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What Were We Thinking?: Flowbee

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Posted March 18, 2009 - By TylerColfax

Flowbee SmallerInvented in the late 80s by a carpenter in San Diego, the Flowbee was the first home haircutting system to deliver "hundreds of precision layered haircuts" and was first hocked on late-night infomercials before the days of Billy Mays and the Shamwow guy.

After several iterations and improvements, the Flowbee has been perfected through tested American ingenuity and high-tech R&D [sacrcasm.] But, they've still managed to hold on to what's working for them. For instance, their web site also looks like it was invented in the late 80s, and the product's inventor is still wearing shirts from that era as well.

So, what were we thinking? Why did we all have one of these in our house and why did our Moms insist on saving that $8 a month for a crappy uneven Othercut? No one knows for sure, but it sure provided a fair amount of comedy in the form of the opening to the first Wayne's World movie which featured the Suck-Kut, and fond memories of me and my brothers chasing Mr. Belvedere, our dog, around the basement with our Flowbee trying to buzz his tail.

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Tags: Comedy

AOTS Tuesday, March 17

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Posted March 17, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
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The cult of Apple is rejoicing today after major announcements from the tech giant regarding new features for the iPhone and a new OS. We'll welcome David Ewalt, Deputy Director of Special Projects from 'Forbes' to talk all about the latest developments.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Missy Peregrym stops by the studio for a brief chat with Kevin about what's she's been up to since her last appearance on 'AOTS' and how things are going with the new season of 'Reaper.'
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Sure, it's used for freezing off warts and destroying terminators, but today we're showing you how it's used to repel magnetic fields (just like Magneto!) And it's all in the name of #&*%ing science!
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
All your favorite AOTS characters of yore come back to party down on the set of sets in this huge St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Spoiler alert: They all get drunk and sing Danny Boy.
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It seems like St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time to run down the best things you can buy to help you drink, like this shotgun that shoots booze, a home brew kit, and a fancy wine aerator from Vinturi.
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Kristin's here to set you straight on the news of the day like an Apple apology and correction, massive layoffs at FOX Interactive who owns MySpace, and what we can expect from a 'Transformers 3.'
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Your Hands, You Can't Touch Mormon Jesus, Mom on Spring Break, Onion Hollow Point Bullet Recall, Vintage Leprechaun.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Alison Haislip had a little visit with the stars of 'Knowing' including Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne to talk about the fine line between science and religion and how the movie explores the theme of fate vs. destiny.

Behind-the-Scenes: Olivia Munn Segway Dancing »


Yesterday, as a sign of unwavering support for Apple's Steve Wozniak and his turn on Dancing with the Stars, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn took to Segways to show America how the tech magnate would win over the nation were he not confined to merely using his legs. They danced with grace and elegance... while the cameras were on and then things went awry. Olivia, as it turns out, is not as good at two wheeled, vertical motoring as you might have thought. Hear the queen of the Segway Tango, herself talk about what it was like pulling off fancy non-footwork with the eyes of the world watching.

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In today's Gadget Pr0n, our tech experts are talking all about Amazon's second generation e-reader, the Kindle 2. If the show's going to foist some form of reading on you, I might as well foist one that has something to do with video games. So, relish my list of the top five video game novels (which will likely be translated into e-books shortly) of all time.

The Five Best Video Game Novels Of All TimeMortal Kombat - I'm not talking about the novel adaptation of the movie, I'm talking about an all new, original novel that covers the history of the greatest characters from the first two Mortal Kombat games. If you've ever been curious about what Scorpion and Subzero were like before the first tournament or ever wanted to know what a ruthless and clever bastard Kano was during his Black Dragon days, pick this one up. It's the most entraining read in all the realms of Shokan.

Mass Effect: Revelation - Who didn't love the action, RPG epic, Mass Effect (PS3 owners, I suppose)? It was engrossing, detailed and expansive, just like the prequel novel by science fiction writer, Drew Karpyshyn. What makes it worth reading is the sections which profile the game's villain Saren just before his betrayal of all humanoid life to the genocidal, robot race, the Reapers. It's chilling and really fleshes out the Mass Effect universe.

Halo: Contact Harvest - I don't know anything about its plot, nor do I care. However, I do know it's a Halo book and you kids love that Master Chief. It's also been thumbed through by TheFeed's [contributer who refused to be named], who started reading the book to review it for the site and later threw it across the office in frustration. You'll probably like it though. I mean, it has the word "Halo" right in the title.

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Tags: Comedy

Actual Great Moments In De-Evolution: JitterbugSure, you can have your fancy cell phones that tell you where your friends are at any moment of the day, and allow you to say "That's what she said" over and over again, but if you really distill the essence of the phone experience into a perfectly de-evolved unit, what you're looking at is Jitterbug.

For those who don't know, Jitterbug is a phone that keeps it simple for the elderly, the weak-minded, and for those of us who just can't be bothered learning how to use today's cell phones.  Big buttons, simple text, and a button that dials directly to your physician (I kid you not) means that they have the whole market on the "I'm being dragged into the 21st Century, but my hearing aid makes it difficult for me" market sewn up.

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AOTS Thursday, February 19

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Posted February 19, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
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Off Beat Guides is an excellent new tool to help you make the most out of your next trip to a new place, complete with practical information like where to park and how to get there, right down to where to go to dance your ass off.
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Anna David was out and about on the streets of Las Vegas doling out advice like what to do when your member is too big, your lady likes to dress you up, or has a friend who wants her to watch her get nasty.
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You know that you're living in the age of marvels when the unrealistically complex tech you saw in cartoons during your childhood actually becomes available to the masses. It's a good time to be alive.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
We talk with the cast of 'Fired Up' about every guy's dream of making out with 40 girls, cheerleading naked for 9 hours, and how one of them got to make out with a Playmate. Note to self, quit your job and get into teen movies.
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Alison knows what's up and she's going to tell you about Hulu pulling all of its content from Boxee and TV.com, Yelp's extortion claims, a new app that's got dirt cheap music, and the typical oh so much more.
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Loop veteran Devin Faraci of Chud.com helps us traverse through the honey-filled kiddie pool that is the Academy Awards with predictions about Heath Ledger, Mickey Rourke, and of course, Best Picture.
Sometimes it's funnier online. Need proof? Here's the best of internet comedy.
Our latest edition of Kings of Dot Comedy take us into the brilliantly satirical and colorful world of Fatal Farm, where two friends have carved out a niche with their remakes of old TV theme songs and Garlfield comic strips.
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Cop Jump, Man vs Stephen King, World's Shortest Escalator, Rat Staring Contest, WTF Christmas Solo.
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
Last night Kevin got a ticket for jaywalking and today on the show, the cop has apparently taken to following him around and issuing more tickets. That is, until a giant rat shows up in Kevin's defense.

So, you've decided to do one of the nerdiest things ever and propose to your lady-love with a matching set of rings that look like the male/female ends of an ethernet connection (as seen on today's Attack This segment). Your hands are sweaty, (part of the reason your geeky Lothario self was picked on in high school), your heart is making more noise than an overclocked computer fan and you're praying to the Lawnmower man that she says "Yes." Let's pause space and time like the Q Continuum and explore the outcomes of your sweeping, romantic gesture.

She says, "Yes" - My lucky friend, you had better watch your back, because there's a target on it. Beware all of the jealous guys languishing in their "BS, I have to pretend the lady I'm with is interesting, even though she's losing her looks, which is the only thing I liked about her to begin with, we don't have sex anymore" relationships. You've found one of the few perfect, smart, sexy, funny girls out there and other men will stop at nothing to snatch her away from you. Start hitting the gym, the dojo and the shooting range on a regular basis. To be double sure, begin taking classes in French poetry.

She says, "No" - Realizing that you're the most original, brilliant hunk in the entire universe, so unlike the other douches she's dated before, your supermodel sweetheart will suddenly feel insecure and will vow to make herself worthy of you. One day, when she's really proven to herself that she deserves such a fine specimen, you will wed. Until then, you'll suffer the cold chill of loneliness.

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Tags: Comedy

FTW!: Recession Achievements

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Posted February 6, 2009 - By Mike D'Alonzo

There were lots of layoffs in the tech sector this week, so we thought we'd keep the dialogue lively by suggesting some achievements that you might be able to reach in this difficult time. Here, now, are Attack of the Blog's list of Recession Achievements!

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AOTB Tech Review: Scrapplet

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Posted February 5, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Not every bit of webtoolery on AOTS strikes my fancy. For example, I couldn't care less about what new social network takes the best features from Twitter and Facebook and mashes them up to form a mega social network (most of the time I prefer that even my best friends leave me the hell alone, so I definitely don't need to have a Twitter page). However, today's website-building, Web Tool, Scrapplet is another story entirely.

I'm a photographer and I'm always looking for a cool place to put my photos. However, building my own site has proven difficult and time consuming and I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel this way. If you've ever tried to build a site then you're aware that unless you know html like the back of your hand or own a copy of Dreamweaver, it can be a real pain in the ass to get even minimal results after hours of work.

However, Scrapplet's simple drag and drop interface makes building amazing looking websites a breeze. Heard that before? Of course you have, but I'm telling you, I've used it and seen better results in a shorter period of time than I have using similar "build a website based on a template" services like Squarespace (a Web Tool from last September, which I also use).

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AOTS Wednesday, February 4th

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Posted February 4, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
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Fat Kid in a Tree, Fart Experiment, Butane Face Burn.
Attack Of The Show knows what you like, what makes you laugh, and has an exhaustive list of your private information that includes your PIN numbers.
We asked you to send us your wackiest faxes and you responded in a big way. Time to check out all the love (and hate?) you've showered upon the studio's most ancient technology.
Resident Evil...
It's high time someone introduced a high quality camera with the ease of uploading to online sites that comes with a built in wi-fi. Sony has done it with their 10.1 Megapixel shooter with a 3.5" touch screen and 9-pt. auto-focus.
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Giant Snowball, Paul Blart Nazi, Santa Cruz Town Meeting, Barfing Llama, Video Seduction.
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Panasonic is among the tech companies taking a hit in 2008 and they've relieved 15,000 workers of their posts as a result. All this and more news from Alison Haislip including the terrible prospect of a Live Nation-TicketMaster merger.
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We're joined via satellite from San Francisco by sex writer, columnist, and blogger Violet Blue to talk about an article she wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle about the future of sex. Robots? A.I.? Yes, please.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Chris Gore got a chance to track down Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning of the upcoming thrill-ride of a sci-fi flick know as 'Push' and he quizzed them about the process and challenges of making such an action-packed surreal film.

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