Saturday, March 17, 2007


GrandCentral: The New Way to Use Your Phones

David Pogue just did a great review of GrandCentral in the New York Times. Even better than the great 2 page review is the 3 minute video he produced on GrandCentral and a lot of our features. This video is hysterical and a great demo of how the service works. Which got me to thinking we should get more videos from our users showing us how they use the service. More on that later.

The only point that I want to clarify in the story is that GrandCentral is also a great tool for people who only have ONE phone already. With just one phone (usually your cell) tied to GrandCentral, you will be able to (1) know who's calling and screen callers, (2) ListenIn™ on voicemail messages, (3) record calls, (4) block or send unwanted callers to SPAM, (5) be able to play custom RingShare™ music for your callers, (6) record custom voicemail greetings for your callers, and (7) get all of the great GrandCentral voicemail features (messages saved online, forward to any email, post on any website, etc.). You also get a free WebCall button. All great stuff even if you just have one phone.

Thanks David! It's great to see a respected journalist who gets it as clearly as you do (you too Ken). We're looking forward to continuing to roll out great new features for all to use. Stay TUNED.


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The BossHoss - Word Up

Die beste country musik der welt


The BossHoss - Hey Ya

Country trash punk rock from just a little German country band

Just 12 months after The BossHoss started to make country cool again the cowboys now reached the gold status in Germany with their debut Internashville Urban Hymns !

So far the album found more than 100.000 fans and that’s not the end of this success story: concurrently with the chartentry of their second album RODEO RADIO straight on no. 6 in the German album charts also their debut is listed again. It can`t be ruled out that the boys have discovered a goldmine. Let´s go RODEO RADIO !


David Martin Cohen Stand-Up Comedy


Jim Gaffigan Director/Food


Making telephone calls from abroad

Friday, March 16, 2007


Teapacks - "Push the button" (Eurovision 2007 Song)

he one thing about pop music is that it’s never innocuous. Pop songs provoke strong reactions they can make you dance like an idiot, sing out of tune on a public bus, or throw things at your TV.

Push the Button, Israel’s entry into this year’s Eurovision song contest, fits into the latter category.

It’s a terrible, tacky mishmash of a song which references punk rock, polka, hip-hop and trance (of course, it’s Israeli).

It’s sung in broken-English with a German accent, broken-French with an Israeli accent and Hebrew.

The performers, a group of balding men calling themselves Teapacks, are dressed like a mad scientist a backpacker (but that could just be everyday garb) a university professor (complete with argyle jumper) and a member of rock group the Red Hot Chilli Peppers circa 1992 (think ear muffs and a beanie).

In short: it’s the perfect pop song for Eurovision. But not if the competition’s organisers have it their way.

They want Push the Button banned for what they perceive as an "inappropriate" political message.

And I totally agreed with them until I realised that Teapacks’ crime wasn’t their offensively bad taste, but some sort of cleverly-disguised comment about Iran and its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear ambitions. Or so organisers claim.

Now, if it’s one thing this song is not, it’s clever. The lyrics, if you can even discern them above the accordion solos and trance beats, talk about “crazy rulers” who “try to fool us” depending on your political persuasions that could mean anyone from Robert Mugabe to George W Bush.

It’s political correctness gone mad. I mean don’t these judges know their history? In 1974, a Swedish pop group won with a song about an 1815 battle which killed thousands and changed the course of world history. The song was called Waterloo by Abba.


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Two researchers at DGP caused a minor online sensation with the demo video of their project, BumpTop, a prototype for a new way to enhance the desktop metaphor, rather than abandon it, by adding a more realistic and physical feel.

Anand Agarawala and Ravin Balakrishnan posted the demo video for BumpTop for CHI 2006, a conference in Montreal on human-computer interaction. Last week, a blog called Google Blogoscoped linked to the video and from there it was picked up on several tech websites, including Gizmodo, Digg and Slashdot.

After all those links to a large video file crashed the U of T server, Agarawala put a low-resolution version of the demo video on YouTube. It became one of the most watched videos on the site that week with more than a half-million views.


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Thursday, March 15, 2007


Media Matters

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Conrad Black

Conrad Black trial


VidLit™ - Well-Told Tales™ - World's Largest Video Search


AOL Video Blog


Stardust Hotel Imploded - video

The Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas was imploded early March 13 to make way for a new mult-billion dollar megaresort. Leave it to the Stardust to go out with a bang -- a fireworks display precluded the detonation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Seventh Annual Weblog Awards


Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog - Redefining the Media - news videos

Live Leak: making headlines, enemies


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Old Horsetail Snake

I am a mere 76 years old, and I have escaped from The Old Folks Home. I am living with a beautiful woman in Wilsonville, Oregon. Feelgood Haines lives in a palatial mansion on Haines Street, from which he issues various and sundry polemics

Monday, March 12, 2007


Scan My Photos

Do you want to preserve generations of family pictures without any hassle? Until now, you had to individually scan each picture by hand, which could take days or longer. This was a chore few people wanted to undertake.

As a new division of 30 Minute Photos Etc., protects everyone's precious photo memories with Kodak high-speed scanning technology and an easy-to-use prepaid, protected box. Just call 949-474-7654 to order the shipping kit, then, fill-the-box [available in two sizes which hold about 1,500 - 2,000 snapshots] and send to Within minutes of receipt, the photos are instantly scanned and prepared for free return delivery across the U.S. for only $99.95.

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Fill the box, there's no limit - We scan as many photos as you can fit in our prepaid box for just $99.95

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Prom Queen - coming April 2 ~ Eighty 90-second episodes

Vuguru will unveil its first show: a serialized mystery called Prom Queen that will roll out over 80 days beginning April 2 with daily installments lasting 90 seconds. It's co-produced with production company Big Fantastic, in a deal brokered by United Talent Agency.

"There's a new distribution platform that's going to be ubiquitous, and that's clearly broadband," Eisner says. While sites that feature user-generated video, such as YouTube, "won the short-term sprint" to reach audiences, he says, "Winning the marathon will be professionally produced, emotionally driven story content."

People will have several options to keep up with Prom Queen, billed as "a blend of love, gossip and betrayal" in the two months leading up to a high school prom.

Episodes will run on the studio's and on a show site, Other content on that site will include forums and blogs.



Ken Levine's blog

Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.


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Rosie's Weblog


Blog Maverick

The Mark Cuban Weblog

Sunday, March 11, 2007


2007 NCAA Basketball Men's Viewable Brackets


Vimo - Comparison Shopping for Healthcare - Find Affordable Health Insurance and Get Online Quotes, Find and Rate Your Physician

Vimo puts you in charge of your healthcare spending! Vimo lets consumers and small businesses shop for and compare health insurance plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), doctors and dentists side-by-side. You can even comparison-shop for surgical procedures. Save money on your medical bills.

"Finding out that I could get reimbursed for my medical bills by another insurance company after my accident, was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.  Without my personal medical cost management advocate from My Medical Control getting involved, I would have never known and would have paid the medical providers over $2,000 out of my HSA account."


Erin - Geneva, IL.


gethuman database - customer service phone numbers

From its inception, the gethuman movement has been an all-volunteer effort to improve the lamentable state of present day telephone customer service. I established and maintain the gethuman website as a free service to consumers.

Like the many volunteers who have assisted in the movement, my work with gethuman has been completely uncompensated and I have not sought to profit by my involvement in any way. We have attempted to be a voice of the consumer that is entirely independent of the suppliers of telephone self-service.


Let the games begin: NCAA March Madness's_Division_I_Basketball_Championship


Steve & Barry's

The Starbury

It's no secret that a lot of consumers, for a long time, have found the price of some athletic shoes objectionably high. This has not, of course, stopped the sale of expensive athletic shoes. But it does seem to have created an opening for something not often seen in contemporary consumer culture: a deep-discount retailer's positioning its low prices as a social statement.

The retailer is Steve & Barry's, a fast-growing apparel chain, and the low-priced product lending a halo to its cheap prices is the Starbury sneaker. The Starbury One costs less than $15 and is endorsed by the New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury. Steve & Barry's won't confirm total sales numbers, but it has been reported that about one million pairs have been sold. When the shoe made its debut last August, publicity caused lines at many Steve & Barry's locations. The lines sparked more publicity, which helped sales even more.

Steve & Barry's started out more than two decades ago as a single shop near the University of Pennsylvania, selling licensed Penn clothing for low prices. Gradually it set up similar operations near other colleges. But most of the chain's growth has come since 2000, when it began opening big stores in malls and started selling casual wear under its own name. In 2005, the chain added 3.5 million square feet of retail space, more than any other mall-based chain that year, by the reckoning of Business Week. With about 200 locations today, Steve & Barry's plans to open another 100 in 2007.


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30 Boxes | Online Calendar

30 Boxes lets you connect with the people who matter most.

Remember Birthdays

Know What's Going On

Get Stuff Done

Keep Up With Friends

Painless Organization / Sharing

"it will change your life"
"an amazing service"
"it's so easy my mom can do it"


Zoho: Online Office Tools, Productivity Applications and more

Zoho Writer is by far the best browser based word processing software available (and I've tried them all). It features auto-save, email support and the one no one else has: a spell checker. I will be telling everyone about this! Thank you Zoho for releasing me from Microsoft Word.
- Steven A Bristol



Marty Tankleff Blog

Marty Tankleff had just turned 17 when he was arrested for killing his parents, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff, in their home on Long Island, NY. Based on a dubious, unsigned "confession" extracted from him following hours of interrogation by a detective with a questionable background, Marty was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life, and has already served 16 years in maximum security prisons for a crime he did not commit. Now, based on new evidence tracked down by a private investigator, a court hearing is underway that could free Marty. But can Marty ever find justice in Suffolk County? Click here to read more.


This blog represents the point of view of, which works pro bono with Marty Tankleff and members of his family, friends and supporters to bring Marty's story to a wider audience in his fight for a new trial. 

In this blog we document what we believe to be the facts, truth and wider relevance of the Marty Tankleff case, in order to shed light, in the public interest, on what we believe to be the fundamental question in the Marty Tankleff story: Since all impartial observers--including law professors, journalists and authors, court officers and a retired State Supreme Court justice--who examine the case agree that Marty deserves a new trial, why is there an active campaign by Suffolk County law enforcement to keep him in jail?

The Blog is meant to complement, where key legal documents and media coverage may be accessed.  The blog is where we tell Marty's story and cover new developments in an effort to bring into focus the true picture of what happened in the Tankleff home in the early hours of September 7th, 1988.

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