My mom shared this app with me, and it’s so obvious – turning the camera’s flash into a light – I’m amazed I didn’t think of it before. It also looks funny because it’s so incredibly bright, almost blinding in the dark. But the best phrase is that it gives new meaning to the word – flashlight.
Or, if that annoys you we can go with torch as it is called on the Android app – and in Britain. No such international wordsmithing for the iPhone version. Either way it is incredibly useful to have a light with you at all times.
Enjoy and if you know of better apps – please share.
If you’re looking for new ways to get around for fun or to work, or might be trying to live a greener lifestyle in 2012, why not try biking? In March 2010 we introduced biking directions and since then Google Maps has been sharing biking directions with cyclists across the U.S and Canada.
Since no bike path is the same, many users have requested an easier way to differentiate the different types of bike routes that are available. Starting today, a new legend feature can help you understand what the different colors on the bike maps symbolize.
Dark green is for dedicated trails and paths
Light green is for roads with dedicated lanes
Dotted green is for roads that are friendly for cyclists
You can view this legend by clicking on the widget in upper right corner of Google Maps and selecting the Bicycling layer. You can also access biking directions on your Android device or by going to maps.google.com on your mobile browser.
Despite poor overall reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (49%) and Metacritic (56), the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman” has been winning over some top critics. Among them Roger Ebert:
“Snow White and the Huntsman” reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. It’s the last thing you would expect from a picture with this title. It falters in its storytelling, because Snow White must be entirely good, the Queen must be entirely bad, and there’s no room for nuance. The end is therefore predetermined. But, oh, what a ride.
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring a fierce Kristen Stewart and an even fiercer Charlize Theron as warring sides of good and evil, is a baroque enchantment filled with dazzling darkness, desultory dwarfs, demonic trolls and beastly fairies. It is an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love — its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white.
Both reviews fawned over the special effects in the movie, from the overbearing castle to the forbidding forest. Describing it as “a triumph of art direction and CGI” and, “a forest lush with bewitching flora and fauna is otherworldly to behold.”
Which means you can count me in, I love that stuff!
When Poe’s 1908 collection of short stories, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was reprinted in 1919, a copy of the “deluxe” edition would cost you 5 guineas (in today’s money, that’s about 300 USA Fun Tickets).
The book was printed on handmade paper, bound in vellum, and lettered in gold. But its cost was mainly due to new illustrations: 24 full-page drawings by young Irish illustrator Harry Clarke, whose ink illustrations brought Poe’s characters to life with mesmerizing detail. Each copy was signed by Clarke, and according to rare book sellers, the edition topped Christmas lists in 1919.
1) The Skittish Outcast – Burton has built his entire career on the twitchy outcast.
Edward Scissorhands – Edward Scissorhands
Beetlejuice & Lydia – Beetlejuice
Pee Wee – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland
Ichabod Crane – Sleepy Hollow
Willy Wonka – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ed Wood – Ed Wood
Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd
2) The Blonde Ingenue – The other side of the lady coin in Burton’s world. This director’s obsession with the innocent, blonde ingenue is so strong he’s be-wigged countless brunettes to get that perfect bleached from all sins look.
Sandra Bloom – Big Fish
Katrina Van Tassel – Sleepy Hollow
Kim – Edward Scissorhands
Johanna – Sweeney Todd
Vicki Vale – Batman
Daena – Planet of the Apes
The White Queen – Alice In Wonderland
3)The Punky Rebellious Young Lady – The misunderstood ladies trapped in a world of their own. These rebels are often the voice of reason in Burton’s mad, mad world.
Lydia Deetz – Beetlejuice
Ari – Planet of the Apes
Carolyn Stoddard – Dark Shadows
Alice – Alice in Wonderland
Sally – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Emily – Corpse Bride
4) Nightmare Face – Horrific, bug-eyed scare jumps that make the audience jump out of their chairs.