Monthly Archives: January 2010

The 35 Most Ridiculous SkyMall Items

HERE are 35 bizarre items that can be purchased for SkyMall, The mile high Sharper Image.

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Marvel’s Heroic Age Begins with Avengers #1 in May 2010

Marvel superheroes are leaving the dark side.

After seven years of grim and grimmer story lines, including a superhero “civil war” that pitted Iron Man against Spider-Man and the death of Captain America, Marvel Comics will usher in a more optimistic “Heroic Age” approach in May.

“Heroes will be heroes again,” says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada. “They’ve gone through hell and they’re back to being good guys — a throwback to the early days of the Marvel Universe, with more of a swashbuckling feel.”

The change begins with a relaunch of Avengers #1, which will reunite Iron Man, a reborn Captain America and Thor as comrades rather than foes.

All this would be of interest only to comic fans except it comes just months after Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion and as Iron Man 2 and other Marvel films are on the way.

It also could mark a major shift in comic book storytelling, which took a turn to grittier stories after the success of DC’s Dark Knight Returns and Marvel’s more adult take on Daredevil the 1980s.

Quesada says that Marvel’s return to “good guys” was in the works for two years, was finalized eight months ago and that the Disney takeover had no role.

“There is no sanitizing of the Marvel books at all,” he says, promising stories will remain “edgy” and contemporary. “Our philosophy here is to just keep telling good stories.”

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Cheeto Conan O’Brien

Using approximately 2,000 Cheetos sorted from over 50 bags, one artist has painstakingly created a portrait of (now ex-) Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien.

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Pick Up A USA Today Tomorrow And Enter Harry Potter’s World On Your Computer

With just a computer, webcam and the newspaper, you can get a three-dimensional sneak peek at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort before its opening in spring 2010.

Start by buying a copy of USA Today on Thursday January 28th . Then put the printed map in that newspaper in front of your webcam and you can take a closer look at the entire area from all sides and angles through augmented-reality technology. Among the highlights:

• Hogwarts castle will appear.

• Hold the map closer to your webcamand explore Hogsmeade village.

• See where the Hogwarts Express has just arrived.

• Blow on your computer’s microphone, and the banners on the map will wave.

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Apple Introduces The iPad

So what is all the hoopla about…Today Apple unveiled the iPad (not a fan of the name at all), a middle product to fit in between the iPhone and their MacBook line.  As expected it’s a sleek and shiny tablet but at the end of the day it appears to be an oversized iPhone that cannot make phone calls or take pictures that includes some additional functionality that you can find on your laptop.

Frankly from a company that constantly wows me, I am a little underwhelmed.  I am still trying to understand the product’s place in my life as I already have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro?  There will eventually be a Kindle reader for my laptop so I am not chomping at the bit for an e-reader and my phone has that functionality today (Admittedly, I have to squint to read it).  I will have to wait until March when I can try it out at the Apple Store first hand and see if I am missing something? Steve Jobs feels otherwise and is quoted as saying, “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Here are the specs of the device:

It weighs 1.5 pounds and is only .5 inch thick. It has a 9.7 inch display that can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode.  Under the fully capacitive multi-touch screen is a 1 GHz Apple A4 custom silicon chip. The iPad comes in 3 flavors 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699) that include Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth 2.1. You can also purchase 3G versions ranging from $629 – $829 but you will need to purchase an additional 3G plan ranging from $14.99 – $29.99. The battery life is reported to be 10 hours with a month of standby power. It will run all of the apps you have come to love on your iPhone.  Yes it does e-mail, e-reading, photos, web surfing, music, games, etc. and you can purchase additional apps for Numbers, Keynote and Pages. Thanks to a new iBook Store, you’ll be able to buy and download books to read, just like you do music and movies on your iPhone.

Apple is also releasing iPad accessories which including a Keyboard Dock and a Portfolio case that can double as a stand.

For the first time in a very long time, I don’t have that “Gotta have it feeling!!!” on this particular product.  I’m still intrigued and want to know more but I’m not captivated to be the first kid on the block for this one.

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How To Get A High Score At Disney’s Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania is an immersive theme park attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks.

Inspired by the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the Florida version opened officially on May 31, 2008 while the California version officially opened on June 17, 2008.

Here are some tips on how to increase your score on this amazing fun interactive game:

Hamm and Eggs: Hit the gophers on the bottom and combine that with the fox on the hen house. Then, hit the two pigs on the fence to reveal a cat and hit that. It could pop up in the middle or close to the barn. The point value for the cat goes to 500,1000,2000,2000,2000. At the end of this game, your ideal score is 51,200.

Balloon Pop: Hit the 500’s at the bottom and the 1000 lamb in the middle of the screen. To make the balloons respawn, hit one of the green or blue 100 point lambs. Now, for the two rainclouds, clear 4 on each side and leave one remaining. Then take a breath, shoot one and QUICKLY pivot to the other. You only have half a second to hit the other one. If successful, 2000 point balloons will rain! An ideal game score is around 60,100. A good score is 72,100.

Army Men plates: Hit the plates all over the screen. Two 2000 point plates will pop up on both sides of the horizon. Aim at the horizon line for one plate, then when you hit it, quickly pivot to the other side. Once this is done, the mountain will descend and 4 2000 point plates will jump up in succession. Sort of like a wave. After this is done, hit all the plates and the plate that the tank throws at you. You should accumulate at least 80,000.

Ring Toss: Crunch time: Before the game starts, start pulling as fast as you can and make sure you aim at the aliens in the rocket. This will require practice. If an alien pops back up from the ship, it’s over. But, if you hit the secret, the rocket will fly up and will reveal a gigantobot. It will pop up with 100,500,1000 and 2000. Try not to shoot inside the 100 point range. While the mouth is closed, hit the bottom targets on your screen. Planets, rockets, jetpacks and the 5000 point alien. Ideal score should be 115,000. A great score would be 130,000. It is possible to hit 144,000.

Bullseye: It is possible to unlock the secret by yourself. I recommend clearing the middle first, then the bottom gopher, then the two buildings, then the barrel, then the remainders. This will require practice also. Your ideal score should be 52,000. A great score would be 60,000+ In the end, your score should be 300,000+ Side Scrolling: Hit the two 500’s, it will reveal a 2000. repeat as you are scrolling across. Mine carts: Hit all the mine carts. Keep the pivot movement slow and fire rapidly. But make sure your gun stays on the same horizontal axis and don’t move it vertically. Then, the huge target will pop up…rapid fire! After all that mania is over, hopefully you hit 500,000.

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Beatles Cupcakes

Fab Four cupcakes, prepared by London’s premiere cupcake company, Crumbs and Doilies. Larry likey…

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Fantastic Four Issue # 26 Reimagined As Donkey Kong

Anthony Vukojevich reimagines Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky’s classic Fantastic Four #26 cover, Donkey Kong-style.

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New Apples in Stereo Album Due on April 20th, 2010

On April 20th, Elephant 6 psych-pop veterans the Apples in Stereo will return with their seventh studio album. Travellers in Space and Time comes out on Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6. The follow-up to 2007’s New Magnetic Wonder will be the first Apples album to feature new drummer John Dufilho, and it also features longtime Elephant 6 collaborators Bill Doss and John Ferguson as full-time keyboardists. The LP features songwriting contributions from all the band’s members.

Tracklist:

01 The Code
02 Dream About the Future
03 Hey Elevator
04 Strange Solar System
05 Dance Floor
06 C.P.U.
07 No One in the World
08 Dignified Dignitary
09 No Vacation
10 Told You Once
11 It’s All Right
12 Next Year at About the Same Time
13 Floating in Space
14 Nobody But You
15 Wings Away
16 Time Pilot

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