Hugh Hefner files for divorce from wife

I’ve followed Hef’s stories for the past 10 years, and had no idea he was married. I think its good that he is finally getting the official divorce so he can get married and spend the rest of his life (however long that really maybe) an official bachelor! I mean he is every single and even most married men’s dream of living as a bachelor. It is absolutely hilarious though for the reason he cited as for the divorce, irreconcilable differences. You mean that having multiple girlfriends at one time, or living in a mansion with dozens of beautiful women, playmates at that. Maybe the endless super parties or could cause differences? I’d flipping date him if I could be a part of it all!! -Greg

Reuters – September 9, 2009 7:54 PM PDT

Hugh Hefner, one of the stars of the comedy film "The House Bunny", poses at the film's premiere in Los Angeles August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Fred ProuserReuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, host to an ever-changing coterie of scantily-clad young women at the Playboy Mansion, has filed for divorce from the estranged wife who many people forgot he had ever married.

Hefner, 83, filed court documents last week seeking to end his marriage to former Playmate Kimberley Conrad, 47, citing irreconcilable differences.

The documents, obtained by celebrity website TMZ.com on Wednesday, said the pair were married in July 1989 and have been separated since January 1998.

Conrad and Hefner have two sons. Since their separation, Conrad and the boys have lived in the house next to the famed Los Angeles Playboy Mansion where Hefner resided with several girlfriends and stars in the TV reality show “The Girls Next Door.”

“I am happy to be out of the marriage. I only remained married (to Conrad) for the sake of the children, at her request. I am happy to have this behind me,” Hefner told TMZ in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Hefner’s decision to seek a divorce follows court action in August by Conrad, who filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Playboy founder relating to the sale of a house they owned together. Hefner told TMZ.com he owed nothing to Conrad, saying he had been “generous to a fault.”

The documents obtained by TMZ.com gave a glimpse into the lifestyle of Hefner, who earlier this year installed 19-year-old twins into the mansion as his girlfriends at the end of the fifth season of “The Girls Next Door.”

According to the documents, Hefner has assets of more than $43 million, excluding Playboy stock and property, and spends about $43,000 a month on food and entertainment.

Hefner has asked for spousal support for Conrad to be set at $20,000 a month, saying he has already given his estranged wife close to $12 million since their separation 11 years ago.

Hefner began publishing Playboy magazine in 1953. Profits from the adult entertainment business Playboy Enterprises Inc, which includes TV networks and licensing deals for pink bunny ears, have declined in recent years due to competition from free adult material on the Internet and a drop in advertising revenue.

Playboy Enterprises appointed a new chief executive in June to replace Hefner’s daughter Christie, who left after two decades. Hugh Hefner remains editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine and retains overall control of the company.

(Editing by Will Dunham)

Out with the old: Intel makes Core 'i' chips cheap

I’m pretty tech savy and when I think about upgrading my PC, its full blown warfare. I have to research (lets just say motherboard’s) on what I already know, or think I know. Then I have to go back and read millions of endless EU comments about every review I’ve read. Ok, so now I narrowed it down to a few possibilities , so I have to start thinking about price. Well when I finally decide on a MB I goto the next item, lets say CPU. I have to go through the whole process again, except now I have to make sure my MB supports my final decisions, which can help the initial norrowing down. This whole process may take me a couple days or weeks, even months. Ok, now I finally have everything, but yes I said even months, so you know by now ALL the prices have changed, most of the technology has changed and I’m beginning to start looking at a little newer stuff because its the same price of something I was looking at a month ago.. It’s war I’m telling ya!!  So whats the point, well now it looks great the new i5 chips are really cheap, wait they don’t support hyperthreading, I’m not going to upgrade my chip unless I move up to hyperthreading. So I’ll get an i7, now wait a minute this is getting more expensive and I can only use sets of 3 or sets of 2  sticks of RAM.. Do you see my point yet, Intel is just not making this any easier, tech is just getting outta hand.. lol makes me think about when I’m playing xbox, what happened to 2 buttons, A and B? -Greg

September 8, 2009 1:00 PM PDT

by Brooke Crothers

The main message of the new Core i5 chip is simple: it’s cheap–even cheaper than Intel chips based on older technology.

The i5, which brings Intel’s new “Nehalem” microarchitecture into the mainstream PC market, immediately makes many, if not most, of the older desktop processors obsolete. Consumers need look no further than pricing on sites like Amazon. The i5-750 lists for $250, while the older–based on Intel’s last-generation “Core 2” microarchitecture–Q9650 lists for $319.

The official pricing from Intel in quantities of 1,000 units makes the price gap even more stark: $196 for the i5 and $316 for the Q9650.

“The new Core i7’s and Core i5’s bring pricing to more mainstream levels, with the Core i5-750 at a 1KU (1,000 units) price of $196, which is well below the Core 2 Quad Q9650 at $316,” said Intel spokesman George Alfs.

“We are very serious about bringing all new Core processors to new price points and you’ll see this trend continue with Westmere,” he said, referring to Intel’s upcoming processors based on a next-generation 32-nanometer manufacturing process.

Comparing the old with the new, some consumers might point out that the older Q9650 has, for example, more on-chip memory and a higher clock speed than the Core i5. But the writing is on the wall: consumers will almost always opt for new over old when new is less expensive.

On Tuesday, Dell began offering the Studio XPS 8000 tower with the Core i5 starting at $799 and packing 4GB of “Dual Channel DDR3 memory” and a 500GB hard disk drive, among other features. Adding a 20-inch monitor hikes this to $979.

The message is more muddled, however, for the updated Core i7 processors because they maintain the same “i7” identifier as their predecessors–first launched in November–but offer different features that are not readily apparent to less-sophisticated buyers and potentially vexing for some savvy consumers.

“It gets confusing for the more technically knowledgeable buyer, and for us as system builders,” said Kelt Reeves, president of enthusiast PC maker Falcon Northwest. “Buying a Core-i7 950 model? Well then you can have a maximum of 12 gigs (gigabytes) of triple channel memory and you buy your memory in sets of 3 sticks. Buying a Core i7-870? Well then your memory is installed in pairs and the max you can have is 8 gigs,” he explained.

Reeves continued. “For instance, if you’re a heavy Photoshop user having 12 gigs of the fastest memory might be very important to you,” he added, saying in that case a consumer would want to opt for a Core i7 900 series over the newer 800 series.

There are other gotchas too. On the i5 processors a feature called hyperthreading is not included, as CNET’s Rich Brown pointed out Tuesday. Hyperthreading effectively doubles the number of tasks–or processing threads–a chip can do. “Heavy multitaskers and those who use multithreaded software will feel the loss here,” Brown said.

Brad Paisley Leads List of CMA Nominees

Brad Paisley is one of my big country favorites! He has a lot of great songs and puts on a very good show. He also has me starring in his music video “Ticks”! Ok, I’m not starring in it, but I’m in the crowd couple rows backs from him. Go ahead and watch it, you’ll see me! Anyway, I’m not surprised that he has the lead in nominations; he’s an all around great entertainer. This brings me to good ‘ole Kenny Chesney. Now he may not have as many nominations as Brad, but of the 3 he does have, 1 of them is for Entertainer of the Year. Kenny is no stranger to EOTY; he won it the last 4 years in a row. I’m pretty sure that we’re going to be seeing a 5-peat from Kenny. I was rather disappointed that he didn’t come to St. Louis, MO this year, but I made it to his show in Chicago and I must say, he just keeps putting on a better show every year!  Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, and finally Kenny Chesney made for a 7 hour, almost Festival like concert. AWESOME! He is also up for Male Vocalist and Musical Event for “Down the Road” w/ Mac McAnally.  -Greg

Nominations Announced in New York and Nashville
September 9, 2009; Written by Calvin Gilbert
Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley

With six nominations, Brad Paisley emerged as the frontrunner when the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards were announced Wednesday (Sept. 9) in New York and Nashville. Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown each received four nominations.

Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack announced the final nominees in five of the 12 categories during a telecast Good Morning America at the ABC News studios in New York’s Times Square. Randy Houser announced the candidates in the other categories at CMT’s studios in Nashville on Insider Special Edition: 2009 CMA Awards Nominations, hosted by CMT personalities Cody Alan and Alecia Davis.

Rucker, once primarily known as the lead vocalist for Hootie & the Blowfish, picked up his first CMA nominations as a solo country artist. He’s nominated in the new artist and male vocalist categories. Womack and Strait share a nomination for musical event of the year for “Everything but Quits,” a duet featured on her Call Me Crazy album.

In addition to nominations for entertainer of the year and male vocalist, Paisley received an album of the year nomination for American Saturday Night and single and song of the year nominations for “Then,” the single he co-wrote with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley. Paisley’s collaboration with Keith Urban on “Start a Band” netted a music video of the year nomination for them and director Jim Shea.

Urban’s other nominations include entertainer of the year, male vocalist and album of the year (for Defying Gravity). Urban could potentially win a second trophy in the album of the year category for co-producing the project with Dann Huff.

Strait also received nominations for entertainer of the year and male vocalist, along with music video of the year for “Troubadour,” directed by Trey Fanjoy. Strait and Womack won the CMA’s musical event honor in 2005 for their collaboration on “Good News, Bad News.”

Swift’s four nominations include her first for the coveted entertainer of the year prize. She is also nominated for female vocalist and music video of the year (the latter for “Love Story,” directed by Fanjoy.) Aside from an artist nomination in the album of the year field, Swift could receive a second trophy for co-producing Fearless with Nathan Chapman.

Johnson, a new artist nominee, is also up for single and song of the year for “In Color” and album of the year for That Lonesome Song. He won a CMA song of the year award in 2007 for his work with co-writers Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon on Strait’s hit, “Give It Away.”

Brown received his first CMA nominations Wednesday. The Zac Brown Band is included in the new artist and vocal group categories. The band’s hit single, “Chicken Fried,” is nominated for single of the year, and Brown garnered an extra nomination for co-writing the song with Wyatt Durrette.

This year’s CMA Awards will be broadcast live Nov. 11 from Nashville’s Sommet Center. Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return for a second year to host the ABC telecast.