Monthly Archives: August 2012

Apps | Locates lost or stolen smartphone – Plan B, Find My iPhone

When your dear smartphone is lost, Plan B, Find My iPhone and other apps can reunite you. They find iPhones & Androids so check them out now before it’s too late!

By David Pogue

Last week, I lost my iPhone on a train. I used Apple’s Find My iPhone feature to track it to a house in suburban Maryland, and the local police were able to return it to me. Because I’d tweeted about these developments, the quest for the phone became, much to my surprise, an Internet-wide, minute-by-minute real-life thriller.

Plan B video demonstrates its use

Several readers wrote to ask how to set up their own phones to be findable. As you’d guess, given last week’s experience, I have some strong feelings about the importance of setting up Find My iPhone or the equivalent on Android phones.    Continue reading »

Video |Ken Block-pro racer allowed to go nuts on San Francisco streets

A highly skilled and crazed racing car driver is cut loose on the streets of San Francisco and allowed to perform a lot of fun and insane driving. High quality filming.

Ken-Block's-gymkhana-five-ultimate-urban-playground-San-Francisco-racing-video,-TKen Block has officially released Gymkhana 5. This time he has unleashed his 650-horsepower Ford Fiesta on the quiet streets of San Francisco. How’s that for an impressive venue? Cleared of traffic, the hilly terrain makes for a perfect playground. The video spends plenty of time getting up close and personal with the city’s famous trolleys before moving to the Port of San Francisco. There’s also an impressive bit of hot shoeing on a barge in the bay as well. This time, Block has brought along a special friend to help him send tires to their smoky graves.

Travis Pastrana has hopped on a bike for the first time since his massive crash at the X Games a year ago, and the two proceed to craft a mechanized ballet for everyone to enjoy. That’s cool and all, but we enjoyed watching Block vault the Fiesta for some serious air time. Check out the video for yourself. It’s ten minutes of insanity.

youtube video of pro racer driving on San Franciso streets at high speeds

youtube video of pro racer driving on San Franciso streets at high speeds

Apps | Viddy – the Twitter for videos is a life-streaming movie studio on the go

Viddy is a smart phone app for editing and sharing mobile videos. This app is a simple way for anyone to capture, beautify, and share short videos with the world.

By Andrea Chang

During a recent appearance on the “Today”show, Justin Bieber was helping co-host Matt Lauer get up to date on the latest technology.

“All you need to get is a Viddy account,” the teen pop sensation said.

“A what?”

“Viddy. It’s like a new app. It’s dope.”

Video tutorial for Viddy – funny youtube video clip

Bieber is not the only one singing its praises. Called the Twitter for videos, Viddy has quickly amassed 38 million users since its launch just 16 months ago. Users shoot short video snippets, known as “viddys,” and upload them from their iPhones and other mobile devices for their followers to watch. Like tweets, viddys capture everyday moments, with one caveat: They have to be 15 seconds or shorter.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | Fresh Air – weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues

Fresh Air, the Peabody Award-winning broadcast, is one of NPR’S most popular programs. I’ve been a fan of the podcasts and it’s host Terry Gross for years.I highly recommend it.

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show’s intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

Fresh Air podcast episode – Chris Rock interview

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Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a “talk show,” it hardly fits the mold. Its Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with “probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights.” And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country’s leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics & commentators.    Continue reading »

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

Did you know the Hangover screenplay was based on a true story? It indeed was and I found that reading this fun script helped uncover amusing dialogue that was drowned out by laughter during the screening.

The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. The Hangover tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price and Alan Garner, who travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for a bachelor party to celebrate their friend Doug Billings’ impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu and Alan have no memory of the previous night’s events and must find Doug before the wedding can occur.

The Hangover movie trailer

Lucas and Moore wrote the script after executive producer Chris Bender’s friend disappeared and had a large bill after being sent to a strip club. After Lucas and Moore sold it to the studio for $2 million, Philips and Jeremy Garelick rewrote the script to  include a tiger as well as a subplot involving a baby and a police cruiser, and also including boxer Mike Tyson. Filming took place in Nevada for 15 days, and during filming, the three main actors (Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis) formed a friendship.

The Hangover was released on June 5, 2009, becoming a critical and commercial success. It became the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2009, with a worldwide gross of over US$467 million. Critics praised the film’s comedic approach but criticized it for its vulgarity. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades. A sequel, The Hangover Part II, was released in 2011.


The plot of The Hangover was inspired by a real event that happened to Tripp Vinson, a producer and friend of executive producer Chris Bender. Vinson had gone missing from his own Las Vegas bachelor party, blacking out and waking up “in a strip club being threatened with a very, very large bill [he] was supposed to pay”.

The Hangover script

The Hangover script pdf download

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore sold the original script of The Hangover to Warner Bros. for over $2 million. The story was about three friends who lose the groom at his Las Vegas bachelor party and then must retrace their steps to figure out what happened. It was then rewritten by Jeremy Garelick and director Todd Phillips, who added additional elements such as Mike Tyson and his tiger, the baby, and the police cruiser. The Writers Guild of America, West disallowed their work to be credited due to the rules of its screenwriting credit system. Continue reading »

Recipes | Red Lobster maple-glazed salmon and shrimp with how-to video

This recipe for Red Lobster maple glazed salmon and shrimp is a Pacific Northwest-inspired combination of fresh salmon and skewered jumbo shrimp, fire-grilled and topped with a maple and cherry glaze.

Putting a new spin on traditional surf-and-turf entrees, Red Lobster’s Maple Glazed Salmon and Shrimp is a surf-and-surf meal featuring salmon fillets topped with shrimp skewers.

Seafood fans who are searching for a new flavor might enjoy learning how to make this Red Lobster Maple Glazed Salmon and Shrimp recipe for dinner. The glaze combines the taste of maple syrup, dark cherries, and lemon.

Red Lobster uses bamboo skewers for the shrimp. You can substitute thin metal skewers if you can’t find bamboo ones. If you are using bamboo, soak them for 10-15 minutes before inserting into the shrimp. This will help prevent the wooden skewers from burning while the shrimp are grilling.    Continue reading »

Scripts | Inside The Game – family trapped in fairy tale computer game

After being sucked inside a kid’s computer game, a family can only return home if they win the game–which entails outwitting classic fairy tale characters, fighting killer beasts, and the wicked fairy they’re playing against–all before the laptop’s battery dies and they perish along with it. A fairy tale mashup.

Inside The Game script

Inside The Game script pdf download

INSIDE THE GAME takes place in a computer game called Fairy Tale Land and is a comedic adventure fantasy infused with magic, heart and damn scary thrills. What, you don’t think fairy tales are scary? They’re sissy baby stuff?

Hah! Let’s see if you make it out alive when you’re trapped in a small cottage with three hungry and very pissed off bears who want to rip you a new one for eating their porridge and busting up their fine furniture. Oh, and you’re also trapped in a ludicrous too tight dress with Goldilocks’ curls fused to your skull. This is the family’s first game challenge in the deep dark scary forest and dad bravely, kinda, faces it.

And it only gets worse. Much worse. Can you say man-eating ogre and fire breathing dragon?


But that ain’t all. Besides the bizarre killer creatures trying to annihilate them, the poor family must also play against their opponent, Vileena, the most wicked, disgusting and vile fairy in the history of history. Hell, she would send Darth Vader screaming into the night.

But it isn’t all brave heroic feats of derring-do you have to do. Nope. You gotta have brains and be clever with ‘em. Besides the role playing tasks, you score points in this wacked out game by outwitting and out guessing what the eccentric fairy tale characters are going to do before they do it. Or you have to figure out what objects they’re going to want to trade for. There’s no money involved, just crazy trades, favors and plots.

Perhaps the Three Little Pigs demand something in Little Red Riding Hood’s cottage. This, of course, means dealing with that killer Wolf. There’s actually a logic to everything, but it’s a twisted kaleidoscopic logic that’s a challenge to decipher and changes from one fairy tale to another and in different sections of Fairy Tale Land and I’m getting a headache just thinking about it. Let’s just say it ain’t predictable and it’ll twist your brain with a corkscrew and keep you guessing and on your toes. Continue reading »