We’re Alive: A Zombie Story of Survival

Well, the third season of The Walking Dead’s finally over, so now comes the excruciating wait for the series to come back for its fourth season on October. That shouldn’t mean that you have to go through the whole six-month period without getting your dose of undead drama-thriller. Why not check out Wayland Productions’ modern audio drama We’re Alive on podcast?

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That’s right, it's an audio drama about the zombie apocalypse. With a record of over two thousand positive reviews and counting from zombipocalypse fans on iTunes and almost four years of continuous podcasting, this show is worth a closer look.

Here’s an excerpt from the synopsis to give you an idea of how the story begins: “For Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knew it ended in an instant. One minute, he’s in college, and in the next, rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars, and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.”

The series is already on its 107th episode and has already begun on its 36th chapter, which is also the beginning of its third season. That said, if you take the time to listen to each episode every other day or on a daily basis, I think that that ought to be enough to get you through the six-month break before The Walking Dead resumes this fall season.

I encourage you to check out the official site to know more about the story and further details. But if you want to listen to the series already, head over to the site’s episodes page now.

An Honest Internet Cable Company

Ever wonder what it would be like if TV ads were honest? Well, the guys over at ExtremelyDecent.com have made a nice, and shall I say accurate rendition of an honest, no-BS TV ad for a cable and internet service provider which they uploaded onto YouTube.

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Honestly though, before I saw this video I was feeling quite satisfied with what I’m getting from my service provider. I thought it that it’s a pretty good deal. But then (call me naïve but) I only found out now that internet service providers in the US aren’t even in the top 10 list of countries with the best connections. Now that may be based on an article from two years ago but still, the fact is I’m still paying for the same service up to now.

Anyhow, going back to the video, it is so spot-on. Watch it below:

My favorite would have to be the one at the 0:50s, the part where person starts talking about Oligopoly. What’s yours?

Brain Burps About Books

Today’s featured podcast is from children’s author/illustrator Katie Davis called Brain Burps Abut Books and it’s an audio program wherein she talks about anything related to kidlit (or simply children’s literature). This is a show that is sure to be very helpful and informative to all aspiring writers of the genre who are looking for tips and advice on how to get their work published.

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It’s not just writers who’ll benefit from listening to Katie’s show, but also teachers who are looking to add some new material in their classroom will find some useful information and tips from Katie in the form of book reviews and more.

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And in today’s featured episode, which is number 129 and titled How to Create an iBook for Apple’s iBookstore with iBooks Author, Katie interviews Sarah Towle on how you can write your own storybook using a clever app. She’ll walk Katie through a tour of the app (iBooks Author) and show her how she managed to create her first iBooks Author iBookstore book.

Also in the show, she’ll review Melissa Guion’s book titled Julie Falatko of Baby Penguins Everywhere.

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I hope this podcast inspires you and your young ones to enjoy the magic of reading.

April Fools Special: Guess Which Story Is True

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Image source: Neatorama.Com

It’s April 1st, and it means that the web is going to be littered with fake stories. So to those of you who have this [annoying] penchant of showing off to your online friends by posting news articles in Facebook just so you can act like you’re so well-informed when it comes to buzzworthy stuff, I’d hold back a little if I were you.

But just to see how well you can spot a fake story without using Google, how about we run a little test by doing a practice session. Below are three latest tech news articles, and just by reading them alone AND without the aid of looking at other websites for reference, can you guess which one is an April Fools’ joke?

Microsoft To Launch E-Reader
The Redmond-based giant is said to be working on something more special than a smaller version of its Surface tablet: an e-book reader. Not just an e-book reader but one that would run on Windows 8 (or perhaps even Windows Blue). The story is supported by the fact that Microsoft is in partnership with Barnes & Noble in spite of the fact that it would end up competing with the already existing Nook.

Sticking with the concept of blue…

Gmail 2.0 (a.k.a. Gmail Blue) Arrives
In celebration of its 9th birthday, the Gmail team is ready to unveil the its next-generation email service. “Gmail launched nine years ago […] since then you’ve been able to use hundreds of new features that push the boundaries of what email can do and make it easier to get things done,” Project Manager Jonathan Zames said on the official blog. “Starting today, you’ll get to experience the next big step for Gmail, Gmail Blue,” it added.

Apple Developing A Game Console
Have you heard about the rumor that Apple would soon introduce a gaming controller? Well, it seems like that’s just the tip of the iceberg because new information is now indicating that that the Cupertino-based company is in the works of coming up with its own gaming console simply called iPlay. I know it sounds too predictable but then again, isn’t the iWatch? A video was just been released and as usual, industrial designer Jonathan Ive can be heard as the voiceover.

So which of these stories do you think is true? Leave your guess in the comments section!

Channing Tatum Saves Prez Jamie Foxx In ‘White House Down’ Trailer

Is it just me or is there a current Hollywood trend on movies about terrorists taking over Washington? Antoine Fuqua’s action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen was only released just about a week ago and now we already have another movie that undeniably runs on the same formula.

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Image source: teaser-trailer.com

While Gerard Butler plays the role of a Secret Service agent, Channing Tatum’s character is a DC cop but both characters nonetheless find themselves in a similar situation wherein they are the only one that stands between the most powerful man in the world and a group of heavily-armed invaders.

The movie follows Tatum as Capitol Policeman John Cale whose application for a job in the Secret Service has just been denied. Not wanting to let his little girl down, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when it is suddenly overtaken by a paramilitary group. With time running out as the nation’s government falls into chaos, Cale finds himself not only trying to protect his daughter, but also the president of the entire country as well.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, White House Down is set for release on June 28, 2013.


Y Travel Café Podcast Eps: How To Become A Travel Writer

Several weeks ago we featured an episode from Y Travel Blog’s podcast program about safety travel tips for solo female travelers. Now I’d like to feature another interesting episode from their show wherein Caz interviews one of Australia’s esteemed writers and journalist Valerie Khoo, and talk about how you can be an effective and successful travel writer.

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Aside from sharing some helpful tips and advice, Caz and Valerie also discuss the perks and the caveats that come with being a travel writer, and the skills that one needs in order to be successful in the field whether you’re in it just for the fun of being a writer or in it for the money and making a living off of it.

Valerie talks about the Australian Writers’ Centre, a place where you can take a broad spectrum of courses online or in person to learn the craft and art of [travel] writing. Her centre also conducts tours that you can join to incorporate what you’ve learn with an actual traveling experience.

Listen to the 23-minute episode below or visit Caz’s blog and get more information about her podcast and what her site is all about.


Oh So Pinteresting Podcast

Are you one of the millions of people who are currently hooked on Pinterest? If so, then you might find today’s featured podcast interesting – or may I say pinteresting. Cynthia Sanchez’s podcast Oh So Pinteresting has lots of information that she’d like to share with you in terms of making the most out of using one of the most popular photo sharing website in cyberspace.

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Cynthia’s aim is to help her fellow Pinterest users to have more fun pinning while at the same time have a very productive life away from the internet. As the site’s motto says, “Don’t just pin it, do it!”

If you’re more concerned about using Pinterest as a tool to help you with your site’s traffic, don’t fret. Cynthia’s got some helpful tips on how you can “do more for your followers than just posting the same images that can be found on your website,” and “make your account more interesting and useful.”

In this particular episode I picked, Cynthia chats with Annie Ouimet, a former national brand marketing professional, about how she used to “worked [her] balls off to get that big job” with a Fortune 500 company, which she now has working for her family instead.

You can listen to the episode via the embedded player below, or feel free to check out Cynthia’s site and maybe drop her a line. Either way, have a Pinteresting day!

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Rumors Pick Up On Justin Timberlake Hosting 2014 Oscars

If the report by The National Enquirer holds any water, we may just see Justin Timberlake host the 86th Oscar Awards in 2014. The rumor came about a week after the story broke out that the next awarding ceremony’s schedule was pushed at a later date, on March 2nd, to make way for the Winter Olympics.

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Considering that the Suit And Tie singer has not only proven himself to be a hot sell when it comes to the public, the possibility of it from happening is not really that farfetched. After all, he possesses much all of the qualities that the event’s producers are looking for in a candidate: someone who can sing, dance, act, and or course host (thanks to the multiple times he has served as host in SNL).

However, a source for GossipCop would like to remind everyone, especially JT’s fans, not to get all worked up and excited just yet. The source of the rumor-debunking website points out that Enquirer’s claim is “premature and ridiculous” since the powers that be haven’t even figured out who’ll be producing next year’s Oscars just yet, which always comes before any host decisions are made.

I guess the bottom line is, we will never really know for certain until the event is only a few months away, just as we never found out that Seth McFarlane’s gonna be hosting the 86th Oscars until it was announce on October 2012. But there’s nothing wrong in hoping, right?


Bookworm Podcast

Bookworm Podcast features insights about a particular book courtesy of its own author. Hosted by Michael Silverblatt, the show has already made itself a devoted following, and for good reason. He lands great writers for his interviews such as the likes of John Irving, Dave Eggers, Edmund White, Joan Didion and Ann Patchett.

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The program showcases writers of high quality fiction and poetry, which reader will certainly love. Whether it’s a book that already established has a reputation or still just an emerging bestseller, you can bet that Michael’s going to review it, and writers and reader alike appreciate the depth of his reading and analysis.

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But Michael’s interview approach may not be as perfect as some people think. One criticism about the show is that some find Michael’s selection of books somewhat 'weird.' Another thing is that he also comes off as a bit of standoffish. In other words, he sounds like he tends to show off and that the podcast ends up being more about him and his knowledge about the book than the author and book themselves. As one critic said, “If you haven't read the book he's discussing, you're probably getting more detail about it than you want.”

Still, the podcast is worth listening to because if it encourages people to read and read more, then that can't be a bad thing, right? Listen now to this featured episode, where he interviews Jess Walter and his book We Live in Water.

Watch: Photographer Gets A Close Call From A Crocodile

Being a photography enthusiast myself, I’d like to share this recently uploaded video clip (uploaded date: March 23) about this amateur photographer who almost lost his arm in a nature photoshoot. I hope that this will serve as a good reminder and a warning to all enthusiasts such as myself to never ever be cocky when it comes to dealing with untamed subjects.

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In the video, you’ll hear the photographer’s friends yelling at him to move away from the water’s edge but to no avail. Until, of course, one of the reptiles charges at him from the water bank. You see, its reasons like this why well-renowned Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin keeps reminding his viewers that “it’s best be leaving these kinds of situations for the experts.”

It is said that the footage was shot in Costa Rica.

As an added bonus, check out this video of the legendary Steve below. That amateur photographer above was luckier than Steve here.

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