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Site of the Day: Dashwire-Connect with your phone

Dashwire

Have you ever wanted to share the info on your phone like photos, videos, etc. with a friend or family? Have you ever forgot your phone and you wanted to find a contact or text message a friend or multiple friends, or even check your voicemail? Wouldn’t it be great to control your phone from your computer like the set the ringtones, wallpaper, or even speed dials?

The Site of the Day could be your answer. The site is called Dashwire. It can do all that and more. Dashwire is currently in Beta, and I finally got invited to try it out. Dashwires works by installing a small app on your phone (I have Windows Mobile phone). Then it basically syncs your information to your Dashwire account. It syncs your contacts, text messages, call log, photos, videos, ringtones, voicemail (you have to sign up for free service from CallWave to use it). Another cool feature is that once you take a photo or video you can automatically sync it up to a page you share with your friends and family.

You can check out video of how the site works here.

From Dashwire’s site:

At Dashwire, we believe that some things are just easier to do on your computer. Dashwire’s free service automatically mirrors your mobile phone to the web, making it significantly easier to manage, enhance, and share the memories captured on your phone with others — no cables or instruction manual required.

Your phone content — contacts, text messages, calls, photos, videos, Internet favorites, speed dials, ringtone, and wallpaper — is seamlessly uploaded from your phone and safely stored online in your Dashwire account.

With Dashwire, you can…

  • Send and receive text messages from your computer without picking up your phone
  • Automatically upload photos and videos captured on the go to easily organize and share with your friends
  • Add an address book contact on your computer and have it instantly appear on your phone
  • Easily set Internet favorites, ringtones, wallpapers, and speed dials – in seconds from your computer
  • Discover the coolest stuff available for your phone
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Site of the Day: WhyGoSolo

 whygosolo

I haven’t done one of these in awhile. This is site is kind of close to me. Why you ask? This site is a great tool for people who just moved to a new city. I have lived in almost 10 cities throughout my life. It is easier to meet people when you are younger and in school, but once you are out of school, it becomes more difilcult to meet new people with similar interests (and there is no way in hell I am going to use MySpace).

WhyGoSolo.com is trying to help with meeting new people with similar interest. It is not a dating site, but more about connections and finding people who have similar interests.

WhyGoSolo is for making spontaneous offline connections happen. It is the ideal solution to quickly create one-on-one or small group connections for active participation in offline activities. And the perfect solution for bridging your online worlds (blogs, other social networking communities, Facebook) into offline interaction…

With WhyGoSolo you’re always able to find or post activities you’re interested in doing, and find someone to do your favorite activities with. Post on WhyGoSolo and watch the announcement propagate through the web with our applications, widgets, and partnerships throughout the web.

It doesn’t matter what your interests are: sports, the arts, culture, food, games, you’ll be able to find a like-minded person with the same interests to go and enjoy your favorite activities. No more wondering what to do on your day off, on the weekends, in the evenings or when you have some free-time. With WhyGoSolo… you can always find something to do with someone new and exciting.

It has similar features like myspace and facebook, but more of a focus on actual connections. I just created a profile. Check it out!

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Video: Barackula

We mention the horror-musical Barackula a few posts ago. Well the short film is out and available in HD at their site. You can watch here in Youtube quality.  Enjoy.

Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama (Justin Sherman) finds that he must convince the vampire society that opposing political philosophies can coexist or else the society may transform Obama to the dark side. Reminiscent to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a slight infusion of Jesus Christ Superstar, the film solely depicts Obama’s strengths, merits and genuineness while being respectful towards the other presidential candidates.

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Political Resources for Wisconsin Voters

Today is the Wisconsin Primaries, and I have to say I have not seen so much excitement over politics since the 1992 Elections. It is easy to get caught up in the election fever, but we should also be educated voters. By that I mean that we should not vote on sound bytes from CNN, or Fox, but with complete facts. So I decided to share some resources that might help you vote today and this coming November.

votesmart

I just found about this site called Vote Smart. It is the ultimate resource for a voter. The site has everything you want to know about a specific candidate from where they stand on issues to how they voted on a bill to campaign finances to even public statements and speeches. This non-partisan site is a tool I think every voter should use at the national and local levels of politics and government. The site calls itself the’Voter’s Self Defense System’ and I have to agree.

Here are some other resources from previous posts definitely worth checking out.

Site of the Day: Maplight – A great resource on how voting on bills connect with lobbyists’ contributions

Site of the Day: Unity ’08: A new type of concept where people pick the candidates to run for president and vice president. It is a site to create a presidential ticket by using technology and not lobbies and money. The ticket will comprise of candidates from both parties or even an independent.

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Site of the Day: Create your own Virtual Mixtape

the mixtape

I missed the days of creating mixtapes for friends back in the day. I use to make mix cds, but it was a little inconvenient to share with somebody in another state or country especially with out the instant reaction. This is where Mixaloo comes in. I found about this site from Springwise.

mixaloo

With Mixaloo, you can create your own mix from over 3 Million Songs. Then you can share your mix on your myspace, facebook, blog, or any other website.  Here is the kicker.  You can make money from your mix.  If people purchase the songs off of your mix, you get some money.  The money would be sent to a paypal account. If you don’t have a paypal account, you will need to set up one.  The only problem right now is that the songs are only 30 second preview (which sucks), but they are apparently working on full tracks.  Give it a try.  It is a cheap gift to give for the holidays and you could make some money to boot.

Speaking of Mix Tapes go check out Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore’s Book Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture.

The book is a collection of stories, essays, art, and other contributions by various artists, musicians, and writers. It centers around the role of the mix tape and cassette culture in the lives of the contributors, which stands as a testimony to the importance of the medium starting in the late 1970’s to its relevance today. Here tapes are used mostly to confess love or admiration, or to expose an acquaintance to new and underground music. (From Wikipedia)


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Soda Boy – Pop Dat

Enjoy. (I hope)

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WTF:Just WHY!!!??

The internet celebrity Tay Zonday has done a commerical for Dr. Pepper. That is all I am going to say.

The original masterpiece?

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Site of the Day: Family Matters

CoziThis ‘Site of the Day’ is specially for the busy families out there. It is called Cozi. It is an online organizer for Families on the go. It has a variety of features to help families plan, communicate and organize their lives.It features a group calendar where you can coordinate the whole families schedule, shopping lists where you can organize things you need or tasks that need to be done, messages that can be forward to someone in the family via email or mobile phone, and a photo screensaver that includes reminders of appointments and other important things that the family needs to know about.There are even software tools that let you access your account with out software and Microsoft Outlook plugin to sync your information from Cozi to your Outlook accounts. Best of all, it is all free. Give it a try.

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Forget about the Super Bowl Ads

firebrandI admit it. I am sucker for a good commerical. I paid money to see the British Advertising Awards every year at the Walker Museum in Minneapolis. Now there will be a network on TV, web and mobile called Firebrand that will focus on the best advertising spots from around the world. The multi-platform network will debut tonight at 11pm EST on the Ion Television Network.

Firebrand features the most creative advertising, best video gametrailers and special promotions, providing a unique destination forcommercial culture. Firebrand programs TV commercials the way musicnetworks have programmed music videos. “Viewers are encouraged to ‘Opt-in,Search, Download and Share’ their favorite spots on TV, the web andmobile,” says John A. Lack, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder….Firebrand will enlist the aid of “Commercial Jockeys” or “CJs” who willguide the viewing audience through award-winning ads, exclusives,director’s cuts and never-before-seen-on-TV commercials. In its firstmonth, Firebrand will feature commercial celebrities like the Dell Dude,Ben Curtis, Capitol One’s angel, Jay Klaitz, and the young star of Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Zach Mills. Each will make a guest appearanceon Firebrand, talking about their favorite commercials, setting up spotsand sharing their playlists.

Check the Press Release here. Try the beta of the site here.

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Scrap Black Friday and don’t Buy Anything.

bndI find Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving pretty surreal with all the advertising. It is a definite attack on my senses.  It almost has become a holiday on its own. In my opinion, I think it has corrupted what Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays truly mean. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying some new fangle device, or some music. However, this can get a little extreme.  Take a look at this  video from last year and previous years where people get trampled in a store to grab some toys that are on sale.Adbusters  put together a campaign called Buy Nothing Day which happens today.   The Premise is simple; don’t buy anything today.  They have Public Service Announcement for their campaign which MTV won’t air because it is a little to extreme for their airwaves.

MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot “goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels”. Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay, but apparently not a burping pig talking about consumption. If you object to this sort of corporate censorship, why not send them a message now?

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