Photo Album: DigitalLife Expo 2007

September 28, 2007

Of last year’s small attendees, only Supacam and GelaSkins came back. No Pepper. And, shockingly, no Sony! I wanted to fondle the new Sony Reader, dammit.

Even though Palm had four Meeting Rooms, no Foleo. Palm was all Centro.

No Asus Eee in sight or even hinted at. Damn!

The show was shockingly small. My quick overview was done in just an hour!

On with the show…

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Gateway was showing off a new machine that ripped off the Mac design was all-in-one…

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…in fact, it’s called One

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Gateway also showed off this humongous monitor; that’s three websites and an XboX picture-in-picture running

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The cheap-ass Palm display; you had to pay for drinks!

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Sorry-assed freebies (also a pen and jellybeans; not shown)

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Crowded, huh?

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No Treos. No PDAs. No Foleo. Just Centro.

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Centro being demonstrated. Palm had the blonde I ordered, but no Foleo!

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The crowding will kill you…

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PC Magazine made it worthwhile again with a batch of wee devices

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The big deal HTC Advantage running WinMob 6. Their HotSpot wasn’t working so I couldn’t try Opera browsing. But still, now having given this thing a feel (that’s far less than a fondle), I was very unimpressed. About a grand for that? No!

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Size next to Centro actual-size brochure

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Next to the ShitDrive my LifeDrive (left edges aligned)

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With iPhone (left edges aligned)

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My flash kills the HTC screen while the iPhone smiles

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Better picture where I off-centered the flash… iPhone screen is still better

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HTC vs OQO (left edges aligned)

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Dell brings color to notebooks. Big whoop.

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Erector is pimping a WiFi spy robot now…

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… I didn’t get details. Go Google.

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Aie! My mortal enemies!

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Yeah, she looks like a satisfied customer. Must have used the 770!

Just as my brain began to melt out of my ears, I hear over the rush of earwax, “Mike! Mike! Mike! Mike!” I think, “Me? It’s a trap!” “Mike! Mike!” I turn around and my god —

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— it’s Liz Kelly and Hannah Fairlight of Girls Don’t Cry at the Save Net Radio booth! Real human beings at the trade show! How did they get in?

Then it was back to the torment for me…

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Why? Why? Why?

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See above caption

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A Pac-Man hat!

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What the world was waiting for: Snoopy on cellphones! Kill me now.

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I don’t know what it is …

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… but I want it. NOW!!


Did anyone buy these?

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Spider-Mutt. And Linux should sue for abuse of the penguin.

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Look at them, ready to pounce and kill me!

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Some parrot robot that does things

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No Philip K. Dick electric sheep in sight. Thank God!

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Cute enough to make you want to kill yourself. Not cute enough for Japan.

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The new slavery: People as videogame consoles

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All right! Something freaky!!

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An electronic camera that magnifies up to 200x. What’s this guy have?

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As I thought: FLEAS!

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Non-parasite-infested samples to magnify

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OK. This is just wrong.

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Toshiba’s new Gigabeat player. More fodder thrown underneath the iPod juggernaut.

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This is a very interesting notebook. Very lightweight with a CD/DVD drive!

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The specs. Turns out that sub-2-pound one uses Flash, not a hard drive. Always a catch!

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Only I would turn a notebook over like a turtle to show you its bottom isn’t flat!

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Closed view. Wee LEDs on the edge you can see when closed.

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Scale next to LifeDrive

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Next to dollar bill (suggested by Toshiba rep!)

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Screen in outdoor transflective mode. No, it’s not turned off —

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— close up. I was told it’s very bright in direct sunlight. Hmmmm. I was also told you can get this with XP installed instead of Vista. The Toshiba rep wanted that made very, very clear. Wow, Vista must be the biggest disaster in Microsoft history!

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Eight flatscreens showing eight players killing each other in Gears of War

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This was fun. Toshiba did a Deal Or No Deal game

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They picked a number by random draw corresponding to a seat. This woman was the first to play…

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She picked a case. The two models were very lovely and lively. Drool. Real women!

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The banker tries to get her to swap the case for a backpack!

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“Open the case…”

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Oh. My. God!

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Close-up

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She won top prize: A free Toshiba laptop computer!!!

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One of those ceiling-projected interactive displays seen on mall floors

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At hp’s booth, I come across their Tablet PC …

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— and leave my mark!

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The new hp PDA next to the LifeDrive; hp stylus shorter & thinner than LifeDrive’s. Yes, my LifeDrive screen is also showing year view on full brightness! Those of you thinking of swapping a RAM-based Palm PDA for this, forget it. It took five seconds to open a Mobile Word document. I can get that shitty non-performance with my LifeDrive!

I go back to the Palm exhibit…

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LifeDrive next to Centro

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Real-life size comparison: my shit-ass Thiefone Tracfone next to the Centro

I need a break from this unrelenting technology. I go see Hannah and Liz and find to my horror…

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Hannah has become professorial, tutoring people on Saving Net Radio. Poor Liz is getting high from sniffing soy chips again. She has such a tough addiction!

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I see the pair of assassins Palm and Nokia have co-funded to kill my ass. I flee.

But there’s no escape. In the hallway leaving, I see …

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American technology vandalized by Finns …

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… inside it has an Anti-Internet Tablet installed …

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Thoughtfix probably drooled. (I see the lad is lapping up the Kool-Aid these days… sad.)

The show ran til 7PM. I fled a little after 5PM (sorry, Hannah and Liz!). It was very disappointing. I didn’t return today due to lack of sleep. If I’m bored tomorrow, I might return to see what’s going on. But I doubt anything will be…

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Photo Album: Museum Of Sex, NYC

September 28, 2007

Photos taken Thursday, September 27, 2007

Here’s something for Warren Ellis’s research folder…

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Reading from Left to Right:
Knicker Wetting, Saline Injections, Haircutting, Diaper Play, Shaving, Penetrations, Adult Babies, Shrimping, Enemas, Scat, Golden Showers, Blood

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Reading from Left to Right:
Gaping Maws, Amputee Wannabes, Giants, Casts and Braces, Cannibal Play, Stuffing, Vore, Car Accidents

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Reading from Left to Right:
Rubber Mackintoshes, Rubber Inflation, Hazmat, High Heels, Fetishistic Transvestism, Immobilization, Angora Sweaters, Gas Masks, Panties. Bras, Lactation

I’m not going to otherwise comment. I’d just display my kink virginity total lack of experience awful ignorance of this subject…


Photo Album: India At Sixty, South Street Seaport NYC

September 26, 2007

All photos taken Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I didn’t get there until near 8PM. I missed Remo Fernandes‘ South Street Seaport concert. I wanted to see that. I thought it’d be at night, the usual concert time there. Unfortunately, the India at 60 website failed to go into time details. But I did catch a bunch of other interesting acts.

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The only non-blurry photo of this great puppeteer. Notice he is holding the strings directly in his hands. No crossbars.

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One of several regional dance troupes.

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A dancer in another regional troupe. Look at the costume detail!

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Another regional troupe. She is spinning that platter on a fingertip.

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Color corrected. Those are peacock feathers! Look at the costume detail!

Then it was time for the pop music. Via the Bollywood Dancers! I had a girder support in the middle of my frame, so I had to crop a few dancers into each photo. There were five men and five women in all. Song tracks played and they mouthed the words while performing these dances from films.

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During intermission for costume change, the two hosts introduced the famous choreographer of Bollywood, the woman dressed in white, with mic.

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Then it was back to the routines!

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These were dances and songs apparently well-known to the crowd, a segment of which was going wild with dancing and singing!

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The big finish with the flag of India.

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The choreographer introduces each dancer. At least two are also choreographing Broadway shows. In the audience was a student of hers who can give lessons in Bollywood dancing styles in New York City.

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A whole big rack of puppets. I missed that show!

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An after-event picture of the famous choreographer whose name I obviously did not get.

It was a great and exciting show. I also sampled some genuine food from India. Wow. My tongue went into orgasm. It was delicious.

Happy Anniversary to India!

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Previously in this blog:
India At 60


Photo Album: Harvest Moon, September 25 2007

September 26, 2007

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Over Satan Island

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Over South Street Seaport

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Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Thursday)

September 21, 2007

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Venomentality participated in the next round of the Virgin Megastore Battle of the Bands last night. The outcome at the end of this post.

But first, the action pictures!


The Virgin Megastore Stage. Where Juliette and the Licks played too!


The band gets last-minute advice from Valerie’s Mom.


Last-minute tuning and checking…


…and it’s on!


Venomentality in full rock effect!


Kristin on bass, Valerie singing


Ben drumming, Valerie singing, Peter guitaring


Ben makes way for Valerie’s power guitar!


Kristin doing her bass guitar thing


Peter doing his guitar thing (with color correction added!)


Valerie using her power voice on the crowd


Valerie pondering her next vocal maneuver (with color correction added!)


Peter making that guitar work!


Valerie bending the guitar to her will!


Ben guilty of beating up his drums again!


Valerie: That weird guy with the camera is here again!
Peter: Oh noes! Will we have to pose again?


Yes! Peter Kansas, Ben Zeigler, Kristin Hoeg, and Valerie Webb


Uh-oh! Ben has that Pre-Scream Look on his face again!


Valerie: I can feel that weird guy behind us!
Peter: Ben, you should have screamed!
Ben: Don’t worry! Kristin is calling the cops.

And the outcome?

I will let Venomentality speak for themselves in today’s MySpace Bulletin:

We’re so excited to announce that Venomentality won first place in the Virgin Megastore Mashup at Union Square in NY!!! Although we didn’t win the grand prize to L.A., we did win a consignment deal with the NY Megastore and we had the experience of a lifetime!

We also had the privilege of meeting some amazing bands…one of which we’d like to give a shout out to…

Please go check out MINK at www.myspace.com/mink. They are on tour with Satellite Party right now and they were super cool to us. Go friend them and tell them Venomentality sent ya!

We represented upstate as best we could and it was a blast! Thanks to Shane and the entire staff and Virgin, and to everyone who came out to watch the bands!

Congratulations! It was a great show by them!

When their CD is available, I’ll let everyone know!

In the meantime, sample some of their tunes on their MySpace Page.

And if you look at their new photos, no, you’re not seeing double. I gave them a copy on CD-R of all the photos I took last time and they’ve posted some of them.

Previously in this blog:
Band: Venomentality @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC Tonight September 20 2007 At 7PM!
Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Sunday)
Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace


Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Sunday)

September 17, 2007

Photos taken Sunday, September 16, 2007

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Venomentality is a band of four I came across on MySpace by stealing Friends from others. They are: Valerie Webb (songwriter, guitar, vocals, saxophone, piano, ASCAP Member), Peter Kansas (lead guitar), Kristin Hoeg (bass), and Ben Zeigler (drums).

And this is what it was like to see them play live!

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Valerie Webb carrying her magic guitar to the stage.

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Lead guitarist Peter Kansas follows in shades

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Checking, connecting, tuning

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Valerie introduces New York City to Venomentality!

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They begin with Behind Black Eye Liner

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Playing

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Getting into it big time!

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Close up: See Valerie’s hair move!

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Close up: See Ben’s hair move!

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Valerie just singing…

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… impressing the audience

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They move with their music!

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Two portraits of Kristin Hoeg, bass guitarist…
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Two portraits of lead guitarist Peter Kansas…
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Two portraits of drummer Ben Zeigler…
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Valerie on guitar — and her voice!

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Battle of the electric guitars!

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Music ecstasy!

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Valerie moving

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Kristin watches Valerie mesmerize the audience

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And then it’s all over! Too soon! Peter leaves the stage first.

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Valerie with her hot guitar

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Kristin with her cool bass guitar

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Ben with his beaten drums!

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Kristin shares a moment with her Mom

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They pose for Virgin photos …

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… too far away from me!

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Ben has a fan!

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Valerie happy!

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Kristin passes by

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My specialty: Photos without faces!

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Kristin and Valerie hydrating

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Valerie looking towards the future?

Hurrah! I get all four to pose for me…
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… but Ben figures out who I am …

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… and screams in sheer terror!!!

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But I’ve been screamed at before, so it doesn’t work!

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Kristin, Ben, Peter, and Valerie

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Venomentality: Remember that name!

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“Valerie, who was that guy?”
“I don’t know, Peter. Some creep with a camera!”

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My specialty: Backs, no faces!

The audience loved them. Mink, the band they opened for, loved them too! Hit their MySpace page to listen to their tunes. They just added a new one: Losing Control.

Great news! If you missed Venomentality Sunday, you have another chance to see them this Thursday!! They’ll probably be on the same stage I saw Juliette and the Licks!

Union Square Virgin Megastore
14th & Broadway NYC
Sept 20th
7pm
FREE/All Ages

Additional:
Venomentality MySpace Page
Union Square Park (it has free WiFi!)
Virgin Megastore Battle of the Bands

Previously in this blog:
Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace


Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City

September 17, 2007

Photos taken Sunday, September 16, 2007

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Approaching Union Square Park…

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… across the street …

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… on the edge of things …

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… and the stage!

Next up: Photos of Venomentality!

Previously in this blog:
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace