The iPad's generally seen as a consumption device, but blogger Ben Brooks has found that moving his desktop distraction to the iPad has helped him focus on his work. Advertisement Moving distracting elements (such as Twitter) off of your work computer and over to your iPad can help you regain focus while working, according to The Brooks Review. While the specifics may not apply to you directly, if you have an iPad (or other tablet, or simply a secondary laptop or netbook) you have the ability to shuttle over a number of services that may distract you throughout the day. For example, email and instant messaging are my two biggest interruptions and the iPad is equipped to handle them both. A quick search through the App Store can help you find the things you'd like to abstract from your work and relegate to the iPad. From there you can set specific times during the day to move to your iPad and deal with your distractions or use the pomodoro technique with your breaks centering … [Read more...] about Offload Distractions to Your iPad (or Other Device) to Actually Focus on Work
The year: 2007 Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20 Songs Of 2007 1. Beyoncé, “Irreplaceable” 2. Rihanna, “Umbrella (feat. Jay Z)” 3. Gwen Stefani (feat. Akon), “The Sweet Escape” 4. Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” 5. T-Pain, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” 6. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats” 7. Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah” 8. Akon (feat. Snoop Dogg), “I Wanna Love You” 9. Nelly Furtado, “Say It Right” 10. Fergie (feat. Ludacris), “Glamorous” 11. Akon, “Don’t Matter” 12. Avril Lavigne, “Girlfriend” 13. Maroon 5, “Makes Me Wonder” 14. Shop Boyz, “Party Like A Rockstar” 15. Akon (feat. Eminem), “Smack That” 16. Mims, “This Is Why I’m Hot” 17. Daughtry, “It’s Not Over” 18. Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson), “The Way I Are” 19. … [Read more...] about St. Vincent, No Age, and Yeasayer were the next wave of 2007
This week’s question comes from reader Patrick Simpson: I’ve long thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would have made the perfect Spiderman, but he’s now a little too old to convincingly play a high school or even college age version of our friendly neighborhood web slinger. So, my question is this: Is there an actor who you think would have been perfect for a role, but is now just too old to play that part? Advertisement Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Even if he were still alive, the late Raúl Juliá would be way too old to play Max Linder. Besides being a dead ringer for the silent-era legend, Juliá had the right balance of ham charisma and actorly grace to play the tragic figure of Linder in a biopic, charting the dandy-ish French comedian’s life from his rise to fame as one of film’s earliest stars to his traumatic experiences during World War I and his eventual spiral into depression, which ended in a double suicide with his young wife. Though … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?
When Justin Bieber decided to clean up his act a few years ago, he did so by getting horrible tattoos, hanging with the world’s bro-iest Christians, and rapping about ass. And, since then, we’ve watched his aesthetic and public perception mutate like so many werewolves, from reformed paramour to casual narcissist to “Latin king.” This weekend, we were introduced to Bieber’s latest evolution: Pre-McConaissance Matthew McConaughey. And we don’t mean The Lincoln Lawyer McConaughey; we’re talking pot-and-bongos McConaughey. We’re talking Surfer, Dude McConaughey. Advertisement As you can see both above and below, Bieber, his vision clearly obscured by Xanax eyelids and a haze of sativa smoke, clearly slipped into the first pieces of clothing he could grasp: Some XL Hawaiian gear, pink bucket hat, Gucci cross-body, socks that wouldn’t mask the the terrifying Christ tattoo on his left calf. Of course, such sloppiness is … [Read more...] about Justin Bieber dressed, danced like an asshole at Coachella
I went to Sony's over-hyped 2006 press conference and they showed the world a version of the PlayStation 3 that we never quite got. And so last night, I went to Sony's 2013 PlayStation 4 press conference wondering what new ways they'd planned to trick me. You go to one of these big showcase events where they don't even admit, on stage, the reality that there are things called "Xbox"es and "iPad"s out there and you expect to be misled. Advertisement You expect to be lied to. Maybe you'll get the darker lies of misleading marketing. Maybe you'll hear about plans or promises that sound like guarantees, until you parse the language and notice all the loopholes. More likely, you'll hear the more innocent lies of hopes that never happen while your brain plays a few tricks on you and tells you that you ought to be more excited just because it's supposed to be an exciting moment. If this all sounds too cynical, keep in mind two things: At the time of that 2006 PS3 event, Sony's then-next … [Read more...] about The PS4: One Day Later