Convention Entertainment

A large convention can be a city’s best friend. The sudden influx of business travelers puts a huge flush of money into the local economy–between hotels, dining out, and buying souvenirs, every city loves to host nearly any convention that it can. Because of this economic benefit, cities can vie fiercely over where a specific convention will be hosted, or there can be tension between cities hosting rival conventions.

Since the goal of a convention is to attract as many industry professionals as possible, you need to make sure that people have a good time at your convention. Not only do you want the business contacts that can be gained from a convention, but you want people to come back next year. You have to make your convention stand out from the rest, then, since few businesses send delegates or booths to more than one convention.

Aside from keeping the floor professional and your seminars engaging, you need to actually entertain your guests. There’s no better way to entertain a crowd than to keep them laughing, and a happy crowd is a crowd that’s coming back for more. Even if the rest of your convention is flawless, it may often be the entertainment that cements the loyalty of your guests.

At the Funny Business Agency, we have some of the best comedians in the business, and we will find the perfect comedian for your convention. We have over 25 years experience, and any comedian we send you will have plenty of experience with clean, fun humor for convention gatherings. They might even be able to make up some material based on your industry–whether a convention for comic books or coffee beans!

Comedian Entertainment

At the Funny Business Agency, our job is to make sure you and your guests have a great time at any event that you’re planning. We have more than 3,000 comedians ready to perform for you, and we specialize in comedians who take their art seriously. All of our talented performers draw on years of experience to provide the best possible entertainment for any crowd, so your event is a smashing success.

We pride ourselves on our reputation as the best comedy booking agency in the country. We are the largest such firm in the nation, largely because of our high standards for performers. We know the personalities and acts of all of our talent, and we deliberately set you up with the comedian who we know will be the best fit for you.

This personal touch is what guarantees that the events we help plan will be loved by all in attendance. Why settle for any crass comedian at your trade show when you could actually have someone making jokes that have to do with your trade? By keeping such a diverse cast of comics readily at hand, we know that we’ll give you exactly what you want and need.

What’s more, it doesn’t cost you a dime to find out what we have to offer. Call any day for a free brainstorming session–you describe your event, and we’ll name and describe comedians who will fit your plans perfectly. From there, you’re under no commitment to hire our comedian–but once you realize you don’t get this kind of attention anywhere else, you probably will.

College Entertainment

At the Funny Business Agency, our job is to make sure you and your guests have a great time at any event that you’re planning. We have more than 3,000 comedians ready to perform for you, and we specialize in comedians who take their art seriously. All of our talented performers draw on years of experience to provide the best possible entertainment for any crowd, so your event is a smashing success.

We pride ourselves on our reputation as the best comedy booking agency in the country. We are the largest such firm in the nation, largely because of our high standards for performers. We know the personalities and acts of all of our talent, and we deliberately set you up with the comedian who we know will be the best fit for you.

This personal touch is what guarantees that the events we help plan will be loved by all in attendance. Why settle for any crass comedian at your trade show when you could actually have someone making jokes that have to do with your trade? By keeping such a diverse cast of comics readily at hand, we know that we’ll give you exactly what you want and need.

What’s more, it doesn’t cost you a dime to find out what we have to offer. Call any day for a free brainstorming session–you describe your event, and we’ll name and describe comedians who will fit your plans perfectly. From there, you’re under no commitment to hire our comedian–but once you realize you don’t get this kind of attention anywhere else, you probably will.

Clean Comedians

Everybody loves a good laugh, and a great comedian can turn a great event into an absolutely amazing one. Still, many people are reluctant to hire comedians for their special events because many comedians have the reputation for being uncouth. At the Funny Business Agency, however, you won’t have to worry–our comedians are classy, sophisticated, and hilarious.

Many comedians take the easy road to cheap laughs: sex gags, profanity, ethnic stereotypes, and crass impersonations. It’s a shame that these people give all comedians a bad reputation, since there are so many working comedians who can get better laughs from cleaner material. Most of the most respected comedians in the industry refuse to use foul language or toilet jokes in their acts, because they prefer to earn laughs through more sophisticated humor.

This should come as great relief to those who have refrained from hiring comedians for fear of trashy humor. At the Funny Business Agency, we only work with the best in the business–and that means that you won’t have to fret about offending your audience. For those who love comedy, you can share the gift of laughter, knowing it’ll be appropriate for all ears.

Hiring a comedian who works with clean material gives you the best of both worlds. You get riotous comedy, which in most cases is even funnier than its offensive counterpart. Plus, you can have an audience of all ages, races, and religious backgrounds, and have everyone enjoy the show equally.

Antique Bathroom Vanity – Authentic or Faux?

Your entertainment center is the focal point of your living room or can even be a beautiful addition to your master bedroom. Wherever you might be considering putting an entertainment center, you need to pick the right unit for your storage needs as well as your décor. The term entertainment center can apply to a number of different units, but typically entertainment centers are attractive pieces of furniture that house your television, DVD player, VCR, stereo, and other electronic equipment. Entertainment centers can also come with or without shelves and cabinets for your books, media, and decorations. It is important that you find an entertainment center that fits your needs.

Entertainment Centers – Variety

Finding the right entertainment center for your living room should be fairly easy. There are many different styles and finishes out there, from wood to metal and glass. What may be difficult is finding an entertainment center that fits your television, the dimensions of your living area, and meets your storage needs. There are a couple different types of entertainment centers available:

Wall Units or Entertainment Armoires- Your most traditional center, a wall unit fits up against your wall and can come with a variety of TV spaces and storage options.

  • Corner Units – Usually a bit more compact than your typical wall unit, a corner unit is great for smaller homes and apartments because it still offers storage, but will fit conveniently into the corner of your living area.
  • TV Carts – Probably the most basic type of entertainment center, a TV cart has room for your television to sit on top of it with limited storage underneath.
  • Closed Shelving – The majority of traditional entertainment centers have closed shelving, which means that the shelves are protected inside a cabinet.
  • Open Shelving – Very modern entertainment centers can have open shelving. Because the unit does not have sides, open shelving gives a very spacious feel to your living room.
  • Plasma Lifts – A plasma lift conceals your plasma television inside a cabinet and lifts it out, usually in a matter of seconds, when you want to watch television. This arrangement protects your plasma TV from dust, debris, and damage.

Shopping for Entertainment Centers

Take a good look at your living room. How big or little does your entertainment center need to be? Once you figure out the best size for your unit, you can start shopping for the right entertainment center for your home. Look online and at your local furniture stores to compare prices and check out different styles. Make sure to measure your television and other equipment so that you know how much space you will need. Always check your return policy so that if your entertainment center doesn’t quite match your rug you know if you can take it back or if you will have to refinish it and make it work in your living room. Sometimes garage sales and swap meets can have the perfect unit for your home, provided you don’t mind dusting it off.

It is important that your entertainment center not only hold your television and equipment, but that it brings together your room. Take your time and shop around. There are lots and lots of entertainment centers on the market. You never know where your perfect entertainment center might be hiding.

What Is a MMORPG?

MMORPGs may be one of those intimidating acronyms that you occasionally hear from friends or strangers. It stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. This is somewhat self-explanatory, but to the uninitiated, it’s shrouded in mystery. As its simplest explanation, MMORPG is a video game genre which falls under a larger genre known as computer role-playing games (CRPGs). In an MMORPG, a large number of players interact in a virtual world set in the past or in the future. As it is a role-playing game, players have total control of their characters. All activities done in-game are in real time.

The term MMORPG was coined by Richard Garriott, who made the genre popular with the creation of Ultima Online in 1997. Since its inception, the genre has experienced a tremendous growth and spurred a multitude of games that have continued to thrill the most loyal patrons and fascinate the new breed of online gamers.

The games under the genre are mostly based on fantasy themes, which more or less, are patterned from the popular tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. Those that deviate a bit from that theme are enjoying a rather occult following with the use of science fiction as its main theme. No matter what theme you fancy, there will be three elements that will persist as players start their adventures online: monsters, quests, loot. These are the staple in the MMORPG realm. These are the key elements that motivate players to spend countless hours and sleepless nights trying to design the progression of their characters.

Character progression is the main goal of the game. This is why characters in the virtual world have different levels. Depending on the game, a character can level as fast or as slow as his or her gaming time allows. This leveling system separates the men from the boys. Leveling up a character involves doing quests, either solo or with other players. In most cases, players have their own guilds or clans that they can turn to for some much needed assistance. Those that reach the level cap fast and have the epic items in their stash are often viewed as “uber” because of their superior gaming skills.

MMORPGs also introduced virtual economies that can rival even the real ones. Virtual items can be traded using virtual currencies which can be gold, platinum, copper, etc. The economies of the games are also what allow players to be more immersed in the game and have total control of how their virtual life should progress.

The games can be played on personal computers or laptops, but there have been plans for console-based MMORPGs to broaden the subscriber base. It’s important to know that these games can be played only if players have subscribed to them. This means that over and about the retail price of the game, players will have to pay a monthly subscription fee. This enables them to enjoy the existing game and the updates or new content that developers usually add periodically. Unlike single-player games, MMORPGs usually offer new content in the form of additional classes, quests, modules, and virtual worlds or areas. Given the additional monetary outlay, it is safe to assume that most MMORPG gamers are at their adult age with jobs.

The Great Wall of China Myth – Can you See it From Space?

We’ve all heard that the Great Wall of China is the only man made structure visible from space with the naked eye but is it? I’m a scientist, trained to be sceptically in all things but I never even questioned this ‘fact’ until I stumbled upon this report from NASA. If anyone should know the truth of this it’s NASA so what do they say about this.

First of all when we say ‘visible form space’ what do we mean exactly? Visible from low earth orbit? Visible from the moon? or further. Well lets take low earth orbit (LEO) first and work out from there. LEO is generally defined as 160 – 2,000 km but the International Space Station orbits at between 319.6 km and 346.9 km so If we can’t see it from here then then we don’t need to worry about seeing it from the moon!

Who better to find out about this myth than from one of China’s astronauts, Yang Liwei who was sent into space in the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft on October 15, 2003 and orbited at a height of 343 km. He completed fourteen orbits before landing in Inner Mongolia on October 16th. No doubt he was looking out for the Great Wall but he said on a television interview that the Earth was ‘very beautiful’ but he didn’t see the Great Wall.

Photos taken from the International Space Station by Leroy Chiao do seem to show some small sections of the Great Wall although the photographer himself says he couldn’t see the wall and is not sure if the picture really shows it.

What does NASA’s chief scientist for Earth observation say? The wall is very hard to see from space as it is made of materials which are almost the same texture and colour as the surrounding land. It is also very narrow at just ten meters wide and is very hard to pick out from its surroundings.He agreed that one photograph taken on November 24 1904 does seem to show a small section of the moon due to some conditions, such as snow on the wall and sunshine, that helped to make it more visible.

So if you can’t see the Wall from LEO it definitely won’t be visible from the moon which is around 370,000 kms away but let’s see what the first man on the moon says about it. Neil Armstrong was asked many times if he could see the Great Wall from the moon and his answer was he could not see any man made objects. The moon is a visible as a sphere from earth with continents, oceans and lakes visible but is the  Great Wall visible?  No says Armstrong. Other astronauts that also said they couldn’t see the Great wall from space include Buzz Aldrin and Jeffrey Hoffman. Armstrong also said he’d asked shuttle guys if any of them had seen the wall from space but no one had.

Credit NASA

One way to see the Great Wall from space however is to use radar imagery. The wall shows up clearly in images taken from the shuttle Endeavour using Spaceborne Imaging Radar and can be seen in the image above as an a orange line. The wall can also be seen using ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) below which uses fifteen difference electromagnetic spectrum bands to produce images.

What man made structures can you see from space? The most famous are the pyramids at Giza which are clearly visible in photographs taken from the International Space Station. You can also see reservoirs and dams, large city buildings, airports and other large structures. But the Great Wall of China? No sorry that myth is clearly just that, a myth!

Ricky Braddy – Closing a Door & Opening Window

Ricky Braddy is one of the luckiest people who got into the Top 36 contestants who will move on to the next round in Hollywood out of all the millions who tried their luck and auditioned. This 25-year old guy auditioned in Louisville at Kentucky. Ricky Braddy was one of the first 12 contestants who performed and unfortunately, he did not garner a lot of votes that will make it enough for him to move on to the next round and become one of the 12 finalists.

He earned his Commercial Vocal Performance degree from the Belmont University in Nashville at Tennessee. His love for music really rooted from childhood because Ricky Braddy started to learn how to sing when he was just 4 years of age because of his participation in the church choir. Right now, Ricky Braddy is currently living in Nashville in Tennessee, but he really grew up in North Carolina in Elizabeth City.
When his batch performed, he sang the song “A Song for You” by Leon Russell and the judges felt that there was something missing about his performance. Maybe the song was not right for him since the judges gave him a different comment when he was still auditioning. As a matter of fact, Paula Abdul even gave him a standing ovation when he auditioned in Louisville.

Who would have thought that this guy actually as a fan site called “The Braddy Bunch” and was technically started by his parents because every single time that he joined a contest, his parents always make it a point to wear shirts with the text “The Braddy Bunch” printed on it; and of course, this eventually where the name of Ricky’s fan club came from. Recently though, this specific fan site of Ricky Braddy has been threatened to be shut down because it accused the site of giving Ricky unnecessary and unfair exposure. This was after her parents mentioned the name of this fan site on national television. But word has it that The Braddy Bunch Online is already backed up and running again for all the supporters of Ricky!

Although many people are really supporting the talents and capabilities of Ricky, it still was not enough to put him and let him enter the next round and be part of those who will be included in the slots of the 12 finalists. Of course, others are agreeing with this outcome of the competition while others are not happy with it because they feel that Ricky deserves more time to show other people and the world what he’s got. There are also other people who are hoping that Ricky can have another chance in the competition through the wild card process. But even if Ricky does not get another chance in the competition everyone knows, not only his supporters, that this is not the end of his singing career; rather, it is just the start because for sure, many doors will open up for him in the future.

So it is just right for everyone, most especially his supporters, to continue watching out for the things that he has to offer for everyone.

Playseats: A New Age In Gaming

Not further than 5 years ago, nobody knew what a gaming seat was. Now they are quite popular among gamers of all ages. Video games have this quality: the better and the more realistic they are, the more addictive they get. This pushed game makers to the extreme of seeking new ways of offering their clients the illusion of a reality inside their games, via all kind of specialized accessories. 3D glasses were a nice invention. Joysticks, driving wheels and precision mouse models made the fun of a few generations. Yet, something was still missing in the driving games sector: the driving seat feeling was simply not present. Indeed, using a joystick is better than the keyboard, the driving wheel is better than the joystick, but the regular desk chairs were not living up to the standards.

Here’s where playseats enter the stage: they are special seats which allow attaching the driving wheel and the pedals, thus making them feel very much like a racing car seat. Playseats can make an excellent Christmas gift for kids, provided that they are fans of computer games like Need for Speed. In this article we are going to offer you reviews of a few of the most popular gaming chairs.

Playseats Classic Game Seat

This chair which looks very similar to a racing cockpit can be used with most video game systems such as PlayStation, Xbox 360, Nintendo or GameCube. It comes without a driving wheel, so you’ll need to purchase it separately. The wheel can be easily installed on the central console of the chair. The console is suitable for most Logitech wheels, although there were some reviews on the internet saying that it’s not compatible with the Logitech G25 Racing Wheel, because of the pedals length.
This Playseats chair is adjustable to the user size, therefore it fits both adults and children of minimum 8 years of age. So, when the kids get enough of their favorite game, their dad can have some entertainment too. The seat is comfortable and it’s made of good quality materials, which are non-flammable. It’s nice that the chair has a folding seat, so it takes lesser storage space. The maximum weight capacity of the Playseats Classic Game Seat is of 235 pounds and it’s dimensions are 51.2 x 20.5 x 38.6 inches. It is available in black, blue or red. Prices may vary between $160 and $300.

Playseats Evolution Gaming Seat

Priced at $330, the Evolution video gaming seat from Playseats looks more like a living room furniture item rather than a computer accessory, while offering all the comfort for the addicted gamer. This chair offers all the features of the Classic model, being also suitable for ages 8+ and adjustable to the user’s height. It’s nice that the game seat comes with holes that fit the G25 wheel and pedals platforms, so those would be very easy to attach.
If your driving wheel comes with a Velcro stripe, make sure to attach it, for e better gaming experience.

Playseats World Rally Championship Gaming Seat

This one comes with a price tag of $600, which is not cheap, that’s for sure. However, for this money you get an extra strong seat with high profile side bolsters. The ultra high-density foam helps the seat maintaining its shape for a long time. The upholstery is a very nice suede fabric branded with the WRC official logo. The integrated side head protection system could protect the user even in case of an accident (well, if this was a real driver’s seat, but it’s still a nice addition, because of its cool shape).
The drivers wheel support is fully adjustable and it features a quick release handle, so adjusting the seat is very easy to do. It’s a cool piece of furniture, yet only a true fan of the World Rally Championship would probably be willing to spend that kind of money when he can have pretty much similar stuff for half price. But as always, branding comes with a price.

Nick Mitchell – Defying Factor

Nick Mitchell, also known by the name of “Norman Gentle” is one of the lucky 36 finalists who were chosen out of the millions who tried out to become the next American Idol. And the place where his future was decided is in East Rutherford at New Jersey. He was also known as “Norman Gentle” because on the day that he auditioned, he guised himself as someone by alternative name mentioned above. After he sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” of the Dreamgirls and “Amazing Grace”, it was amazing that the judges voted Nick Mitchell to go to Hollywood considering the way he fixed himself, red headband, huge glasses, and a glittering shirt. Everyone was given the impression that he was not really serious in pursuing a career in singing. This is probably the reason why all of the judges except Simon Cowell, agreed to send Nick Mitchell to Hollywood.

He is 27 years old and attended and finished his studies in Manhattan College and Western Connecticut State University but basically, he just grew up in Brookfield in Connecticut. Before he joined this competition, American Idol, he worked as a comedian who often performs in Connecticut and/or Manhattan.
Because of the impression that he gave people when he auditioned, many people feel that he is different from all the other contestants that were chosen. This is probably due to the way he carries himself and the way he acts towards other people. But even though he was perceived as such, he just keeps on fighting along with all the other contestants.

A friend and former classmate of Nick Mitchell, Bob Appleby, tried to make other people understand the personality of the childhood friend. He said that even then, Nick is really naturally friendly; someone who easily made friends with everyone. What he loves to do back then is sing a song and make the people around him laugh that’s why he got famous for playing pranks on other people just for fun. Bob said that all those years, Nick grew up developing that personality in school – elementary, junior high, and even high school. The funny thing about it, Bob said, is that until now he is still like that. Appleby even said that he is really glad that Nick is now given the chance to make the whole world happy as well like he used to.
This is not actually the first time that Nick has appeared on national television because he played the character in “The Wendy Williams Show” a year ago, after he sent his video tape dancing around his own living room while singing the theme song of the said talk show. The executive producer even said that when he saw the tape, he knew that Nick deserved a chance to shine.

So look out for Nick Mitchell because he may be the person who will change the views of people who are stereotyping those people who they feel is right in being given the title of American Idol.