Announcing the Digital Lust Google Music Giveaway Spectacular!

Greetings, internets!

I have returned from an unannounced, week-long vacation with some great news for my readers! I’ve gotten into Google Music, and I have 3 invites that I am very excited to give away!

That’s why I am announcing tonight my Google Music Giveaway Spectacular! All this week, we’re giving readers the chance to let their voices be heard, and get something in return! To enter, all you have to do is post a comment, on any Digital Lust post except for this one. Comments need to be well-thought out responses to the post, not a simple “I want the Google Music invite.”. Posts should also be at least 50 words or longer.

On Friday, August 12, 2011, I will announce the winners of the contest. Winners will be selected based on the quality of the content written in their post.

But wait! Theres more! I also have hundreds of Google+ invites to give away too. So, to make things even more enticing, all entrants to this giveaway will receive a Google+ invite, just for making a post (as long as it follows all rules listed both above and below). Everyone gets one. Winning!!!

Now that we have the basics down, let’s take a look at the official rules.

Official Rules
1. Comments posted must be 50 words or more, with relevant responses to the post you have selected to write about. Simply stating “I want a Google Music invite” in your post will disqualify you from the Google Music invite, as well as the Google+ invite.

2. Due to the friendly nature of Digital Lust, anything deemed inflammatory or inappropriate will not be tolerated, and will immediately disqualify you from both parts of this giveaway.

3. All posters must ensure that their Gmail address is listed in either their profile, or somewhere in their post. Failure to provide a Gmail account will disqualify you from the giveaway. Gmail accounts are available for free at <a href="http://www.gmail.com. It takes only a minute to register, and is the only email address permitted for use in this giveaway.

4. Promotion of any other website or product is strictly prohibited in all Digital Lust comments, and will disqualify entrants. Exceptions to this include links to other WordPress blogs that are listed ONLY in their profile (do not include these links in your post).

5. Contest opens August 7th, 2011 at 9:30pm EST and closes on August 12th, 2011 at 5:00pm EST. Winners will be selected after the closing time and will be announced shortly thereafter. For Google+ invites, winners will receive shortly after their post is approved.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments and responses. Be sure to check out Digital Lust all this week for some awesome features that I have planned, and especially check back on Friday evening for the announcement of the winners!

YouTube Today: Epic Meal Time

Listen up, haters! On this edition of YouTube Today, we’re gonna get you all excited about one of the hottest YouTube sensations today, Epic Meal Time. It’s a YouTube cooking show with a Jackass twist–these guys always cook up the most ridiculous, calorie-powered meals you could ever think of, usually in extremely large portions.

Epic Meal Time began it’s course last October. A group of friends set out to create the most calorie-inducing, fattening dishes that they could think up. This isn’t cheap cooking that anyone could just do, like some other YouTube cooking shows. The ingredients behind all of this are legit, and well prepared. The show adds plenty of humor, alcohol, and of course, attractive women, to keep it fresh and keep viewers coming back.

Recently, Epic Meal Time became partners with online podcasting hub Revision3, and their newest episodes (which release every Tuesday) are available on YouTube, on EpicMealTime.com, and now, on iTunes as a podcast subscription. It’s rumored that the guys are even going to make it to cable television in the near future, with Comedy Central and Spike TV as the rumored networks of choice.

Warning: Many (all) of the recipes in the videos you’ll see below should really not be attempted by anyone who wishes to live a long life.

Candy BBQ

We’ll start this with something that actually sounds like it could be a lot of fun to make. The guys create a steak made out of cookie dough, candy burgers, and many of your other favorite barbecue meals out of nothing but candy. This is the only episode of the show that does not feature a single bacon strip or piece of real meat. Don’t get used to that though.

Grilled Cheese Tower

In this episode, the guys create a massive tower of deep fried grilled cheese goodness, with the help of musical artist Deadmau5. This thing is covered in bacon strips, cheese sauuuuce, and uses a variety of different cheeses. Grilled cheese has never been this epic.

Maximum Mac & Cheese

Here, the guys take to making extreme mac and cheese dishes made of practically everything that they’ve ever made before. There’s Four Loco Chili Mac and cheese, Mini Meat Log Mac and Cheese, Tequila Taco Mac and Cheese, Meat Lovers Mac and Cheese….and a giant, deep fried Mac and Cheese cake with a giant burger inside of it. It’s mac and cheese that only Epic Meal Time could create, and some of them probably should never be attempted by anyone.

Fast Food Lasagna

Here, the guys go to various fast food establishments (who are starting to recognize who they are by their extremely large fast food orders), and order 15 of their greatest burgers from each place. They even order a giant cup of that Big Mac sauuuuuce. They then create a massive lasagna out of all of it, with layers of Big Macs, Baconators, bacon, cheese, Teen Burgers from A&W, Big Mac sauuuuce, onion rings, more bacon, cheese….it’s a combination that is sure to clog your arteries for a long time to come.

Tequila Taco Night

In the final video we’re going to look at here, the guys take taco night to a whole new level–with plenty of guac…tequila guac, patron saaaaalsa, giant burritos, tacos with bacon shells…only something that Epic Meal Time could create.

There are so many other clips, and I wish I could sit here and post them all. Go to their website, check out their videos, and you’ll become an instant fan. This has become something that I look forward to seeing every Tuesday…and I can say the same for millions of other fans who have become addicted. Check it out. Now.

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YouTube Today: 80’s Music Edition!

Oh the 80s…one of the greatest eras in music ever. Looking back today, of course, makes us laugh at how corny some of the music videos that we loved so much really are. In this edition of YouTube Today, we’re going to look at a few songs that have been on our minds lately.

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

Journey – Separate Ways

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Be lucky…my original plan was to Rick Roll every single person that reads this post….but could not find a good one that I wanted to use. That may come at some other time though ;). The 80s are definitely a special period for the music industry, and if these five songs are any indication as to how amazing it really was, I will most definitely be posting more here soon.

Google+ Invites Still Up for Grabs!!!!

Google hasn’t stopped letting people in to Google+ in quite a few days!!! Digital Lust wants to invite readers to join the service, so that everyone can join in on the fun.

To receive an invite, you can do one of two things:

1. Submit a comment to any post here on Digital Lust. If you are a WordPress user, make sure your Gmail account is listed as your primary email address. If you are not a WordPress user, make sure to include your Gmail address in your comment (or, just sign up for WordPress).

2. Follow me on Twitter @DigiLust. Send me a Direct Message with your Gmail address, and you’re all set.

That’s all you have to do!!! I’ve gotten several people onto Google+ in the past week, and ready to get several more on. Submit your comments or follow me on Twitter!!!

Quick Impressions: YouTube Redesign

Google seems to be the top story on many different topics in the Internet world right now. They recently launched Google+, which, if you’ve read any of my other posts this week, has been the only thing I’ve really wanted to talk about. Google is also in the midst of redesigning other products and services, giving them a fresh look very consistent to the new Google+ look. Gmail and YouTube both are the current targets in this redesign, and it definitely has some pros and cons to it.

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YouTube is beta testing an all new look…and it’s just okay, for now.

In the above image, you see that addicting-to-watch, lovable dog being teased about food. But thats not the main focus here. The video-interface has changed drastically, with it’s new black background and adjustable screen size. What is absolutely terrible, however, is the placement of the ad in that interface. I would have much rather seen the video centered on the screen, and have the ad outside of the black box. Its very distracting to look at. Playback controls are similar, and the only thing missing seems to be the ability to skip frames and playback frames. The video interface, in general, is just okay to me.

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The Comments and Suggested Videos Section is a lot better to look at.

The redesigned Comments and Suggested Videos section is something I could get used to, on the other hand. It seems a whole lot more organized. Your suggested videos show up on large icons with a still from the video, which looks a whole lot cleaner and more sophisticated. The comments are more spaced out, giving them a neater look as well. Overall, this section of the redesign is quite welcomed.

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I think Google needs to do a little more work to perfect this. While I do like the overall look that Google is trying to go for, I really can’t stand how the video interface looks. They really should consider ditching the ads or having a banner at the top or bottom of the page. My biggest gripe is how large and out of place the advertisements look. After that, center the video on the page, and this will look so much better. But as of now, this “Cosmic Panda,” as the project is called, isn’t ready for launch.

The Social War Begins!

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A war is brewing in the social front. Google+ is starting to get the people’s attention after invites have opened up and not shut down. Facebook is unveiling new chat services aimed at keeping people on Facebook longer. Twitter is working to implement it’s own photo sharing service. LinkedIn is making it’s presence more well known. It’s definitely not quiet in the social media world, and we may be getting ready to see a massive outbreak of changes as the social empires prepare to duke it out to keep people away from the others.

As you may have seen, in the past week, Digital Lust has been extensively covering Google+, the new social experience created by the masterminds of Google. After a successful “field testing period,” the media empire began to open up invites, closing them as needed. This time around, however, the site hasn’t shut down the ability to invite your friends, and it’s been about 24 hours since it started. People are going crazy, trying to get their hands on a shiny Google+ invite (which, by the way, I’m still having a giveaway for!). It’s very reminiscent of when Google first launched Gmail back in 2004. And if Google+ even gets close to the popularity of Gmail at its launch, then the other social networks should be concerned. Very, very concerned.

Last week, Facebook announced that they were partnering with Skype to provide an all new video chatting service, directly from the browser, and only on Facebook.com. That all sounds well and good, except, Google+ got there first. Google implemented a video chatting service, Hangouts, right as Google+ started it’s launch, and it works well. Very, very well. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has signed up for a Google+ account, and has a very serious image as his profile picture. Almost as if he fears what Google is hoping to accomplish with G+. Google+ shows up very less cluttered than Facebook. Posts are better organized. You can organize your friends ij a unique way. In a sense, Google+ is everything that Facebook should improve upon.

And then there’s Twitter. 140 characters of fun every time you want to post. Your friends become your “followers,” and you follow your friends. Google+ has a similar way of “following” people…except your posts can be as long as you want. It has it’s own photo streaming service. In a sense, Google+ is everything that Twitter should improve on (is anyone catching what I’m trying to say here?).

I can’t speak much about LinkedIn, as I find it to be extremely boring. But the point being, is that Google is not just in this to be an extra social experience. It’s here to be THE social experience. If Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn don’t want to become the next Myspace, they really need to get to work to make some improvements. My prediction for the first casualty of this new war: LinkedIn, of course. It’s a service that isn’t used as widely as the others, and I feel like some of the features that G+ has implemented could steer people away. And as for Twitter…it should really get to work. It might be next to go to that great social network resting place in the sky.

Digital Lust Daily Feed: July 7, 2011

Slow news day today! No breaking news or anything like that. Heres just a couple of quick stories that we saw today:

Wii U Will Launch After April 1, 2012
Nintendo spokesman Reggie Fils-Aime said today that the Wii U will not launch any earlier than April 1, 2012. He did not specify any other details about the new console, which features new HD graphics and a touch screen controller. He did mention, however, that the console will sell alongside the DSi, the Wii, and the 3DS.

Google Docs Gets Refresh, New YouTube in Testing
Ever since the launch of Google+ last week, Google has been working to give it’s different services a new, uniform look that matches the new social network. Gmail got the refresh a few days ago, and now, Google Docs has gotten the treatment, making it easier and cleaner than ever. It’s also been reported that a new interface for YouTube is currently in testing. More details as they become available!

Google+ Giveaway Sees Biggest Day Ever!
Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s Google+ Giveaway. Anyone who posted a comment today received a shared story, which will get you an invite. The giveaway will continue tomorrow, but as I will be away from my computer all day tomorrow, I will not send those until late tomorrow night. Again, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog(make sure that your Gmail account is in your profile before submitting!), and I will send you one!

Honestly, thats it for today. I will be taking tomorrow off for the (hopeful) launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, maybe returning tomorrow night for a couple of quick things. Enjoy your Friday!