Dec 08

One thing that is hard to do when you are the head writer for any online publication is to stay 100% honest. This is due to the fact that unlike our commenters and guest writers we are held accountable for our posts. When you start a blog you let everyone within your circle and your circle’s circle know that you have words to share in hopes of getting a broader viewership. When your numbers grow you lose sight of this and you begin to write the way you wish, readers be damned until you get to the one topic that is taboo and you are forced to release the trigger. I cannot tell you how many articles have been trashed for the Hall due to it being way too hot a topic to put forth and we get pretty damned hot around these parts. While… [Read more]

Dec 07

People that know me, know that the prospect of working to make another man rich is as poisonous to me as drinking rattler venom. The gangsters I studied for so many years called guys with jobs “crumbs” because they would work for a man, toil for 5 days of the week and then thank that man for letting them have 2 days off while putting aside crumbs of money to hopefully retire one day. While the gangster mentality was mockingly harsh, the reality is that these guys were hypocrites, their rackets weren’t easy, they had to kick up to a boss weekly (who would kill them and not fire them) and they would die broke. Still, when you read this stuff it becomes a part of you – so deep down I resented the thought of being in the rat race or being a crumb…. [Read more]

Nov 24

One of the toughest things to do when you’re an entrepreneur is to stay motivated for growth. You got out, things are going well and a few years down the line you realize that you have settled without even realizing it. Your friends laud you as being “the man”, your bills are getting paid and you even have a little put to the side for whatever. But in the beginning you imagined your business to be much more than it is right now and even when you remind yourself of this you are still just going through the motions at the end of the day. Having gone through this, I want to share 4 of the best tips I know to keep you hungry and eventually off of that plateau of self-employment: 1. Keep Similar Company (Entrepreneurs need enterprising friends) When I was employed, a… [Read more]

Nov 17

As a seasoned Web Developer and Graphic Designer, I’ve noticed that one of the most misunderstood areas have been that of copyrighting and privatizing images. Photographers put ugly, ineffective watermarks over their images, web designers use JavaScript to disable right clicking and then there’s the attempt at using Adobe Flash as protection. The fact of the matter is that none of these methods will protect your images from a knowledgeable person that wants them. That’s right none, actually it becomes a challenge worth taking on to steal an image from someone whose ignorance of the internet shows by their vague attempt at protecting it. Listen models, photographers and artists, if you are too broke cheap to get your images legally copyrighted then don’t put them on the internet at all or keep them at a really tiny size ie: no larger than 240 pixels wide…. [Read more]

Nov 12

I follow a lot of blogs, I read them, I reply to them and I use them as inspiration. Some blogs are exceptional and the reason for this is due to exceptional writing, thought-provoking articles (I don’t want to read things I agree with 100% of the time) and professionalism through design. Ahh you see my last point? As with most other designers that have put years into this thing of ours, I can’t help but skip over blogs that look like an internet version of Zion in The Matrix. Blogs where the advertising links ARE the blog and others that have images crushed or stretched unnaturally (come on guys do better). Nothing however will stop me from subscribing to someone’s blog faster than the obligatory “give me some money for writing” post. Fuckouttahere! It’s insulting; you aren’t asking for money to fuel some worthwhile… [Read more]

Nov 03

I was elated, it really wasn’t scary, I felt empowered, free, a man going places. It was the ultimate natural high waking up the next day prepped to grind my ass off to make sure that I kept afloat. This feeling cannot be replicated, I had it only once before and that was after a racist boss of mine set me up and strategically fired me from a position to slide his friend in. It was guys like him that made it feel good, the assholes who cut my check, the trust-fund babies who ran daddy’s company and hired guys like me to spin the gears. It was the average Joes who looked at me like a colossus for daring to go it alone. Long story short, it isn’t as scary as it seems my dear readers. Preparing to get out – when did I… [Read more]

Oct 14
Sexy Adriana Lima

If you read my last article about doing a photoshoot, you know my stance on who should be posing for the camera. Again, I think all women should experience it at some point in their lives. I’ve never given someone their final shots and have them regret it. This is all well and good, but I need to discuss the opposite type of person – the numerous, disillusioned women who think they have a future in modeling. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This might be the biggest thing to consider when you look in the mirror and start wrapping yourself in the compliments you’ve gotten over the years about your looks. I think a lot of lady friends are attractive. Yeah, sometimes I tell them that. This certainly doesn’t mean I think they should be in the next issue of… [Read more]

Sep 29

As a writer I understand my power and privilege, my pen is a mighty scythe that can be used to sever ignorance or pile up innocents. This makes me dangerous as well as necessary, it is a job I do not take lightly. Recently while visiting one of the blogs that I follow, I noticed the owner being called to question on his rather negative and biased stance to which he responded the way I would expect my buddy’s 8 year old to. It made me leery of his blog space and brought into question many of the former articles that I had read from him and the commentors that followed it on a daily basis. People should know their limitations. What you read becomes a part of you regardless of agreeing or disagreeing. When you read garbage that you know is garbage it strengthens… [Read more]