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Friday, October 22, 2010

'Glee' 'Rocky Horror' Songs Leaked!


We're not sure how these got out, but we're bursting with excitement! A bunch of tracks from the October 26 episode of 'Glee' are online! And, we now have the official Time Warp music video! Check it out!

And, Fox released some new behind the scenes pics from the episode - check out Chris Colfer as Riffraff!

Glee Chris Colfer
Glee Chris Colfer
Photo Cr: Adam Rose/FOX

12 Nostalgic Halloween Specials You Can Watch For Free

By Jessica

Halloween means one very important thing to the television world: a good excuse for a holiday special.  Every year, writers find some creative (and some not so creative) ways to write-in the spooky holiday, from costume parties to ghost-themed episodes.  While you’re counting down the days until this year’s Treehouse of Horroron November 7th, why don’t you revisit some free episodes of Halloweens past?  Maybe you’ll find a little inspiration for that costume you’ve been putting off.

What’s better than spending the holiday with the spookiest family around?  When everyday is Halloween around the mansion, find out what makes October 31st special for the Addams family.

Finally! ALF has an excuse to come out in public.  He’s excited, I’m excited, but the Tanners aren’t excited. Find out what mayhem ALF can cause when he doesn’t have to hide out in the garage.

Halloween, Beverly Hills 90210
Kelly’s friends warn her about choosing a sexy costume but she doesn’t listen and ends up with some unwanted male attention.  In other news, Donna wears a mermaid costume and she can’t walk in it. Typical!

Trick Or Treat, Bewitched
Endora puts a curse on Darrin that causes him to turn into a werewolf.  Why? Simply because he wouldn’t let Samantha go out on Halloween.  He should probably know better at this point.

This one’s a Halloween episode for the children, or maybe just for the nostalgic. Bobby creates a spooky maze in his living room, earning money for charity and candy for himself.

Halloween, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In this classic from the second season, trick-or-treaters run amuck in Sunnydale as they begin turning into real life versions of their Halloween costumes. Ghost and goblins and Medieval maidens, oh my!

Carly investigates a haunted apartment in her building, in typical iCarly fashion.  Watch out for the gigantic pumpkin!

Haunted Halloween, The Jetsons
For the kid in all of us! This one gives us a chance to find out what Halloween will be like in the future. The Jetsons is based on fact, right?

MacGyver has to save the day yet again.  Only this time, he attends a costume party to do so.

Halloween, My So-Called Life
Angela travels back to 1963 to witness the events leading up to a high school student’s mysterious death. But mostly, she just looks adorable in her 60s glasses and sweater.

As if you need any excuse to watch South Park on repeat, here’s a good one.  Halloweens there involve space stations, Satan, and Korn. I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to revisit these gems.

Go back in time for Betty’s first Halloween on air.  Same drama, different outfit.

Halloweens might come and go, but these special holiday episodes remain forever.   We’re looking forward to seeing how television deals with Halloween, 2010 style. Got a favorite past episode or something special you’re excited for this year? Let us know!

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Published by Nat B

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

These are pictures that we rarely if ever see simply due to the fact the timing has to be precise.  When a plane hits the sound barrier it refers to the point at which an aircraft moves from transonic to supersonic speed.
The term came into use during World War II when a number of aircraft started to encounter the effects of compressibility, a collection of several unrelated aerodynamic effects. By the 1950s, new aircraft designs started to routinely “break” the sound barrier

But for simple people like us if refers to a badass point in time where a plane looks like it’s going through some kind of storm that it created on its own. And that storm happens to look pretty awesome.

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

Planes Breaking The Sound Barrier

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Apple Releases Public Beta Of FaceTime For Mac

Apple hosted a huge event in California this week, and it was all centered about the Mac. We figured by the look of the invite that software would be a huge part of the discussion, and indeed it was. One of the major introductions at the event surrounded FaceTime. That's Apple's own video calling software, and while it's definitely not new (Skype has enabled video chats for quite some time), it's one of the more fluid implementations. But there's just one major problem: it's only available between iPhone 4/iPod touch users.

No longer. Apple today introduced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, which is a standalone app that is separate from iChat and enables Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Mac users. The app Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac and Apple LED Cinema Displays.

It's available to download today for free, but OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is required. Give it a shot if you have been meaning to speak to your folks back in Canada. Or wherever they are.

Apple Brings FaceTime to the Mac

Macs Can Video Call Over 19 Million iPhone 4 & iPod touch Users

CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today announced the public beta of FaceTime® for Mac®, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone® 4 and iPod touch®* users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac® and Apple LED Cinema Displays.

“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”

FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at 
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S.F. Cops Return Seven Pounds Of Marijuana To Grower

By Steve Elliott

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Photo: Salem News
Last week, in what may be the largest single cop-to-grower marijuana transaction ever (the largest amount of pot returned by cops we're aware of was 11 pounds, but that was given back a little at the time), the San Francisco Police Department gave seven pounds of cannabis back to grower Cody Phillips, whose cultivation for sale charges were dismissed in August.

The seven pounds of pot -- in good condition, according to his attorney! -- wasn't all that Phillips got back, reports Chris Roberts at SF Weekly. The cops also gave him back everything else they seized in the June raid, including grow lights and cash.

The grow equipment had been returned earlier, according to attorney Derek St. Pierre, but figuring out how to return the marijuana was problematic. There is apparently no standing protocol for cop-to-civilian marijuana returns, especially for such large amounts. (Toke of the Town suggests that someone at the SFPD should get right on that.)

Seized pain pills returned by the cops are usually processed through San Francisco General Hospital, according to SF Weekly, but SF General wanted no part of the seven pounds of marijuana, St. Pierre said.

So the deal went down like this. Phillips and St. Pierre met with uniformed police officers in an undisclosed parking lot, where a trunk-to-trunk pot transfer was performed, right from the unmarked police cruiser into Phillips' SUV, according to St. Pierre.

A few passers-by were gawking at the (probably not that unusual for San Francisco) scene, but attorney St. Pierre had nothing but praise for the way the SFPD handled their marijuana delivery duties.

"I thought the police were extremely professional in the way they handled themselves," St. Pierre said. "Everything was done in a respectful and courteous manner."

Read Chris Roberts' story at SF Weekly:

Apple Reveals OS X 10.7 ("Lion") With New Features: Ships Summer 2011

When Apple said "Back to the Mac," they meant it. The company was talking software this week at their mega event, with Mac OS X 10.7 being the star of the software show. Apple's calling the next major version of OS X "Lion," and while it will not ship to consumers until summer of 2011, it promises to be the most significant Apple OS yet. Developers are expected to start getting an early look sometime soon, and the added features are pretty impressive.

Lion has obviously been inspired by many of the iPad's software features. The biggest of which is a Lion app store. That's right, a dedicated App Store for a desktop OS. Is this the end of the traditional software distribution as we know it? Has the shift to apps over full installs gone into high gear? Apple hopes so. The Lion App Store will work essentially just like the one's used on the iPad and iPhone, and what's nifty is that the Mac App Store itself will be available for existing Snow Leopard owners within 3 months. It'll probably be a trial run before Lion goes live next summer.

Apple is also integrating more uses of multi-touch gestures, encouraging people to really take advantage of their notebook trackpad or Magic Trackpad. Lion includes system-wide support for full screen applications, which has always been a major complaint from Windows users making the switch. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window applications. 

Another new feature is Mission Control, which presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Exposé, presenting all the windows running on your Mac grouped by application, alongside thumbnails of full screen apps, Dashboard and other Spaces.

No mention of a price has been made, but Apple set the bar low with a $29 Snow Leopard upgrade. Hopefully we won't have to wait until next summer to find that.

Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion

CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today gave a sneak peek of Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations. Today’s sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac® App Store?, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé®, Dashboard, Spaces® and full screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. Like on iPad™, you purchase apps using your iTunes® account and they download and install in just one step. App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard® within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. Similar to the Home screen on iPad, you can see all the apps on your Mac elegantly displayed just by clicking the Launchpad icon in the dock. Apps can be organized in any order or grouped into folders, and you can swipe through multiple pages of apps to find the one you want.

Lion includes system-wide support for full screen applications. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window applications.  

Mission Control presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Exposé, presenting all the windows running on your Mac grouped by application, alongside thumbnails of full screen apps, Dashboard and other Spaces.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices. 
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Rooney: I'm Staying at United


All smiles ... Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney today
All smiles ... Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney today
Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images
WAYNE Rooney has performed a dramatic U-turn and is STAYING at Manchester United.

The England striker agreed a new five-year deal after crunch talks with United boss Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill persuaded him his future is at Old Trafford.
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Rooney will remain with the Red Devils until at least June 2015 - much to the relief of Ferguson.

The Scot said: "It's been a difficult week, but the intensity of the coverage is what we expect at Manchester United.

"I said to the boy that the door is always open and I'm delighted Wayne has agreed to stay.
Staying put ... Coleen Rooney
Staying put ... Coleen Rooney
"Sometimes, when you're in a club, it can be hard to realise just how big it is and it takes something like the events of the last few days to make you understand.
"I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is.
"I'm pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United's great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.
"I'm sure everyone involved with the club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of."
Rooney, 24, who had announced he would be leaving the club, said: "I'm delighted to sign another deal at United.
"In the last couple of days, I've talked to the manager and the owners and they've convinced me this is where I belong.
"I said on Wednesday the manager's a genius and it's his belief and support that have convinced me to stay.
"I'm signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history — which is the reason I joined the club in the first place.
"I'm sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they've read and seen, but my position was from concern over the future.
"The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it's up to me through my performances to win them over again."
Yesterday, more than 40 supporters angry at his decision to leave descended on the star's home as he enjoyed a night in with wife Coleen and their baby son Kai.

Rooney's Home Stormed by Mob

Fury ... protesting fans gather outside Wayne Rooney's house

Fury ... protesting fans gather outside Wayne Rooney's house
Ray Bradbury


AN angry mob of balaclava-clad Man United fans stormed Wayne Rooney's home last night, demanding to know why he wants to leave. The striker called cops.

Fans who gathered outside carried a sinister banner warning: "Sign for City and you're dead."
Threatened ... Wayne Rooney
Threatened ... Wayne Rooney
Paul Cousans
The protesters - from Manchester United's notorious Men In Black "firm" - planned to plant the sign outside the wantaway Red Devil's £4million mansion.
But police arrived to disperse the demonstration before they were able to do it.
United fans fear the England striker, 25 on Sunday, could sign for their arch local rivals Man City after insisting he wants to leave Old Trafford - accusing the club of lacking ambition.
Scary ... mob gather outside gates to Rooney's £4m Cheshire mansion
Scary ... mob gather outside gates to Rooney's £4m Cheshire mansion
More than 40 supporters descended on the star's home as he enjoyed a night in with wife Coleen and their baby son Kai.
Arriving in a convoy of cars, they buzzed repeatedly on the footballer's intercom - telling him to come out and face them.
One said through the speaker grille: "We want to talk to you, Wayne. We want you to explain the real reason you want to leave. We're not going to hurt you."
Rooney saw the mob outside his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, at 8.30pm last night and refused to answer the door.
Order restored ... cops disperse crowd as security guards move in
Order restored ... cops disperse crowd as security guards move in
Ray Bradbury
He dialled 999 and alerted United's private security firm CES. Eight cops arrived within ten minutes and threatened to arrest the fans for public order offences unless they dispersed.


Rooney watched the drama from an upstairs window. He and his family were left unhurt but shaken. Officers went indoors to speak with him. Last night six security men were standing guard.
Target ... Rooney faced demo
Target ... Rooney faced demo
A police source said: "Rooney saw the fans on the camera by his gate and around the front of his property and called security.
"Officers arrived and told the fans they'd made their point and threatened them with arrest."
The invasion resembled a scene from 2009 movie Looking For Eric in which a gang of fans wearing masks of United legend Eric Cantona burst into a thug's house.
And it echoed the incident when a balaclava-wearing group turned up at team-mate Rio Ferdinand's house after he delayed signing a new deal in May 2005.
Last night the mob's leader, who refused to be named, said: "We don't believe what Rooney said about his reasons for leaving the club. We want answers.
"The club is struggling for money but it was struggling for money four months ago - so what's changed?
"He has got himself in a mess in his private life and we understand if he wants to run away abroad, but the least we deserve is that he's honest with us.
"If he joins City it's going to go off and he'll be seeing us again."
Another fan said: "We're not here to scare him - we're fans, not thugs. But I can tell Wayne one thing, he wants to forget joining City. That really wouldn't be a good thing to do."
No arrests were made. In 2002 David Beckham was barracked by members of the Men In Black in Budapest after United were beaten by lowly Hungarians Zalaegerszeg.
The gang name originates from a 1989 clash with die-hard West Ham fans in London.
Earlier yesterday Rooney was blasted by his own team-mates over his claims he was quitting because United lacked ambition.
Senior stars were said to have suggested the striker should never play for United again.
Rooney was shunned as he arrived grim-faced at the club's Carrington training ground for treatment to his injured ankle.
Meanwhile manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 68, spent three hours meeting chief executive David Gill for talks about the player's future.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher - a pal of Rooney's - said: "High-profile players have left in the past but the club itself just keeps going."
Rooney, contracted until 2012, claimed United failed to give him "assurances" about the future quality of the squad.
A club statement last night said: "There are no developments of note to report today."
Ex-England boss Graham Taylor, 66, last night said Rooney would need protection "for the rest of his life" if he joined City.

Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet


Well, you know how we go with phases of obsession here. It was fairies a while back and now it's Star Wars. I thought it was worth putting this post up right away because with it being Halloween soon, there must be a few of you that are looking for budget Storm Trooper costume solutions (especially if you have more than one kid that wants to dress up as a storm trooper!). All you need for this are a couple of gallon size milk jugs (with their lids/caps), some hot glue and something you can cut them up with (I used an exacto knife, but it would probably be doable with a good pair of scissors because the plastic is quite thin).

I thought of this while I was making the Fimo storm trouper helmet for our Star Wars peg doll set. As I was modelling the helmet I started thinking it could be approximated with strategically cut portions of milk jugs. I had to wait a couple of days until we finished our second gallon of milk and also had to be fairly confident of what shapes I wanted to cut, because I only had the two containers to work with and I knew I needed both. Here are the containers I used (still with a bit of dish soap water in them!)

These are the shapes I cut out of them to use. Pieces A and B are cut from the first milk jug and then piece C is cut from the second milk jug. This really was a prototype, so next time I think I'd go for a taller piece as section C. I guess it depends on the size of the head you're making it for though. My kids are four and just turned six, so petit was the aim of the game with this helmet.

I used hot hotglue, rather than the low temp stuff, in order to try and secure the pieces together more firmly. As you can see from these photos, piece A was the lower front and sides of the helmet and piece C is the front of the helmet from the nose up. The pouring top part of the milk jug had to be cut off to make piece C, so to cover up that and make the helmet a bit more aesthetically pleasing I cut out the circular indent from the side bit that was left over from first milk jug. This fitted in nicely to fill that hole.

I hole punched the back of the two protruding side panels so that I could put in elastic to hold it on. It's not a "full helmet", but it is significantly more than a mask. I then glued the two lids of the milk jugs on either side of the mouth part.

Once the structure was all glued together I popped it on my daughter to figure out where the eye holes needed to go. It wasn't going to work to have the eye holes cut where the storm trooper's eyes actually are, but with the milk jug being partially see through, it was easy to see where to put them and it worked out that I could hide them pretty well in the decorations afterwards.

I had a can of white spray paint, so I used that on it. You could paint it with acrylic craft paint though, or if you are smart then you could deliberately get the totally opaque white milk jugs to start with!

Here it is painted up with black, white and grey craft paint. I had the paint out already from making the peg dolls, but a grey and black sharpie marker would do the job. I decided at the last minute to put the ear cover things on (they are made from the bottom plastic sections from the containers you get from the 50cent toy dispensers around here). The horizontal black line around the forehead is just a strip of black electrical tape.

As far as clothing went, I just used a back long sleeved top with a white vest over it. I didn't have a poloneck/turtleneck so I just gave them a black dollar store ear warmer band to put on around their neck. I didn't get as far as doing anything for the lower half of this outfit, because the kids are happy to just run around in it as it is (they want to be Darth Vader and Princess Leia for halloween anyway). I hope this is useful for a few of you that have wannabe storm troopers. It's not totally accurate and if I did it again then I'd change a couple of things, like removing the front nossle to make a better version of the mouth area, but it's good enough that most young kids will be happy with it.

If you have the milk jugs, but no one wants to be a storm trooper then you could always use them to make trick or treat pumpkin pots like we did a couple of years ago, here. :)

Oooh, or there are the milk jug batman masks too, here. I'd forgotten how much we mess about with milk jugs!

Another Star Wars related thing that might come in handy for trick or treating is the torch and balloon light saber hack that I posted at the beginning of this year.

Most kids have a torch for trick or treating anyway, so if you have young Jedi then this might be exactly what you need to both light the way and avoid the injuries that the combination of candy high kids and expensive and solid plastic light sabers can result in ;)