Monthly Archives: January 2009

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YouTube Photo Hunt

Here is an interactive photo hunt game on YouTube, with an Oscars theme.

 

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Flight Of The Conchords Schedule Spring Tour

New Zealand duo Flight Of The Conchords will embark on an extensive North American tour this spring, beginning April 6 in Tampa, Fla.

The outing is timed to the conclusion of the second season of “Flight of the Conchords” on HBO, as well as the release of the group’s second full-length album on Sub Pop. Further details, including an album title and release date, are still being nailed down.

Here are Flight of the Conchords’ tour dates:

April 6: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay PAC)
April 7: Coral Gables, Fla. (U of M Bank United Center)
April 8: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
April 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
April 11: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
April 13: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
April 14: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
April 17: Boston (Agganis Arena)
April 18: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
April 19: Kent, Ohio (Kent State University)
April 21-22: Toronto (Massey Hall)
April 24: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
April 25: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Auditorium)
April 26: Madison, Wis. (Overture Center)
April 28: Chicago (Arie Crown Theatre)
April 30: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
May 2: Milwaukee (Riverside Theatre)
May 3: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
May 5: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
May 6: Houston (Jones Hall)
May 7: Austin, Texas (Bass Concert Hall)
May 10: Vancouver (Center for the Performing Arts)
May 11-12: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
May 14: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Hall)
May 16: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
May 17: Salt Lake City (Abravanel Hall)
May 19: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
May 20: San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
May 22: Santa Barbara, Calif. (County Bowl)
May 23: Las Vegas (the Joint)
May 24: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
May 25: Berkeley, Calif. (Community Theatre)

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Create Your Own Original Star Trek Story

The original Star Trek only managed to make 80 episodes before running out of Dilithium. Not enough! Click HERE for a foolproof Trek story generator.

 

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Apple’s Next iPhone Will Rule at Gaming

The next upgrade to Apple’s iPhone will have a strong focus on gaming, analysts and developers agree.

 

That’s because the gaming market is an increasingly juicy segment of the mobile multimedia space — and it’s one that Apple’s phenomenally successful iPhone is well-positioned to dominate.

 

“The iPhone and iPod Touch are becoming a major new handheld gaming platform, and if you look at the App Store and look at what’s doing well, that’s reflecting,” said Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge iPhone game. “I would look forward to improvements in the device as a gaming platform both for the phone and iPod Touch.” (Read more HERE)

 

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What To Do With Books If You Don’t Like To Read

Just because you don’t enjoy reading a good book, doesn’t mean there aren’t many other uses for all of those books piled up in the attic.  Check them out HERE.

 

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Prisoners’ Great Escape Stopped By A Light Pole

Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together as they fled a courthouse foiled their own getaway when they ran to opposite sides of a light pole, slammed into each other and fell to the ground. Jailers nabbed them as they struggled to their feet. Their escape on Wednesday was captured by a CCTV camera at Hastings District Court on New Zealand’s North Island. The footage shows the two men trying to make a break for it – but apparently forgetting they were joined at the wrist. (via Neatorama)

 

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More Cabinet-Friendly Cereal Boxes

Kellogg’s is testing out the idea of making cereal boxes shorter and wider to save room in your cupboard and fit more on store shelves.  I like the idea because my wife cannot reach the top shelf where the cereal currently resides and now she can have her Raisin Bran Crunch whenever she wants.

 

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Tattooed Lamborghini

The car was actually done in sharpie markers on the paint and then finished with a clear coat for protection. It took about 2 weeks total. Prestige (Lamborghini Miami) definitely shocked a lot of people when this car was first seen in California during the Concorso Italiano/Pebble Beach week. See more images HERE.

 

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Denture Soaps

You can purchase a 2-pack of these humorous denture soaps HERE for $6.00.

 

The storefront, Etsy is a great place to buy and sell handmade things.  My wife purchased a wall decal for our nursery there and I purchased her Valentine’s Day card at their site.  Check out their cool stuff!

 

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The World’s Smallest Postal Service

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The World’s Smallest Postal Service (WSPS) is a teeny tiny transcription service and roaming post office based in the San Francisco Bay Area and also available online.

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Lea Redmond is the Postmaster, setting up her tiny mobile office in cafes and shops where passers-by can write a letter and have it turned into a “world’s smallest letter.” The letter ($8.00) is transcribed on a miniature desk in the tiniest of script, sealed with a miniscule wax seal with the sender’s initial pressed into it, packaged up with a magnifying glass in a glassine envelope, and finished off with a large wax seal. It is a double delight: for both the sender and the recipient, and the WSPS is very happy to provide this important service to the world.

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Check the calendar to find out the schedule and whereabouts of the WSPS, or peruse the website and order letters online for a virtual experience. The WSPS is also available for special events and parties.

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Superhero Retirement

Batman now requires Depends in his utility belt and Thor needs glucosamine just to grasp his hammer.  Below is an artist’s vision on the retirement of super heroes.

 

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Alternative Super Bowl Logos

HERE are some alternative Super Bowl logos imagined by some of America’s top designers.

 

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A New Thing Is Coming

Matthijs van Heijningen will direct a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror-thriller The Thing.

The studio has set “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ron Moore to write the script.

The new project borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story “Who Goes There,” the basis of the Carpenter film and 1951 Howard Hawks original The Thing From Another World.

It is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp.

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Guess The Lego Movie Star

Film student Tyler Clites creates heroes of the big screen in Lego form. He claims they take up to 30 hours to build, with Tyler frequently adapting the pieces by hand painting them.  See if you can guess the film star made of LEGO’s HERE.

 

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Snack Food Stadium

They made it out of junk food. Get the recipe HERE for your Superbowl party.

 

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10 “If You Look Close Enough” Movie Mistakes

There’s a ton of hard work that goes into the editing of a movie. But even the editors can get a little careless at times. If you’re working with thousands of frames, sometimes you overlook a thing or two. The mistakes can be minor, and at other times the mistakes can be quite obvious. Check out 10 movies mistakes HERE.

 

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Most Ticketed Cars 2008

Here’s a neat little report on the most ticketed cars of 2008 compiled by a third party research group for the insurance companies…

ISO Quality Planning, a company specializing in helping insurance companies identify risk, has compiled a list of the most heavily ticketed vehicles on the road, and lead feet everywhere can check it out.

The group analyzed traffic data on 1.7 million drivers and established the probability of a driver of a given line of vehicles being ticketed. The Hummer and Scion tC dominated the list, receiving 463% and 460% over the average, respectively. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Jaguar XJ sedan and the Chevrolet Suburban attracted a mere 11% and 16% of expected tickets. Given that both the Hummer and the Jaguar are high-cost vehicles, it flips the idea that a huge price tag automatically means more police attention.

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The Final Watchmen Poster

Some viewers have already gotten a glimpse of this image, as it’s the same as the cover for Music soundtrack, but this is the final poster for director Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. Opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on March 6, the graphic novel adaptation stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson.

 

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Amazon’s Kindle 2.0?

Amazon will host a media event in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City on Feb. 9. The timing and the venue strongly suggest that Amazon will use the event to announce Kindle 2.0, which industry watchers say will likely be a slimmer and better-designed device, aimed at spurring adoption by more mainstream users.

 

“The holidays are still eight months away, consumer spending is down, and we are in the middle of a recession,” says Josh Martin, senior analyst with the Yankee Group. “But if they offer customers a good deal in terms of cost savings, the time may be right.”

 

Kindle is already a sleeper hit. It launched in November 2007, more than a decade after the first e-book readers, and more than a year after the launch of Sony’s critically acclaimed Reader, from which the Kindle borrowed an extremely legible E-Ink display. Kindle was widely panned by critics for its fugly, plasticky white looks, but heavy promotion on Amazon.com, plus an endorsement by Oprah, helped give it legitimacy — and the e-books business, too. Although Amazon has never released sales figures for the reader, the company has said that it was frequently one of the best-selling consumer electronics devices in its extensive catalog. (Read more HERE)

 

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LOST: 14 Enduring Mysteries

Will we get some answers to these unsolved questions over the course of the fifth season?

 

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1970’s Sci-Fi Characters And Superheroes

Check out this image of 1970’s Sci-Fi characters and superheroes and see who you recognize.  The artist is Dusty Abell. Click on the image below to make it larger.

 

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