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Knocked Out By Sandy

Wrath of Sandy

On October 29, 2012 we were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to not having power, heat, phones, net, etc. for almost two weeks, we were flooded with sewage water. Three and half weeks later, we are still expelling destroyed waterlogged stuff and trapped water from the premises.

Once we are back up and running, the podcast shows will return. There was already an episode of Doctor Who: Podshock recorded prior to the storm that still needs to be edited and posted.

Standing on the Bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise [VIDEO]

Enterprise D and Bird of Prey

There's nothing quite like it. It was August 2008, just two weeks before the closing of the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, NV and there I was standing on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. It's an incredible feeling for a life-long Star Trek fan. Now this was the bridge of the Galaxy Class starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D as featured on Star Trek: The Next Generation, not the original bridge from the original series, but it was no less exciting at the time. 21 years after we first saw Captain Picard command from it, relaunching Star Trek back on television, there I was standing on what seemed to be an exact replica of the television set.

After An Initial Stumble, the iPhone 5 Proves Itself [VIDEO]

iPhone 5 in Hand

After over two years using the iPhone 4, I was ready to move up to the 5 when it was released. As I did with the original iPhone, the 3GS, and 4, I was there on the release date waiting in line for it. The line was different this time around. Two years ago it was a little more than 3 hours from start to finish, this time it was only 90 minutes. I suppose my local Apple store has gotten better at handling the lines.

Tweetbot for Twitter Hits the Mac App Store

Tweetbot MacTweetbot, the long awaited Twitter client for the Mac is now available in the Mac App Store. For several months I have been alpha/beta testing the app on the Mac. I had previously been using YoruFukurou (not an insult, it means NightOwl) as my main Twitter desktop client. Although perhaps not perfect (then again, I haven't found a perfect Twitter client on any platform), it has powerful features for power users such as myself on Twitter. That said, it may not be the prettiest client either. Enter Tweetbot. Finely crafted and honed visually, Tweetbot is pleasing on the eyes and ears. If you have used one of their iOS clients, you will know what I mean.

Atari's Greatest Hits Universal iOS App 99-Game Pack is Free for a Very Limited Time

If you are of my generation, you saw the rise of the video arcade and home video gaming while growing up. Suddenly we noticed dust gathering on the old pinball game machines in the arcades as they were being replaced by these upright video game machines in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of them bore the name "Atari" on them. At the same time, a little machine called the Atari 2600 (actually at the time, I believe it was simply called the Atari VCS (Video Computer System)) which allowed you to play video games with your home television set (be it color or black and white).

You can play many of those titles from the arcade and Atari 2600 on your iOS device with the universal app called Atari's Greatest Hits - Atari (App Store affiliate link). For a limited time, you can get the complete 99-game pack (in-app purchase) for FREE. It is only available on August 31-September 1, 2012 in your local timezone. So act fast if you want it (I just discovered it myself now).

Identify the Birds You Photograph with 'Peterson Birds of North America' iOS App Now on Sale [VIDEO]

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This Labor Day Weekend, the Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America by Appweavers Inc. (App Store affiliate link) universal iOS app is on sale again for only 99¢ (normally $14.99 USD, at one time it was $29.99). Whether you are a photographer who shoots birds or a bird watcher or just someone that appreciates nature and our feathered friends, you will want to check out this in-depth app that helps you identify, learn about, and track the birds you see around you.

Three Day Sale of 'Video Camera' iOS App by i4Software [VIDEO]

A couple of months ago I reviewed the iOS video camera and video editing app called 'Video Camera by i4Software Vizzywig - Video Editor Movie Maker and Multi Camera Film Edit Effects Slideshow Music Editing Credits App - i4software' (App Store affiliate link) on the Photo Focus channel on Mobli. The app is normally $7.99 (USD) in the Apple App Store. For this Labor Day weekend the developer is having a 3-day sale for it.

Instagram Prints Now Available in My Instacanvas Gallery

Prints of my Instagram photography are now available for purchase in my Instacanvas Gallery. Canvas prints, frame prints, prisms, and cards of photographs from my Instagram feed are available. I only make 20% on each sale, but in these trouble times, every little bit helps.

If you enjoyed a photo you had seen in my Instagram feed (or posted elsewhere originating from Instagram) and would like have a print of it and help out the photographer a bit, check out what is available in my Instacanvas Gallery.

Can Star Trek Continue? [VIDEO]

Star Trek Continues

Can the original Star Trek series continue on its five year mission where it left off in 1969? The creators of Star Trek Continues think so. 

The original Star Trek series has been recast and is attempting to pick up immediately where the original series left off before it was cancelled. Can they bring back the magic of the original series in this new web-based series? Perhaps if they stay true to the spirit of the original series and the vision of Gene Roddenberry and those that shaped the original production (at least for the first two seasons) they can.

Let the Wookiee Win! Chewie Gets His Own Movie

Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca (Chewie) in the Star Wars saga will be getting his own movie reports Hollywood Reporter. It's not a movie taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but rather one taking place some 36 or so years ago around the making of the original Star Wars film (A New Hope) released in 1977.

New iPhone Next Month? [VIDEO]

Dusk At Play at Bay Park

Is it the sunset weeks for my iPhone 4 now?

I vividly remember that June day in 2010 waiting on line at Apple for the latest and greatest iPhone, the iPhone 4. It was an usually hot day for June. It was not the first time I found myself on line for the new iPhone. I had done it before just the year before for the iPhone 3GS. Two years before that, it was for the original iPhone in 2007. I had skipped the iPhone 3G to make my first iPhone upgrade to be the 3GS. I didn't think I had a choice because I locked into my 2 year contract with AT&T. Even though I think they allowed me upgrade after 18 months, it would mean getting a new iPhone just six months before a new one was released. I figured I would simply hold out for the new one.

Why May 25th is Star Wars Day. Celebrating 35 Years of the Force [VIDEO]

It feels like it was just the other day I was writing about the 32nd anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back because it was just the other day (it was Monday, May 21st). Though there wouldn't had been a Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, if there wasn't for Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, or as we knew the film back in 1977, simply "Star Wars."

Has it really been 35 years? Indeed it has though it is difficult to swallow at times. I am an original Star Wars fan. I was 11 when the film opened and it changed my life. I had always been a science fiction fan, but I knew from the very first frames of this movie that this was going to be a game-changer. Seeing that Imperial Stardestroyer fly overhead, lasers shooting over the screen, explosions that rattled the seats next to me in the theaters, I hadn't seen or experienced anything like this before that time.

Why is May 25th the real "Star Wars Day"? The date actually has significance. It was the day the film opened in 1977. It didn't have the same fanfare as the opening of the subsequent movies in the saga, and far fewer screens which it could had been seen on back then. Though it was a different time then. Sure, a couple years before we had Jaws which may had brought in the tradition of "summer blockbusters" in the movie business, but it was Star Wars that really cemented it in.

32 Years Strike Back! Happy Anniversary to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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It is unimaginable that it has been so long ago. It was 32 years ago on May 21, 1980 that I found myself standing in a long line to see the first sequel in the Star Wars saga, The Empire Strikes Back. At the time, 3 years seemed like a long wait after the original Star Wars film, it's difficult to think that it's been 35 years now since the opening of that movie (more on that later this week).

In the video below I recall some distant memories from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… well, 32 years ago at least in a movie theater. What were you doing 32 years ago?

Blogworld and New Media Expo Back in NY

Chris Pirillo interviewing at #BWENY Podcasting Pavilion.

Last year we welcomed Blogworld and New Media Expo to New York with its first conference set in the Big Apple. Where does the time go? It's back again and once again it is at the Jacob Javitts Center in Manhattan this time in June (the 5th-7th 2012). 

At last year's event, I met several listeners as well as fellow podcasters and new media producers there. If you are going this year, be sure to say hi if you spot me there. Should you attend? Here's a piece I wrote a few years ago, but it still applies today: 5 Reasons to go to Blogworld & New Media Expo

If you hurry, you can still get the early bird discount on admission (ending tonight). Save an additional 10% NOW on your Early Bird Blog World New York 2012 registration with the code "BWAPVIP10"! Register now to save!

TurboCollage - Collage Creator is FREE for TODAY ONLY in the Mac App Store

A quick post to let you know that TurboCollage - Collage Creator - SilkenMermaid for the Mac is FREE in the Apple Mac App Store for today only.

The app allows you to create collages with your photographs in various ways (using a picture pile, picture grid, mosaic, center frame, and a zig mosaic).

It is highly rated in the Mac App Store. I've used it on some projects and had been pleased with my results.

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