All thanks to quantum levitation and Israelian scientists.
In this video, they show off how a frozen disc of special material can float and tilt in mid air using super magnets. They can even make it float around a circular track.
It's only a matter of time before hoverboards start appearing at Target!
If you're wondering how to pronounce bacakonator, it's "bay cake un ay tur".
If you're wondering what it is, it's a funnel cake covered in chocolate sauce and lots of crumbled up BACON!!!
It debuted at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and my new lifelong dream is for the Funnel Bacakonator to make it's way to Buffalo.
It's super healthy at only 1,300 calories and 77 grams of fat.
See this awesomeness and learn more about it on the Time Newsfeed website. Yes, Time Magazine (the serious news magazine) did an article about it. So this must be bigtime excitement worthy of worldwide attention.
Find out with this new chart, thanks to The Telegraph (out of the UK).
Once at the page, just slide the bar over to your current age and the percentage will be revealed. I hope your percentage is better than mine lol!
I just talked on-air about the upcoming Superman movie. It'll be in theatres in June of 2013. A long ways off.
The new Man Of Steel will be played by Henry Cavill (who recently starred as Charles Brandon in The Tudors and will be Thesues in the upcoming movie Immortals).
See what the new Superman will look like here.
For the following, visit my Blogger page where I'll be embedding the videos after I talk about them on-air...
- Retirement Community Lip-Syncs To Michael Buble's Feeling Good
- Super Intense Fight BetweenA 3 & 4 Year Old
- Gummy Bear Bratwurst!
- Planking videos
The best moments of American Idol were when Simon and Paula were at each other's throats. The singing just wasn't enough to keep my interest.
So when Paula left, I thought the show became unwatchable. But Simon and Paula will be reunited this fall on The X Factor. And it looks like they still can't agree on who's talented and who isn't.
A 2-1/2 minute preview for the show aired earlier this week on FOX during a baseball game. Had I been watching that, I would have been asleep before the first pitch and would have missed this anyways.
It's clever and it definitely sets the tone for the series...
When I lived in California (and at one point in the Mojave Desert), the sand did a number on my poor car engine. Sand made a mess of everything whenever I'd venture through the desert.
So I can't imagine what a nightmare this was for cars, eyes, computer equipment, etc. It's video from the massive sandstorm that hit Phoenix a few days ago.
The third video with a POV shot of driving into the sandstorm is insane!
The video for Coldplay's latest song "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" features tons of special effects, lots of glow-in-the-dark paint, and non-stop stop-motion visuals.
It's the next best thing to a new video from OK Go (which I'm hoping happens soon)...
The only thing better than an iPhone would be an iPhone smelling like Jelly Bellys!
You can have your phone smelling like Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Licorice, and Berry Blue Jelly Bellys.
Find out more here. And look for them in stores & online soon!
So the way my day was going, I wasn't going to get to Starry Night this year. After my shift ended on Star, I had to do some computer work so three of our stations would continue airing things right at midnight.
When I finally left and managed to get to the Botanical Gardens, all I heard was the final note of the final Hanson song when I opened my car door. But I did at least get to meet Hanson after that.
They're all nice. We talked briefly about previous trips they've made to Buffalo. Apparently, Zac has never seen Niagara Falls because he wouldn't get out of the bus when they went there. He was too engrossed in video games. And Isaac says it's just very wet.
Taylor is down-to-earth and a really cool guy. Had they not been getting ready to go in the limo, I would have loved to talk to him more about their music and also Tinted Windows, a supergroup he's a part of (Kind Of A Girl is an incredible song that was wrongly overlooked by radio). If I ever do a radio interview with them, he's the one I'll request to talk to.
Rob did get to talk to all of them shortly before I got backstage. See that here.
There's also video of Taylor driving around the Gardens in a golf cart after the show. Isaac decided to stay back when he found out Taylor would be driving (he stayed with Michelle Branch by the limo. See that here.
And get this, the group helped pack some of the stuff in the limo! They didn't have someone do it all for them. That's the kind of artist you want to support. So go buy their recent CD "Shout It Out".
For the record, from the first time I heard MMMBop, I've always thought Hanson was a great pop group. My favorites are Where's The Love, Penny & Me, and now Give A Little. And in case you're wondering, the version of MMMBop I usually play on Star is the Dust Brothers Mix from the 1997 CD single (it's got a slightly different sound than the album version). Either that or the album version is preferable to the radio version, which fades out before the end.
A post on his Facebook page last week has some of his fans seething.
Here's an article about it.
And here's the picture from its natural habitat.
While I didn't get to make it out to his Hard Rock concert last year, I did hear he's a really fun person and has a very weird sense of humor. I have no doubt in my mind this was not meant as a slam in any way.
I've got a lot of fun things I'll be posting about tonight. I just have to wait to play the right song before I talk about them all.
First up is my current obsession: deep fried cherry Kool-Aid. See that along with everything else I talk about tonight on my main Blogger page.
Remember the Magic 8-Ball with it's awesome genie-like powers? Thanks to a company called Nixon, it's now in watch form! It's quite a bit more expensive than the original Magic 8-Ball and doesn't look anywhere near as exciting, but if you're trying to find a gift for a person who has everything, this is probably something they don't have. See it and buy it (for only $120) here.
The other videos I talk about on-air this weekend (including the Hula-Hoop POV and Frank and Rita's birthday picture / video) can be found here.
Here's the full article on the guy who recently spent 100 hours and $2100 to rescue his dog from under a boulder.
All the other videos and links I talk about on-air (including the Bigfoot video) can be found here.
The group that runs Wikipedia feels it's "nothing less than the greatest collection of human knowledge". With this in mind, they want Wikipedia to become the first digital World Cultural Heritage Site.
As crazy as it sounds, I have to agree with them. This would insure that Wikipedia stays the way it is now, which I think is pretty close to perfect.
I talked on-air about Penny Wolfgang's Wikipedia page. If you've gone looking for it, sorry - I was just joking about that (I always have to mess with Penny a bit each week before I leave). Despite being mentioned on a few Wikipedia pages, Penny doesn't have a page of her own.
She's in good company - neither do I. And I'm more than okay with that. What I'm not okay with is the Flying Saucer Restaurant on Lundy's Lane not having a page of its own! That's just not right. And I hope something is done to change that.
The Lego Mini Figures: kids love them, but they're a nightmare for parents or anyone who gives them to a kid as a gift.
Nothing's worse than spending $4 or so on one of these only to have the kid open it and learn it's one of the figures they already have.
I talked to someone today who had this problem. Her son wanted a very specific mini-figure for his birthday, but trying to figure out exactly what was in that package without buying it and opening it up was next to impossible.
Until now. Here's a way to know what's in the package before opening it! For series 1 & 2, it's a barcode tracker. For series 3 & 4, it's a dot decoder. Here's the links you'll need to insure you never end up shelling out $4 for a duplicate again...
Series 1 barcode trackerSeries 2 barcode trackerSeries 3 dot decoderSeries 4 dot decoder
There's a new survey online that lets you know how picky, arrogant, and irritating you are.
It's a short 20-question survey, took me about a minute or so to do, and is completely free.
Give it a try here.
On a scale from 1 to 5, I'm a 2.83. That's about average. I'm kind of picky, not very arrogant, but I guess I am a little irritating.
The survey was created by personality psychologist Robert Hogan for the book Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman.
At 6pm tonight (9pm Eastern time as this comes from California), the world will supposedly end. Although technically, what's actually going to happen is the rapture.
This according to Harold Camping of the Family Radio Network in Oakland, California. The original date of his prediction was September 6, 1994. But that came and went and nothing happened other than Michael Jackson & Aerosmith winning awards at the 11th MTV Awards.
See a picture of this crazy person and read more about how he came up with his theory in an online article from The Independent.
I'll put my take on this on my main blog page, safely off the Star website lol.
I was going to put up a video of Harold here, but I like this far better instead (because I know it will be appropriate at 9:01pm Eastern time tonight)...
It seems everyone is obsessed with that Angry Birds game.
I just haven't been able to get into it though. My favorite right now is Frisbee Forever, easily the best game I've found on my iPhone. And amazingly, it's completely free!
In Frisbee Forever, you throw a frisbee and then have to maneuver it through rings to get through the course. There's tons of levels and I just can't get myself to stop playing this.
Eventually, I'll conquer all the levels and then maybe I'll give Angry Birds another try. One thing I do love about Angry Birds is the theme music - especially when Pomplamoose does it!
They're the group that did all the clever Christmas song remakes this past year for the Hyundai car commercials. The Angry Birds theme is done in their trademark style and the short video is pretty funny (and fits right in with the game)...
Steven Tyler is definitely making the most of his American Idol judging experience. It seems like he's been in the news constantly since the announcement that he would be one of the American Idol judges.
And now the ultimate - a memoir titled "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You". It's been flying off the shelves at bookstores.
Here's a quote he had about the book: "I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Porter'd and farmer's-daughter'd, I've been Led Zepp'd and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am."
Based on that, maybe the book won't be the easiest read. I'm not the biggest fan of autobiographies, so I'll probably pass on this one. But if you want to check it out, get it here.
This is so exciting, I just drooled on the keyboard.
Burger King's brand new sandwich has two burgers, cheese, bacon AND a full chicken breast all on one bun. If that's not enough, there's an option to add an egg or a fish patty too!
The calorie count is a nice healthy 1,160 (without the add-ons). After seeing it, I'm thinking I could easily eat two.
I only have one problem with this. I'm kind of fussy about mixing different foods before they're in my stomach and I'm not so sure that burgers and chicken really go well together.
But that's a dilemma that can wait - the Burger King Meat Monster is only available in Japan for now and there's no word on when or if it will make it's way to North America.
She was in town for two different concerts today - one at Shea's and another at Canisius College. And she'll be back July 8th with Sugarland at Darien Lake!
A few years ago, I got to hang out with her on her tour bus before one of her Darien Lake concerts. Here's the interview from that day.
I think everything is on YouTube now. I can't believe I found this recipe for deep frying Cadbury Eggs on there.
It's actually a very healthy Easter treat since it's only 350 calories. And when I say healthy, I mean it's more healthy than eating an entire package of Peeps & six peanut butter eggs (which I've done on many Easters).
Throughout the rest of the night, I'll be posting a bunch of videos and links to things I'm talking about on-air.
You can see them all on my main Blogger page.
Here's some of the stuff I'll be posting...
- The country version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way.
- Darien Lake's Facebook ride battles (and my roller coaster ride announcements the park used throughout the 2010 season).
- The insane Air New Zealand flight safety video.
- The killer tire movie trailer.
I'm getting more and more psyched about the Wonder Woman remake every day. It's between this and Fox's upcoming Terra Nova for what will be the best TV show of 2011.
Here's a scene that was filmed the other day on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles with Wonder Woman in full costume!
This is especially cool to me as I used to live right around the corner from where this was filmed (my apartment was right behind the Mann's Chinese Theater). I would walk right by this area when heading to the subway or going to get cheeseburgers from McDonald's.
Maroon 5's song that was completed with fan help has been finished! The final song will be available as a free download on Coca Cola's website starting Friday (Coca Cola was the sponsor for this experiment). Here's the link for that.
I'll also be talking about one of Five For Fighting's songs being used in a NASA video! John Ondrasik has got to be psyched about this...
Some movies are meant to be seen in theaters. After seeing the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, I think this is definitely one of those movies. A regular TV just wouldn't do this justice. Check it out...
Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters July 22nd!
He's a cool guy and does a ton of stuff for the show besides hosting it. So he's the perfect person to talk to about certain aspects of the game and why some things make it to the show and others don't.
To make my life easier (always a priority for me lol), I posted the link to the full interview and all the links that go along with it on my main Blogger page (just click on that link to get to it).
CBS is the best with making people available for radio interviews. But for some reason, they don't set too many things up for the Amazing Race contestants. I can always put in a request though, so if you're interested in hearing from any of them, let me know and I'll work on getting them on Star as well. And I'm always up for having you help me out with the interview as well (including asking the questions). Just e-mail me at email@example.com with any suggestions.
Red Riding Hood is now in theaters. I'm a huge fan of dark fairy tales, so this is one I think I want to see.
But I originally thought it was only going to be a dark retelling of the story. Then I heard it might be more like a "Twilight" version of the story focusing on a love interest between Red Riding Hood and a werewolf - that I wouldn't be interested in.
Aside from this short 15-second trailer, I haven't seen anything else about the movie as I'm trying to avoid having it completely spoiled. But I'd hate to bother with it if it's too much of a love story. If you've seen it, let me know what you think. If it sounds scary enough, I'll probably go see it sometime this week.
Pilot season has begun for the networks and the fates of those shows will be decided in May. This is one that I hope makes it to the fall schedule for NBC. Especially now that Elizabeth Hurley will be one of the villains in it (according to her at least).
I've been a fan of hers ever since she was The Devil in the 2000 movie Bedazzled. And that's huge for me, since there's very few movies I've actually liked and watched more than once...
So fingers crossed that this show happens. We'll know in a few months...
Mason is 3, Makenna is 5, and Wipeout is one of their favorite TV shows.
Here they are talking about why they like Wipeout.
And just so you know, Mason has been saying the Wipeout sign-off phrase every night before bed. My brother can't stop laughing at this.
Up until a few weeks ago, I pretty much avoided FaceBook. I signed up awhile back, but never did anything much with it.
But then I went completely off the deep end and started posted weird banana Twinkie pictures, videos for songs that will probably never be popular in North America, 80's snowpants pictures, and exciting world-stopping news about TV shows that few people remember.
This of course probably means that the final days are near for FaceBook, because if I like something, it tends to get cancelled or goes away.
One thing I won't do - no games for me. I prefer board games - in person, not online. But I do like keeping in touch with people there as no one seems to bother with e-mail anymore. Although stangely enough, two of my closest friends are not on FaceBook.
Today I posted a thought provoking question which I'd love to know the answer to. I'd ask it here, but then what's the point of posting it on FaceBook? So that's where it is along with all the other deeply disturbing things I mentioned above.
Cursive is gone, over, and probably never returning. I only print, and usually only in capital letters (and that's even very, very rare).
Earlier today, one of my co-workers said my handwriting was impossible to read. I disagree. It may look like a 10-year old wrote it, but that's because I don't like to waste time writing stuff and rush write things.
Visit my FaceBook page to judge for yourself.
I just posted the viral video of a girl walking while texting in a mall, who ends up falling in the mall fountain. Too funny!
See it on my FaceBook page.
I'll also be posting the picture of the banana twinkies there (if I find them tonight)!
No, Mama is not going to be making an appearance on Jeopardy - again (that actually happened in a season 4 episode of Mama's Family). These are two separate videos I had to share with you today.
The first is Vicki Lawrence as Mama (from the Carol Burnett Show & Mama's Family). She put together a video making fun of the media craziness surrounding Ted Williams (the homeless guy turned media sensation).
It's funny (I always liked her show), but the language is far from G-rated. And naturally, the video has already angered some people. But people whine and complain about everything, so let's not bother with that and just laugh at Mama.
The embed code won't work, so here's the link to the 2-1/2 minute video.
The other video is a practice run for an upcoming series of Jeopardy episodes.
IBM has spent years putting together a supercomputer that's specifically programmed to be good at this game show. I have to wonder about the money thrown away on such a ridiculous project, but maybe they'll be putting this to good use for something else eventually.
The computer's name is Watson and in the practice run, he competes against two of Jeopardy's most successful contestants: Ken Jennings (who holds the record for the most consecutive wins with 74) and Brad Rutter (who holds the record for most total winnings).
The full episodes featuring Watson will air sometime this February. For now, here's the test...
Anand talked about Donald Trump “cheating” and using loopholes in the boardroom last week, but that was cut from the show. I guess they needed more time to hype up Kim Kardashian’s perfume.
I only played a small part of the interview on Star 102.5 tonight. Hear the full podcast from Tyana’s RealiTyana Talk here.
I tried posting the full story and the links here, but the formatting for Wordpress blogs is a mystery to me - I can't make the paragraphs & pictures show up right lol.
So I moved the post to this page.
The audio from my talk with Mahsa earlier today is here.
If there's anyone left on The Apprentice that you'd like to hear from on Star 102.5, just e-mail me and let me know. I can't promise anything, but at least I'll know who to try to bring on-air here.
Nick & Vicki came in last place last week, but were spared elimination.
Normally when that happens, the last place team needs to complete a Speed Bump along with all the regular tasks and not come in last in the next leg to stay in the game.
But there was no mention of a Speed Bump last night. And looking back at the previous episode, there was no mention of that penalty when they came in last but were spared elimination.
So what's up? There's online murmerings that there might have been a judge's mistake in the previous episode. See more details on that here.
I'm not going to post the spoilers here just in case you don't want to know.
But I think the cheater has been revealed! Find out who that is and one of the people that makes it to the final two here.
And here's the preview for next week's episode...
If crazy high ticket prices annoy you, you're not alone. The people that created this video are mad about that too.
And on top of that annoyance, there's also the fact that the best seats are usually only available presale to select fan groups. So you better research online bigtime long before the concert goes on sale if you want any shot at a really good seat.
The video goes on and on, but the end is worth the wait. And while they picked on Bon Jovi here, this definitely applies to a lot of acts...
Yve was voted off last Wednesday on Survivor. I was sad to see that as I was rooting for her to win - she was such a nice player. But nice doesn't always help win Survivor.
I talked with her this morning about why she was voted off and who she blamed right after watching it on TV (you'll be surprised by that if you haven't heard about it already).
She also talked about some of her tribemates, including NaOnka's vicious confessionals and Dan's laziness.
Here's the full 6-1/2 minute interview (portions aired on Star 102.5).
I always love talking to Linda Hastreiter from Buffalo's Iron Island Museum. Every year I invite her on Star 102.5 and she always brings along the coolest EVP's from the museum.
EVP's are the sounds ghosts make on tape. You usually don't hear them when you're recording. But when you play it back, they're there. Strange. I record tons of stuff at the station and that never happens to me there, so why at the museum does this occur? Maybe electronic equipment is a way ghosts can communicate with us.
She's got a whole new batch from the past year and some of them are kind of spooky - perfect for the week leading up to Halloween.
Hear the EVP's in the full 11-minute interview with Linda (portions aired on Star 102.5). This online version includes three extra EVPs that didn't air (along with the two that did).
If you have trouble with the clip pausing too much, right click to download it to your computer and it'll run smoothly.
See the Iron Island Museum featured on Discover Channel's Ghost Lab Thursday, November 11th at 10pm (or possibly the week after).
And don't forget to visit the Iron Island Museum and try to get your own EVP's. Overnight hunts are available by reservation year-round. Or check out some of these upcoming events (visit the museum website for more info and to make reservations)...
10/28/10 (Thursday) - Candlelight Ghost Tour at 7pm
Yesterday, I did a live broadcast from the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.
This was the first year I've gone to this giant event. I was stunned at how much there is to do in addition to the 5-acre corn maze!
There's a bunch of amusement park rides (which everyone knows I love), pig races, tractor & horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, magic show, singing chickens, giant pumpkins, tons of food, a massive pumpkin cannon, and more.
The event continues today and then ends after next weekend. If you've got kids, this is the perfect place to take them - they'll have a blast.
Yesterday was especially fun because while I was there, they gave away a West Herr Toyota Corolla! It's always cool when my workday involves someone winning a car.
Here's a short video of some the Great Pumpkin Farm activities...
She's loud, obnoxious, and even unprofessional according to Ivanka Trump. But she's one of the reasons this season is so much fun.
I talked with Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy from The Apprentice earlier today. I had to ask her thoughts on Ivanka's opinion now that she's seen that. I was also wondering if there was anyone on the women's team that she does like. And of course I played the "jealous cow" clip back to her and got the story behind that.
Plus, Mahsa has been in the entertainment news for recently quitting her job at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. I found out more about that too.
It's very rare when a network wants a reality show contestant interviewed before they're actually off the show, so I'm wondering what's up. The previews make it look like Mahsa is going to cause trouble in the boardroom on tonight's episode.
After talking with Mahsa, I have to admit I'm a fan. Not only is she adding excitement to the TV show, but she was also a lot of fun to talk to. And not once did she scream or yell.
Here's the full 8-1/2 minute interview with Mahsa. And see more of Mahsa tonight at 10pm on The Apprentice on NBC.
The news of The Munsters remake for NBC just came out last week and already TMZ has hunted down Butch Patrick (who played Eddie Munster on the original series) to find out what he thinks about this.
Read his thoughts & his casting suggestion for Herman Munster on the TMZ website.
In addition to being in The Munsters, did you know that Butch Patrick was also in another strange 1/2-hour show a few years later? He played Mark in a Saturday morning live action series called Lidsville from 1971 - 1973. It was one of the early Sid & Marty Krofft shows (which I'm a big fan of) - the main characters were mostly hats.
Here's the intro to it...
The Macy's and Verizon / Samsung commercials seem to be on constantly the past couple weeks. And because of the awesome music they're using, I actually listen or watch every time instead of just skipping over them.
The Macy's commercial contains a remake of Olivia Newton-John's Magic. The Verizon / Samsung commercial has a remake of The Human League's (Keep Feeling) Fascination.
Find out more about the remakes here...
The reason I love reality shows is because I like crazy. And there was a whole herd of crazy on last night's Survivor!
As I expected, the second episode of Survivor picked up. The first episode is always bogged down by getting to know the new castaways. The second episode is where the drama begins.
And drama there was. Sunken shoes & stolen socks (in two totally separate instances) caused the drama. And neither situation made much sense and didn't further the players (Holly & NaOnka) in any way. But it sure was funny.
And if you're thinking it was familiar - yes, it definitely is something similar to what Russell did during his two seasons on the show. And this season of Survivor was filmed after those two seasons aired, so these Survivors did have a chance to see them. But they also had a chance to see that even though Russell made it to the end both times, he also lost both times.
Anyways, things that make no sense started off the episode and it continued on right through the Tribal Council. That was insane. And it was mostly personal. The goal this early in the game should be to unite the tribe and get rid of the negativity so they can win every immunity challenge.
I knew there would be negativity - I just didn't expect it to come from where it did! And based on the previews for next week, there's still a lot of negative & a whole bunch of crazy left on that tribe. NaOnka should have been the target last night. As miserable as the booted contestant was, I think they're all going to regret keeping her around.
Survivor is back and better than ever! And on Wednesdays (don't forget that). If you missed last night's episode, check it out here.