Thursday, April 30, 2009
Finally an advertiser finding a use for twitter that works. The geniuses behind all of Skitttles brilliant ads have developed a twitter use that finds all the uses of the word skittles on Twitter. Hilarious results, some of my favorite being skittles and creepes for all, What would you do if you pooped skittles? And Skittles are like vitamins but tastier. Check it out for yourself at skittles.com
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Don’t you hate it when someone send you a link that takes up fifteen lines of an email. There’s got to be a better way. Well there is at tinyurl.com. Here you can take an obnoxiously long link like this:
and turn it into this:
You can even add your own extension to it.
If that’s to many characters for you try http://tr.im/
Great for use with Twitter.
Monday, April 27, 2009
South Park is always good for a necessary cheap shot against people. They’ve been able to convince people that Guitar Hero wasn’t cool, Family Guy was lame and rip into the likes of Britney Spears, Bono, The Catholic Church, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and Al Gore to name a few. A couple weeks ago they took a shot at the self proclaimed “greatest rapper in the World,” Kanye West with hilarious results. Check out this clip from the episode, it’s without a doubt the funniest bit of South Park this season. To see the full episode go to www.southparkstudios.com
Friday, April 24, 2009
It’s officially here. The release of the 2009 Lollapalooza schedule. My first experience was last year when I lived in Chicago, and it was great. If you’ve never gone before this would be a great year you have a nice variety of big name bands (The Killers, Tool), hip hop (Snoop Dog, Beastie Boys, Atmosphere), smaller awesome bands that are starting to get bigger (Silversun Pickups, TV on the Radio), British bands that are rule (Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs), and many, many other bands that are flying under the radar. To see the full lineup, click here. August 7-9 2009 in Grant Park Chicago.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I’m a huge Michael Crichton fan, and I’m not sure how I feel about this. As most people are aware of, the author of such amazing novels like Jurassic Park, Congo, and The Andromeda Strain died of Cancer last November 4th. For me he was a favorite author and is really the reason I became interested in reading in the first place. I recently found out that there are plans to release two of his novels post mortem. One will be a pirate novel called Pirate Latitudes and will focus on pirates in the New World. This novel is scheduled for a November 2009 release.
The second is based on notes found on his computer and will be fully fleshed out by another author. It is a techno thriller and is scheduled to come out sometime in 2010. My problem is the raiding of Crichton’s computer for profit. Obviously his publishers are hurt by their loss, but do they need to capitalize on his death by publishing notes left on his computer? The pirate story I’m fine with, but the plans to release a book basically written by someone else and using some notes from his computer doesn’t sit well with me. There are several novels that are just notes on his computer and could be re-written but should they? Is it better to leave a legacy, or have it tarnished by someone else that may take an idea he once had and make it something totally different? Anyone have an opinion?
Read the NY Times article.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
This year Hollywood will offer us a sampling of the best there is to offer, from years ago. There are officially 15 major releases this year (starting in April) that are sequels. There are also 16 major studio releases that are either remakes, or inspired by famous books, TV shows, etc. That means that in the nine remaining months left in 2009 there are 2.6 original movies for every 1 remake or sequel. Is it getting to a point that every movie that comes out now deserves a sequel. Do we really need another sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks and Crank? Do we need to see reinterpretations of a sequel (Rob Zombies Halloween 2 is both a sequel and a remake of the original sequel, plus a sequel to it's own remake)? Do we need G.I Joe's to be ruined like Transformers were? Do we need a sixth Saw? Apparently now we are getting so into sequels that we are planning on releasing them before the originals are even released, Is this something we need to worry about. I know personally what I loved about last years summer movies were the amount of original movies that came out (Tropic Thunder, Step Brothers, Kung Foo Panda), easily balanced out with good sequels and remakes (Dark Knight and Iron Man). Is this summer going to be like summer 2006 where almost everything that came out was a sequel and horrible? Let's hope not, but here's to the lack of originality in Hollywood! Here are a few of the sure to be "fantastic" sequels coming out.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Here is my recipe for my famous "mexican cereal" a staple of my diet through my college, and post-college days. It's a great way to use that last little bit of tortilla chips and salsa.
2 (handfuls) Tortilla chip crumbs
2 (shakes) of a salsa jar
1 (pour) of cheese (optional)
Grab a clean bowl from the kitchen, or if a clean bowl can not be found get a wide rimmed glass. Pour remaining crumbs of a bag of tortilla chips (my favorite are the 'Hint of Lime" flavor) into container. Shake around and crush any large pieces that would not fit on a spoon. Pour remaining salsa out of jar. Hint: Do not shake up and down. This can cause a salsa massacre. The key is to hold upside down and let gravity take control. If necessary grab a long stir spoon and scoop up stubborn pieces of salsa. Mix thoroughly making sure to coat tortilla chips evenly with salsa. Sprinkle cheese on top if desired.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
During the past week I have found something that has changed my life forever. Podcasts. They come in video podcasts and audio podcasts. I'm a huge fan of the audio podcasts because they are essentially free radio shows. I currently have subscribed to ten of them, but for this week I want to focus on the one that has been the culprit in my most recent obsession. The podcast is called "Uhh Yeah Dude" and it follows two American Americans who recap a bunch of news stories from across the Countries. Their topics are all snippets of interesting, funny news. Most of their stories are useless fun facts, but man is it addictive. Some of their most recent topics include girl scouts getting beat up and Collective Soul playing in Dubai. Give it a listen and subscribe, it's free, and a perfect thing to listen to on your morning commute.
To subscribe go to Itunes, select podcasts, then audio podcasts and look under the comedy category. Or check out their site at Uhh Yeah Dude.com. Enjoy.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This past Thursday the producers of "The Office" released "Parks and Recreation." It's filmed in the same "mockumentary" style of "The Office." It stars Amy Poehler from "SNL" in a very Michael Scott type role, Rashida Jones (Karen, AKA Jim's ex from "The Office") and Aziz Ansari, a comedian who is from the very best episode of "Flight of the Conchords," where he played a very racist fruit salesman.
Take a look at the pilot for yourself, but my initial reaction is that there is definitely some potential. Let's hope so for NBC's and Amy Poehler's sake.
To watch the pilot visit http://www.hulu.com/parks-and-recreation.
Monday, April 13, 2009
This is without a doubt one of the funniest, cutest kid video I've seen in a while. It beats the snot out of that girl with the Kittens. Who knew red-headed gingers had dance moves to trump the most experienced club goer. I guarantee he grows up to be an actor or something. Or at the very least a crazy person who dances in the street.