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If you are like me, you are just too busy to keep a diary or journal. Hell, it is hard enough just keep a blog going these days. But what if I were to say that you are already keeping a diary or journal without even knowing it? If you are posting messages to Twitter, updating your status on Facebook, posting your photos to Flickr, checking in with Gowalla, placing videos up on YouTube, etc. you are already keeping a public journal scattered across the net. Now what if you could corral them all together and include private entries and keep it all in your pocket (via the iPhone of iPod touch)?
Outside of a possible coffee run or something of that magnitude, the one place you won't find me on what is known by some as "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving in the States) is at a retail store. That doesn't mean you won't find me on the iTunes App Store looking for a deal.
This Thanksgiving weekend is no exception and it wouldn't be the same without some great app deals for your iOS device (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch). Here are some deals I discovered this year in the Apple iTunes App Store. I may be updating this article if I find more over the course of the weekend, so check back here for possible additions or follow me on Twitter: @LouisTrapani for shout outs about them.
"It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures," is how Burbn, Inc describes their free iOS app, Instagram.
Chiefly for the iPhone and the iPod touch (with camera), it can also be used on the iPad, just without the camera functionality, Instagram has really made an impact on how I and thousands of others take and share photos over the net.
Three weeks ago Apple unveiled the new Apple TV. It is now housed in a mysterious black box, as opposed to the silver of the previous Apple TV. It's much smaller and without a hard disk spinning inside plus a more efficient processor, it runs much cooler.
A black mysterious box is most fitting for this product because there's still so much about it that we don't know yet.
As this summer is coming to a close, I thought it might be a good idea to share some thoughts about the Apple iPhone 4. It was released just days after summer began here. Where did the time go? Can it be that I have already been using the iPhone 4 for a quarter of year now? It is somewhat surprising when I think of it that way.
Then again, this device has been full of surprises. Going back to — when was it — last March? With the whole incident of it showing up on a website. The site purchased it from someone that claimed it was supposedly left behind at a bar while it was being tested in the wild. I recall at the time thinking that it had be some sort of iPhone knock off from China or something as no way would Apple redesign the iPhone in that way (with what looked to be visible seams no less on the sides). These first unauthorized photos of the device made it look thicker than the existing iPhones at the time (in fact it is thinner). It didn't seem Apple would go that direction.
As this day draws to a close. Nine years onward since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I made some observations. First, I must say that I have yet to turn on my television or visit any mainstream news websites or have been exposed to any what I was informed would be taking place in Manhattan today. I suspect some people chose to make this a day for leveraging the election season in one way or another. That is not what I am writing about now.
A snapshot of the history of the future… Going back today to the 1960s to see how they visualized 2001 then is what this upcoming documentary, years in the making, sets out to accomplish.
A documentary that really tells the story of the making of 2001, not just the technical story but the human story, the personal story, the experiences of people who interacted with Kubrick that is really true to the style and look of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Take a peek for yourself in this trailer promo for the documentary (sorry, I could only find Flash versions of this embedded video):
After a long hiatus, Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi has returned. Dave Cooper @daveac joins me, Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani as co-host in this episode in which we discuss the new Torchwood series coming to Starz in the US, series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, we invite our younger listeners for their reviews of K9 - The Series, plus we discuss Sherlock, The Deep, Ashes to Ashes, Merlin, and more. It also features part of an interview with Brian Croucher (Travis (2) on Blake's 7) that can be heard in full in Doctor Who: Podshock 219.
For more details, see Episode 8 of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi. If you are subscribing to the podcast, it is already in the feeds, or alternatively, you can download it directly here: Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Ep. 8 (MP3, 39 MB)
It was 44 years ago today, on September 8, 1966 that we first went where no one has gone before. Yes, it was the debut of Star Trek on television. Happy anniversary exploring the final frontier for 44 years now. Granted, Star Trek really began years before (even having two different pilots produced), but it was on this date that it premiered on NBC.
Recently I have gotten glued to GetGlue. What is Glue or GetGlue? Before I explain, let me tell you how I came to discover and use GetGlue.
If you follow me on Twitter @LouisTrapani or the all so many other social media sites that I maintain a presence on, well, you know that I maintain some sort of presence on these various said services. Some I am engaged with more than others.
This may be old hat for long time, die-hard Star Wars fans such as myself, but Star Wars today spans several generations and you may be at different level of fandom.
Today, The LA Times ran this piece about Gary Kurtz, the producer of Star Wars: A New Hope(affiliate link) and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back(affiliate link). He parted ways with George Lucas after TESB and many would argue that Star Wars: Return of the Jedi(affiliate link) would had been a very different film if the team stayed together.
This is not the first time that Gary Kurtz has spoken openly about how things were envisioned differently initially when he was involved.
Rarely do I have time to devote to watch movies these days. It is because of that I had this blu-ray disc still in the box set since I got it in the first half of 2009. After popping some long-expired stale popcorn, I decided to sit myself down and watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Amazon link).
When Apple announced new products last week which included a new Magic Trackpad among other goodies, one which may had seemed unusual for some was the new Apple Rechargeable Batteries and Charger.
In fact, this may have excited me more than the other product announcements.
Last February, I finally broke down and bought the Magic Mouse after being frustrated with the little trackball in the Mighty Mouse constantly getting clogged up which required me to attempt to clean it out. When the Magic Mouse was released, there was only a wireless model. I thought perhaps a wired model would be on its way soon as in the past Apple always had a wired version along with a wireless version of their computers mouses.
If you read my previous post, Photo Walking 2010… Officially you will know that I took part once again in this year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW). It took place on Saturday, the 24th of July 2010, the same day that YouTube was soliciting videos shot on that very day for their Life in a Day project. With the material sourced from these video submissions, director Kevin Macdonald will edit select footage to create a documentary movie executive produced by famed director Ridley Scott to be shown at the Sundance film festival in January.