Monthly Archives: February 2014

Event Photography | mix celebs, many margaritas & me for a fun shoot

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Wanted to share some images from a fun shoot I did at the American Music Awards gifting lounge. My rough job assignment was to hang out with celebs at the Sauza Tequila bar and capture the fun. Sometimes I can’t believe I actually get paid for this kind of stuff.

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So the AMA took place at the Nokia Theatre where there were plenty of mighty fine musicians as well as actors from movies and such shows as Glee. There were many delicious sparkling margaritas to be had too–for free even. My fave I highly recommend is the Wild Berry. Did you know the average celeb, a B- or even C-list, is given over $100K in free stuff annually? Not bad, huh?

Here are a dozen of my favorite images and included among these are: Lance Bass, Jenna Ushkowitz, James Durbin, Jordin Sparks, Ali Fedotowsky, Lacey Chabert, Aubrey O’Day, Xander Singh, Passion Pit, Dot-Marie Jones, The Lylas, Danity Kane.

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Los Angeles event photographer photos of American Music Awards at Nokia of celebrities-example of Los Angeles event photography shot by excellent photographer

Recipes | Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos w how-to videos

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This copycat recipe for Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos has zesty stir fried chicken stuffed in crispy wonton shells and topped with crunchy slaw and cilantro.

Copycat recipe for Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos appetizer, in plate TThese are just like the chicken wonton taco’s from Applebee’s appetizer menu. These tacos consist of stir fried chicken, coleslaw, red onion, green onion, and cilantro. The best part about these tacos is the chicken.

The chicken is marinated and stir fried in a teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, stir fry sauce, and sesame dressing mixture. This combination goes together extremely well. The coleslaw is tossed with additional sesame dressing.

The hardest part about this recipe is cooking the wonton wrappers. It can be a little tricky and it is something you will want to do last. Watch our easy how-to videos to get some tips on making the wonton wrappers a couple of different ways.

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Podcasts | Adam Carolla Show-the iTunes top ranked comedy

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The Adam Carolla Show is the top ranked comedy podcast and Guinness World Records holder for the most downloaded podcast ever. Adam shares his thoughts on current events, interviews celebrities and rants about whatever’s bugging him today. Which is usually plenty.

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The Adam Carolla Show is one of the podcasts I’ve listened to for years, although I usually only listen when he interviews a comedian or celeb I enjoy. He can be a ranting handful and an annoyance to my more pc correct friends, but he’s usually entertaining and quite funny when his rant-machine is racing and firing on all cylinders.

I recommend trying any of his podcast episodes that contain any of these recurring guests: Larry Miller, David Alan Grier, Dana Gould, Greg Fitzsimmons. You can read my post about Gould’s podcast here.

The Adam Carolla Show-video podcast with Jay Mohr

Here’s a good article about the podcast empire Carolla is building…

Three Lessons From Adam Carolla In Building A Podcast Empire

By Michael Wolf

As a longtime fan of Adam Carolla’s, I was both relieved and excited in February of 2009 when the comedian announced he would launch a podcast.

Relieved because, like many, I enjoyed the comedian’s hilarious rants about pretty much everything under the sun, and the recent cancellation of his syndicated radio show meant that I wouldn’t be hearing him on air anytime soon.

The Adam Carolla Show podcast--Adam Carolla talking to guest on phone

The Adam Carolla Show podcast–Adam Carolla talking to guest on phone

Excited because I thought it could mean something big for the podcast market. After all, while podcasts had grown steadily since the term was coined in 2004, they hadn’t quite fulfilled their early hype for a variety of reasons, and I thought Carolla’s entry could possibly bring more listeners to the medium.

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Apps | better smartphone typing is a tap away

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Touch-screen phones have become very good at some tasks but there is one feature that they still struggle to get right–the keyboard. Here are some apps and some setting tweaks to assist your fingers.

Apps, tweaks, techniques to make smartphone typing easier, faster, more accurate

Touch-screen phones have become so astonishingly good at some tasks they have all but replaced landline phones, pocket cameras and printed maps. But there is one feature that they still struggle to get right — the keyboard.

The flexibility of the full touch screen has won out over tactile, physical buttons, leaving us with a keyboard that is just an image on glass and small keys that sometimes get cranky around big thumbs.

Fleksy App – features video

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