Saturday, June 6, 2009
Gosh, I stumbled on "Trazzler" (a practical travel tool) earlier this afternoon as I lightheartedly explored the width and breadth of the Twitter web site.
What exactly is Trazzler?
According to founder Adam Rugel, a veteran of the travel back in the "glory days" of AOL, Trazzler helps folks on-the-go answer one scintillating question - where should I go? - by offering up quality jaunts unique to where they live and ever-mindful of their potentially quirky Travel Personalities.
Rugel and a savvy social media entrepreneur - by the unlikely name of Biz Stone - were in a lively conversation over pistachio nuts (yummy!) in the original Twitter kitchen one day (a mysterious place heretofore unknown to moi) when the idea of "virtual teleportation" swept over Stone.
Before you could say "online travel" adventure, the two hatched up a scheme to lift up and ultimately color the dreary aspects of travel itinerary specifics, from the arduous task of landing exotic locales to the actual ticket purchases and beyond.
In a nutshell, Rugel & Stone set out to create a tool on the Internet that would place consumers in "emotionally specific moments" and within the reach of exciting "travel hot spots" all over the planet - by virtue of an online tour of limitless travel opportunities the world has to offer.
Trazzler developer Adam Weller built the technology that powers the little engine that could.
"Don't be fooled by the simplicity of Trazzler," the creators were quick to note for the record.
On the other side of the screen, behind-the-scenes, there's a dollop or two of amazing sophisticated science which keeps things humming, to be sure.
And, a bit of human spit, to raise the travel stakes.
"All of our trips are hand-picked."
Yup, it's a recipe for success!
Los Angeles Film Festival...shamed! The Richard Raddon ghost haunts event. Should gays boycott fest?
Tattler readers may recall from a controversial post that I suffered a nasty run-in with last year with former Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival - Richard Raddon - when I approached the devout Mormon about covering the annual Westwood-based event.
In fact, I am still baffled by Raddon's bizarre conduct, to this day.
Shortly after I published the tell-all on the Internet, I spied a sudden surge on searches for Richard Raddon on google, which piqued my curiosity.
For some inexplicable reason, Raddon was suddenly a "hot potato" in the blogosphere; so, I dived in head-long and conducted my own dragnet on the high-profile film fest organizer to get to the bottom of the "dish".
Within minutes, I stumbled upon a whole heap-load of nasty sh** on the odd-ball local celebrity in the film biz.
A headlining scandal took the cake.
Allegedly, as "gays" in the Los Angeles lower mainland were engaging in a bitter fight tooth & nail over the issues pertaining to Proposition 8 (initiative to ban gay marriage in California) individuals - Raddon, for one - were stabbing 'em in the back by silently donating significant funds to support the cause.
Raddon's contribution to the witch-hunt?
A thousand bucks!
Shortly afterward, a war of words between "gay activists" and "Mormons" hit the fan, and a controversy erupted in the community that led to angry marches in the street and near riots.
Gays got organized in military-style precision!
Before you could say tit-for-tat, a boycott was launched against all businesses and individuals that contributed funds to the Prop 8 initiative, to demonstrate the clout of the pink dollar.
A trendy Mexican diner on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood - frequented by gays in the neighborhood for decades - was the first to feel the pinch and cave in.
The Los Angeles Film Festival was also a prime target ripe for levelling.
Unless Raddon was "let go", gays and their vocal supporters, threatened to boycott the Fest - shut-it down - if possible.
Bowing to pressure, Richard Raddon resigned, and justice appeared to rule the day.
However, the controversy was still bubbling on a back burner behind closed doors.
On the heels of the resignation, actor Don Cheadle - a member of the Festival Board - proceeded to urge Raddon not to kow-tow to the demands of the angry mob (along with a handful of other Directors at the Los Angeles Film Festival who held similar views).
This triggered a heated dialogue on various issues which was awash in the press for weeks on end.
When push came to shove, Raddon honored the resignation, and gays breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Now, as the new Festival (2009) prepares to launch in Westwood in the next ten days or so, there remains one burning question to be answered.
Since Richard Raddon supporters are still firmly ensconced at the LA Film Festival - and no doubt still hold their prior views on gays, the Mormons, the right to contribute funds to political causes (no matter how morally reprehensible), and a ban on gay marriage in California - should the gay community launch a boycott this year to ferret the rest out?
Enquiring minds want to know!
On what has become known as the "apology tour" overseas, the Prez shocked a number of Americans when he point-blank - and without much thought - lamely alleged that this country was not based in Christian origin.
Or, something to that ludicrous effect.
Next, I expect the wet-behind-the-ears White House novice, will attempt to rewrite history by wildly asserting that the first settlers did not sail onto these shores on the Mayflower but trekked over land by camel!
I've heard of bending over backwards to appease people, but when Obama went a step farther - and poked his goofy little head up his own a** to prove the point - he not only humiliated Americans but made a fool of himself.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I was stretched back on the bed - bored stiff and fiddlin' about 'ya know - when I caught the tail end (no pun intended) of the Chelsea Lately talk show on Cable TV's E! Entertainment.
Luscious Playboy babe, Kendra Wilkinson, was plugging her upcoming reality show (slated to pop up for breathy broadcast in the next time slot on E! Entertainment that night), so (lazy dude that I am) I passed on a grab for the remote and settled back instead on a comfy batch of fluffy pillows with an ice-cold jug of mud slide in hand.
Call it a working man's holiday.
I was basically tuned in to familiarize myself with the genre (!) so I'd have a bit of fodder at my disposal for upcoming off-beat tidbits of satire I may be inclined to pen for my blog on the vagaries of the biz (and loose women).
At the top of Kendra's show, the perky blond bimbo proceeded to sashay about her celebrated digs, then mindlessly dabbled in a bit of - um - interior decorating.
To set the artistic sensibilities of her viewers straight, I expect!
After wrinkling up her nose at a handful of blow-up posters of Playboy Bunnies beckoning this way 'n that on the surrounding walls at the Hef estate, little Miss Kendra proceeded to utter up an acid quip.
"These models were all shot in the eighties," she lamented aghast to a couple of bodacious beauties hanging on her every syllable.
Without much subtlety or class, she added with a sly smile:
"There's more bush than thong."
It's going to be an eye-opening experience on reality TV this summer, folks.
Just 'ya wait 'n see!
The much-anticipated annual celebration is slated to delight guests with eclectic live music performances, local organic gourmet caterers on-hand selling their wares, and arts & crafts geared for both children and adults alike.
In addition, conservationists and environmentalists alike will be thrilled to learn once they saunter through the gate, that the Lavender Faire amounts to a local, global, and green marketplace with widespread ongoing appeal.
$5 adults / $3 children (two years & under free)
FREE PARKING & SHUTTLE
*Every 15 minutes
*3011 Malibu Canyon Road
Proceeds from the event will benefit - MUSE Elementary - the nonprofit and organic-focused school in Topanga founded by Suzy Amis-Cameron and James Cameron (Titantic) and MUSE Global (International Outreach Program).
In the true spirit of Father's Day, Macy's is offering up a golden opportunity to win a Dodger "Dad for the Day" fantasy baseball package.
Six contest winners will receive four tickets to the game on June 18th and a chance to join the Dodgers when they dash on to the field at the rip-roaring start of the game.
Baseball fans anxious to put ole dad in the spotlight this Father's Day, are simply required to trek over to a participating Macy's in the greater Los Angeles area by June 14th, and lodge an entry ballot.
For guaranteed seats, a purchase of $75.00 in the men's department by June 21st will nab savvy shoppers a Family Four Pack of ticket vouchers, which may be used at a future Dodger's game.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Golly, one of my favorite luxury Casinos in Las Vegas in now following me on Twitter!
And, I'm not even a "whale".
What would the powers-that-be on high think if they discovered that I've been plying my coins away in their lowly penny slot machines?
Just betcha, I'd get the heave-ho.
Notwithstanding, personally I feel right at home whenever I stroll through Caesar's Palace, and for good reason.
Avid readers of my blog may recall that in a previous post, I noted I may have been Julian 1st (Flavius Claudius) in a past life.
So, whenever I step into the Forum it's kind-of-like a flash of deja vu, if you get my drift!
More importantly, now that I'm on management's radar, maybe I'll be able to rustle up some front-row seats to a dynamite show or weasel my way into an elegant suite @ rock-bottom prices!
Well, for some inexplicable reason, the post I penned a few months ago on the rumors about Barack Obama being "gay", has been garnering a lot of interest again at my blog site over the past few days!
Yup, the hits keep coming.
Maybe it's those long walks of Barack's that have caused the tongues to wag.
After all, when a dude goes for a stroll in West Hollywood, it usually means he's on the prowl and looking to hook up and get his rocks off.
Maybe the Prez has his eye on some stud in the Secret Service?
News at 11!