Monthly Archives: May 2012

Apps | Parker-finds parking spaces, can pay & reserve spots

Tired of driving in circles? Have a meeting downtown and can’t find parking? Want to reserve a spot ahead before heading out to your favorite restaurant? Wish you could pay for parking with your phone? Now you can with the Parker app.

Parker app finds and pays for parking spacesWant your navigation system to give directions, traffic, and show you where to park? Now, you can! With Parker, you can find everything you wanted to know about where to park all in one place. Just start up Parker via your smartphone, tablet, the web, and in-car navigation system, and Parker will help you:


Video tutorial on the use of the Parker app

  • Find a place to park on-street and off-street with real-time and static information
  • Voice guidance – let’s you know where parking is nearby
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Podcasts | Manners For The Digital Age – helping you navigate the etiquette of new technology

Is it stingy to use a Groupon coupon for your share of a check? Should I nix a former in-law from my Facebook page after a divorce? What to do when a colleague steals your job title and description for her LinkedIn profile? These are the kinds of dilemmas that Manners For The Digital Age podcast tackle for you.

Podcasts - Manners for the Digital age slateWith smartphones appearing in millions of pockets and computer screens mediating more and more of our interactions, the question of what’s rude has rarely been in greater flux. Technology and social media have connected us in astounding ways, but they’ve also given rise to etiquette dilemmas Emily Post never could have imagined.

Manners For The Digital Age podcast episode – By Andy Bowers

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As we were developing Slate’s new podcast “Manners for the Digital Age,” we realized that in such a fast-changing social environment, the manners column needed an update, too. We think the best etiquette advice is no longer just one person’s opinion but a debate between two writers with very different perspectives on digital culture.    Continue reading »

Video | why spiders don’t stick to their web

Video shows why spiders don’t stick to their web

Video shows why spiders don’t stick to their web

William Eberhard, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and colleague Daniel Briceno film spiders in the lab, in the field and under a dissecting microscope to untangle this longstanding arachnological mystery.

The age-old mystery is finally solved. The secret to not getting stuck? Watch.

Video – why spiders don’t stick to their web

Video comes from those smart geeks at Science Friday.

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

BRIDESMAIDS was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best original screenplay, and it’s a fun read on its own.

Bridesmaids movie script pdf downloadBridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend.

The plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph). Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey co-star as Annie’s fellow bridesmaids, with Chris O’Dowd and Jill Clayburgh—who died of leukemia in November 2010 before the film was released—playing key supporting roles.

Bridesmaids movie trailer

Bridesmaids was both critically and commercially successful upon its opening release on May 13, 2011, in the United States and Canada. The film grossed $26 million in its opening weekend, eventually grossing over $288 million worldwide, and surpassed Knocked Up (2007) to become the top-grossing Apatow production to date. The film received a 90 percent overall approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and served as a touchpoint for a discussion about women in comedy.

Bridesmaids movie poster

Bridesmaids movie poster

It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades. On January 24, 2012, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This made it the first Apatow film to be nominated for an Academy Award.


The script, originally titled Maid of Honor, was written by Kristen Wiig and fellow actress and screenwriter Annie Mumolo. Friends for years, both had met each other at The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe where they wrote sketches with one another, in the early 2000s. The basic premise for the film originated in 2006, shortly after Wiig was cast in the supporting role of a passive-aggressive cable television executive in producer Judd Apatow’s comedy film Knocked Up (2007).

Bridesmaids script

Bridesmaids script pdf download


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Recipes | Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake – with how-to video

It takes a lot to qualify as “Classic Coffee Cake” at Starbucks and as this recipe shows, only the softest, moistest, most scrumptious cake will do.

Starbucks classic Coffee Cake Recipe Each slice has a layer of cinnamon streusel swirled within it and a crumble top that deliciously balances sweet cinnamon spice with crunchy goodness. Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake recipe will thrill your pastry taste buds.

I have found three Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake recipes! You may find slight variations of the cake at different Starbucks locations. Sometimes there is a ribbon of cinnamon running through the middle of the cake, and sometimes the cake is dusted with a bit of powdered sugar. You’ll also find some versions with a few chopped pecans in the topping; and that’s the version here.    Continue reading »