I can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?
Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »
Too busy with that game of Madden to hit the gym? Don't want to miss the Flavor of Love II reunion? Don't worry because modern technology has you covered.
Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed lets everyone know you can get some exercise in without leaving your TV.
Here's his article
* * * * * * * * * * * read more »With childhood obesity setting new records every year, this was inevitable: video game workouts. Has it come to this? Is this the only way to convince us to drag ourselves off the couch and get a bit of exercise? I'm afraid so. With parents worried about the ever-changing girth of their children and video game companies worried that their consumers --no pun intended-- might actually go outside into the sunlight, we have been blessed with video game and television workouts.
With Halloween behind us, it's nigh time we take a good long look at ourselves and separate the hype from the actual very serious science of hunting vaporous spirits and capturing evidence of them on tape so we can prove once and for all that there is life after death, or at the very least, Photoshop. read more »Ghost hunting is a fairly new field that's only existed for a few decades in its modern form. Before digital cameras and EMF detectors, ghost hunters were forced to hunt ghosts with Davy Crocket muskets and a large flour sack . The flour sack could be used to toss onto the ghost, and, if captured, their trusty mule would then haul to the beet patch until such time as your resident Leprechauns would have a chance to scourge all the evil out of him. Ghosts had it pretty rough back then.
While searching for online Halloween games to write about, I stumbled across some pretty weird (and disgusting) candy. These candies are tasty treats that, for the most part, just look kind of creepy.
Here's a collection of the 10 Weirdest Candy Treats that your children will love to try! read more »
Continuing this month's apropos theme of all things haunted, I bring a list of 13 of the most haunted places in the world. Paranormal activity is an international affair, and ghosts and apparitions toy with the living everywhere from California to Mumbai. This list will have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be haunted (The White House?!), but each one comes with tale after tale of weird and terrifying experiences with the phantom world. read more »
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent was released on October 17th, 2006, for the XBox 360. It was developed and published by Ubisoft. The game is also to be released on the XBox, PlayStation 2, Gamecube, and PC on October 26th, 2006. Splinter Cell Double Agent is the fourth installment of the well known Splinter Cell series, all of which are developed and published by Ubisoft. read more »
Would you rather have x-ray vision or be invisible?
Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily lets us in on the news that every person's fantasy about being invisible may come true in the near future.
Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:
The fantasy of becoming invisible has long occupied storytellers. Capes, shields, potions, rings, and hats have made characters from Bilbo Baggins to the Greek god Perseus disappear from sight to pursue their daring agendas uninhibited. Invisibility ranks with time travel and x-ray vision in our psyche; it's something we dream about, but catalog as science fiction. But is it? This week, a team of researchers working jointly at Duke University and Imperial College London announced they successfully tested the first invisibility cloak. Click here to see the official announcement on Duke's web site.
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My boss has been really been bugging me lately. I think I spend more of my day thinking about how to avoid him than I spend working on the stuff he needs from me. So, for this week's article, I had the bright idea of giving you some sage advice on the types of bosses you need to avoid.
I don't know about you, but when I think about bosses, it makes me think of asses, and when I think of asses, I think of ___holes, and without fail, when I think of ___holes, I think of toilets. How about you?
So here's my advice on the 10 Types of Bosses You Should Avoid, as demonstrated with the help of toilets: read more »
Have you ever gotten hungry just watching the cooking channel on cable? What if you could smell it too?
Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily gives us a glimpse of what our future can be like while we're watching TV at home.
Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:
At the beginning of the twentieth century, French writer, Marcel Proust, explored a theory that human senses are intricately entwined with memory.
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Love to be scared, scare someone else or delight in watching others wet themselves in fright? If so, this is the post for you. Compiled here are the 13 best American haunted houses. Each has its own specialties in gore and fear and they are sure to terrify even the most seasoned haunted house goer. So, if you’ve got a plight for fright, check out one or more of these locations to ensure a positively hair-raising October. read more »
One of my favorite days of the year is Halloween. That is a holiday made for me with all that is a bit dark in man.
I am not one to wear a stupid costume from a local Wal_Mart. No. I am into finding something a little different that reflect the innver beast.
Here's a few of my favorites. If I get really into it, I may share more.
That’s right, the final day of TGS 2006 is upon us! Adding to my previous coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006, this is an overview and my opinions of Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Three. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and is hosting the video game industries' top company’s best products, all available to the public. This is what happened at Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Three!
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Adding to my coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006, this is an overview and my opinions of Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Two. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and is hosting the video game industries' top company’s best products, all available to the public. This is what happened at Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Two!
Tokyo Game Show 2006 started September 22nd, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. In its tenth year running, it will be hosting the video game industries top company’s best products, all available to the public. In this article, I’ll be discussing Microsoft’s start for the show, Sony’s Ken Kutaragi’s keynote speech on the future of the PLAYSTATION 3, and my opinion on all the game demos and events occurring during Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day One!
Want to inspire someone to be a scientist?
Our Guest Blogger, Aikea, has a passion for the natural world. This lead him to the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he earned a degree in Marine Science. AiKea also values quality friendships and good conversations. He wanted to share his passion with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com by writing about a powerful new learning tool for children.
Here's his article: