Archive | Movies/TV RSS feed for this section

PBS Parents

5 Jul

At PBS Parents discover information about birthday parties, child development, education, games, health, advice, PBS TV programs and goods. I personally like the expert Q&A that the website offers; this week's is “Helping Children Prepare for Kingergarten”. If you are home schooling, this website is a good resource to help plan your day.

http://pbsparents.org

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

MTV Jobs

20 Jun

The job scene is changing rapidly in front of our eyes and MTV gives us a shining example of the changing landscape. I was watching MTV and Sway did a segment on hiring a social media manager. If you are looking for a job inspired by this millennium, explore MTV Networks Job Twitter feed or their career website.

http://twitter.com/mtvnetworksjobs

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Scrivener Is Creative Writing

5 May

Mac users are looking for a creative ingredient to spark your writing? If so, then you need to discover the program called Scrivener. The writing program is ergonomically centered around the way the modern multitasker thinks.

Scrivener lets you jot down thoughts on documents that resemble post-it notes. You can view them individually or all at once as if you pinned them up on a cork board. I traditionally write bits of information down as I go and then elaborate later, this program gives me the latitude to do so. Another outstanding feature of Scrivener is the ability to merge documents together by individually selecting each note. You can export your document as a word doc, pdf, or a multitude of formats.

The program has a 30 trial so you can always give Scrivener a test drive.
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

Special thanks to Stephen Herron for the recommendation on the program.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Blippy Makes Credit Social

22 Feb

How far can social networking go, how about into your wallet? Blippy makes credit card transactions social. I was reading a recent article about Blippy and I was floored by this next level of social networking.

The website asks, “What are your friends buying?” Register for an account, enter your credit card info (which is not kept on record) and share with the world what you are buying. Your Blippy account is updated with what you just bought. Other Blippy users can comment on your purchase. You can tell Blippy what types of transactions you don’t want to go public. It also has a connection with Facebook and Twitter.

As a by-stander, I think this website is cool. Now I can see what other people are buying and if I see something nice, I might buy the same thing. All I can say is that a recent poll stated 70% of lawyers are using social networking in case proceedings. Use this service at your own risk.

Do you think Blippy is too much information?
http://www.blippy.com

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Classifications of Facebookers

8 Dec

CNN recently did a classifications of the most annoying  Facebookers. Can you relate to any of these listed here? Do you have any to add?

  1. The Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day Bore.  – tell me more?
  2. The Self-Promoter. – every link to your blog (I am guilty of this one)
  3. The Friend-Padder. – 1000 friends?
  4. The Town Crier. – I can’t take who just died.
  5. The TMIer. – too much info
  6. The Bad Grammarian – I can’t spell
  7. The Sympathy-Baiter. – too much bad news
  8. The Lurker. – not much participation but they know alot about you
  9. The Crank. – complainers
  10. The Paparazzo. – constantly tagging posting photos
  11. The Obscurist. – not clear updates
  12. The Chronic Inviter. – constantly sending out group invites

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/20/annoying.facebook.updaters/index.html

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Big Events Shut Down The Net

4 Nov

The net is still in diapers. Every time a big event happens, the Internet seems to experience lag and major websites just simply shut down. When Michael Jackson’s funeral was held during a weekday in the middle of the afternoon, the world watched the event mostly at work online. This event alone seemed to cause everything online to hick-up.

Think about these facts:

  • Amazon just turned 15
  • Twitter is a new communication form started in 2006
  • iTunes launched in 2001 and now represents half of music industry sales

Can we just admit to ourselves that the Internet is just still just learning to walk? Web 3.0 is approaching, but the fact is it is never too late to get on the web bandwagon and embrace the technology.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

R.I.P. Geocities

26 Oct

Geocities was closed today by Yahoo. I used Geocities to create my first webpage to get my first Internet job back in 1996. Yes, the page was rudimentary and featured a flaming guitar, but it was a building block for later success. I actually think my website address had so many tildes “~” that it was impossible to remember.

Geocities was a true pioneer that now has been surpassed with more powerful user-centric based website creation tools. Rest in peace Geocities.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/10/geocities-closing.html

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

VMA Tweet Tracker

6 Oct

During the 2009 Video Music Awards, I noticed a MTV correspondent using a web tool that highlights the popular Tweets called Tweet Tracker. Throughout the VMAs, the host would switch to the Tweet Tracker, very much like a meteorologist, and review the hottest topics on Twitter. Kayne West’s outburst on Taylor Swift ranked high on the hot topic list.

In future, I truly can see a forecaster on the evening news whose sole purpose is to give the 5 day outlook on web content. The technology will most likely not be Twitter, but as the net grows a collective consciousness, the need for an expert to give analysis of trends will be of high regard.

Below is a link to the MTV Tweet Tracker. The tracker is no longer active for the show since it ran in September, however the tracker is still functioning and tracking Twitter.
http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2009/twitter.jhtml

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Oh No! Your Parents Just Joined Facebook?

15 Sep

The other day I heard a few talk show hosts insinuating that Facebook has “Jumped The Shark“. I then saw on Doug Craver’s TechBytes and on a few Twitter feeds the website My Parents Joined Facebook referenced. The website insinuates that youth can no longer post everything happening in their lives on Facebook because now their parents will find out about it.

For example, a college student kept asking her father for money to pay for rising book fees. However after dad joined Facebook, became friends with their kid and started reading about her excessive partying, the money was cut off. Then the student “Unfriended” their dad so he couldn’t read her updates any longer. The reality is this trend is rising everyday and this new website, My Parents Joined Facebook says, “this is your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy.” The idea is to share the embarrassing messages parents are writing on your Facebook wall in order to fight back.

The reality is everyone should realize that whatever you write as your status, on your wall, or any picture you upload is permanent record online. Even if you delete your account or remove the information later, a search engine, the site hosting the material or another user will be retaining your information. Be careful out there in Internet land!

http://myparentsjoinedfacebook.com/

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

WTF! the CW

2 Sep

I just recently stumbled upon the CW’s most recent fall campaign for their upcoming TV lineup. Most of the clips were specifically for Gossip Girl and focused on scenes that were cliffhangers. Four letters kept flashing across the screen that caught my attention.

If I texted you the letters “WTF!”, what would you think I am communicating? I guess the CW network doesn’t think that parents would figure out that their Watch This Fall (WTF) campaign meant What The F#$%! to the text message generation. I know that the CW’s campaign is tongue and cheek, however it is truly dangling the ignorance card between generations. Since the demographic for the CW is primarly youth and WTF! is a universal text language message that youth understand, the connection is clear. I may be going overboard on this one, but it seems like a line has been crossed.

So I ask, “WTF! on the CW?”
Send Feedback to the CW
Text message acronyms

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)