Monthly Archives: January 2012

Photography | Wet & Wild – LA fountain & fifteen minutes

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I can’t resist moving water. A few drops. An enormous wave. Doesn’t matter. Mix in sparkling sunshine and I just can’t resist. My brain’s visual cortex gets hyper hypnotized and stops me in my tracks. Gotta stop. Gotta stare.

Fountain los angeles photographerSo I was rushing from a shoot inside one LA building and on my way to the inside of another building. No time to spare. But there was a fountain along the way. There was sunshine behind it. There was me stopping in my tracks.

Here are a few shots from my fifteen minute pause.

 

Top ten best Los Angeles fountain photographs shot in LA by corporate photographer Greg Mancuso - 1

Top ten best Los Angeles fountain photographs shot in LA by corporate photographer Greg Mancuso – 1

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Apps | Fido Factor – fetches dog-friendly locations where ever you roam

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(Special post written by my dog Enzo) Think us dogs wanna be left behind while you go have fun? Well we don’t! Not never! So fetch the Fido Factor app and it’ll tell you where you can go with your canine, where ever you happen to go.

This app sniffs out pooch-friendly bars, restaurants, hotels, parks, stores, beaches, transportation, and lots of pet services. Yep, this mighty fine Fido Factor, a free app, digs up and fetches a big user-generated list of dog-friendly locations.

Simply get your opposable thumbs tapping, search for a location type (i.e. restaurant) and you’ll find a list of locales which welcome canines, along with ratings, reviews, photos, and a filled-in Google map.

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Enzo with his girlfriend – photo ©GregoryMancuso

It’s a lot like Yelp, but for dog lovers. And we know dog lovers are the best lovers : )

Fido Factor smart phone app screen shots

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You can browse around by category, name, or do a proximity search for cool canine hotspots right around you.

Recently I was a hound outta town, exploring the Bay Area. So I find myself prancing around San Fran and Greg, my personal valet, (he hates when I call him that, but that’s what he is) wanted a beer.

So I told him to take out Fido Factor and find a bar that has the good taste to allow canines in to have a taste too.

This is what we got…    Continue reading »

Movies | Inception – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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Inception is a 2010 film which was written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Is that all, Chris? What a slacker.

Inception movie script by Christopher Nolan Inception features an international ensemble cast starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a specialised corporate spy and thief.

His work consists of secretly extracting valuable commercial information from the unconscious minds of his targets while they are asleep and dreaming.

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Wanted for murder and unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of an original idea into a target’s subconscious.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in a scene from the movie Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in a scene from the movie Inception

Development began roughly nine years before Inception was released. In 2001, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream stealers, and presented the idea to Warner Bros. The story was originally envisioned as a horror film inspired by concepts of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. Feeling he needed to have more experience with large-scale films,

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Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008). He spent six months polishing the script for Inception before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009.[8] Filming spanned six countries and four continents, beginning in Tokyo on June 19, 2009, and finishing in Canada in late November of the same year. Continue reading »

Websites | Funny or Die – The Presidential Reunion is a video featuring Will Ferrell

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Barack Obama gets a surprise visit in the night from ex-Presidents Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Ford, Reagan and Carter to get a few pointers about the Consumer Protection Agency.

funny or die Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, Ron Howard, Jim CarreyThis amusing video features Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, Ron Howard, Jim Carrey, Fred Armisen, Darrell Hammond, Dan Aykroyd, Maya Rudolph and Dana Carvey.

Recipes | PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps – with how-to video

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This PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe has wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups.

PF Changs Chicken Lettuce-Wraps recipe It’s fast, easy and healthy so what’s not to like?  This is one of the most popular appetizers ever concocted in the history of humanity.

Below is an excellent video demonstating how to prepare P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Enjoy!    Continue reading »

Photography/Visual Arts |Illusions – believing what you don’t see, kinda

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Here is a  fascinating collection of visual illusions you’ll enjoy. It’s stunning how our minds can perceive images that actually differ from objective reality.optical illusions

Yes, our own brain seemingly enjoys tricking us sometimes. I think I hear mine snickering at me right now. Or do I?

An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality.

The most fascinating collection of the best visual and optical illusions online

The most fascinating collection of the best visual and optical illusions online

The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source.    Continue reading »