02 December 2009

Tiger Woods' voicemail heard round the world

Tiger Woods Voicemail to alleged "Mistress" [Audio very low]

26 November 2009

Fearless Freaks - The Flaming Lips Doc

I've wanted to see this documentary for a long time.

Thanks Hulu.

17 November 2009

The Future of Computers

The World as we know it...it's just beginning.

A big picture look at the Computing Past, Present and Future. Interesting stuff.

[Thx to Gizmodo & Obsolete

Trillions from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

29 October 2009

Using Google Voice with Your Current Number

Really cool new way to incorporate all the great feature of Google Voice with your exising number.

I've been using it for a few months now...and I love the voicemail. Now, I have the ability to take all my calls with Google's great voicemail. Color me a happy camper.

Here's the post from the Official Google Blog on the announcement, new features, and a video showing how it works. Thanks Google:

Up until now, if you wanted to use Google Voice, you needed to choose a new number (a "Google number"). Taking calls through your Google number allows us to offer features like call recording, call screening and getting text messages via email. But we know not everyone wants to switch to a new phone number, so it made sense for us to create a lighter version of Google Voice for people who are willing to trade some features for the ability to use their existing numbers.

We're excited to announce that you now have the choice to get Google Voice with your existing mobile number OR with a Google number.

If you sign up using your existing number, you'll still get many of Google Voice's features. Most notably, you'll get all the functionality of Google voicemail, as explained in this video:

23 October 2009

Drunkest Guy Ever


These videos are great...but the remixes that usually blow make it so much better.

Here's the original:

Funny, eh?
Wait until you see the Silent Movie remix...freakin' awesome.

But...wait, there's more! Here's the Benny Hill version for brevity's sake...clocking in at 1:26.

Want to see more? Head over to Urleque.com for a motley of YouTube remixes and mashes. Bon Appetit!

08 October 2009

Jon Hamm + Blues = Epic

I've really liked Jon Hamm and his awesome character Don Draper on his awesome show, Mad Men, for a few years now.

His appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifanakis was hilarious.

Now, he's reached a new echelon.

Why am I just now finding out that he's a Blues fan? This is important info, people!

Check out these two spots for Blues fans. Awesome...just flat out awesome...

"Hi, I'm Jon Hamm. I live in Hollywood now..but, I was born and raised in St. Louis. I've had this hat for 15 years"

Hey Jon...love that lid, my man. I can tell that dude's got Missouri blood running through those veins.

Enjoy the sneak peek version:

07 October 2009

Star Wars Uncut Trailer

Such a cool idea..and definitely one that I'm considering.

Should I claim a scene and get busy being part of the coolest fan project I've seen in years? Well, when I put it that way.

Check out what I'm talking about in the trailer:

17 September 2009

Robert Randolph & the Family Band - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That

For my money...Robert Randolph & The Family Band is the best band to see LIVE on the planet. I've never had so much fun at a concert than I've had @ theirs.

The best part: this song fully incapsulates what makes that experience great. His crowds are so diverse:

Red, Yellow, Black & White / It don't matter / We're all getting down tonight

Ain't Nothing Wrong with that, indeed.

31 August 2009

Tarantino Rewrites History in "Basterds"

Source: Gaye Gerard/Getty Entertainment Images via NPR

Saw Inglourious Basterds this weekend. Amazing movie...so great to see a spaghetti western in today's movie scene.

I hope this inspires Quentin to try to bring more westerns to the silver screen.

Here's a great NPR interview with Tarantino on his new movie:

Behold...The Nerd Bracelet

Once I saw this in my Twitter stream a month ago...I had to have it.

The price alone was worth it for a 8 GB drive...but to then have it in bracelet form...awesome.

Today...the 8 GB drive arrived.

Check it out below...am I crazy for loving this? It's hilarious, incredibly useful and a steal @ $12 with Free shipping. End Geek Rant.

28 August 2009

Visual Effects: 100 Years of Inspiration [Epic Video]

Image: Green Screen Setup from Adobe.com

We've come a long way, baby.

This incredible video found on Gizmodo chronicles 100 years of visual effects magic on the silver screen in only 5 minutes.

Amazing stuff...and inspiring.

Check it out...it's only 5 minutes of your time:

Here's what the info on the clip reads:

A "5th-grader-friendly" collection of clips and making-of footage from notable visual effects films of the past century.
Originally intended for educational use as an introduction to a classroom lecture.
The music track is "Rods and Cones" from the album "Audio" by Blue Man Group.

1900 - The Enchanted Drawing
1903 - The Great Train Robbery
1923 - The Ten Commandments (Silent)
1927 - Sunrise
1933 - King Kong
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1940 - The Thief of Bagdad
1954 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1956 - Forbidden Planet
1963 - Jason and the Argonauts
1964 - Mary Poppins
1977 - Star Wars
1982 - Tron
1985 - Back to the Future
1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 - The Abyss
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992 - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
1993 - Jurassic Park
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2005 - King Kong
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2007 - The Golden Compass
2008 - The Spiderwick Chronicles
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

27 August 2009

The Nature Of 'Boo!'

The following is a great article from the fanastic Monkey See blog on NPR:

The Nature Of 'Boo!' or: What Does It Take To Really Scare The Pants Off Of You?: "

Janet Leigh in the shower scene in 'Psycho.'

This is a pretty scary scene, right? Or is it?

We're wondering what really scares you. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

by Linda Holmes

There are two scary-movie franchises putting out new chapters this week: Rob Zombie's Halloween II is opening against The Final Destination — which is actually the fourth movie in the Final Destination series.

(Believe it or not, The Final Destination is a different movie from Final Destination, making it literally only one-half as creative as the 'let's drop two instances of the word 'the'' approach to sequel naming that was pioneered by Fast & Furious.)

Horror movies of various kinds are huge business, but are they scary?

The difference between unease and assault, and some spoilers about Psycho, after the jump...

I ask this in the context of having recently watched Psycho again. What struck me was how very leisurely that film actually is. Not only is there a long prologue involving Marion and her lover and her embezzlement scheme that ultimately has basically nothing to do with anything, but there are sequences — like the cleaning of the bathroom after the shower scene — that proceed with an odd and maddening normalcy. Nothing jumping out at you, nothing about to jump out at you. Just a guy cleaning up after a killing — and it goes on and on and on.

While you can certainly argue — in fact, it's hard not to — that Psycho takes a bizarre wrong turn in about the last five minutes with that endless 'Dr. Exposition, I Presume' speech, what does work about it is the unease it creates throughout. Something is vaguely wrong, all the time. Wronger and wronger as things progress, but for much of the time, there is a general unease that only gradually becomes legitimate horror, first for Marion and then for the people who come looking for her.

This is why I always (always, to the point of mockworthy repetitiveness) call Wait Until Dark, with Audrey Hepburn, my favorite scary movie. You're less likely to have seen it than Psycho, so I'm hesitant to spoil it. But suffice it to say that while the end is a classic horror sequence in many ways, most of the movie involves nothing more gruesome than a woman gradually figuring out how much trouble she's actually in, which is the way it generally feels in real life when something frightening happens.

At the same time, as much as I'd like to claim that only languid suspense frightens me effectively, there are plenty of viscerally scary things that I couldn't even begin to explain. Like so many other people, I was terrified of Pennywise the clown in the book (and the movie) It. I don't like spiders. I'm not great with loud noises. Anything happening to anyone's eye is a problem. (A film of people putting in their contacts would suffice as a horror movie in my book.)

So here's my question: What do you consider scary? Don't overthink the question too much — I'm not talking about how scary An Inconvenient Truth may have been for you. What works on you as scary?

Has the sight of blood been ruined for you? Does the classic 'close the medicine cabinet and see someone behind you in the bathroom mirror' shot do anything for you? Does explicit horror still horrify you, or are you more unsettled by uncomfortable situations?

Feel free to think broadly: is it the music? Dark rooms? Car accidents? We're talking about the nature and execution of a good movie scare here, so fire away.

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25 August 2009

Chiefs Coach Todd Haley - Wired All Access

I haven't seen much of the KC Chiefs preseason, if at all.

Living in SW Florida will do that.

ArrowheadPride.com does a great job of keeping me up to speed with what's happening with my favorite team.

One thing I do know: That's the kind of guy I want coaching my favorite team. If he can whip them into shape...I'd love to see who could.

21 August 2009

Hot Band 'The Beatles' Has New Video Game, Movie Deal, Broadway Show

Hot Band 'The Beatles' Has New Video Game, Movie Deal, Broadway Show: "

The Beatles in May 1967.

In May 1967, The Beatles celebrated the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They probably didn't know they'd still be making news 42 years later. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

by Linda Holmes

You may have heard about a hot emerging band with a lot of irons in the fire right now -- 'The Beatles,' anybody? I'm pretty sure they're going to be the next big thing.

Today's Beatles news is that Disney is working out a deal for Robert Zemeckis to access Beatles tunes to remake Yellow Submarine. Not only is a movie remake planned, but there's interest in a Broadway show.

In September, The Beatles will undoubtedly make huge headlines with the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, the new video game that will allow you to play along with the band. (For a whole lot more about the game, and about the Beatles, and about why people pick on guys who like to play Guitar Hero and Rock Band, see this marvelous recent article by Daniel Radosh from New York Times Magazine.)

All that is not to mention, of course, the fact that remastered versions of their entire catalogue on CD are scheduled for release in September as well.

Need more? 'Why The Beatles Broke Up' is the cover story in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

There's even some speculation that the Beatles' records could finally be coming to iTunes, but that still looks like wishful thinking as much as anything.

There tends to be a certain ebb and flow to interest in The Beatles, but this does seem like an interesting little uptick. I don't think there's any question that Guitar Hero has wildly increased the familiarity younger kids have with hair bands (I base this in part on my nephews' shockingly advanced knowledge of 'Rock And Roll All Nite'); I'll be curious to watch for an increase in the visibility of Beatles tunes among ten-year-olds.

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15 August 2009

FoxHurricane.com: Ana now Bill in Atlantic

Ana now Bill in Atlantic:

This morning Ana reformed from the remnants of TD2 and then Invest 90L became TD #3 and quickly upgraded to Tropical Storm Bill at 5pm today.

Tropical Atlantic

Tropical Atlantic

At the same time there is a tropical wave moving thru Florida bring thunderstorms across the state and more widespread across the southern part of the state. This is an area that has a slight chance of developing and we are watching. Ana has been struggling this afternoon after a burst of convection early on. She is now experiencing a bit of shear along with moving into a very dry air mass to the west. Water vapor imagery shows the large area of dry air just to the west of Tropical Storm Ana.

Water Vapor

Water Vapor

With that in mind the intensity forecast for Ana is still highly uncertain since some computer models continue to show very modest strengthening over the next several days. The WRF model which is run in the FOX 13 weather center continues to show slow strengthening of Ana as wind shear should lessen. The WRF is also in agreement with the GFDL in a more southerly track compared to many of the other models. At the same Bill continues to gain strength as he moves towards the Lesser Antilles.

WRF Model Saturday Evening

WRF Model Saturday Evening

The WRF model shows both storms continuing West for the next couple of days with a gradual turn more northerly.

WRF Model Tuesday Morning

WRF Model Tuesday Morning

By Tuesday morning Ana is approaching the eastern tip of Cuba which may be a bit too fast. The official forecast track has it moving slower than the WRF model indicates. The official forecast track also shows Ana approaching the southern Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. A word of caution in this forecast…this is a 5 day forecast and the error in this forecast is quite large. This storm could go anywhere from the Yucatan to Daytona to miss the U.S. completely by brushing the Carolina coast. This will become more clear over the coming days.

13 August 2009

How The Luscious 'Mad Men' Is Making Cheap And Ugly Television Look Bad

Love this show...so awesome.

How The Luscious 'Mad Men' Is Making Cheap And Ugly Television Look Bad: "

Mad Men cast members Rich Sommer, Elisabeth Moss, Aaron Staton, Bryan Batt, Vincent Kartheiser, Michael Gladis, and Christina Hendricks in the conference room.

From left to right: Rich Sommer, Elisabeth Moss, Aaron Staton, Bryan Batt, Vincent Kartheiser, Michael Gladis, and Christina Hendricks are part of the Mad Men cast that's raising the stakes for visually satisfying television. (AMC)

by Linda Holmes

The fawning over the attention to detail on AMC's Mad Men, which returns for a third season on Sunday night, can get a little precious, there's no question. When The New York Times spends an entire article discussing the creative process of simulating period cocktails and House Beautiful offers Mad Men-inspired decorating tips -- including a lead on a great typewriter for $140, because who wouldn't want that taking up some room? -- it feels a little fussy.

The thing is: it's all deserved, because this is the show that has made it harder than ever to claim that television is cheap-looking because it's television, and that it cannot be visually imaginative or interesting. It's the first show to build its reputation on its perfect look since HDTV came along and made that perfect look a much more important element of a high-end hour-long drama.

Christina Hendricks of Mad Men.

Christina Hendricks plays Joan Holloway. (AMC)

Look at office manager Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). To see Joan is to understand Joan, from the bold color of her dress to the red hair to the pen necklace. But mostly, just look at how everything down to the curve of her eyebrow communicates something. Joan has not just been made a woman of the 1960s; she has been made a very specific woman of the 1960s. It's not just about period pieces. It's about how a character's brand of energy is delivered in visual language.

There are a lot of shows that are good, and well-made, and well-written, and lots of them undoubtedly have hard-working prop masters and costume people who are brilliant and unappreciated. But it has been Mad Men that has, over its first two seasons, brought the idea of rich visuals to the forefront of television production and criticism like nothing else since the widespread adoption of bigger and better televisions.

The kitchen of the Draper family on Mad Men.

This is the kitchen where the Draper family lives, far from the Sterling Cooper offices, where you know you would never see wood this color. (AMC)

The show's aesthetic is so important to its relationship with viewers that it fueled AMC's wildly popular 'Mad Men Yourself' campaign. It's one thing to get people interested in what they'd look like as a cartoon person on The Simpsons or as a Christmas elf, but it's another to simply have them so invested in your way of visualizing blood-and-bone, non-sci-fi human beings that they want to know how they'd look through your lens -- even if it's as a drawing.

It wasn't long ago that a frequent shorthand for the notion that a movie looked cheap was that it looked like television. But particularly in an era when a decent number of people either see HDTV or see shows like this on DVD or Blu-ray, there's no earthly reason television should look cheap unless it actually...you know, decides to look cheap.

Mad Men -- and, for that matter, Lost and Burn Notice and a number of other shows -- now feature distinct visual signatures that pop into your head whether you mean them to or not -- Lost is a leafy green show, to me, and Burn Notice is beachy and bleached out. This is more than the trendy Miami Vice flamingo stuff. It's not about having a look; it's about having a look that's been thought through.

More than ever, the best shows on television, like the best movies, have to think through visual style as well as scripts and performances. And what Mad Men has done to make it fashionable to engage in serious discussions about the rich look of a TV show can't be overestimated. Not every show can be a glamorous period piece and not every show can be shot in Hawaii (like Lost). But we've officially matured past 'TV looks bad because it's TV.' If it looks bad, it's because it looks bad. And if it looks like this, it's because somebody is working very hard.

The offices of Sterling Cooper, the ad agency on Mad Men.

The curves, corners, and glass walls of Sterling Cooper offices say a great deal about what goes on in the place. (AMC)

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03 August 2009

August Metal and not so Metal Music Mix

I love how random this is...enjoy:

Mouth for war

Too Fast for Love
Motley Crue

By Devils Be Driven

Lazy Eye
Silversun Pickups

Raining Blood

Balls to the Wall

The World You Love
Jimmy Eat World

Sex Farm
Spinal Tap

28 July 2009

"The State" LIVE

ONe of the best sketch shows ever. Check out the video playlist of some of the best stuff below:

Click here to watch on the YouTube playlist page.

24 July 2009

TRON Teaser Trailer

The new Tron trailer looks pretty sick. Love that the Dude is coming back for this one.

Enjoy the light cycle goodness:

Big thanks to /Film for the trailer story

Bella & Tara - Adorable Animal Odd Couple

I love this video. KO showed it to me one Sunday morning and it made my day.

Friday seems like a good pick me up day...so here you go:

Don't you just love it? If so, here's their followup to all the buzz this story generated for Tara and Bella:

Happy Friday!

22 July 2009

The World of Chemistry

See how fun Chemistry can be.

If it was that fun in school, I'd be Louis freakin Pasteur.


21 July 2009

Google Voice


Late to the party...as usual.

This service looks pretty cool. Plus, being the Google fanboy that I am, I've signed up for my invite to get a Google Phone Number.

Truth be told, I can't help feeling like it's one step closer to "1984" with Google assigning me a number. That said, I'm still excited to try it.

Here are a list of all their videos detailing the many features of Google Voice.

Below is their Overview video:

20 July 2009

My First 8 Tracks Online Music MixTape

I'm trying out this music mix creation site called 8Tracks.

It works just like any other social network...create account..make profile, post bio, etc. Then, when you're all signed up...you can make "mixtapes" of at least 8 music tracks from their impressively stocked library.

What makes it different from other music sharing sites? I'll tell you.

I love making mix CDs..and before that mixtapes. I'm of the Rob Gordon mold who expresses my many moods and random music tastes through the use of a sonic encyclopedia that conveys the many sides and shades of my psyche.

Sorry to get a little sappy and weird with that last sentence..but it's true.

This site gave me an online outlet to throw out 8 songs rattling around in my head at the moment. I tried to order them in an easy to listen format...much like a album.

But, let's be honest. There's very little in common with all these artists. Except that I love them all.

So, expect more random audio droppings such as this in the future. I'll try to explain here why they're stuck in my head at the moment.

With that..my first mix:

1. Too Fast For Love > Motley Crue
I've been a little obsessed lately with trying to replace my lost CDs of the first 3 Crue albums...looking for that G Hits Red White and Crue is hard to find. Anyone got the 1st 3 albums they wanna burn for me? I'll be eternally grateful. Until then, I'll just listen here, on Blip.fm and Sirius/XM Hair Nation.

2. You Never Know > Wilco
I just bought the new Wilco album (review here). I'm really enjoying it, and could've put many songs on this list..but I put this on on..because it reminds me (and KO) of the next song of my list...

3. My Sweet Lord > George Harrison
Great, great song. Just gorgeous...and I hadn't thought of it in years...until the new Wilco album. Now, I just want to listen to it. I hope you can understand.

4. What Will You Do When Your Suntan Fades? > Beulah
This is one of my favorite songs by Beulah. Great to listen to on a sunny Florida day at the beach. It's the song that inspired the "album art" on the mix player. Interesting note: The album this song was on was released on September 11, 2001. A little creepy, huh? Like a rose in a desert of sadness and loss.

5. In the Garage > Weezer
I was hanging at a friend's house last Saturday..and the lady of the house did me a solid: playing The Blue Album. If you know me...it'll be no surprise that it's my favorite album of all time..and this is close to my favorite song on the record. (Say it Ain't So is tops) I picked this b/c it's a good fit @ this stage in the mix. I hope you agree.

6. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver > Primus
Song's been coming and going in my psyche since I saw Zak & Miri. I've always liked it...and I wore it out for a week earlier this year.

7. Cut Your Hair > Pavement
This is a random selection. I really wanted to put in a Pavement song among all these other '90s songs...and settled on the most accessible. Is it their best? Not hardly. But, good song, for sure.

8. Mystifies Me( Ron Wood Cover) > Son Volt
A great closer. One of the better covers from a great band and great songwriter in his own right, Son Volt's Jay Farrar. This Stones cover is a great song by them...but, in the hands of Farrar...really moves me still to this day. It's the closing track from Son Volt's debut album, Trace, one of the best records from that decade, IMO. Closing tracks are very important to me...just as much as openers. I'm careful to find the right one when I make a mixtape. I hope you enjoyed this little trip as much as I did...thanks to 8tracks.com.

Update: I just noticed that it plays it as a random mix...so all that effort to present it in a specific order was all for not. Oh well...at least YOU know the order.

The things I do for you people.


16 July 2009

Review: Wilco (the album)

My friend Brock reviewed the latest Wilco album. He and I are of like minds...so I'm asking you to check out his review...as this is a response to his writing.

Here's the last thing he wrote about it. He's dead on.

Now there are a few really good songs on here. It starts off great. "Deeper Down" and "One Wing" are fantastic. "Bull Black Nova" reminds me of Spiders (Kidsmoke). That's great. "You and I" has a duet with Feist. Better on paper than in the song, but still sweet. That's when things take a turn for the bad.

There are two songs on this album I really don't like: "You Never Know" (the harmonies piss me off) and "Sonny Feeling" (it's called "Sonny Feeling"). Any momentum during the first half of this album comes crashing to a halt during "You Never Know." It takes several songs to recover. "Country Disappeared" is good enough. "Solitaire" is very nice. Then "I'll Fight" is fantastic. Then it's "Sonny Feeling." Again, terrible.

That's the story with this album, and really Wilco as a whole right now. If I compare this album with Wilco's highest points, it's very disappointing. As a stand alone album, it's pretty good. Above average. It just lacks the experimentation of previous albums. The writing has become very pedestrian. However, I still like this album okay. It's worth picking up. It is just very difficult to judge within the whole Wilco catalogue.

As for the entire review...I agree to a point.

The thing with me: I really like the new Album. I must be ready for this Wilco and the one that recorded on "Sky Blue Sky"..which I adore. Jeff shares his views in this great Chicago Public Radio interview on Eight Forty-Eight.

For the record...my top 3 favorite Wilco records are

1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Still their seminal album. A brilliant masterpiece.
2. Being There - Same as above...until my mind was blown away by YHF.
3. Sky Blue Sky - So simple. So elegant. So optimistic. When I go for a drive listening to this album..it changes the way I look at the world.

Sky was so warm and inviting...like curling up with soup next to a fire. No experimentation, that's for sure..and I do miss that element.

At the same time..I like to revel in great musicians just enjoying their time playing in this great band.

That's the feel I got from Sky..and I'm getting from The Album.

That said..Sky was the only album I loved from the word go. This album reminds me of the others...with the slow burn and the numerous listens necessary to peel back the layers.

So far...Wilco the album hasn't turned out to be onion.

15 July 2009


Here's the trailer for the new movie Zombieland, hitting theaters this October.

I can't decide what I think of it...but Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson have me a little intrigued. That said...it could be a bad spoof film...but I'll reserve judgment for a little while.

I do have a few months to build up my hate spew. I DO like that they used Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" in the trailer...very underrated Van-DLR song.

Enjoy...and let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me: @coryodonnell

30 June 2009

The Future of Film Editing?

This is so cool.

Imagine a Minority Report Virtual Space where you can edit. Now imagine that it's not a pie in the sky dream...it's now.

Wet your whistle yet? Feast your eyes: (thx to @ryan_connolly for the link)

13 June 2009

Charlie - Oscar - Romeo - Yankee

Stupid little things fascinate me.

One minute, I'll be thinking about how to better integrate my Google Calendar into my work computer...and make it live on my taskbar.

After I figured that out..my mind immediately wandered. "What are the official Letter Call Signs that communicators and military use?"

Why did I think about that?!? That's a whole 'nother post, I'm sure. But, that's how random my mind will tangent.

That said...the internet is the perfect elixir for my condition. In seconds, I found this PDF with all the official call signs. (The title of this post is my name...as if you didn't already figure that out.)

Here's a great article with the Phonetic letter and how they are used.

The Phoenetic Letter Alphabet
  • Alpha
  • Bravo
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo
  • Foxtrot
  • Golf
  • Hotel
  • India
  • Juliet
  • Kilo
  • Lima
  • Mike
  • November
  • Oscar
  • Papa
  • Quebec
  • Romeo
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Uniform
  • Victor
  • Whiskey
  • X-Ray
  • Yankee
  • Zulu
Not surprising obviously...but another magical web thing that we take for granted.

Off to enjoy the beautiful day in SW Florida. Whole Foods, here we come!


10 June 2009

I Love Penguins! [video]

Yeah...I said it.

Oh...did you think I'm talking the team in Pittsburgh. They're a great team..but my rooting for the Red Wings get in the way of my liking them.

No...I'm talking about these penguins. They're visiting the Blend set from SeaWorld Orlando to do a segment for tomorrow.

Check out this behind the scenes video here and here that I shot with my phone and embedded for your viewing enjoyment. (Sorry..this TV pro doesn't always have a video camera on standby.)

Penguins explore the Fox 4 studio from Cory O'Donnell on Vimeo.

Penguins explore the FOX 4 Weather Center from Cory O'Donnell on Vimeo.

07 June 2009

Malcolm Gladwell...on Spaghetti Sauce? [TED]

Why is best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell talking about spaghetti sauce?

Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

Here is a blog by Malcolm from 5 years ago relating to this very topic. For more info on Howard Moskowitz, you know what to do.

Seth Godin on standing out [TED]

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff.

Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

For more info and great ideas - read Seth Godin's Blog.

J.J. Abrams' mystery box [TED]

J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.

The True Face of DaVinci [TED]

Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo using image-analysis techniques.

Video via TED.com

TED logo

06 June 2009

How To Read A Person Like a Book [PDF]

I've always wanted to read this book...but it's really hard to find in a library. Not sure why...not like it's The Anarchist Cookbook.

Anyway, I searched for it @ the local library system. Nothing.

Thanks to Scribd...I can download the entire book for free. Awesome.

You can too..and I made it easy. Below is the embed of the entire document. In order to download, you'll need to sign up for a free account...or use your existing OpenID account.

Happy Reading!

How to Read a Person Like a Book How to Read a Person Like a Book James Blunt A book on deciphering body language. Quite an interesting read.

04 June 2009

Han Solo, P.I. [Magnum Mash]

So diggin this mashup...check it before Chewie wrecks it:

03 June 2009

Greatest Shift in Hockey History

A close second to the victor - No. 43 for the Red Wings, Darren Helm, killing the penalties against 4 Blackwawks in the Western Conference Finals:

Here's the Real Greatest Shift in Hockey History:

02 June 2009

Conan's First Tonight Show - Cold Open

Hilarious and ambitious concept.

I had forgotten that he did a tour of all the NBC affiliates in the nation..perfect time to shoot all the shots for this.

Epic Open..Conan rules!

31 May 2009

Will Google Wave Change the World?

C'mon. Don't you know the answer?
5-31-2009 12-04-58 AM
Because I don't. But it looks pretty sweet...and I can't wait to try it out.
Note: Make sure that you watch the video @ the bottom where the developers demo the system. It's absolutely amazing what they can do with it.

What is Google Wave? Imagine if your Gmail worked like Facebook..where you can integrate comments and IM messaging into your conversations...so it actually feels like a conversation.
Makes sense, right? What if I told you it was all in real time...with instant updates that everyone can see...right down to your typing it in.
Confused? I understand. It's a lot to digest...but it really works that way. Again...only the tip o the iceberg...and it's all amazing.

This guy explains its potential impact much better than I ever could. Also, here's where I first heard about it.
I also love the way Tim O'Reilly describes it in his post title: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?

That came from Lars Rasmussen, one of the masterminds behind this groundbreaking project that many are calling the intro to Web 3.0.

Here's what Lars also has to say about his mission with brother Jens for the project:
We were excited to join Google and help create what would become Google Maps. But we also started thinking about what might come next for us after maps.

As always, Jens came up with the answer: communication. He pointed out that two of the most spectacular successes in digital communication, email and instant messaging, were originally designed in the '60s to imitate analog formats — email mimicked snail mail, and IM mimicked phone calls. Since then, so many different forms of communication had been invented — blogs, wikis, collaborative documents, etc. — and computers and networks had dramatically improved. So Jens proposed a new communications model that presumed all these advances as a starting point....

We started with a set of tough questions:

  • Why do we have to live with divides between different types of communication — email versus chat, or conversations versus documents?
  • Could a single communications model span all or most of the systems in use on the web today, in one smooth continuum? How simple could we make it?
  • What if we tried designing a communications system that took advantage of computers' current abilities, rather than imitating non-electronic forms?
With that in mind...
Here is the Google Wave Developer Preview led by Lars @ Google I/O 2009:


28 May 2009

I'm the Computer Man

Did you ever need proof that Mac is the best computer out there?

Let the Computer Man show you how:

Best Computer Commercial EVER!

I'm the Computer Man! Bop-Bee-Bah-Bitta-Bop!

Found via BuzzFeed

27 May 2009

Google Reader Explained

I had a friend ask on twitter, "What is Google Reader?"

Oh, La La. So young.
I'm not sure if Google Reader would be beneficial to you dear reader...but it's a godsend for me. Basically, it's a souped up version of the old RSS (Real Simple Syndication) Reader...a quick one stop shop for all your favorite web content to come to you...not the other way around.

Cut down on your time surfing...and stop doing all the legwork. Let Google work for you...and bring it home. Plus...you can keep up with what your friends are reading on their Google Readers...if they're cool enough to share...like me.

The best way to explain this fantastic little tool: Our good friends over @ Common Craft.

Happy Surfing!

Run Lola Run

Poor little Lola. She's such an adorable kitten..but her hind legs won't work..b/c of a birth defect.

Despite her handicap..she's learned a new skill that is so awesome...you've gotta see it to believe it.


Lola The Kitten - The most popular videos are a click away

26 May 2009

Vibram Five Finger Shoes


Tim Ferriss on Vibram Shoes from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

I can't decide if these shoes are rad or lame. Leaning towards rad...just for the ergonomic properties.

That said, I won't be buying a pair...but at $85 bucks for the ones he has on...not a bad price point for these one of a kind shoes. FYI...the all-black ones are pretty badass looking.

Plus, speaking as a former shoe salesman, Vibram is the shit when it comes to soles...amazing products. I always resole my shoes w/ Vibram...when they wear out.

25 May 2009

Red Wing Nicknames

I loved this video when I saw it on Winging It In Motown.

Great story by the Free Press on the nicknames earned by teammates and how they get them. Some good fun-lovin' stuff to check out.

For a rundown of all the Red Wing nicknames...check em out here.


15 May 2009

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

YouTube is great...you can find anything you need...anytime. Check out my channel here.

Now...there's a few more reasons to love the world's most popular video website.

Here are 10 tricks you can embed in the URL coding to make YouTube work better for you.

Great stuff! Please to Enjoy.


13 May 2009

Wilco Streaming New Album

One of my favorite bands is streaming their entire album right here on their website.

Here is the new album cover -- Thx to Pitchfork.

Very cool...not that I expected any less. Per the usual, the album is a slow burn...so you have to stick with it. They're notorious for challenging their audience. Patience is rewarded.

Give it a listen...and see if you like it.

Stream Wilco Album


Green Day / "Know Your Enemy"

I wasn't going to post this video...but, it's proven so elusive...I feel compelled to do so.

Hence, the moving pictures you see below. Enjoy the Green Day goodness. Want to see them on tour? They're doing 3 dates in Florida in August.

11 May 2009

No More Trouble - Playing For Change

Amazing new video from Playing for Change.

Cover of War's No More Trouble with Bono, the late Bob Marley, and musicians around the world.

Inspiring. Gorgeous. Such a creative expression of a wonderful concept.

We don't need no more trouble...

Playing For Change | "War/No More Trouble" - Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Google's New Ad For "Chrome"

Have you seen Google's new ad for Chrome?

It's pretty cool...and there's a reason for that. It wasn't made to be an ad.

This post does a great job of explaining how Google Backs Into Being a Brand Advertiser on TV.

By the way, I love Google Chrome.
So fast...so clean. Enough to pry me away from Firefox? Not yet...but, I can be tempted.


08 May 2009

The Ultimate Star Trek Bachelor Pad (PICS)

A Star Trek fan in Leicestershire has created the ultimate bachelor pad.

read more | digg story

04 May 2009

Tan Line FAIL

fail owned pwned pictures
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03 May 2009

Facebook Manners & You

Do you have good Facebook manners? This educational film will be a real eye opener. Timmy and Alice are a little green when it comes to this Facebook thing:
That Timmy is a real wet blanket..and a Communist!

01 May 2009

Car Merge FAIL

Perfect example of how a picture says it all. Just happened in Punta Gorda, FL this morning. Both drivers walked away without injuries. Story here: http://ow.ly/4Ia4

Create an About Me page // Get a Free Gift

If you're in the business of making friends and influencing people, you know how important it is to have your business cards on you at all times.

What about a business card for your personal brand identity? Have you thought about that?

Neither did I. Moreover, I'm involved in a plethora of social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, you name it...I'm on it.) So, when I discovered that I could make an catch all landing page for all my networks with my Google profile, it was a no-brainer. Now, I have somewhere I can point to if visitors of my sites want to learn more about me.

Using Gmail as my primary email service didn't hurt either.

The best part: By creating my Google profile, I could also sign up for a pretty cool gift: 25 Google Profile "business" cards for FREE. No strings attached. Needless to say...I'm a sucker for all things geek chic.

Does it get any geekier than this?

OK, I'm admit. It's pretty geeky..but it's cool, too.

Anyway, I've 25 of these bad boys headed to my house in the next week...and you can, too.

Here's how:
  1. Create a Google profile. It's simple to do..and if you're always using any of their limitless services (Gmail, iGoogle, Reader, etc) the profile thing is even easier.
  2. When you're done, you'll see a link at the top of your profile page asking if you want Google cards for FREE. Click on that puppy.
  3. Follow the simple instructions. All you are required to do is create an account on iPrint.com.
  4. That's it. The cards ship to your address in 12 business days. Cool, huh?
Hope this post was helpful. Leave me a comment if you give it a try...we can be Google buddies (OK..that was lame.)

Also, don't forget to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook and Friendfeed.
Look forward to sharing with you guys.


30 April 2009

NewsRadio -- Pure Evil

What will Bill McNeil be up to this time?

About Me

Hi, I’m Cory O'Donnell and I'm a web/marketing/TV professional managing web sites for Journal Broadcast Group. I'm also the creator of CORE|BLOG, a personal site I founded to express my likes and expertise in the field of web, design, social networking, and television.

I started CORE|BLOG in 2002 to share my favorite discoveries, advice on TV and web issues, including social networking, all in an effort to connect with new and interesting friends.

I'm married and living in beautiful Southwest Florida with my wife Kirsten and our cat, Zoe. I spent over ten years as a commercial producer, writer, editor, marketing professional and web manager.
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28 April 2009

Song Around the World -- "Stand By Me"

Playing For Change | Song Around The World "Stand By Me" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

If this video doesn't bring a tear to your eyes and makes you smile for the rest of the day, you are a cold hearted bastard. Watch it from beginning to end—you won't regret it.

23 April 2009


17 April 2009

Colbert Report: Anti-Gay Marriage Ad

Author Kanishk Tharoor stops by to talk to Stephen about the election in India. Legal scholar Doug Kmiec proposes his plan for government’s role in marriage.

Digital Short: Like A Boss

Boss-like in every way.

25 March 2009

Punk's Not Dead Trailer

Another Puck doc? Sweet.

DVD Available now: http://www.punksnotdeadthemovie.com/

Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Do you hear that? That's the sound of my unbridled happiness!

The beautiful bed music is "Wake Up" by the Arcade Fire. Two great works together.

Play Trailer

Please share with your friends.

21 March 2009

Check out this Turd Burglar