On The Road With The Beats: Five Beat Writers Who Changed The Industry


The Beat Generation was a unique cast of characters who convened at the Beat Hotel to create some of the most authentic and real poetry and prose that ever existed. The Beats wrote about real life as it happened. They were also infamous for their notorious lifestyles as well as their writings. Today we celebrate the forefathers of the Beat Generation; John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac,  Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Neil Cassady.  [Read more...]

From Off The Streets of Cleveland: Harvey Pekar

The first every man of the comic industry, Harvey Pekar grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and ultimately died in Cleveland all the while becoming the “poet laureate of Cleveland,” of the city in which he loved. While working as a file clerk at the Cleveland V.A. hospital, Harvey began working on what was to become “American Splendor”, the everyday life of the mundane and the detailed. He believed in the philosophy of “You can use pictures and words to create anything you want”. He met the “Grandfather of Underground Comics” R. Crumb in the late 1960′s and Crumb began illustrating Pekar’s works.

From Off The Streets of Cleveland: Harvey Pekar and Illustrations

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The Best and Worst Ideas in the History of Chat Roulette

The Chat Roulette site is ideal for anyone who is feeling bored and wants to play a prank. The history of Chat Roulette is filled with great jokes and a lot of really lame ones as well. Let’s see which ones make you laugh and which don’t from the following section.

Chat Roulette Ideas
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Harvey Ball: All Smiles

Birth of a Ball

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 10, 1921. Ball became an apprentice sign painter while attending Worcester South High School. After school, he studies fine arts at Worcester Art Museum School.

War Time

Serving in Asia and the Pacific during World War II, Ball was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism. Ball served in the National Guard for the majority of his life, retiring in 1979.

The Beginning

Harvey Ball: All SmilesAfter the war ended, he began working for an advertising company and started his own company, Harvey Ball Advertising. Harvey was contacted by State Mutual Life Insurance Company in his home town of Worcester in 1963. Promotional Director Joy Young wanted to boost morale after her company bought out competing Guarantee Mutual Insurance Company of Ohio. She wanted a design that would bring together the two companies as one.

Harvey Bell was hired to create a design that would fit on buttons. Ball sketched the simple design of the smiley face on the eye catching yellow background. Ball’s first attempt was just the smile, but he thought that people would misunderstand it as a frown because it could be turned around to look like it. He decided to add eyes to the smile and to add a human aspect to the drawing, he made the left eye bigger than the right. Harvey was paid $45 for the smile.
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Best Valentine’s Day Ever: Use What’s Trending to Make Your Day (and Night) Exciting

RosesThe goal for any man on Valentine’s Day is to make your woman feel desired and glamorous. It doesn’t matter if she’s modest or a total vixen, one thing is certain: Valentine’s Day heightens the anticipation factor and the love effect in spades! Its a particularly special day for a couple to focus on each other and their relationship, and create a romantic and memorable evening together.

The prevailing spending trends for Valentine’s Day in recent years has been heavy on flowers and candy. For 2013, Valentine’s Day spending is likely to rise to an average of $130 on candy, flowers, cards and more, per new numbers from the National Retail Federation.

But fashion for the boudoir is becoming a growing part of Valentine’s Day gifting. For men, they get to re-familiarize themselves with bustiers, bras and panties, and for women, receiving these from their men only heighten the anticipation for a great holiday (and night!).


Men, let’s face it. The only thing most of you know about lingerie for a woman is how to take it off. Buying undergarments is an activity for which most guys are typically unsuited. Men are more suited to take their women to sweet dinners rather than buy panties and bras as a gift. But if you do, do it right. First tip: don’t buy larger clothing sizes than she wears now. Check her drawers for absolute right sizes.

Yandy.com has a wide variety of sweet and sexy Valentine’s Day lingerie , with a wide selection of affordable bedroom fashion including bustiers, bras and undies, babydolls, robes and naughty alternatives.

If you’re woman is more modest and less of a sexual provocateur, then err on the side of caution when it comes to design. A cheeky bra set or sweet slip would be a safe bet. If your woman is more inclined for a wild time, check the site for a number of SM inspired pieces, costumes and barely-there options that are available.


While many men tend to think flowers are a waste of money, flowers are the gift that delights women most. About 36 percent of Valentine’s Day gifters will buy flowers for their loved one this holiday. A recent survey showed 99 percent of women say that the flower-giver is thoughtful, 92 percent remember the first time they received flowers, 88% say that flowers change their mood for the better and 86 percent say receiving flowers makes them feel special.

To be unique in your woman’s eyes, men might want to opt for a change from the obvious red roses and try another luscious flower choice, like hydrangeas, tulips, lilies, orchids, irises or something unexpected like sunflowers. Your significant other will love and remember your originality and extra effort.


The right music for the right, um, set of activities can make all the difference. USA Today reported that among the top tunes people listen to during sex are the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Marvin Gayes Sexual Healing, Ravels Bolero, Berlins Take my Breath Away and any ol Barry White. Songs like this have been mainstays for years on lovers’ soundtracks. If you and your partner are feeling it differently, spend some time making a great Valentine’s Day music list via Spotify or Pandora.


A well-planned lighting concept not only gets most couples in the mood, it can also help women (and men!) feel more confident in the buff, according to Glamour Magazine. Try lighting pillar candles for flickering shadows of light and dark. The minimal light lets couples see each other just enough, while masking any body flaws. If you arent a candle fan, a low-wattage bulb or dimmer will do in a pinch.

And if you haven’t already. clean the boudoir! Get rid of dirty clothes, papers, books, bills and other junk before Valentine’s Day. Also, put all technology on hold, silencing phones, switching off the TV and powering down your computers, so your focus remains on each other.

Valentine’s Day can be a great mid-winter warm-up to get a couple in the right spirit to stay committed during the long winter months. Using the tips above can go a long way in managing that quest.