Monday: July 18, 2011
- An awkward meeting between Twitter founder Biz Stone and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
The Next Web posts an interesting article regarding a meeting between the two heads of the socially charged companies that happened some time around November 2008. It is rumored that this is about the time that Facebook was thinking of acquiring Twitter for sum of about $500 million. I smell a Social Network sequel or at the very least an Odd Couple-esque sitcom.
- Final Harry Potter movie breaks box office records worldwide.
Here in the states, Harry and friends (and enemies) took over the top spot from 'The Dark Knight' for best opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the final Potter film took in $168.55 million. Christopher Nolan's second Batman grossed a robust $158.4 million when it opened in 2008. Around the world, the cumulative Potter numbers were even larger. The movie grossed about $307 million, outgrossing the previous world box office record holder, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' by almost 20 percent.
- A day in the life of Disney / Pixar's John Lasseter.
The folks over at The Disney Blog link to an interesting documentary (source link goes directly to said documentary over on YouTube) about John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney / Pixar. If you happen to be a fan of anything Pixar or what goes into making a Pixar movie this little movie will be right up your alley. Great quote 24 seconds in: 'art challenges technology, technology inspires the art.'
Friday: July 15, 2011
- Fourteen amazing and unexpected urban art installations for you to gawk at.
It's not every day that you get to see a phone booth murdered in the name of art. This and other interesting bits of eye candy can be viewed over on the source article by way of the folks over at WebUrbanist. The melted ice cream truck half-way down the page get's the runner up award in my book. My favorite is the 900-pound box man, it reminds of the near-impossible yellow boss you had to beat before Dr. Wiley in Mega Man.
- Mashable reports that Coca-Cola will be giving away free Spotify subscriptions.
The company announced the program Friday morning via @DocPemberton, one of its Twitter accounts. The brand also directed fans on its Facebook Page to the feed, which is named after Coca-Cola’s inventor. The Twitter feed directs followers to this Spotify invite page. Coke announced on Thursday that it was a partner in Spotify’s U.S. launch.
- Disney testing out new mug technology in an effort out to stop drink refill abuse.
The rampant use of hotel guests taking advantage of their refill privelages have finally put Disney over the edge. DIS Unplugged reports that they are currently testing new mugs that have embedded RFID chips in them. If you've exhausted your free refill privelages for that day, no soda dispensed for you. Take that, thrifty guests!
- Ten neat Star Wars shirts for your viewing pleasure, go forth and wear The Force proudly.
Be the envy of all of your friends as you wear your Wookie of the Year t-shirt with pride and honor knowing that you've served The Republic and rid the galaxy of evil forces who came at you with robotic droids. They may have overrun your planet and caused a Jedi Master to flee into exile but in the end you can always crash with your Ewok friends on Endor and call it a day. Too much?
- National Geographic provides a top ten list for pretty much any travel idea.
Thinking of a planning a boat trip in Venice? Want to visit some famous boardwalks all across the United States? Whatever it is you happen to be looking for chances are you'll at least find a little travel inspiration with one these lists. Personally, I enjoy looking at some of these exotic beach locales (as evidenced by the chosen thumbnail).
- In the market for a new MacBook Air? You might want to wait until next week.
While most sites pointed to this week as the possible refresh of the line AllThingsD says that all said rumor mills have been off by a week. They predict that the new MacBook Air will contain Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt ports, flash storage in the realm of 128 gigabytes or 256 gigabytes. Lastly, the backlit keyboard may make a triumphant return.
Tuesday: July 12, 2011
- Netflix pulls the curtain back on separate plan changes for both streaming and DVDs by mail.
...we didn’t anticipate offering DVD only plans. Since then we have realized that there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs both from our existing members as well as non-members. Given the long life we think DVDs by mail will have, treating DVDs as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan neither makes great financial sense nor satisfies people who just want DVDs.
- Turns out living in a city might be better for your health than living in the country. Who knew?
Interesting article regarding the overall health snd stress levels of those who live in cities compared to those who live out in those rural areas (read country). So what happens if you live in the suburbs of a major city? I'm sure it must be like having the best of both worlds all the time.
- International teaser poster for Muppets movie reboot shows up online.
Word has it that the original title for this movie was to be called 'The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever' but the studios decided to shorten it to just 'The Muppets'. I like the previous title better. Here's to hoping this flick is more enjoyable than the Muppets Christmas Carol. Yech.
- Next version of iOS to bring bluetooth keyboard support to the Apple TV.
Navigating around on Apple TV isn't exactly all that fun of an experience. Adding the ability for a keyboard (or some other form of navigation device) would definetly be helpful. Interesting to note that 9to5mac also points to rumors of an updated Apple TV coming out sometime this fall.
- No day is ever complete without a Star Wars a capella light saber battle and accompanying soundtrack.
The fun begins about fifteen seconds in if you can't see the giant visual countdown over the video. In a rare instance I find myself agreeing with some of the YouTube comments. So yes, please make more of these and apply this effect to even better movies. Edit: spoke to soon, there is already a Matrix version out there.
- Google would like you to know that they will easily pass ten million G+ users soon.
My latest estimate tonight shows approximately 9.5 million users. This suggests that 2.2 million people have joined Google+ in the past 32-34 hours. I project that Google will easily pass 10 million users tomorrow and could reach 20 million user by this coming weekend if they keep the Invite Button available. As one G+ user put it, it is easy to underestimate the power of exponential growth.