New Website by James Rutnam Softball League in Playa Vista

New Website by James Rutnam (WebTime Graphics)
Adults Coed Softball League in Playa Vista, CA

New Website by James Rutnam (WebTime Graphics)
Adults Coed Softball League in Playa Vista, CA
http://www.playavistacoedsports.com/

Facebook Privacy Notice is a Hoax

You may have gotten a posting in recent days passed along from a friend on Facebook, a well-meaning friend at that. But, listen up: The notice supposedly from Facebook about privacy and its IPO is not from the social network, and it’s a hoax. Do your yourself — and your friends — a favor and don’t pass it on.

The notice, which says now that Facebook is a publicly traded company, “unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.”

Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor for Sophos, writes on the company’s blog that the message and various varieties of them “are simply another chain letter-type hoax pinned upon wishful thinking.”

Unfortunately, he says, “taking control of your online identity is not as simple as making a declaration on your Facebook wall. Using any website to store content or personal details requires compliance with the site’s Terms of Service.”

If a Facebook user is “uncomfortable” with the site “monetizing your content or making your content available to the US government you either need to avoid posting the content to Facebook, or more carefully control your privacy settings and hope the authorities don’t seek a court order for your information,” he writes.

Snopes, a hoax-busting site, said that just because Facebook is a publicly traded company “has nothing to do with privacy rights. Whatever the legality of the U.S. federal government (or other persons, agencies or institutions) monitoring your account or using your profile information, it is not altered just because Facebook is now a publicly traded company.”

If you want to do something immediate about Facebook privacy, you can: The company is asking users to vote by noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT Friday (June 8) on changes to its privacy policies.

Those changes include new sections explaining how the site uses people’s information, and approving the notion of Facebook to start showing people ads on outside websites, “targeting the pitches to interests and hobbies that users express on Facebook,” as the AP wrote last week.

You can learn more about that vote — which is real — here.

Sunset Strip Music Festival 2011 and 10-foot Gibson Guitars

Gibson Guitars and Sunset Strip Music Festival salutes 2011 honorees MOTLEY CRUE at an exclusive tribute event! 3 Day Concert and 10-Foot Gibson Guitars. Featuring ‘Dressed To Kill’, the 10-foot KISS Guitar by Visual Artist James Rutnam. (See The Guitar)

The oversized Gibson guitar sculptures were created by locally and nationally acclaimed visual artists and placed along the 1.6-mile Sunset Strip in front of the boulevard’s landmarks and businesses, including the Whisky A Go-Go, The Roxy Theatre and Sunset Marquis.

Each guitar sculpture celebrates a musician, personality or artist unique to The Sunset Strip’s history and Gibson Guitar.

'Dressed To Kill' The 10-Foot Gibson Guitar by James Rutnam

The Festival Schedule:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
This year SSMF salutes 2011 honorees MOTLEY CRUE – A limited number of 3-Day VIP tickets are available, which include entrance to this private event.
Live music in the venues:
The Veronicas, The Tender Box, Run Run Run @ Viper Room
The Faceless @ Whisky A Go-Go
Uriah Heep @ Key Club

*Previous honorees have included Slash (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009) and Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri & Elmer Valentine (2008).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Six legendary venues, one full night of music

Motion City Soundtrack @ House of Blues
dredg @ Key Club
Buckcherry @ The Roxy Theatre
Purple Melon, Lady Sinatra @ Viper Room
Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of The Doors @ Whisky A Go-Go

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Street festival! Two outdoor stages on Sunset between San Vicente and Doheny, performances in the venues, vendors, VIP rooftop lounge, VIP areas in The Roxy and Key Club, beer garden, autograph tent and interactive experiences all day on The Strip.

This year’s street fest will feature performances by:
MOTLEY CRUE, BUSH, PUBLIC ENEMY, MATT & KIM, ESCAPE THE FATE, THE DIRTY HEADS, COBRA STARSHIP, SHE WANTS REVENGE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, TRIBAL SEEDS, Voxhaul Broadcast, Felix Cartal, Pigeon John, Letlive, The Limousines, Imagine Dragons, Motochrist, Divinity Roxx + 50 bands.

More Info about ‘Dressed To Kill’, the 10-foot KISS Guitar by Visual Artist James Rutnam.

More Info about The 2011 Festival.

KISS Website: The Guitar on  www.kissonline.com

Advice for people who have no time to blog

The social media world falls victim to an environment of “haves” and “have nots.” There are those people that are very socially connected. They’re on Twitter, Facebook, and they blog all the time. And then there are those others that look at the “socially connected” in either complete awe (“Wow, how do I get to be like you?”) or derision (“Who has time to do all this stuff?”).

Sometimes the problem for the social media “have nots” is that they haven’t figured out how to ingrain social media into their daily lives. Usually the most common complaint heard is either “what would I talk about” or I “have no time to blog.” If you feel either way, let me reassure you that you do have plenty to talk about and you do actually have time to blog. Maybe the problem is you haven’t figured out how to register these “moments.” Finding stories to blog about and recording them effectively requires constant active thinking. Get good enough at it and it can become second nature. You see good stories, and opportunities. The headlines jump out at you and you get that burst of inspiration, allowing you to quickly blog like the pros.

How to find time to blog

What do you want to be known for? – Often the reason people don’t start blogging is they don’t know what they want to blog about. The answer to that question can be found when you answer the simple end result question, “What do you want to be known for?” Once you know that, you’ll be able to form the editorial voice of your blog.

Think in headlines – What ideas and opinions do you have? You’ll want to formulate them as headlines. Look at the type of headlines that catch your eye and how the same structures could be used to be the framework for what you want to talk about. Popular headline structures include numbered lists, how to’s, best practices, and what not to do. How can your stories be formed in these headline structures?

What do you keep repeating? – We all find ourselves repeating the same personal anecdotes or explanations of our business. In person, or over email. Every time you find yourself in one of those “I’m repeating one of those stories again,” write a quick note to yourself. That story can be your next blog post. And the next time someone asks you that same question, instead of repeating yourself, just send them a link to that post!

Look at your sent email – Go through the past couple of weeks of sent emails and see if you had one of those “I’m repeating myself” moments or maybe you just wrote a long email to someone. Take a look at that message. Would it make a good blog post if you did a little editing? If so, do it.

Blog about a great conversation – Conferences, trade shows, and dinners are where you’ll engage in great conversations. Make a note of the conversation and immediately write something about it when you get home when it’s still fresh in your mind.

Tell personal stories – Popular articles are actually based on real stories that happen to you or other people.

Keep a “what to blog about” file – Ideas will pop into your head all the time. When you’re out and about talking to people or browsing online. You may not have the time to write the entire post at a given moment, but you will have time to make a note about it. Try keeping a file of just headlines on your computer.

Have someone blog for you

Lastly, if at the end of the day you find you still don’t have time, you can always have someone blog for you. I have a few clients I blog for on a regular basis. They know the importance of blogging and keeping their content out there for the world to see.  I simply blog  for them and post the links on facebook, twitter etc. An easy and affordable option for those who are really too busy to blog…

Here’s one example: Concepts In Color Blog
I blog once a week for Concepts In Color, keeping their voice out there and of course, repeatedly driving traffic to their website. So, give blogging a try or contact me and we can talk about the option of having  your blog and content researched and posted for you.
In either case, good luck and I’ll keep an eye out for you on the internet!
– James
James Rutnam is a Freelance Website Designer and SEO Expert in Los Angeles, CA helping clients from coast to coast. Contact James Here
Thanks to www.sparkminute.com for inspiring this post.

The Craziest Art Heists of 2010

The Craziest Art Heists of 2010 – including one in Paris that totaled $617 million!

It’s not easy to steal great works of art that are usually heavily guarded, but thieves in 2010 made it look easy.

Over $750 million in art thefts happened this year around the world, an impressive number by any means. Why did so much art get stolen this year? The most common reason for the heists seemed to be a serious lack of security at museums, homes, or storage units.

So, what was the biggest heist? Which pieces of artwork were stolen? How did the thieves pull it off? We have the answers! The top five art heists of 2010…

May 20, 2010: 5 paintings stolen from a Paris museum


The biggest heist of the year, and one of the biggest in history, also happened in France. Thieves stole five paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art. The paintings included a Matisse and a Picasso, as well as pieces from Georges Braque, Ferdinand Leger, and Amedeo Modigliani and totaled around $617 million.

Investigators believe that the thieves were successful because the museum’s security system motion detector was broken. The paintings stolen were titled “Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois” (Pigeon with peas, above) by Picasso, “La Pastorale” (The Pastoral) by Matisse, “L’Olivier pres de l’Estaque” (Olive Tree near the Estaque) by Braque, “La femme a l’eventail” (Woman with Fan) by Modigliani, and “Nature morte aux chandeliers” (Still Life with Candlesticks) by Leger.

August 21, 2010: Van Gogh painting stolen from Cairo museum


While only one painting was stolen in this heist, the value makes it one of the top heists of the year. The painting, worth $55 million, was a 1-foot square painting titled “Poppy Flowers” by Vincent van Gogh.

Just like in the Paris heist, the security systems seemed to be not functional. Security alleged that the painting was stolen because only seven of the 43 security cameras in the museum were functioning. The alarms set on each painting also did not seem to be working. Amazingly, the other 300 oil paintings and 50 sculptures in the museum were untouched.

Read about the rest HERE at ArtBistro