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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fruit and Creme Strawberry Twinkies

Back in the day I would buy Hostess products anytime I had money to get them at our local corner market. I would try all their products and was especially excited when they introduced a new product called Fruit and Creme Strawberry Twinkies. They were so good creme and this almost jelly like strawberry together in the trust twinkie shell. Sadly just as quickly as they came, they disappeared and I never expected to see them again.

Then last summer I was in a supermarket near my house when I spotted something I had not expected to ever see again, Strawberry and Creme Twinkies (they also had Ho-Hos)! I bought up a box and could not wait to get out to the car to have one. I bit into it and it just was not the same. These were, as the box said, strawberry creme, not strawberry AND creme. It was okay, but it just didn’t capture the magic of my youth. So I will continue to wait, hoping that this tasty and unusual variations on the Twinkie will one day rear its delicious head again.

Why is it always creme and not cream. Is the a culinary thing or does creme just sound classier?

Michael Winslow does Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love and it's ridiculously awesome (Video)

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LinkedIn Classmates Shows Your Entire Alumni Network


Today LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates, a way to tap into the power of alumni networks without calling your school's alumni office. This new tool gives you access to what your fellow alums are doing in their post-school lives, highlighting what they've accomplished since graduating, an opportunity to reconnect with alums in your field and a way to find alums who are interested in helping you.

LinkedIn Classmates also gives you the opportunity to track career trends based on where your school's alumni work, what they do and where they live now. Maybe you'll discover an alumni working at a company you're interested in applying to, or perhaps you'll notice alumni working somewhere you used to work. LinkedIn Classmates gives you access to that data quickly and easily, making it an ideal tool for gathering insights and reconnecting with individuals.
You can also find out what you have in common with those people now through graphs that chart specific interests. LinkedIn Classmates is not limited to college - it includes all of the schools you've entered into your LinkedIn profile. There's also an option to see people who attended during specific years, and those who graduated in a specific year. The least automated feature here is the option to join your alumni group - but you've already done that, right?
Alumni groups are an important part of the LinkedIn ecosystem, and are more geared toward conversation.

Some alumni prefer not to list the year they graduated, but that doesn't mean you can't find them. Using an easy toggle feature, you can grab a list of everyone who attended your school, regardless of graduation date.

To use the new feature, go to

LinkedIn Classmates comes on the heels of status updates from companies, which lets administrators of company pages post short updates, just like users.

Portrait of an icon: Never before seen images of injured Marilyn Monroe taken on set of River Of No Return

By Maysa Rawi

Sporting a broken ankle and crutches, only Marilyn Monroe could make a leg injury look stylish.

The actress posed for the shot on set of the River Of No Return in 1953, wearing a black bikini and one high heel.

But she braves the pain and flashes one of her iconic smiles.

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Bikini, high heel and crutches: Marilyn Monroe, pictured in Banff, Alberta in 1953, off-duty on location of River of No Return
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The actress had to take time off shooting the movie after injuring her ankle

These are the pictures of Miss Monroe that were taken for Look magazine in 1953.
But only three from the album made it into the final edition.
The remaining negatives, taken by photographer John Vachon in the Canadian Rockies, have been hidden away - until now.

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The images were taken by John Vachon, who had the rare opportunity to capture her over several days

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The actress looks stylish in cream top and pencil skirt as she poses by the Banff sign in the Canadian Rockies

A new book entitled August 1953: The
Lost LOOK Photos includes 100 shots as well as essays and personal
letters from the photographer.

Vachon was given a rare opportunity to photograph the blonde bombshell, who died in 1962, off-duty as she took a few days off due to the injury.
One of the shots of her boyfriend, baseball player Joe DiMaggio is the only time the pair posed for a formal portrait.

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The 100 pictures form part of a coffee table book entitled August 1953: The
Lost LOOK Photos
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Only three of the intimate portraits made it into the original Look magazine article, the rest were hidden away

The Western sees actor Robert Mitchum starring alongside Monroe, who plays a dance hall singer.
During filming, director Otto Preminger reportedly had to deal with the actor's heavy drinking.
In one of the letters Vachon writes to his wife, he refers to Mitchum as an 'unmitigated jerk'.
Many of the original negatives of Vachon's photographs were damaged, so
each of the black-and-white images in the book was digitally

Imperfections were removed and tones were carefully

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Marilyn shares a moment with her husband-to-be, baseball player Joe DiMaggio, who she was married to for 9 months

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Vachon captured Marilyn looking vulnerable when she was used to being seen as a blonde bombshell

Chris Kuppig, the President of Dover Publications said: 'We were working with photo researcher Amy Pastan on another project when
she tipped us about a set of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs by

'Only three of Vachon's
Marilyn photos were used in the October 20, 1953, article about location
shooting in Canada.

'The rest have remained unpublished since then. We
were bowled over. Here was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the
legions of Marilyn fans worldwide a rarely seen portrait of their idol.'

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When Marilyn sprained her ankle, she reportedly insisted on a cast and refused to work for a week

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 Monroe demonstrates her ability to change expression and moods while posing

Amazing Amazonia: Amazon Rainforest [46 Pics]


The “lungs of our planet” have been attributed to the Amazon rainforest, also known as Amazonia. This Amazon jungle, or the Amazon basin in South America, covers over 1.7 billion acres acres (7,000,000 square kilometers); the actual tropical rainforest is spread over 1.4 billion acres and 9 countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. 60% of the Amazon jungle is contained within Brazil. The Amazon represents over half the remaining rainforests worldwide and contains the largest and most species-rich tropical forest system on our planet. Amazonia grew around the Amazon River which is the longest river, the largest river, and the basin has the largest area in the world. The Amazon River has total flow greater than the top ten world’s rivers combined. The biodiversity of this wet tropical forest could boggle the brain; one in ten animal species lives here and it is the largest collection of living plants on the globe . . . and much of the Amazon is still unexplored. It definitely should be protected for the tropical jungle paradise may hold the keys, yet to be discovered, to cure countless diseases.The amazing Amazon rainforest is one of the 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition. We love these pics! [46 Photos]

Red-and-Green Macaws DO grow on trees in the Amazon
The biodiversity in these wet tropical forests is mind-blowing. It is home to the largest collection of living plant and animal species in the world. One in ten known species on this planet lives in the Amazon Rainforest. Amazonia is home to around 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plants, and more than 2,000 birds and mammals. So far, at least 40,000 plant species, 2,200 fishes, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified within this region. One in five of all bird and fish species live here. The Scarlet Macaws above are indigenous to the American tropics. The photographer wrote, “Red-and-Green Macaws DO grow on trees in the Amazon.” Photo #1 by Billtacular

San Rafael Falls, Quijos River, Amazon, Ecuador
The San Rafael Falls and Quijos River are located at the foot of the highly active Reventador Volcano which rises out of the Amazon jungle east of the Andes. Based on archaeological evidence, it is believed that humans first inhabited this Amazon paradise at least 11,200 years ago. Photo #2 by Imagesunion
Streams of light in the Amazonian mist
Streams of light in the Amazonian mist. Inside this rainforest, you never quite know what you might see . . . Photo #3 by Jon Rawlinson
Tupi 'red bird' also known as the scarlet ibis one of the most beautiful Brazilian birds, because of the color of their plumage
You might see a Tupi ‘red bird,’ also known as the scarlet ibis, one of the most beautiful Brazilian birds, because of the color of their plumage. Photo #4 by J.Gil Photography
Amazonian Godzilla 'in my garden'
Or you might see an Amazonian ‘Godzilla.’ Photo #5 by Laurent
Emerald boa Amazon Equador
In Amazonia, you might even stumble upon an Emerald Boa. Eek! Photo #6 by Free Pet Wallpapers
Amazon rainforest jaguar
Amazon rainforest jaguar. Bet you won’t bump into one of these beautiful beasties in an urban jungle? Photo #7 by By Land Rover Our Planet
Star of the water - In the rivers of the Amazon

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River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' To Be Released

by Jeffery Racheff

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Phoenix has been called the "Vegan James Dean."

Director George Sluizer Wants Joaquin Phoenix To Fill In For His Brother

River Phoenix's final film is set to rise from the ashes. The director of Dark Blood, left uncompleted in 1993 due to Phoenix's drug overdose, says he will re-edit footage from the movie using the help of River's brother, Joaquin Phoenix.

Read: Joaquin Phoenix And The David Letterman Debacle

George Sluizer has announced he will reexamine the footage from Dark Blood and attempt to put together a finished product with the help of Joaquin, who would provide voice-over work for his late older brother.

"The voices of the two brothers are very much alike," Sluizer said.

The film follows a young man called Boy (River Phoenix) who lives alone on a nuclear testing site in the desert making dolls. There he runs into a married couple (played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce) after their car breaks down.

Phoenix had just three weeks of filming left before he tragically overdosed on the sidewalk outside L.A.'s Viper Room, a nightclub partially owned at the time by Johnny Depp.

Read: Stand By Me Cast Reunites

At just 23 years old, Phoenix was on the verge of breaking into some really big acting roles. He had already earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in Running On Empty, played a young Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade and appeared in classics like Stand By Me and My Own Private Idaho.

This October 31 will be the 18th anniversary of his death.

iPhone hacked into spiPhone to eavesdrop and track what you type on nearby PC

By: Darlene Storm

You sit down at your desk, set down your mobile phone, boot your computer and then start work. Would it occur to you that a hacker might be using your smartphone as a spying device to track what you were typing?

Thanks to a hack by a research team at George Institute of Technology, your mobile phone can now be turned into a spiPhone that eavesdrops on the sound of your fingers tapping away on the keyboard to detect pairs of keystrokes and determine what you're typing. According to Georgia Tech, the snooping works by "using a smartphone accelerometer - the internal device that detects when and how the phone is tilted - to sense keyboard vibrations as you type to decipher complete sentences with up to 80% accuracy."

Here's the deal, you could download an innocent looking app that doesn't ask for any special permission to access your smartphone sensors. But whammo! You could be a targeted victim for spying because most mobile phones have no accelerometer security and request no permission for access to the accelerometer. You would not know the app was laced with a specially crafted malware to turn your phone into a spiPhone.

In case you are unfamiliar with an accelerometer, it can be found in all sorts of consumer electronics for the purposes of detecting motion input, orientation sensing, or be used for image stabilization. Accelerometers are common in smartphones "to present landscape or portrait views of the device's screen, based on the way the device is being held." In fact, accelerometers are in many devices such as Wii remotes and nunchuks, Nintendo 3DS, and PS3 DualShock 3 remotes, car collision notification systems that call for help after "detecting crash-strength G-forces," and even "sleep phase" alarm clocks use an accelerometer to sense a sleeper's movement so it will not awaken a person during the REM phase.

Although the accelerometer spying experiments started with an iPhone 3GS, it was too difficult to decipher the typing results. Patrick Traynor, assistant professor in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, said, "But then we tried an iPhone 4, which has an added gyroscope to clean up the accelerometer noise, and the results were much better. We believe that most smartphones made in the past two years are sophisticated enough to launch this attack."

Researchers previously tapped into microphones for this type of attack, but manufacturers have installed security precautions in mobile phones' microphones; when a user installs a new app, the phone's OS asks if the app can access the mic. While a phone's microphone is much more sensitive and can analyze vibrations about 44,000 times per second, compared to an accelerometer which samples vibrations only 100 times per second, the accelerometers in most phones have no security precautions.

"The way we see this attack working is that you, the phone's owner, would request or be asked to download an innocuous-looking application, which doesn't ask you for the use of any suspicious phone sensors," said Henry Carter, a PhD student in computer science and one of the study's co-authors. "Then the keyboard-detection malware is turned on, and the next time you place your phone next to the keyboard and start typing, it starts listening."

The eavesdropping technique does not detect single keystrokes, but "works through probability and by detecting pairs of keystrokes." It "listens" to "keyboard events" in pairs, then determines if the keys typed were on the left or right side of the keyboard and if they were close to each other or farther apart. Then it takes those pairs of keys depressed and runs them against a preloaded dictionary with 58,000 words, "each word of which has been broken down along similar measurements (i.e., are the letters left/right, near/far on a standard QWERTY keyboard)." It works reliably on words that are at least 3 letters and can accurately decipher what was typed about 80% of the time.

Traynor said not to be paranoid that hackers are spying on your keystrokes through your iPhones. "The likelihood of someone falling victim to an attack like this right now is pretty low," he said. "This was really hard to do. But could people do it if they really wanted to? We think yes." Until manufacturers build in some security on accelerometers, Traynor added that users can get around this vulnerability by keeping their mobile phones in their pockets or purses, or move the phone further away from the keyboard.

The findings of this research, "(sp)iPhone: Decoding Vibrations From Nearby Keyboards Using Mobile Phone Accelerometers," and will be presented this week at the 18th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Chicago.

The image and article above were garnered from a news release provided by George Institute of Technology.

Bill Clinton's 'hilarious' Funny or Die video


The former president spoofs his foundation with the help of Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, and Ben Stiller

In this Funny or Die video, Ben Stiller has trouble wrangling new ideas for the Clinton Foundation, despite a crack team of A-list celebrities on the case.

In this Funny or Die video, Ben Stiller has trouble wrangling new ideas for the Clinton Foundation, despite a crack team of A-list celebrities on the case. Photo: Screen shot, Funny or Die

The video: Former President Bill Clinton celebrated his 65th birthday and the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation this weekend with a star-studded event that included live performances by Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder. The event also featured a Funny or Die video that put the former president alongside Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and Kevin Spacey. (Watch it below.) The "hilarious" video, which was posted online Tuesday, spoofs the foundation by featuring the stars using their "celebrity creativity" to brainstorm ideas for Clinton Foundation initiatives. A frustrated Stiller tries hard to keep the A-list gang on track, but it's just bad idea after bad idea. Wiig suggests reducing carbon emissions by making everyone on Earth hold their breath for one minute a day. Damon suggests starting a softball team. And Penn just wants everyone to stop stealing his lunch "from the breakroom fridge."

The reaction: This is "an instant Funny or Die classic," says Lucas Shaw at The Wrap. Seriously, "you almost can't believe how hilariously self-aware" all the celebs are, says Aly Semigran at Entertainment Weekly. This "is potentially the single greatest argument of why Hollywood and politics should mix." Kevin Spacey deserves a shout-out for his "dynamite Clinton impression," says Sarah Anne Hughes at The Washington Post. Check it out: