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Steven Seagal fighting crime on reality show



Here’s an idea! Let’s take a washed up movie star with a terrible track record of martial arts flicks, make him a fully commissioned police officer, and let him run amuck in post-Katrina New Orleans!

Even better, let’s film it and make it into a reality TV show!

Well apparently the A&E network likes the idea. Steven Seagal: Lawman is scheduled to premiere in late 2009.

Imagine, being a New Orleans drug dealer and sitting in an apartment and high as a kite. Then all of a sudden, Steven Seagal kicks the door down claiming he’s going to arrest you.

Do you comply with him, or do you do what anybody high in that situation would do… wait for Chuck Norris to come crashing through the window to rescue you?

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Posted by Aman Ali on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
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Generation Information Overload?


Finally, someone else thinks there is such a thing as too much information — and I’m not talking about your best bud’s dating details.

Is it possible that we’re overindulging in an endless flow of sound bytes, YouTube clips, news articles and blog comments?

Time writer Michael Kinsley has asked the question I even wondered as I was starting this site. Seriously, how many blogs does the world need?

We’re fat on blogs.

I’m with you, Mike.  The overlapping, multiplication and seemingly originless and infinite info online leaves us in a post-modern dream sifting through what we actually know, what’s fluff and how the heck we know what we know.

Is it time for an information diet rather than consuming it all?

(AP Photo/ Peter Fredin)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
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Guitar Hero on a bike son!


Nothing is more entertaining than two nerds trashing each other over the internet.

(By the way, if my little brother is reading this, he should know that I’m going to school the crap out of him in Mario Kart when I go visit him next month).

Anywho, a gamer by the name of Madflux has racked up over a million hits on YouTube in one week, for this incredibly clever Bike Hero video. Using notes he drew on a sidewalk with colored chalk, he rides his bicycle around this neighborhood pretending the sidewalk is a Guitar Hero screen. Take a look:

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Well, Guitar Hero legend Freddie Wong wasn’t pleased and has now tried to school MadFlux… by actually playing Guitar Hero on a bike! Using a wireless controller, Freddie pedals his bike as he follows a car with a backseat TV thats displaying the game.

Even more impressive, Wong is playing the Dragonforce song, which is probably the hardest song on Guitar Hero III.

I gotta admit, as obnoxius as Freddie Wong is, I think he’s got MadFlux beat:

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Posted by Aman Ali on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at 8:32 pm |


Fashion Sense: Liz Carvalho


While some take a risky leap into the New York fashion industry, Liz Carvalho decided to build a foundation for her “passion” in Westchester County.

The Hastings resident earned her associate degree in fashion merchandising at Westchester Community College earlier this year before entering Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology this fall.

“If I didn’t go to WCC before FIT, I wouldn’t have the same feel as when I’m designing today,” she said. “You’ve got to know how to sell your product. You can be the best designer, but if you don’t know how to put your product on the market, you won’t achieve your goal.”

Photo: Liz Carvalho (right) works with a model on the set.
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Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Friday, November 21st, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
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Women without kids have a home


As some of you know, I am undecided if I ever want to have children. Well, if I do make up my mind to never become a mommy, there is club out there for me:

Westchester’s Wonderful Women Without Children Club.

“First off, this not a group this is a club,” said Founder Judi Brome. “When you hear the word group you think of support group or of a place where someone needs to be helped. There is nothing wrong with us and nothing here has to be fixed.”

The Yonkers resident started the group about four years ago.

“Women from all ages are part of the club, straight women, gay women, married women and single women,” Brome said. “We get together monthly to validate ourselves and acknowledge ourselves. We give encouragement to each other that we don’t get from society.”

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Posted by Danielle De Souza on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

No Thanksgiving for me


Next weekend, I’ll be going to Vancouver for a few standup gigs, making it for the first time in my life I wont be spending Thanksgiving with my family.

I didn’t realize that until now, and I’m really going to miss being at home. Not for the home cooked meals and bonding at the dinner table, but for all the baller sales that weekend at 3 a.m. where I can watch crazy soccer moms punch people in the face over Pokemon video games and PlayStations.

(I’ve seriously seen that, it was awesome.)

Black Friday (or to be politically correct, “African American Friday”), is seriously the greatest time of the year. In the past, I’ve walked home with $10 DVD players, $200 laptops and more free flash drives than humanly possible.

You really don’t know what it means to be an American until you see grown men tackle an old woman holding a Tickle Me Elmo doll (I’ve seen that too son!)

But I suppose I should share my secrets about how I’m able to beat the lines and grab the awesome deals without any bruises on my body.

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Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
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My favorite things to do using SMS


I text a lot. Like a massive amount. I know I am not the only one. I see it everywhere around me. People are texting at the grocery store, on the highway, at the gym, in the mall, and at the bar.

My mom even texts now.

When you send and receive as many text messages as much as I do, you come to learn about some cool things you can do with your cell phone using SMS (Short Message Service) technology. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do using SMS.

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Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 11:36 am |
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I’m pretty much speechless…


All domestic violence is bad, but a report I read today from the Associated Press was especially disheartening:

“PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) A man faces a domestic battery charge after allegedly hitting his girlfriend with a sandwich as she was driving on Interstate 95. Police said the 19-year-old man became angry and hit the woman in the arm and face with a sandwich, knocking her glasses off.

The victim nearly lost control of the car because she couldn’t see the road and the man then allegedly ripped off the rear-view mirror and used it to shatter the windshield.

Police haven’t said what type of sandwich was involved.”

My colleague Ken asked if it had been a club sandwich, but that appears to be unknown.

Photo by Carucha L. Meuse / The Journal News

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
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Watch Netflix on your Xbox 360


The new Xbox Live update that’s been in discussion for months is officially available as of today.

You can now create those dorky avatar characters that seem to be a hit among gamers these days.

But to me the coolest feature in the Xbox Live update is being able to stream movies via Netflix. Instead of having to wait for my movies to come in the mail, I can use my Xbox 360 to rock out to movies in HD in a matter of minutes.

But bootleggers beware, Microsoft is making another round of console bans, so anyone who goes online with a modded console faces the risk of getting banned on Xbox Live.

You can get the Xbox Live update automatically when you go online with your Xbox 360. You’ll need a Netflix account though if you want to watch movies.

(AP Photo)

Posted by Aman Ali on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
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Video gamer on Dr Pepper bottles


Dr Pepper is announcing today that they’re sponsoring Tom Taylor (aka Tsquared), a 20-something gamer from Syracuse that will be featured on Dr Pepper bottles all across the country.

(Btw, did you know that there is no period after Dr in Dr Pepper? Fascinating!)

Tsquared is a hardcore Halo 3 gamer and has signed a 3-year $250,000 contract to play for Major League Gaming, the owner of the site Gamebattles.com

Apparently this dude also makes an extra $150,000 a year on endorsement deals.

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Posted by Aman Ali on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
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