Monthly Archives: July 2010

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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Comic Con Wrap Up

Here are some final tidbits from Comic Con:

Watch the 2010 Comic-Con Joss Whedon Experience

Watch the Full Tron Legacy Comic-Con Press Conference

5 Biggest Movie Trailers of Comic-Con 2010

20 Comic-Con things to geek out about

2011 Preview Night sold out already

(Thanks for the tips Don)

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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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British Army Knife

Made in England from solid stainless steel and sporting a no-nonsense look, the British Army Knife ($27-$32) is a fine pocket blade. Available in both two- and three-bladed versions, each one has a 2.25-inch straight blade and a hooked blade that serves as a can opener, while the three-bladed model also holds a pointed marlinspike on the opposite side to help with seafarers’ rope work.

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Family Guy: It’s a Trap! To be Released On Blu-ray And DVD On December 21st

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that Family Guy: It’s a Trap! will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD December 21st, just in time for Christmas shopping.

In this spectacular and offensively uproarious final chapter, Luke Skywalker (Chris) and Princess Leia (Lois) must travel to Tatooine to free Han Solo (Peter) by infiltrating the wretched stronghold of Jabba the Hutt (Joe), the galaxy’s most loathsome and dreadful gangster. Once reunited, the Rebels team up with a tribe of Ewoks to combat the Imperial forces on the forest moon of Endor. Meanwhile the Emperor (Carter Pewterschmidt) and Darth Vader (Stewie) conspire to turn Luke to the dark side, and young Skywalker is determined to rekindle the spirit of the Jedi within his father. The Galactic Civil War has never been more outrageous, as the Rebel forces gather to attack the seemingly defenseless and incomplete second Death Star in the battle that will determine the fate of the galaxy.

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Apple Updates iMac Line, Introduces The New Magic Trackpad and Apple Battery Charger

Apple today updated its all-in-one iMac line, widely praised as the world’s best desktop computers, with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the powerful ATI Radeon HD 5750. The new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch gestures that Mac notebook customers have come to love and is available separately for $69.

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory. New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. iMac displays feature IPS technology to deliver a brilliant image across a wide 178 degree viewing angle. The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards. Customers of the 27-inch iMac have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive. The iMac SSD supports up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates for faster startup and application launch times.

Every iMac comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse and customers can also order the new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click.

A new Apple Battery Charger provides a convenient and environmentally friendly way to always have a fresh set of batteries for your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. The Apple Battery Charger is available for $29 and comes with six long shelf life rechargeable batteries.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, with breakthrough ways to organize and manage your photos by who appears in them and where they were taken; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which offers a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Pricing & Availability

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight® video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • one FireWire® 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 21.5-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

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Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome Volume 2 CD Due On August 31st

Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome Volume 2 will be released on iTunes and will hit shelves nationwide on August 31st.  You can pre-order the CD HERE. The tracks are as follows:

1. Name Game (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

2. All My Friends Are Insects (Weezer)

3. Freeze Tag (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

4. Time To Go Outdoors (Hot Hot Heat)

5. Hold Still (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

6. Smile For the Camera (Datarock)

7. All My Friends Are Different (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

8. Hi Five (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

9. Art is Everywhere (MGMT)

10. I Love Bugs (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

11. Pool Party (The Aquabats)

12. Big or Small (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

13. Momma Loves Baby (Solange)

14. Hugs Are Fun (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

15. Beautiful Day (Jimmy Eat World)

16. We Can Use Our Imagination (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

17. That’s My Family (Apples in Stereo)

18. I’m A Robot (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

19. Happy Birthday (The Ting Tings)

20. Don’t Be Afraid/It’s Ok (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

21. Goodbye Song (Yo Gabba Gabba! featuring Jack Black)

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