You may have already seen this video since the guy has over 3 million views. If not, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the ukulele.
My dad actually found this first. Great find, pops! In case you don’t know, it’s originally a Beatles song – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Now performing at Jesse’s Happy hour:
I just started seeing this commercial air for the Android 2.0 phone. They’re obviously going for an underground, “viva la revolution” message, since iPhone runs the town and the android is the underdog. I have an iphone myself and I love it, BUT I did pay a ridiculous price for a phone that should have some things as standard..such as camera flash, interchangeable batteries, etc. On the other hand, Droid was developed by Google, who secretly runs the world like the all-seeing eye of Sauron, so with all that power you’re never really the underdog. I do welcome the new competition, which is good for our wallets. Hopefully the next phone I buy will have everything we all want and only cost $100 bucks MAX. As they say in mortal kombat, “it has begun!”
I just discovered the TheDumbLittleMan.com, which provides a “handful of tips that will save you money, increase your productivity or simply keep you sane”. The following article is a good inspiring read for a monday morning. Titled, “10 Signs That The Matrix Has You” by Srinivas Rao.
You’ll believe it when you see it. If you operate from the idea that you’ll believe it when you see it, then you’re a long way from unplugging. A core lesson of this movie is that you’ll see exactly what you believe. In fact, I you only did one thing to advance your development, choosing empowering beliefs would be the most valuable thing you could do.
Your purchases are status symbols. If you purchase nice cars, designer labels, and other expensive items because you want to have other people complement you, think you are cool or anything along those lines, then you’re really not in control of your life. You’re letting the of others dictate your purchases. There’s nothing at all wrong with having these things but only if you genuinely enjoy them and want them for your own personal fulfillment.
Excessive concern with approval. While this is similar to the above it extends beyond what you purchase. Many people take actions in their personal lives solely based on the approval of others. Yet, the ultimate irony is that trying so hard to gain the approval of others is exactly what makes them think less of you. [Read more…]
I’ve been presented with an incredible opportunity to develop the branding for a new company, but unable to share much because of necessary confidentiality agreements. In other words, I’m couped up inside for months on end without human contact. My blood alcohol level is getting low and soon I’ll have to venture out to replenish my supply. A little design inspiration is in order and today I thought of one my favorite artists, Hyung tae Kim. His style is more Korean “manhwa” style, but if you’re not familiar with that term it’s similar to anime in Japan. He’s one of those artists that’s so good that it pisses you off. Enjoy!
There was a time when I was the shit at breakdancing. Now remove the “the” and your left with my current skill level. Ok maybe I was never really the shit at breakin’, but I did enjoy it. We used to practice everyday after school and had our own crew called Kombined Stylez…FTW! lol (and yes we did spell it with a Z because we’re that real hip hop). Shnap, it..just..got..real.
Put on your dancing feet and get down with the Hammer Dance:
Seriously though, this beat is SICK. Makes me wish I kept dancing. “I coulda been a contenda!”
Please welcome the world reknowned cellist, János Starker, playing Sonata for Cello Solo by Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. Fascinating bio at wikipedia:
János Starker (born July 5, 1924) is a Hungarian-born cellist and one of the most famous cellists of the twentieth century. He taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1958 until 2009, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor. Child prodigy
Starker’s two older brothers were violinists, and the young János (named for the hospital in which he was born) was given a cello before his sixth birthday. A child prodigy, Starker made his first public performances at ages six and seven. He entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest to study with Adolf Schiffer and made his debut there at age 11. Starker began teaching other children at age eight, and by the time he was 12 he had five pupils. Starker counts among his strongest influences Leo Weiner, a composer who taught chamber music. Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók and Ernő Dohnányi were also members of the Liszt Academy faculty.
Starker made his professional debut at age 14 playing the Dvořák concerto with three hours’ notice when the originally scheduled soloist was unable to play. He left the Liszt Academy in 1939 and spent most of the war in Budapest. Because of his youth, Starker escaped the tragic fate of his older brothers, who were pressed into forced labor and eventually murdered by the Nazis. Starker nevertheless spent three months in a Nazi internment camp.
Last week, I talked about the value of sex toys. It’s a $15 billion dollar industry worldwide, but still incredibly overlooked. Consider this: of all the different types of toys that come to mind, what do you think of first? Most people will answer with the “rabbit” or the more generic term “vibrator”. But what about a brand name? It’s amazing that no major corporation has yet to step in and build a household brand in a billion dollar industry that’s growing by 30% each year. Think of the guy who first invented the rabbit and coined it’s name. If he had only protected his idea! He would own his own little country by now and be loved by more women than Oprah. Perhaps the Hitachi name rings a bell? Hugh Hefner famously recommended for every guy to buy their woman a Hitachi wand in his “What I’ve Learned” interview. He should have created a Playboy Wand that only the most savvy gentlemen carry.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, some of the big corporations have taken the leap into the sex toy world, but it’s more like they’re going for first base with a shy date than shooting for the home run. I know this because I design for a few of them. You can’t blame them though. The pleasure product industry is still considered controversial and anything related to adult content is taboo to most of the business world. And besides, I’m glad that they are not directly competing with boutique brands such as Jimmyjane, Lelo, Myla and our own InnerVibe.
Still it’s fun to imagine what I would do if I had the incredible marketing power and r&d budget of a fortune 500 company. Remember right before the iPod came out? Other Mp3 players had been available for a long time and some were actually kind of cool. Then Apple stepped in and killed it. I foresee that same scenario with the vibrator. There are a lot of vibes out there. ALOT. Some are really good, most are crap…but sooner than later, a group with a huge wallet and vision will take a risk and hit a home-run.
Can you imagine what that product might be? I imagine a lot more than you probably think is normal. Together with my leading lady, Jennifer McEwenand the InnerVibe crew, we work with a variety of companies to do just that. We go through miles of consumer studies, testing, research, you name it. It’s what you might imagine Batman to have in his bat cave lab of secret projects, but the horny version.
Sometimes we work on improving existing products that are already successful. For example, can you tell which one of these tools is a vibrator?
If you guessed C, give yourself a quickie. That item is called the Pocket Rocket and the rest are just tools. Very catchy name. Very ugly design. Yet, it’s constantly recommended by sex shops around the world.
So why is that? What’s so great about it? Well it has super strong vibrations, it’s compact and easy to maintain (runs on 1 AA battery). It’s also affordable, but I think you’ll agree that such a popular mini vibrator should be a lot sexier than a garage tool.
So let’s take the same great qualities, (strong, compact, simple, affordable), but redesign the outer form, make it softer to the touch and pleasing to the eye:
What we get is a sexy, curvy pocket vibe with a soft coating and ergonomic shape. Simple improvements, but such a big difference!
We are finally giving the famous Pocket Rocket the makeover it deserves.
The rabbit is another product that has seen very little change, but is also in need of a makeover. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons first:
Here’s our version:
We have been playing around with this design for some time now. The handle is curved which serves two purposes, 1) easier to apply pressure to the G-spot and 2) your wrists are in a more relaxed, comfortable position. The tip is larger and curved to apply more direct pressure on the G-spot (although it could be curved a little bit more). The shaft is still large enough to accommodate the rotating beads and the controls are now facing the user. We cleaned up the silhouette for a fluid, modern look. The unit is also completely waterproof and rechargeable. The problem is that we are missing the clitoral vibrating component…well that’s a big problem. The challenge is to keep the vibration separated enough from the handle so that it does not tire your hand, but still keep with the aesthetics of the overall design. You can see one such concept in pencil above, but we’re not satisfied with it yet. What do you think?
I envision the next step in evolving the vibrator is to transform how we interact with the vibe itself. A lot of couples enjoy using a vibe together during sex. Holding the vibe comfortably and figuring out how to turn it on or turn it up, should be the least of your worries. You are moving around in all sorts of funky positions and probably the lights are off. Whether you’re applying the vibe to your partner or your partner is applying the vibe to them self, it should be easy to hold either way, comfortable to use and have intuitive controls. You should be able to feel and maneuver it without having to think about it at all. In contrast, how we interact with most vibes on the market is very mechanical and cold. You push a button, turn a knob, the electronic device turns on, you push back button, turn down knob and device is now off. Boring. The technology is out there to create a much more richer experience that that. What if it gets stronger by how hard you squeeze the handle? Or the vibe senses movement and increases the vibration as things are starting to heat up? There are also new intelligent materials out there that react on touch. I’m sure it costs a lot, but hey we’re still imagining right?
As a guy, the one issue I have with using a vibe is that since there is about an inch of silicone/plastic material between your hand and her pink parts, you lose the sensitive touch that your finger can provide. In other words, with skin to skin contact, it’s easier to feel the right spot and apply the right pressure. Of course, you may argue that with a strong vibe you just need to place it in the general area and chill out for awhile. This is true. But imagine a thinner vibe, equally as strong and placed in a flexible soft casing that can now bend and flow with the subtle contours of your body, similar to a rose petal. Wouldn’t that feel so much better? It’s a more sensual experience for both sides and the vibe would feel like a compliment to your own fingers rather than a mechanical device.