Author Archives: Larry Fire

Fujifilm’s New Instax Mini LiPlay Camera Lets You Record Audio And ‘Attach’ It To Your Photos

Fujifilm has announced that it will release a hybrid instant camera “instax mini LiPlay” which supports credit-card-size film. The model is a new addition to the lineup of “instax” instant cameras, which allows you to enjoy photo prints on the spot. The camera’s main unit is the smallest and most lightweight in the history of the instax series for outstanding portability. Yet, at the same time, the camera is packed with new features such as the “Sound” function to convey a voice message or other audio data in the form of a QR code included in a photo print, and the “Direct Print” function to print images in your smartphone on instax film.

The device is set to hit shelves on June 14, the new instax mini LiPlay will retail at $160. 

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What Is The Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State?

From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there’s something for everyone at sandwich establishments across the nation.

Preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other’s require a fork and knife to dig into. For purists, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create this list, Far & Wide did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once they zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, they delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer. 

I’m going to go off the list and give a shout out to Portland, Maine where I grew up and their iconic Italian sandwich. For those unfamiliar, a Maine Italian sub is prepared using a long soft Italian bread, ham, American cheese, tomato, onion, sour pickle, green bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, salt and black pepper. I know that everyone loves Amato’s for this New England treat but I prefer Dipietro’s Market in South Portland. If Sam is working say hello from me and feel free to ship me a sub, I sure miss them!

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite sandwich made the cut?

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Suntup Editions Announces Skeleton Crew Covers Collection Print By Don Brautigam

Suntup Editions has revealed another iconic print in The Covers Collection from the late Don Brautigam. This month, they bring you the cover art from the first edition of Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

Published in 1985, Skeleton Crew is Stephen King’s second collection of short fiction, featuring twenty-two stories ranging from novellas to short stories and poems. Brautigam’s unforgettable cover imagery depicting a monkey with cymbals was inspired by King’s short story “The Monkey,” collected therein and originally published in the November 1980 issue of Gallery magazine.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Authorized by Dan and Jim Brautigan.
– Limited to only 50 copies of each size worldwide, plus 3 Artist Proofs and – 3 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free, Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: July 1, 2019
Available for Pre-Order: June 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $125
Small Size: 12″ x 17″ $65

Order HERE.

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Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition To Open At Gallery Nucleus On July 13

Get ready to pack your bags because Cyclops Print Works is excited to announce Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition, their newest exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Nucleus opening July 13!

Featuring new limited edition screen prints and 30+ pieces of original art inspired by vintage travel posters, you’ll be visiting your favorite animated Disney locales with a roster of new and returning artists. This exhibition is the perfect getaway for every adventure-seeking Disney fan!

Featured artists include: Alex Asfour, Ameorry Luo, Amanda Jane Sharp, Anoosha Syed, Benjamin Burch, Bill Mudron, Claire Hummel, Corinne Caro, Doki Rosi, Drake Brodahl, Eva Vilhelmiina, Fiona Hsieh, Glen Brogan, Grace Chen, Grace Kum, Izzy Abreu, James Gilleard, James Silvani, Janice Chu, Jestenia Southerland, Keneth Leoncity, Mirelle Ortega, Nadia Kim, Natalie Dombois, Tara Nicole Whitaker, and Zoe Persico.

The reception will be held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra on July 13 from 6-9PM. See below for more details and a sneak peek of our screen prints!

For more info, please visit HERE.

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The Top Five Buzz-Worthy Subscription Boxes To Check Out In 2019

When subscription boxes first came onto the scene, plenty of people were skeptical as to whether or not they’d be embraced and truly sought after. Fast-forward to today and they are enjoying huge amounts of growth and popularity in the mainstream. Today, you can find a subscription box for just about any theme and item, in a variety of price points, and delivered at different frequencies throughout the year. You can even choose to purchases boxes on a month-by-month basis or sign up for a specified amount of boxes

If you’re looking to give subscription boxes a try, here are five buzz-worthy ones to check out in 2019.

PLAY! By Sephora

The PLAY! By Sephora monthly subscription service is for all the beauty junkies out there who love to try new products and re-discover classics. The “box”, which actually comes in a cute little bag, features five trial-sized samples each month. They include makeup, hair-care, and skincare from some of the top brands out there. The box is priced at $10/month and promises to feature at least $65 worth of product.

Candle of the Month

If you’re more into lifestyle and products for the home, the Candle of the Month from Frostbeard Studio is a unique candle subscription box that will deliver new goodies to your door on a regular basis. You can opt for the month-to-month purchase or the three-month, six-month, or one year pre-paid box for savings. The candles are made in-house and feature some of the most beautiful and enjoyable scents.

Blue Apron

Foodies can’t seem to get enough of the Blue Apron subscription service that gives you a chance to cook like a true chef. All you do is choose your meals, set up the subscription, and prepare for it to be delivered. Boxes include all the ingredients you need, including fresh ingredients (the box is insulated), and a step-by-step instruction card to follow. Pricing varies depending on how many recipes per week you want, how many servings, and the types of meals.

Rocksbox

If you like to show off new bling on your body, then the Rocksbox is perfect. This is a jewelry subscription service that uses a stylist to hand-select items for you. You can hang on to the items as long as you want to wear them. When it’s time to give them back, you have the option of purchasing them instead. You can try up to three pieces at a time for $21/month, you can cancel anytime, and shipping is free.

FabFitFun

Billed as a lifestyle subscription box, customers love that you get a real variety in the FabFitFun quarterly box. Boxes include a variety of wellness, beauty, fashion, and fitness products. The box is priced at $49.99 and features $200+ worth of value.

Don’t Stop at Just One

Because you can find such a variety of items in these boxes and an array of price points, why stop at just one subscription service?

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Watch The Superman: Year One Trailer

From the creators behind The Dark Knight Returns and Kick-Ass comes a powerful new look at the early days of the Man of Steel. Superman: Year One is a prestige format three-part comic series by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. that offers an inspiring testament to the importance of choice and a definitive origin story to the world’s first superhero.

Issue 1 is available on June 19, 2019 wherever comics are sold.

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IKEA & Ori Team Up To Develop ROGNAN Robotic Furniture For Small Living Spaces

Cities are booming and at the same time living spaces are shrinking. That’s why IKEA is exploring flexible and innovative solutions that empower people to have big dreams for small homes – introducing ROGNAN robotic furniture developed in collaboration with Ori.

To meet this need, IKEA is collaborating with Ori, an American startup that has developed robotic furniture for modern living and has been challenging the limitations of space in living spaces – now introducing ROGNAN. With ROGNAN as a robotic furniture solution for small space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home. ROGNAN is a bed, closet, sofa, and desk all in one! 

ROGNAN is built on Ori’s robotic platform with system thinking in mind, working with the IKEA storage solution PLATSA as a standard geometry. This means that people can easily change the function and look of ROGNAN, or move PLATSA to another place if that’s needed, being more conscious and less wasteful of what you buy by prolonging the life of the product and letting the product adapt to your life changes. ROGNAN also works with TRÅDFRI cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.

The form, function and price of ROGNAN is based on the needs of an urban, extreme small-space living consumer; determined through home visits, data and expertise in the IKEA retail markets of Hong Kong and Japan.

The first launch of ROGNAN will be in Hong Kong and Japan during 2020. 

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Watch These Rare Recording Outtakes of Robin Williams Doing The Voice of the Genie From Aladdin

One of the late, beloved Robin Williams‘ most memorable roles was that of the voice of the Genie in the Disney classic Aladdin. This is no more evident than in these rare, wonderful outtakes from a recording session for the film in 1992. 

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Sheryl Crow’s New Album Threads Features Sting, James Taylor, Eric Clapton,  Chris Stapleton & More

Sheryl Crow has finally revealed the list of collaborators for her upcoming all-star duets album Threads, and the list spans many genres, from hip-hop to country to alternative rock to pop.

Among the collaborators: Eric Clapton, Sting, James Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, country stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Chris Stapleton, rap legend Chuck D of Public Enemy fame, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., R&B singer Andra Day, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, alt-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist St. Vincent, and female alt-rock duo Lucius.

From the album, Sheryl has already released her duet with the late Johnny Cash, “Redemption Day,” as well as her collaboration with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, “Live Wire,” and her track with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, “Prove You Wrong.”  Today, she released her track with Joe Walsh, “Still the Good Old Days.”

Threads will be out August 30.  Sheryl has suggested that it may be her final album, though not her final recording.

Here’s the full track listing:

“Prove You Wrong” — featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris
“Live Wire” — featuring Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples
“Tell Me When It’s Over” — featuring Chris Stapleton
“Story of Everything” — featuring Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr.
“Beware of Darkness” — featuring Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile
“Redemption Day” — featuring Johnny Cash
“Cross Creek Road” — featuring Lukas Nelson
“Everything Is Broken” — featuring Jason Isbell
“The Worst” — featuring Keith Richards
“Lonely Alone” — featuring Willie Nelson
“Border Lord” — featuring Kris Kristofferson
“Still the Good Old Days” — featuring Joe Walsh
“Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” — featuring St. Vincent
“Don’t” — featuring Lucius
“Nobody’s Perfect” — featuring Emmylou Harris
“Flying Blind” — featuring James Taylor
“For the Sake of Love” — featuring Vince Gill

 

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 Dates Announced

The official dates for Star Wars Celebration 2020 have been revealed! Star Wars Celebration will head to Anaheim on August 27-30, 2020. Tickets will be going on sale on Friday, June 21 at 9 AM Pacific Time/12 PM Eastern Time.

The 2020 celebration will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 will be four fun-filled days of major announcements, immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, costumes, and other surprises. From young fans of Star Wars animated shows to die-hards fueled by the nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy to families that enjoy Star Wars together, there’s something for everyone at Star Wars Celebration. For Star Wars fans, there’s nothing else like it.

Following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, no more Star Wars movies are officially on the release schedule for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm; however, a number of films are in development including a new series of films from David Benioff and Dan Weiss and another series from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said they’re in the process of planning the next ten years of the franchise, so it’s certainly possible that a new batch of movies set in a galaxy far, far away could be revealed at next year’s convention.

Star Wars Celebration is an exciting convention filled with entertainment, celebrity appearances, stage shows, panels, interactive events, exclusive merchandise, screenings, and once-in-a-lifetime glimpses into the future of the epic saga. The event celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event is produced by Lucasfilm in collaboration with ReedPOP.

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