Archive for June, 2012

27
Jun
12

I’ll Take Famous Fathers For $200

Famous Fathers for $200: “Robin, Stefan, and Stella”

What are… famous kids with famous parents?

(photo from McCartney Fanclub)

  • R&B star Robin Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke, the actor most well-known for his role on the TV show “Growing Pains.”
  • Stefan Kendal is a musician who, along with his son, Skyler Austen, formed the pop sensation band LMFAO. Stefan is also the son of legendary music producer Berry Gordy.
  • Stella McCartney is a hugely successful fashion designer with her own label who just happens to be the daughter of a member of the hugely successful British band (the Beatles) — Paul McCartney.

Famous Fathers for $400: “Angelina, Anjelica, and Sofia”

What are… Oscar winning kids of Oscar winning dads?

(photo from E Online)

  • Angelina Jolie won the Oscar for Best Actress for “Girl Interrupted” in 2000. Her father, Jon Voight, won the award in 1979 for Best Actor in the film “Coming Home.”
  • Anjelica Huston won the Best Actress award in 1986 for her work in “Prizzi’s Honor.” Her father, Walter Huston, won the Best Actor award in 1949 for his work in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
  • Anjelica Huston is also the only Academy Award winner who is the grandchild of another Oscar winner — John Huston, who won for Best Screenplay and Best Director for “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” the same movie for which his son was awarded the Best Actor award.
  • Sofia Coppola won an Oscar for her screenplay “Lost in Translation” in 2004. Her father, Francis Ford Coppola, has won five Oscars, including Best Director, Screenplay and Picture for “The Godfather: Part II” in 1975.

Famous Fathers for $600: “Ken, Mohammed, and Yannick”

What are… famous athletes with famous athletes for sons?

(photo from ML Blogs)

  • World Series winner Ken Griffey and record-setting Ken Griffey, Jr. are the only father-son baseball duo to have played Major League Baseball at the same time (in 1989), on the same MLB team (in 1990) and the only pair to have hit back-to-back home runs in a game.
  • Laila Ali has made a name for herself as a professional boxer, knocking out her opponent in her first match in just 31 seconds. She has a ways to go, however, to match the reputation of her legendary dad, Mohammed Ali.
  • Yannick Noah gladdened the hearts of French people everywhere in 1983, when he became the first Frenchman to win the French Open in 37 years. His son is no slouch, albeit on a basketball court rather than a tennis court — after helping his college team to win two consecutive NCAA Championships, Joakim Noah went on to join the NBA, where he now shines as center for the Chicago Bulls.

Famous Fathers for $800: “Martha, Emma and Rashida”

What are… famous fathers that might surprise you?

(photo from fanpop)

  • Actress Martha Plimpton, currently starring in the hit TV show “Raising Hope” is the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Keith Carradine, who played the Sheriff in last year’s “Cowboys and Aliens.”
  • Music legend Quincy Jones is the proud father of actress Rashida Jones, of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” Rashida’s mother is no slouch either. She is Peggy Lipton, who starred in the hit TV series “The Mod Squad.”
  • Up and coming actress Emma Roberts is not only the niece of the uber-famous Julia Roberts, she is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts, who shot to fame in the early 1980s in the true-crime movie “Star 80.”
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21
Jun
12

How To Improve Your Memory

1. Picture this

Have you ever walked into a room for something — and then stopped — at a loss as to why you went there in the first place? Visualizing what you want or need, along with an image associating the item to an activity or purpose will help fix it in your mind’s eye. If you’re going into your office to get paper for the printer — imagine the paper in your hand and reading what you intend to print.

2. What’s a 6 letter word for…?

Your mind is a muscle — the more you exercise it, the stronger it will be. Brain challenges like sudoku, trivia quizzes, crossword puzzles, space games and memory tests all help keep your mind flexible and your memory sharp.

3. Zzzzzz

Sleep, or lack thereof, has been linked to decreased mental agility, poor recall, foggy thinking, slowed reflexes and increased irritability. Although not everyone needs eight hours a night, experts agree that less than six hours is not healthy for anyone.

4. Mindfulness is next to remembering-ness

Don’t you hate it when you can’t remember if you locked the car or turned off the stove? Tasks we do by habit can trip us up when we try to remember if we actually did them. Everyone questions themselves occasionally — if you find yourself doing so more frequently, try to be mindful of the task at hand: say to yourself, “I have locked the car,” or “the curling iron is unplugged.”

5. Repetition, repetition, repetition

Have you ever met someone for the first time and noticed that in the first few minutes of conversation, he or she manages to use your name two or three times? One of the best ways to cement new information in your mind is to repeat it out loud or to write it down, in context, several times. It’s easy to do, Jane. Just remember to use the word more than once, Jane and you’ll find you’ll recall it more easily. It’s as easy as that, Jane.

For more tips and tricks to improve your memory:

15
Jun
12

5 Gift Lists, 4 Boards and 3 Apps For Dad

Shopping for Dad always seems so much more challenging than shopping for Mom. Here are some gift lists, pinterest boards and even smart phone apps to help you find the perfect gift for the special dad in your life this weekend.

1. Real Simple Magazine

Real Simples’s 36 Father’s Day Gift Ideas includes snazzy silk cuff links, a hardbound compilation of classic quotes from The Godfather, and a glass moss terrarium.

2. Red Envelope

Red Envelope’s Father’s Day Gifts range $20 for a pop-up leather card case to $170 for baseball stitches cuff links made from “game-used balls.”

3. Gifts for the Griller

From Grilling.com comes cool ideas for the outdoor chef who already has everything including a custom grill grate.

4. Gifts for the Sports Fan

LilSugar collected 8 Great Father’s Day Gifts for Sports-Fanatic Dads including a week in Tampa at the NY Yankees Fantasy Camp ($4,950). The list also suggests tumblers imprinted with the logo from Dad’s alma mater that go for $13 and up.

5. For the Technology Mad Dad

Wonder of Tech brings you a list of Fun and Fantastic Father’s Day Tech Gifts ranging from $50 and under, such as the Case-Mate iPad Pop Case (available at Case-Mate for $50) to the Nike+ Fuel Band ($149 at Nike.com), which sold out almost immediately when it was launched but is now back in stock.

1. Father’s Day Board from Michelle DuPois

With over 200,000 followers, this Pinterest board is chockful of great ideas from a DIY monogram mug to root beer float cupcakes.

2. Father’s Day Gift Ideas from New Nostalgia

This Pinterest Board covers everything from breakfast ideas to a do it your self printable soda can sleeve.

3. Father’s Day Board from Ruthie Nixon-Oneal  

This board showcases a wealth of craft and card ideas for the creative gift-giver — from how to fold a napkin like a shirt to cards that look like shirt pockets and hold a gift card to Home Depot.

4. Dad + Gifts   

Enter “dad gifts” into the search field on Pinterest and you’ll see more than 100 pins featuring gift guides, watches, four foot toy helicopters, and DIY gift ideas.

1. Apps for Dads to Download

Appolicious brings a list of apps perfect for the handy dad (iHandy Carpenter), the couch potato dad (Remote), the all-thumbs dad (What Knot To Do), the sports dad (WatchESPN) and the gearhead dad (eBay Motors for iPhone). Not bad.

2. For the iPad Dad

Pad Gadget’s Apps for Father’s Day covers iPad apps for everything from making and eating bacon to playing the ultimate air combat game.

3. Show Your Deep Love to Dad Apps

App Eggs’ list of 10 Father's Day 2012 Android Apps – Show Your Deep Love to Dad covers everything from sending free e-cards to  activities designed “to find new and interesting ways to celebrate the father(s) you know.”

07
Jun
12

7 Summer Apps & 1 Very Cool Summer Gadget

That You Absolutely, Positively Must Have

Want to know if you’re going to burn at the beach today? How to say, “I’d like mine without the fish eyes, please” in Greek? How else you can grill a burger? Send a postcard without a stamp? When the rain is really going to start? There’s an app for that.

1. UV Detector

Check the UV index in your area, even set it to send you custom alerts when the index is particularly high. (iOS)

(added bonus: check out EWG’s Sunscreen App to help find the best sunscreen for you, also iOS)

2. Weber’s On the Grill

280 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces. You can even tag your favorites and create and share a grocery list so that the cook doesn’t have to do the shopping too. (iOS and Android)

3. Dark Sky

Tells you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance. It uses GPS to locate your precise position and focuses on the next hour to give you minute-by-minute information. (iOS)

4. Postagram

Why buy a boring old postcard at a tourist shop (and then have to mess with stamps and mailboxes), when you can send that great photo you just took of the view out your hotel room at sunrise? For 99 cents ($1.99 internationally), Postagram will print and mail an instagram photo and message. They even perforate the card so it’s easy to save the pic. (iOS and Android)

5. Google Translate

Type in that interesting menu choice, or ask your cab driver to speak into your phone — and Google Translate will provide an English translation. (iOS and Android)

6. WordPress iPhone Android

Have blog will travel. The WordPress app makes it easy to add photos, write posts and edit content — all while you’re on the go. (iOS and Android)

7. Snapseed

Are you too cool for Instagram? Try Snapseed, which allows you to edit, adjust and add effects to your photo — as well as to save your photo to be shared on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. (iOS only for now, Android coming — the app is also available in desktop versions for Mac and Windows)