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Turn the flash on your Android, iPhone camera into a flashlight

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.

 

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Google Maps update – bicycle legend now shows bike lanes, shared lanes, and bike-friendly roads

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

 

Look for the biking legend in the upper right hand corner of the map.

 

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.

 

Source: Google Lat-Long Blog - New Biking Directions Legend

Glowing reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman – from Ebert and the L.A. Times

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.

And, Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times:

“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!

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6 dark and scary illustrations of Edgar Allen Poe short stories from 1919

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.

These drawings invite dissection by the reader…

 


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The 10 best elements of a Tim Burton movie

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
My Favorite - Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale in Batman.

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.

  • Large Marge – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Max Shreck’s Kiss with Catwoman – Batman Returns
  • The bug-eyed witch in the woods – Sleepy Hollow
  • Barbara’s rips off her face! – Beetlejuice

 

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// Thx – Raoul Pop

Just Released: New Batman, New Spider-Man Trailers

I’m locked into Comic Con right now. With so much material and glam I just can’t get enough.

Starting with some top Hollywood talent in 2011 discussing their favorite moments (Jon Favreau).

And, now the studios fighting each other to get out the best trailer. Check out these two and let me know which one wets your pants..

The Dark Knight Rises

The Amazing Spider-Man

Movie Posters

You know me, I love to reward those who hit the bottom of the page. Check out these just released movie posters!

Hot movies to see this summer

The line-up for this summer’s blockbusters is looking really good…if you’re a male geek.

Here’s my top 11 (w/ trailers and release dates)

Harry Potter – the final movie

Cowboys and Aliens

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Super 8

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Captain America

Winnie the Pooh

TrollHunter

Mr. Popper’s Penguin

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Green Lantern

Release Dates

Opening Jun 10
Super 8
TrollHunter

Jun 17
Green Lantern
Mr. Popper’s Penguin

Jun 24
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Jul 1
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Jul 15
Harry Potter – the final movie
Winnie the Pooh

Jul 22
Captain America

Jul 29
Cowboys and Aliens

Aug 5
Rise of the Planet of the Apes