Archive for July, 2009

SMASHgods Freebie! Free McDonald’s McCafe Mocha Mondays

Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | SMASH Freebies with 1 Comment

McCafe Mocha FREE!

First it was the chicken wars –KFC launching its new grilled chicken and Oprah announcing it on her show, causing nationwide lines and ruckus, and El Pollo Loco throwing down the gauntlet by charging that the Colonel’s chicken is actually not all that healthy, and that it is cooked in beef fat. We’ll let these two companies slug it out and pass out the freebies to us. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To: Find Out if Your Username is Taken… Everywhere!

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 | SMASH HowTo!, SMASH Technology with No Comments »


Namechk is a useful site that allows its users to find out if their favorite username or vanity url has been taken on just about every social networking site known to man (80+).

How it works: Go to the site, type your standard Internet moniker, and Namechk will quickly search and find if your “johnnyfortran8″ is available to use on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Vox and many others.

On the flip side, if you’re in the final stages of erasing your name and presence from the Internet in an attempt to Become Web Dead, you can use the service as a means to verify that you’ve actually wiped clean all of your accounts — even the obligatory services you signed up for in an attempt to get that one piece of information you couldn’t live without. Give it a shot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smash TV: Two Minute Warning: Keyshawn Johnson is “Tackling Design”

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 | SMASH TV with 1 Comment

A Personal Foul

Keyshawn Johnson is not an interior designer. But that’s what the producers of his new eponymously named reality series want you to believe.

Keyshawn Johnson Picking Colors

In this by-the-numbers show, “Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design”, it’s unclear what the focus really is. Is it a how-to show on turning a drab home interior into something vibrant and fresh, complete with actual instructions or at least a few minutes discussing how to use flocked wallpaper or how to use primer to paint walls?

On that score, the show fails miserably and no serious aficionado of HGTV would ever take this half-hour show seriously. At least on “Color Splash”, the fey host with the sleeveless tees shows an admirable sense of aesthetics and an overall vision of how to really transform, say, a family room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Chili Dog or Ice Cream at Wienerschnitzel! Today only

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | SMASH Freebies with No Comments »

Free Hot Dog

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Are You an Old Fogey? Take This Pop Music Quiz

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Are You an Old Fogey?

Times of Yore

Music Pop QuizHow well do you remember the pop songs when you were younger?

I remember being 8 years old one Christmas morning when the best gift I got was a small Panasonic transistor AM/FM radio. That silver radio, about the size of my palm, was with me all the time, including the endless Sunday mornings from 9 until noon, when I faithfully listened to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, and all those mawkish “long distance dedications”.

Obsessive pop music fan and data collector that I am, I used to write down every #1 song and kept track of this for years. It’s a shame, now, that as of last week, Kasem, at the ripe age of 79, has finally (finally!) decided to retire. It’s the end of an era indeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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SMASH TV: Harper’s Island Finale–It Was the Groom!

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | SMASH TV with No Comments »

Harper's Island

Once again I have squandered several weeks of Saturday night summers by watching TV. Last year it was “Swingtown”, the retro series whose plot seemed only to consist of upwardly mobile Chicago swingers in the bell bottomed, sideburned 70s. It even had a cool soundtrack that CBS endlessly plugged; a Time-Life 70s hit collection CD was hawked every week in a commercial by that old Easy Rider himself, Peter Fonda! Read the rest of this entry »

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The First Blu-ray Player Under $100: Thanks Walmart?

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Magnavox NB530MGx: Blu-ray Player Under $100

The Barrier is Broken: A Sub $100 Blu-ray Player

So now we finally have it.  For all of you HD movie aficionados who’ve been holding out on buying a Blu-ray player in the hope that the psychological $100 price barrier would be broken:  your day has come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Michael Jackson Inventor Michael Jackson LeanMichael Jackson Trick Shoe

Bringing you the latest news in the wall-to-wall coverage of the death of the King of Pop, we’d like to let you know what stories are obsessing not just the celebu-tainment fluff programs like “Extra” and “The Insider” (damn you, Lara Spencer!), but also the legit news organizations like CNN and MSNBC that have worked themselves into a frenzied lather with the incessant “Breaking News” news crawls or bloated panels of experts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ones and Zeros: Why doesn’t Nokia name its phones?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH Technology with 2 Comments

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What’s in a Name?

Not too terribly much according to the folks in Nokia’s R & D Department.

Or, perhaps the technological mavens at our favorite Finnish phone manufacturer feel that their handsets transcend the pedestrian markings of a common name, and prefer instead to assign a string of ones and zeros to their beloved mobile multimedia devices.

*Update 7-13-09* Nokia is launching the “Surge” Smartphone!!

Nokia Prototype AEON

But for many, a high-end cell or smart phone is an object of desire.  It would be virtually impossible to deny that on the whole, we see devices like these as extensions of ourselves — we customize our ring tones with our favorite songs, substitute our original face plates with ones that offer a bit more pizazz, and install applications that reflect our contrasting lifestyles and personalities, and to top it off, we buy lavish accessories that further increase the appeal and functionality of our devices.

Yes, the stuff of dreams.  But who dreams of numbers? Read the rest of this entry »

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