, play music, upload ringtones, play games and many other functions.

If you’d like to individualize your cellphone by adding wallpapers, games, or uploading new ringtones you might be interested in visiting Thumbplay.com.

Thumbplay isn’t just a ringtone site. It’s a community. Site members can exchange photos, videos, leave comments for one another, sign up for cool text based services and even compete in cool thumbplay competitions such as their current “Funniest Video”, “Show us your Tattoo” and “Friends” contests.

There are some great prizes for the contests I’ve mentioned above such as 42″ Plasma TV, a Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera, and a brand new Sony Handycam Camcorder.

Why don’t you visit Thumbplay.com and see what they have to offer. Enter some of those contests while you’re there too. The contests not only sound fun, but they offer some fantastic prizes!

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