Category Archives: Technology

Movie know it all.

To stay along the same theme as yesterday’s Tuesday Dudesday, I just want to quickly discuss IMDb.

I feel like most people know of this site… but recently I have run into a few people who didn’t. And as a HUGE fan, I feel like that’s kind of blasphemy and I have to share:

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IMDb – the Internet Movie Database – is this huge website full of movie and TV information. It tells you everything from the director and actors (who all have links to their own page, etc), to more interesting things like mess ups and, my favorite, trivia.

I am seriously obsessed with looking at IMDb when BF and I watch movies at home. I think I kind of annoy him on occasion with my interruptions of “Did you know….” or “Oh my gosh look at what this actor looks like now!

For example… Did you know in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are real life husband and wife!?

Or… That the boy who played “Racetrack Higgins” in Newsies now looks like this (please tell me you’ve at least heard of Newsies – Christian Bale AND a musical? Yes, please.):

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Please visit IMDb, if for no other reason than to read some of the trivia from your favorite movies. It’s almost always awesome.

Between IMDb and Movieclips, I think you could easily become the next Movie Know-It-All!

Sorry if this is old news to you, but it is worth sharing, don’t you think?!

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Back to school.

This day and age, I feel like HTML knowledge is a good skill to include on your resume. While I’m comfortable with basic formatting code, etc., I have been tossing around the idea of taking a class or two to brush-up and improve my skills.

Before I spend the extra $$ and time required by an college-type class,  BF recommended I try Codeacademy.

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I just started and have made it through the first phase in the “Web Fundamentals” lessons. It has been pretty fast and easy so far, but definitely good to ingrain the basics before moving on. Here’s an example of what the lessons look like:

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Basically, it gives you a quick lesson and then some instructions to what you are supposed to do. All your coding goes in the right.

If you do anything with websites at your job or in your spare time, even if it’s just a personal blog, I definitely recommend checking out this website! Already mastered all the skills? Why not teach?

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I got it from my momma.

Well, just half really.

The BF found this thing online where you can submit your DNA to be tested for all sorts of things related to health and ancestry. If you watched Greys Anatomy this season, I think it’s kind of like the genome mapping that Bailey was doing  (love her!)…

 

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Anyway, we did it. It involved ordering a kit, spitting into a little tube, mailing it back, and answering a series of surveys/questionnaires. Then, about 2 months later, they email you with your results. I was honestly pretty nervous about it – I mean… do I really want to know that I’m likely to die from X Y or Z later?! But it wasn’t really like that. Nothing too terrifying. It was also cool to find out my ancestry – It wasn’t really a shocker… but interesting nonetheless.

If you are more interested in your ancestry and don’t want to see your health information, they allow you to do that. If you only want your health info and don’t want to be contacted about possible relatives on the site, that is an option, too. (I got an email that they found someone I probably shared a relative with over 250 years ago! It’s amazing what DNA can tell you!)

Check out the website for more information!

 

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When people look like their pets.

I always love it when you see dogs that look like their owners. Apparently, I’m not the only one!

My dad just sent this video about an app in Australia where they match you with a shelter dog that looks like you! Whoever thought of this is BRILLIANT.

I really wish that they had this app for US shelter dogs. I bet there would be an increase in adoptions. Afterall, you’re going to have an immediate connection with the dog version of yourself, right?

So, of course, I had to try it.  Mine didn’t turn out as good as the video’s examples:

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I don’t see the resemblance. I guess we have the same color hair… At least its a badass looking dog. That is a requirement come time to get myself a pup.

But still! Do I want to adopt the dog? Yes. This app totally works.

Come on, USA! Get with the program! I want a dog!

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There’s an app for that.

We had a great time in Charleston, SC and there were a lot of apps that helped us along the way! Here are the top 5 I used:

Road Trip App1) Road Trip – When I was younger, my family would take long car trips (8+ hours) and  I would entertain myself by trying to find all 51 license plates. Now there’s an app for that! Road Trip is an app that keeps track of when and where you spotted the state’s license plate! We did really well and ended up finding THIRTY EIGHT out of 51. Not bad if I do say so myself. See below for screen shots:

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Overdrive app2) OverDrive – This app allows you to download and “borrow” books and audiobooks from your library for FREE! All you need is a library card. While my parents used to force us to listen to boringass “books on tape” when we were younger, they now have cool books like Harry Potter, etc. you can listen to. I think the selection offered depends on your library but I’m not 100% sure about that one.
Spotify3) Spotify -This one is kind of a no-brainer. As I have mentioned before, music is crucial to road trips. The BF has the paid version of the app so he was able to subscribe to my playlist in addition to using the free “radio” feature. The playlist was especially helpful when we hit pockets of zero cell service.
Yelp-App4) Yelp – Seriously. This app (combined with my maps app) drained my phone because I used it so much. I used this app to find pretty much all our meals. BF kept telling me that I shouldn’t be “slave to the reviews” but that many people just can’t be wrong, right?! Click here to view my reviews.

waze app5) Waze – I downloaded this app a few months ago but didn’t really get it. Basically, its a GPS/social community for drivers. Your little icon cruises around the road you’re on and you can leave comments regarding cops, accidents, traffic, etc to warn other people. The more you interact, the more points you get. Not really sure what the points get you besides bragging rights… but lemme tell you it’s kind of fun/addicting. The tool is fun but obviously kind of… unsafe? if you’re not the passenger.  It could also be helpful when you want to avoid bad traffic and whatnot.  See below for screen shots:

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Honorable mentions: Vine, Instagram, and Google Maps (obvi)

Can’t wait to test even more apps for road trips – there are a TON out there!

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Workout on Vacation?

Maybe.

As I have previously mentioned, BF and I are planning a road trip that starts this Thursday to Charleston! We’re taking the “scenic route” to Charlotte Thursday, then completing our journey on Friday down to Charleston. We head back Sunday with a stop in Richmond.

We don’t really have any specific plans while we’re down there and vacations can kind of throw off a workout routine… so I did a little research and found this cool website that allows you to map out walk/jogs/runs…. and coincidentally enough, that is what it’s called.

Walk Jog Run.

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There a bunch of different ways to utilize this site but I started by typing in the address of where we were staying and then selecting 3 miles under the “View Routes By Distance” option.

Here is what it showed me:

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Seems like a fun/healthy way to explore the city one morning! I will most likely be representing the walk/jog person who would use this site… not much of a runner.

The site allows you to create routes, save routes, share routes, and more! I didn’t see any routes in my neighborhood and may be adding some for posterity when it warms up. They also have app that looks pretty cool. It costs $4.99 though which is a bummer. RunKeeper is a similar app that is free and has great reviews.

PS If you have any recommendations of where to go while in Charleston, SC or where to stop on the way, I would love to hear it!

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Tuesday Dudesday: Google Alerts.

Google Stuff Yourself? Who has time for that?

Is that phrase still going on? “I ain’t got time for that” – I don’t know. I don’t really keep up with the latest pop culture references but my Facebook friends sure do – thanks for keeping me in the loop guys – what would I do without you.

Anywho.

Google Alerts. Heard of em?

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Well if you haven’t they are pretty sweeeeeeeeet.  They basically search the internet for whatever phrase you indicate and give you the latest back to your inbox. That might not seem that awesome but that’s because I haven’t show you what’s behind door number 3 …

Say I am a band and I want to know when my band is mentioned on the web o sphere.  I would just go to: http://www.google.com/alerts enter in my band name, fill out the other criteria (see above), and viola – alerts sent to my inbox containing any mentions about my band. You can even search a specific site for a phrase – like Craigslist for the term “photographer”.  You would use a query like this: “photography OR photographer site:http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/ OR site:http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/”

Hope this can be useful for you!

PS for my narcissists out there you can also Google your own name to make an alert about yourself

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Be A Gym Hero.

Hello.

Is this thing on?

I’m Jeremy.

For some reason the GF thought it would be a good idea for me to write once a week on her blog. I think it was so you all would realize how awesome her writing is … kinda like that ugly friend pretty girls keep around.

That’s mean. Sorry.

Anyway onto the article. Most of my posts will probably be about technology because that’s all I do.  That and sports or something.

Oh Yea Article.

I’ve started going back to the gym semi regularly and lifting weights again after a 7 year hiatus so I needed a great way to track my reps/exercises etc and paper and pencil is to complicated for me for some reason.

Enter an App called GYM HERO.

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It’s pretty sweet. My favorite part is that it tells you how much total weight you moved that workout – you’d be surprised how much work you’ve done – or maybe saddened by your pitiful numbers.

If you are looking for a great/simple way to track your exercises I’d check it out.

And I’m OUT!

(Drops microphone and walks away)

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Crazy easy.

In my search for a “Soulmate [insert item here]” and other good deals, I often scour Craigslist. For hours.  Craigslist is an infamous time sucker.  Sometimes it’s fun but most of the time it’s down right frustrating, clicking on things that you hope may be that “diamond” just to find that they’re simply rough.

But I have good news!!! I have discovered a solution and I’m totally stoked!

CraigsEasy is a website that, with the risk of sounding like a cheesy infomertial, makes searching Craigslist fun again.

Here’s how it works:
1. Go to their website and add their “Easy” button (remind you of Staples?)  to your “favorites” tool bar.
2. Go to Craigslist, search what you want (ex: chair under $100 – see image below) and as soon as the page pulls up, hit the “easy” button. CraigsEasy will then do its magic – changing the mindnumbing gray and blue plain-ass website (no offense CL, it does the job…ish)  into an eye-pleasing, easy to search website that simply lists images, cost, and location of each post. It makes searching Craigslist so much faster and allows you to kiss way less frogs to find your prince – or “Soulmate [insert item here].”

If you’re not as stoked as I am about this, then there’s something seriously wrong with you. Just kidding…

… kinda.

Happy hump day! Happy Craigslist hunting!

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Hello again.

So a few weeks ago I mentioned that BF and I were moving into a new place – well… we’re in! I literally left the day after we moved for a business trip (look at me all grown up!) so basically last week was the first week in it – I spent a lot of time realizing I have WAY too much stuff and WAY not enough closet space (is there ever?).

I really need to take some before pictures before we get too far underway but, as of now, BF and I only have bedroom furniture which basically means that we’re starting from scratch. For me, this is totally awesome and terrifying at the very same time. (Plus, as you can probably tell, maximizing this teenie space is going to be an extra challenge…)

So… to start out my ideas… I tortured myself for days thinking of layouts, styles & etc. Then, I finally pulled up….

Polyvore.

Polyvore is a website that, especially if you view fashion blogs, you’ve probably seen before. Basically, it lets you create a collage of inspiration, fashion, interior design, etc. Then you can share it with your friends, blog viewers, & the world!

The best part? You are putting real items on the collage- things you can actually purchase! So, in theory, you could put together a whole outfit, room, whatever and then own it. Cool, huh. (click here to watch a video about Polyvore)

And finally….. drum roll please… here is a very very very VERY generic vision I have for our living room – it will most likely change dramatically. The only thing I am sure of at this point is a gray couch similar to the one you see below…. And, who knows, that may change, too.

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living room ideas by emtier on Polyvore.com

What do you think? Basically I want a very basic “background” of furniture so I can incorporate patterns, and pops of colors. I’ll definitely keep you posted on our progress- starting with before pictures very soon!

Happy Tuesday! One step closer to Friday!

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