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Monday, February 1, 2010

Tunatic is a free music identify service..think SHAZAM for Win/Mac

Love that song but don't know what it is?
Tunatic can tag it for you!

Ever thought ‘what is this song?’ Let Tunatic hear it and you will get the artist's name and the song's title within seconds. Tunatic is the very first song search engine based on sound for your computer. All you need is a microphone and Internet access.

Download Tunatic v1.0.1b for Mac OS X v10.2 or better
Download Tunatic v1.0.1b for Windows 2000/XP
1 - let Tunatic hear the music. All you need is a microphone and Internet access. 2 - Tunatic identifies the song. Follow the white arrow to get links for the song.

How does this work? When you click Tunatic's ‘search’ button, Tunatic transmits the song's features to the Tunatic server. The server searches its database and returns the matching song. More Q&A

Amazing Morgan Freeman Impression (plus 3 others)

Comedian/voice actor, Josh Robert Thompson ("Late Late Show," "Austrian Death Machine") does some of his most popular celebrity impressions.







Copyright 2009 Josh Robert Thompson, Inc.

Spending a luxury vacation...on Alcatraz?

The National Park Service is considering what it calls a new vision for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- and one of the proposals calls for turning one of the historic buildings on Alcatraz into a hotel. Chronicle file photo by Lea Suzuki
Credit: Lea Suzuki The National Park Service is considering what it calls a new vision for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - and one of the proposals calls for turning one of the historic buildings on Alcatraz into a hotel.

Visionaries thinking hotel on Alcatraz

First 4 Minutes From Lost Season 6 Online

Source:Dark UFO
January 29, 2010

ABC recently held a sweepstakes in which 815 winners received an exclusive message in a bottle with the opening minutes of the sixth and final season of "Lost." That footage is now online and can be watched using the player below! The premiere is airing on Tuesday, February 2 at 8/7c.

How Regular Movies Are Converted To 3D

Now that Avatar is officially the highest grossing movie of all time, it's inevitable that studios will continue to push 3D as the new frontier of cinema. But actually filming in 3D is prohibitively expensive. Here's how they fake it.

Not many directors share James Cameron's obsession with three dimensional authenticity, and not many films have the budgets to support the directors who do. Filming in 3D requires the use of two cameras, barely offset, capturing all the action in tandem. The technology involved, and the people who know how to use it, come with a high price tag (to the tune of seven figures). So most of the 3D movies that will be coming out of Hollywood in coming months, including the two new Harry Potter films as well as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, create the effect in post-production.

Here's the gist of it: graphic artists separate shots out into layers of depth, which can number anywhere from two layers for shots with simple shots to eight for shots with more complex compositions. Then, the objects in each layer are carefully traced, creating a topographical map of the scene. Here, the computer steps in, simulating the second camera's perspective by generating another, slightly offset image. The images in the layers closest to the viewer are offset the most, creating the illusion of things popping off the screen, while the background is only offset slightly.

The more complicated the shot, the more work must be done by hand. With Tim Burton's detailed worlds, you can bet that a whole team of artists were doing a whole lot of tracing. To read about the process in more detail, head over to Slate. [Slate's Explainer]

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Dancing girls promote strip club in see-through bus


Deja Vu Showgirls strut their stuff on a windowed bus rolling through Bay area streets.

BAY NEWS 9 -- A Tampa strip club has hit the road for a promotional stunt: Déjà Vu Showgirls are dancing in a big windowed bus, which is driving around Bay area streets.

"Of course there is no nudity because it's just advertising. Simple pole dancing," said Eric Terrell, general manager of the strip club.

A number of drivers paid a lot more attention to the bus than the road. Some even took pictures and video with their cell phones. Others were concerned for their own safety.

"The semi comes off the exit ramp -- we're on Dale Mabry -- and is obviously very distracted," said Paige Madison, a driver. "They see like 10 weird people in a see-through truck and like, I was scared, I had to merge over to the left lane because the semi wasn't paying attention."

The dancing women on the bus said they try to avoid offending anyone.

"If we see people we're going to offend, we sit down, because we don't want to offend anybody," said Twee, one dancer.

Although the women on the bus are local, the bus itself is not. Bay News 9 found that officials in Las Vegas had a problem with the same bus, and they eventually banned it.

Now Déjà Vu is sending it across the country. Authorities said it will probably only be in Tampa for a few days before it goes to Miami for Super Bowl week.

First Look at Alice in Wonderland’s Creepy Caterpillar


New Alice in Wonderland images of the Caterpillar, the March Hare and the Dormouse reveal more details about Tim Burton’s upcoming reboot of Lewis Carroll’s 19th-century tale.

Alice in Wonderland, opening March 5, features Alan Rickman as the voice of The Caterpillar, pictured above. See more fresh takes on the Alice universe as seen through the eyes of Burton below. (Super Bowl viewers will see even more of Burton’s 3-D animated film when Disney unveils a new Alice teaser spot during the Feb. 6 football broadcast.)

The March Hare.

The March Hare is costumed by Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood.

Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen rules mouse-like courtiers.

Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen rules a court staffed by frogs.

The White Rabbit is voiced by name TK.

Michael Sheen, who previously played Tony Blair in The Queen, gives voice to The White Rabbit.

The Dormouse is voiced by Barbara Windsor.

Lewis B. Carroll's creation The Dormouse is voiced by Barbara Windsor.
Images courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

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Virgin Introduces the Necker Nymph ‘Underwater Plane’ aka Submarine


Sir Richard Branson has a new underwater toy to accommodate the rich and adventurous--the Necker Nymph submarine.

Sir Richard Branson is at it again—whether it’s luxurious trips to outer space or stylish underwater adventuring, the Virgin Mobile tycoon wants to be the first to market it. Virgin Limited Edition announced today it will be going underwater with its new Necker Nymph aero submarine. The Necker Nymph a DeepFlight three-person aero submarine. Graham Hawkes of Hawkes Ocean Technologies, engineer and designer behind the Necker Nymph, likened this open cockpit winged sub to an underwater aircraft.

Virgin’s new Nymph sub will fit nicely into the company’s other luxuriously designed Necker-named properties and transports like the Necker Belle—a 105 foot catamaran—and Necker Island. Sir Richard plans to lend the Nymph out to visitors of his high-class hideaway, Necker Island. The Necker Nymph can glide through the ocean doing full 360 degree turns while carrying its pilot and two visitors on a two-hour trip.

“Gliding on the water’s surface like an aeroplane on a runway, one of the three pilots will operate the joystick to smoothly dive down, and the thrilling experience begins,” the company says. “Uncover ancient shipwrecks, fly side-by-side with dolphins, or spyhop with whales; the options are endless.”

The Nymph is available to hire for $25,000 a week, but only if your spend at least $88,000 for seven nights on the Necker Belle—we’re going to guess Sir Richard’s motto might be similar to “go big or go home.” The sub is expected to be delivered on February 20th of this year.

Barack Obama Does Play-by-Play in Duke-Georgetown Game (Vid)

Barack Obama Does Play-by-Play in Duke-Georgetown Game (Vid)
Posted By: Will Brinson

Barack Obama and Joe Biden -- as we noted earlier -- were in the house for the Georgetown-Duke game. And, as is typical with big name celebrities at athletic events, Obama did an interview with Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist. But it wasn't your typical interview and it showed why Barry is so popular -- he was funny, witty and even did some play-by-play, before letting Kellogg know that he was "coming after your job" (four minute mark-ish) and that it would either be "three or seven years" before he took it. Vid below (and apologies for the whole canceled bar thing -- it snowed in NC last night and the entire state peed itself.)

A Star Wars Fan’s Collection of Action Figures


Just what the hell are you looking at here? Why that would be a collection of roughly eighty billion Star Wars figures, which I actually think features more characters than the actual movies had in them. The dude could man a 1/12th size Death Star with that compliment of Stormtroopers alone!

There are a ton more pictures of the details of this collection, which you can find here. Good God.

Hitler's angry reaction to the iPad

This is from the movie "Der Untergang" English Title: "Downfall" released in 2004. Its a German movie about the last days of Hitler, from the perspective of his personal secretary Traudl Junge .

The Swiss actor Bruno Ganzs played Hitler and his convincing performance was hailed as the best of all Hitler-actors and the movie was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

This scene is at the bunker in Berlin where Hitler has confined himself during his last days.. as he was berating his generals for failing to stop the Russian troops who were closing in on the city.

Beatles Scandal: The Stinky Blackwater Story Part

At last, the true story of the Beatles success can be revealed. The tragic story of the man who killed John Lennon's mother, Julia; The man whose music would be blatantly stolen by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in order to secure the Beatles' legacy; The story of Harold "Stinky" Blackwater.

This is a hilarious, irreverent and yes, FICTIONAL story of an untold chapter in Beatles history. Part one of the video series chronicles Stinky's life and death, and how both intertwined with the Beatles. All music was taken note for note from the legendary Blackwater Notebook and recorded by The Digbees.

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