Pick of the Day

11/16/2012

Twinkies for sale on eBay

With word that Hostess is closing and Twinkies may be headed for the history books, people are buying up Twinkies and putting them on eBay.   In one case, the asking starting bid for a single Twinkie is $5,000.  For a whole box, the starting bid is $10,000!!! 

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The seller notes that it is one of the last boxes available "before the Zombie Apocalypse."  We assume all of this ding dong madness is a joke, but you can find a whole list of lesser priced Twinkies and other Hostess treats on eBay.

11/15/2012

#FreeTebow trends worldwide

ESPN has sparked a worldwide trend on Twitter - #FreeTebow.   The response on Twitter follows a report in the Daily News on Wednesday that more than a dozen players and members of the Jets organization believe there's no chance Tebow could overtake Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job - with one saying of the backup: "He's terrible."

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So is it time to #FreeTebow?   Check out what people are saying on Twitter and post your own comment below.

11/14/2012

Restaurant review goes viral

It's not often that a restaurant review goes viral, but that's what happened for New York Times critic Pete Wells. It's great for him, but not so great for Guy's American Kitchen and Bar in Times Square.

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The restaurant, which seats 500, is the new creation of TV personality, author and chef Guy Fieri. Wells held nothing back in the review, but it's not only that the review is scathing, it's incredibly well-written.

The entire review is a series of questions.  Here's a sample:

"GUY FIERI, have you eaten at your new restaurant in Times Square? Have you pulled up one of the 500 seats at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar and ordered a meal? Did you eat the food? Did it live up to your expectations?"

The questions keep going and going. You can read the full review on the New York Times website.

09/12/2012

Apple iPhone 5 Quick Look

Here's a quick look at the new Apple iPhone 5 and other announcements from today's Apple event.  First, the iPhone 5.

Fast 4G LTE data connection
20 percent lighter than 4S
18 percent thinner
Available on Verizon/Sprint/ATT
4-inch display (up from 3.5 inches)
1136x640 pixel resolution (up from 960x640)
Processor and graphics are 2x faster (new A6 chip)
Battery: will "exceed battery life of the iPhone 4s." 8 hours talk time, 225 hours standby.
Camera: 8 megapixel, 3264x2448 resolution, f/2.4 aperture, panorama feature, 1080p HD video, front-facing Facetime camera updated (720p) and face detection, improved mics and speakers.

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A few more details...

Improved Siri funtionality
New smaller connector called Lightning. 8 pin, reversible (adaptor available for current connector).
Prices start at $199 for 16GB model.
Pre-orders start Sept. 14. Shipping starts Sept. 21 in US, Canada, and several other countries.

 

ALSO rolling out a new Nano…

 

5.4 mm thin, 2.5-inch display (biggest display on an iPod Nano yet)

New homescreen with a new button

FM tuner. Multiple colors.

Widescreen video too.

More battery life too -- 30 hours of music playback.

 

AND…. A new iPod touch….

 

Thinner, 4-inch Retina display

A5 processor…7x faster than the older iPod Touch

Significant camera upgrade on Touch. 5 megapixel iSight camera.

iOS 6 and Siri

 

PLUS… New iTunes store with iCloud integrated

 

FINALLY…. New earpods with the new iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and the new iPhone 5.  You can buy those separately today!

 

 

08/31/2012

Eastwooding

If nothing else, the Republican Convention has sparked a new internet craze called Eastwooding.  Inspired by Clint Eastwood's talk with an empty chair at the RNC, people in droves are posting photos themselves talking to empty chairs.  There's even a Facebook page, a Twitter account (@Eastwooding) and a hashtag (#Eastwooding), many Eastwooding tags on Tumblr and photos on Instagram.   Eastwooding is the new Tebowing.  

A few samples:

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This is my own personal offering.  Not as impressive as the others...

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This one comes from the Tumblr servertastic.

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From Twitter user @ColinDickey, we have a dog and chair.

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The horse and chair comes from the Facebook page Eastwooding.

Are you Eastwooding?   Send us your photos at iWitness@wabc.com, tweet us or post them on our Facebook wall.

03/08/2012

Joseph Kony: The video and the debate about Uganda

 

Many of you have probably seen this video about Joseph Kony, the  militia leader who has terrorized northern Uganda with killings, kidnappings, mutilations and torture.  

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Joseph Kony (AP/File Photo)

More than 50-million people have watched either on YouTube or on the website where it launched on Monday.  While the campaign has drawn praise, it has also sparked a debate whether the video and its use of social media has oversimplified a complex situation in Uganda.  

Blogger Musa Okwonga writes:

"About ten minutes into the video, the narrator asks his young son who “the bad guy” in Uganda is; when his young son hesitates, he informs him that Joseph Kony is the bad guy.  In a sense, he let Kony off lightly: he is a monster.  But what the narrator also failed to do was mention to his son that when a bad guy like Kony is running riot for years on end, raping and slashing and seizing and shooting, then there is most likely another host of bad guys out there letting him get on with it."

Journalist Joshua Keating, writing in Foreign Policy, raises two key issues:

"1) Joseph Kony is not in Uganda and hasn't been for 6 years; 2) the LRA now numbers at most in the hundreds, and while it is still causing immense suffering, it is unclear how millions of well-meaning but misinformed people are going to help deal with the more complicated reality."

Some have gone so far as to question the legitimacy of Invisible Children, which posted the video. The folks at Mashable.com pointed to a Tumblr called Visible Children.

"Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that."

Invisible Children has responded to the criticisms with a post on its website:

"Invisible Children's mission is to stop LRA violence and support the war-affected communities in East and Central Africa.... We do not defend any of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Ugandan government or the Ugandan army (UPDF). None of the money donated through Invisible Children ever goes to the government of Uganda or any other government. Yet the only feasible and proper way to stop Kony and protect the civilians he targets is to coordinate efforts with regional governments.... The goal of KONY 2012 is for the world to unite to see Kony arrested and prosecuted for his crimes against humanity."

How did you first learn about the video?  What are your reactions to the video and the discussions that have followed?   Click on comment to post your thoughts.

02/22/2012

Where the celebrities live in New York City

Gotta thank the folks at Huffington Post for pointing us to this blog. Rentenna is a search tool for New York apartments, but they've rolled out a "where do the celebrities live?" map of New York City (below).

On its blog, the company writes Rentenna's first-ever New York City Star Map features the buildings of over 100 celebrities across Manhattan and Brooklyn, so everyone can look up their famous neighbors, gloat to friends elsewhere in the country, then quickly go back to pretending they never cared in the first place.

When we posted the story on Facebook, it drew an angry response from some users who believe the map promotes stalking.   You can voioce your opinion by clicking on comment below.

 


NYC Celebrity Star Map by apartment ratings and reviews site Rentenna.com

01/25/2012

Painting the night sky

When the largest solar storm on the sun since 2005 sent a cloud of charged particles that crossed paths with Earth a couple of nights ago, it created a spectacular display in the northern skies (also known as aurora borealis).  Several videos have shown up on YouTube that captured how brilliant the night sky looked, painted by a rainbow of colors.

This time-lapse video was filmed in Fairbanks, Alaska on January 22.

 

This video was uploaded to the Finland-registered YouTube channel twmteazR on January 24.

 

The next couple come from Norway.

 

 

And finally, the view from out of this world!

 

01/24/2012

Why are people Pinterest-ing?

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, more than you could ever pack into a tweet or a status update. Maybe that's why another site driven entirely by images is growing in popularity.  It's called Pinterest.com.

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Beth Silverberg is a designer by trade, visual by nature.

"I come across an image on a style blog, and I want to capture it, and remember it. I'm always going back and referring to lookbooks that I store," Silverberg said.

And that penchant for imagery is one reason social media site Pinterest caught her eye.  

"Pinterest has allowed me to connect with friends through more of an artistic side, versus just what's going on in our lives," she said.

Pinterest launched in 2010, but only recently exploded in traffic and online buzz.   The premise is similar to the old cork board. Users create virtual collections of stuff they like by uploading "pins," various images from around the web. 

Like Twitter, there are "followers." Like Facebook, users can "like" images or re-pin someone else's item on their own board.  Unlike other social networking sites, it's more about curating content, than creating. And what users see, than say.

"There's an opportunity to collaborate about different ideas, and different concepts too. There may be a stickiness there that might be a little bit different," Ari Zoldan said. 

Piterest has become particularly popular among women, ideal for wedding planning, or sharing fashion and design ideas. Right now Pinterest is invitation only, but users can request an invite, or get one from a friend who's already "pinned" one down.

01/18/2012

The story that may have saved Bill Weir's life

 

One of the most viewed stories on ABCNews.com today is Bill Weir's deeply personal story about an assignment that might have saved his life.  It started out as a story about Dr. David Agus, a specialist who treats the very rich who are very sick and who also has a new book called The End of Illness.  In the book, Dr. Agus admits that man may never understand cancer, much less cure it.   He argues by employing modern science with old fashioned common sense, we can prevent deadly diseases altogether.  In the process of employing the modern technologies, Bill Weir learned what he did not expect.   Watch the story below and get more in ABCNews.com's special section The End of Illness.