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Pivot TV, HitRecord on TV builds on the online, collaborative community that Gordon-Levitt has been developing since he founded a scrappy little site in 2005. Over the years, it has expanded dramatically from a DIY venue for his own short film experiments into a thriving online community of about 300,000 members with real-world results:
Doodles of online films and songs, plus three hardback volumes of Tiny Stories anthologies and music collections available in the HitRecord.org store. At Sundance, he offered up the first three episodes, shouting,
"This is the Netflix experience: The binge watch!"
Meet the Airbus A300-600ST, a transport aircraft that's usually referred to as "the Beluga" for its uncanny resemblance to the whale of the same name.
Maryland has more millionaire households per capita than any other state, according to new research. It had 169,287 households with investable assets of $1 million or more, or about 7.7% of the state's households in 2013, according to a study from Phoenix Marketing International, a wealth research firm.
For the seventh consecutive year, Amelia was voted among Top 10 North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards.
• Horseback riding is an amazing way to see all of what Amelia Island has to offer.
Anna Maria Island was originally used for hunting and fishing by various Indian tribes and the only way on and off the island was by boat.
• Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction for visitors to Anna Maria Island.
Clearwater's beaches offer miles of sugar-white sand, crystal clear waters and are consistently ranked among America's most beautiful.
• Clearwater is a top year-round beach destination, offering warm weather and tons to do on any budget.
• Kids of all ages will love Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise in Clearwater.
• Every passenger aboard ship enjoys their choice of free soft drinks, beer, wine, and champagne, while searching for the bountiful dolphins
Government: Madison, Dane County, state and federal offices will be closed Monday.
Mail: Regular mail will not be delivered, and all post offices will be closed. Express Mail will be delivered.
Sanitation: There will be no refuse or recycling collection. If your trash is normally collected on Mondays, your material will be collected on Tuesday. Visit cityofmadison.com/streets.
Metro Transit: Buses are operating on a reduced schedule. All standing and long-term assignment paratransit rides will be canceled. Paratransit passengers must schedule casual rides.
Call Metro customer service at 608-266-4466 or visit mymetrobus.com.
Urban League Youth Recognition Breakfast: 8 a.m. Sunday at Edgewood High School. A limited number of...
The Internet wondered: Did she get frostbite? Gangrene? Dip her fingers in wax? Tar? Attack them with a Sharpie?
Digital dating is entering a new phase as video chats may replace that first face-to-face meeting. New start-ups offer a variety of ways to connect, with the common element of a live, video chat.
"Video communication is coming into its own," he says. "Technically speaking, it was not possible as recently as two years ago.
The power wasn't there. Now, we're at the very beginning, but it's about to come into its heyday. This next year will be a really interesting time for us."
The Twitterverse wondered if she suffered whiplash as a result.
@saramichelee quoted her mom: "girl gonna fall off the piano bench."
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SAN FRANCISCO — The calendar may say 2014, but in tech culture this week actually marks the year 10 A.F — After Facebook.
What did we poor humans do before the advent of Mark Zuckerberg's collegiate brainstorm? Let's see, we smiled when we "liked" something, we dialed the phone to "update" friends and "tagging" was a kids' game.
The upside of those innocent pre-social media times: intimacy. The downside: intimacy. If you wanted to reach a huge group, it meant sending an e-mail with a cc list that looked like the phone book.
Then came teenage Zuck and his shrewdly rolled-out vision for a new kind of digital club where you played bouncer, all with a Machiavellian backstory that...
The 19-year-old crooner's mentor, Usher, and manager, Scooter Braun, headed south of the border this weekend to spend time with him and presumbaly chat about his Miami arrest for DUI and drag racing.
Bieber was first spotted on Saturday relaxing with his entourage in Punta Chame, a beach town on the Gulf of Panama. Justin's new gal pal, Chantel Jeffries, 21, who was with him in his rented Lamborghini at the time of his arrest, was also spotted on the getaway.
In most cities around the world people spend copious amounts of cash vying for space. New York entrepreneur Graham Hill found a stunning way to pack 8 rooms into his tiny studio in Soho, NY.
Having studied architecture & design he used his skill base to turn his apartment into a beautifully inventive space. All it takes is the pull of a bookshelf to transform the office and living room into the bedroom.
Meet Paul Miller. He’s a tech journalist for a blog called The Verge. In May 2013 he felt so overwhelmed by the internet that he committed to spending one year with out it. He wanted to see if his life improved by spending less time at the screen and more time exploring the world around him.
It’s a brilliant idea and after hearing about it I was intrigued to see the results. The Verge made a short film that documented Paul’s experiences and he also spoke at a TED X event about what he’d learned from it. Check them out below.
The host nation won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday night in the new event of team figure skating. The resurgence of Russia’s once dominant figure skating machine was led by veteran Evgeni Plushenko and teenager Julia Lipnitskaia.
Russian Skiier Anton Gafarov crashed while competing during the Olympics, was helped by the coach for the Canadian team, and was able to finish the race!
It’s rare when competitors can put aside their differences, but after watching his fellow Russian competitor crash multiple times, James Wadsworth, the coach for the Canadian skiing team had to step in.
Model and actress Stephanie Seymore and her sons did a photo shoot Harper’s Bazaar magazine that crosses the threshold of incredibly creepy.
The photos feature Seymore and her two sons who are 20, and 17 years old. In the interview that accompanied the…risque photos she tells the magazine that both of her sons were into fashion at a young age and shared an…appreciation for how their mother looked when she went out.
Instead of letting his fear consume him, 19 year old Nicolas Bruno turned to creativity to convey his haunting experiences with sleep paralysis. The talented student uses only a camera, tripod and remote to capture his beautifully surreal and conceptual photographs.
The results are absolutely stunning.
Photographer and Designer Daniel Sax illustrates a story all too familiar to creative people at the beginning of their artistic journey.
Inspired by Ira Glass, Sax took the recording of a speech by Ira on the fundamentals of not giving up even when you think your work is rubbish and made it into this incredibly inspiring and visually exciting video!
The BBC reports the White House has issued a statement, which reads in part: “We urge President Yanukovich to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kiev and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully. We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means.”
Ukraine’s Health Ministry reports that 28 people have died and 287 others have been hospitalized, while other reports from the opposition activists (which have not been verified) claim that as many as 70 lives have been taken in the riots.
We’ll keep updating as more details and developments surface, and we are keeping the Ukraine in our hearts and minds, as always.
NBC's sci-fi series Heroes is being revived as a 13-episode limited series, with creator Tim Kring back at the helm but a new cast of characters and a self-contained storyline that's "shrouded in secrecy."
The series, which aired from 2006-2010, will return in 2015 as Heroes Reborn, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke announced Saturday, adding that some former cast members might "pop" back in for cameos. The characters and plots will be introduced in a digital series that will precede the TV premiere.
15 powerful reasons
Thanks to its chemical components, the chocolate:
1. Positively changes the mood and emotions
2. Cheer you up.
3. It is a stimulant.
4. It produces a feeling of pleasure in the brain.
5. It is anti-inflammatory
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
• 4 cups of ice
• 2 cups of strawberries
• 3/4 cups of lemon tea mix
• 1/2 cup of water
• Mint leaves
Strawberry – Frosty
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in tall glasses and if you want, decorate it with mint leaves.
Jackie Chan is featured in this beautiful and hauntingly constructed PSA about the
buying of rhino horns.
Sleep. Anyone who’s pulled an all-night study session knows how precious it is.
Odds are that you also know how important it is to your health. A lack of sleep can lead to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and even aneurysms! CNN called sleep deprivation the leading health problem affecting Americans today!
" Thank you very much for having me… and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert in something, because that’s cool. I don’t know if you know who I am at all. You told me you never saw ‘Knocked Up’, Chairman, so… that’s a little insulting. First I should answer the question I assume many of you are asking:
Yes, I’m aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana."
The latest research, conducted on mice, found that love-making greatly increased the creation of neurons located within the...
The difference between drinking a beer or coffee is much greater than previously thought.
Normally, we associate coffee as a beverage that helps us to be more awake and alert, while beer helps us to relax and disconnect, but the difference does not stop there.
Each of these drinks has a very different effect on a cellular level, as explained in a recent article.
But the most interesting part is that the type of games that the participants played, allowed predicting the volume of the entorhinal gray matter.
The most important were: puzzles, logic games and the ones that included platforms.
The action-based and role-based games were the ones that had a negative effect on the volume of the brain structure. According to what the authors explain.
Karen made www.giveit100.com to encourage other people to learn something they’ve always wanted and film it over the course of 100 days for the world to see.
So if you don’t have a new years resolution yet or you need another then this is a great place to start. If you’re not interested in participating and recording videos every day, it’s certainly a unique source of endless inspiration.
When Lizzie Velasquez was at school she discovered a video of herself on YouTube that was titled “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
It had reached millions of views. Suffering from a rare syndrome..
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By Joanne Cleaver
Of all the misfired home improvements that Daniel Fries has observed in his 30 years as a home appraiser, aquariums top his list of 2012 loss leaders — home improvements that offered little to no return on investment.
“It’s not a prudent investment,” deadpans Fries, who is based in Atlanta. The tank’s glass fogs, while grimy filters emit an odor of rotting seaweed. Even worse — yes, it gets worse — some owners repurpose fish aquariums as reptile dwellings. And few things send a potential home buyer fleeing faster than the sight of a bull snake in the dining room.
Aquariums top our list of “improvements” with poor return on investment, but every project on that list has at least one thing in common: a profound mismatch between a homeowner’s intent and a neighborhood’s standards.
Local culture, preferences, and market conditions dictate return on improvements. Sink your money into amenities that don’t reflect the norm for your immediate area, and you won’t even gain a 5 percent premium over neighboring homes, regardless of what you spent, says Kevin Cross, owner of the Anchorage, AK-based real estate agency Cross & Associates.
Rome (CNN) -- The cardinals who must pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he steps down on February 28 could meet to make the decision sooner than thought, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday.
The conclave, the meeting which will bring together the 117 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, could start before March 15 if all the cardinals are already in Rome, Father Federico Lombardi said.
Lombardi had previously said the conclave was likely to start between March 15 and 19.
But he gave new details Saturday, saying that because the...
The way you snooze is not scientifically linked to your personality, but it can affect your health.
• How momentary transitions can safeguard your romance from betrayal
• Six seconds to a better relationship
• Reunited, and it feels so good...
Sure, singing telegrams are not as popular as they used to be. If you're looking to surprise someone, though, or just put the spotlight on him or her for a couple of minutes, look no further. If you really want to ramp up the shock, you can have a singing telegram delivered on live television.
That's what happened to weather and traffic reporter Amy Aaronson of WLTX-TV in Columbia, South Carolina.
After finishing the forecast and traffic report, Aaronson is visibly shocked as a loud voice is heard from offscreen. Then, "Captain Telegram," the man hired to sing her birthday wishes, bursts in front of camera with her and starts performing his routine.
We all love to send quick text messages, right? Texts can show our undying love, growing devotion for someone, and anticipation about an upcoming great time with a date.
However, there a few texts you can send that will have a man running for the door instead of bringing him closer to you. Below are seven types of text messages that no man really wants to see… ever.
Scary text #1: “I can’t stop thinking about you”
Scary text #2: “We need to talk”
Women have more nightmares than men.
What you smell while you sleep affects the contents of your dreams.
Sleeping brain is similar to awake brain.
Dreaming eases pain.
Because of that, Feb. 15 starts the busy season for divorce lawyers, as people who were unhappy with their marriages heading into the day often decide that they no longer want to be with the one they used to love.
A study of divorce filings in New York, Illinois and California by...
The country climbed five places in the 'ranking' of happiness and came to the first place. Doubts by economy.
Although several years have been very close, for the first time Colombia is the happiest country in the world, according to the Global barometer of happiness and hope, that performed in 54 countries worldwide network (Win - Gallup International) market research companies.
Last year, in the same survey, we were the sixth place behind countries very prosperous as the Netherlands and Switzerland.
This year, we are first, followed by Malaysia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
President Obama called for colleges to rein in their costs during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. But new data shows those who attend schools with lower tuition often end up paying in other ways.
Students who go to the most affordable four-year public colleges are more...
A 12-year-old recently had quite the show-and-tell at school: According to the Detroit News, she brought a backpack stuffed with $20,000 in cash.
Police, who declined to name the girl, said the student received it from a child who lives across the street from her in Taylor, outside of Detroit.
Word got around at the local Sixth Grade Academy that the girl was handing out cash to her friends. That’s when the principal stepped in and called the police.
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