A new study of the secrets of seduction has revealed that standing next to relatively ugly friends enhances a person’s attractiveness.
Stirling University psychologist Dr Anthony Little said staying away from better-looking friends and surrounding yourself with lots of gorgeous members of the opposite sex can also help, citing the example of 83 year old Playboy king Hugh Hefner.
“If you were just looking at Hugh Hefner's physical attractiveness you might not be that impressed with him,” Dr Little told the British Science Festival.
“But as soon as you see him with beautiful women you might infer other traits, for instance, you might infer he is a multi-millionaire or charming or witty. He somehow becomes more attractive,” he suggested (Daily Mail).
The legendary lothario certainly impressed French house DJ Dimitri from Paris who chatting to Skrufff in 2004 about meeting him at his Playboy Mansion described him as ‘the last real gentleman I've met’.
"We just shook hands, but he gave me a very good impression. He was a real gentleman, in fact. Especially being in the area he's in, the sex business… but he was delightful. I also like what he's done with the magazine, it's tasteful, not vulgar, and so I have a lot of respect for him,” said Dimitri.
The Parisian house king visited the Mansion after releasing two Playboy mix CDs and was accompanied on one trip by the promoters from top Paris nightclub Respect Is Burning who revealed another secret of Hugh’s success in their official biography.
“Thanks to the success of our first CDs, and notably the Night at the Playboy Mansion with Dimitri from Paris, Respect was called by every promoter in the world and their mothers too,” they said.
“Then started the biggest road club trip ever, from Tokyo to Caracas, Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Oslo to Miami, Cannes to Lisbon, with some famous residencies at Vega Copenhagen, Fuse Brussels and of course Twilo.”
“Not forgetting the Playboy Mansion gig of course,” they added, “With Fred walking like a King in the mansion before a security told him that the only guy allowed to walk in a dressing gown was Hugh Hefner and Hugh only.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0t0jEi2jh0 (Playboy Mansion Party, November 2008)
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Reebok proudly launched the “HAIL HERITAGE” exhibition — the Hong Kong edition of the Global Freestyle Stylist Series — with an exclusive celebrity and trendsetter party held on the 4th September at the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage.
Celebrity guests included singer/musician Candy Lo; top models Ana R., Jocelyn Luko and Anthony Sandstrom, Vanessa Yeung, Marcela, Rosemary Vandenbroucke; young models Anjaylia Chan, Dada Lo, Jacquelin Ch’ng, Susie Ho and Wayne Lau; DJ Miss Yellow; 24HERBS MC Phat; model Carrie Chiu and choreographer Gerald Wong; and actress Marsha Yuan.
HP SPACE, the most anticipated pan-Asian reality television series set to debut on Star World and Channel [V] in November, flings open its digital audition doors on September 1 at www.hpspace.com to begin its hunt for Asia’s most exciting up-and-coming creative talent. For a shot at fame and fortune, the chosen candidates must use the latest, cutting edge product innovations from HP to battle it out over eight episodes. The winning contestant will walk away with a grand prize of US$50,000 as well as a fully paid job on the production team of Bubblegum Crisis – a blockbuster remake of the cult anime classic.
The new reality television series is the latest platform for Asia’s aspiring talents to cultivate, nurture and showcase their passion for creativity and the arts. Through a series of weekly creative challenges, contestants will be tasked with sharing, learning, working and competing together, supported by a platform that offers an avenue for individuals to express themselves.
To be on the show, applicants must submit a one-minute long video pitch at www.hpspace.com and showcase their creative flair, articulate their passions and achievements and demonstrate their area of expertise. Leading industry authorities will then shortlist 36 contestants, who will be asked to attend live auditions in China, India and Singapore, from which 12 lucky candidates will make it to the finals.
In China, contestants will be drawn from HP’s “My Computer My Stage” (MCMS) youth campaign, an existing program now into its 3rd wave allowing youth to express their inspiration to create and desire to connect and share. Short listed winners from MCMS will be invited for live auditions for HP SPACE and stand the chance to compete in the reality show.
The final 12 contestants will be flown to Singapore for the filming of HP SPACE where they will work with well-known creative gurus from the world of design, film, advertising, music and art to bring their creative expressions to life.
David Searl, STAR’s Senior Vice President of Content Partnerships and the Executive Producer of HP SPACE commented, “The auditions for HP SPACE offer a truly inimitable chance for creative talents across Asia to step up and shine on a regional stage. If chosen, they will have an opportunity to work with their highly skilled peers and gain valuable insight from mentors, who are assembled from among the elite in their respective creative fields.”
Nokia seizes social internet and amplifies music experience
Nokia unveiled a combo that can change how people connect with each other and offer new and exciting ways to give everyone, everywhere, the power to make the most of every moment. With today's news, together with Nokia's recent announcements - Nokia Money, the Nokia N900, Nokia Booklet 3G, Nokia 5230 and Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition - Nokia expands in new directions for changing the ways people go about their lives.
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia, commented: "Nokia aims at reaching the many, not the few, with our rich portfolio of services. We are doing this through an increasing number of open partnerships with world leaders in many fields. We are proud to lead the charge in smartphones and beyond as manifested in the Nokia N900 and Nokia Booklet 3G, two great examples of how the world is changing and Nokia is driving this change."
Opening up the next innovative chapter of personal and location-aware internet, Nokia announced lifecasting with Ovi, a partnership with the world's largest social network, Facebook. Lifecasting with Ovi is the first application to let people publish their location and status updates directly to their Facebook account from the home screen of a mobile device. Lifecasting goes beyond just publishing your status - it is about building deeper and closer connections between people. It triggers new kinds of communication patterns, such as sending messages or status updates or even navigating to a friend or a place.
Lifecasting will premiere on the new Nokia N97 mini, companion to the successful Nokia N97. Designed with a social and style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia N97 mini is a smaller mobile computer with stylish stainless steel cues, featuring a tilting 3.2" touch display, QWERTY keyboard and fully customizable homescreen that makes each Nokia N97 mini as unique as a fingerprint. The Nokia N97 mini delivers a truly personal internet experience in a compact handset based on the iconic design of the Nokia N97.
Jonas Geust, Vice President of Nokia Nseries, commented: "People want to bring their physical and online worlds together via the internet. The Nokia N97 mini is designed for this new social internet and to help navigate people and places. With lifecasting, the Nokia N97 mini and Ovi usher in the next chapter of personal and location-aware internet."
Lifecasting with Ovi will be available for both the Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini via Nokia Beta Labs. The Nokia N97 mini features new software which will be released in October as a free update for the Nokia N97. The new software brings compelling new experiences to both devices, including new homescreen widgets and additional usability improvements including flick scrolling.
The Nokia N97 mini is powered by a new Ovi Maps experience which makes searching, finding and navigating even easier. In addition to global pedestrian navigation, people can access premium content from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, turning the Nokia N97 mini into the world's smallest travel companion.
Users can personalise the homescreen of their device even further with thousands of different applications and services available from the Ovi Store. From games, videos and podcasts to productivity tools and web services, Ovi Store is the easiest way to fill the Nokia N97 mini's homescreen with applications that reflect individual tastes. The Nokia N97 mini is expected to begin shipping in October 2009 for an estimated retail price of EUR 450 before taxes and subsidies.
The Comes With Music story continues with the Nokia X6 Pioneering new ways for the world to experience music, Nokia today announced the launch of the new Nokia X6. Capable of playing up to 35 hours of music, the Nokia X6 is a powerful entertainment device, combining 32GB of on-board memory with a slick 3.2" finger touch interface.
The ultimate device for music lovers and social butterflies, the Nokia X6 has a 16:9 widescreen optimised for photos, videos and browsing. With direct access to Ovi Store, the Nokia X6 is a hive of activity that brings 20 friends and virtual communities, like Facebook, to your homescreen.
Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia, commented: "The Nokia X6 and Comes With Music is a powerful combination, enabling music fans to download all the music they could ever want - quickly, easily and for free. We're giving people convenient access to and ownership of a vast music library and an exciting new touchscreen device to play their music on."
The new Nokia X3 also joins Nokia's music portfolio. The Nokia X3 is designed for music lovers and is the first Series 40 Ovi Store-enabled device. The Nokia X3 is a sleek and compact music device that comes with stereo speakers, built-in FM radio, and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
To make the most of the entertainment experience, Nokia introduced the Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9, a pocket-size speaker for big sound, and the Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-505, an ergonomic and lightweight neckband headset for great music and call audio quality also in noisy environments.
The Nokia X6 has an estimated retail price of EUR 450, with the Nokia X3 retailing for an estimated EUR 115. Prices are before taxes and subsidies, and both devices will ship during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Guardian in-house psychologist Oliver Burkeman analyzed the present literature on how to be happy this week and came up with a brief summation of key tips.
“Remember to be grateful. Volunteer. Nurture your relationships. Spend time in nature. Make sure you encounter new people and places,” the columnist recommended, “And never assume that you know what will make you happy.”
As well as singling out researcher Barbara Fredrickson’s suggestion that the ideal ratio of positive experiences and emotions to negative ones is 3:1, he advised ‘spend your money on experiences, not objects’ just as futurologist Ian Yeoman predicted tourists doing just that by 2050.
"If you look at some of the research from the US army research centre, what they do at the moment, when soldiers go into battle, they're given sleep deprivation tablets,'' the Wellington University expert told a conference this week.
“To a certain extent you could replicate that into travel and tourism, taking a tablet to do a 24-hour experience,” he noted.
The New Zealand based ‘tourist futurologist’ also suggested punters will be routinely sleeping with robot ‘prostitutes’ (to avoid sexual diseases) reflecting earlier predictions made by Artificial intelligence expert David Levy from the University of Maastricht.
Speaking about the topic in 2007, Professor Levy prophesized humans falling in love with androids within 50 years in his thesis ‘Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners’ and said such relationships will not necessarily be unhealthy.
"It may sound a little weird, but it isn't; love and sex with robots are inevitable,” Mr Levy told Livescience.com.
“Particularly for) ‘people who find it hard to form relationships, because they are extremely shy, or have psychological problems, or are just plain ugly or have unpleasant personalities," he said.
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Pioneer knows mobile DJs need more these days: more flexibility, more compatibility, more possibilities and more punch. These requirements are now met by the latest addition to the trusted DJM mixer family – the DJM-5000.
This four-channel mixer today launches with several standout innovations that place a premium on DJ dynamism, usability and professional style. The ideal companion for Pioneer’s MEP-7000 media player, the DJM-5000 delivers 96kHz/24-bit sound and is also fully MIDI-enabled.
Always championing renegade style, fresh design and independent music, 55DSL — led by Creative Director Andrea Rosso — has recruited Italian artist Turbokrapfen and Italian DJ-duo The Bloody Beetroots to christen the opening of the Hong Kong FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE on July 24, 2009.
Located at Shop 3A, 2-4 Kingston Street, in Hong Kong’s bustling youth-shopping hub of Causeway Bay, the FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE follows a “pop-up” concept where a unique space is renovated and reinvigorated as a “temporary” retail/art destination. Turbokrapfen will fly into town from Bassano del Grappa (hometown of 55DSL) to specially redecorate the store in his graphic typographic style. The young up-and-coming artist is best known for his explosive, colourful, hand-crafted illustrative artwork as well as his close collaborative work with The Bloody Beetroots.
The FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE will be open for 2 months only, until end-September 2009. At retail level, it will showcase the latest 55DSL Autumn/Winter 2009 men’s and women’s fashion and accessories collections. A special limited-edition, “55DSL x The Bloody Beetroots x Turbokrapfen” nylon windbreaker and Hong Kong-only released T-shirt will also be available to commemorate the Hong Kong FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE (while stocks last).
To launch the FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE in Hong Kong with a huge bang, lively electro-punk-rock specialists The Bloody Beetroots will host a DJ set/club party at Volar on the evening of July 24. Described as “the love child of the Misfits and Daft Punk,” The Bloody Beetroots are currently one of the hottest acts on Dim Mak Records, the music record label run by celebrity American DJ Steve Aoki.
Inspired by Andrea’s passion for music and design, the FIFTY FIVE DSL TemporART STORE concept is an open canvas for young artists to showcase their talent and a fresh experience to preview the 55DSL collections. The first-ever TemporART destination was launched in Milan, Italy, in December 2008, featuring works by the Spanish artist collective, T.O.D.O.S.
55DSL TemporART Store Shop 3A, 2-4 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay Opening on July 24 , 2009
Sasha and Rennie Pilgrim use it for recording sounds for their tracks while the likes of Above & Beyond and Steve Lawler swear by it for live gigs so when a chance came to road-test M-Audio’s new Microtrack II, I jumped at the chance.
M-Audio promise their new fangled digital device picks up high quality WAV size sounds whether you’re recording a set via a cable out of a mixer or with an external microphone sticking in the air and promptly mailed me a kit, with the brief to give it a try.
The SilverBlack Card, DROP and Smirnoff Black are proud to present ‘Rendezvous on Wednesdays’, an event series, which consists of both networking in the early evening, followed by drinking and dancing until late.
This regular Wednesday event is designed to be fun with a funky vibe, aimed at providing a more casual environment for young professionals looking to build their networks. SilverBlack Card and DROP members are entitled to an exclusive special offer on cocktail prices at every ‘Rendezvous on Wednesdays’.