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Friday, June 08, 2007

Thanks for reading Groupster!

Since Groupster was all about giving you a wide range of topics we decided to move it to a larger space so you can easily find the topics that interest you. Come check us out at SnagWire.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Forget photobucket....use Flektor

Uploading to photobucket is not fun...

You have to do it one photo at a time. Flektor lets you get content from other sources, flickr, myspace, your computer and photobucket. I would go with flickr. Download flickrs upload tool and you add folders of photos at a time. Flektor's interface is much better than photobucket, in a sense its a profile page, you can even add friends. Flecktor as more options for creating content than photobucket, slideshows, video, polls, chat, and even a web cam feed. How about putting a web cam on your Myspace? Cool. So if you want to add new content to you webpages and profiles go sign up to Flecktor.

here is a sample flektor video

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Potterland is coming....look witchy!

"The plans I have seen look incredibly exciting and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," Rowling said of the Orlando park that is scheduled to open in 2009.

J.K. Rowling, who became the world's first billion-dollar author on the back of Harry Potter's success, has given the go-ahead for the creation of a Florida theme park dedicated to the schoolboy wizard.

The park is a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment, whose Potter films have so far grossed more than $3.5 billion worldwide, and Universal Orlando Resort (Warner Bros. Entertainment is owned by the same parent company as CNN).

In a statement rich in entertainment hyperbole, the builders of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" said they planned to "create the world's first immense Harry Potter themed environment."

Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, said: "Over the years we've received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts (School) and the wonderful locations described in each of J.K. Rowling's beloved stories."

The park's opening could help to quell the withdrawal symptoms of Potter fans around the globe who have bought 320 million copies of her wizard tales and turned every one of the films into a box office hit.

Will this kill the Harry Potter themed conventions that have sprung up all over the country? Why would you go to a hotel and talk about it when you can go to Hogwarts and live it!

I hope that they do not make it just for kids (ala Legoland). Many Adults love the books and have grown up with the story. It's been ten years since the release of The Philosophers Stone. Potter fans are fanatical, who else waits in line at midnight to read a children's novel, so they better pay attention to detail when creating Potterland or they will get a severe waving of a wand.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jordin "jorbacca" Spark had help winning Idol

According to MSNBC she had a vocal coach.

“Jordin was just 14 years old when she studied with me in 2004,” vocal coach Melissa Black told Star magazine. “Her mom, Jodi Sparks, and her grandmother, Pam Wiedmann — who acts as her manager — found me on the Internet. We were together for nine months of intense vocal work, with Jordin taking one 30-minute class a week at $25 per class … I knew she wouldn’t take long to perfect her craft because she was so good.”

Black says they haven’t spoken since Sparks stopped taking the classes, and she said mostly good things about her alleged former student. Nevertheless, Black admits, she was “hurt for a week” when the “Idol” winner said that she hadn’t had any formal training. “Jordin didn’t have to mention my name, but at least acknowledge you had training,” she told the tab. “But I’ve moved on, and I hold my head up high.”

This may come as a surprise to Sparks’ fans because on her official bio on the “Idol” Web site, when asked if she ever had formal training, Sparks answered, “No.”

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Dear Rosie, Shhhhh. Love, America

What ever happened to the "Queen of Nice"

Rosie O'Donnell who used to discuss issues such as cancer, depression and foster care? Her style of comedy has changed, and many Americans are disappointed.

1996 was Rosie's first appearance on television gave her the nickname "Queen of Nice" because of her interest in helping people and dealing with sensitive topics on live television. Her latest talk show has turned into one filled with controversy and adds fuel to the fire of many Americans. From her mockery of the Chinese Language in November 2006 to her ongoing feud with Donald Trump a month later, her battles never seem to end.

Recently, she called Elisabeth Hasselback a coward for not answering one of her questions on the show regarding the war. Elisabeth was on Season 2 of Survivor, The Outback. She became one of the most loved reality stars on television because of her relationship with an older man on the show and her genuine and kind behavior. Unlike Rosie, some people don't like to discuss such issues as American troops being called terrorists.

Congratulations, Rosie, you upset America again! As heated as Americans were with this argument, it brought the show its best ratings yet. So, maybe we really should congratulate Rosie because controversial behavior is only bringing in the dough.

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Lindsay Lohan drunk at the wheel again..

Lindsay Lohan has checked into rehab.

"It's so weird that I went to rehab," Lohan said in Allure magazine's May issue. "I always said I would die before I went to rehab."

The move followed a weekend during which the wild-child actress crashed her Mercedes, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and was photographed closed-eyed and slumped in the passenger seat of a friend's car.

The 20-year-old "admitted herself to an intensive medical rehabilitation facility" on Monday, according to a statement released by her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnick. The statement added, "Because this is a medical matter, it is our hope that the press will appreciate the seriousness of the situation and respect the privacy of Lindsay as well as the other patients receiving treatment at the facility."

This is Lohan's second rehab stint this year. She said in January that she had checked into a rehabilitation center for substance abuse treatment.

Maybe she can be Paris' cell mate? c,mon ladies you have enough cash to hire a driver. There is nothing wrong with going out and getting smashed, but please get a cab!


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Lemon Battery

Creating a battery from a lemon is a common project in many science text books

Successfully creating one of these devices is not easy.
Batteries consist of two different metals suspended in an acidic solution. Copper and Zinc work well as the metals and the citric acid content of a lemon will provide the acidic solution.
Batteries like this will not be able to run a motor or energize most light bulbs. It is possible to produce a dim glow from an LED.

The lemon: A large, fresh, "juicy" lemon works best.
The nail: Galvanized nails are coated in zinc. I used a 2" galvanized common nail.
The penny: Any copper coin will work. (Canadian pennies from 1960 - 2001 all worked)

Creating the battery: Insert a penny into a cut on one side of the lemon. Push a galvanized nail into the other side of the lemon. The nail and penny must not touch.

This is a single cell of a battery. The zinc nail and the copper penny are called electrodes. The lemon juice is called electrolyte.

All batteries have a "+" and "-" terminal. Electric current is a flow of atomic particles called electrons. Certain materials , called conductors, allow electrons to flow through them. Most metals (copper, iron) are good conductors of electricity. Electrons will flow from the "-" electrode of a battery, through a conductor, towards the "+" electrode of a battery. Volts (voltage) is a measure of the force moving the electrons. (High voltage is dangerous!)

I have connected a volt meter to our single cell lemon battery. The meter tells us this lemon battery is creating a voltage of 0.906 volts.
Unfortunately this battery will not produce enough current (flowing electrons) to light a bulb.

The two lemon batteries, combine to produce a voltage of 1.788 volts. This combination still does not create enough current to light a small bulb. Note the red wire connecting the batteries is joined from "+" (penny) to "-" (galvanized nail).

Four lemon batteries create a voltage of 3.50 volts. We should be able to light up a small device like an LED (Light Emitting Diode).
Note the connecting wires go from "+" to "-" on each battery.

To turn on an LED you must determine the "+" and "-" connections. If you look closely at the red plastic base of an LED you will notice a "flat" spot (indicated by arrow above). The wire that comes out beside the flat spot must connect to the "-" side of a battery, the other wire to the "+" side.

Important information about LEDs: LEDs are designed to work at very low voltages (~ 2V) and low currents. They will be damaged if connected to batteries rated at over 2 volts. LEDs require resistors to control current when used with batteries rated at over 2 volts. Lemon batteries produce low current. It is OK to connect an LED to a lemon battery.

In the image, electrons flow from the "-" (nail) end of our lemon battery through the LED (making it glow) then back to the "+" (penny) end of the battery. This is an electronic circuit. The LED glows dimly with this configuration.

Improving your battery.

The quality of the copper and zinc can be a problem for a battery like this. Pennies in particular are rarely pure copper.
Try substituting a length of 14 gauge copper wire (common house wire) for the penny. Experiment with different lengths and configurations of electrodes. Other sources of zinc and copper may be found in the plumbing supply department of a hardware store.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sith Rules at Star Wars Celebration IV

aka. C-4

I went to C-4 over the weekend. I went with 6 friends and had a great time just looking at all the fans dressed in costumes. The lectures were great. We saw AnthonyDaniels, Peter Mayhew and others. Seth Green showed a sneek peek of the Robot Chicken Star Wars special that will be on Cartoon Network June 17. They will have a full half hour of Star Wars parody!. There was actually too many things to see in one day. Charles Ross entertained us with the one man Star Wars Trilogy in 30 min, a lightspeed adventure! You could also help build an ewok village diorama. I hope they have C-5 next time in Los Angeles, If you live in the SoCal area you should definitely go next time..

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Will Maroon 5 Still Be Loved?

Maroon 5's new album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" has a hit "Makes Me Wonder" that jumped 63 spaces to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, but it seems as if this song is their only hope for success this time around.

2002 launched the start of Maroon 5's career with hits such as "Harder To Breathe," quickly followed by "She Will Be Loved," "Sunday Morning," "Sweetest Goodbye" and of course "This Love." What was it about this album that grasped the attention of America? Perhaps, it was the sex involved in the lyrics or the very idea of writing an entire album about this one girl, Jane. Jane became this metaphore for our ex-girlfriend Susie or ex-boyfriend Jon with each song writing another journey into the tangled hearts of lovers; each a stanza of passion that America fell in love with.

On the contrary, Maroon 5's new album, which took them 5 years to finally come out with, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (how ironic) has not produced the same domino effect with the songs. Yes, it is still early to judge, but after listening to the cd, one can see that this cd had different intentions. Even lead singer Adam Levine said

"Yeah, you feel that, because you're like, 'Holy s--t. I wrote this song, and it was so famous, huge, everyone knows it. They sing it at our shows, and all you get on the street is, 'I love that song.' You build this up like it's a big thing. You can't ignore that, but at the same time you have to train yourself to forget about it so you can write a song that's still sincere."

Some of the songs you can actually dance to, and it's a bit more edgy, but will America like this this change or miss the more emotional, sensitive but sexual Maroon 5? Is Maroon 5 set up for another path of success or should we wish them our sweetest goodbye?

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Vegas, Oh how you've changed!

For a southern California native, I am shocked that I had only been to Las Vegas 3 times in my entire life. The first time was a family trip when I was 9.
The second was a brief one day stay while on a road trip from Utah back to California. and then again 3 years ago for a wedding.

This 4th trip to Vegas was a revelation.

It was fitting, that I found myself at Circus Circus, the first place I stayed in Vegas at the age of nine. Initially, it seemed all too familiar as if nothing had changed in the years that have passed. The exterior, the familiar stroll through the casino.. the registration counters, the Midway. But, I decided to explore a little more and leave no stone unturned.

I hit the
Midway and the arcade and all that nostalgia hit when the acrobats took center stage. But, still, I knew there was more to be seen. I was curious to find out what all this hullaballoo was over "The Adventuredome". After a few twists and turns, a few stairs, I made a left down some corridor and found myself looking up at this massive roller coaster and quickly gathered this wasn't the Circus Circus I remembered. Here I was standing in this vast amusement park, I was paralyzed. Well, mostly jealous because when I was a kid, all I got to see was the Midway and the hotel room.

My experience at Circus Circus led me to believe there was far more to The Strip than beyond that of which I knew. I had always known Vegas as a place to gamble. That's it. Going to Vegas meant hitting the casinos and walking up and down the strip. I quickly found, that the best way to learn about Las Vegas, is on the bus. The Deuce is a double-decker bus that goes up and down the strip and downtown areas. The thing is, you're gonna be packed in with all these people from all over the world who are staying at various hotels and all experiencing Las Vegas in their own ways. So you can eaves drop or converse with strangers and get information and opinions.. horror stories, "best time ever" stories.. you get it all. And it's unavoidable because traffic on the strip can linger and if you have the time, you can learn a lot about Vegas on The Deuce.

Las Vegas was starting to welcome me and let me know that there was so much more to do and experience beyond the casino. I was starting to feel the vibe a bit, seeing shows and walking through some great hotels.
However, the one single event that showed me how much more Las Vegas had to offer was the moment I stepped into Jet nightclub at the Mirage at 12:32 AM.

Honestly, for someone who prides herself on knowing a great club, Jet quickly climbed the ranks of my "best of list" for both west and east coast night clubs. I loved the decor, the fancy bouncers (gotta have that earpiece), and even the layout. I made my way through the massive crowd of nicely dressed people and found a spot to observe the spectacle. Everyone looked good. It was great to see everyone dancing and singing along, filling in the lyrics when the music dropped out. I was impressed how well DJ'd it was and how the crowd was just in non-stop hysteria. I felt like I was in a movie.

After I got back to LA from Vegas, I was still buzzing from the trip. All I could say was, Vegas, Oh how you've changed!


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Halo 3 Master Cheif, Naked!?

Bungie made me 'LOL' at this one. "Halo 2 Vista Ships with partial nudity".

It has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of "Halo 2" for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, we've developed an online update which can be downloaded from to remove the content.

Ok, I watched all the beta testing and the developers play through every scene of many video games. How the heck do you let nudity "slip through"? I smell a conspiracy!


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George Foreman Says He Was Drugged Just Before His Fight With Ali

Muhammad Ali was at his bombastic best, just days before he was supposed to have his head handed to him in the Rumble in the Jungle. Listen to what he said 33 years later, and the words still sparkle to those who remember a magical time, if not such a magical place.

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Mini Britney, K-Fed diss

Mini Britney has her very own pint-sized PopoZao -- a little person version of K-Fed.

Mini Britney Spears, rocked out to two of Ms. Spears' biggest hits, "Toxic" and "Oops ... I Did it Again," in her Brit-inspired flight attendant and red latex uniforms. It truly must be seen to be believed.

Mid-performance, a gold-chain, wifebeater-wearing, thugged-out Fed-alike (played by Wee Matt) took over the stage, and just like the couple's colossal counterparts, they argued! Mini Brit even offered some tender parting words to the lil' guy -- "Get the f**k outta here!"

She's good.

Watch the diss here!

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A real Jurrasic Park like tale

International wildlife experts have located hundreds of wild elephants on a treeless island in the swamps of south Sudan, where they apparently avoided unchecked hunting during more than 20 years of war.

This is really cool. It excites the Indiana Jones in me.
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