Since we’ve moved back from California, C.K. has been working with Brian Alvey on his new company Crowd Fusion. It’s a new website publication platform (don’t ask me what that is). They just launched their first website the other day. It’s called Obsessable. Yeah, I know. The name is catchy. It reminds me of other make-believe words that are fun to say. Like Nastical (my own creation), and Ginormous (this one is way too common), and Romantical (a nod to my man Flava FLAV!).
Obsessable focuses on technology – everything from digital cameras and mobile phones to gaming consoles. I really like their product profile pages. Each contains a snippet explaining the product, further details if you want them, and some photos. I think it’s very helpful if you were going to buy a digital phone and couldn’t tell the difference between a Nikon D70 and a LeClic camera. Okay, you could probably tell the difference between those too. (Sidenote: I just got the urge to buy a LeClic on Amazon. Maybe Obsessable would let me write the “Product Profile” page?)
Check out C.K.’s post on 5 Cool Things about Obsessable.
Anyone who’s lived in Santa Monica knows that homelessness is a big problem here. The super liberal government doesn’t do anything about it; to my knowledge, in SaMo, homelessness is a “lifestyle choice.” Whatever.
I guess that’s why every now and again you’ll see a homeless person with an item (or wearing something) that generally someone who couldn’t afford shelter wouldn’t have. Case in point: A homeless guy wearing new Uggs boots. And how about a homeless guy texting (or pretending) on a blackberry? I’ve also seen a homeless guy with an iPod and a homeless guy on one of those razor skateboards.
Perhaps this is a statement about how disgusting rich and wasteful some Angelenos are. If these homeless guys are getting these items from good will or dumpster diving, someone is throwing them away. I would never throw away a pair of boots that cost $200. If I didn’t like them, I would give them to a friend with the same shoe size. I would certainly give old boots to goodwill–but not new ones. And these were clearly new.
As for the phones, give it to a charity that can use it. Don’t throw it out. There’s cellphonesforsoldiers and another one (the name escapes me) that’s run by the police department. They give the phones to abused wives.
I have a lot of WTF moments in Santa Monica. Oprah has “A-ha” moments. I have WTF moments. More proof that I’m not Oprah.
As I walked the dog today, she was about to poop when she got distracted by a homeless guy in purple hot pants (shorty-shorts) who sang “Livin’ on a Prayer.” At first I was pissed that he distracted my dog who is so fickle about where she does her “bizness.” But I couldn’t stay mad at someone who wanted to share Bon Jovi with the world.