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Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---saving-person-from-subway-train-death TVideo | a hero saves a stranger’s life in NY subway

When someone had a seizure on a NY subway platform and fell on the tracks, a brave man sprang into action and saved him.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---teens-save-bus-driver-&-passengers-TVideo | young teen heroes save bus driver and passengers

When a school bus driver had a heart attack and the vehicle careened out of control, a couple of middle school students heroically saved the day.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---pastor-helps-by-feeding-poor-community TVideo | man helps poor community with fresh food

Richard Joyner has led his rural community of Conetoe, N.C., to better health by helping students grow and distribute 50,000 pounds of fresh food a year.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---stranger-saves-man-trapped-in-home-fire TVideo | mystery hero saves man from home fire

When an elderly man is trapped in a burning inferno, a stranger happens along, bravely rescues the man and then disappears.

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The Arts | stunning animal creations from living human models
You may think you’re seeing a frog–but in fact you’re seeing five human beings, painted and intertwined to create an incredible art illusion by Italian artist Johannes Stoetter.

Zach King, Vine & funny Youtube illusionist comedian steals Eiffel Tower in France video-2Video | comedic film-maker creates hilarious Vine illusions
Zack King can make traffic disappear, jump through the closed doors of a moving train and steal the Eiffel Tower–and he does so with imaginative fun in his very short films known as Vines.

Deep-sea-aliens-among-us-TVideo | aliens among us–beautiful deep sea creatures
Mysterious and stunning alien life is indeed with us on Earth today, and they’re hanging out in the darkest depths of our oceans.


Humorous dog and cat video with unlikely interspecies friendships with elephants, monkeys, deer, lions, rhinos TFunny Dog & Cat Video | Unlikely hodgepodge of cross-species fun friendships
This  funny and heartwarming viral video, Be Together–Not the Same, features a hodgepodge of animals of different species, romping around together and having furry fun.

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los Angeles -TBusiness Hacks | Learning to love networking
Why? Because professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority.

Podcasts David Steinberg logoPodcasts | The David Steinberg Podcast
The legendary comedian and director, David Steinberg, sits down with comedians, entertainers, and creators to discuss life, art, and comedy.


Top 10 Youtube video of Venice Beach CA timelapse sunset and ocean waves-TPhotography | My Venice Neighborhood Project
I’ve added video to the mix, and posted new photos as well.

Business Hacks - win-win business, helping humans in need and the environment TBusiness Hacks | win-win biz, helping the environment and humans in need
Flowers at weddings are beautiful—but their beauty doesn’t have to end there. People donate to Repeat Roses, who picks up the flowers, repurposes them, and drops them off at hospices, hospitals and nursing homes, where they conjure needed smiles on patients’ faces.

Websites - social media, being professionally personable on Facebook TWebsites | being professionally personable on Facebook
When people talk about using social media to advance their careers, they’re usually talking about LinkedIn, Twitter, or maybe their blog. But the reality is that more people use Facebook than any other social network, which means you need a Facebook strategy for your career.

Life-Hacks- little-known-everyday-habit-of-highly-successful-people---TLife Hacks | the little-known everyday habit of highly successful people
Working late into the night can make you more productive–and more successful–than you ever imagined.


Newsletter - Venice-pier-sunset,-walking-man---IMG_2948Photography | images around my Venice neighborhood
My new year’s resolution was to create more images of a non-commercial, personal nature. Shooting whatever I see while walking my dog Nunzi around our Venice neighborhood. Seems I’m actually doing it and enjoying it and here are some from the first batch.

Monk path TApps | the 12 best travel apps
A travel pro takes you to the best apps which will make your journeys easier or more enjoyable.

Double---Jumping-woman---jumping-exec-man-TBusiness Hacks | being happier at work
Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track, explains the proven benefits of a positive outlook; simple ways to increase your sense of well-being; and why it’s not about being ecstatic or excited all the time. Audio IdeaCast available too.

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A true tale and appreciation of my mighty Special Olympics’ hero

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N-What-Is-Disruptive-Innovation-evolutionBusiness Hacks | what is disruptive innovation now?
The theory of disruptive innovation has proved to be a powerful way of thinking about innovation-driven growth. Here’s an excellent article and video about how it’s evolving.
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When Bella met George, something wonderful happened. Not long ago, the 11-year-old with a rare disorder was clinging to crutches. But now she’s walking with the help of a Great Dane who has become her best friend and constant companion.
Yahoo Video Guide combines all your streaming apps into one TApps | Yahoo Video Guide combines all your streaming apps into one
The streaming app to rule them all. With Yahoo Video Guide you can quickly find and stream all your favorite TV shows and movies in one beautiful app.

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Business Hacks | the new science of customer emotions
When companies connect with customers’ emotions, the payoff can be huge.
Funny-and-heartwarming-dog-video-for-kids-of-cheetah-and-puppy-friendship-TVideo | heartwarming story of sick Cheetah cub and his puppy savior
Just when the Cheetah cub was having a hard time surviving, some kind-hearted humans and a brave shelter puppy came to his rescue.
Life-Hacks--top-10-tips-to-show-you’re-already-more-persuasive-than-you-think TLife Hacks | you’re already more persuasive than you think
It’s amazing the opportunities we miss because we doubt our own powers of persuasion.

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This is the best funny youtube video of a man who doesn’t know anything adopting a puppy dog

Business Hacks | marketing – why some videos go viral
In “Puppyhood,” a video for Purina Puppy Chow produced with BuzzFeed, a guy spontaneously adopts a puppy, they bond in typical roommate fashion…and a marketer’s dream comes true.

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Life Hacks | mindfulness as a productivity tool?
A wisdom tradition associated with personal growth and insight is now being absorbed by our culture as a tool for career development and efficiency.

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Podcasts | Story Worthy – true stories from interesting talents
Story Worthy is a free weekly storytelling podcast featuring Hollywood’s most creative talents and normalish people spinning intriguing true tales.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
With Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Trevor Noah, Steve Harvey, Bill Maher–this latest season 6 is my fave. And kudos to the improved cinematography

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Lessons from the 20 most popular TED talks
The 20 most popular TED talks ever are likely to make you question just about everything. And they will toss in a few answers.

 

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Proof that life experiences, not things, make you happier
If you’re wondering whether to use that extra money you came upon to buy that new expensive bag or go on vacation, a new study suggests your best bet may be the latter

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Good samaritan dog surprises new friend
This good samaritan dog surprises his new friend with secret good deeds that improves his life and romance.

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Life Hacks | how to impress anyone in 30 seconds or less
Few things in life will help you more than knowing how to make an immediate great impression. Make note of these impressive habits.Photo showing 12 things successful people never reveal about themselves at work-life hacksLife Hacks | 12 things successful people never reveal at work
You can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t open up to your colleagues; but doing so is tricky, because revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career.

Funny animal video showing reactions of jungle creatures seeing their mirror reflections for the first timeVideo | jungle animals funny reactions seeing their first mirror
French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre traveled to Gabon, Africa, and set up a mirror in several locations of the jungle to capture animals walking by. In this video, they caught their interesting reactions on camera.

Sleeping photo displays best natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies for insomnia--good life hack -tLife Hacks | natural, herbal and homeopathic sleep remedies
Insomnia can negatively affect your daily activities. Here are various home remedies for insomnia including natural remedies, herbal treatments and homeopathic medications.

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Architecture | “Building Of The Year” awards – showcasing inspiring innovation
From a pool of over 3,000 buildings designed and created in the past year, the folks at Arch Daily reveal the stunning winners.

Photography of babies thriving and having fun with their pets - 1 - TPhotography | Babies thrive with their furry friends
When I was studying for my pet therapy certification test, I remember reading studies about the many health benefits humans, especially kids, garner from interacting with animals. Well here is the visual evidence showing how babies thrive with pets.

Photo of a mother and baby daughter taken by a Los Angeles photographer, Gregory Mancuso - TEssay | My Mother, My Best Friend
Here’s a touching tribute to mom that resonated with me and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

The best weather apps for smartphones - dark sky app - TApps | a guide to the best weather apps
Weather apps are among the most used programs and here is a good guide that shines a light on the best.

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The most creative and witty sculptures from around the globe - Bliss Project by Marco CochraneThe Arts | The most creative & witty sculptures from around the globe
From kinetic sculpture to light sculpture to classic marble statues, these works of art are some of the most creative and witty pieces I’ve ever seen. A nice sampling from all over the world.

Funny youtube dog video showing puppies babysitting their family's children in a very humorous way, TVideo | Babysitting dogs display their effective & funny skills
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TED's best apps to make your everyday life easier - VSCO Cam appApps | TED’s best apps to make your everyday life easier
You’ve likely heard about those smarties at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design).  I’ve enjoyed their fine podcasts for years and now their staff has come up with the 25 best apps to help make your everyday life easier.

Funny youtube dog video with extreme stunt dog Jumpy, parkour athlete Alex Duong, TVideo | extreme dog teams up with Parkour athlete
I’ve been a big fan of Jumpy and think he does the most impressive extreme dog stunts out there. In this video, Jumpy has found his human athletic soul mate, and they do a romping duet that’s nicely captured by an excellent slow motion cinematographer.

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With a wide range of comedians, this Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season is one of my favorites. Slugging down the java with Seinfeld is John Stewart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Klein and George Wallace.

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If you haven’t seen these funny bits on Jimmy Kimmel before, you’re in for a tweet treat. I’ve gathered all 7 editions that have aired over the past two years to give you a quick laughing binge.

Funny-dog-and-cat-video-clip-shows-people-practicing-yoga-and-the-humorous,-annoying-things-their-cats,-dogs-do,-youtube - TVideo | yoga & pets = amusing, annoying, adorable
If yoga is about controlling the mind and body, there is no greater test than practicing with a dog or cat on the loose.

Top ten inspirational websites to help you improve mind, body, spirit and even business to new heights - waves at sunset TWebsites | top ten inspirational websites
From time to time we can find ourselves out of gas, in a rut or even knocked to the ground, and can use a little inspiration to get going again. These sites could lend a hand.

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Funny videos - Maron is comedian Marc Maron’s terrific tv show on IFC, portrait SVideo | Maron – excellent podcast begets funny IFC show
For years I’ve been listening to Marc Maron’s excellent podcast “WTF”, and now pod has morphed into video and begot a funny show on IFC called “Maron“.

The best iphone and android anonymous apps let social media users speak freely, Whisper appSApps | anonymous apps let social media users speak freely
These excellent apps let smartphone users share their unabridged observations and life experiences anonymously–Whisper, Secret, Yik Yak.

Website StillTasty.com is the ultimate online guide and resource for food shelf life, food storage, handling, and best prep of cooked food - categories TWebsites | StillTasty – ultimate food life and scrumptiousness guide
Left pizza out overnight? Know how to defrost a whole fish? And what of the age-old question: are those eggs ok 2 weeks past the use-by date? Get the answers about how long foods last and the best way to store them at StillTasty.com.

The Wolf of Wall Street movie script, photos, video, production notes, cast, screenwriter - movie poster TMovies | The Wolf of Wall Street – the script and intriguing tales about the production
The Wolf of Wall Street is a black comedy directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, and the script was written by Terence Winter.

Olive Garden zuppa Toscana soup copycat recipe and low fat healthy recipe, cooked and ready to eatRecipes | Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup w how-to videos
Olive Garden zuppa Toscana soup is a classic, delicious and hearty Italian soup with sausage, potato, bacon and kale. We have one recipe from Olive Garden’s cookbook and one that’s a healthy low fat version.

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Video-of-dog-who-swims-with-dolphins TVideo | Dog swimming with wild dolphins
Kira is an ordinary dog with extraordinary friends. Each day she leaves boring canine pursuits on the shore and heads out to sea to do something much more exciting–swim with wild dolphins.

Event-Photography-Los-Angeles---American-Music-Awards-celebrities-two-women-in-the-band-Danity-Kane-shot-by-Los-Angeles-event-photographer,-TPhotography | mix celebs, many margaritas & me for a fun shoot
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.

Apps, tweaks, techniques to make smartphone typing easier, faster, more accurateApps | better smartphone typing is a tap away
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 setting tweaks to assist your fingers.

The Adam Carolla Show podcast--company logoPodcasts | Adam Carolla Show – the iTunes top ranked comedy
The Adam Carolla Show is the top ranked comedy podcast and Guinness World Records holder for the most downloaded podcast. Adam shares his thoughts on current events, interviews celebrities and rants about whatever’s bugging him.

American Hustle movie script, photos, video, production notes, TMovies | American Hustle – the script and intriguing tales about the production
American Hustle is a comedy-drama directed by David O. Russell from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation.

Copycat recipe for Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos appetizer, in plate TRecipes | Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos
This recipe for chicken wonton tacos has zesty stir fried chicken stuffed in crispy wonton shells and topped with crunchy slaw and cilantro.

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Apps to Make You a Better Reader - Instapaper, tApps | 8 excellent apps to make you a better reader
Eight excellent apps that’ll help you improve your reading ability and become a better literary citizen, while simultaneously boosting your brain function.

review of wikiHow website--a wiki of the world's most helpful how-to guides & useful tips, logoWebsites | wikiHow – learn how to do anything easily
wikiHow is a collaborative effort by knowledge philanthropists who have created the world’s most helpful how-to guides. A goldmine of easily understood articles and instructional videos.

The Smartest Man in the World podcast by Greg ProopsPodcasts | The Smartest Man in the World
Greg Proops is certainly not the smartest man in the world, nor is he the funniest for that matter, but there is never a dull moment and he never fails to entertain.

Recipes-Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake, whole from side, tRecipes | Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake
This recipe for the Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake, combines the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving desserts–pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake–to create this luscious holiday dessert.

Funny-video-of-cats-stealing-dog's-beds,-funny-video-for-kidsHumor | funny video of dogs having their beds stolen by cats
My fave compilation on this silly subject. Some of these poor dogs try to fling their beds, some bark hysterically & some put up a losing half-hearted fight.  A few at the end give up and just snuggle up with their feline.

Iron Man 3 movie posterMovies | Iron Man 3 – the script and intriguing tales about the production
Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time. It’s based on Marvel’s iconic super hero who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” in 1963.

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Jerry Seinfeld is back with “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”–an excellent and amusing web based series. Episodes follow a format of Seinfeld introducing a vintage car, picking up the guest comedian, and taking them out to have coffee.

Apps-Facetune for iPhone, iPad, iPod improves mobile photos easily with pro-like tools,tApps | Facetune easily improves your look in mobile photos
The Facetune app lets users remove blemishes, diminish dark circles, smooth skin and create many effects that normally take considerable Photoshop training to master.

cats videoHumor | Hilarious cats argue & play patty-cake
I thought this viral video was pretty funny with just the cat patty cake thing going on. But then the cats start talking and takes it to a new level. A couple of guys found the original clip and did a great job writing the dialogue and then performing it with impeccable comedic timing.

Podcasts-Slate magazine's Hang Up And Listen excellent weekly sports discussion podcast hostsPodcasts | Hang Up and Listen-Slate’s weekly sports discussion
Hang Up and Listen is a weekly sports discussion from the online magazine Slate. It features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis and NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca.

Flight -movie--poster with-Denzel-Washington, tMovies | Flight – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast
John Gatins was the screenwriter for Flight. The movie received two Oscar nominations including best original script, best actor for Denzel Washington, and it was directed byRobert Zemeckis.

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Bringing out and capturing the natural warmth and personality of people is often the essence of a successful photograph to me. Here are a ten of mine I think worked out pretty well.

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Photography | my favorite summer images
As this summer heads into its seventh inning stretch, I chose my favorite summer images that I shot this year and years past. Got a fave summer poem too.

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Apps | to get more battery life out of your phone
Here are five free apps that will help you extend the battery life of your smartphone.

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Apps | Top 10 traveling apps help you save money
Here are excellent apps to assist you in traveling around the world without busting your budget.

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Video | Teaching rescue dogs to drive cars
Yes, some animal experts in New Zealand have taught three rescue dogs how to drive. Here are several videos proving they actually did it and the exciting tale of the tail.

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Humor | How To Pet A Kitty by Matthew Inman
Matthew Inman dishes another helping of hilarity from his online comic The Oatmeal in How To Pet A Kitty.

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Movies | Zero Dark Thirty – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast
Mark Boal was the screenwriter for Zero Dark Thirty. The movie received five Oscar nominations including best picture, best original script, best actress for Jessica Chastain, and it was directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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Funny-youtube-video-of-babies-dancing-with-their-adult-selves-titled-Dancing-With-My-Baby-Me-tVideo | Dancing with my baby-me

A winning combo of a creative and cute concept with dancing babies. It’s a fantasy of seeing yourself dancing with you as a baby looking back at you through a reflection.

Smartphone after-work apps to melt your stress away for iPhone,iPad, AndroidApps | 8 after-work apps to melt your stress away

So your brutal workday is over and you’re ready for some great entertainment. Good news, there’s plenty of great apps out there designed to make sure you have fun.

landscape-and-animal-photography-collection-tWebsites | Earthporn – ultimate landscape & animal photography collection

Earthporn is a series of breathtaking pictures that capture the brilliance of our magnificent planet, nature and life.

Funny-video-of-dog-trying-to-get-a-statue-to-play-fetch-the-stickHumor | Dog trying to play fetch with statue

This is the epitome, the very definition of dogged determination. This pooch is totally convinced a statue of a man is actually alive and has to play fetch with him. Must play!

Django-Unchained-movie-script-with-intriguing-tales-about-the-director,-writer,-cast,-production-tMovies | Django Unchained – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

Django Unchained was directed by Quentin Tarantino who also wrote the Oscar winning script. The movie received five Academy Award nominations with Christoph Waltz taking the Best Supporting actor award.

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Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup recipe with chopped broccoli, shredded carrot and select seasonings simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce. How-to video for the soup recipe and baking for bread bowl.

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Humor | Video – babies laughing at dogs

CompilarizTV put together an excellent supercut of adorable babies laughing their huge little heads off at their rambunctious dogs.

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Humor | Video – a bawdy collection of the best news bloopers

Hilarious and bawdy collection of the best local news bloopers including one with super model Kate Upton.

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Humor | Comic essay – My Dog: The Paradox – lovable discourse on man’s best friend

This ode to the furry, four-footed, tail-wagging bundle of love and unbridled energy frequently dubbed man’s best friend is from Matthew Inman, #1 NY Times best-selling author.

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Video | Further Up Yonder – exquisite timelapse space images

Italian student filmmaker Giacomo Sardelli used thousands of photographs taken by astronauts in space and made an exquisite time-lapse video called Further Up Yonder.

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Scripts | Argo – with intriguing tales about the director, writer, cast, production

The Argo script was written by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape,” by Joshuah Bearman.

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Apps | 10 you need to assist your workday productivity

These 10 apps perform both simple tasks, such as managing your to-do list, and complex ones, such as allowing you remote access to your computer.

 

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Podcasts | Science Friday – science, technology, health, environment news

Science Friday is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow.

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Recipes | Panda Express Orange Chicken with how-to videos

Panda Express Orange Chicken recipe is a dish inspired by the Hunan Province in South Central China. It is prepared with crispy boneless chicken bites, tossed in the wok with their secret sweet and spicy orange sauce. 18

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Websites | Animal Wellness Foundation – health care & homes for dogs & cats who need them

Since my wonderful vet started this foundation, I can personally vouch for it’s stupendousness. If you don’t have time to read this, just click HERE and your Facebook “like” is magically transformed into a $1 donation.

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Scripts | Lincoln – with intriguing tales about the production, cast, writer, director

The “Lincoln” script was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”. Kushner, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis discuss the making of the film.

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Video | Animal Odd Couples – touching friendships between species

These skillfully shot videos reveal fascinating, touching and quite unlikely cross-species friendships in the animal kingdom.

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Apps | Pocket – saves articles, videos or pretty much anything for viewing later

With the excellent app, Pocket, you can save articles, videos, etc, directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and over 300 others. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet, or computer so you can view it any time, even offline.

 

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Recipes | Starbucks Eggnog Latte – with how-to video

With this Starbucks eggnog latte recipe, you can savor the holidays with a rich espresso beverage that’s complemented with subtle holiday spices, steamed milk and topped with nutmeg.

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Video | Baby twins rock out to dad’s guitar & millions laugh

This is one of the cutest videos I’ve seen and apparently over 11 million people agree. The viral video of these two babies is short and sweet, and if you need a smile, it’s a treat.

Podcasts | Slate’s Political Gabfest – jocular, incisive discussion about politics

Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast aims to recreate the kind of informal and irreverent discussions Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

Apps | BigOven – 250,000 recipes, your grocery list, menu plans & much more

The Big Oven app is a great demonstration of why recipe apps can be better than recipe books. It lists over 250,000 recipes, with a powerful search engine that offers many options for finding a recipe you’d like.

 

Podcasts | The Bugle – weekly satirical news by comedians John Oliver & Andy Zaltzman

The Bugle is one of my favorite comedy podcasts. You may know Oliver from his job as a correspondent on John Stewart’s The Daily Show and his various specials on Comedy Central.

Scripts | The Dark Knight Rises – with intriging tales about the production, cast, director & writer

 The Dark Knight Rises is a film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer.

Recipes | Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup – tasty and easy with how-to video

This delicious recipe for Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup is made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach.

 

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Apps | Plan B & Find My iPhone – locates your phone when it’s lost

When your dear smartphone is lost, Plan B, Find My iPhone and other apps can reunite you. Check them out now before it’s too late.

Video | Ken Block’s gymkhana five ultimate urban playground: San Francisco

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.

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.

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.

Screenplays | The Hangover written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Did you know the 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. Enjoy

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.

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Podcasts | Dana Gould Hour – the most creative and funny comedian podcast going

I’ve listened to plenty of podcasts by comedians and the “Dana Gould Hour” is the funniest, most creative and the best produced one out there.

Video | Animation | Eyeoneye – imaginative fuzzy felt animation explores the human universe with Andrew Bird’s fine song

Inspired animation by Yu Morita uses a fuzzy felt medium to interpret Andrew Bird’s song “Eyeoneye”.

Apps | Layar & Junaio – “augmented reality” apps add digital information to the real world around you

Augmented reality covers the many ways of adding digital information to the real world around you, using a smartphone’s camera. It’s clever and very futuristic, but you can still try it out now easily with the Layar and Junaio apps.

Video | TV | Top 10 “Curb Your Enthusiasm” moments

Here are a couple of Top 10 “Curb Your Enthusiasm” compilations to hold over Larry David fans until a new season starts.

Websites | Harvard Business Review – informative, thought provoking essays that ain’t boring

The Harvard Business Review site has an excellent blog stuffed with fine articles, breakthrough ideas and commentary from the leading thinkers in business, management and humanity.

Recipes | Applebee’s Mozzarella Sticks – full deliciousness but fewer calories with this low-fat version

This recipe for Applebee’s mozzarella sticks is a delicious and healthier version that cuts the fat and calories by baking instead of frying. Delicious meets healthy.

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Video | “Back to Water”

Moody and ethereal video explores beauty in liquid form.

Video | Dogs riding bikes

Here’s a double dose of biking dogs–one solo act and another with a doggie chorus line.

Video | Top 10 Biggest and Best Jumps Ever 2012

Get ready to be amazed by this range of insane and/or gutsy moves by humans defying gravity.

Video | “Bicycle Sounds”

Stephen Meierding’s entry into the “Bike Shorts” film competition features bikes as creative musical instruments.

Video | “10 Bets You Will Always Win” – ten easy tricks to guarantee winning bar bets

Easy to follow video shows a few tricks to impress your friends, and maybe even put cash in your pocket.

Video | “Vanishing Point”

Well done and visually creative animation abstraction from Takuya Hosogane.

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Parker app finds and pays for parking spaces

Apps | Parker – finds parking spaces and can also pay and reserve a spot for you

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? Now you can with the Parker app.

Podcasts - Manners for the Digital age slate

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?  These are the kinds of dilemmas this podcast tackles for you.

Video Spiders web creation

Video | Why Spiders Don’t Stick To The Web – the age-old mystery is finally solved

Scientist films spiders in the lab, in the field and under a dissecting microscope to untangle this longstanding arachnological mystery. The secret to not getting stuck? Watch.

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Screenplays | BRIDESMAIDS – nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best original screenplay

BRIDESMAIDS by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo was nominated this year for best original screenplay, and it’s a fun read on its own.

Starbucks classic Coffee Cake Recipe

Recipes | Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake – a moist cake swirled with a layer of cinnamon streusel

Each slice has a layer of cinnamon streusel swirled within it and a crumble top that deliciously balances sweet cinnamon spice with crunchy goodness.

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Video | Top Ten Funny Babies – when stress levels rise, try a few seconds of these babes for instant relief

If you don’t crack a smile watching this clip, check your pulse.

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Podcasts | The Culture Gabfest – Slate magazine’s culture critics debate the week in culture from highbrow to pop

Slate.com’s cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the latest movies, television, books and more.

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Screenplays | MIDNIGHT IN PARIS by Woody Allen – this year’s Oscar winner for best original screenplay

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS won best original screenplay and Woody Allen has the most nominations in this category with 15, and the most wins with 3.

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Video | Earth – a look at the fascinating way science and art combine to create images of our home sweet home

There’s artistry to creating the world and Rob Simmon, art director of NASA Earth Observatory, shows us how.

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Websites | SuTree – a knowledge community and aggregator of how-to videos

SuTreeis a great place to increase your knowledge and expertise of almost anything you can think of.

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Secret Recipes | Houston’s Chicago Style Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke hearts mixed with cheeses and spices, served up hot with chips for dipping.

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hbo show luckTV | LUCK – a trifecta of great writing, acting & cinemtography makes this HBO series the best thing going by a long shot

After getting blown away by the fourth episode, all I can say is–whoa what a show! Although the series can be confusing and wandering in the early episodes, if you give this nag a chance, she’s going to race into your heart.

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gasBuddy app finds least expensive gasApps | GasBuddy – finds the best gas prices

This superb free app, GasBuddy, finds the cheapest gas prices on the go or at locales you know. GB is my BFF and he wants to be yours too.

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Photography/Video | Secret Life of Ice – photographer zoomed in on ice and discovered a beautiful and fascinating landscape

Look at frozen water through cross-polarized light, and zoom in with a macro lens, and you’ll find a colorful and mesmerizing landscape.

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Websites | “What’s Alan Watching” – Sepinwall’s site is a great place to go for thought provoking and insightful TV commentary

When I want to know what’s worth watching, I always go to “What’s Alan Watching”. And whenever I’m confused by something I’ve already seen, my TV pal can always be counted on to fine tune my mind’s screen.

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Chili’s baby back ribs recipe

Top Secret Recipes | Chili’s Baby Back Ribs – with GMA video

Chili’s baby back ribs savory flavor is found in the sauce, and the cooking secret is a slow-braising technique prior to grilling that will keep the meat juicy.

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Screenplays | THE IDES OF MARCH by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon

THE IDES OF MARCH, by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, was up for best adapted screenplay and I thought it was the best of this year’s nominations.

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Fountain los angeles photographerPhotography | Wet & Wild – a fountain and fifteen minutes
I love me some moving water. Always have. A few drops. An enormous wave. Don’t matter. Mix in sparkling sunshine and I can’t resist. Here’s a few shots from a fifteen minute stare.

funny or die Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, Ron Howard, Jim Carrey Websites | Funny or Die – The Presidential Reunion is a video featuring Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, Ron Howard, Jim Carrey, Fred Armisen
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. optical illusionsBooks | Visual Illusions – believing what you don’t see, kinda
Here are a couple of books with fascinating collections of visual illusions you’ll enjoy. It’s stunning how our minds can perceive images that actually differ from objective reality. Yes, our own brains seemingly enjoys tricking us sometimes. I think I hear mine snickering at me right now. Or do I? Inception movie script by Christopher NolanScreenplays | INCEPTION by Christopher Nolan
Inception is a 2010 film which was written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Is that all, Chris? What a slacker. Fido Factor app smartphone dogs in bar - thumbApps | Fido Factor –  this app for dog lovers fetches dog-friendly locations where ever you roam–don’t leave home without your best friend again
(Special guest 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.

Top Secret Recipe P F Changs Lettuce WrapTop Secret Recipes | P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – one of the most popular appetizers ever concocted
P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps are wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups.

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cancer survivor story photosPhoto Story Poem | CANCER CAN’T CATCH HER – she peered into death’s eyes, spit in its face and lived happily ever after 

A cancer survivor photo story poem.

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RedLaser-pricing-check-app,-thumbApps | RedLaser – compares gift prices online or at nearby stores, also checks food nutrition and allergens

I’ve found RedLaser is the best app for comparing product prices. It also delivers food nutrition and allergen info, finds library books and more.

 

holiday recipe starbucks cranberry bliss barRecipes | Holiday recipe – Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar – with how-to video

Bring a little bliss to your holiday gatherings with Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar.  A blondie cake base, topped with sweet cream cheese icing and tart dried cranberries, garnished with white orange drizzle.

 

it's a wonderful life movieScreenplays | IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling  

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a 1946 film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story “THE GREATEST GIFT” written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

 

WTF podcast Marc Maron comedianPodcasts | Marc Maron’s WTF – a thoughtful, talented comedian interviews other comedians

I’ve enjoyed over 50 of Marc Maron’s WTF podcasts. This smart comedian has a talent for coaxing surprisingly revealing and interesting things from his comedic guests which results in excellent and unique interviews.

 

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los angeles nightscapes photographyPhotography | Light comes out at night

Photographs of Los Angeles nightscapes. Basically, photography is a medium that captures light reflected off a subject. When moving light itself is the subject, sometimes an almost magical transformation occurs. This has always fascinated me.

 

Special Olympics hero swimmerEssay | THE FRAIL BLISS TORNADO VS GLOOM AND DOOM

A true tale and appreciation of my mighty Special Olympics’ hero.

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Video nature's ocean camoflage mastersVideo | Masters Of Camouflage – nature’s best camouflage artists strut their stuff in this remarkable video

A marine biologist captures nature’s finest underwater camouflage artists performing their almost magical transformations in this intriguing video.

 

Screenplay Inglorious Basterds Quentin TarantinoScreenplays | INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS written by Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS script received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. And I found him to be a most gracious fellow in person.

 

Dominos pizza recipe Top Secret RecipeRecipes | Top Secret Recipes – Domino’s Pizza

Here’s the secret recipe for a delicious Domino’s pizza and a video of Todd Wilbur’s new TV show.

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AllMyFaves online web directoryWebsites | AllMyFaves – the ultimate homepage and one-stop-shop for all your online needs

I’ve been using All My Faves for years and have found it a fine resource–a visual table of contents of the online world. Whenever I’m stuck or looking for new places to explore, I head over to this directory with its numerous visual links.

 

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Websites | Movie Reviews – if you wanna know to which movies you should go–throw out Rotten Tomatoes and grab my fresh choices

I’ve reviewed the movie review sites and got the top two for you–Metacritic and MovieReviewIntelligence. Metacritic also serves up excellent TV, music & gaming guidance.

 

The Tobolowsky Files podcast

Podcasts | The Tobolowsky Files – legendary character actor shares his short stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry

I listened to podcast one a few months ago and became addicted before it concluded.  I had no choice but to feed my addiction and I consumed all 51 episodes one after another. His stories are funny, profound, and moving.

 

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Video | Animals – Ultimate Dog Tease, great talking dog, a must-see

The perfectly produced talking dog video, Ultimate Dog Tease, has been viewed by over 63 million.

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Screenplays | MEMENTO written by Christopher Nolan

MEMENTO is a psychological thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story, MEMENTO MORI. The film received Academy Award nominations for Original Screenplay and Film Editing.

 

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News | Pat’s Papers – carefully edited news collection spanning the spectrum of international news to domestic politics to science to gossip and beyond

Pat’s Papers is a carefully edited collection of US news headlines. They cut through the clutter of the news choices on the Web to deliver a summary of stories that span the entire news spectrum.

 

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Recipes | Top Secret Recipes – Starbucks’ birthday cake pops

A Cake Pop solves the ever lasting question of how to make cake portable–it’s whimsical, fun and delicious cake on a stick.

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Apps Dragon dictationApps | Dragon – Fire up texting, emails, tweets without typing

I like texting except for the typing. So my pet Dragon swallows my voice and spits out hot text–for text messages, emails, Twitter, Facebook updates, notes and whatevers. Dragon Dictation is a free bird too.

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Essay | Online Shopping Tips From A Guy Who Hates Shopping

A guy who hates shopping gives shopping tips and tricks for finding gifts and snagging the lowest prices with the least amount of effort and time. Nuf said!

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Clarence Clemons bruce springsteen bandMusic | Clarence Clemons Tribute – “The Big Man”, Bruce Springsteen saxophonist, passes away

Clarence Clemons, known as “The Big Man” to Springsteen fans, passed away a few days ago. I already miss my favorite sax man big-time. Here’s my humble tribute with memories, photos and video of a most soulful musician I greatly admired.

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Video of cat barking like dogVideo | Pets – Cat impersonates dog when nobody’s looking

Here’s a video of a cat impersonating a barking dog when he thinks no one is watching.

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KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW John HammPodcasts | KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW – The planet’s best talk show ain’t on TV

With no time or language or commercial restrictions to hold it back, KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW has blasted off into the stratosphere to become the planet’s best talk show. I’ve gathered tasty samples of his podcast featuring Jon Hamm, Seth MacFarlane, Jane Campion,  Dana Carvey, Lisa Loeb and others.

 

power nap, cap nappingPrint | Sleep on the job to work better–scientists prove what my grandpa and cat told me

My Grandpa and cat told me naps are important. Now smarty-pants scientists also say ‘power naps’ improve cognitive functioning, increase reaction time, learning, efficiency and health. Result? Get more work done.

 

Music Video | OK GO – The largest and most stupendous Rube Goldberg machine ever created “performs” with the band OK GO

Ok Go, and arts group Syyn Labs, build the most stupendous and creative Rube Goldberg machine ever and synch its “performance” to a great song.

 

 

The Usual Suspects movie, screenplayScreenplays | THE USUAL SUSPECTS by Christopher McQuarrie

THE USUAL SUSPECTS is one of my all time favorite films and screenplays. This screenplay won the Oscar in 1995 and Kevin Spacey snagged best supporting actor.

 

 

Top Secret Recipes | CPK Thai Crunch Salad

The top secret recipe for California Pizza Kitchen’s delicious Thai Crunch Salad.

 

 

 

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MMMM Newsletter #02

When Harry Met Sally 2, Funny or DieWebsites | Video: Funny or Die – When Harry Met Sally 2, the Landlord & its outtakes

Here’s a few fine videos from Funny Or Die. A new one with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren, a classic you’ve likely seen before, and the outtakes you may not have caught.

 

Sally Field, how to look your best in photosPhotography | The Ins And Outs Of Looking Attractive, Outside And Inside, In Photos And Out

A photographer gives practical and philosophical advice on how to look your best in photos.

 

 

 

Guilty dog videoVideo | Dogs – Denver, the famous guilty dog, in her viral vid and TV debut

Over 8 million people have viewed this amusing video. What I like about this one is that it isn’t a silly, goofy or pratfall filled affair. It’s subtle and low-key, so I’m frankly surprised it got such a huge response.

 

The King's Speech screenplayScreenplays | THE KING’S SPEECH by David Seidler

It won the Oscar for best original screenplay & it ain’t a half bad read

 

 

Brain Stuff podcastPodcasts | BrainStuff – get smarter in a few minutes and have a humm-huh? moment or two

Marshall Brain explains the world’s everyday mysteries and other puzzling phenomena in BrainStuff, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com

 

Bonefish-Grill-Bang-Bang-ShrimpTop Secret Recipes | Bonefish Grill BangBang Shrimp

Bonefish Grill proudly refers to this appetizer as the “house specialty” and for good reason. It’s a most delicious dish with bang-up flavor especially if you enjoy your food on the spicy side.