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Changing A Cheetah's Spots

In Uncategorized on 31 March, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Local Bon Temps resident, Tara Mae Thornton has reappeared after months of being missing. Upon her return has come a new look and perhaps even a new attitude.

She was spotted Sunday evening in Shreveport’s #1 Vampire bar, Fangtasia. This wasn’t entirely out of character for her. Before her disappearance last December, Tara was seen visiting the new Fangtasia bartender, Charles Twining. Mr. Twining also disappeared in December and has yet to be heard from. One can only wonder if perhaps a sorted love affair was in the works.

Witnesses state that Fangtasia owner, Eric Northman, was seen escorting Ms. Thornton into his office. One can only wonder if perhaps the engagement between Mr. Northman and local telepathic barmaid, Sookie Stackhouse has played a hand in Ms. Thornton’s recent tolerance towards Vampires.

Has Ms. Thornton changed her Vampire hating ways… or is she up to no good? Just where did she disappear to and where is that handsome Vampire she was last involved with? As more details come to light, we will keep you up-to-date.

Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (And A New Unified Mobile Website To Match) (via TechCrunch)

In Uncategorized on 31 March, 2011 at 4:38 pm

For those who still have Facebook accounts, this might be good news.

Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (And A New Unified Mobile Website To Match) For years now, Facebook has offered quite a few ways to access the site from mobile devices, and they've proven immensely popular. In February 2010 the site had 100 million mobile users per month — today it's announcing that it's up to 250 million. To coincide with the growth stats, Facebook has some other news to announce about mobile. We hear most often about Facebook's native applications available for iPhone, Android, WebOS, and other app pla … Read More

via TechCrunch

Suddenly Susan leaves the Lipstick Jungle to become Morticia Addams this summer

In Television, Travel, Vampires on 31 March, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Brooke Sheilds

Brooke Shields = Morticia Addams?

Several theater and entertainment blogs and websites are reporting that actress Brooke Shields will be assuming the role of Morticia Addams in the Broadway production of The Addams Family early this summer.

Shields steps into the footsteps of Bebe Neuwirth, one of only four remaining original cast members still with the musical. Six original cast members made their final performance on 6 March, 2011. Neuwirth is holding out until the end of June.

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth bids Morticia goodbye

It isn’t just Neuwirth’s pumps that Shields must fill, although those may be the tightest fit from a musical standpoint. Neuwirth’s musical prowess is well-established. Shields’ musical chops are somewhat less developed, in spite of taking over singing roles in several popular musicals ranging from Grease to Chicago.

Inevitably,  Shields will face comparisons with other Morticias, including two of the most recognizable faces, that of legendary actress Angelica Houston and the iconic Carolyn Jones. Houston portrayed Morticia in the film version of The Addams Family opposite Raul Julia’s Gomez. Jones set the tone and style for all subsequent Morticias when she brought the character to life for television audiences from 1964-1966.

Morticia Addams

Angelica Houston as Morticia Addams

The original Morticia, of course, was a cartoon character created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams family appeared in numerous single panel cartoons published in The New Yorker beginning in 1938.

Morticia Addams Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones the iconic Morticia

Royal Love Affairs

In Uncategorized on 31 March, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Things seem to be heating up in the French Quarter lately. Last weekend, Bon Temps resident, Bill Compton was spotted entering Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq‘s estate. One would normally assume that the visit was of a business nature, but sources claim that he spent the day. This new piece of knowledge can only leave one wondering, what is going on between the Queen and her, sometimes loyal, subject? An unidentified source contacted us with the following picture:

Is it possible the Queen of Louisiana has obtained yet another lover? Tension has been mounting in the week’s since she took on Hadley Hale as a human lover. Just how does the possessive and dangerous, Andre Paul feel about being replaced by a mere human? Attempts to find out the answer to this question and more, but our reporter was found drained in New Orleans.Only leaving more questions than answers.

Whose coffin did Bill wind up in?

If not involved, sexually with the Queen, what was the purpose of his visit?

Who is the mysterious woman in the picture?

What will our fair haired, local telepath think if she ever sees this picture?

As the answers to these questions and more come to light, we’ll keep you up-to-date.

My Lovely Boy Toy

In Characters and Creators, RP, TBRP, The Fae, Twitter, Vampires on 31 March, 2011 at 10:22 am

As many of you have noticed, I am a man magnet. *smirks* I mean, can you blame them? Look at me in all my hotness. What man in their right mind could resist me?

I digress… My Boy Toy… Bill is not the Vampire I expected to fall victim to the hotness and allure that is Claude Crane.

I seem to be having some sort of effect on him, since he just e-mailed me these scandalous pictures to enjoy.

*snickers* I’m not sure the boa was such a good idea.

Unfortunately, as sexy as it is to see your mouth on my doodle, this outfit makes you look fat.

*smh* Seriously, you look as if you took fashion advice from Talbot.

*fae growl* Oh yes… this is the one. Wear this next time and I will make you scream my name all night.

Written by Claude Crane

LeGuin documentary receives funding

In Books, Film on 31 March, 2011 at 10:08 am

A film exploring the life, inspiration of author Ursula K. Le Guin is one of 18 projects receiving California Documentary Project grant awards from the California Council for the Humanities.

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded $20,000 to support the research and production of this documentary film about the grand dame of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Born in California’s Bay Area, Le Guin is also an established figure in mainstream literary circles as well as a pioneer in feminist thought and activism. Her most famous works are the Earthsea and Hainish series. Arwen Curry is the director of the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin project. It is being sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was selected to receive grant funding along with 17 other projects from a pool of 167 applications. Awards totally $400, 000 will support work in the production or research and development of a variety of film, radio and new media documentary projects. Funding is provided by the California Council for the Humanities.

Since opening its doors in 1975, the California Council for the Humanities has developed and conducted numerous award-winning programs of its own and awarded nearly $22 million in grants. The council has supported dozens of Sundance, Emmy®, and Academy Award® winning and nominated documentaries through its California Documentary Project (CDP) Program.

“These documentaries are shedding light on important figures, institutions and communities that can help us better understand our share past, present and future,” said Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of the Council. “Each has the potential to spark meaningful discussions around California. We’re proud to be supporting work like this — especially at a time when funding for public humanities is being threatened.”

Sympathy Seeker

In Uncategorized on 31 March, 2011 at 6:36 am

A person whose status updates on facebook are solely for the purpose of gaining sympathy.

God Modding & Twitter RP

In How To/Advice, RP, Twitter on 30 March, 2011 at 8:28 pm

So I’ve been around the block a few times.

Ive been rping for about 8.5 years now, I’ve rp’ed in every medium you can think of. (Yahoo user rooms, Yahelite Forums, Myspace, Hi5, LiveJournal, Sitemodel, Freewebs, and OneWorldRolePlay.)

And now, I’ve found some people that I enjoy doing storylines with here on twitter of all places. Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about One-liner rp. But this entry isn’t about that. We can talk about that later.

As a matter of fact, with twitlonger, I can find great satisfaction with RPing here. But there is one universal rule that has stuck out no matter where I’ve decided to take my characters.

ABSOLUTELY. POSTIVELY. NO GOD MODING/AUTOMOVING.

If the term is lost on you, it’s simply means that it is wrong to make your character into this invincible, unstoppable, unfightable force.

The character I play here is Scarlett. She is a vampire. She has strengths, but she also has weaknesses. She has abilities, but there are ways to get around them. God Moders don’t create their characters this way. God Mode characters usually have several elements that offset one another in hopes of allowing their character to do whatever they please. Some people don’t mind this, Others, like myself, will not tolerate it.

So in order to keep things nice and fun for everyone there are a few rules in regards to God Moding that Id appreciate people reading and respecting.

1. No Automoving my character. – If I am in my house, and you’re not a fairy/witch poofing me to some place with my prior approval. You can’t just make me be somewhere that I am not. Like chained up in your dungeon. (unless of course its a part of a pre-discussed storyline.)

2. No God-Mode fighting my character- If we get into a fight do not go all KAMEHAMEHA! on me and have her get beat to death without allowing me a chance to retaliate. It makes the aggressor look juvenile.

3. No Raping. (I wish I didn’t feel the need to put this one but you would be surprised at the things I’ve seen.)

4. No random Magic- This is a tacky one to have to bring up. But some people’s characters will have powers and are unaffected by others means of getting around them. Scarlett will not take kindly to having her mind read. Or having someone appear at her house or see into her house since only her absolute closest family knows of her real location. I’m not saying you can’t be bad-ass, just set reasonable limitations.

5. If your character is in fact a deity, there has to be a loophole. Otherwise what is the fun in rping if your going to stamp on ants all day?

6. If you want to do something completely twisted it’s always safer to Dm/Yahoo me so that we can discuss the storyline prior. You never know, I may go with it if it’s a good idea.  But if you just stroll about doing all sorts of things that would make a vampire uneasy… Chances are, the vampire is going to become uneasy, then start acting like an edgy vampire.

I’m going to end this before I stop being classy about it. Thanks for reading! Hope to rp with you all soon. That is of course unless you are this invincible creature that shoots lasers out of your ass. If that’s the case then you stay on the other side of twitter. (Just Joking…Not Really)

Shorty Awards (Twitter’s Oscars) winners are…

In Twitter, vox populi on 30 March, 2011 at 6:29 pm

When it comes to utilizing Twitter in a marketing campaign, nobody do it better than True Blood. The HBO original series based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles/Southern Vampire Mystery novels by Charlaine Harris not only spawned countless fan and roleplay groups on twitter in 2010, it figured out what to do with them and secured a place in Twitter history by walking away with the Industry Shorty Award for Best Use of Twitter in a Marketing Campaign. #TrueBlood won a Shorty Award for entertainment in 2009.

True Blood Logo

True Blood Shorty Award Winner

Last year’s marketing blitz for the True Blood Season 3 Premiere was a stroke of genius. The @TrueBloodHBO digital media campaign revolved around “The True Blood Ultimate Fan Experience”. Fans used a Facebook application to play for tickets to midnight screening events which included the Season 2 finale, an exclusive Season 3 sneak peak and a live simulcast Q&A with the cast and series creator Alan Ball held in 50 cities across the U.S. The Twitter campaign kicked in when it came time to select 50 “Ultimate Truebie Sheriffs” to represent each city. Fans were asked to tweet why they should be chosen as their Area sheriff. Taking things one step further, True Blood’s blog, Bloodcopy.com transformed itself into a Twitter microsite displaying show-related Twitter lists. Topping things off, Kristen Bauer van Straten (Pam) and Joe Manganiello (Alcide) hosted a live Twitter chat on Bloodcopy.

Sounds great, right? But did it work?

Boy, did it. The True Blood Season 3 Premiere pulled more than 5 million viewers compared to the 3.7 million viewers for the True Blood Season 2 Premiere. A Sunday night replay of the premiere episode pulled in another 1 million viewers. We should also mention the True Blood Season Premiere  beat FOX and NBC in it’s time slot.

Shorty Awards Logo

Shorty Awards

The brilliant Twitter campaign defeated @BGConOxygen Season 6 Premiere and @nyjets Playoffs Sweepstakes to take home the Shorty Award for Best Use of Twitter in a marketing campaign.

The Shorty Awards, which honor real-time content creators on Twitter, Fasebook, Foursquare and Tumblr, were presented at a celebration at TimesCenter in New York City this weekend. During the ceremony, guests received a video greeting from space, courtesy of astronaut Palo Nespoli (@Asto_paolo). Musical guest Amanda Palmer (@Amandapalmer) performed a unique song whose lyrics consisted of the best/worst tweets of the previous year that she composed specifically for the ukulele and the ceremony.

Four new awards were introduced this year:

  • Foursquare Location of the Year awarded to South By Southwest
  • Foursquare Mayor of the Year awarded to Baratunde Thurston @baratunde
  • Microblog of the Year on Tumblr awarded to The Daily What
  • Best Brand Presence on Facebook awarded to Carnival Cruise Lines

Award presenters included, Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer), Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara (@StillerandMeara), comedian Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan), CNN Anchor Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), Stephen Wallem (@StephenWallem) from Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih (@TheRealMissUSA) and Miss Teen USA 2010 Kamie Crawford (@TheRealTeenUSA). Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley (@dens) presented the two new Foursquare awards.

The winners of the 3rd Annual Shorty Awards (listed alphabetically by category):

Actor: Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH
Actress: Stana Katic @Stana_Katic
Apps: COLOURlovers @colourlovers
Art: One Stop Poetry @Onestoppoetry
Author: Shawn S. @TreatWomenRight
Author: John Green @realjohngreen
Celebrity: Kim jae joong @mjjeje
Charity: The Trevor Project @TrevorProject
Connecting People: Shannon Miller @shannonmmiller
Cultural Institution: Tyneside Cinema @tynesidecinema
Cultural Institution: Science Gallery @ScienceGallery
Customer Service: Research In Motion @BlackBerryHelp
Design: Codeorama @Codeorama
Entertainment: Barney Stinson @Broslife
Fashion: Ann Li @thisisAnnLi
Finance: Slow Money @SlowMoney
Food: Epic Meal Time @EpicMealTime
Foursquare Location of the Year: South By Southwest
Foursquare Mayor of the Year: Baratunde Thurston @baratunde
Gaming: Adam Montoya @SeaNanners
Government: Cory Booker @CoryBooker
Green: Mud Baron @Cocoxochitl
Humor: The Dark Lord @Lord_Voldemort7
Innovation: Rene Silva Santos @Rene_Silva_RJ
Journalist: West Wing Report @WestWingReport
Microblog of the Year on Tumblr: The Daily What
Music: Jonas Brothers @JonasBrothers
News: Lei Seca RJ @LeiSecaRJ
News: The Young Turks @TheYoungTurks
Nurse: Ronivin Pagtakhan @ronnievinn & Matthew Browning @MatthewBrowning
Politics: Marina Silva @silva_marina
Politics: The Bloggess @TheBloggess
Real-Time Photo of the Year: Moon from Space by Douglas H. Wheelock
Science: MythBusters @MythBusters
Social Media: Facts About Boys @FactsAboutBoys
Sports: New Orleans Saints @Official_Saints
Tech: SoldierKnowsBest @SoldierKnowBest
Television: Attack of the Show @aots
Television: Sesame Street @sesamestreet
Travel: JD Andrews @earthXplorer
Weird: Alli Speed @allispeed
Weird: I do this too! @omgidothistoo

Special and Industry Awards:
Lifetime Achievement: Conan O’Brien @conanobrien

Best Brand Presence on Facebook: Threadless

Best Brand Presence on Facebook: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Brand Presence on Twitter: Threadless @threadless

Best Integration of Social Media with Traditional Media: MTV’s 2010 VMAs Twitter Tracker

Best Location-Based Marketing: Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts

Best Social Game: Gillette’s Blade Change Challenge

Best Use of a Video as Part of a Social Media Campaign: Daniel Radcliffe Video for The Trevor Project

Best Use of a Video as Part of a Social Media Campaign: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Three, Part 2

Best Use of Facebook in a Marketing Campaign: Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Best Use of Twitter in a Marketing Campaign: @TrueBloodHBO Season 3 Premiere

Best Use of Twitter or Facebook for E-Commerce: Benefit Cosmetics’ Bazaarvoice Ratings & Reviews
Best Viral Campaign: The Last Exorcism’s Chatroulette Reactions

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 3rd annual Shorty Awards!

What the vampire said….

In RP, True Blood on 30 March, 2011 at 9:21 am

This weekend @MsLorenaBall sat down with the Post to talk about recent events disturbing the peace in Bon Temps.

Although claiming not to have a direct interest in the situation involving @TommyBonTemps, Ms. Ball has been a long-time observer of events in and around Bon Temps, probably because her Child, @TruBloodBill had family connections to the area. Several interesting possibilities were raised during the conversation and at least one, the loss of crucial evidence, has proven true. The Renard Parish Sheriff’s Department faxed the following statement to the Post:

RPSD Evidence Memo

Memo from the RPSD

It appears that @TommyBonTemps is in the clear, at least for now. Several others might be as well, depending on how much evidence was “lost”. The RPPD is not commenting on which, if any, other cases may have been affected or the circumstances surrounding the loss.

How and why a young entrepreneur whose auto repair business was going well enough to have employees would be involved in criminal activities remains an open question even if the cases against Mickens have collapsed. Further, Ms. Ball implies that alleged chop shop and dog fighting activities are just the tip of the criminal iceberg. Further research yielded no collaboration, factual or rumored, of a shifter fight club or forced fighting among shifters occurring in the area.

As it stands, peace has been restored to Bon Temps and two hard-working local businessmen (@TommyBonTemps and @Sam_MerlotteBT) can focus on growing the local economy.