Daily Archives: July 28, 2010

New Amazon Kindle Announced: $139 WiFi-only Version & $189 3G Model Available August 27th

Just weeks after lowering the price of the Kindle e-book reader from $259 to $189, Amazon unveiled a fully revamped Kindle on Wednesday. It’s sleeker, better looking, easier on the eyes — and starts at $139.

This new Kindle, Amazon’s third generation, is smaller by 21 percent, and 15 percent lighter too. It has much improved contrast, 50 percent better than before. It’s available in two colors: graphite and white.

To date, all Kindles have used a wireless connection to a 3G network to get books and manage subscriptions. The new ones have Wi-Fi inside, so that people at home or at a coffee shop could log on via that network instead. One Kindle still costs $189, and has both 3G wireless and Wi-Fi inside. The cheaper $139 model only connects through Wi-Fi — and only comes in graphite.

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Tattooed LEGOs

Barcelona’s Grey agency created a great viral marketing campaign featuring LEGOS with drawn on “cool” tattoos using Pilot Extra-Fine ball-pens.

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Inception’s Musical Easter Egg

This will make more sense to those that have watched the film.

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Cashing In on Ansel Adams: Top 5 Valuable Pieces of Junk

There was no negative about these negatives. A man in California bought a collection of never-before seen Ansel Adams photos at a garage sale for $45. After spending nearly a decade to determine whether they were genuine, the man learned on Monday that they're worth $200 million.

See the other 4 HERE.  As an added bonus, you can read about an amazing Superman comic book find HERE.

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Top 50 American Roadside Attractions

What better way to celebrate summer in this vast land of ours then by taking a road trip? Nestled in between Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Alcatraz Island, and dozens of other destination spots are these nostalgic, gaudy, run-down, kitschy locations. TIME takes a look (in alphabetical order) at 50 of the greatest HERE.

Towering 30 feet above the I-10 heading south to Palm Springs, a T-Rex and an Apatosaurus are part of the World's Biggest Dinosaurs museum in Cabazon. More than 12 million drivers pass by the dinos annually, and tourists are invited to stop and wander through a museum, located within the T-Rex, or participate in a fossil dig.

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THE FIRE WIRE Reviews Dinner for Schmucks

Last night we got to see an early screening of Dinner for Schmucks which tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” comes a reluctant buddy comedy paired with one very memorable dinner.

This broad farce based on the 1998 French film, “Le Diner des Cons” is extremely funny.  I can’t remember the last time that I laughed so much at a movie in a very long time. In fact the entire theater resonated with belly laughs throughout the entire film. Other actors like Jack Black, Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey could have played the Barry character over the top but Carell balances the role with likability and sweetness.

I was pleasantly reminded of other favorite comedies such as Trains, Planes and Automobiles and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Dinner for Schmucks also features a superb supporting cast, particularly Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), as a bizarre performance artist and Zach Galifianakis, as Barry’s domineering boss. If you like movies such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, then “Schmucks” will not disappoint you.

I really enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it. Dinner for Schmucks will be in theaters on Friday.

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