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INXS Mystifys me

Posted in Bike Week, Entertainment, Internet Video, Media, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, Music, My social bookmarks on January 11th, 2009

A big thanks to the rock band INXS for having YouTube remove the audio from my Bike Week video!  You made my day. Yea, so I get this email from the web video site YouTube with a notice of copyright infringement today. Even though I listed the music credits on the video, it looks like that was not enough for the band. Guess I should have wrote to them and asked if I could use the song Mystify in my video. Sorry about that, new music is in progress of being added with the YouTube music swap software. Maybe if I ask the band to be one of my Myspace friends, they won’t hit that one too.

I am putting together more motorcycle event movies, so if there are any bands reading this that might want to have their music used in them. Drop me a line : )

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Sons of Anarchy hit the road September 3 on FX

Posted in Celebrity, Editorial, Entertainment, Links, Media, Motorcycle News, Motorcycles, News, Television on August 30th, 2008

A new drama series on FX channel that is centered on a small town outlaw motorcycle club called Sons of Anarchy and the life of the members. I was asked by Fox to review the new FX original drama series and give my readers a little bit of insight on what to expect from the series.

 I was given the opportunity to see both the pilot and the first episode, so I figured I would watch the pilot and then do a review while saving the first episode for another review. It didn’t work out that way though. After watching the pilot, I went right on to the first episode without leaving my chair. I have to tell you that says a lot, as I normally do not watch television. However, the pilot was good enough to keep me watching through the entire first episode.


 The pilot begins with a bang as a rival club burns down SAMCRO’s arms warehouse after stealing all of the high price weapons. Minutes into the show we learn that the Sheriff is on the take and that SAMCRO has a lot of control over the small town of Charming, California. The shows writer, Kurt Sutter mixes in the true blood side of family into the family lifestyle of the motorcycle club. Jax discovers more about the original concept of the club and what his father thought it should be when he finds a journal that his father had left behind with some old photographs. As Jax reads through the journal, he begins to rethink the current course of the club and makes some dangerous decisions.

 I am sure that many will be interested in seeing one of the first television series that looks into the world of a outlaw motorcycle club. At the same time many may not agree with the way the series depicts the club, but you must remember that this is a drama that is created about one particular club and not motorcycle clubs in general. Every club or family has their own set of rules and values and this series only touches on the feelings of one club that was developed for a television series. It is interesting the way that Kurt Sutter mixed in the family within a family in this series.

  The word brother gets thrown around in the biker community sometimes without the sense of the true meaning. In the club atmosphere the word brother is taken much more serious than just in passing and this series has more of the true sense of the meaning. We see club meetings and discussions about taking care of each other as well as the overall interest of the club and their survival. Still, remember this is a television series, not a documentary or reality show. It is for entertainment purposes only and does not necessarily depict the true life of a biker or motorcycle club.

 The show is well written with a deep plot that will spark a desire to watch the next episode. The soundtrack and cinematography rivals that of a box office hit. There is plenty of action as SAMCRO seeks out their stolen weapons and wards off a white supremacist drug gang. You will also get an occasional chuckle at the dark humor in between the lines. Its worth a watch!

 Sons of Anarchy is a original series produced exclusively for FX. The pilot will air on Wednesday September 3rd at 10:00 pm E/P. Check your local listings for exact times and channels in your area. Visit the official site for Sons of Anarchy for more information and to watch the trailer.

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Sunday Motorcycle Video – Shambhala

Posted in Entertainment, Internet, Internet Video, Links, Media, Motorcycles, Music, Rides on June 15th, 2008

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This Sunday motorcycle video was produced by one of my favorites on YouTube. Enjoy the video with music by Three Dog Night and check out Rattmanfilms for more.

Happy Fathers Day!

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Sunday Motorcycle Video Naked Cowboy?

Posted in Biketoberfest, Celebrity, Daytona Beach, Entertainment, Florida, Hotels, Humor, Internet, Internet Video, Links, Media, Motorcycle Event Accommodations, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, Travel, Volusia County on May 18th, 2008
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Naked Cowboy in Daytona Beach during Bike Week

 Yep, today I share with you a video of our friend The Naked Cowboy that most of the movie was filmed in Daytona Beach during Biketoberfest. The song is funny and the video shows many of the hot spots on Main Street in Daytona Beach.

Recently the Naked Cowboy filed suit against Mars the makers of M & Ms candy for using the candy in commercials with his likeness. I wish Robert Burck all the luck with the suit as to me it appears obvious that the company clearly used his icon in the commercial without his permission.

Any way, enjoy the video and don’t forget to book your hotel rooms early for Biketoberfest. They are going fast this year.

Naked Cowboy and Daytona Motorcycle Rally

Biketoberfest is not as far away as you think!

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Leesburg Bikefest 2008

Posted in Bike Shows, Bikefest, Editorial, Entertainment, Florida, Leesburg, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle News, Motorcycles, Music, Rides on April 27th, 2008

Leesburg Bikefest 2008 your best bet for Florida fun in the sun. Today is the final day of the 12th annual Florida motorcycle event, but there are still big things happening today in Leesburg.

The Rats Hole Custom Bike show winds down the three day event with the “metric madness” contest held today and there are still plenty of concerts, motorcycle demos and stunt shows scheduled for this afternoon. If you did not make it out to Leesburg this year, make plans to visit next year when the Bikefest will be held April 24-26 2009. The Rat’s Hole bike show holds what is known as the largest 3 day show in the country each year in Leesburg, Florida.

We were present to see the custom motorcycle show and of course the famous ratmate contest. Ten beautiful women on stage competing for the title of miss ratmate is always a big crowd pleaser.

Vietnam Tribute Bike at the Rats Hole in Leesburg

 The motorcycle show was huge as always, but this Vietnam Veterans Tribute Bike was one of my favorites. The detail and use of actual military gear showed the great amount of planning that went into building this bike.

Custom motorcycle built by Guilty Customs

Guilty Customs had a booth set up that proudly displayed one of their bikes as a former Leesburg Bikefest Rats Hole winner. The downtown area remained crowded from just after 9 am until after 11 pm with music, food and fun. There is always plenty to do and see and with four stages set up, the free concerts never stop.

gas prices on the rise

Even with the current gas price on the rise, it did not seem to have any effect on the amount of visitors to this annual Florida motorcycle event. Downtown and Main Street was filled with the sound of motorcycles and music, while the smell of food vendors made me want to try all the grilled sandwiches available. Leesburg allows their biker guests to walk the streets of the fest with beer and other alcoholic beverages, which adds to the welcomed atmosphere there. I had a frozen rum runner that was filled way above the rim and priced reasonably at only 6 bucks.

Logic Motor Company Emblem

While walking around the area, I ran into an interesting display of custom motorcycles built by Logic Motor Company. Now, you may not recognize this brand name right off, but maybe this next picture will tell you more.

Geico Powersports

Yea, it is that Insurance company that has a reptile in their commercials, Geico Powersports custom motorcycles are built by another face you will recognize from the Geico motorcycle insurance ads.


 Busy man, but I got a quick opportunity to meet Rick “Big Rick” Hoffman, motorcycle builder and company spokesman for GEICO Motorcycle Insurance. Cindi and I had a great time in Leesburg and I strongly suggest that you make it out for this event next year.


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Nexus Radio – Free radio that you can record

Posted in Art, Computers, Cool Sites, Entertainment, Internet, Links, Mike's Favorites, Music, Radio, Software on April 7th, 2008

If you like music, any kind of music, you need to check out Nexus Radio. The player is free and comes with all the addons that you would expect from a high price software program. Not only is every type of music available for your listening pleasure, but there is also sports, comedy and talk radio.

Want more? You got it. The player allows you to record your favorite music as you listen or you can even set it up to record at certain times. It has a coll editor and allows you to save your favorite songs in mp3 format. Check this online radio out, you will be glad you did.

Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour (video)

Posted in Entertainment, Florida, Internet, Internet Video, Media, Melbourne, National, News, Space, Titusville on March 13th, 2008
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The early morning launch of the space shuttle Endeavour was short for viewing due to a low cloud ceiling. Night launches light up the sky even in Melbourne over 30 miles away from the launch pad in Titusville, Florida. This launch viewing was very short. The Endeavour was gone from our view long before the sound of the rocket engines hit our area. Any way here is a video of what we saw at 2:38 am Tuesday morning from our location on the Indian River at the Melbourne causeway. NASA has reported that the Endeavour has docked smoothly with the International Space Station about an hour ago.

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Historic Photos of Daytona Beach – Book review

Posted in Daytona Beach, Editorial, Entertainment, Florida, Media, Photography, Volusia County on February 3rd, 2008

Historic Daytona

Historic Photos of Daytona Beach tells a story of a city that many of us in the motorcycle community visit at least once a year and begins literally from the beginning of the early settlement of the town back in 1875. The Daytona Beach of today brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors for major motorcycle and auto racing events. Most of us visit Daytona Beach during Bike Week and Biketoberfest while the city also attracts thousands of NASCAR auto racing fans for big races like the Daytona 500.

The photographic history of this book is interesting and it is narrated like a slide show by writer Harold D. Cardwell, Sr. who will take you through the journey of the early settlement day of the beach town started in the wilderness of Florida through the days of World War I. Hand picked black and white photographs that depict the beginning of auto racing and speed records set on the hardened sand of Daytona Beach are displayed showing us what lead up to what we now know as the Daytona International Speedway.

The book is set in four different periods of time and growth of Daytona Beach. Chapter one takes us from the wilderness to a town and covers the period of 1875 – 1906. Chapter two is comprised of pictures that show the towns history during the first world war and the time span of 1907 – 1918. Next in Chapter three historic photographs of Daytona Beach during the real estate boom, through the depression and into World War II 1919-1945. Chapter four is nicely put together showing the days of growth, tourism and Racing during 1946-1965.

As I looked through the book and read the photograph captions I found pictures of  landmarks that I still see today when I visit Daytona Beach. Surprisingly the old band shell where many of the motorcycle event concerts used to be held is close to what it was back then. The only difference was the concrete benches that used to be in place before the stage area. The book, Historic Photos of Daytona Beach is published by Turner Publishing Company comes in hard back with cover and is recommended reading.

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Catch The Mob in Sanford at Wolfy’s

Posted in Boating, Dinning, Entertainment, Florida, Internet, Links, Local, Music, News, Sanford on January 31st, 2008

The Mob Band

Here is a tip for my local readers. Head on over to Wolfy’s river deck bar and grill in Sanford, Florida on Saturday February 2nd and hear The Mob. The Mob Band does classic rock and blues, you can hear a little taste of what this band sounds like at The Mob Band web site.

The Mob


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Super Bowl Ads waiting for the halftime show

Posted in Celebrity, Editorial, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Internet Video, Media, National, News, Rants and Raves, Shopping, Sports, Super Bowl, Television on January 29th, 2008

Super Sunday is approaching and this year the buzz is all about the Super Bowl advertising. Last year I did a post on Super Bowl facts before the big football game. This year I want to look at the advertisement and the big buzz of what the ads will be like. There are a few super bowl ads sneak previews out there and here I have posted some of the available videos giving us a pre game look at what halftime will bring in 2008. 2.7 million dollars in advertising has been spent by big companies to get to the super bowl this year and while none of the ads are made to make you drop what you are doing to run out and but their product, it is more about brand recognition.

Of course one of the biggest advertiser to hit this mark would be Budweiser. Even if you do not drink beer, you know the name from the super bowl ads. Therefore, if you ever decided to have a beer, what do you think you might ask for? I think you might go for a Bud or bud light. Brand recognition is definitely what Bob Parsons, CEO of Go daddy is shooting for his his version of super bowl advertising. On Bob’s blog, he generates a great deal of excitement about the ads with his readers long before super Sunday. In the past, Parsons has put the rejected ads out for everyone to see to draw in new traffic. This year the approach is a little more on the it is a secret side of the dial. Bob is only allowing a small pinch of the video to be seen and then promising that all 3 ads will be available to be viewed online on February 3rd. While most super bowl advertising shoots toward humor, Bob Parsons uses sex to gain brand recognition. Indy race car driver Danica Patrick might not be a super model, but the Go daddy super bowl ad “exposure” makes her look like one and the ad as well as the ads from previous super bowls are all on one landing page. But now it is time for a commercial break and a word from some parrots? Watch the super bowl ad below

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Yeah right. Just an example of the ads that we laugh at and talk about for a week after the game. Speaking of talking about the ads, You Tube has set up a page where the ads will be shown again and you can vote for your favorite super bowl ad here. One thing for sure, most people watching the game will get up to go to the bathroom before half time. No one wants to miss those super bowl ads!

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