Earlier this evening my yellow Lab, Hunter, and I played a game of hide and seek. So here’s how the game is played: I hide a bunch of Marrowbone treats around the house and Hunter attempts to find each treat as quickly as possible. Each time we play I try to find more difficult hiding spots than the last game played while requesting that he improves his recovery speed. However, Hunter always seems to step up his game and impress me regardless of the curveballs I throw at him.
In the video below we can see Hunter searching for treats while I countdown the remaining treats. When I give Hunter the one-treat-to-go sign he knows he only has 1 treat left to find. That’s right, he can count too. If a treat is out of his reach, I trained Hunter to sit directly in front of the treat when he has located its scent to alert me of his findings. However, things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes Hunter gets a little too excited so instead of sitting in front of the treat, he just wants me to grab the treat that is out of his reach and give it to him once he has located it – as seen in this video. After all his hard work, he deserves it though.
Last September I published a blog post titled “My Cousin Vinny: Then and Now 20th Anniversary” after my copilot Stephanie and I visited more than 10 filming locations in July 2012. I wrote the blog post to share our experience with family and friends who like the movie, as well as all the My Cousin Vinny fans around the Web. After all, it was the film’s 20th anniversary so we thought it would be a nice treat for everyone.
The blog post received an overwhelming positive response from people all across the country. I’ve received countless messages on Twitter, Facebook, and via the Contact form on this website telling us how much they enjoyed reading the blog post and seeing all the then-and-now photos. The guys over at Adventure Club Podcast even invited me on their show to do an interview. Although I received a lot of awesome feedback, several readers wanted to know the physical address of many of the filming locations so they could visit them as well.
Earlier this week I was contacted by podcaster, Guy Hutchinson, who runs the show at Adventure Club Podcast. If you aren’t familiar with the podcast I encourage you to swing over to their website to check them out. Guy and his team interview all sorts of people including actors, authors, recording artists, and a long list of other interesting people.
After reading my blog post titled “My Cousin Vinny: Then and Now 20th Anniversary,” Guy sent me a tweet expressing interest in having me on his show so I could share my experience about the My Cousin Vinny filming locations tour I put together in 2012. You can read the brief Twitter exchange below.
While I typically only watch television shows that air on my favorite networks such as ESPN, History, A&E, Nat Geo, Animal Planet and a couple of others, there are times when I slip a few train-wreck reality shows onto my DVR for later viewing. Enter: Lizard Lick Towing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, Lizard Lick Towing is a reality series that airs on TruTV every Monday at 10:00 p.m. and follows the daily high-octane escapades of the Lizard Lick crew as they attempt to repossess vehicles, boats, construction equipment, animals, and a laundry list of other crazy things. The crew, lead by owners Ron & Amy Shirley and their best buddy, Bobby Brantley, always seem to get caught up in some of the most insanely-dangerous situations that turn ugly – in a hurry.
Let me start this post by saying that I’m not a huge movie buff, but like anyone else I do enjoy watching movies and also have a list of movies that I call my favorites. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Breakfast Club, Casino, and Heat are just a few of the movie titles that hold a comfortable spot on my all-time favorite list. However, My Cousin Vinny, a 1992 comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn, definitely rounds out the top ten on my all-time favorite list of movies. Perhaps you’ve seen it, heard of it? Ok, well, if you fall into the very small group of movie-goers who have missed this hilarious film here’s the plot in a nutshell.
Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, and Chris Credendino (Ok, I kid. I kid. You can strike my name from the list of actors, but my last name does end in the letter “o,” I am Italian, come from New York, and think I would have added something a little extra to the film – just sayin’.) are among the actors who headline the star-studded cast in this hilarious comedy about two New Yorkers who are accused of murder in rural Alabama while traveling back to college. Vincent “Vinny” Gambini, a loudmouth, obnoxious personal injury attorney from Brooklyn with zero trial experience heads south to defend the “two yutes.” Oh, excuse me… I mean… two YOUUUTHS! And so the laughs begin!
A buddy of mine left his WordPress blog unattended for several months because he wasn’t publishing new content at the time nor was he monitoring the comments. Unfortunately, his blog didn’t have a Disqus or Facebook comment system in place and he failed to include a spam filter such as Akismet with his current comment system. The result: thousands and thousands of spam comments flooded his blog posts.
At the time of this writing, WordPress doesn’t have a way for the user to send spam comments to the trash with a single click. I’m sure that feature will be added in the future, perhaps an “Empty Spam” button similar to the “Empty Trash” button, but for now the user must either manually select each spam comment and send it to the trash or install a plugin that will do the trick. Clearly the former option isn’t going to work well for anyone and sometimes installing a plugin reduces the speed of the WordPress blog.
Today is my first Faceversary (i.e. Facebook + Anniversary = Faceversary) of the day I rejoined Facebook. Now that it’s been exactly one year since I rejoined the social network I thought it would be a good idea to share my first-year experience.
Overall, my first 12 months on Facebook went really well. However, things have definitely changed since I left the social network in 2006. The site went through some major redesigns and a boatload of new features were added. I remember when the Facebook Wall was the only feature on the social network that people huddled around.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at approximately 8:30 p.m., I joined all my family and friends on Facebook. This wasn’t the first time I joined the social network, however. In fact, the very first time I joined Facebook was back in July 2005 along with a couple of my college buddies – Eric and Coby. At that time it was called “The Facebook” and was only available to the college crowd. It wasn’t until a few months after I joined that the social network dropped “The” from its name and changed it to simply “Facebook.”
When I first joined the social network not much was going on as you can imagine. Facebook was still in its infancy and wasn’t well polished. It lacked all the bells and whistles we see today. For example, there wasn’t a news feed, photo or video uploads, chat, vanity URLs, Like or Share buttons, smartphone apps, games, and privacy settings were weak. In a nutshell, we had a Wall. That was our excitement on Facebook.
After kicking the idea around for a while, I finally decided to sign up and give Posterous a try. For those of you who are not familiar with Posterous, it’s a simple blogging platform that allows you to post anything to the Web using e-mail. Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com including content such as text, documents, photos, videos, music, or audio and Posterous will take care of the rest.
The reason I decided to use Posterous is because it bridges the gap between Twitter and my WordPress blog. There’s a lot going in the space between Twitter and a full length blog so I felt it was necessary to have space where I can post content that exceeds the 140 character limit and falls short of my formal WordPress content.
Ever since this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin Twitter has been quite busy lately with acquisitions, rolling out new services, and launching their own Twitter clients. Well today Twitter took another step forward and launched a new tool that allows users to embed a tweet into a Web page or blog post. The new tool, Blackbird Pie, is a website that will create an embeddable tweet once a user has entered the tweet’s URL in the field provided.
Here’s How It Works
1. Copy the tweet’s URL you wish to embed by clicking the tweet’s timestamp. (i.e. about 21 hours ago)
2. Visit Blackbird Pie, paste the tweet’s URL in the field provided, and then click “Bake it.”
3. If you’re satisfied with the preview, select and copy the code at the bottom.
4. Visit your Web page or blog post and paste the code into the desired location.