How often have you been asked or posed that question to close friends or even complete strangers who just happen to be reading the same book next to you? We all have our favourite authors, artists and directors and from there we’ll IMDB or Wikipedia the hell out of em’ until we find out Corinne Bailey Rae only really has one or two good songs and that the director of the amazing “In Bruges” has really only ever just made that movie… so what next? Well, the good nerds at Gnod have attempted to solve that problem- and done a pretty good job at it!
Gnod makers describe their (FREE to use) creation as “a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking.” It’s essentially a web creation that asks for either your favourite movie or author and then does some magical computations based upon thousands of collected and learned connections between similar themes, styles and other user “I like this movie AND this movie” input and create a fluid spider web of about 30 movies/authors that relate on an X and Y axis to your originally submitted “favourite pic”. Okay, that got a bit nerdy there, but click through and you’ll see what I mean.
In the infamous and perfectly chosen words of Samuel L. Jackson:
“I have had it with these motherfucking babies on this motherfucking plane!”
… Okay, maybe that’s not the exact quotation, but it should be!
Breeders we get it: you can have babies and we can’t… but what we can do that you don’t seem to be able to is LET PEOPLE AROUND US ENJOY A PEACEFUL PLANE RIDE!!!
Okay, I know this is a bit rant-esque and mothers everywhere are signing a petition to have a kiddie-hater like me banned from the skies for fear my eye rolling might “emotionally scar” their precious babe until 20 years into adulthood therapy… but honestly, you may be use to that sonic boom your child belts out, but the rest of the plane ain’t!
Continuing on with my gay hookup app review we come to a newer addition to the bunch: BoyAhoy, which claims being one of the most downloaded and well-received smart phone homo-connectors out there. If that’s true then we’re really too forgiving a people.
BoyAhoy has a catchy- if not kitschy- title to it and that’s about where the positives end as far as I can see. This app is a disaster. While getting your profile up and running is easy I’m worried they made it that way so you wouldn’t get bored by the lackluster set up and options it offers. Right away as you “load more guys” around you you realize that either every single mo out there is using a disposable Kodak to take torso shots with OR rather that the resolution offered by this app with regards to profile pictures is atrociously sub par. Programmed by what I have to assume is 13-year old Bosnian, BoyAhoy looks cheap and comical.
Now here’s a case of a good concept with not enough membership. Admittedly West Fourth sounds like it’s more specifically designed to appeal to Manhattan, east coasters, the app IS international and I have to search based on my personal location so maybe the boys from Gossip Girl will have a better result with this baby but for now you’ll have to suffer my west coaster review.
First off, this is actually a pretty well-made app. The very Manhunt-esque option to wink is offered, as is Grindr‘s patented Block and Favourite option. You know I loves me some snobby blocking so that always goes over well with me… Especially when the trashier trolls don’t get the picture. What’s unique about this block option is the ability to “undo” your last block. Though this may seem an odd and unnecessary addition, I’ll let you know that after having Grindr for about 5 months (which equates to about 600 blocked men….. No joke) I accidentally hit Block instead of Favourite on a particularly hot Seattle stud and was forced to decide if undoing all my blocks was worth getting him back or moving on my life without him… I choose to take back all my blocks and didn’t even hook up with the dude. Total nightmare.
Unfortunately, like Grindr but unlike the smart DList app, West Fourth only allows for one profile pic. I’m hoping constantly updating apps like this and the Grind adopt this method of self selling as one pic is NEVER enough to properly judge a book by ;)
Well, the boys at Grindr have cleared the way for gay online hooking up and the masses of online app creators have responded in kind: man on man sex has never been so easy. Catching Grindr in its earlier stages, I’ve been deemed the resident sex-visor for Homorazzi… though, maybe that’s just because I have so damn much of it. Either way, this is Part 1 of a three part review to tell you about up-and-coming- or so a couple of them would have you believe- smart phone apps (iPhone, BlackBerry etc.) that are attempting to sneak into this industry of homo humpin’. Today’s article considers Dlist and their attempts to facilitate sex for the masses.
To the seven gays out there who aren’t aware, these apps are offered for free (for the most part) and allow you to use your phone’s GPS to put your location into cyberspace and find other mo’s around you based on their proximity to your locale. Typically you get to see a screen name, a profile pic and some brief stats allowing you to decide if that’s the boy you want to interweb-nudge that night and ask that fateful question: “What you into?”
Two weeks ago, Adam and I embarked on a week long sailing trip with two of our friends, Colby and Duncan. It was personally my first time sailing, but I surely don’t want it to be my last! Adam, Colby and I flew out of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver (really close to my apartment) to Desolation Sound, up the Straight of Georgia. There we met up with Duncan along with his other half Roy (it’s their sailboat) and the crew of friends that sailed it up there. Then, we switched. They flew back, and we hopped aboard the “Broomstick,” as their sailboat is called.
The weather was absolutely beautiful, the boat was amazing, great food & drinks, and most importantly the people I was with were so much fun. We went kayaking, hiking, sailing (duh), swimming, swinging of tarzan swings, and much more. It was nice to get away from it all (computers, cell phones, work, etc.) Sidenote: To be honest, I did have to call my BF Tyrell whenever we had a signal (which was very sparce) a) because I missed him and he was originally supposed to come with us, and b) because he was waiting to hear back about the results of his Hellcats audition (the new cheerleading show on the CW this fall). The results? He’s got the part and is on the Hellcat cheerleading squad. He started this past Monday!
That, coupled with the amazing sailing trip made for one pretty incredible week.
As I sit at my laptop, creating an event for Gay Camping this August for me and some friends, I was pulled back into the memory of where I was this time last year. Having been successfully set up to go on a blind date with a stud my girl friend had met while travelling in Australia, I had begun seeing the handsome lad regularly down in my favourite home-away-from-home, Seattle. Relationship drama aside (which I’m assuming you can take a wild guess at how that went), I had a flash back to a really sweet/kinky thing the boy had done for me while I was done for a visit. I told him about a secret fantasy of mine to have sex to the song “Fuck the Pain Away” by Peaches. So, one night while getting ready for bed, he slipped the tune onto the stereo, having secretly downloaded and prepped it earlier that day for us :)
Now, before you start deconstructing what the hell that means in terms of me and my craziness, just know that it was featured on a VERY little-known (but well-made) movie called “My Little Eye” during a particularly hot sex scene wherein the nomadic blond, strapping stranger, well… fucked the pain away :P Unfortunately there’s no official video from the fantastic and Canadian-born sex-crazed singer Peaches, but here’s a Youtube with the lyrics to back up the vocals so you get an idea of what this girl is about and, yes, to a lesser extent, just how fudged up I must be to like it so much ha.
Accepting that everyone has already picked their Summer ’10 song, I’m always a bit behind the pack as far as music goes and often on the outskirts of typical picks when my iPod starts playing at a party (usually for about 18 seconds before I get booed off the stereo). BUT, in a recent trip to Seattle I heard this one and fell in love instantly and decided to share it with my fellow homos. No Vancouver boys (except Donovan who wrote about her last year) had heard of this one when I brought ‘er home so forgive me NY and LA if you’ve been hearing this girl for months now ;)
Vita Chambers singing “Like Boom” is summer-love-worthy!!
There’s a million reasons to love this girl and this song. First, she is HOT! Like wow, the skin and body on this fairer sex songstress is out of this world. Second, the video is simple, colourful and fun: great to play in the background of your next party. Third, the lyrics are kind of adorable- simple yes- but straight up a song about having a crush on a cute guy… so basically it’s the story of my every weekend. Anyway, hit through and give this one a chance… it’s pure pumpy fun and now you’ll know what I’m screaming and whacking around my head to when you pull up next to me at an intersection!