Daily Archives: October 6, 2010

Butter Sculptures, Robot Pancakes & Floating Darth Vader

My nephew Ben, who happens to turn 10 tomorrow (Happy Birthday!) is THE FIRE WIRE’s youngest correspondent. You might remember his riveting video review of the Perplexus. Ben who lives in South Portland, Maine was kind enough to scour the internet and find some pretty cool things that are really interesting. So I thought that I would share them with you.

And who knows, maybe we can coax Ben to make this a weekly occurrence?


Amazing Food Sculptures

Robot Pancake Maker

Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon

Student Built Electric Vehicle

The Bookshelf Chair

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The Extreme Hangover Edition arrives On Blu-ray Disc & DVD On October 12th

Some Guys Really Can’t Handle Vegas. Re-live the bachelor party gone wrong when The Extreme Hangover Edition arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 12th from Warner Home Video. From the director of Old School, comes a laugh-out-loud comedy about three groomsmen and their journey to retrace their steps from a downright crazy Vegas night in hopes of finding the missing groom. Timed for holiday gift giving, The Extreme Hangover Edition contains an exclusive never before seen 28-page wedding album featuring missing photos from the ill-fated Vegas wedding and more incriminating photos from the lost camera that you couldn’t see in theaters! Additionally, the Extreme Edition boasts everything from the original 2-disc Special Edition, including a Map of Destruction – retracing the fate-filled evening, action and cursing mash-ups, extras from The Dan Band, Iron Mike and the three groomsmen, including a hilarious gag reel. The Extreme Hangover Edition on Blu-ray contains exclusive BD-Live content and picture in picture commentary featuring Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Todd Phillips.

Two days before his wedding, Doug drives to Las Vegas with his best buddies for a blow-out bachelor party they vow they’ll never forget…only they did. When the three groomsmen wake up the next morning with pounding headaches, their hotel suite is trashed and the groom is lost. With little time to spare, the trio attempts to retrace their bad decisions from the night before to figure out where things went wrong in the hopes of finding Doug and getting him back to L.A. in time for his wedding.

Directed and produced by hit comedy director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch and the upcoming Due Date and The Hangover 2), The Hangover stars Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers, He’s Just Not That Into You, Yes Man, The A-Team), Ed Helms (TV’s The Office, TV’s The Daily Show), Zach Galifianakis (What Happens in Vegas), Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Scream 2), Justin Bartha (National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Ken Jeong (Couples Retreat, Furry Vengance and TV’s Community) and Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s Arrested Development).

The Extreme Hangover Edition will be available on Blu-ray for $49.99 and on 2-disc Special Edition DVD for $39.92.


Wahoo Fitness Products

Wahoo Fitness is an innovative company that is dedicated to making fitness technology both affordable and accessible via the use of your smart phone coupled with their ever increasing line of hardware and accessories.

I had the privilege of testing the following items that I used for running / walking; the Fisica Fitness Sensor Key, Stride Sensor, Soft Heart Rate Belt, and the Sport Armband. The setup was extremely easy and user friendly. I simply attached the Fisica Fitness Sensor Key with ANT+ wireless technology to the bottom of my iPhone. The key is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod Touch > 3.0, and iPad. The key enables data to be seamlessly transferred to your device wirelessly from the Wahoo Fitness sensors, as well as a whole host of sensors from other popular fitness brands and models. I placed my phone in the Sport Armband.  I loved the fact that there was plenty of room for me to put my phone inside of it, even with my protective case still attached.  There is a cut out at the bottom, where the key is able to fit through the pouch.  I then attached the soft Heart Rate Belt to my chest, and easily clipped the Stride Sensor to one of my running shoes, strapped on the Sport Armband and I was ready for a run.

I had previously downloaded both the Fisica Fitness App and the Fisica Sensor Utility to my iPhone, which are both free in iTunes. The Fisica Sensor Utility allowed me to pair both of my sensors with my iPhone. Both my Stride Sensor and Soft Heart Rate Belt were recognized immediately. There was no guesswork regarding whether the sensors were working properly unlike many of the popular sensors on the market today. I then went into the Fisica Fitness App where I was able to view a whole host of metrics such as; lap time, heart rate, pace, stride rate, lap distance, elapsed time, and more. While this software is useful for those individuals looking specifically for performance data only, there are several apps that are compatible with the Fisica Sensor Key and a multitude of new apps currently in development. These apps range from having features such as social networking, individualized workouts, and voice feedback, to name but a few.

The Wahoo Fitness product line is customizable. For instance if you are not an armband person, you can choose the Sport Belt Model.  Perhaps you are looking for a more streamlined way to receive your data; you can choose the Fisica Fitness Sensor Case which offers ANT+ technology with a protective case all in one unit.  Wahoo Fitness also offers additional sensors for biking such as the Premium Speed and Cadence Bike Sensor. Additional sensors are in development, so visit the Wahoo Fitness website often for updates and be sure to check them out on Facebook here. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Apple TV Review

The face of television is changing. The audience can now pick and choose what they want to view and when they want to view it. For the cost of an average cable bill ($100) you can purchase the newly redesigned Apple TV and perhaps consider getting rid of the cable box altogether. The new business model may be pay for what you watch. Although I have over 200 channels now that I pay for, I only end up watching about 6 of them.

Apple TV allows you to rent HD movies and TV programs plus the ability to watch Netflix, YouTube, and other Internet content. In addition, Apple TV lets you stream videos, photos and music from your computer to your high-definition TV.  All this from a device that is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

The sleek new black gadget is 1/4 the size of its predecessor making it unobtrusive and easy to place amongst your media components. The enclosure measures 3.9-inch-square inches and is less than an inch tall. The dramatic size reduction is due to the elimination of a hard drive. Apple figured out that most people do not care about storing their content and would prefer to have immediate access via rentals or streaming.

The Apple TV takes less than a minute to set up.  It’s only two steps…plug the power cord into the wall and connect to your widescreen TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately).

The new interface is incredibly easy to navigate without the need of any prior instruction. You choose your options via the included aluminum remote.

If you decide to rent, you have 30 days to watch a movie or TV show from the time you initially rent it. Movies must be consumed within 24 hours of starting it, while TV shows have a 48-hour window. Rentals start at $2.99 for movies and .99 for TV shows. The selection is huge; it’s like having a Redbox in your home without the hassle of returns.

If you are a Netflix customer, you will love this feature. Apple TV smartly organizes the Netflix catalog of movies and TV shows so you can find exactly what you’re looking for in a matter of clicks. When you find something you like, watch it right away or add it to your instant-watch queue.

Apple TV easily allows you to share home content. You can stream the music from your iTunes library as well as the photos and videos from your computer to your TV.  Just turn on Home Sharing in iTunes on your computer and you’ll be able to stream music, photos, and videos right to your TV.

If you are looking for an affordable and easy to use solution to access all of your iTunes movies, TV shows and stream Netflix on that new flat screen, then the Apple TV is the way to go!

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Christopher Nolan’s Third Batman Film To Shoot In April

Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to shoot Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie in New Orleans starting in April. The studio must like the city after recently wrapping Green Lantern there.

Other anticipated movies getting underway include: Men in Black III, which starts filming on October 18 in New York through May; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which will shoot in Romania and Turkey starting in November; the untitled Spider-Man reboot, which begins shooting in Los Angeles in December; and The Avengers, which starts shooting in February in Los Angeles.

X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger have been shooting in London as well.

Charging towards the start gate, but with no set dates yet, are the new Superman movie and Wolverine 2.

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DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece, DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book ($29.99)! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet! Starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and many more favorite DC characters, this momentous pop-up exploration releases just in time for DC Comics’ 75th anniversary. With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this is an absolute must-have for DC Super Hero fans of all ages!

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